Aesop's Fables #3-Sun and Wind  LbNA # 37467

Ownermoose and mamma    
Placed DateJan 6 2008
LocationVersailles, MO
Found By Goodfellow
Last Found Apr 14 2008
Hike Distance?

Aesop's fabled animals are out of control. With a new spin on five old tales, antics abound in Versailles. Find one or find all five, it's up to you. Bring a compass and your own ink. If you're heading here from the north, I recommend using C road because of the Mennonite farms that dot the landscape. Watch out for buggies and bicycles, especially on Sunday. For more reference, a map can be had at

First, it might help to know about our friend Aesop: Aesop was a slave who lived in Greece in mid-sixth-century BC. He was known for retelling tales based on animals. Each tale had an ending that emphasised some moral attribute (or shortcoming). We have taken the liberty of adding a bit to each tale to suit our means. The real tales can be found in many compliations at bookstores, public libraries, or online. There are even some cartoons on Youtube as well as virtual books available.

There is a stoplight (not to be mistaken for a yellow caution light) in Versailles. It is located at the junction of Highways 5 and 52. From the stoplight, head West. on the left will be the entrance to the VERSAILLES CITY PARK. Park at the gravel lot next to the basketball court.

This is the tale:

The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveler crossing a bridge onto a rock walkway. "I know a way to decide which is stronger, " the Sun said as the traveler took the right-hand fork in the path, "Whichever of us can make the traveler take off his coat will be declared the strongest."
The wind looked down at the traveler strolling along the path. "I'll go first." he said. So, as the traveler crossed another bridge, the wind began to blow as hard as it could. But the harder the wind blew, the closer the traveler held his coat about him. Finally, at the tallest evergreen tree, the traveler took shelter, stepping over the creek and huddling close to the trunk. Soon the wind gave up in despair.
"It's my turn," said the Sun, and began to shine warmly upon the traveler. The traveler came out from beneath the tree and lifted his chin toward the sky. After a moment he looked ahead to higher ground and climbed onto a high bank. Finally the traveler removed his coat.
"Kindness effects more than severity" the Sun said.
To mark the spot where the Sun won the battle over Wind, Mother Nature placed a prize for those who search for it.

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