The Year of the Sheep - Monkeyshines 2015

With the transition from the Year of the Horse to the Year of the Sheep set to occur in less than a month, we wondered if once again the Monkeys would come out and bring their glass gifts to our city. Every year the lovely people of Tacoma try to glean any hint of when Monkeyshines will arrive. Will it be on Chinese New Year or some other day? After eleven years, will the Year of the Sheep be the last one? It is the end of the Chinese calendar cycle...

A blog post by the “Naughty Monkey,” the one who tipped us off to some details a few years ago, suggests that Monkeyshines may not occur. The Monkeys are frustrated. The hunters are relentless. Nevertheless, we know of at least a few people who are getting twitchy and are looking forward to the possibility of staring deep into hedges and behind rocks as they walk through town. Will the Monkeys come out for their final year?

After exchanging a few messages on Google+ with the Naughty Monkey, we were finally able to meet up. They arrived at the back of a nondescript Tacoma bar after riding the light rail and three buses. Some notes went on the table and I was able to ask some questions. 

In spite of what you may have read, Monkeyshines will happen this year. The Monkeys are working hard to make it happen. They’re going to go big. There will be four different stamps to reflect a goat/sheep/ram theme. The Monkeys will hide a lot more art than before - and not just glass.

That said, there was tremendous frustration coming out of last year. Monkeys were stalked and followed. Glass was being grabbed instantly after being hidden. The result? A date change. When? We don’t know. Naught Monkey didn’t know. But it won’t be when you expect it.

If followed, the Monkeys will stop distributing the art. They will go back into hiding and return another time. Furthermore, as I was warned, if cornered or threatened, they will resort to traditional monkey defensive techniques - not to put too fine a point on it, they have threatened to fling poop.  

You can still help make this year even bigger and shinier. Ms. Monkey has a special Year of the Sheep thank you for individuals that contribute $100 to Monkeyshines. There's still time to join the cause, and be a part of making this the best Monkeyshines ever. 

This is the end of the cycle. It seems highly likely that this will be the last year of Monkeyshines, Tacoma. Let’s do it.

The same rule applies as in previous years: Take just one. 

Find something? See something beautiful while hunting. Send us your photos at tips (at) exit133.com.

Do you want to know where to look? Read through last year's comments to get an idea of what has worked for others


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Comments

vortex

I am new to the Washington state, I came from Florida
I cannot believe how awesome the Tacoma area is,
I came across what you do in the Tacoma weekly, I have put 3 hours a day in for last three days with no luck, I am having a great time looking , some frustration because I’m not sure it’s out yet I hope I haven’t been looking for naught lol. I’m 53 and have many health problems lost motivation until I read your article I have been out with my dog at the point little parks downtown firemans park . I’ve lost 3 lbs so far and the rain will not stop me. It’s a beautiful thing you all do thank you for the awesome!
Sincerely Denise Bodman :)

January 22, 2015 at 7:54 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Larry Nichols

Just keep looking, I finally found one about 30 minutes ago at 1:15 in the morning floating in the pond at Wright Park.  I have been looking since Thursday morning.  This is my first time looking for them.  I just found out about this last month.

February 21, 2015 at 1:49 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

The following image appeared in our inbox with the caption, “A picture says a thousand words.”

January 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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mama&cubs;

Does this mean it has begun?  Has it really?  Or is this just marble man?

January 22, 2015 at 2:53 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Peter PeterRegistered

This looks like Marbleman and not the official hunt. Thank you, Marbleman!

January 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Lola

I would like to donate to Monkey Shines…we love them and appreciate their gift of art. We have never actually found any monkeyshine beauties, but we always love the hunt.  Please let me know how to contribute funds.
Thank you,
Lola

January 23, 2015 at 9:35 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Terie

Here is one way to help:  Ms. Monkey has a special Year of the Sheep thank you for individuals that contribute $100 to Monkeyshines - http://www.exit133.com/articles/view/a-very-special-monkeyshines-opportunity#.VMQe8EfF9ih .

January 24, 2015 at 2:39 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Lola

done!
Thank you-may the spirit of the MonkeyShine live on!

February 22, 2015 at 1:05 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Marie & boysRegistered

Thanks Marbleman for getting us so excited for the Year of the Sheep! We found marbles on our walk after dinner. We love to walk Tacoma, especially when there is a treasure found! Thank you for the memory.
Marie and boys

January 24, 2015 at 4:29 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Desirae

does this mean it wont be the traditional 1/31 early wee early hours of the morning?  When will we know further information - looking forward to taking my kids out this year.
Thanks!!! :)

January 28, 2015 at 3:29 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Morgan

You’ll just have to keep looking!  There is never any guarantee that they are put out on a specific day, and this year they chose to be more secretive about it and not give hints and possibly change the dates they go out.  It’s just supposed to be something you happen upon for good luck, not an organized one day event that everyone finds something.  Good luck! :)

January 30, 2015 at 1:43 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Roxanne

It’s traditionally on Chinese New Year, which falls on a different date every year. This year it’s February 19. Though it sounds like that won’t matter much this year. Who knows when they will hide them!

February 6, 2015 at 12:17 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Morgan

Just an FYI for all those itching to hunt, the Chinese New Year is Thursday, February 19th this year.  Perhaps we are a little too anxious for some January finds?

January 31, 2015 at 11:31 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Whitney

Has anyone else found anything yet?! If so be sure to post pictures here or use the hashtag #monkeyshines2015 on social media for us all to see! I find myself looking for a hint that the hunt has begun as I walk around town. Seeing that Marble Man is out in full force fuels the fire. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Monkey comes up with this year.

February 5, 2015 at 11:32 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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marblemanRegistered

Hi everybody, Happy Year of the Ram. Time to ramp things up! Let the good times roll!
See ya out there!
~Marbleman

February 6, 2015 at 7:22 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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mama&cubs;

Thanks marbleman!!  We have some marbles from a couple years ago, makes the cubs so happy.

Good luck to one and all!!

February 6, 2015 at 3:09 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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JJ

I found this today.  I took a marble and left the rest for others to find.  There were a lot of signs in that park as well “believe” “joy”, etc., not certain if those are some of the new Monkeyshines or not.  Did not see any of the traditional glass blown monkeyshines today.

February 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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The Hunter

I sure can’t wait!!

February 6, 2015 at 5:23 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Mama&Cubs;

Just saw a post from Naughty Monkey that sounded an awful lot like it has begun.  Am I wrong?  Do I need to suddenly get sick at work?  Ms. Monkey, is it time?

I had my eyes peeled all weekend and didn’t see anything….

February 9, 2015 at 11:27 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Terie

Just saw a post from Naughty Monkey that sounded an awful lot like it has begun.  Am I wrong?  Do I need to suddenly get sick at work?  Ms. Monkey, is it time?

I had my eyes peeled all weekend and didn’t see anything….

Mama&Cubs;, where did you see the post?

February 10, 2015 at 7:24 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Oma#7

Can anyone tell me if Lakewood, University Place or Steilacoom are included?????

February 9, 2015 at 3:15 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Dawn

No, I think just Tacoma (& south Tacoma, but not as far as Lakewood)

February 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Oma#7

Thanks for the answer. The sun is out—-wish it was now. Has it started??????

February 10, 2015 at 2:16 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Peter PeterRegistered

Steilacoom has been included in the past. I found one hidden there a few years ago and I’ve heard of others. I don’t know about Lakewood or UP.

February 10, 2015 at 3:31 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

You snooze…  You lose

February 13, 2015 at 8:19 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

You snooze…  You lose

February 13, 2015 at 8:20 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Mama&Cubs;

Oh poo and I’m at work in Kent.  My kids are even off today.  I hope this is just the start and there will be lots and lots for people to find (that and that everyone is in the same boat I am, stuck at work!).  If you see us out there tonight (I’m the tall redhead with three monkeys) say hi!

Good luck everyone, hope you find one!

February 13, 2015 at 12:34 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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AndreaW

I saw Naughty Monkey’s post a little after 7:00 this morning.  As luck would have it I have the day off.  What did I get for my time?  A more than full fitness tracker - over 20,000 steps so far today - and a positive attitude for the rest of the day.  No Monkeyshines yet, but I look forward to seeing what other people find!  Good luck everyone!

February 13, 2015 at 12:50 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Mama&Cubs;

Naughty monkey is very naughty indeed.  The Trib is reporting that the bulk of the monkeyshines haven’t been released into the wild yet.  Those of us at work rejoice!

I still love you naughty monkey…

February 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Silly Monkey

Looks like Naughty Monkey posted a globe from the Year of the Snake

February 13, 2015 at 2:54 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

Yes, please stay home in your nice warm bed.

The Naughty Monkey knows nothing…

February 13, 2015 at 8:59 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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JJ

I wondered if we could trust naughty monkey.  I didn’t see any signs of traditional Monkeyshines out there today so those of you at work didn’t miss too much.

February 13, 2015 at 3:08 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Giant Pacific Octopus

The octopus people have been waiting on tenterhooks (tentercle-hooks?) to follow Ms. Monkey’s lead—but keeping eight hands idle is difficult… the cephalopods may go on the march sooner, rather than later.

February 13, 2015 at 4:08 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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JJ

I don’t think I’m familiar with the octopus people.  Care to elaborate on how you plan to follow Ms. Monkey?  (It’s ok if you don’t, I’m just curious.)

February 13, 2015 at 7:46 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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mama&cubs;

I’ve been wondering that too.  I would love more info!

February 13, 2015 at 7:55 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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BrendaRegistered

I’m thinking (hoping!) they are referring to those octopus marbles that were found last year.

February 13, 2015 at 8:31 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Giant Pacific Octopus

We have no affiliation, and no plans to follow the monkeys around (we hear that’ll get you pelted with… ahem).  We’re just eager to appear, and hoping that the lovely monkeys take the lead.

February 13, 2015 at 10:13 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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MA PiperRegistered

Thank you! I just found a really cool glass orb with a blue octopus wrapped around it on my way to work! Love it! Regards, Matt Piper

February 18, 2015 at 7:38 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

The Naughty Monkey is not part of the project?

The Naughty Monkey is making things up ?

Things are not going out early/in stages/will go out on the usual night?

You people are hilarious!

The Naughty Monkey has always given you truth (unlike Ms Monkey who she has to escape from to provide this information)

My favorite comment?

The Naught Monkey is an Asshole…

Whey YES.  I AM an asshole!

And I’m an asshole with the glass, pottery, fiber art, messages in bottles and the information.

Go ahead…

Ignore the Naughty Monkey and miss out.

Oh, these did NOT go out tonight.

Whatever you do, do NOT go out and look for them tomorrow.  They won’t be there.

February 13, 2015 at 8:51 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

February 13, 2015 at 8:51 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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-->This Guy<--

Sooooo, I should be brewing a pot of coffee and putting on my thermals right about now…

February 13, 2015 at 9:35 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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mama&cubs;

We’re getting a little sleep and will be out dark and early!  See you all out there!

February 13, 2015 at 10:09 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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T&N

Was out last night did not find any glass or see others looking for it but I did leave some crystal clusters lying around. Where is everyone at?

February 14, 2015 at 5:07 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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mama&cubs;

We’re just about to head out.  Gotta drop the oldest off at work.  I’ve never been stopped by the TPD, if there aren’t other people out there we’re gonna look weird.  :)

February 14, 2015 at 5:17 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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chyba

We are heading out- hoping for a find.

February 14, 2015 at 6:00 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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T&N

Back at again this morning. There are lots of marbles around the pagoda at point d park.

February 14, 2015 at 6:07 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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The Hunter

Good luck everybody! I have to work or I would be looking also.

February 14, 2015 at 6:18 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Runner Mom

Out early this morning in Proctor- no Monkeyshines but woke up a raccoon.  We believe in you Naughty Monkey!

February 14, 2015 at 7:15 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Yojpoj

Didn’t set an alarm but the cat woke me up. Took the dog for a long Sixth Ave/Jason Lee/North Slope area walk. Dog happy but no monkey luck.

February 14, 2015 at 7:30 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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mama&cubs;

We found some marbles….and an octopus!  The boy was so happy.  Thank you marble man and giant pacific octopus!!!

February 14, 2015 at 7:57 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Rookieshines

How were you able to embed your photo in your post?  I wanted to post one of my little one too, but can’t figure it out

February 15, 2015 at 9:36 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the photo. We’ll add it to the comment.

February 15, 2015 at 9:41 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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nikki

it won’t let me sign in. i registered and all that, but it keeps telling me that the username/account name exist. yeah. its ME. lol. help?

February 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Out since 6

No Monkeyshine, but found this lovely treasure!

February 14, 2015 at 9:22 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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J & M

I was wondering if they were going to time it with the Asian New Year celebration happening today, but the News Tribune makes it sound like it will be coming up next week.  It’s hard this year since it officially falls on a Thursday.  We’re planning to go out Friday. I’m not allowed to go out without my hunting partner so I must wait.  The rumor that it’s already started is killing me since my hunting partner has to work today!

February 14, 2015 at 10:55 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Momma Bear

ive recently moved back home (here), and am just learning about this fun treasure hunt!
I’ve been excited to take my son out and share all that this beautiful state has to offer, too!
I’d love to get him out in an adventure that he will really dig, but can anyone give me an idea of some good locations?
It sounds like point defiance is a good place??

February 14, 2015 at 11:00 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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JJ

If you can afford it (sign up for Amazon Local notifications because sometimes there are reduced rates) going on a whale watching trip is an experience he won’t forget.  Orca Network (also an alert you can sign up for) posts sightings of whales.  Lime Kiln park in the San Juans has a microphone that broadcasts whale sounds when they’re near.  In the last month two new baby orcas have been discovered which is a big deal since the local residents are endangered.  Closer to home, renting kayaks is fun.  Mt Rainier has a lot of good hikes.  if outdoors stuff is your thing check out The Mountaineers - they have some family friendly events that would let you meet others.  Mt St Helen’s park is mind-boggling, so much devastation is still visible.  Is this the kind of stuff you were thinking of?  Any given weekend, especially in summer, there are local festivals and street parties, art fairs, etc.

February 14, 2015 at 11:49 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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mama&cubs;

Pt. Defiance is good and even if you find nothing these is so much to see and explore.  Ruston way is great too.  There is a path that goes behind Pt. Ruston where the birds drop shells to Crack them open and it’s just beautiful.  If you have the energy you could walk the whole thing all the way down to Chinese Reconciliation Park on the other end.  Also the water front along the Foss water way by the museum of glass.

February 14, 2015 at 11:39 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

Got a Question?

Ask a Monkey…

February 14, 2015 at 2:52 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Momma Bear

Hi, Naughty Monkey!
We’ve spent all day searching Point Defiance, and found a sad little guy, but it was too late for him!
Are we looking in the right place?

February 14, 2015 at 3:42 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Jenny J

Quit ruining the fun for the rest of us. This isn’t about you.

February 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

Oh you silly silly human…  <3

February 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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dr.kay

<3 all monkeys

February 14, 2015 at 4:04 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Anita and the boys(Mrs. Ladybug)

Got 3 days off this week to look with the boys. This yr Im putting my love of ladybugs out there. I will be leaving ladybugs as we hunt. If u find 1 please keep and enjoy. Good luck to all. Cant wait to watch the posts!

February 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Mawmaw

just wanted to say while I’ve never found a Monkeyshine, I love them!

one year when we swere starting out as a family, I ran across the article about Monkeyshines, my husband daughter and I all jumped in the car and went out exploring. we never found one, but my daughter still remembers it and we had fun getting out of the house!

February 14, 2015 at 8:07 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Happy D

Having fun walking all over, checking the blog and basically being consumed with the hunt and joy of being outdoors in the sun. Found a marble down on Foss waterway yesterday. Thanks Tacoma I love this town.

February 14, 2015 at 8:14 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Terie

I started looking for the beautiful sparkly gifts (nick named “shiney monkeys” by my daughter) that the hardworking monkeys leave ever since your very first year.  I have only found one beautiful orb, but continue to enjoy every year of searching.  I am so grateful for the wonderful community activity that brings so many together once a year.  I am continuing to explore how I/we can continue to enjoy and support this wondrous event after this year.  I am hoping we can start some kind of grassroots effort.  But if any of you have enjoyed this event by participating or discovering, lets make the small effort in comparison to the monkeys in showing our appreciation and respect for the art and joy they bring.

