Monday, January 23, 2012

Monkeyshines 2012: the year of the dragon

It's Chinese New Year and in Tacoma that means magic is in the air... It's Monkeyshines time!

Not sure what I'm talking about? Here is Exit 133's article on them and here is my post on them from last year.

Judah enjoying his rabbit orb from last year and new dragon medallion

Last year, Bill found an orb during an early morning walk with the dogs. He found it outside the conservatory at Wright Park around 5:30 am. While he was doing that I was at home feeling sick and pregnant. Blech, no early morning searching for me last year.

The 2011 rabbit monkeyshines orb
This year, Bill was not inclined to get up early to walk the dogs. So, it was up to me. When Judah woke up I checked online and saw on Exit 133 that people had found some monkeyshines. I then quickly got dressed, changed Judah, and we were off. But, dammmn, it was icy! There was tons of black ice on the streets and sidewalks, so our progress was pretty slow going.

We first checked people's park and the planters around there on MLK. No luck (saw afterwards that some people reported finding marbles at peoples's , but there were out much earlier than us). We then (carefully) made our way over to Wright Park. We saw quite a few other hunters. I had been checking the landmarks in the park, but figured all the other hunters were probably doing the same. So we went off path and, wouldn't you know, we found a medallion sparklingly in the base of a tree trunk! Yay!

You can kind of see the swirls of color...

See the dragon?
That is now two years in a row that we have lucked out in Wright Park.

Judah really likes how the medallion tastes.

I am super glad we found a medallion, but, yowza, the photos I've seen so far of the orbs are crazy awesome. The artists outdid themselves.

Here is one that was posted on Exit 133

And one posted on the Exit 133's facebook page:

I'm posting this from my iPod while Judah naps in my arms. Once he is awake I'll update and add better photos... And now updated!
ipod photo
ipod photo of the medallion glowing when held in front of a light


  1. This is so cool! What a fun little adventure, looking for monkeyshines!

    1. Seriously, so fun.
      And it will just get even better the older Judah gets and it able to join in on the hunt. A few years ago I told my class all about it (1st-3rd graders) and they were off the wall excited. For the next week they kept telling me they could see one just outside the school fence, but inevitably they just keep spotting trash.

  2. Ms_Monkey here...What an adorable photo of Judah teething on the Dragon Medallion! Could you please send me that picture to I'd like to keep it for our archives. I be the cool glass feels great in his mouth.

    Glad you've been luck twice!

    1. Thanks for everything you do, Ms. Monkey! Monkeyshines are such a wonderful thing you have created for our funky little city.