First to Four

GAME OVER!  (Did you find one of the wild pieces still wandering around in a daze? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll pick it up.) The game board was outside but here’s where the pieces ended up:


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Game clock: 13 days 9 hours 9 minutes.
Good game, everyone — well played — all your moves made it fun!


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First to Four — 104 Comments

  1. Hugh Whoo was found this morning hanging outside the BP at Morris and Capitol. Maybe he was heading for the Hubbard Tunnel checkpoint, or maybe he was waiting for the price of gas to change to what it’ll be in the future? In any case, we scooped Hugh off the F2F field. He’s free now to resume his time-jumping to the past — but it looks like he’s going to spend some time with the other racers.

    So that makes all five racers accounted for — a new record!

    • I moved Flip this morning unaware that the game had ended. He is still on Shorewood, in between Maryland and Farewell.

      • Thanks for the spotting! We picked up Flip this morning. He’s hanging out with the other racers now, still beaming like a champ, hoping for a replacement rainbow loom necklace as his consolation prize.

  2. Yay!!!! Sequoia Scallion takes third place!!!! We found Tim Timberling just a few blocks away from her and the Timberling Tornado swept her up to Angle A, her fourth checkpoint. Her mystical forest ways have guided her through the race for a bronze medal!

  3. Sequoia Scallion is ahead with three completed checkpoints. Come on fans! Let’s get her to Angle A for the third place finish!!!

  4. hugh whoo(two check points) and sequoia(3 check points)are both headed towards the ardmore check point we put sequoia at the corner or marion and maryland and hugh is high a block south from sequoia


  5. Sequoia on our doorstep! Going with the last directions in the book and heading toward Atwater Diamond. We’ll do 100 steps which puts her at Capitol and Farwell.

  6. Helped this little guy get a little closer to his goal this morning. I know he’s lagging behind the others, but everyone loves a good comeback story. So, if you are on Newton today, help a brother out.

  7. Hmmmm, race officials are going to check on Sequoia’s checkpoint map tomorrow. Looking at the map and current position, it seems impossible that Sequoia made it to Circle of Stowell and back to Shorewood Blvd in that amount of time. There might have been a pushpin error? Although, if anyone could do it, it’s Sequoia.

    If anyone took her or saw her at (or near) Circle of Stowell, let us know, that’ll help sort this out. Sequoia has several die-hard fans over here who are ready to spring into action.

    • Froggy’s comments are right. You can check the map on Sequoia shortly before she made the tunnel for confirmation. The peg is toward the bottom of the map (Menlo). Sequoia made it to the Hubbard Tunnel and Menlo Summit. She needs Atwater and perhaps Circle of Stowell (though there may be a black hole near the Circle of Stowell, so watch out, Sequoia). We probably miss-pegged her at the Tunnel. Sorry!

  8. Found Sequoia Scallion wandering Shorewood Blvd. looks like she made the Circle of Stowell and she’s now headed to the diamond for a third place win!

    • Hmmmm, race officials are going to check on Sequoia’s checkpoint map tomorrow. Looking at the map and current position, it seems impossible that Sequoia made it to Circle of Stowell and back to Shorewood Blvd in that amount of time. There might have been a pushpin error? Although, if anyone could do it, it’s Sequoia.

      If anyone took her or saw her at (or near) Circle of Stowell, let us know, that’ll help sort this out. Sequoia has several die-hard fans over here who are ready to spring into action

      • Froggy’s comments are right. You can check the map on Sequoia shortly before she made the tunnel for confirmation. The peg is toward the bottom of the map (Menlo). Sequoia made it to the Hubbard Tunnel and Menlo Summit. She needs Atwater and perhaps Circle of Stowell (though there may be a black hole near the Circle of Stowell, so watch out, Sequoia). We probably miss-pegged her at the Tunnel. Sorry!

      • I agree that it seemed odd that she would have made it to Stowell and back to Shorewood Blvd last evening. There was a Timberling at Farwell and Lake Bluff around the same time. Maybe a Timberling tornado was involved?

