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The Gingerbread Man - OU0219

 

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N 47° 31.815' W 122° 34.815' (WGS84)

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 Location: United States > Washington
 Cache Type: Multicache
 Size: Small
 Status: Ready for Search
 Time: 1:00 h   Distance to Travel: 0.50 mi
 Date Hidden: 03 January 2011
 Date Created: 03 January 2011
 Last Modified: 15 August 2011
 Waypoint: OU0219

 


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! DO NOT TAKE THE STAMPS !

The above coordinates will only get you to the parking lot at Howe Farm Park. From there,
You MUST follow the instructions within The Gingerbread Man story and sign all 9 logbooks.
ONCE UPON A TIME: Mr. and Mrs. Howe lived happily on a farm in Port Orchard, WA. One day, she decided to bake some treats for her Grandson, who was coming for a visit that day. So, she carefully mixed up the batter, rolled out some of the dough and cut it into a perfect Gingerbread Man and put him into the oven to bake. A short time later, she opened the oven door and saw the Gingerbread Man was done. So, she set the cookie sheet upon the counter and remarked, "What a fine looking Gingerbread Man you are!" After cooling, she gave him sugar icing for his eyes and mouth and dressed him smartly with a green candy bow-tie and buttons made of yummy red cinnamon drops.
THE GINGERBREAD MAN (Box #1): As the Old Woman turned away for a moment, to retrieve more dough to bake some cookies, the Gingerbread Man quickly jumped off the counter, and as he ran out the back door, he said, "I won't be anyone's snack today, I am going to run away!" He ran North past the Barn hoping to find a place to hide. He came to a Pump-House with a small Pile of Rocks at the NW Corner, where he decided to rest for awhile.
THE OLD WOMAN (Box #2): The Old Woman ran after him, but when she reached the Door at the Southeast Corner of the Barn, she sat down next to it to rest. As the Gingerbread Man ran out of site, she could still hear him singing and saying, "I won't be anyone's snack today. So, run, run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me! I'm the Gingerbread Man!"
THE BOY (Box #3): After hiding and resting for awhile, the Gingerbread Man started walking Eastward towards a Big Cedar Tree. At the tree's South Side by a Rock he encountered the Old Woman's Grandson. Upon seeing the Gingerbread Man, the Boy yelled, "Stop, Stop!" Hearing that, the Gingerbread Man ran South as fast as he could saying, "I ran away from home, And I ran away from the Old Woman, And I can run away from you! Yes, I can!" As he ran, he said, "Run, run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me! I'm the Gingerbread Man!" The Boy ran after the Gingerbread Man, but he could not catch him. The Gingerbread Man continued running, laughing and singing.
THE HORSE (Box #4): The Gingerbread Man ran Southeast to a Big Maple Tree, whereupon he saw a Horse grazing. "Neigh," said the Horse, "You look mighty tasty. I think that I would like to eat you." "But you can't!" said the Gingerbread Man. "I ran away from an Old Woman, I ran away from a Boy, And I can run away from you! Yes, I can!" As he ran, he said, "Run, run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me! I'm the Gingerbread Man!" The Horse galloped after the Gingerbread Man, but he could not catch him. The Gingerbread Man continued running, laughing and singing.
THE COW (Box #5): The Gingerbread Man continued South past a Window Tree, whereupon he met a Cow standing by an Old Apple Tree with a Broken Trunk. "Moo," said the Cow. "You look very fine! Fine enough to eat!" And the Cow started to chase the Gingerbread Man. But the Gingerbread Man ran faster, saying, "I ran away from an Old Woman, I ran away from a Boy, I ran away from a Horse, And I can run away from you! Yes, I can!" As he ran, he said, "Run, run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me! I'm the Gingerbread Man!" The Cow ran after the Gingerbread Man, but she could not catch him. The Gingerbread Man continued running, laughing and singing.
THE CHICKEN (Box #6): Soon the Gingerbread Man came to a nice Trail going East. He crossed over an old culvert and up a hill and turning left by a Big Rotting Stump. As he walked down the trail, curving to the right, he saw a Chicken scratching around behind a Double Fir Tree. "Cackle, cackle," said the Chicken, "You look fine enough to peck for dinner and I'm going to eat you!" The Gingerbread Man laughed at the Chicken, as he ran back on the trail he had been on, yelled at the Chicken, "I ran away from an Old Woman, I ran away from a Boy, I ran away from a Horse, I ran away from a Cow, And I can run away from you! Yes, I can!" As he ran, he said, "Run, run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me! I'm the Gingerbread Man!" The Chicken ran after the Gingerbread Man, but she could not catch him. The Gingerbread Man continued running, laughing and singing.
THE PIG (Box #7): The Gingerbread Man ran back to the Intersection of the Trails and decided to continue East up the Hillside and deeper into the woods. As he reached the top of the hill, he came to an overgrown clearing. Just to his right, he saw he a Grumpy Old Pig rooting about behind a mossy old Octopus Tree . The Pig grunted at him and said, "Stop! Stop, I'm hungry and I want to eat you!". Scared of being eaten, the Gingerbread Man ran back down the hill saying, "I ran away from an Old Woman, I ran away from a Boy, I ran away from a Horse, I ran away from a Cow, And I can run away from you! Yes, I can!" As he ran, he said, "Run, run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me! I'm the Gingerbread Man!" The Pig ran after the Gingerbread Man, but she could not catch him. The Gingerbread Man continued running, laughing and singing.
THE DOG (Box #8): The Gingerbread Man kept running and running. He passed some Rotting Logs by a Big Fir Tree, but he didn't stop. Suddenly, a Big Dog came out of the bushes, Right by another Big Fir Tree and frightened him. "Woof, Woof!", said the Dog, "You look fine enough for a snack and I'm going to eat you!" But the Gingerbread Man just said, "I ran away from an Old Woman, I ran away from a Boy, I ran away from a Horse, I ran away from a Cow, I ran away from a Chicken, I ran away from a Pig, And I can run away from you! Yes, I can!" As he ran, he said, "Run, run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me! I'm the Gingerbread Man!" The Big Dog ran after the Gingerbread Man, but he could not catch him. The Gingerbread Man, being frightened of the Big Dog, reversed his course.
THE FOX (Box #9): The Gingerbread Man headed South, but shortly thereafter realized his mistake, because the Trail ended at a Creek. As he stood there by a Pile of Rocks to his right, he cried out "Oh, no!, They will catch me! I must find a way across this creek." At that very moment, a Big Red Fox came out of the bushes and said, "I can help you! All you have to do is jump upon my back and I will take you across to the other side. I'm going that way anyway." The Gingerbread Man replied, "I don't trust you! You just want to eat me like all the others." In response, the clever Fox said, "Of course not, young man, I have already had dinner!" So, the Gingerbread Man jumped upon the Fox's back.
Just before the Fox started across the river, he said:

