Marty the Holiday Mouse

Martybanner

 

Marty's story starts at Yost Park where he visits the remnants of Edmonds' first municipal water supply on Shell Creek. Then Marty packs a picnic and heads to the waterfront. Finally, Marty risks a run in with the owls in Pine Ridge Park to see the wintering ducks in Good Hope Pond. Through his travels, Marty learns about some of the things that make our parks and community so special.

Marty makes eight stops along the way. Find the marker signs at each location and use your camera phone to scan the QR code. Be sure to note the letter in the green star on the sign to play our word scramble- unscramble all eight letters and you could win a prize!

If you have trouble scanning the QR codes on the location signs, use the Quick Links at the bottom of this webpage. 

 

How to read the location marker signs

 Location sign directions

Marty Goes to Yost Park

Location 1
Marty the holiday mouse took one more look around before scurrying down Sword Fern Trail, moving fast so Eleanor the owl wouldn’t catch him. Under the safety of the Shell Creek bridge, he relaxed, soothed by the gentle sounds of the flowing creek.

Location 2
Marty had just crossed the bridge on his way to the Weir Trail, when he spotted the largest tree stump he had ever seen. “Imagine what this giant must have looked like when it towered above the valley floor!” he thought. The stump was now a nurse tree, helping a younger tree grow big and strong.

Location 3
Marty was nearly back at the parking lot when he spotted the deep, furrowed bark of his old friend Douglas Fir tree. Long ago when a fire swept through the forest, Douglas Fir agreed to help the mice and allowed them to hide in its cones. The mice survived the fire, and to this day, if you examine Douglas Fir’s cones, you can see the tails of the mice sticking out from between the scales.

 Yost Park Location Map

 

Marty Goes to the Waterfront

Location 4
Marty slung his binoculars over his shoulder, grabbed a field guide, and headed down to Olympic Beach to look for ducks. Bounding over the railroad tracks, he spotted Luca the Bald Eagle eyeing him hungrily, and bolted for the safety of the Olympic Beach Visitor Station.

Location 5
Marty headed north to meet his friend Mo at Brackett’s Landing. Cutting through the park south of the ferry terminal, Marty had barely started up the path when Luca the Eagle soared over the new Waterfront Center with his hungry eyes set on Marty. The little mouse took off like a shot and hid under the Beach Launch sculpture.

Location 6
Marty found Mo in the parking lot of the Dive Park, stumbling under the weight of a mountain of dive gear. The two friends suited up together and headed to the information kiosk to check the tide table before swimming out to the underwater trails.

 

Waterfront Location Map

 

 

Marty Goes to Pine Ridge Park

Location 7
Marty had heard all about the Barred Owls in Pine Ridge Park, and his tiny heart was racing as he started down the main path from the entrance off 83rd Ave W and 204th St SW. It was the perfect time to watch ducks at Good Hope Pond, and he was willing to take the risk. He moved stealthily, camouflaged against the forest floor, and stopped for a quick rest under the bench.

Location 8
The Wood Ducks were out when Marty arrived at Good Hope Pond. What a treat to see their bright colors on such a dark winter day! Marty got as close as he could to the fence and raised his binoculars to his eyes. This was the end of a journey worth taking.

 

Pine Ridge Location Map

 

How to enter the prize drawing

Signs at each location have a letter noted by a green burst. If you want to play our word scramble game, be sure to write down each letter from the eight location markers and decode the themed word. Once you think you have the themed word decoded, send an email to kim.anderson[@]edmondswa.gov with your word guess! All submissions with the correct word will be entered into a random drawing for a prize! Post a picture of you on the Marty adventure, and tag our Facebook or Instagram accounts to get an extra entry to the prize drawing. That’s two chances to win instead of one! Only one adult entry and one entry per child for each family can be entered for the prize drawing. Entries are accepted until January 15th. The random prize winner will be announced on January 18th.

 

Quick Links

Location 1
Location 3
Location 4
Location 5
Location 6
Location 7
Location 8