Troll Keeper Talks to the Tree of Widsom  LbNA # 59551

OwnerWolf Dancer    
Placed DateSep 11 2011
LocationPriest Lake, , ID
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Level: Easy

Materials Needed: Stamp Pad

“Tow Troll, Tow Troll, I know nothing about mushrooms,” says the Troll Keeper. “I am going to look for the Tree of Wisdom. I wish to learn more about this place."

“You know where Tree is?” asks Tow Troll.

“Oh yes, Tow Troll, I do. You head over to the Hill Resort at Priest Lake. You past the resort and follow the dirt road to the lake for 0.9 miles. There, on the left side of the road, you will see a turn out with 4 white boulders in front of it. There you will also see a tree, with a sign on it that says, “No Overnight Camping.” This is the Tree of Wisdom…she lies in disguise.”

Troll Keeper Speaks to Tree of Wisdom

“Tree of Wisdom…while Tow Troll frolics about and searches for mushrooms…I search for knowledge…tell me of this place…”

The Tree of Wisdom looks down upon the Troll Keeper and sees sincerity in her eyes…

“I will tell you then,” says the tree, “a little of the history of this place… The history of the lake dates back almost 10,000 years to the end of the last ice age. After the vast glaciers that covered most of the area receded and vegetation started to re-grow, humans started to resettle the area. These humans were very strange to us, so we receded into the background and hid ourselves inside stories and fairy tales being visible to our red brothers and sisters only.”

“Oh yes,” says the Troll Keeper. “Our red brothers and sisters were always so kind and gentile to us.”

The Tree continues with her story… “The first white settlers arrived in the early 19th century. These early settlers were mainly fur trappers who quickly established trade with the native Kalispel Tribe. Jesuit Priests would eventually settle the lake in the 1840s and establish a base camp at Kalispell Bay. There was one priest in particular who was most trusted by our red friends, Father Pierre-Jean DeSmet. He was a native Belgian who had escaped from European persecution and became the most trusted of the white men among the Western Native Americans. It was he who named the lake Roothaan Lake for one of his superiors in Rome. But, the name would not stick though and in 1865 Captain John Mullan, a U.S. Army Captain who was traveling through the area under orders to build the "Mullan Trail" from Walla Walla, Washington to Fort Benton, would re-name the lake Kaniksu.”

“Kaniksu,” mutters Troll Keeper, “that is a native word, is it not?” asks the Troll Keeper.

“Yes,” says the Tree of Wisdom. “Kaniksu is believed to be the native word for “black robe” and because of the Jesuit presence the lake was later named Priest Lake.”

“All of that is very interesting,” says the Troll Keeper. “It is so very funny, how these muggles come to believe that they discover everything first. We know the truth, don’t we Tree…this place is and always will be Fairyland to those who live here.”

The Tree of Wisdom takes a deep breath and feels the ever present lake breeze caress her leaves and limbs. “At my base, around the back, Troll Keeper, you will find your prize buried under stones and debris. Be certain to rehide it carefully, so the muggles that frequent this place cannot find it.”

As with all Tow Troll and Troll Keeper letterboxes, first to find gets a gold coin. Happy hunting!

Yours on the trail,

Troll Keeper