What a week we had! I don't think anyone knew what to expect, but all our teams rose valiantly to the occasion, as competition between teams (and siblings) grew ever fiercer.
From the very beginning it was a race to gather the seven stones, as we wandered eastward over the bridge, through the thorns, and into the dense forest maze. Stones were gathered along the way, as were mysterious keys, culminating in a mind-bending puzzle which saw players deciphering the riddle to know which order to place the rainbow stones in, which would in turn unlock the ropes they were seeking. The foxes were thankful to Serena who knew her cardinal directions, while the Coyotes owed it to Eva, Josie, Armand and Luc for their decoding skills.
With ropes in hand they made their way to the birch grove, where a spiderweb was woven, and many attempts were made to climb across it without touching the ground, or each other. For the foxes, Kennedy proved herself to be the nimblest climber of them all, while with the Coyotes Reagan was unafraid to take her chance, knowing that Danica was there to hold on tight to the ropes, and Addison held strong for the Falcons.
With the spider’s web out of the way, that left the Overflow game, where water was gathered from the spring and poured into the hidden pipes, until the keys floated to the surface. Thomas, of the Ravens, was clever in solving the wine bottle trick, and Rita of the Falcons proved able in her water gathering abilities, but in the end she had more water on herself than in the pipes.
When at last the final keys had been discovered, it was time to head back to the beach, where using the ropes from the spider’s web as a measure the players solved the final clues, found their spot, and dug for buried treasure. It was Abby that made the discovery for the Falcons, while Savannah, Lexi, Bella and Anna made sure they had the keys ready. The excitement ran high as the thud of the treasure chest rang out under their shovel, as all the while the clock was ticking and the score was running up.
Speaking of score, I am certain that there are many anxious team members who have long been awaiting the results of this week’s competition, and so I have included below the up-to-date leaderboard. There are no doubt some surprises on there (shout out to the Ravens for a tight race with the Falcons!), but I am confident that our upcoming challenge, with the potential to score 60+ points, will provide an opportunity to level the playing field.
Also, I felt that I should provide a few hints for this week:
1. A good shovel will make all the difference (think of the shovel that we used to dig the treasure). The more, the better, so that everyone has one to use.
2. Knot tying skills will come in handy.
3. Be prepared to be soaked!
And don't forget: if you are interested in the overnight camping trip, be sure to let me know, and if you wanted to order a custom shirt, take a look at the options below, and be sure to get your name on the list before Friday! [Logo Mermaid + Logo Black]
That's about it for this update; can't wait to see you all again.
Yours in adventure,
Nathan and Jesse