We became obsessed. We couldn’t stop thinking or talking about it. We stayed up late with maps and clues strewn across the kitchen table.
We needed a Situation Room.
For the first time, our family participated in Red Rock Radio’s medallion hunt in which a 3-inch acrylic disc is hidden somewhere in Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor, or Superior. Years past it was found at Lester Park, Keene Creek Park, Hartley Park, Billings Park, Enger Park, and Leif Erikson Park.
During Twin Ports Winterfest, each weekday morning a clue is announced on the radio around 7:30 a.m. and then posted on their website around 9 a.m.
This year’s first clue was:
Salute – it’s Winterfest 2015
Many will be at the show
Follow the hints at the very beginning
They’re extremely good clues to know
We had this!
Obviously, the “salute” was referring to “Mission” Creek Trail, which has an amazing fall foliage “show” and is at the “beginning” of the Duluth Traverse.
We were clue…less!
According to the Cluemeister, who explains the clues after the medallion has been found, “This clue tells you exactly where to look. “Follow the hints at the very beginning”…means beginning of each sentence – the first letter. S -M-F as in Superior Municipal Forest.”
We couldn’t have been farther away from the medallion, even after changing our location every few clues, convinced we had finally figured it out.
Alas, to Daley’s dismay, we did not win the grand prize, a 4-wheeler.
We did, however, sharpen our problem solving and creative thinking skills, as well as practiced orienteering and navigation (yes, we actually brought a compass with us).
Most importantly, we spent time outdoors together exploring new trails and soaking up the natural beauty of Northland winters.
In the spirit of the hunt, we send this Haiku thank you to Red Rock Radio.
How lucky are we?
Such creative, outdoor fun.
Well done, Cluemeister.
Have you participated in the medallion hunt? If so, share your experience in the comment box below. Thanks!