Years ago, I fell in love with MC Escher's art, particularly his
tessellations. As a math student and teacher, I have used
various techniques to create Escher-type tessellations. In
these boxes are some of the tessellation pieces that I have
created through the years. All of these boxes are intended
to be quick finds, but the tough part comes in when you attempt to
tessellate them! I hope you enjoy this series and don't get
too frustrated! If you would like to learn more about
tessellations and my techniques, go to this
site. Please replace all boxes as the clues suggest they
should be hidden. Thank you!
Go to Pamperin Park in Howard, WI (West of Green Bay). To
get there, take HWY 41 to exit169 and take Hwy 29/32 west.
Stay in the right lane and follow the signs to the park as you
need to enter the park in a very "round about" way. Once at
the park, drive all the way in to the last parking lot and park
Dancing Dinosaurus Rex Box:
(Note: Those of you that attended the 2004 GL Gathering may have
got this stamp already.)
Travel south from the parking lot along the east side of the
river. This grassy picnic area will converge to a point at
the very southern tip of the park. There you will find a
dirt trail that leads further south and then up to the railroad
tracks. Before you ascend the hill to the RR tracks, spot
the three-trunked tree on the left side of the path in the side of
the hill. Go to the left (east) side of this tree, and find
the two large concrete slabs forming an upside down "V".
Remove the loose rocks to expose the crevasse in the "V" where you
will find the first box.
Ziggy Goes to China Box:
Go back to the grassy tip of the picnic area where you picked up
the dirt trail to get to the first box. To find the rest of the
boxes, you will essentially walk the entire length of the park by
walking along the tree line to your right (east). From the
end of the path, take about 100 steps along the tree line.
You should notice that there is a barbed wire fence just inside
the tree line. Be mindful of this, as many of the boxes will
get you close to the barbed wire.
After the 100 steps, you should see a large three trunked tree in
the tree line just before the barbed wire. (If you passes
through a grove of birch, you've gone too far.) The tree has
a large gaping hole in its side. Reach into this opening and
reach around to the left to find the second box.
Continue along the tree line past the birch, past the grassy
opening to the RR tracks, to the point where you are directly
behind the gazebo. Look into the tree line and spot the
large "V" tree, which, again, is before the barbed wire. In
the back of this tree you will find a large hole where the next
box is hidden under a leaves, a rock and a piece of wood.
Shadow Bird Box:
Unfortunately, the park office now gets in the way, so continue to
follow the tree line as it curves towards the road, then proceed
in front of the park office, and then pick up following the tree
line on the other side. Soon you'll pass through a grove of
pine then there will be a grill on your left. Shortly after
the grill, the tree line dips in a little. At the point of
the dip, there is a medium four-trunked tree just inside the tree
line. Look in the place where the trunks meet for the Bird
Box. The box should be covered in leaves so it is not easily
Water Lizard Box:
Continue along the tree line past the playground. Follow the
tree line as it curves to the road again. Now the tree line
pretty much follows the road, so you can just walk on the right
side of the road (with traffic) to get to the next box.
Continue along the road until you come to a line of large rocks.
Stop at the fourth rock, which is dark grey in color. Turn
to face the tree line and the hill. Walk straight up the
hill for about 65 steps to a six trunked birch - although two of
the trunks have broken off. Look in the cavity of the front
broken off trunk under some leaves and birch bark for this box.
(This would be on the tree, on the top of the broken trunk.)
Barking Dog on an Ottoman Box:
From the birch, continue uphill and over the crest to spot the RR
tracks yet again. Head to the pile of RR ties you should
see. Spot the square RR tie on the bottom layer that has a
metal "S" in its face. Reach deeply into the gap to the
right of this tie for the last box.
I hope you enjoyed this series!