It’s Cosmic Tripster Round Two! We have pledged to take five years to finish this time, getting our final stamp sometime in 2021.
Today’s task was to visit Grand Lodge to get all their stamps. We’ve stayed at Grand Lodge before (40th Birthday Vacation) and I love it. They’ve recently renovated the Attic and opened more rooms, which I was excited to see.
Here’s the background of how the new rooms came to be named after books. The Lavender Lady (the ghost immortalized in paint on the second floor) had a hand in the naming.
I loved these quiet nooks and crannies, perfect for curling up and reading.
The hallways are dark and cavernous, which is fun too.
All the hotel locations give you a clue and then you must go find the McMenamins thing (usually a painting or photograph). Once found, you take a picture, then show the picture to the front desk and collect your stamp.
This month’s clue stumped us:
A quiet space, no place to go
Softly lit by the mushroom’s glow
No place to sit, not a toad stool in view
Come find me, find me all of you
(This clue is even better when read in a dramatic fashion.)
Most of the clues aren’t terribly hard. This one was. We started at the top and worked our way down to the bottom and nothing jumped out as the answer. I took a second look at the clue and decided it must be on the third floor, because the rooms were new and they wanted people to know about them, hence the “come find me” repetition. So back up we went.
Two more trips the length of the hallway and we hadn’t found what we were looking for. Thank goodness we overheard a kid say to his dad, “and here’s the other secret room…”
The walls move! There is a secret stairwell!
The stairwell is Lord of the Rings-themed and lit with blacklight.
In this terrible picture, Matt poses with Gollum, who is painted on the door that comes out on the second floor.
Okay! That was very cool. But it didn’t fit our clue. From the kid’s “other” comment we knew there was a second secret room. But we had to find it. It was tough. We walked up and down the hallway, pushing on the walls.
And we found it!
This was a small closet, painted with mushrooms. It was very cool.
Having found what we were looking for we collected our last stamp and our prize. We both chose the grab bags and were rewarded with a growler cozy, a wine glass and two postcards.This was a very fun passport page to complete. Thanks, Grand Lodge.