Braving the heat, the cold, the rain, and the occasional ‘lake snake’, last week’s adventure was one for the history books. It started out at the edge of an old dirt road, and led us deep into the heart of Prince Edward Island’s forests as we followed the winding Naufrage River to the head of Larkin’s Dam.
But this was to be no ordinary hike, though. Right away players discovered the barrels (ugh! The barrels!) that would have to be pushed, carried, rolled, and floated for every inch of their three kilometer journey, and it was these barrels that would ultimately lead to teams scoring their points in the end. Shout out to Luc “the lifter” for doing so much barrel work for the Coyotes, and to Ayda for keeping a close eye on the Falcon’s barrels.
The pathway we followed didn’t last long, and soon everyone was in the water, doing their best to trek against the stream. All along the way there were checkpoints set up, that had players tree-climbing, log racing, and hopping and blocking, in order to complete the checkpoint challenges, score points, and be able to move on. It was Bill who found many of the checkpoints for the Ravens, while Camden kept his eye out for the Foxes.
Rumors persisted of a swimming hole, and while some teams discovered the difficulty of the Sun-and-Moon puzzle, others were amazed to find a fully equipped water slide! It was here that faces were painted, players got stuck in inner-tubes, splashes were made, and absolutely everyone got soaked (no matter how cold out it was!). Tripp loved the waterslide most of all, while Bella and Liam and enjoyed getting their faces painted.
From that point onward, it was a race to the real swimming hole, and a race against time, too, as teams competed to be the first to reach the dam, in order to solidify their place as the week’s scoring leaders. It was a valiant effort on the part of the Ravens, who found countless bonus bottles along the way, but in the end it was the Coyotes who took command of the lead, scoring a bonus multiplier by completing the Sun-and-Moon challenge, something which many of the teams did not even earn the chance to attempt. Still, it was enough to put them ahead on the leaderboard this week.
Falcons, on the other hand, suffered several blow-backs, including a heart-breaking fault, the loss of a marble, and major difficulties in orchestrating the Sun-and-Moon game, and they ultimately fell to last place for this week’s challenge, while the ever-steady Foxes continued their battle to hold on, now narrowing in on the once unbeatable Falcons.
Looking ahead to the upcoming week, we are preparing for our annual SlimeFest, and so you should be prepared to get stickier, messier, and sloppier than you ever have before!
This week’s hints:
Can't wait to see you all out there!
Yours in adventure,
Nathan and Jesse