February 14, 2015 at 10:05 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

Hmmmm…

February 14, 2015 at 11:35 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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dr.kay

oh my Naughty monkey… what are you teasing us with here? is this the fiber art we heard about? We love you too! we think you’re great. an :-[~~    PSSTTTT on the naysayers!

February 15, 2015 at 6:47 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

The Naughty Monkey Answers your Questions…

Keep em coming folks…

https://suchanaughtymonkey.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/the-naughty-monkey-answer-your-questions/

February 15, 2015 at 12:14 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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T & N

Took a lovely walk this morning with the pup. We placed some more crystal clusters out there and saw some marbles. Pointed a man in the direction of a marble so his son could find it. Sounded like he won the lottery as I walked away. Marble Man, you made that kids day. I tip my hat to you sir.

February 15, 2015 at 6:35 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

February 15, 2015 at 6:37 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Happy D

Yes yes yes I’m soooo obsessed, my family wants food and groceries but there is no time it’s hunting season the possibility of beautiful shiny things are out, my feet are blistered from walking miles everyday, going to diffrent locations, checking around planters, rocks, corners, everywhere. Oh this year it’s the worst it’s ever been. The hints the teasing by naughty monkeys only makes me more giddy and addes to the joy of monkeyshines season!

February 15, 2015 at 6:59 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Slo Jo

Please keep this going for at least another twelve years!  My family is enjoying this so much, and it’s just so wonderful how you entice people to spend time outdoors in our lovely town.

February 15, 2015 at 9:44 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Rookieshines

Thank you Marble Man for making our little Monkeyshiner-in-training so very happy.  Your generosity is most appreciated!!  She is already talking about ways to pay it forward…the spirit of Monkeyshines grows thanks to people like you.


February 15, 2015 at 8:42 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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dr.kay

The smile on all the kids faces says so much! It is indeed the giving and the giving back, ‘paying forward’.  Everyone’s generosity in giving is awesome! shells, octopi, marbles, crystals, lady bugs, etc. Just awesome!! Tacoma rocks!  Look what you started Ms.  Monkey! You’re the best! I think we should all vote on having a park named after you. Sounds good doesn’t it?  Ms Monkey Park.  :-) after 12 years of giving.. yeah.

February 15, 2015 at 12:49 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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mo

found some marbles today down near thea’s park and spotted some on proctor as well…woohoo, it has begun! husband and i are going to be on high alert the next few days—still haven’t had the pleasure of finding medallions or floats yet, but this year is our year…can’t wait to go out hunting together!

February 15, 2015 at 3:58 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

I’m so giddy right now, I just can’t stand it…

February 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Blen

Had a great time today searching for marbles!  Started out early this morning but didn’t find any.  But we were reminded how beautiful our city is and how lucky we are to live here. Decided to go out with both daughters later this afternoon and each one found a marble!  Thank you Marble Man, Monkeyshines artists, & A Naughty Monkey for the entertainment :)  looking forward to the Monkeyshine hunt!

February 15, 2015 at 6:18 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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12th Man Sisters

I got to say I love all the excitement Monkeyshines brings out in our city!! Naughty Monkey you are a blast to read I love your energy and you just sound like a lot of fun!!! Thank you for all you add to the excitement!!!
Watch for 12th Man treasures to come….

February 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Happy D

the Rams are sooo cute! Thank you two friends of mine found them. It’s just as much fun to watch a friend find something as it is to find your own.

February 16, 2015 at 1:41 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

And naughty monkeys love the 12th Man sisters…

BOOM!

February 15, 2015 at 6:43 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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toandfro1979

Found marbles at Point Defiance and in Old Town. Vielen dank, Marbleman!!!

February 15, 2015 at 7:23 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

Hmmm….  What is this thing?

February 15, 2015 at 9:42 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Andrew

My son’s first year of Monkeyshining and we went out this morning. He was excited but the true spirit of the event was stated by this 7 yr old after 45 mins. of searching, “Dad, I don’t care if we find anything. I’m having so much fun exploring!”
About 10 mins. later, as karma would have it, a gentleman and his pup tipped us off to a marble. He was ecstatic! Thank you T&N, Marbleman, and Monkeyshines!

February 15, 2015 at 11:48 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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T & N

Was out again this morning enjoying our town and dropping off more treasures. I came across a poor little 12th man ram trapped in a salmon’s mouth. I rescued him from his unfortunate predicament. Thanks 12th man sisters

February 16, 2015 at 7:25 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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HEP

Nice work!!! Which Salmon, if you don’t mind me asking? I ran by a Salmon this morning but didn’t think to stop and look…

February 16, 2015 at 1:21 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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T & N

The one next to the firehouse. I believe its name is sparkles.

February 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Mama & CubsRegistered

Great article about monkeyshines and Ms. Monkey in the trib.  Ms. Monkey, this is our fourth year, and we say a very heartfelt THANK YOU!!  My oldest (now 10 and the owner/finder of our first monkeyshine) looks forward to this every year, to the point of sleeping in his clothing as to not lose any searching time.  We’ve had a great time so far.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/02/15/3640616_monkeyshines-ms-monkey-tells-story.html?rh=1

To the 12th Man Sisters, we haven’t seen your stuff yet, but THANK YOU!  To the Giant Pacific Octopus, THANK YOU! it was a special surprise to find it, and even more special to find it glowed in the dark that night, the Marble Man, you’ve really outdone yourself this year, THANK YOU!  And to all the people out there who smile and take a moment to say “Hi” during the hunt, THANK YOU!

February 16, 2015 at 8:28 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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PuyallupmommaRegistered

Out early again this morning and found this lovely 12th Ram! Thank you to all, he will be cherished and loved!

February 16, 2015 at 8:51 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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betheadventure

Spent a couple of hours out and about this morning. Fun wandering around town. Saw two different groups of people searching, spoke with one group. No luck in terms of actual monkeyshines, but was nice to watch the beautiful sunrise this morning and stretch out the legs before clocking in at work. May have to whip something fun up at work and leave some treasure behind for future seekers….

February 16, 2015 at 10:04 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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PuyallupmommaRegistered

From a first time hunter! Discovering new places in Tacoma. Lions at Wright Park.

February 16, 2015 at 12:38 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Runner Mom

Great runs and walks over the last few days…. no Monkeyshines, marbles, or other official finds.  BUT did find an empty bird nest, a stone suitcase (UWT), and Chinese stone lions! Love Tacoma and love Monkeyshines!

February 16, 2015 at 1:23 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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12th Man Sisters

12th Man Sisters are apparently not fence menders because more of our 12th man sheep have got loose, they are rooming around Tacoma enjoying the sun! From boat rides, hanging with fishes and finding new friends they sure are getting around Tacoma!!!  They are roaming free all around this beautiful city of ours!!!

February 16, 2015 at 5:01 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Momma Bear

I can’t believe how much my 9 year old son loves this!  Like someone above said, he made the comment that he doesn’t care if he finds anything! He’s really gotten into the spirit of the hunt, without getting competitive.
Thanks to all who have contributed! This past weekend has been one of the best we’ve had in awhile! So much so, that we’ve decided to go out every weekend and explore!
You all really have a cool thing going here, and the sense of family and community is contagious!

February 16, 2015 at 5:01 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Treasure Hunting Grandma

Went out today and looked high and low.. Didn’t find anything, but enjoyed the search.. My husband went out reluctantly and admitted to enjoying himself.. Was such a beautiful day and will be going out again later this week.. I love hearing the stories of everyone that participates, whether they find something or not.. Everyone needs a good adventure. So fun.

February 16, 2015 at 5:53 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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shelby m

am I mistaken in that people are just supposed to take 1 monkeyshine, marble, etc?

February 16, 2015 at 6:14 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

Take only one, or risk monkey wrath.

Worse than that, take more than one and risk the wrath of thousands of monkeyshine hunters who are playing by the rules.

February 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Peter PeterRegistered

The rules seem strictest (even if self-imposed) with the official monkeyshine balls and medallions. I’ve found a ball in the past and kept looking. If I found another one that was more interesting to me, I’d swap it out and leave the previous one. Only take one in the end.

Since marbles are going out now I believe they count separately. If you find a marble this week and a monkeyshine next week, I don’t think anyone is expecting you to return the marble. It’d be great if you did, but the wrath of scorned monkeys probably won’t come down on you.

February 17, 2015 at 11:34 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Runner Mom

Naughty Monkey, you have been very quiet all day.

Message from high school runner monkey….Will I be trapped behind a desk while you are racing around having fun?

February 16, 2015 at 6:57 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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naughtymonkeyRegistered

February 16, 2015 at 7:29 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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12th Man Sisters

Ohhh Naughty Monkey you are such a tease!! But we are loving it!!

February 16, 2015 at 7:45 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Ginger Monkey Love

I always get my friends hyped up and enlightened every year, still have never found anything but love the hunt. Leaving for my father’s 60th in a couple of days hoping to go out a few nights to find him a great unique gift he will love

February 16, 2015 at 8:16 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Emily

Hello!

Is it too late to donate? And when/where would we get our donation gift?

-Emily

February 17, 2015 at 12:04 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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betheadventure

it’s not :)
Hoping to pay today (basically waiting on tax return to magically appear). I think you can also donate directly if you can’t afford the cup. I’m sure any bit helps.

http://www.exit133.com/articles/view/a-very-special-monkeyshines-opportunity

February 17, 2015 at 7:59 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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T & N

Took another walk this morning with the pup. I’m starting to see more hunters out there. Left some chunks of thunder eggs lying around. There was no glass out there, but I did see a sleeping angel in a bowl. I decided not to disturb her and move on. My favorite part about walking around in the morning is how peaceful it is and couldn’t ask for better February weather.

February 17, 2015 at 6:54 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Andrew

Went out looking this morning and found more Tacoma! It’s a good day. Shine on!

February 17, 2015 at 8:26 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Eamonn

Had a nice walk on a beautiful February morning. Found some very pretty marbles in Wright Park. Left them behind in hopes of making a younger hunter’s day. Good luck and have fun out there!

February 17, 2015 at 9:39 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Several people have asked if it would be possible for us to notify them when Monkeyshines officially starts. The short answer is, no. We will not personally do that. However, here’s a tip that may help. 1) Register on Exit133 if you haven’t already done that, then 2) once registered and signed in, at the bottom of the comments is a link to “Subscribe to comment notification ...” This should send you an email with every new comment and will be the fastest way to know when things get really exciting around here.

Good luck and happy hunting.

February 17, 2015 at 11:18 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Michelle

I tried registering last week but didn’t get the authentication email… Anyone else have this problem?

February 17, 2015 at 1:20 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Michelle - I’ve activated your account. Emails are working right now, but some email services just never seem to receive them. It’s a known issue.

February 17, 2015 at 1:24 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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T

I haven’t received my activation email either.  Could you activate my account too?

February 18, 2015 at 1:11 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

You’re activated now.

February 18, 2015 at 7:49 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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beachmama

I’ve been waiting for my activation too. No luck yet. Derek can you help?

February 18, 2015 at 8:54 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

You’re fixed now.

February 18, 2015 at 9:43 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Just so folks know - notifications are only working for some people. We’ll just have to go back to the old method of hitting REFRESH over and over again ...

February 18, 2015 at 1:03 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Monkey Seekers

I got the e-mail, but when I click on the URL it gives me an error code that says “invalid activation request”. Can you help with this?

February 18, 2015 at 1:49 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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12th Man Sister's

While out checking on the heard spotted a silly ram hanging with a friend trying shake shake shake!!

February 17, 2015 at 11:46 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Generous Monkey

Generous monkey is starting to feel a bit, well generous. But then again I am a monkey at heart, and love shenanigans. So very conflicted. I’ll start with one, and just one. Not a ball. Not a medallion. Not a marble. Not a ladybug. Not a 12’s sisters. Though I do love all of the before mentioned things. Something new for the year. Something Sparkly. Something to be treasured all the same.

February 17, 2015 at 12:42 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Oma#7

Generous Monkey—-you are one bad tease. This old granny is going to compete with you swift good sighted youngn’s.

February 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Generous Monkey

Oops. Did I say 1? There goes another!  Must be feeling extra generous right now  

February 17, 2015 at 1:11 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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BrendaRegistered

As a fourth year monkey searcher, I couldn’t go on another year of hunting without giving a little something back - I’ve left 6 itty bitty monkeys around Tacoma in the past three days. I hope they find smiling faces and warm homes!

Happy searching (and sharing) all!

February 17, 2015 at 1:25 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Giant Pacific Octopus

There are a few more tentacled orphans waiting out there in the city… and many more to come.

February 17, 2015 at 1:44 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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The HunterRegistered

I can’t wait! Great family event!! This is huge for Ms. Monkey and the Tacoma art commission. Thank you very much for all you do!! I really like my candle holder too!!

February 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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marblemanRegistered

Hi all,
I heard that those that have found one of the jars of marbles were kind enough to only take one and leave the rest and the jar.  IF you find a jar of marbles, the entire jar is yours to take… there’s more to go out… many more. :-)
Shine on….
Marbleman

February 17, 2015 at 2:29 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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jj

Hi Marbleman!  Thank you.  I’m one who left the jar because I wanted someone else to have the fun of finding it.  Over the last two years I’ve found over 30 of your marbles.  I’ve kept a couple, and took photos of most of the rest - sort of a marble photo safari.  They look pretty big and cool close up in their “natural” surroundings.  Thanks for all the fun!

February 17, 2015 at 3:23 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Runner Mom

Sometimes runners leave treasures behind when they run ...

February 17, 2015 at 5:22 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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JNL MOM

My daughter found the top disk in this photo. Thank you to Runner Mom for leaving these behind on your run. No orb or medallion yet, but the fun is in the search and this disk made our hearts leap just as much as something from Ms Monkey. Thank you, it’s beautiful.

February 19, 2015 at 9:59 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DMurphyRegistered

I think I found one!!  Located at Wrights Park with the lovely greetings inside…our family is loving it! Happy Hunting to everyone!

February 17, 2015 at 5:46 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DMurphyRegistered

I don’t know how to embed the photo :(

Sorry!

February 17, 2015 at 5:47 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DMurphyRegistered

MonkeyShine photo DSC_0070.jpg

February 17, 2015 at 5:53 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

The artist sent in a note to us. See my comment below.

February 17, 2015 at 6:16 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Evelyn

Facebook hint from Beautiful Angle:
‎Beautiful Angle
1 hr · Seattle, WA ·
It’s gonna be a good night for…oh, I don’t know. Stuff, I guess.
(with a bit of a picture of a Ram poster—oooh!)

February 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Submitted without attribution to us with the following note: “Messages in a Monkeyshines bottle. Just a look, then I will rehide it. Thank you unknown artist. T-Town is so cool!”

February 17, 2015 at 6:16 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Generous Monkey

I’m so glad to see that someone found my message in a bottle (in my best Police voice). I guess that means I need to go hide some more. Generous Monkey loves to read…

February 17, 2015 at 6:52 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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T & A

Watched it get pulled from his arm as I pulled up. It was soooo shiny! Made me happy just to catch a glimpse of one in the wild.

February 17, 2015 at 10:25 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Laura

I’ve heard that particular sparkly bottle may have been re-hidden elsewhere in Tacoma.  Perhaps in a park dedicated to some of our first responders…  Happy Hunting!

February 17, 2015 at 11:26 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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finder

people are out lookin

February 17, 2015 at 7:57 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Margaret Moon

Beautiful Angle posters are out! Drove by a group getting two from the Elk Lodge, congrats guys!

February 17, 2015 at 8:24 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

I wanted to thank the gentleman who loaned me his pliers so that I could pull down a perfect Year of the Sheep Beautiful Angle poster.

Good luck, and happy hunting.

February 17, 2015 at 8:49 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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SpindockRegistered

Your welcome Derek. Happy hunting.

February 18, 2015 at 11:01 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Fawn

Thanks Marbleman for the fun of finding a marble jar.

But, I’m wondering how tall you are?

February 17, 2015 at 9:41 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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marble helper

@ fawn i know which one you are talking about about ten feet tall lol we be crafty good eye keep your eyes open lol

February 17, 2015 at 10:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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marble helper

@ fawn i know which one you are talking about about ten feet tall lol we be crafty good eye keep your eyes open lol

February 17, 2015 at 10:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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finder

there still lookin

February 17, 2015 at 10:34 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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finder

one was just found on 38st in taco truck park lot from last year under some stuff in side of the place

February 17, 2015 at 10:51 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Luxx

posters out already any body post a photo so I know what I’m looking for.

