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!
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.
We’ve made it to “E” in our Z-A quest to play all our games. This brings us to Eggs and Empires, a game I enjoy because it’s quick to learn, has a strategy, and also isn’t called Exit Empires, like I originally thought when Matt was first talking about it.
In this game, you play cards attempting to capture “good” eggs, and avoiding “bad” eggs. I killed Matt in this contest, making this one of my few wins in this project.
One of the things I love about the digital photo area is that you can take photos of the map to refer to later in the hike.
That mass of white behind us is a waterfall. It was powerful stuff.
There was a very large amount of stairs near the end.
This was the first hike with my trekking poles and I was pleased with how well they worked for me.
Let’s see what the kids are up to in the 4-H building.
I’d heard this and that about robotics competitions, but had never seen anything in real life. This wasn’t an actual competition, but I learned how once per year the rules/goals/objectives for the current contest are released and then high school students form teams and design their robots to meet the objectives of the contests.
In this case, they were supposed to have their machines grab balls, carry them and then get them through the gates of the castle. There were things to navigate around. There were also bonus points awarded if the machine could hang from the bar of the castle for a specified amount of time (20 seconds or so).
And here we are in another microcosm I know nothing about, the monster truck world. It’s a world where not only they make the very big trucks, but also have aliases and paint the names on the very big trucks. The announcer told us the Scarlet Bandit was a big winner.
The announcer was in the arena while people were coming in, but his eventual seat was near us. I ascertained that the winners got some sort of champagne. That box thing was linked to the sound system. To sing the National Anthem, they plugged in a phone and hit play.
The announcer and his assistant. We had a group of giggly young teenage girls sitting a few rows back. At one point they all yelled his name (“Justin!!!!) together. He turned around, scanned the stands and then smiled and waved while they all giggled. I love teenage girls.
Thus follow many pictures of very big trucks. It was breathtaking to watch them fly off the jumps. The hydraulics were incredible. It was very loud. I wondered how much one of those trucks costs and how much gas they use.
Now let’s see what kinds of things people made for the fair.
Let’s go on a quilting spectacular. Because there were a lot of good quilts.
It’s Nick Offerman, that guy from the TV show Parks & Recreation. I’m interested in why someone would go to all this trouble, but there must be a backstory. Also, the quilt in the background is also a winner! Great colors!
We watched the Art of Cake Decorating on the creative living stage. Not for long though. She was sculpting with fondant. Impressive, but not good to eat. That bust of a woman sitting on the table is actually a cake she made.