May Days near Mayfield  LbNA # 46825

OwnerTJ_Mich    
Placed DateApr 24 2009
CountyWashington
LocationMayfield, WI
Boxes8
Found Byn8r_tot
Last UpdateJun 17 2011

Clues

“May Days” is a series that celebrates wacky holidays, historic events, and other observations and occasions which occur throughout the month of May.

These letterboxes were originally created for a gathering at MAYbury State Park in Michigan. They are now in permanent locations near the very tiny town of MAYfield, Wisconsin.

To determine the exact locations, you’ll first need to figure out the details of each holiday or event:

On May 11, 1970, some fab guys released __ __ __ __ __ __ __ and __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __.

May 12 is a day to celebrate a certain verse form. Think AABBA.
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

May 15, 1856 was the birthdate of the author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” __. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __.

The skies of eastern Washington darkened on May 18, 1980 when __ __ __ __ __ __ __. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __.

May 23 is __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __, a time to reflect on this ubiquitous Victor D. Brenner copper sculpture.

Sam sent the first __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ to the Capitol on May 24, 1844.

May 28 is National __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Day, a tasty food invented by (some say) Wisconsin’s own Charlie Nagreen.

I can’t buy no beer on May 30, ‘cause it’s __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __’ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Day.


First location (loop trail, less than a mile): 15-8 12-7 15-6 11-3 11-15 12-3 11-17 15-5 18-6 11-7 15-3 11-5 Half of 11-8 12-4

Second location (minimum 3 mile hike; option for 4.2 miles): 11-9 30-5 18-9 23-7 24-15 23-2 18-5 12-5 23-7 12-6 18-10 24-6 18-11 23-6 23-7 28-9 12-1 23-7 12-8 18-9 18-13 18-13 23-2 11-14 18-1 18-9 23-3 18-7

Third location (about a 1 mile loop): 28-1 24-11 24-3 30-18 30-8 28-2 28-7 24-9 30-12 28-6 24-14 30-20 30-16 24-4


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At the first location, head to the first large parking lot on the right. Head past the pavilion to the northwest corner of the tree line, then continue north on the path another dozen steps. You’ll see a fallen tree in front of a pile of small rocks. (Careful - approach pile from north side to avoid barbed wire.) Look under the largest non-mossy gray rock in the middle of the pile to find MAY 11.

Next, return south and locate the black-striped white pole. Take the trail west, past views of the lake and two benches. At an intersection, head left. Just before a rocky crossing, look right to see a massive tree that’s half up, half down. Look in the small space between those halves, behind the base of the reclining portion, where MAY 12 awaits.

Then, continue up the hill past more boulders and fallen trees, around a bend and up another gradual incline. At the top, take a side path into the open area. Venture west until you see, off to your right, a pile of smooth logs. North of them is a large old tree with two more smooth logs at its base. MAY 15 is between these.

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At the second location, park at NN and head down the trail. After crossing the second open meadow area and rejoining the farm road, head west into the tree line 22 steps, to the third significant cluster -- three primary trunks and several smaller -- to find MAY 18.

Continue on and cross three bridges, then enter a grove of birches as the trail makes a sharp curve southwest. Stand at the blazed tree on the northeast side of the path, and sight at 30 degrees to a double-trunker with man-made additions. From here, take 25 at 25 to a fallen tree, and check at its farthest end for MAY 23.

From here, you can return to your car for a 3-mile round-trip hike, or continue on around the scenic white loop to make it a 4.2-mile total excursion.

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At the third location, proceed to the most distant parking lot. Head north on the trail, and veer right as golfers go left. Very shortly, take the small side trail between two small boulders. Walk down the hill and around a curve until you reach a tree immediately on the right of the path, with a great hidey-hole at the bottom. That one’s a bit too obvious, though, so look directly across the path to a fallen brown log, seven steps in. Check behind its stump end for MAY 24.

Continue north on the black trail, up a hill into the woods. Meander with the path and turn left at the intersection. Stay on the black trail through another intersection, then – just as the path takes a noticeable left turn – branch off on a less-travelled path to the north. Proceed 77 steps to a bi-colored double-trunker on the left, where MAY 28 is hidden in a hole around back.

Return to the main trail and head right up. At a sharp left you’ll descend, but don’t head to 17. Continue on, and avoid 18 too. At the top, cross through the treeline as the sporting venue changes. A short ways before the path curves around the south end of this area, you’ll find a faint path to the right. Descend 25 steps to see a many-many-armed tree off to the left. MAY 30 is hidden in his middle; please wedge it back in very securely when you’re through!

If you choose to return directly across the soccer fields you’ll be rewarded with a great view to the southwest. Happy May Days – hope you enjoyed the celebrations!




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