All Fool’s Day  LbNA # 14105

OwnerWisconsin Hiker      
Placed DateMar 31 2005
LocationWaukesha, WI
Found By Sunny Side Up
Last Found Sep 20 2008
Hike Distance1 mi
Last EditedMay 15 2016

Last found/checked: 21-OCT-07 Box has been replanted in a slightly different location and the clues have been revised accordingly.

Location: Get yourself to field-Wood (reverse 2 words) Park in Waukesha. Head south on W. St. Paul Drive until you reach Harris Highland Drive. Turn right on Harris Highland Drive and turn right at the first opportunity. Park in the lot.

Time: Less than an hour

Terrain: Informal trails through woods and fields, small hills

Here’s another box in a sporadic attempt to commemorate some holidays.

All Fool's Day, also known as April Fool's Day, is celebrated annually on the first day of April. It is a time for the traditional playing of pranks upon unsuspecting people...the victim of such a prank being called an April Fool. The origins of this custom are somewhat uncertain, but may have initially been related to the arrival of Spring in late March, at which time Mother Nature is said to "fool" the human race with sudden and fickle changes in the weather...showers one minute and sunshine the next.

The commonly accepted origin of April Fool's Day involves changes in the calendar. At one time, the New Year celebration began on March 25 and ended on April 1. However, in 1582, King Charles IX of France adopted the Gregorian calendar and accepted the beginning of the new year as January 1. Those who refused to acknowledge the new date or simply forgot received foolish gifts and invitations to nonexistent parties. The butt of such a prank was known as a "poisson d'avril" or "April fish."

The day is now generally observed by playing a practical joke on a "victim" who soon becomes known as an April Fool. This custom is thought to have started in France during the 16th century but the British are credited with bringing it to the United States. The primary force behind April Fool's Day jokes and pranks are that they should not be harmful but able to be enjoyed by everyone...especially the person upon whom the joke is played.

To start OUR foolishness, did you know we forgot our compass when hiding this box? At least the sun was up, but planning on setting soon, so we had a GENERAL sense of direction. This means you won’t have any compass bearings to follow, but also means you need to take our directional info with a grain of salt. OK - are you feeling Foolish? Foolhardy? Well, you’re here, so you might as well get going…

Head north toward the yellow sign. Follow the west shore of the pond and cross a concrete “bridge”. Continue curving along the shore, ducking under a fallen tree. At the “Y”, head left. Pass a large oak on the right, then dip down and up on the trail. At the next fork, head left again and pass through some fallen trees. You’ll be heading up an incline with the remnants of an old fence on your left. Soon you’ll come to a clearing. Head west to the top of the hill, enjoy the view, then head north down the hill, hugging the east treeline. You should pass two oaks on your right and then find a path going into the woods. You may also notice an old barbed wire fence in the woods on your right when you find the path. Take this path until you reach a fork near a large oak. At this point turn left and continue onward, until you reach a broken tree fallen over the path. Look in the crevice of this tree near the breaking point for a small camo container. Please be sure to replace it so it is not visible from any angle.

To make your way back, retrace your steps until you reach the pond. You can take a left to complete the loop around the pond and return back to the parking lot.

We hope you enjoyed this adventure in an urban greenspace and would appreciate an update on the status of the box if you find it.