What happens when a moose and a mouse decide to play hide-and-seek in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho?
Answer: The City of Coeur d'Alene creates a 2-1/4 mile Adventure Trail lined with 5 Life Size Bronze Moose and Mice statues and calls it the Mudgy Moose Trail.
What's it all about? A new childrens adventure book that centers around Lake Coeur d'Alene.
This charming tale for children is all part of a public art project funded by a grant from the Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission. As an accompaniment to the book, the town of Coeur d'Alene has commissioned a local artist, Terry Lee, to create 5 life-size bronze statuesof Mudgy and Millie, which will be placed at strategic points along Mudgy's route-now officially christened the Mudgy Moose Trail.
The Trail begins at the base of Tubbs Hill in Downtown Coeur d'Alene. For the more adventuresome, Mudgy actually begins his search for Millie at the southern most tip of Tubbs Hill, about a half mile down a dirt path that circles Tubbs Hill. (Tubbs Hill, a natural area next to The Coeur d'Alene Resort surrounded by a two mile hiking trail, was named for an early Coeur d'Alene resident.)
The trail then follows a 2 1/4 mile route to the Coeur d'Alene Library, then through the Downtown area, around the Resort's famed boardwalk and through the City Park before ending at Independence Point overlooking the lake.
In this story, Mudgy Moose searches high and low for his friend Millie Mouse, but Millie has found herself a very clever hiding place. Mudgy wanders from the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alenethrough the picturesque town of Coeur d'Alene and then back to the lake before he finally discovers where Millie has hidden. Mudgy's quest is whimsically illustrated with sparkling watercolors by award-winning artist and children's book author Charles Reasoner. Sales of the book will benefit the Coeur d'Alene Public Library Foundation.
Be sure to support our Local Library and purchase a Mudgy the Moose Book. Mudgy & Millie will be available at your favorite bookseller or gift shop beginning September 13th, 2008. Pre-orders may be made by contacting the publisher, Eastern Washington University Press at www.ewu.edu/ewupress.
I'm looking forward to joining Mudgy and Millie on the Trail after I purchase my own copy of the book. I'll remember to take lots of pictures for everyone. Better yet, set a date to buy your copy of the book and take to the trail!
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