Last checked/found: 8-JUN-08
CLUES EDITED ON 8-JUN-08. Last box was near a geocache, so I moved the box.
Location: The “Z” Trail is located north of Kewaskum, west of New Prospect. The parking lot is ¼ mile west of the intersection of County Road SS and County Road G.
Distance/Time: 5.4 mile loop – about 2 hours depending on your hiking speed.
Terrain: Rock & Roll! Some rocks and some gently rolling hills. Wide grass or dirt trail through a mix of prairie and woodlands.
Note: In 2008, the daily fee to enter the state forest area is $7 for WI residents, $10 for non-residents. Annual stickers for all state park areas are $25 (WI residents) and $35 (non-residents). Reduced rates are available for people 65 years and older. In winter the “Z” Trail is a groomed cross-country ski trail. Hiking is prohibited when snow is present.
You’ll take your Rock & Roll journey on the trail that is the same color as Joni’s Big Taxi, Elton’s Brick Road and Donovan’s “mellow” color. Along the way you’ll find 4 images depicting different aspects of life in the early years of Rock & Roll.
Hula Hoop Sha-Boop
One of the biggest fads of all time is the hula-hoop, “invented” in 1957, by an Australian. The name "hula hoop" came from the Hawaiian dance its users seemed to imitate. The invention was licensed to Wham-O, who sold 25 million hula-hoops in two months. Almost 100 million international orders followed. They were manufacturing 20,000 hoops a day at the peak of popularity. [Side note: Martini Man once won a bottle of whiskey in a hula hoop contest and still impresses a few folks in our early morning aerobics class!]
“Rock Around the Clock” in a COUNTER clockwise direction. Stop at the rock to read the plaque, then continue on to a map. Choose the “mellow” color and keep a beat by counting the posts. 1, 2, 3, 4, then into the woods you go. After a slight decline you’ll see a trio on your left (a single & a double). Stand between them and take a bearing of 230 degrees. “Come on baby, let's do the twist” for 30 steps. You’ll find the hula-hoop contestant under the “V” of the fallen tree. Please reseal & rehide carefully.
A carhop is a waiter or waitress, sometimes on rollerskates, who brings food to people in their cars. A carhop was the most prominent image on the poster for the film American Graffiti. They were also often seen in the first two seasons of Happy Days. There are a few places still around that have carhop service, including this one in Oshkosh that actually has roller-skating carhops:
Continue rockin’ along the main trail. You’ll pass a bench and a big rock event. Eventually you’ll come to a split. Take a detour to the IAC if you’d like, but then continue boppin’ along on the “Z” trail. Are you “Shakin’ All Over” after that hill? “Don’t Be Cruel” – take a break on the bench and enjoy the view. OK, “It’s Now or Never”! Continue on, and just before the next post you’ll see a smaller side path on your right. “Do the Locomotion” all the way to a platform. You’ll find the carhop waiting for you tucked under the northeast corner. Please reseal & rehide carefully.
Walkin’ the Dog
A poodle skirt is one of the most memorable symbols of the 1950s. Postwar American woman sought fashions that were feminine and unique. The poodle skirt provided the perfect style for the teenage girl. The wide swing felt skirt of a solid bold color displayed a design appliquéd or transferred to the fabric. The design was often a coiffed French poodle. One reason the skirts were so popular is that they were very good for dancing to the rock and roll songs, such as Elvis' song “All Shook Up”. They were easy to move in leaving lots of room to swing. The full skirt with the petticoats underneath emphasized the dance moves as you spun around.
Rufas said “If you don't know how to do it, I'll show you how to walk the dog”. He would have got you started by sending you back to the main path and strollin’ over a bridge. The “Red Rubber Ball” joins you for a while, but after a short while it bounces off in it’s own direction and we’re just “mellow” again. “Let the Good Times Roll” past a bench on the left and up “Blueberry Hill”. As you “Shake, Rattle & Roll” down, watch for a “W” trio on your right. The dog is dancing between the two trees to the west of the “W”, alongside a small fallen tree. Please reseal & rehide carefully.
The movie “Rebel Without a Cause” played in 1955. The real in-your-face rebellion began showing itself with the upstart of rock n roll and Elvis Presley beginning in the mid-50s. Greasers were a youth-based subculture that originated in the 1950s. Their name came from their greased back hairstyle, which involved combing back hair using hair wax, gel or pomade. The greaser style was imitated by many youths not associated with gangs, as an expression of rebellion. In the 1950s, these youths were known as hoods. The term greaser reappeared in the following decades during a revival of 1950s popular culture (e.g. American Graffiti, Grease, Happy Days, The Outsiders).
Well, now it’s really time to “Rock Around the Clock”! Count those posts as you’re “gonna rock, rock, rock, 'til broad daylight. We're gonna rock, gonna rock, around the clock tonight”. 1, 2, listen to those frogs making a big to-do! 3, 4, pass through the brushy area and if the band slows down we'll yell for more. 5, 6, boogie on a bench to get your kicks. 7, 8, 9 and 10 - time to get rockin’ again. Then pass 11 too, I’ll be going strong and so will you! When the clock strikes twelve, we'll cool off then, Start a rockin' round the clock again. Before you start the count again, stop at the last mellow post before the colorful posts. Spin around and do the bunny hop back down the trail the way you came for 70 hops. Look to your right to spot a brooding, sullen fellow lying on the forest floor. Not much life in him anymore, but in the back at his base is where the Rebel slouches. Please reseal & rehide carefully.
Now it's time to finish the dance if you're hip. Return to a forward locomotion and then the trail will spin and dip. You’ll be “Reelin and Rocking” along the rest of the same trail to return to your vehicle. Your journey is over, “Ain’t That a Shame”!
Hope you had fun and I’d appreciate it if you could send me some “Yakety Yak” in an email to let me know how the boxes are doing.