February 17, 2015 at 11:02 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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JJ

There are some on Twitter.  I think Derek has to load the photos for this site.  Use #Tacoma.  It’s black/white (or tan/white) with two rams butting heads.

February 18, 2015 at 7:50 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Laura

We were lucky enough to find a message in a bottle from Generous Monkey this evening.  So fun!  We added our own comments to the “Tacoma Is…” note and hid it again for someone else to find.  Love Monkeyshines!

February 17, 2015 at 11:33 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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12th Man Sisters

Remember to only take one.
Although we won’t fling poo, we will move the herd.

February 18, 2015 at 1:02 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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JWILL

I’ve been out since 3:30 and did not have any luck. I did meet a few nice hunters and one not so nice police officer.

February 18, 2015 at 6:10 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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T & N

Was out again this morning. Looked at fireman’s park, found some glass. But alas, it was a crack pipe. LoL! Also found a bum. Good times in Tacoma! Be careful out there and have fun.

February 18, 2015 at 6:28 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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LooperSix

My family found a 12th Ram.  Thanks 12th Man Sisters.  We love Monkeyshine time in Tacoma!

February 18, 2015 at 6:38 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DC

I was lucky enough to stumble on to a jar of marbles on my evening run through Wright Park :)
Topped the night off with a Beautiful Angle poster as well - and I wanted to thank the gentleman with the pliers who helped me get mine down from UWT! Good luck out there everyone!

February 18, 2015 at 7:05 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Supatractor

Searched for a few hours this morning, no luck. Hope this is our year. Off to work for now good luck hunters.

February 18, 2015 at 7:07 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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HaNkRegistered

Found this while snagging a photo.  Pleasant surprise.

IMG_0789

February 18, 2015 at 8:17 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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HaNkRegistered

Photo looks much better at real size.

February 18, 2015 at 8:18 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Mrs. Lady bug

Woke up early and searched the North End. No treasures yet. I had fun hiding my ladybugs though. Happy hunting. I’ll be out tonight and everyday til Sunday.

February 18, 2015 at 9:30 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

I’ve been receiving questions about how to post images:

1) The easiest way is to comment and send us an email with the image at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). There is a bit of a delay, of course.
2) If you can host your own image via your server or a service like Flickr, Photobucket, etc., then you can use standard HTML to embed the image in your comment. Please please please optimize the image first so that it’s a reasonable size for browsing on the web.

That’s it. More updates to come. Thank you for reading Exit133.

February 18, 2015 at 9:41 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

A quick note on website activation: Gmail and Comcast emails in particular are going into a black hole. If you register and do not receive the activation email, email us and we’ll manually set you up.

February 18, 2015 at 9:44 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DalshineRegistered

I have yahoo and had no trouble setting up my account yesterday but I have only received one notification and that was yesterday afternoon. :(

February 18, 2015 at 9:50 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

We’re looking into it.

February 18, 2015 at 9:59 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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alana

I tried to register but it would not work.

February 18, 2015 at 10:40 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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InterrobangRegistered

walked around this AM on the waterfront, no luck but a lovely morning for a walk.

February 18, 2015 at 10:00 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Happy D

Another beautiful sunrise, my son and I had a fun listening to the wolves howl and watching the sunrise this morning while searching Owens beach. Before he went to school. No luck but it’s a nice memory just the same.

February 18, 2015 at 11:58 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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12th Man Sisters

My Sister and I spent hours herding the sheep last night, it sure it a lot of work for 2 girls!!!

February 18, 2015 at 12:04 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Submitted to us by a reader: Found on Broadway in downtown Tacoma.

February 18, 2015 at 12:13 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Just so folks know - comment notifications are only working for some people. We’ll just have to go back to the old method of hitting REFRESH over and over again ...

February 18, 2015 at 1:03 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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finder

well people cant sleep because its time there ready and want to hunt I see many people all over the city looking here looking there keep up the good hunt it will pay off

February 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Runner Mom

It really is serendipitous ... after many days of searching Runner Daughter finds two marbles between classes outside her high school ! Yahoo!

February 18, 2015 at 5:04 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Teacher/Seeker

As I was prepping the classroom, I noticed beautiful sunrise colors this morning. Took a walk around the building to enjoy the view, and found a 12th ram! Thanks! He’s spending the night recovering from his day at middle school (and a bit of a repair), then will be set free to surprise another tomorrow. Thanks 12th man sisters!

February 18, 2015 at 6:59 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Generous Monkey

Generous monkey is loving all the love and generosity out in Tacoma right now. Generous Monkey loves to see people passing their good fortune forward by rehiding things (even though you don’t have to) and all those leaving their own treasures behind, even beyond our known headliners (marbleman, 12 sisters, ladybug lady, etc.) we love to see our community, our people, and our glorious city uniting. Generous monkey has left some more sparkly treasures behind after seeing so many acts of kindness and paying it forward. Generous monkey also loves the environent. Lets keep Tacoma beautiful. Pack an extra bag and if that shiny object you go after is really a red bull can, pick it up and put it in the recycling etc. Keeping our city sparkling is a treasure in itself. And if I see you out helping keep Tacoma beautiful while hunting, it might spur me to be even MORE generous….

February 18, 2015 at 7:33 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Treasure hunting Grandma

I love that idea of cleaning up as you go around on the Hunt.. I will do that for sure.. I have really enjoyed the hunt this year and I really don’t want this to be the last year.. My Grandkids really enjoy being a part of this tradition. We have yet to find anything, but the sense of adventure just adds a sparkle to their eyes and it melts my heart. Thank you to all involved in this..

February 18, 2015 at 7:40 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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SpindockRegistered

I agree with Treasure hunting Grandma. I had a really fun time with my friends looking around all over Tacoma. We didn’t find anything but we did our civic duty and picked up some trash in Wrights Park tonight.

February 18, 2015 at 10:58 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Dog WalkerRegistered

Had a great walk with the dogs tonight, and I am thrilled to share that I was able to save a 12th man Ram; he was about to be swallowed by the giant fish in Proctor. It was a close one! ;) Thanks 12th Man Sisters for making my night! Happy hunting everyone!

February 18, 2015 at 7:53 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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12th Man Sister's

Good save,  those silly little rams get themselves caught in the craziest places!

February 18, 2015 at 8:16 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Luxx

Was out tonite and found a ram piece. With 2015 on it, how lovely. Now gotta keep looking. I know there’s stuff out there.

February 18, 2015 at 8:17 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Looking4RocksRegistered

marble

Found a marble this morning! It was hanging out at the base of the Goddess of Commerce statue. I had fun exploring downtown! Found 2 more marbles but left them for others.

February 18, 2015 at 8:47 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Looking4RocksRegistered

Hmm, let’s try this again.
marble

February 18, 2015 at 8:50 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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TeamWolfe

Is there anybodybout searching yet?

February 19, 2015 at 4:55 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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HaNkRegistered

I’m gonna head out for a walk here in about 30 minutes.

February 19, 2015 at 4:58 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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mollie

Is there anybodybout searching yet?

I’ve been out for 3 hours—found a jar of marbles (thanks Marbleman!) but other than that, no sign of floats or medallions yet!

February 19, 2015 at 5:00 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Danielle

Just got out here. Looking around proctor. Found a few fellow hunters but that’s it so far.  Saw a big group of people at Lowell elementary. Good luck and happy hunting.

February 19, 2015 at 5:02 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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mama&cubs;

I am up and dressed but holding until something is found.  Saving my early morning for something happening, hoping something gets found!

February 19, 2015 at 5:07 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Luxx

Found one on pacific and 38th.

February 19, 2015 at 5:10 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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mama&cubs;

Really? An orb?

February 19, 2015 at 5:19 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Luxx

Yes a pretty orb or ball

February 19, 2015 at 5:22 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Mama & CubsRegistered

Congrats!  We ended up finding one too!

February 19, 2015 at 10:19 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Angie

Started hunting around Sherman Elementary/seminary/Jane Clark Oarj around 4:00. Didn’t find any glass, but there’s other treasures out there. I found a glazed clay piece that says “Be Kind” and also says “Grant.”  Made by Grant students perhaps?  Sure made my day, thank you!  Happy hunting

February 19, 2015 at 5:31 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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JWILL

Found an orb in Lincoln Park!  Thanks Miss Monkey!

February 19, 2015 at 5:40 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Rob

They do exist! Found an orb in the small park at N. 8th and K St. in the North Slope! Thanks Miss Monkey!

February 19, 2015 at 5:55 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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chyba

Found an orb on 6th ave. Lots of kind people out looking. We love Tacoma!!

February 19, 2015 at 6:02 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Farmerswife

found a float at Wikson HS.

February 19, 2015 at 6:10 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Teacher/Seeker Spouse

Searched our city by the mountain,
Found our beauty in a fountain…

February 19, 2015 at 6:17 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Danielle

Looked all around proctor no luck. Then went to wright park. lots of people there. We didn’t find anything but ran into a group of girls who found a bright orange orb with a white ram. King 5 news wanted to interview them. So excited. Time to go home and get ready for work. Not giving up yet. Happy hunting and good luck.

February 19, 2015 at 6:20 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Marie and boys

Out on the hunt, boy wanted to find a treasure. A stranger gave him a jar of Monkeyshines! He says,“I found a really nice man instead! That was so nice of him. He made my day.” Thank you for making OUR day!

February 19, 2015 at 6:32 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Peeta

We found a beautiful orange and red orb under some sticks and leaves in Jane Clark. I think they’re trying to hide them in much trickier places… Thanks for making Tacoma such a great place!!!

February 19, 2015 at 6:39 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Doug

Success for our group at Mary Bridge and People’s Park!  Thanks Monkeys for all of the hard work in putting this on!

February 19, 2015 at 6:46 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Mark

I found mine at the hug farm on hilltop. Thanks ms. Monkey I recently moved to tacoma and totally love vibe.

February 19, 2015 at 6:48 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Brian

Found a float in Proctor this morning.

February 19, 2015 at 6:52 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Brooke

So excited found the giving plate from the generous monkey down on the waterfront!!! Then as I was walking spotted a ceramic piece that said be kind in the tree!! Pretty successful morning considering I have been looking since 4:30 this morning!! I love Tacoma!!

February 19, 2015 at 6:55 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Steph and crew

Scored my very first beautiful orange and yellow orb at Wright Park! So happy!!! After four years of not giving up, I finally found one. Thank you to everyone who was friendly and stopped for conversation along the way. Good luck all!!

February 19, 2015 at 7:06 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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notagainRegistered

Was that you on KING 5 news?

February 19, 2015 at 7:34 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Steph and crew

Yep! Lol that awkwardness was me on the news.

February 19, 2015 at 8:01 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Yojpoj

Stephanie, no awkwardness, you looked great. Way to represent Tacoma!

February 19, 2015 at 12:57 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Steph and crew

Yojpoj I just saw this reply! You friend are very kind, thank you. Thinking back to that interview there is so much I wish I would have said to better represent Tacoma, sadly, my nerves got the best of me. The biggest should have been a big HUGE THANK YOU to Ms Monkey and everyone else who works so hard to make this happen!!! Also just the sense of community it brings to all who hunt, its great to talk to so many encouraging people. I’m extremely ecstatic that I finally have one to call my own, even more so that this is possibly the last year. (I hope not) thanks again and good luck to all!

February 20, 2015 at 9:55 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Danielle

Congratulations! I think my girlfriend and I saw you and your friend up by the conservatory this morning. You let us take a look at your beautiful orb. Gives me hope to find one for my son. Congrats again.

February 19, 2015 at 7:38 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Steph and crew

Thanks again Danielle! It was nice to run into you two, thanks for being so nice. Fingers crossed for you and your son that you find one also!

February 19, 2015 at 8:04 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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JNat

My favorite story yet and it doesn’t even involve me getting one. I typically walk my dog every morning about 5am at UPS. However, our teething 10 month old has not been allowing any sleep in our house and I slept in a bit today. Thought I’d quickly drive by the fountain though on my way to the bus station. As I drive up there’s a woman standing on top of the bench by the fountain, phone in hand, obviously found one. I was so disappointed to be beaten to the punch at my usual spot and drove off. About 30 seconds later I get a text from my friend who says “I am at the UPS fountain and I think there may be one at the top but I don’t know how to get up there!”  It was her texting me when I drove by and she didn’t even see me. I circled back and helped hoist her up to grab the most beautiful blue and green orb. And to top it off, her husband just received a real bad health diagnosis…so they need all the good luck they can get. So much happier for her to have it than me. May the Year of the Ram be excellent to them!  And thanks Ms Monkey and crew, you’re amazing and make Tacoma beautiful.

February 19, 2015 at 7:25 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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AndreaWRegistered

I checked the fountain an hour before.  Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be the early bird.  I am so happy your friend was the lucky one instead!

February 19, 2015 at 9:53 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Yojpoj

A UPS staff member found another float in the fountain, I think later, so things definitely didn’t hit town all at once!

February 19, 2015 at 1:07 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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The HunterRegistered

I found a beautiful globe on sprague this morning when airing up a tire of all things! I love it!!

February 19, 2015 at 7:29 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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J & M

Found one!!!! Woohoo! Thank you for the tip to the lovely lady in pink at the Glass Museum. Monkeyshiners, you are awesome. Thank you!!! We love Monkeyshines.

February 19, 2015 at 7:35 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Tom Llewellyn

Didn’t find one, but hid a bunch. I’ll tell you where for, oh, I don’t know, one million dollars.

The glass is out there.

February 19, 2015 at 7:39 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Emily and Holly Arden

Coach Tom. How about hooking up your FAVORITE soccer player…other than Genet, of course! We’ve been looking for 6 years now. Just a hint?

February 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Monkey SeekersRegistered

We found a very colorful orb on Yakima this morning!! We look forward to this every year & hope this isn’t the last one!! Thank you Ms Monkey

February 19, 2015 at 7:41 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Jonah

After hunting unsuccessfully for 3 years, my girlfriend woke up this morning intent on finding me an orb for my year (Aries). We scoured several areas in South and East Tacoma. On our last stop at a park overlooking the Tacoma dome we had success. We knew we were on the right trail when we found a clay ram cup overlooking the park as soon as we entered. We were increasingly excited when we saw that someone had placed sticks that looked like horns in a stump that resembled a Ram’s head. Half an hour later we found a jar of marbles courtesy of the marble man in the hollow of a tree. Feeling guilty about taking the whole jar, we redistributed the individual marbles, most notably in the R A M letters of the sign at said park. The monkey gods must have shined down on us for that….Feeling a little defeated on our way back she looked up in a tree, about 4 trees from the car….And lo and behold our first monkeyshines orb. Thank you clay cup gal/guy for guiding us and marble man for giving us the key to finding a treasure from the wonderful Miss Monkey! And thank you Rachel for the amazing morning:):)

February 19, 2015 at 7:45 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Puyallupmomma

Yay! My favorite Phoarchithor found one!

February 19, 2015 at 10:25 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Tina T.

The hunting was good in the hilltop Mimi parks this morning!

February 19, 2015 at 7:49 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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dustinRegistered

I think I talked to you this morning right at firemans park. You two walked away and I did too. That rain gutter right in front of the pho place had a float hidden within the plants. I turned around to see a car pull up, someone jump out, grab it, everyone cheer and drive off. Grrrrr, we were so close. I’m glad you two finally found one. I did too along thea foss way, wooooo!

February 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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myrtle_mermaid

Found lots of treasures this morning!!! And an orb at the train station! Happy hunting!!

February 19, 2015 at 7:59 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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K Teacher

Success at finding a medallion at the Fire Boat along the waterfront.  My kids left for school very happy at their success.  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

February 19, 2015 at 8:00 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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K Teacher

We were so excited at 6 this morning to find a message in a bottle at Sherman Elementary where we started our hunt. 


We took this picture when we went and dropped off for daycare.

Someone driving past told us that they just found an orb on the roundabout at Stevens.  We then tried Jane Clark Park, Gardensphere, Job Carr House, and had a feeling that the Fire Boat at the waterfront would be our winner.  We were right!!!  As we went down the steps, we saw a medallion! 


My kids were so excited. They were then taking to daycare and I went to work on time. 

Thank you to Ms. Monkey and all of those that left Monkeyshines around Tacoma.  Great adventure for the last few years and finally a reward. 