      • I reset her pins — as much as I hated to do it! She still has two checkpoints (Menlo Summit and Hubbard Tunnel) and she’s closing in on #3, which looks to be Circle of Stowell right now, but who knows where she’ll turn, especially with a Timberling in the neighborhood.

  9. Sequoia is excited, she is waiting for her two friends to come back from afternoon camp and send her on her way…

  10. way to go kaede and balbo! we knew you could do it! ps flip i can’t believe you have found!

      • Flip was found hanging out on Marion near Farwell. I think he went to try out for the BMX Stunt Team at Summerfest, but decided it was more fun to hang out in Shorewood. 🙂

  11. Sequoia is not lost forever! She is still in the running and was spotted on Menlo just west of Oakland on her way to checkpoint #2 to congratulate her friend and opponent Kaede at Hubbard park

    • Sequoia made it to the Hubbard tunnel checkpoint! She is now just west of Oakland on Menlo, south-side of the street. She hopes to make it to the Menlo-Summit checkpoint soon.

      No sign of Hugh on Maryland. No sign of Tim Timberling. Perhaps the construction tore a hole in the fabric of space-time. Perhaps they are having a nap. At any rate, we hope to hear from you soon, Hugh, or we’ll have to change your name to Boo-Hoo.

      • Goo job on a second checkpoint, Sequoia! However, she’s already been to Menlo-Summit. Maybe she should head for Atwater Diamond or Angle A?

      • We were glad to find her and very happy to pass her to other Sequoia well-wishers who got her to the 2nd checkpoint at last. Good job and welcome back, Sequoia!

  12. Ha Ha! I went to the future and found out that I will win second place! Therefore, everyone else should just give up now to avoid the humiliation of losing.

    • Looks you were visiting an alternate reality, Hugh — but keep trying, buddy! Third place is nothing to sneeze at, it’ll be huge if you can pull it off.

  13. We went in search of Flip and Hugh, but no sign of either anywhere along Marion, or nearby on Stowell or Prospect…we checked around Lake Bluff and Prospect for some time. Speaking of time, did Hugh decide to move on in time? Was there a wormhole or Tardis handy? If anyone spots either of those guys, help them out!

    • Did balbo make it to his last checkpoint for a close 2nd place? We couldn’t find him between circle of summit and where he was last spotted 1 1/2 blocks from the finish 🙁

  14. Hooray! KAEDE DASH is the first to four! She made it to her 4th checkpoint at high noon today and is enjoying a beautiful view of the river at Hubbard park, receiving congratulations from brunchers and beer garden-ers! But the fun is not over yet! We still need to see who comes in 2nd! (And 3rd and 4th and 5th for that matter!). Speaking of “who” we couldn’t find HUGH WHOO anywhere 🙁 and SEQUIOA and THURSDAY ? Where are you? We know you’re out there somewhere. By the way good ol’ BALBO is on Menlo just west of Downer and has a great chance of coming in at a very close 2nd if only he could get a little help from some friends!!!!!

    • With Sunday brunchers and beer gardeners heading to Hubbard today, she’ll be sure to get a lift. This could be it…!

  15. Balbo Shooms is heading towards Prospect on Menlo, East of Maryland, enjoying north side shade. He took two leaps as we met up with other strollers who took him past our landing spot!

  16. Hugh is on the move, but didn’t see Tim on LBluff. We are a bit tired today, sorry. Right now, Hugh is contemplating pink geraniums a few steps north of the NE corner of Maryland and Marion. Tim, now’s your chance to help a time-traveling buddy. You’d only need to cross one street!

    Kaede, that tornado must have wiped you out, but we’re sure you’re ready for more action! Good luck, all you blocks of woody wonder.

  17. WHERE IS SEQUOIA SCALLION‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽
    Kaede and Balbo were both moved back a bit (heh heh) to buy her some time, but I fear Sequoia may follow the same path as her grandson Sprout.
    Come on Scallion fans! We have to find her!

