WHALES TAILS LETTERBOX
SO. BURLINGTON, VT


Note: This letterbox is currently believed to be missing (7/1/00).

"They say the sea is cold,
 But the sea contains the hottest blood of all."
                              - - D. H. Lawrence 

Hider:   Tom Cooch 
Clues:   Moderate 
Terrain: Easy 
Hidden:  07/06/99,08/03/99

This sculpture of two diving humpback whales was commissioned by Randolph philanthropist David Threlkeld in 1989. Local artist Jim Sardonis has placed several other creatures, such as the Braintree Panther, around the Randolph area. 

In July, 1999, just a few weeks after this letterbox was hidden, the sculpture was sold and moved to Technology Park in South Burlington. Shortly afterwards, the box followed them. 
 

DIRECTIONS

Take Exit 12 off of Interstate 89, just a few miles south of Burlington. Head north on VT Rte 2A and turn left at the first traffic light onto Marshall Ave. After 1.5 miles, bear left onto Shunpike Rd. Another 0.2 miles will bring you to the entrance to Technology Park. Turn left and circle around the buildings to the designated parking area. 

Leaving your car, head across the grassy field towards the Interstate. There will be a baseball field on your left as you proceed. You will come to the statue after several hundred yards, at which point you must orient yourself for the hunt. 

Click here for a map.
 

CLUES

Your ship is three weeks out of Randolph, running free with a strong north wind directly behind her. The weather has been exceptionally fine so far, although the strange green coloring of the sea has some of the older hands muttering. One point abaft your larboard beam, the "chin" of the coast's highest peak seems to resemble a giant hump - an omen of success to come?? 

"Thar she blows!" cries the lookout. There are two beautiful humpback whales diving perhaps fifteen fathoms away, just one point off the starboard bow. They seem strangely familiar. 

Suddenly you spot a larger pod behind you in the distance, seven points abaft the starboard beam. You signal your discovery to the captain, and at that moment the wind backs from the south. The decision is made: the captain veers sharply to starboard, leaving the humpbacks behind. 

After fourteen fathoms, you discern five small blue waterspouts that mark the spot. 
 

NOTES

It may be helpful to keep in mind that mariners divide the compass into 32 points. 

This letterbox is plugged - hidden below a circle of sod. Please be careful in removing and replacing the plug, so as to keep it intact. 

All bearings are magnetic. 

Before you set out read the waiver of responsibility and disclaimer.

This letterbox is #6 placed by The Orient Express.
 
 

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