February 19, 2015 at 9:36 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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A girl named Larry

I found mine this morning floating in a pond :) Thank you monkeys <3

February 19, 2015 at 8:10 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Maria

Was the pond at Wright Park?  If so we were there when you found it.  How fun and exciting!

February 19, 2015 at 12:40 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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kkdb

My boyfriend and I started looking late last night. When we were searching Jefferson Park we saw a man laying in the grass outside of a house, he didnt reposnd and hadnt moved at all in the 20 min or so we were there and when I tried to get his attention he didnt respond so we ended up calling the paramedics, hopefully he is doing ok, glad we were out! other then that we found a super cute 12th ram on Proctor!!

February 19, 2015 at 8:19 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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JesserkahRegistered

Found several marbles at Wright Park the other day, only kept a couple and rehid the others. And this morning after giving up my before work search I stepped out of the coffee shop and there it was….my first MONKEYSHINE! Found mine on downtown Tacoma :) Thank you every one for your amazing generosity and the willingness to share your amazing talents with us, we’re forever grateful for our gifts.

February 19, 2015 at 8:25 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Poppyseed

On my first hunt and in the 11th hour (before needing to get ready for work) my neighbor and I swung by Neighbors Park. I found the most beautiful glass orb! One last stop at Ferry Park and my neighbor found a beautiful glass gift from the monkeys there! What a great way to start the morning- out and about exploring our beautiful city. :)

February 19, 2015 at 8:27 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Looking4RocksRegistered

The monkeys were kind to our running group this morning!  I think my grandma who just went to heaven this morning was looking over our group because we were really lucky. I found my orb on 6th Ave in front of an art gallery. It was a great morning in Tacoma. 
Monkeyshine!

February 19, 2015 at 8:40 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Zoey

We found a ceramic ram cup in Garfield Park this morning.

February 19, 2015 at 8:46 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Broken boy

To the lady at kandle park that took all the orbs, and yes we saw you fill your bag!!!! I just want to say you just broke my sons heart! We have searched numerous years and never found one till today. I guess we will wait another year and hope the monkeys do it more years to come!

February 19, 2015 at 8:53 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Generous Monkey

@broken boy, that makes Generous Monkey so very sad :(

Will you continue out on your search today?

To the lady at kandle park that took all the orbs, and yes we saw you fill your bag!!!! I just want to say you just broke my sons heart! We have searched numerous years and never found one till today. I guess we will wait another year and hope the monkeys do it more years to come!

February 19, 2015 at 9:03 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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broken boy

I will be searching more today, but don’t know where else to look.

February 19, 2015 at 9:19 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Ms. Monkey

Don’t let one bad apple spoil your hunt.  The treasure is Tacoma, the hunt a good time to spend with those you love.  A monkeyshine, a bonus.  Keep looking…they are lots out there!

To the lady at kandle park that took all the orbs, and yes we saw you fill your bag!!!! I just want to say you just broke my sons heart! We have searched numerous years and never found one till today. I guess we will wait another year and hope the monkeys do it more years to come!

February 19, 2015 at 9:19 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Kind Monkey

This makes me oh so very sad.  We have been lucky over the years, I would like for your son to have my orb.  We can just hand it off, or we can coordinate a little hunt of our own so he can get the find.  Email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we can set something up!

February 19, 2015 at 9:19 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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sean

I found an orb at Kandle Park around 1:15 this afternoon.  Apparently, she didn’t get all of them so it may be worth a trip back.  I found mine in about ten minutes of looking and there was a lot of park left to explore when I left with my one orb.

February 19, 2015 at 1:51 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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sean

This is so sad but she didn’t get them all.  I found an orb there (prior to reading this - otherwise I might have looked elsewhere) about 1:15 this afternoon.

February 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Serenity

After three years of looking my kids finally found a beautiful orb! We may have done a rather loud happy dance when we found it but no one around us seemed to mind! Thank you generous artists of Tacoma for a morning which allowed us to see the sunrise and bring home treasure.

February 19, 2015 at 9:01 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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InterrobangRegistered

Searched many parks this morning and sadly no luck with finding an orb. Maybe next year!(please be a next year!) Thanks to everyone posting their orbs so we can all admire the art. Also, thanks to the monkeyshiners for such a beautifully Tacoma tradition!

February 19, 2015 at 9:02 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Suki

Check star center park and manitou park and found nothing. 35 wks pregnant and hunting is a lot of energy. Hopefully it pays off with me finding something. I would really like to have something for good luck when I have my baby girl in march.

February 19, 2015 at 9:04 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Eileenms

Found three bottles this am! Left two and will re-hide one tonight when we go back out searching for the elusive orb.

February 19, 2015 at 9:04 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Ms. Monkey

Thanks Tacoma for playing with us.  I spied many hunters out this morning.  There are over 3000 items being put out this year, lots I haven’t seen posted yet, so don’t give up.  And remember, we all have the ability to positively impact each other, what will you do?

February 19, 2015 at 9:14 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Nina

After four hours of searching I was getting ready to call it quits when I found my very first orb (a beautiful green one) , along with a ceramic ram cup, at one of my favorite gardens in Pt. Defiance Park. I had to do a little climbing to get to it but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. Thank you so much for the treasure and the fun hunt!

February 19, 2015 at 9:24 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Super Fairies

We found a nice piece of pottery this morning at wright park and a marble yesterday at the Tacoma Nature Center. No orbs yet. Won’t give up yet. Happy Hunting!

February 19, 2015 at 9:26 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Submitted via our Facebook page:

“I will treasure mine forever.”

February 19, 2015 at 9:27 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Ms. Ladybug

Out with the whole family. 3 of us found orbs(in a tree, at a bus stop, McKinnley Park). My son found a jar of marbles at Thea Foss Park. He was so excited. Also found a message in a bottle with $! I have hidden 50 glass ladybugs so good luck to those who find them. Cant figure out how to post pictures. Can anyone tell me??

February 19, 2015 at 9:29 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Submitted via email:

“Found this morning on 6th Ave during the Early-Morning Proctor Runners group run. Love my first-ever Monkeyshine!”

February 19, 2015 at 9:32 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Mama & CubsRegistered

Got up this morning and waiting to see that one had been found before waking the cubs and heading out.  Of course as soon as I posted that, one was found.  Cub 1 was up like a flash, Cub 2 had decided not to go (field trip today, didn’t want to be late), and Cub 3 rolled over and said she didn’t want to go.  So Cub 1 and I ran out like a flash, first location was a bust but then a photo was posted on twitter and the wall in the background looked awfully familiar.  After driving around for 10 minutes, I found the wall and low and behold, the orb was still there.  Green even, my favorite color!  We continued to the park down the street where we found a beautiful rams head medallion hanging from a tree, then my son found a cup!  We rehid the medallion…and then I got the call.  Cub 3 was at home absolutely distraught (she’s 6) that she wasn’t with us.  After trying to console her, we decided to go home and grab her and hopefully would have time to do a little searching before heading to school.  On the way home Cub 1 said he would give up his cup for her (such a good big brother) and we hatched a plan to hide the cup when she wasn’t looking and let her “find” it.  Five minutes into the search she found a medallion!!

Ms. Monkey, THANK YOU!  It’s so much fun, I know it’s a lot of work but we hope you do it for another cycle!  THANK YOU also to everyone out there who we ran into and talked to, Marble Man, Giant Pacific Octopus, 12th Man Sisters…this year was really special…good luck to everyone out there still searching, don’t give up hope.  Things get found for days after, so don’t lose hope!

February 19, 2015 at 9:42 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Submitted via email:

February 19, 2015 at 9:46 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Halley

Searched the Dome District and McKinley this morning with no luck, before heading over to the Lincoln District. At about 7 a.m. my hunting partner (my mom!) spied one in a grocery cart outside of Hong Kong Grocery. We wandered for a bit, and met some other searchers before deciding to call it quits. On the way back to the car, I found mine in a gravel parking lot off of 38th, along with a bottle! I rehid the bottle on my way to work, with a new message and a dollar bill for luck. We also found one of the “Be kind - Grant” ceramic pieces under a hedge, which my mom will be rehiding later today. Gung Hay Fat Choy!

My mom’s: http://instagram.com/p/zSaPTxJXmY
Mine: https://twitter.com/halleyrebecca/status/568431292624166912

February 19, 2015 at 9:49 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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ShineOn

So awesome you found one for yourself!  It was great chatting quickly with you and your mom. My son had to go to school but I had a hunch there was more to be found and went out again searching. I got lucky at one of my favorite Lincoln District eateries! Nice to meet a neighbor too :)

February 19, 2015 at 11:04 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Halley

It was so funny - right after we left you and I was like “Okay, time to quit, I have to go to work,” we decided to walk around that weird shack in the parking lot on the way back to the car and there it was! We also found the ram bottle at the shack. So fun! And so glad you got lucky as well. Happy new year!

February 19, 2015 at 11:38 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

A little reminder - the easiest way to get an image into your comment is to comment, then email us the image. We’ll add it. If you don’t want to comment, just send us the image and we’ll take care of it. Thank you for reading Exit133. The stories and photos are amazing.

February 19, 2015 at 9:51 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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simmokesRegistered

I searched through some parks in the West End this morning, but didn’t find anything.  I have lived in Tacoma since 2007 and I love walking in this city, but this is the first year I have heard of monkeyshines.  I hope the tradition continues, but even if it doesn’t, I will treasure the time I spent before work this morning, walking the dogs, and thinking of all the people out there on their own treasure hunts.  I felt like a Goonie.  Thank you Ms. Monkey and everyone that made this possible, and thank you Tacoma.

February 19, 2015 at 10:05 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Peter PeterRegistered

I’ve had very good luck hunting Monkeyshines in the West End over the years - sometimes days later. Don’t tell anyone ... and good luck with your hunt.

February 19, 2015 at 10:12 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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simmokesRegistered

Thank you! My lips are sealed. ;)

February 19, 2015 at 10:24 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Submitted via email:

“Found this beauty at Tollefsen Plaza.  Planning to enjoy it for a day or two and re-hide it this weekend.  Good luck out there!”

February 19, 2015 at 10:07 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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kate

My ten year old just found this same monkey shine (or one almost exactly like it) on top of the plaque describing the statue outside of lowel elementary. An exciting july 1 find (2016) for an expat Canadian.

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DerekRegistered

Submitted via email:

February 19, 2015 at 10:09 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Katie

Found mine on MLK this morning in a planter! This is my first one I’ve ever found and I love it! Tacoma really is the best city - happy I got to take a walk this morning and see so many people out hunting!

February 19, 2015 at 10:10 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Kacie

Found a beautiful clear orb on Ruston Way today!

February 19, 2015 at 10:15 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Tori

We searched from 4:45 to 7ish this morning. We had great luck! All 6 of us found something. We searched Wright Park, Stadium, Opera Alley and some of the surrounding blocks. Thank you to all of the Monkeys! What an amazing contribution you make to our city every year. :)

February 19, 2015 at 10:19 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Via our Facebook page:

February 19, 2015 at 10:19 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Brittany

I searched all morning with my best friends and it was one of the best times I’ve had in the last year since I moved to Tacoma!  Thank you Monkeys, for making Tacoma such a magical place, and for helping me get to know my city and fellow Tacomans so much better!  It was so fun to see everyone out searching and helping each other.  I’d love to see this tradition continue on into the coming years!

February 19, 2015 at 10:30 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Submitted via email:

“Thanks to a joyful group of teenage monkeyshiners who gave us a clue, my son and I found this lovely monkeyshine near the water by Chinese Reconciliation park around 6:30 AM. Shine on all! I hope that there is a next year!”

February 19, 2015 at 10:33 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Submitted via email:

“My pup and I went hunting around Proctor this morning. No luck on monkeyshine balls BUT we found an adorable knit sheep hiding in a doorway!”

February 19, 2015 at 10:41 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Treasure Hunting Grandma

Had so much fun on our hunt this morning. Went out early with our flashlights to Wright Park and after just a half hour, we started finding things.. Found a beautiful and colorful orb in a tree and a ceramic cup with a Ram on it.. My husband found another orb we will be giving to our daughter, who is an avid hunter, but unable to make it due to a death in her family.. She was so excited when we told her.. Thank you, Thank you Thank you to all who make this such a fun adventure for families.. Really hoping this isn’t the last year..

February 19, 2015 at 10:43 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Chelly

5year old son cried when could not find one.it would make his day if he could get one.especially wants a gar of marbles.

February 19, 2015 at 10:46 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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marblemanRegistered

Hey Chelly, if you can get me some contact info, we can make this happen.
Marbleman

February 19, 2015 at 4:02 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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mama&cubs;

YEA!  you are awesome Marble Man!!

February 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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The HunterRegistered

Marbleman your awesome!!

February 19, 2015 at 4:39 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Lisa

I am not a Tacoma resident, but there is a part of my heart that is always there. Some of the people closest to me live there and thus have opened my eyes to what a great community and place it is. They invited me to go on an adventure this morning and it was amazing! Ms. Monkey and her crew did not disappoint! We had so much fun and added yet another “Tacoma memory” to my book. Thank you for all your hard work and effort!

February 19, 2015 at 11:04 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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munchie

to miss monkey time up no more shines to come! or will it go on Tacoma needs you this is one of the best ways to get every one together and now what most wait for all year it will be sad to see it end am six year in and would love to have one for every year come on monkey people one more 12 year trip around this what Tacoma would love to have please like if so t-town we are one

February 19, 2015 at 11:09 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Eager Beaver

Spending parts of my Mid winter break and waking up early at 4 am this morning to go looking for Monkeyshines with my family was something I never would’ve thought I’d enjoy as much. I’ve been looking at all sorts of parks with the luck of a marble but seeing others find those cool orbs and other fun prizes, I will not give up until I find one!!! I wanted to know if anyone has any idea how far the monkeys have went distribution wise, I’ve checked Wapato park in the hopes of finding one but not sure if they go out that far… I also don’t know if this rain will discourage people from looking! I know I still am! Please let me know! Good luck in all your searches! xxx

February 19, 2015 at 11:19 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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ShineOn

It’s been such a great time anticipating the “drop” of all this beautiful glass. Naughty Monkey really had me on the edge of my seat waiting for more news and my family and I have searched daily since last week for all the different gifts hidden. My son received a beautiful bowl this morning from a friend of Ms. Monkeys’ and when I went back out I found a gorgeous orb in the amazing Lincoln District. Thanks for showing the South End so much love and bringing such joy and excitement to Tacoma and my family. You certainly out did yourself Ms. M and team; the colors this year are stunning and all the different pieces are so fun to see. Don’t give up people, I found my year of the horse several days after the first orbs went out. I’m picking up Almond Roca candies to pass along to seekers as we continue to look for a treasure for the rest of our family. ShineOn!

February 19, 2015 at 11:42 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Happy D

Same here, I’ve been walking all morning afternoon and evening with anyone who will go with me for two weeks. It’s so fun and gets out of the house. I love this time of year.

February 20, 2015 at 8:47 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Submitted via email:

“Found at 5:30 a.m. on Hilltop. It’s spectacular and I will treasure it. I love you, Tacoma.”

February 19, 2015 at 11:52 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Submitted via email:

“All five of us found them - we used the Grand Cinema as a base and fanned out five or so blocks in every direction. What an amazing morning! Thanks you Ms Monkey! Tacoma is the most special place to live!”

February 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

We just received an email letting us know that there are still a lot of octopi to be hidden. Keep hunting, friends.

February 19, 2015 at 12:02 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Mama & CubsRegistered

These are so cool, we love ours!  THANK YOU!

February 19, 2015 at 12:18 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Lola

We found an octopus treasure this morning…Yahoo!!!!
Thank you Giant Pacific Octopus - beautiful!

February 22, 2015 at 11:41 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Counselor Tots

I went for an early morning walk and found a monkeyshine. Now it’s all I can think about. I am at work but can’t stop reading about everybody’s finds!

February 19, 2015 at 12:06 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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notagainRegistered

I know, right?

