Guardian Angel  LbNA # 15254

Placed DateMay 23 2005
LocationIthaca, NY
Planted ByPink Panther Pair    
Found By Liz & Paul
Last Found Jun 8 2008
Hike Distance?

This letterbox is dedicated to the memory of loved ones gone before; may they be guardian angels watching over us.
"I thank God upon every rememberance of you..." -Phillipians

LOCATION: The "Guardian Angel" is hidden along Beebe Lake.

"According to campus lore, if a couple walks the entire mile-long footpath around Beebe Lake holding hands, they are destined for marriage.

The lake takes its name from Jeremiah S. Beebe, an early Ithaca industrialist who milled flour and plaster, and employed a youthful Ezra Cornell. The manmade lake was formed in 1838, when the university's founder dammed Fall Creek to provide water to power a new mill downstream.

In the university's early days, faculty and students took their winter recreation on Beebe Lake. There they skated and tobogganed while local farmers offered sleigh rides. Such forms of recreation have since been banned due to safety concerns, but Reunion weekend always features canoeing on the lake, and picnickers make use of the grassy shores."

Start at the parking lot off of Forest Home Drive directly behind Cornell University's Marth Van Rensellear building and Baker Hall. This parking lot is near the four-way light that intersects with East Avenue and goes straight onto University Avenue. See mapquest ( and look up Forest Home Drive if in need of further directions. In the parking lot, there is a lodge called Toboggan Lodge.

From the parking lot, walk east towards a path that will take you counter clockwise around Beebe lake. As you proceed, the lake will be on your left and a stone wall with black iron railings will be on your right. Continue until you cross your first bridge. It's a wood planked bridge with black railings. Continue until you take wooden steps up; stay to the left. Continue until you cross the stone bridge. (A few adventurous souls go gorge-jumping from this point!)

After crossing the bridge, follow the trail to the right. Continue until you see the second landing area with a wooden bench and a great view of the waterfall. If sitting on the wooden bench facing the waterfall, take about 15 steps at 315 degrees (walk in between the railing and a rock from the class of 1948 fall creek waterfall overlook). There will be a 7-9 foot stump where your "Guardian Angel" awaits you. Look at the bottom of the stump.

On your return, you can finish the loop of the lake. In total, it's about a mile all around the lake. Enjoy!

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