Wanda and Pete's Letterboxes - Rhode Island


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49. ALMOST LAST BUT NOT LEAST A microbox planted in Woonsocket, RI to help complete the project of getting boxes planted in all 39 RI towns!

Confirmed missing 14 Aug 04


For this microbox, go to River Island Park in downtown Woonsocket, RI. You can get there by following the brown signs for the Museum of Work and Culture, and parking in one of the lots nearby. You may visit the museum, if you wish, to learn about such things as the French-Canadian immigrant experience, factory work and trade unions in this part of the state. Then go around back to view the Blackstone River itself, source of much of the state's past industrial activity. Past the gazebo and skating rink, find the microbox nestled in the leaf-covered crack of the 2-trunk tree closest to lamp post #13 and a black metal garbage can. Stamp in at a nearby bench and return the film container discreetly to its home, as this can be a very busy area. Thanks!



237. EXOTIC FLORA AND FAUNA IN RI Just a quick bit of fun at Roger Williams Park off Elmwood Avenue (route 1) east of I-95 exit 16 in Cranston

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This little series was inspired by10-year-old Pizza Nia of the J-Walker family of Westminster, SC. When I visited there in April 2008, Pizza Nia showed me her giraffe named Wanda, and carved a cute little stamp to go along with the story of that hand puppet. It reminded me of the baby giraffe that was born to much acclaim a few years ago at our own Roger Williams Zoo, so I told her I'd be happy to plant her stamp near there when I got back to RI.

So, to find this exotic bit of fauna in RI, make your way to the zoo parking lot and head towards the zoo entrance. When you reach the long-necked zebra crossing, just before it, follow that zebra away from the entrance and then up the long-necked blacktop ramp at 140 degrees. Bend your neck round another turn to reach the grassy top overlooking the zoo entrance, and find some "tree animals" walking on stilt-like legs amidst some discarded slabs of concrete. Thence head northeast some 25 steps (about 5 steps past an old stone concretion) to a two-trunk tree with a fist-sized chunk of asphalt on its western side. Under that black chunk and several layers of gray bark find Wanda the Giraffe! (Please re-hide her well from prying eyes and possible rubber-neckers!)

Now, for the exotic bit of flora, well, that just came about as an afterthought on the day we were heading up to Cranston to plant Pizza Nia's giraffe. That very morning I just happened to be catching up on the mail and found an article in Southern New England AAA's "Horizons" magazine May edition in the section Adventures Close to Home called "Beyond the Zoo", that mentioned the new Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park having a "huge display of carnivorous plants...some large enough to eat a rat". Well, naturally a statement like that seemed to warrant a stamp, too, but the Botanical Center is closed on Mondays, so we didn't actually get to see those extraordinary plants. We did, however, leave a crude carving of what we imagined a rat-eating plant might look like! To find it, park at the Botanical Center and walk uphill toward the mounted police stable. As you reach the paved side road going southwest, take about 75 steps at 210 degrees (from near the curving black fence and brown sewer drain) to a grove of cedars. In their midst, find two small cedar stumps with stones in their mouths. Search under the counterintuitive one for your counterintuitive plant. If anyone does get to see the actual rat-eating plants and feels like carving a new stamp for us, that would be really cool, too! Meanwhile, watch out those other "angry little plants" (as Pete calls poison ivy) that may be lurking around near where you walk, and make sure you leave the microbox well hidden, with cedar chips covering it up in the small stump hole, so that even if the little top stone is removed, the microbox itself will not be visible. Thanks for your discretion!


660. Basket Swamp Basket Short stroll down a well-marked trail in Tiverton, RI

Well, just as expected, the fox sucked up all the eggs we had near the indoor waterfalls in a burst of Easter "spring cleaning frenzy". However, the empty basket remained, so we transplanted it as promised, to its proper predesignated home. To find it, follow the white eggs until you spot your first yellow egg going off through a stone wall to the left. At the first outer edge of this wall that you reach (about 4 steps at 170 deg from a rotting stump mid trail, stepping over an embedded footlong rock), look under the low 2'x6" mossy ledge rock for a 2" stone somewhat resembling a brown egg sitting atop a 6" gray stone. On the backside of the small stone is the basket, which we hope you will replace carefully to look quite naturally at home here in its namesake swamp.


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