February 19, 2015 at 12:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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dustinRegistered

I’ve been up at 4am everyday this week in hopes of getting one this year. This morning seemed dead and I almost resorted to finding a cozy spot and taking a nap before work. Then the tweets and posts started to roll in and around every corner, I would see someone pull one out of a fountain or a rain gutter along Pacific. I was racing around and thinking of all the places people had found them in prior years, hoping I would be in front of someone else to claim one for my own. It just wasn’t happening. I tried one last spot I had already been to several times this morning, still, no dice. I decided I needed a donut at dockside on Puyallup Ave and started my way there. I tried one little park that I found a couple of years ago while hunting, no dice. Then tried the little spot under the bridge on thea foss that has two benches. As I was driving up, I thought I saw one. YES!!!! Finally. My very own Iced Monkeyshine!!! Took a picture while walking up and another while holding it and then went and got a donut anyways! Thanks everyone. The girlfriend wants to try this weekend, so we might go explore some new parks I haven’t been to before and see what happens.

February 19, 2015 at 12:32 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Ms. Monkey

She’s a beauty!  Congratulations :)

I’ve been up at 4am everyday this week in hopes of getting one this year. This morning seemed dead and I almost resorted to finding a cozy spot and taking a nap before work. Then the tweets and posts started to roll in and around every corner, I would see someone pull one out of a fountain or a rain gutter along Pacific. I was racing around and thinking of all the places people had found them in prior years, hoping I would be in front of someone else to claim one for my own. It just wasn’t happening. I tried one last spot I had already been to several times this morning, still, no dice. I decided I needed a donut at dockside on Puyallup Ave and started my way there. I tried one little park that I found a couple of years ago while hunting, no dice. Then tried the little spot under the bridge on thea foss that has two benches. As I was driving up, I thought I saw one. YES!!!! Finally. My very own Iced Monkeyshine!!! Took a picture while walking up and another while holding it and then went and got a donut anyways! Thanks everyone. The girlfriend wants to try this weekend, so we might go explore some new parks I haven’t been to before and see what happens.

February 19, 2015 at 12:39 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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dustinRegistered

Thank you and thank you to the unknown number of individuals who make this possible, year after year.

I think it might be time to take some glass blowing classes finally and learn more about the process, woohoo!

PS I now need a matching mug ;)

February 19, 2015 at 12:46 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Derbychick

She’s a beauty!  Congratulations :)

I’ve been up at 4am everyday this week in hopes of getting one this year. This morning seemed dead and I almost resorted to finding a cozy spot and taking a nap before work. Then the tweets and posts started to roll in and around every corner, I would see someone pull one out of a fountain or a rain gutter along Pacific. I was racing around and thinking of all the places people had found them in prior years, hoping I would be in front of someone else to claim one for my own. It just wasn’t happening. I tried one last spot I had already been to several times this morning, still, no dice. I decided I needed a donut at dockside on Puyallup Ave and started my way there. I tried one little park that I found a couple of years ago while hunting, no dice. Then tried the little spot under the bridge on thea foss that has two benches. As I was driving up, I thought I saw one. YES!!!! Finally. My very own Iced Monkeyshine!!! Took a picture while walking up and another while holding it and then went and got a donut anyways! Thanks everyone. The girlfriend wants to try this weekend, so we might go explore some new parks I haven’t been to before and see what happens.

February 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Sneaky monkeys

I was a little worried it might roll off, happy it sat safely waiting for you. It’s a favorite place of ours to sit and enjoy a different view of the city.

February 20, 2015 at 11:41 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Derbychick

Please only take one!! Some of us aren’t lucky enough to have time before work to go out and find a treasure and would like to be able to hunt after work!! Thanks!

February 19, 2015 at 12:42 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Brooke

I didn’t mean to dislike this it is stuck I went to like it!!

February 19, 2015 at 1:06 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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She Wore a Purple Hat

I have been following the Monkeyshine fun for awhile, but this was our first time out looking. We met some very nice people and it was great chit chatting along the way. We started out on Broadway where we found a marble. Pocket treasure! We then headed to Reconciliation Park and found a message in a bottle with a poetic message inside.
I want to thank Ms Monkey, her crew and other creative souls who collaborated with such an awesome project! It was a great morning regardless of serendipitous findings or not. It was nice to get out and meet people even if for a moment. After today’s journey, I greatly understand this projects importance… I sincerely hope that this project continues.

February 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Polar Plunge

Took the polar plunge in the Puget Sound for my orb.  Thank you Monkeyshines!

 

February 19, 2015 at 1:21 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Ms. Monkey

I must confess, I threw that one in myself.  I like to see how dedicated Monkeyhunter are!  There may be a *few* more in the sound, lol.  Ms. Monkey does get playful sometimes.  Well done Polar Plunge!

Took the polar plunge in the Puget Sound for my orb.  Thank you Monkeyshines!

February 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Via Facebook:

“I gave Odin and Luna the scent of ‪#‎monkeyshines‬, but they were unable to sniff any out on our walk this morning.”

February 19, 2015 at 1:23 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Excited lady's

I was out with some other new friends this year sharing the experience.  And when we drove around a bit, decided to walk around for circulation. My group of 6.  We each found something. Yeahhhhhh… Had to look hard this year. And pick up a bunch of trash. Can u believe how wet a couple of us got finding the balls.. Haha they were soaked and we were prepared from few years ago fountain climb. I think I saw 12th man sisters out hiding last night could not be for sure. Then a silver gold jeep was following us around slot so we left. Fishy….

February 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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12th Man Sister's Sisters

There was no herding from the 12th Man Sisters last night! So very happy to hear you found treasures!!

February 19, 2015 at 5:19 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Luxx

Please please do more years of this. Even if it’s by donation only participants. I can find a bunch to donate 100 or more.

February 19, 2015 at 1:57 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Paymom3

Never heard of this till today on the news, I live in yelm, so don’t know tacoma well, just went to wright park, got in 3hours of walking time , now I don’t have to do cardio tonight, lol lovely park, met super nice people, and came home with a couple of marbles for the kids. Please have a next year, cause I’m keepin the kids home and goin together, then we will try to scour more areas of the city

February 19, 2015 at 2:04 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Paymom3

And thank you very much, this is an awesome thing. I also brought a small jar that I left there too for someone to find .

February 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Received via email:

“Found this beauty in Ferry Park early this morning! I’m glad the monkeys know how great this tiny park is. Thanks, monkeys! This is such an amazing tradition.  Wishing everyone good fortune in the new year and good luck with their treasure hunts!”

February 19, 2015 at 2:06 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Received via email:

“I just read the Monkeyshines post about the woman seen taking orbs from Kandle Park which is weird because I was there about an hour ago and found an orb.  While I was there, I ran into a couple of nice Metro Parks guys and they mentioned that one of their coworkers had witnessed the woman taking the orbs this morning (but he apparently did not confront her).  The good news is that, despite her selfishness, she was unsuccessful in taking them all as I found this one within about 10 minutes of looking.  Hopefully, others will find them there too!”

February 19, 2015 at 2:18 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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munchie

to the lady that took six put them back not cool!!!

February 19, 2015 at 2:20 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Runner Mom

Found a statue of a ram this morning .... good sign, don’t you think?

February 19, 2015 at 2:25 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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jrsreggie

We found these beauties around wright park and mlk way. This is our 4th year with good luck each year. Thanks to Ms Monkey and her crew for wonderful entertainment. We have the best time talking and laughing. .and meeting new folks.  PLEASE DON’T LET THIS END.

February 19, 2015 at 3:11 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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JMH

Thanks again to the couple that gave my daughter and me this beautiful treasure at Pt Defiance today! It was so cool to experience your kindness and generosity. We will definitely be paying it forward!

February 19, 2015 at 3:24 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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the couple it point d

enjoy it your welcome

February 19, 2015 at 8:39 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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dr.kay

Didn’t find an orb, but found a beautiful bowl/pot with the sign of the ram by Atlas Foundry! was just driving by and that beautiful green caught my eye.  Totally stoked!! thanks!!!!!

February 19, 2015 at 3:49 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Suki

Been a hunter for three year. Today after five parks and over 8 hrs of searching I finally found a beautiful clean with some yellow marble. I thank you Marbleman so much. I feel the good luck and in high hopes my baby girl will be born healthy and strong (I’m 35 weeks pregnant). My mother and I had to stop searching because my sister Kookie (nickname) had an appointment. So all that walking really is hurting me now but I hope to go out tomorrow and find more marbles or something else from the Monkeyshine, ms ladybug, 12sisters, or the octopus people. I really hope this is not the last year I would love for my daughter to grow up with this tradition. Its so much fun and a great way to bond with family and friends. :)

February 19, 2015 at 3:49 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Zoey

We took the long way home from school and found this beauty in the round about @ N 7th & Sheridan!

February 19, 2015 at 4:20 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Dr. B

WE had a great morning searching for treasures. My wife and 11yr old son left the house at 4:45am (way to early for me

February 19, 2015 at 4:39 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Amocat

Any hints for those of us that had to work today?
This is the first time in years that I haven’t been out first thing in the morning, had to work all day unfortunately.

Thanks to anyone who saw an extra after they already had theirs and wants to share a tip. :)

<3 you Tacoma, as always.

February 19, 2015 at 5:14 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Giant Pacific Octopus

Don’t know about any other hiders, but we’re placing ours at various times on various days.  There should be good hunting through the weekend for those who had school or work this week.  Good luck!

February 19, 2015 at 5:26 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Generous Monkey

Generous Monkey will continue to put out and hide treasures throughout this week and weekend, and who knows maybe even weeks or months from now. Keep in mind the saying “it’s not the destination it’s the journey”. In monkeyshine talk, that translates into “it’s not about the treasure, it’s about the hunt”. May we all find treasure simply in the hunt, and each and every day in a community that we are so fortunate to have and with those we interact with. I read a post earlier about a gentleman that found one of the be kind tokens, and plans to pass it along with his own pay it forward type acts that he already does. I love that. May the season of monkeyshines inspire you beyond this week, beyond this weekend, and beyond your comfort zone to be kind today and every day. Be kind. And may you find a treasure, whatever it may be, serendipitously in the new year.

February 19, 2015 at 7:28 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Peaches

We were out before dawn this morning, at Wapato Park, then downtown on Pacific, across the skybridge in the glass museum area, all around Wright Park, and along sixth. Didn’t find a single Monkeyshines treasure, but *so* much else—the overnight rain made all of the grass and leaves at Wapato glow like silver faery dust, and the jonquils are just starting to bloom; we had the Chihuly glass bridge all to ourselves (along with a near-freezing wind!), and chatted with a couple of really nice folks in Wright Park. Neither had found anything, either, but one said other folks told her they’d found an orb and something else over by the fountain. Thanks for the opportunity to rejoice in the beauty and treasure that is Tacoma and connect with great people in such a positive way! We’ll keep looking!

February 21, 2015 at 5:36 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Oma#7

Have walked our feet off—-Pt Defiance, Star Memorial, Nature Park, China Lake Park, TCC, Exotic Plants,... nothing. But my doctor will be happy and the people and the nature were wonderful. Please tell me if this a one night drop????

February 19, 2015 at 5:27 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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munchie

drove bye the candle park 4 more times today lady going to need them six ball back (Tacoma is still waiting)!!!!!!!

February 19, 2015 at 5:34 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Amocat

Someone took six? See kids, this is why we can’t have nice things.

Thanks for the heads up octopus :) thanks for doing what you do.

February 19, 2015 at 5:46 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Roocifer

I was getting in my car this morning to go to work. “What the **** is that on my windshield??? Did someone put a donut on my car? Seriously??” Nope. It was a super cool Be Kind Grant token. No harm done to the car AT ALL.

To the sneaky deliverer: Thank you!!! What a fantastic way to start my morning. I loved the message, I loved it & wouldn’t you know, I’ve never been able to find anything in all these years…
I’m a big fan of random, anonymous kindnesses. So, while I would love to keep it, I can’t wait to find an opportunity to do my next one & pass it on with it. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have it be a tangible excuse for many other people as it passed hands? :)

February 19, 2015 at 6:11 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Armo

Today was a great day! I was out with the huz this morning around 545 and we found a message in a bottle and the wonderful stamped ornament. I decided to go back out around 10am with the pup and we found a beautiful yellow orb at Kandle Park and a wiffle ball. Saw quite a few people there, but did not see the lady stealing all the orbs. Maybe she brought them back? Mine was located behind the fence by the pool and it was almost out or reach. Good luck to everyone still looking.
Ps our message in the bottle is back out there somewhere!

February 19, 2015 at 6:45 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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kkdb and Aw11ofthetac

Thank you mystery man and your mighty pug. After good advice on where to search at Jefferson kkdb came across a beautiful clear orb with a green ram on the botton.

February 19, 2015 at 6:48 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Briezilla

Any hints for those of us still searching? A particular area or hub to scavenger? My puppy is loving all our long walks!

Thanks Tacoma!! <3

February 19, 2015 at 6:49 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Greatful mom

I am both excited and frustrated today. I have been following this link for the last week and so eager to get out and look! But I am also a full time mom, part time employee and planning a road trip on Saturday. So as much as I have been burning to get out there and look, I have responsibilities that have kept me from much. But it has been so exciting to see your stories, here your victories, and enjoy the beauty in what you have found. Beautiful glass, and beautiful people. I can’t believe I have lived in Tacoma for 12, years and never herd of this before!? Treasure hunting is a passion to say the least! And watching you has been inspirational. I tried south park today off STW, after sitting (begrudgingly) for an hour and a half waiting on my car to be tuned up. No luck, but my 3 1/2 year old got excited about “finding treasure!” And it was fun to see others walking around obviously searching for “something” special. I also drove by candle park after getting lunch, and heading to pick up my other two kids. Didn’t get out as I didn’t figure there was much left with all the people walking around. Maybe that was a mistake? I did stop by a small park in Proctor as well, went down the trail a bit, but didn’t have much time. Didn’t find any coveted glass, but I did find a geocach! :) So I have one more morning, after dropping my older two at school, to spend a few brief moments with my little one looking. I don’t hold high hopes, (I’m supposed to be packing for our trip) But it will be fun to poke around before I have to head off to work. I’m thinking of going back to the Ruston waterfront where I looked a few days ago. I must say I’m quite fond of those octopi as well and know my daughter would LOVE them! So a BIG thank you!! To all who have put this treasure hunt together, and everyone who has been so amazing finding, sharing, and having such a great time. I truly hope the tradition continues. If so, next year you can bet I’ll be out, bright and early, with all three kids in tow, to take part in this amazing treasure hunt. Good luck everyone! Please continue to share your finds and wonderful stories so I can continue to live vicariously through you all!! :)

February 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Suki

So didn’t go back out hopefully my sister and I can go out together tomorrow. She couldn’t go with me because she got her tooth pulled and she in pain. Hope we get lucky tomorrow. Good luck hunters

February 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Greatful Mom

Ha, ha, so in my super long comment, I totally forgot the best part!! As we were looking I was telling my daughter (3 1/2) about the monkeys that hid the glass for people to find. She was very excited about this and was asking my all about them and how they did it! “were they swinging by their tails? Were they nice monkeys?” “What are the monkeys names?” It was a blast! I really hope this is a tradition we can continue for many years to come. Its better then the tooth fairy or Easter egg hunts!! Ha Ha, Thanks Monkeys!! And everyone else who hides these treasures! :) Oh, and she thinks one of the monkeys MUST be named bellybutton.. lol

February 19, 2015 at 7:22 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Generous Monkey

Please tell your daughter that the Generous Monkey says hello!

February 19, 2015 at 7:41 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Greatful mom

I did thank you! :) She giggled :)

February 20, 2015 at 9:51 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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dustinRegistered

Speaking of, I would love to have seen them do this. I was searching Wright Park this morning and thinking about all the people I had seen this morning searching and was like, I don’t get it. It’s going to be impossible for any of them to get hidden at this point, especially now. Then I got all conspiracy theorist and made this quick meme to send to a friend who was also searching, lol…


Ninja Monkeys!

February 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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dustinRegistered

that was supposed to be much smaller, why can’t we edit, grrrrrr

February 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Monkey Adjacent

Dustin: You have taken the red pill and now understand how deep the rabbit hole goes…

February 20, 2015 at 12:53 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Naughty Monkey

Tell your daughter that the Naughty Monkey says “hi”

February 19, 2015 at 11:24 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Greatful mom

I did and got a sweet giggle :) she pretended to read your response as well :) :)

February 20, 2015 at 9:52 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Claudia

I missed looking for monkeyshines today :( hope I am able to go out hunting tomorrow and find a treasure. I am new to hunting any tips for looking? I also tried to register but didn’t receive the confirmation email yet.