  18. We found Hugh still basking in glory at his first check point – Circle of Stowell. We admired his new necklaces before moving him to Lake Bluff and Prospect.
    While searching for Sequoia (no luck), we spotted Tim Timberling in some construction by Atwater Diamond.
    Crossing three streets, Tim is on the corner of Farwell and Marion – only two street crossings away from Hugh!

  19. I saw her having a beer and taking part in the Menlo/Stratford block party. Then she participated with John Phillip Souza in the neighborhood parade. She did not stay to enjoy the feast as she disappeared without so much as a wave. I was happy to discover that she made progress soon after, going west to the tunnel. What fun!

  20. What was Balbo’s third checkpoint? It doesn’t seem like he could have gotten anywhere that fast…. I smell a rat!

    • We saw Balbo near the Hubbard tunnel. We assume it was his third checkpoint, but forgot to check. Balbo must be moving undercover without posting but we’re not sure. Perhaps that’s the Balbo-fan strategy. It’s the first we have seen him since he was near Atwater. Sequoia? Flip? Today we focused only on moving Hugh Whoo as he seems in a time warp.

  21. Hurray! Feeling independent, Hugh made it to the circle of Stowell. Help Hugh go to Atwater diamond.
    Breaking news, we spied Balbo with three pins on the sw corner of Menlo and Oakland. Balbo fans, take note! He’s heading toward his final checkpoint!

    In other breaking news, we saw Kaede heading west on Menlo and Cramer to the tunnel. Did she forget that the fireworks are over the lake tonight??

    Will Balbo and Kaede meet and run off to Door County like Sir Ned and Zuzu? or will they fall through a tear in the fabric of space- time? Ps where are Flip and Sequoia?

  22. Kaede’s prospects are looking good… She has been spotted on Menlo just west of prospect well on her way to her 4th checkpoint and the big win!!!!! She had many helpers on her side today! Don’t tell the sequoia supporters! 😉

    • good work kaede supporters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ps let’s try to find flip and balbo ok?

      • we’ve been trying hard to find everyone, but really have had poor luck except for Kaede! She is doing well! Wow!

    • I usually try to stay neutral in these games but this year I just can’t… Go Balbo GO! Help me everyone who believes in the spirit of this unassuming champion. Find him and help him. Circle of Stowell isn’t so far and by all accounts Tim Timberling is in that area. Or maybe Hubbard Tunnel is the way for Balbo to go. Depends on where he is. Meanwhile, Kaede Dash can walk 100 steps back toward the lake. She’s got time to spare, loves the water, and I think she’d like a good view of tonight’s fireworks.

      • Also… nobody likes freedom more than Hugh Whoo. Freedom to wear his sweater in the summer. Freedom to move through time. Freedom to run the First to Four at his own deliberate pace. Let’s celebrate the 4th by getting Hugh to some checkpoints!

  23. Im a little concerned I went out to look for balbo bc he was so close to his third check point, but I couldnt find him on lake bluff, morris or any other of the surrounding streets

    • People have been moving Balboa backwards without posting the location. It has now happened twice and he is currently lost. We went looking this morning but could not find him.

  24. Found Kaede at the Atwater Diamond. But she must have gotten a little confused…she moved back down the block where she’d come from. (Sorry Team Dash but Sequoia’s in it to win it!)


    • Weather report: Tornado sighted over Atwater School!

      Thanks for your help, Sequoia fans. Tim Timberling saw Kaede and said, “Time for a timberling tornado.” Kaede said “ok!” so Tim tornadoed Kaede to menlo-summit, where she hopes to catch a few fireworks before moving toward the Hubbard tunnel. Sequoia is not the only one in it to win it!

      Just as we left Tim near Maryland and Kenmore tennis courts, some kids pulled up on bikes and rode off with him. We heard one say, “I’m going to put him in front of my house.” Not sure where that is…Somewhere near St. Roberts???

  25. No sign of Tim Timberling or Flip at their posted locations. WHERE ARE THEY!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  26. Hugh made it to the east side of Stowell between Lake Bluff and Marion. The circle is in view. Hugh is very tempted to use his time traveling powers to get there.

