This stamp is hidden in our FAVORITE place in Maine, Me Hearties! Be ready for one of the most scenic vistas! Bring your camera! Also, you might want to wear sneakers, as you will be walking/climbing rocks to get to the stamp. You CAN do it in sandals, but you will be safer and probably more comfortable in sneakers.
My daughter (age 13) spun this merry yarn, and the clues are included within the story! Have fun!
In was the summer of 1712, and the pirates were as tricky as ever! Blackbeard and his crew were in fine form! The innocent inhabitants of Maine would shudder, “Shiver Me Timbers!” when they heard these scurvy scums calling out, “Surrender Ye Booty!”
In these days long ago, the pirates would travel from sea to sea, top to bottom, searching for some ever-precious treasure. Whenever a pirate had a hunch about where a treasure was hidden, he would yell, “Thar be treasure in them thar hills!” And the crew would know what to do next!
One of these treasures was in the form of a stamp, hidden in the boulders of the rocky coast of Maine, in beautiful East Boothbay, Maine. And the pirates found the stamp, and then left it there for others to find, too.
We wish you Godspeed and Fair Winds as you follow these directions!
The pirates pulled up their pirate ship into the sand at Ocean Point Beach and Boat Launch, and walked along the grassy path that begins the Walking Trail along the coast, leaving from the top of the (now) cement boat launching dock.
They walked along the mulch path –Ocean Point Walk- singing, “A Pirate’s Life for Me!” They walked along the path until the path ended, spitting the gnarly pirates out onto some gigantic boulders. They eagerly jumped from rock to rock, past a huge house with an octagon tower at its front left corner. (Obviously, the inhabitants of this house had already found their treasure)!
The pirates continued on with the occasional “Polly wanna cracker?” and “Where’s the loot?” The pirates jumped across the biggest rocks they had ever seen.
The greedy scum bags walked on past a rusted iron post, and past a tiny island on their right. They started to complain (“Are we there yet, Captain?”), and the Captain snarled, “Blimey!” The pirates shook their heads and muttered, “Aye, aye, Captain!”
On their left, they passed an eight-foot raw cedar fence in front of a big house with five gables. They carefully dodged the two searchlights that were placed in front of this house to ward off any unwanted varmint like themselves, who might want to plunder their booty.
They continued and spotted a “cave” in the rocks to the left, and a few of the pirates wondered out loud if they might catch a bear in that thar cave.
The pirates passed a white gate on the left leading up to the big house.
At last, the pirates arrived in the perfect place to hide their treasure. They later named the place “Ambush Alley,” and liked how they could walk down the path and be hidden by rocks on each side of them. (This path is only about 6’ wide).
When the alley ended, and the pirates could see water on their right, they stepped back one or two steps, and climbed up this last rock that made up the right side of Ambush Alley, and hid their treasure in a hole in that rock. They yelled to one another, “Keep your wits about you!” as they climbed. They hid the box on top of a rock to keep it up out of rain that might collect there, and below another rock that would keep it from being swept up in the ocean breezes. (Please do the same).
What happened next, explains the name of “Ambush Alley.” The pirates were ambushed by the landlubbers of East Boothbay, and forced to give the details about the stamp they were hiding and allow the whole world access to this stamp. The landlubbers took no prisoners.
The story ends here, but a source says they once you also find the treasure, you too will be able to hear those pirates singing in the night, “Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest! Yo, Ho, Ho, and a bottle of rum!”