February 19, 2015 at 7:40 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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dustinRegistered

Hey Claudia! It’s never too late. I found my first one last year (though I remember searching the first year, thanks to a hider cluing me in to the hunt). But the fun thing about my find last year was that it was actually one from a prior year. So the fun never really ends unless you want it to. It just gets harder once the majority of them are found. So if you want to start, I’d say as soon as you read these tips, you should go, now, don’t wait!

All these tips are based on my own opinions and from what I’ve observed, proceed with some caution and don’t get too bummed when you leave empty handed because most of us have gone home without a monkeyshine, but it isn’t only about the treasure. Isn’t there a quote about it not being about the destination, but about the journey. Just keep that in mind.

Anyways. They like to be hidden near water or in it (fountains, the sound, etc). They seem to like bamboo or near Chinese type places. Try the international district. They also seem to like parks, they might even love being in parks. You can scroll through this page and see where people are finding them. Neither of my finds were in parks. One was in a planter (a common hidey spot) and another was on a bench (not likely at this point). They’re also not limited to just downtown either. Titlow got some last year if I remember right, Point Defiance and I think a few made it to Browns Point last year. So if you have the time and want to see some things you may have never seen (so many cool tiny parks in Tacoma), then get out a map and start looking around. Look high, look low. Have fun, say hi to strangers and keep in mind that the treasure is a bonus. A super fun bonus that you can look at later and tell stories about when people ask what the cool piece of glass is.

Sorry, that was long winded. Go out and have fun!

February 19, 2015 at 9:13 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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max~n~meRegistered

Hi Dustin I am Claudia I registered and have a different screen name but I thank you so much for all the great tips and yes you are so right it is about the adventure and the people like yourself that I will meet or have contact with either face to face or just through a message of encouragement along the way. It is the sense of community and comradery that has me joining the fun and if I am lucky in the end to find a shiny treasure then that is just icing on the cake :)

Max and I will be out hunting and exploring this great city of ours so if you happen to be out and see someone with a fuzzy little dog it just may be. Good luck in your hunts and thank you again for your tips!

February 19, 2015 at 10:26 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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max~n~meRegistered

Good evening all missed going out hunting today hoping to go out tomorrow with my dog Max it is great to see all the posts and the treasures people have found. I am new to this and would appreciate any tips I love the happiness and community these treasures bring and hope that Ms. Monkey isn’t finished with this great tradition from what I have heard it brings a lot of joy and smiles to kids and adults alike. :) Happy hunting all!

February 19, 2015 at 7:57 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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That Tacoma Girl

max-n-me we had pretty good luck in Wright park tonight, I would suggest that as starter.  My daughter found her first Monkeyshines treat, it was a cool message in the bottle.  (Thank you to the couple who helped point her in the right direction).  Lots of shiny little treats still lurking about….

February 19, 2015 at 8:50 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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max~n~meRegistered

Thanks Tacoma Girl will take my dog Max and go hunting even if I don’t find anything I will still love the hunt and am very grateful to all the wonderful people who take the time and their artistic skills to make this happen cheers to all of you! I am glad your daughter found her first Monkeyshines that is fantastic!!!

February 19, 2015 at 10:10 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Sneaky monkeys

:) We were happy to help. It was great to hear her yelling she found one.

I have to ask, what did it say? It is driving us bananas!

February 20, 2015 at 11:25 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DewBigs

Found this lovely treasure at the Co-Op early this morning on my way to work.  While walking down 6th Ave. with my bounty in hand I spotted a blue bottle and another medallion sitting on a bench, both which I left for another lucky seeker.  Thank you so much to all of the organizations and individuals who make this happen for us!

February 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Kim

first time out today and found a colourful orb after 5 seconds outside Silk Thai courtyard on 6th! I’ve caught the monkeyshine fever! Love the glass and the people behind this city tradition.
Beginners luck? Happy Chinese New Year

February 19, 2015 at 9:02 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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J & M

My tip would be to enjoy the community, take joy in the search, and read through this year’s post and, especially, last year’s posts. Have fun!!

February 19, 2015 at 9:06 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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KW

I see postings about people registering… What are we registering in for? how do you register?

February 19, 2015 at 9:11 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Ms.Ladybug

Well I must say after hunting all 12 yes w 4 generations of my family I think this yr may have been the best. We have every piece except for the horse. I haven’t given up lol.
This is a family tradition and I would hate to see it go. My son was 4 when we started and is now 16! He even got to help make them one yr. This was our first yr hiding and it was just as fun. I got to watch this Lil red he’d boy grab my glass ladybug from the fishes mouth on Proctor and then his brother found one in a flower bed. The look on their Lil faces was priceless and worth the whole adventure! What really gave me a energy boost was meeting 2 women At Jefferson Park who said they found a medallion in a tree…wait for it…it had a snake on it! I told her that was 2 yes ago!!! Awesome! U just never know what you will find.

February 19, 2015 at 9:28 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Super Fairies

Tonight we walked our feet off in McKinley Park.  I had no idea that it was so big and we took the down hill all the way option rather than the reverse. I am so glad we did not do the reverse. So, to get to the point, no we did not find any orbs but did find a cute porcelain statue of a girl bear and a nice marble.  I don’t know it the statue had anything to do with what was being hidden but it is now found and will have a treasured place in our home. Thanks for the memories!

February 19, 2015 at 9:56 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Xeno

The early bird certainly gets the worm. I don’t know why I just don’t wake up early but I did walk 16 miles and burn over 5,000 calories so here’s to your health.  Found a jar of marbles from marbleman, but still salivating over trying to get an orb.  If anyone wants to trade let me know :)

February 19, 2015 at 11:36 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Eager Beaver

Anyone out hunting this early? Wright park seems to be dead! ;( thought maybe the monkeys would wanna suprise early Friday morning risers.

February 20, 2015 at 4:54 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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KesslerMama

I’m heading out now… I’m hoping the monkeys aren’t completely worn out from yesterday and want to have some fun this morning too!! Good luck hunting!

February 20, 2015 at 5:00 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Eager Beaver

Yeah, lots of people were finding and looking at wright park at this time, yesterday. Good luck in your hunting too!

February 20, 2015 at 5:12 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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KesslerMama

I struck out at Proctor, Kandle Park, Jane Clark Park, Stevens round-about, Puget Park and Old Town. Any success?

February 20, 2015 at 7:10 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Eager Beaver

Looked for hours yesterday and looked through mckinley, Ruston way, downtown tacoma, world park and some other little inconspicuous tacoma areas with only luck at wright park at about 5 am. And this morning looked by the glass museum and wright park, haven’t checked since about 7 this morning and haven’t seen too many more posts of people finding them so /:

February 20, 2015 at 6:15 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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EarlyBirdnoWorn

I was so excited last night I couldn’t sleep. Like a kid on Christmas. By 4am I was on 6th ave. I then tried Jefferson park and Proctor with no luck. I spent 5 hours yesterday, and as I prepare to go start my 12 hour shift it was hard not to feel disappointed. But knowing I left a treasure behind helps. Good luck everyone.

February 20, 2015 at 5:14 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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SleepyPanda

We were out in Wright Park and 6th Ave in the dead of the night from about 2-430a…afraid we had naught much luck, except our very first marble that was perched in a tree which was quite fantastic!
Monkeys need their sleep too it seems.  Hopefully you later-early risers will have better luck!

February 20, 2015 at 5:17 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

We are a little behind getting all the images up that folks are sending us via email. We’ll catch up here ... eventually.

February 20, 2015 at 6:58 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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marblemanRegistered

Congrats Ms Monkey and team!
your talent and giving is unsurpassed. Saw ‘Shiny Happy People’ everywhere with works of art in their hands. Every one I met was SSSOOOO nice. I saw lots of undiscovered treasures still in place. You have brought our city together with not only your selflessness, but have brought out random acts of kindness in others. The sharing and caring of all the others that have given back and paid forward is incredible.
And thanks to the ‘Marble Lady’ that has put up with me for over 38 years, and her help, and all the other marble elves that have helped too! And yes, in case you were wondering,  I have totally lost my marbles, and lovin it.
~Marbleman.

February 20, 2015 at 7:25 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Happy D

Thank you marbleman we have a found a few of your marbles thru-out the years we so enjoy your kindness. Thanks so much!

February 20, 2015 at 7:32 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Happy D

I’ve had sooo much fun these last few weeks. Out walking around Tacoma. Seeing others out more than ever. I’ve seen beautiful sunrises. Spent time with my 13 year old son both of us geting up early and searching. We’ve had great conversations and I’ve enjoyed that the most. If anyone has a teenager you know valuable that is. We’ve been very fortunate in our searches finding a marble and a geode. He found a teacup yesterday and I found the most beautiful large yellow orb yesterday. I’ve literally walked a marathon logging over 26 miles this last week. I’ve lost lost weight in the process. Bonus!
But enough about me, what this does for Tacoma I think is wonderful. The families in my preschool class get so excited about this cool quirky thing that happens in the middle of winter. The families out and about in the middle of winter having fun is great. The friendly people we meet out around town with hope and joy is contagious. The sharing and caring for others that people have shown is inspiring. The whole sense of community that this project brings is why I love Tacoma! Thank you so much for the joy you’ve brought to our city Monkeyshines you are awesome!

February 20, 2015 at 7:28 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Dog WalkerRegistered

Having so much fun out hunting and exploring!!! Found my first beautiful orb this morning. I love this tradition and hope that it continues for many years to come! Such great memories made out exploring the beauty of Tacoma!!

February 20, 2015 at 7:56 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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EarlyBirdnoWorm

Where were you and your pup? I was out 4-5a with no luck but am returning to the hunt with my furry friend!

February 20, 2015 at 8:14 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Dog Walker

Found it in the bushes in front of Tacoma Little Theater

February 20, 2015 at 8:37 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Michelle

Been looking since 5 this morning all over town! Thank the heavens we found a marble at wright park, my 3 1/2 is was very excited and had been such a good sport. Still hoping for that orb or medallion, so glad we found a marble,  thank you marbleman!

February 20, 2015 at 8:02 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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first time hunters

This was my family’s and I first-time shine and we definitely got the fever. I made sure to monitor the tweeter feeds and this article and when the posts came in we we’re so excited to see what everyone was finding and how beautiful everything was. We were lucky that we all found something on one of our many hunts. It was great to explore Tacoma and take the time to actually “see” this city instead of just hustling to our destination. Reminds me of one of the reasons I wanted to move here so badly. Thank you to everyone who contributed a treasure to be found and thank you to the searchers who got out to explore Tacoma and showed this city’s personality by being friendly and helpful to other hunters and the areas in which you hunted, ie picking up trash and just visiting places. We got inspired after our search and set out glass pebbles and little marbles (sorry marbleman for stealing your thunder but we aren’t artistic and it was a quick decision) in some places for others to find. We are hoping to continue that next year with our own artifact to hide. Again just wanted to say thank you and wish everyone luck on their search for #monkeyshines, marbles, cups, bottles, 12th rams, giant octopi, ladybugs and anything else they should find!!!!

February 20, 2015 at 8:17 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Bringing the herd

We hunted yesterday for quite awhile. I got to spend two hours with my teenager, and that alone made my day. Randomly, he and I found a geocache, so that was pretty neat.

My younger kids are determined to find one of the octopi. Any ideas on where to narrow down the search?

To all the people we chatted with yesterday, I hope you had as much fun as we did.

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Today was a good day

As my name states yes, today was a good day. I knew there were a lot put out ms monkey said 3000. But I had to work yesterday, so I woke up early this morning. Went looking. Bam after 2 hrs out found a beautiful greenish orb.  At a Chinese Resturant on McKinley. Wow, so proud I looked there last nite too but nothing was there I swear.  So they must of put more out today. Thank you ms monkey and tame am for this beautiful orb.  I’ll love it forever.

February 20, 2015 at 9:02 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Terencio

Found glass and a ram cup on Pacific & 80th! The hunt continues!

February 20, 2015 at 11:07 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Happy Family

This is our 4th year hunting for Monkeyshines and we look forward to it every year even though we have never found anything…until this year! My 10yr old found a tea cup with a Ram at the roundabout on Stevens near Sherman Elementary yesterday morning. My 6yr old found a beautifully carved stone green heart with a sheep on it in one of the Lions mouth at the Chinese Reclamation Park this morning…even though we looked in that exact spot yesterday!  I would post pictures because they are truly amazing, beautiful, and so unique, but I cannot do that here and don’t know where else I can.  I have never posted a comment before, but I just had to so I can thank the person who left our treasures for us. Myself, my Husband and our 2 boys have never even seen a glimpse of glass-or even a marble-in the 4 years of searching, but we always have tons of fun running from spot to spot and meeting all the other searchers!  I work downtown with a clear view the Spanish Steps, which I did walk up and down and scan yesterday, and then watched a gentleman pull out a lovely orange orb I just missed! :( (so close!)  I would love it if my 2 boys could find an orb or medallion, some of Marble man’s lovely marbles, or (their truly coveted) a Giant Octopus! But finally finding something this year because of all of the other people pitching-in and distributing such a variety of objects is truly amazing! We finally have a treasure to love and keep forever to remember “Monkeyshine time in Tacoma” when they are older!  I was so worried we would come up empty handed again this year, and it could be the last year, that I went out and got 2 shiny green decrative balls that the boys could find and I stenciled a Ram head on them by hand! Now that we have “real” treasures I think we will pay it forward by hiding the objects I made for someone else to find (wish I could post a picture of those too because they really came out cool!)  I personally would do my own little happy dance if I (by some miracle) found a piece from last year.  I couldn’t go last year because I had an epidural abcess and had to have surgery to remove the disk in my neck before it damaged my spinal cord. I was so looking forward to going last year because the horse has got to be my favorite of all of the Chinese Zodiacs, but I could hardly walk so it just wasn’t an option. I know it is more about the journey than the find, and last year proved that when I couldn’t even go look, but it was getting hard to convince the boys that I wasn’t crazy and that there really are objects hidden! We really have never seen a glass piece in person (or for that matter any of the pieces shown on this page-from 12th man, to marbles, to the giant octopus)!  And we search, every park, statue, fountian, school we can.  The boys get dirty and dig around in every bush we see.  Daddy climbs trees and statues.  We go out at all times of the day and night and do nothing but look down and up in bushes and trees while outside for weeks. The only thing we haven’t been able to do is get up in the middle of the night on the night they first go out, but we are up and out by 7am which is still early. But finally our faith and diligence paid off this year, we found something!  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, to all of the “Monkey Cousins” who are making it possible for us all to have a treasure of our own.  And just one more thing…this year is particularly special for my 10yr old because his football team are the Rams!...just wish I could top it off for him by finding a glass piece with the Ram (then we could re-hide one of the objects we found, I think the heart would be fun to pass on)!  Thank you Ms. Monkey for starting this awesome tradition for so many of us, and please please keep going, I know that most of us will do whatever it takes to suppport this event and keep it going forever! :)

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Raineydz

Went looking at the “wrong” spots yesterday & last night, but ran into some very nice folks!  A dad was with his two young daughters & showed us the orb they had found at a park across Annie Wright—to top it off, it was the gal’s birthday yesterday.  Did find some cool Chinese New Year ornaments at Wright & Kandle Park.  I confess, I am orb-obsessed about now…...just one…. ;-)....must go out again tonight and tomorrow! Thanks Tacoma!

February 20, 2015 at 12:49 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Justin

That was us! I hope you had luck finding a ball.  If not I’m sure there are still some more out there!

February 23, 2015 at 1:13 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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fawn

hello seekers,
amazed to see everyone’s finds.
last night and this morning some new glittery babies went out to be found.
there’s many seacreatures by the water

and land crawlers near foot traffic

幸運

February 20, 2015 at 1:27 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Late Bloomer

I was amazed to find this little guy (a glittery baby rhino) around 6 PM today at the Wright’s Park pond. This is my first hunt as I just heard about this last night on the news and I can’t believe I found one!  What an adventure… I met some really nice people today who were also looking which made it less strange looking through the bushes and trees. I hope this isn’t the last year - This was really fun and exhilarating!