  27. Kaede is at Atwater on home plate at the baseball field hoping to catch a game and a ride to the next checkpoint. Go Kaede!

  28. Kaede is well on her way to the Atwater baseball diamond to reach her 2nd checkpoint! Yay! Last spotted at Murray and Marion in the midst of the construction zone!!!

  29. Balbo is getting close to the checkpoint on alpine and lake bluff. He was last spotted in Morris and lake bluff!!!!

  30. Sequoia is on the north side of Menlo between prospect and Maryland. She is on her way to the Hubbard checkpoint.

  31. Moved…
    Balbo Shooms from Atwater Diamond checkpoint to the corner of Kenmore and Oakland. Could be heading to either Angle A or Hubbard Tunnel.
    Hugh Whoo west hoping to meet up with Tim Timberling nearby.
    Sequoia Scallion towards Hubbard park for her 2nd checkpoint…or to meet up with a Timberling again.

  32. Sequoia met a Tim timberling and is now at the Menlo checkpoint.
    Hugh is now on capital between Richland and lake.
    Kaede is on the northwest corner of downer and olive.

  33. We saw Hugh on Capitol near Lake Drive and moved him down Capitol to Richland Court. As we were leaving Hugh we ran into Sequoia and she headed down Richland Court toward Downer with us.

  34. We spied Kaede on Downer and moved her north toward the Stowell Circle. She’s on the east side of Stowell between Olive and Wood. She’s hoping to make the circle by nightfall.

  35. Flip is under a tree on the west side of Stowell between Lake Bluff and Marion. He’s heading toward Atwater School or to Menlo. We were hoping to meet up again with a Timberling, but no such luck. Go, Flip!

  36. Hugh Whoo accompanied me to the SW corner of Capitol and Lake Drive. He’s hoping for another travel companion soon, heading north toward the Stowell checkpoint. He’s the yellow love and peace fellow.

  37. Found Kaede in a sorry state from the storm…but even this rain cannot dampen her sunny disposition. She’s currently on the way to either the Circle of Stowell or the Atwater Diamond. Checkpoint, here she comes!
    Current champ Flip was still basking in glory at the Stowell checkpoint. But he was in a danger zone – right by somebody’s trash pick-up pile. Just in case, we moved him a ways down the block.

  38. Hugh is basking under a driveway light on the east side of Lake Drive between Shorewood and Capitol.
    Hugh is heading toward the Menlo checkpoint, although his pins suggest he has already made it to two checkpoints. How can this be if he’s been sitting on the Atwater steps? We think his pins should be returned to the starting point, but hesitated to do so ourselves. Help!

    • We’re heading out later to see who we can move — if we catch up with Hugh we’ll reset his checkpoint pins. (If Hugh used time travel to get to those checkpoints, game officials call foul!) If anyone gets to Hugh before us, feel free to correct.
      Nice moves by the way!

  39. Flip is heading north on Stowell and can be found by a large tree on the SE corner of Stowell and Wood. He hopes to meet a timberline.

  40. We found Tim Timberling on Marion and Maryland and moved him three blocks east on Marion to Stowell– NW corner. (three players; three moves?). We thought he could meet up with Flip, who is heading north on Stowell toward the circle.

  41. We discovered the game by finding Sequoia on North Ridge Circle! We moved her 100 steps Southwest towards Downer on her way to Menlo Summit.

  42. Sami and I found Sequoia quietly contemplating the lake. We helped her across Lake Drive. She’s at Capitol and Richland Ct. headed to Atwater. Flip was at the Lake too – we thought to move him back but he was simply too happy, so we left him waiting for his next ride!

  43. We just carried tim timberlings to the corner of oakland and lake bluff we think we should try to move him south to hopefully meet up with some players

  44. I think Sequoia is by the letter statue near Lake Michigan. Hugh Whoo might be on the steps that go down to the beach, but I’m not sure. Kaede might also be in that area.

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