"This river does get very deep ahead,
So you better jump up on my nose instead."

So the Gingerbread Man jumps onto his nose.
And suddenly, the clever Fox quickly throws,

The Gingerbread Man very high into the air,
And with a 'Snap!', the Fox caught him with care.

"He was a tasty morsel after all," thought the Fox.

As all the farm animals gathered at the edge of the creek, they saw the clever
Fox crawling out and onto the far bank still licking the crumbs from his lips.
~~~ T H E ~ E N D ~~~
THE MORAL OF THIS STORY:
The Gingerbread Man was too proud and overconfident, being chased by life's troubles and he was too quick to accept the help of someone pretending to be a friend. However, the Fox didn't have to do anything particularly clever, he just happened to be better than the others. So, to sum it all up: No matter how good you are at something, there is always someone who is better!
REMARKS:
There are several versions of The Gingerbread Man over the last many decades since it's inception. I have taken the liberty of combining various portions of different versions, to include a few enhancements of my own, within this letterbox.

1. HISTORICAL LINK: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gingerbread_Man

2. GINGERBREAD MAN RELATED STORIES: http://stepbystepcc.com/gingerbread.html

3. RECIPES FOR GINGERBREAD TREATS:
http://allrecipes.com//Recipes/holidays-and-events/christmas/baking/gingerbread/Main.aspx

NOTE: For better flavor, use Sorghum instead of Molasses and Natural Brown Sugar instead of White Table Sugar.

! DO NOT TAKE THE STAMPS !

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