February 20, 2015 at 9:04 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Carly in Central Tacoma

In as much as I would love to find an orb one of these years, I am grateful to simply be on the hunt!  We may never find even a marble, or win a Pickle Hunt prize, or start a Beautiful Angle collection, but man, do we love Tacoma for these traditions. 
Yesterday we hunted in Wapato with my in-laws and today was we did some light searching at Franklin Park.  I say light because my daughter is under 2 - we walked the entire park, but I only left the helm of our stroller to peak into some of the storm drains near the community garden.  Tomorrow we will be out with the whole extended family again at another great park.  Thank you to Ms. Monkey for being a glass-wielding wizard and getting the city outside in winter.  That in itself is the best gift.

February 20, 2015 at 2:01 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Lisa N

Ok, so a little behind this year and want to go out this afternoon with my 6 year old.  Am I too late??

February 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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never say die!

never too late! Get out there :)

February 20, 2015 at 2:19 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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T & N

I ve enjoyed this year of hunting far more than any other. Last year was kinda crazy… Anyway, I still have a couple geodes, thunder egg chunks and 3 small fossils that I will place out there tonight for everyone that has been working or just hasn’t been lucky yet. Keep looking, I found my horse medallion 4 days later. Good luck happy hunting.

February 20, 2015 at 2:57 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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nikki9093Registered

i had some issues logging in. it was being finicky. i can’t wait to try my luck. i didnt know about this until yesterday.

February 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Snake Charmer

Found a Year of the Snake medallion on Ruston Way!!!  Can’t believe this went untouched for 2 years.

February 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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RSHR

Or was it untouched??? Happy for you

February 20, 2015 at 6:15 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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NastyNate

Never know what you will find out there!! Happy Hunting….. It has been fun every year, did not find one so far… But still hunting.. Thank you little monkeys, and a big special thanks to Ms Monkey. Till next year. Must of found it in a tree at Chinese pagoda on the water???

February 21, 2015 at 7:32 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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fawn

here’s a found monkeyshine on it’s way to be rehidden,
it’s been blessed by the lamb, now it’s going back out

February 20, 2015 at 3:38 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Happy Family

Oh My! Please Please Please give a hint?! Pretty Pretty Please!

February 20, 2015 at 5:54 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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fawn

Oh My! Please Please Please give a hint?! Pretty Pretty Please!

Ah, I don’t want to be unfair, but remember that monkeyshines float

February 20, 2015 at 8:35 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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CourtneyLooHooRegistered

This is my first year ever hunting… and it’s super fun. I’ve been out everyday this week and taken my kids out a few times too. No luck on finding any treasures, although my daughter did find a small marble. Hoping to take my boys out so they can find some too. I’m dying to find an orb! I wonder if I’m just not good at looking haha.  Well I just want to thank everyone for all their hard work.  This is an amazing project and I hope it continues.  I already know what I want to leave for hunters next year! P.s. any tips are appreciated. Happy hunting!

February 20, 2015 at 4:25 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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vindiculus

I was up too early on Thursday as I didn’t find any only to see people post pics of their beautiful monkeyshines and where they found them…Of course where I was earlier! I of course am obsessed at this point and brought a friend out with me last night to have fun looking for some treasures. Of course he found one! I had no luck last night but I’m going out tonight, tomorrow, and forever until I find one! One will be mine. Oh yes it will! Thanks for this awesome adventure. My kids have had a great time as well.

February 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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JustAGinger

Has anyone seen any in Steilacoom? Is it worth it to look there?

February 20, 2015 at 6:16 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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mama&cubs;

I saw one in Lakewood on Thursday, so I could imagine there might be.

February 20, 2015 at 9:21 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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JustAGinger

Willing to say where in Lakewood? This is our first year looking.

February 21, 2015 at 10:21 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Michelle

This is my third year hunting and I absolutely love the anticipation, excitement, exploring new places and meeting perfect strangers.  I enjoy seeing all the things that others hide and seeing what others have found.  I had not found a monkeyshine until this year.  I found my first one last night (2-19-15) at Wright Park with my 8 year old son.  We had such a great time and would like to thank all the people who spend time making, planning and hiding these beautiful gifts. You’re making Tacoma a much better place.

February 20, 2015 at 6:25 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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The HunterRegistered

I think I saw you guys there right after you found it. My wife and I were looking around when she found a piece that said be kind on it.

February 20, 2015 at 7:05 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Michelle

Yes, Hunter.  That was us.  I remember visiting with you and your wife.  Did you guys have any more luck last night or today?

February 20, 2015 at 9:33 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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The HunterRegistered

We looked for a while but didn’t see anything else.

February 21, 2015 at 5:40 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Angella

Going out tomorrow morning with my boys! Can’t wait to hunt!

February 20, 2015 at 6:36 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Melo

Went hunting with the kiddos today and didn’t find anything..YET! We’re not giving up!!

February 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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What became of the Monk?

We found a beautiful glass bell pepper in a tree at pt defiance.  My daughter spotted it and I hoisted my son into the tree and he retrieved it.  We are very grateful, and we love Tacoma, monkeyshines and all the generous people that make this happen!

February 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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UNK

We found a beautiful glass bell pepper in a tree at pt defiance.  My daughter spotted it and I hoisted my son into the tree and he retrieved it.  We are very grateful, and we love Tacoma, monkeyshines and all the generous people that make this happen!

 

 

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Ruston Girl

We found a beautiful glass bell pepper in a tree at pt defiance.  My daughter spotted it and I hoisted my son into the tree and he retrieved it.  We are very grateful, and we love Tacoma, monkeyshines and all the generous people that make this happen!

 

 

February 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Ruston Girl

So glad you found it! It was there for 2days before you found it! Great Job, enjoy!

February 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Mullman

Me and my oldest son are hoping to find one this year!! He was born in 2003 so he’s a ram! Hopefully it’s not too late and we can find one!

February 20, 2015 at 7:54 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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soccermom

My son found one outside his school on Thursday. He wasn’t even looking.
His teacher from a few years ago found one out searching in the morning, also.
Love the connections that these bring.
Thank-you Monkeys

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Morgan

We found a beautiful float, our first one!  In the waterfall on N 4th and Yakima! We love Tacoma!  I started jumping up and down I am so full of joy!  Thank you monkeys!

February 20, 2015 at 11:50 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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MrWizard

Hey Morgan. So was the float you found mostly clear like the one that Fawn rehid?

We found a beautiful float, our first one!  In the waterfall on N 4th and Yakima! We love Tacoma!  I started jumping up and down I am so full of joy!  Thank you monkeys!

February 21, 2015 at 10:19 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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fawn

nope,
that one wasn’t mine.

February 21, 2015 at 11:30 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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MrWizard

Well, my fiancee and I have now logged 20 solid hours of searching for Monkeyshines and have still come up empty. We figured out exactly where you took the picture by Stadium with your orb however we’ve scoured a 5 block radius including all water features and still up empty handed… Pretty please, any other hints? We are starting to go crazy here. Thanks in advance

nope,
that one wasn’t mine.

February 21, 2015 at 11:39 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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fawn

Well, my fiancee and I have now logged 20 solid hours of searching for Monkeyshines and have still come up empty. We figured out exactly where you took the picture by Stadium with your orb however we’ve scoured a 5 block radius including all water features and still up empty handed… Pretty please, any other hints? We are starting to go crazy here. Thanks in advancenope,
that one wasn’t mine.

The ball doesn’t reside in a water feature, like a fountain or anything, but rather a natural occurring water reserve in a commonly walked park.

I am no longer sure if it’s still there, but if it is, you’ll want to bring something you don’t mind getting really wet in.

February 23, 2015 at 8:54 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Happy Family

Are you no longer sure it it there because the tide could have taken it out or because someone might have found it?

February 23, 2015 at 10:34 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Craftycrafter

This is my first year, headed out to Point Defiance today. No physical treasures, but got my daughter to tag along and we had never been there before (new to the area) it is a amazing park! We had a wonderful time searching, and talking. The park was empty though. I hope to go out early tomorrow morning for a bit, as everyone else here has said it would be nice to find a beautiful treasure to bring home. This year I feel blessed that I am able to be out there hunting!
Thank you to everyone involved in this!
Pisst… Any hints on where to start tomorrow would be so verry appricated!

February 20, 2015 at 11:51 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Craftycrafter

This is my first year, headed out to Point Defiance today. No physical treasures, but got my daughter to tag along and we had never been there before (new to the area) it is a amazing park! We had a wonderful time searching, and talking. The park was empty though. I hope to go out early tomorrow morning for a bit, as everyone else here has said it would be nice to find a beautiful treasure to bring home. This year I feel blessed that I am able to be out there hunting!
Thank you to everyone involved in this!
Pisst… Any hints on where to start tomorrow would be so verry appricated!

February 20, 2015 at 11:54 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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gilgalad35Registered

Hello Derek or anyone at Exit 133!  This is James and I wrote exit 133 with a proposal for support! please give me an email to see if we can organize it!!!
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February 21, 2015 at 12:35 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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notagainRegistered

I saw some hunters out on Hilltop this morning.

February 21, 2015 at 7:39 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Jason

I just recently heard about this and would love to take my kids out looking for a treasure.  Not really sure where to start looking though.  I live by Stewart middle school, any chance that treasure will be hidden in our area?  This is a really cool thing that all of you do, hopefully it can continue.

February 21, 2015 at 7:47 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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J & M

We’ve heard reports of people finding stuff along Pacific Ave up around 38th. Look everywhere like flower pots and bushes and trees.

February 21, 2015 at 7:59 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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J & M

Went out yesterday and found a Ram ornament and a sweet Be Kind piece. Also having fun still finding marbles and moving them to new places for other people to find. Almost left our Be Kind piece for a guy we named Grouchy because he was talking to someone on his phone about how he hadn’t found s*** yet but we didn’t think he would truly appreciate it. Thank you again, Ms. Monkey and all of those hiding fun things for others to find.

February 21, 2015 at 7:51 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Giant Pacific Octopus

We love you, Tacoma!  Keep your eyes (and your hearts) open.  The adventure continues.

February 21, 2015 at 9:10 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Seeker

Thank you Giant Pacific Octopus!!! Success after 5 years of searching for a treasure, we found a beautiful gold and green octopus on Pacific.

February 21, 2015 at 10:43 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Still searching

Any clue as to what part of town to search? Kiddis and I are having a blast being outside, searching together!

February 21, 2015 at 10:11 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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LooperSix

Kids and I were out looking for octopi this morning.  We did not find any but had a blast exploring Pt. Defiance and Puget Park…after we warm up a little we might go out again.  As we were driving home the kids and I were thinking about what we could make and hide next year.
Thanks Tacoma for such a great tradition

February 21, 2015 at 10:23 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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max~n~meRegistered

Max and I went out this morning looking didn’t find anything but got to explore Fireman’s Park, Thea Park, and walked the waterfront around the glass museum. We had a great walk met nice people and puppies and loved getting to know Tacoma more. Might go out later to hunt some more for some shine treasures or just to meet more nice people. :)

February 21, 2015 at 10:30 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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12th Man Sisters

A BIG THANK YOU to Ms Monkey!!! You have been a inspiration to so many and brought so much happiness!! Thank you to everyone who has joined in to make this Monkeyshine time such a wonderful time! So many nice people sharing smiles and stories while on their adventures around Tacoma. My sister and I have lived in Tacoma our whole life and when we first heard of Monkeyshines 8 years ago(sadly we missed the first years!) we started exploring parts of the city we hadn’t ever explored, now it has become a tradition to take our families out and explore our wonderful city. Marble Man you made my 4 years day when she found a marble while out walking around!! We truly hope this continues and the 12th Man Sisters would love to help in any way we could to keep it going!! THANK YOU again to EVERYONE!! Keep exploring our beautiful city there are so many adventures to be had!!

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Ms. Monkey

A huge shout out back atcha!  Thanks so much for being a very special part of The Monkeyshine Project!  You sister’s really knocked it out of the park with your 12th Man Rams this year!

A BIG THANK YOU to Ms Monkey!!! You have been a inspiration to so many and brought so much happiness!! Thank you to everyone who has joined in to make this Monkeyshine time such a wonderful time! So many nice people sharing smiles and stories while on their adventures around Tacoma. My sister and I have lived in Tacoma our whole life and when we first heard of Monkeyshines 8 years ago(sadly we missed the first years!) we started exploring parts of the city we hadn’t ever explored, now it has become a tradition to take our families out and explore our wonderful city. Marble Man you made my 4 years day when she found a marble while out walking around!! We truly hope this continues and the 12th Man Sisters would love to help in any way we could to keep it going!! THANK YOU again to EVERYONE!! Keep exploring our beautiful city there are so many adventures to be had!!

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Bryan

looking at Northeast Tacoma and Brownspoint today no luck at the lighthouse fun though. any hints?

February 21, 2015 at 11:02 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Sea2sky

A big thank you to all who have made this such an amazing hunt and inspired so many people to get out and enjoy our wonderful town. It has been lovely to read about (and see pics of) all the treasures found.  My kiddos and I have walked almost 20 miles so far since Thursday in search of the elusive orb and they still want to keep going.

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DerekRegistered

Received via email:

“Found my first ever float this morning, see pic. I LOVE it but am a bit worried about a couple of big cracks in it. Is there anything I can do, besides being very gentle, to help it survive? The only other time I’ve found a Monkeyshine was a medallion 2 yrs ago (Year of the Snake) and it spontaneously shattered into multiple chunks one night on my desk at work, less than a week after I found it. I was told it probably hadn’t been annealed (sp?) properly… but I don’t know anything about glass making. Any suggestions, Tacoma glass lovers?”

February 21, 2015 at 11:09 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Ms. Monkey

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This just won’t do!

Received via email:

“Found my first ever float this morning, see pic. I LOVE it but am a bit worried about a couple of big cracks in it. Is there anything I can do, besides being very gentle, to help it survive? The only other time I’ve found a Monkeyshine was a medallion 2 yrs ago (Year of the Snake) and it spontaneously shattered into multiple chunks one night on my desk at work, less than a week after I found it. I was told it probably hadn’t been annealed (sp?) properly… but I don’t know anything about glass making. Any suggestions, Tacoma glass lovers?”

February 21, 2015 at 12:05 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Kelli

Found a beautiful dragonfly ate piece hanging off a tree branch off 38th and Pacific. Thanks for everyone who made this year great!!

February 21, 2015 at 11:19 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Received via email:

“My boys has success this morning near Vassault Park. Thank you! T-Town Rocks!”

February 21, 2015 at 11:22 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Ms. Monkey

Thank-you Tacoma for embracing The Monkeyshine Project for the past 12 years, and for all of the Monkeys known and unknown that have added to the fun.

Thank-you seekers for posting your finds, helping other to hunt, and for the general love and merriment that you have spread around.  Your joy is infectious.

THANK YOU TACOMA ARTS COMMISSION for your generous support of this project.  You rock!

Spread the love all year round T-town…you are beautiful.

Sincerely,
Ms. Monkey

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The HunterRegistered

Thank you Ms. Monkey for all you do!! Thanks to the Tacoma Art Commission and every body involved!! I’m glad to have been allowed to purchased the candle holder earlier, maybe have more fundraisers for next year( if this event continues). Thanks again, The Hunter

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Jim Mackay

I’ve been hunting for Monkeyshines 4yrs now without any success.  Last night, my friend and I broke out of that tradition.  While hunting in the 38th st corridor around 9pm, we both managed to find an orb.  Mine was located on top of a retaining wall and was barely visible from ground level (I’m 6’ tall).  After a little climb and some celebrating, I had my first Monkeyshine!  Meanwhile, my buddy crossed the street and continued the chase.  Not 5 minutes later, he found his orb stashed in the foliage of a Heather bush at the entrance to a business park.

I would like to pass on a well deserved thanks to the Tacoma arts community, and all the volunteers that make this event possible.  It not only makes our city a more unique and inviting place to live, it helps bring out the best in the people.  Neighbors talking and interacting with each other, parents spending time with their kids, and all the while garbage gets picked up and everybody gets some exercise.  What a great combination!  I for one, hope we all can find a way to keep this tradition going.  Good luck to all still looking.

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Jennifer

Thank you Tacoma artists! Thursday night my kids and I went out for a bit and I found a glass ball at 5:30 PM at Lincoln HS. Later, my daughter found a pottery cup at a school (don’t recall name) near entrance in a flower pot. Then this morning the four of us headed out and my husband found a pottery piece at 8th & I ST park, then an ornament at McKinley Park. We had fun hunting in the dark and daylight.

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HaNkRegistered

Went out early Thursday morning after one was reported at Pacific and 38th.  Looked around for awhile up and down 38th.  Saw a couple find one and was talking with them and they wished me luck as they got back in there car.  Turned the corner and found one right outside Lincoln Hardware.  Brought it home and now it resides next to my Monkeyshine Project Ram Candle Cup.

February 21, 2015 at 2:12 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Marty

What a great year for Monkeyshines!!  Just spoke to the owner of Jubliee in the Lincoln District and he said that yesterday was a record day as many ‘Shiners dropped in to refuel before heading back out.

He said it was a joy to watch so many many people weaving in around his bushes and parking lot, looking high and low.

He shared the story of one couple with disabilities that told him they had not been out on a walk together for over 5 years, but came out in search of glass orbs. They almost had tears in their eyes.

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Tacoma is the Treasure

Three days of looking and didn’t find any physical objects, but I had a lot of fun along the way! I have been all over the city and have climbed into numerous trees and bushes (adults need to feel like a kid again sometimes, too) plus met nice people who were out on the hunt.  I recently moved to Tacoma from the Midwest, and Monkeyshines has only deepened my love for this place. Thanks to everyone who made this event happen!

February 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

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“What a wonderful day exploring with my loves. Also, took a little Polar plunge for our beautiful monkeyshine. Thanks Ms. Monkey & team! You renew my love for our beautiful Tacoma & her kind residents. “

February 21, 2015 at 3:49 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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JustAGinger

Looked high and low from 11th to 15th, Broadway to Pacific, and Foss waterway and found nothing. A little disappointed but it was a fun first time!

February 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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baseballmom

i have searched high and low on all of my lunch breaks this week, and tonight at Jefferson park with a flashlight. It’s a sickness! I am determined to find something. Anything. Also, if this wonderful tradition continues, my 19 year old who has blown glass for 8 years will help in any way he can!

February 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Lovstolaf

Yesterday, I lost a small, stuffed chicken while out searching for Monkeyshines in Fireman’s Park. He was a gift from my daughter and went on adventures with me. He’s wearing a monkeyshines medallion on his neck, so I think whoever found him thought he was part of the game. I really hope to get the chicken back, you can keep the medallion. I’ll try to post the last pic I took of him yesterday in Fireman’s Park. Thanks.

February 22, 2015 at 5:20 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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J & M

Apologies if this is a duplication. I tried to post earlier but I don’t see it. Trying again. We did see a family find a stuffed something at Fireman’s Park yesterday morning around 8:00am-ish. My husband thinks it was pink maybe. The boy who found it was very excited. If this was your chicken, I believe it has found a happy home, if it doesn’t make it back to you. Good luck.

February 22, 2015 at 10:51 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Lovstolaf

Thank you so much, J & M. I don’t think it was mine because I didn’t get to Fireman’s until Saturday afternoon. What a strange coincidence. I really appreciate your letting me know. :-). Fingers still crossed.

February 22, 2015 at 7:52 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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J & M

Doh!  That should be a thumbs up, not a thumbs down.  Can’t get it to change.  You are very welcome and good luck.  :-)

February 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Runner Mom

This runner still leaving things behind.
A Monkeyshines message bottle will reappear today .... Some time .... Somewhere.

February 22, 2015 at 7:08 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Happy Happy Joy Joy

What a GREAT day! I found one carved heart at the waterfront, nine medallions (along waterfront, and all around Pt. Defiance) and this cute little octopus holding a globe (in sculpture at a small park not far from opera alley). Kept the octopus.  During my adventures, I saw six raccoons (5-mile drive), three deer (Pt. Defiance), one loud tree frog and a low flying eagle glided over me (Japanese gardens), Oh and one reindeer ... (Yes, I said one reindeer… It was at the fence at the zoo), a little puffed out bird popped out of a bush and sat next to me for a while (dock street), team of squirrels (Wright’s Park) and it ended at Titlow beach with a beautiful sunset.  Found several little parks I hadn’t heard of before. I met lots of nice people. Got lots of exercise, and got kicked out by Mr. Police Officer (with my new found friends who had flashlights) who informed us that Pt. Defiance was closing…as we explained to him on our way out what Monkeyshine was… yah we had good laughs…What a fun day!

February 22, 2015 at 9:49 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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RSHR

Are the medallions all year of the Ram and did you take them?  If so, you are kinda going against the rules of only taking 1.  Be kind to the others please and if you did take them, please re hide. Thanks.

February 22, 2015 at 11:09 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Happy happy joy joy

I only kept the octopus and left the rest where I found them.

February 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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RSHR

AWESOME!!! Thanks

February 22, 2015 at 12:42 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Happy happy joy joy

I only kept the octopus and left the rest where I found them.

February 22, 2015 at 12:53 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Farmerswufe

i purchased a few of the fundraiser cups.  They are now hidden. Good luck hunters.

February 22, 2015 at 10:01 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Ms. Ladybug

Did she just say she found and took 9 medallions!!!?!!! Ummm i surely hope not. 1 per seeker. Be kind and choose the 1 u wish to keep an rehide the other 8. People who work during the week are looking on the weekend and it would be nice to know there are still things out there.
I hid 10 more ladybugs this morning. Keep looking!

February 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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2big

They only took the octopus. If you read the post again it mentions that the octopus was kept and they also clarified to another person on that thread.  Happy Happy Joy Joy, you seem to be an expert hunter!  I also found more than one on my search, I only took one but I did pick the others up just to look - who could resist!  Thanks Ms. Ladybug and everyone else who added to the fun.

February 22, 2015 at 1:58 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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J & M

There’s still a lot of stuff out there.  Just this morning we found and re-hid two “Be Kind Grant” pieces and some Ram ornaments.  Are there glass medallions this year like there was last year or is what I’m calling an ornament (circle with ram stamp and ribbon) what other people are calling a medallion?  We saw marbles this morning too.

February 22, 2015 at 1:03 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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max~n~meRegistered

Any hints on where you saw some of the treasures I was just getting ready to head out again to hunt haven’t had any luck this year but did meet some very nice people and explored some new parts of Tacoma. :)

February 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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J & M

We were wondering around the Stewart Middle School area, Dock Street, WA State History museum, and some places downtown to name a few areas.  Heard rumors from a security guard also recommending Dock Street, Wright Park, and Pebble Beach.

February 22, 2015 at 1:58 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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J & M

Oops!  That would be *wandering*.  :-)

February 22, 2015 at 2:01 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Craftycrafter

Wow I’m glad to see there are still treasures to be found! I was planning to head back out early Saterday morning, but I was not able to. I guess all the walking the previous day got me. (I have had 6 minor back surgeries) the Friday that I spent out was wonderful! Walking through the beautiful park with my daughter, I can’t remember the last time I had been on a long walk (due to my back) now I remember why). I think maybe I might try to go tomorrow for a bit, just not as long.
Good luck to everyone! Again thank you to everyone especially Ms Monkey! It is an amazing thing you have started here!

February 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Luxx

Yes there are medallions out this year also the size varies I think. My group found 2 in different sizes some just big enough to get a stamp on it some like normal sizes and more colorful than ever. They were hard to find. Tucked beside a trash can and tree hole. But I know there more out there. I think monkeys just put out at different stages. I’d say check the water area I know they float.

February 22, 2015 at 10:31 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Urban Farmer

I went out to collect eggs this morning only to discover a beautiful grey & brown ram tile in one of the nests.  Thank you, Hilltop Monkey!!  I will definitely re-hide it in one of my cherished Tacoma haunts.

February 23, 2015 at 9:55 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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E & D

We just moved to Tacoma 2 weeks ago, knowing nothing about Monkeyshines. Walking to work on Thursday morning, I noticed people with flashlights and asked one woman what she was looking for. She was kind enough to tell me about Monkeyshines and not 1 minute later I stumbled onto a beautiful orb on the glass bridge! I’m not usually lucky, but that day I was simply in the right place at exactly the right moment. Thank you Ms. Monkey and all the monkeys and other artists who work so hard on this amazing effort. You are generous beyond belief and the joy you’ve created is just wonderful. I love that “the hunt” brings us all together and gets us talking to strangers we’d normally never interact with. We are now Monkeyshine converts and are having a blast exploring our new city to try to find my husband an orb. Keep it up monkeys!

February 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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jkoecke2002Registered

Went for a walk\exploration at Wapato Lake,  unfortunately i was unable to find anything.

February 23, 2015 at 3:20 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

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“I found this one the front walkway of our house this Afternoon. It’s puzzling because the image looks More like a clam or scallop than a ram. I wonder What the explanation is? Thanks mrs. Monkey or Whomever put it there.”

February 23, 2015 at 4:14 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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DerekRegistered

Received today via email:

“I found this treasure on my run through Wright Park this morning. Makes those early morning runs worth it!”

February 23, 2015 at 4:36 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Oma#7

So—-need to know—should I still be looking? Have gone to Pt. Defiance, Wapato, Star Center, Asian Pacific Rec Center, Exotic Gardens, Boat House Owens Beach…..... no luck but a good healthy walk. Thanks this is great. My granddaughter loves the night walks with the flashlight but would love to find something.

February 23, 2015 at 6:44 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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FourheadedsnakeRegistered

I’m guessing if they hid 3000 glass pieces—and uncounted other pieces, there must be more to find! I wonder what percentage of people write about it?

We hid 14 photo art cards on 6th and near the zoo today. We’re hoping to hear that some were found. :)

February 23, 2015 at 8:33 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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J & M

We were thinking it was a total of 3000ish pieces, not 3000 glass pieces. I think I got that idea from the News Tribune. Last year I think I read 500 orbs and 500 medallions which was double the year before if I am remembering my details correctly so 3000 glass pieces seems like more than they would do especially if the other art pieces are being produced. I’m betting there is still glass to be found though!

February 24, 2015 at 7:13 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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dustin

I think the number is closer to 2,000 glass pieces. A Naughty Monkey went over some of the numbers on twitter with me. 200 teacups, 115 of the other pots, 200 goat head clay medallions. That doesn’t count the bottles and the grant school kids.
I think you’re safe to keep looking, but the longer you wait, the harder it will become. Think outside the box a little and dig deep (not literally, I hope….). My first find, last year, was from a previous year, in a somewhat easy to see spot on thea foss way. And I think another from that prior year was found, just this year.

Good luck, have fun!

February 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Ms. Monkey

Dustin is correct.  About 2000 assorted “Monkey Balls” (called that by Monkeyshiners, no matter the year) and medallions went out.  200 glass bottles.  about 1000 clay items, 500 paper Ram ornaments, countless 12th Man Sister’s Rams, Octopi, Marbles from Marbleman, and LOADS of community-driven gifts to the magnificent community members of Tacoma.  Try thinking…“where would I hide something”? 

And don’t worry if you come up empty handed…the treasure is what you make of it.

Keep hunting, I’ve stalked a few I’ve hidden and they are still out there!

February 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Seeker

Thank you Ms. Monkey! That gives me hope that my daughter can still find a treasure, she is a ram and turning twelve soon, she’s says it’s her year. My treasure is that I get to search with her and see our amazing city.

February 24, 2015 at 3:09 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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J & M

Wow! Thank you for the information, Ms. Monkey! You and your crew have done so much work! It is appreciated and so much fun. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We will definitely keep looking. I’ve found mine, but my husband hasn’t found his yet.

February 25, 2015 at 6:53 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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DalshineRegistered

A friend found a Monkeyshine today in a parking lot on the waterfront. It was hidden in plain sight! It was really important to her because she was born in the year of the sheep. I went out on Thursday with two other people and we were lucky enough to find Monkeyshines in the hilltop/downtown area. I went out Friday night with my boyfriend and he found a clay pot in Old Town (his first time looking). Thank you Ms. Monkey for the years of memories, adventures, and the occasional treasure.

February 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Try thinking…“where would I hide something”?
Lol, At this point I would hide it on the tip of my own nose.

I absolutely LOVE this event!
However:
It’s the 12th yr, unknown number of hrs, days and nights and still I have never found anything. But I now have not only my children, but also my grandchildren super excited about trying to find a Monkeyshine.

February 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Raineydz

Late post…went out again in search of the elusive orb/medallion…did a LOT of walking, talking, had a great time & even found a great Mexican restaurant! Got a lot of mileage in…and finally found an orb by Tacoma Mall ;-)

February 24, 2015 at 4:03 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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SMILERegistered

We would just like to share we found a goat head clay medallion and a Monkey Ball today! The Medallion was found on 6th Ave. and Union and the Monkey Ball in the ivy over at Mary Bridge Hospital. 
We would like to give a “BIG THANK YOU” to everyone who helped make this event such a success!  You’ve given our family the opportunity to create memories that will last for years to come.

February 24, 2015 at 9:27 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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FastMomma

So Ms. Monkey and Tacoma.  Thank you!  My girls and I were out on our Saturday morning hunt.  We found a very cool medallion on the bridge in the Chinese Reconciliation Park.  The bridge we had just walked across and did not see anything.  We were excited to have found something.  We returned home to a sad phone call.  Grandma had just passed away.  She passed pretty much the same time we found that medallion according to the nurse.  A beautiful moment stamped forever in our memories.

February 25, 2015 at 2:08 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Obsessed

I accept that the majority have been found, but i cant give up hope. Were any of them hidden really well, like you would have to move stuff around to find them, or are they pretty much visible from at least one vantage point?

February 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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!2th Man Sisters

I do believe that some are hidden well, to be found by surprise when least expected, stumbled upon by chance. Don’t give up they can be found when least expected and always in public places!!

February 27, 2015 at 7:38 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Craftycrafter

Good evening all! Well I got the chance to get back out this afternoon. Boy do I know how to pick em! It was raining when I startes at firemens park, then it got colder and super windy. Very cold for a Texas gal like me lol. Thank goodness for Starbucks

February 27, 2015 at 10:45 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Smile

Found one of the 14 art cards today on 6th Ave.

February 28, 2015 at 8:19 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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first-time-around

Just found out about monkeyshines on Monday, went looking for 3 hours and found mine in the crotch of a tree in Wright Park! Right after my roommate and I spend the next 5 hours scouring Tacoma parks, I’m looking to find one for his 31st birthday tomorrow and surprise him with it. He was sooooo stoked that I found one, he said it gave him hope. He found a moonsnail shell with a poem in it in point defiance by the pagota shrine in a Japanese maple. Dunno if that was something left behind by someone else. Was a poem about buying peaches. Hahahha.  Any clues? Much appreciated!!!!! Aaaand is U.P. considered Tacoma hiding territory still??

February 28, 2015 at 10:53 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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AngellaRegistered

Going out to scour downtown Tacoma with the whole family on this beautiful day! We still have hope!

March 1, 2015 at 9:46 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Wren

If I were you guys I would search the Pagoda, maybe you’ll find a treasure I left behind, (hint hint)

March 1, 2015 at 1:56 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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AngellaRegistered

Wren we found a three small treasures. My sons each kept one and re-his the third for someone else to find.

March 1, 2015 at 3:19 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Debbie

Where did you find your little treasures…. We did Ruston Waterfront from Chinese bridge to the Lobster Shop. And also parts of the Wapato Park near the playground and waterfall. We started late… so want to do this next weekend with my daughter.

March 1, 2015 at 8:48 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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first-time-around

Keep looking everybody! I went to Jefferson Park yesterday at about 3 o’ clock and found the mysterious blue bottle in a recess between a part of the tree base of the grand Sequoia tree! Haven’t opened the bottle yet! Keep looking everybody!

March 2, 2015 at 9:11 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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JJ

I found a ceramic cup in a bush outside a store this afternoon.  Photo on Twitter under #monkeyshines.

March 6, 2015 at 4:42 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Michelle C.

Ms. Monkey,

Are there any more treasures out there? I have been searching everywhere I go, and no luck.

Michelle

March 10, 2015 at 5:31 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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first-time-around

Well, I figured if its this far out after the night of sacred hiding, I should try and find where previous year’s ones might still be hiding. I believe Ms. Monkey said that she knows for a fact that there are ones still out there that she has gone back to check, and are still there. Today, hiked Jane’s Gulch. Which is a beautiful park, nonetheless, has to be the most neglected park I have ever seen. With a little work, it could be a diamond in the rough. Nothing there, and I did search the paths of great disrepair - which also may have been game trails, hahaha. Also, just now leaving Place of Circling Waters, and on to a few others today. Any suggestions from previous sacred night monkeys? I’m always up for a challenge! Riddles work too :) thank you again!

March 12, 2015 at 10:23 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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