Today was a
VERY special day for Joshua; his baby brother was one day old and he was finally
a big brother. Joshua left for school expecting the day to be just like any
other day … never dreaming that another big event was about to happen to him.
arrived home from school, he was astonished to find a big mysterious yellow note
taped to the chair on his front porch.
The note said
that he should find Silly Rabbit and he would find a clue to a hidden treasure.
Joshua ran into
the house to look for Silly Rabbit!!! He hoped that the silly old rabbit would
be where he had left him earlier that morning. Much to his relief, Silly Rabbit
was still there with a strange blue metallic egg sitting in front of him.
opened the egg, there was such a clatter as miniature pirates, a treasure chest,
and small gold pieces fell to the floor … along with a small folded paper marked
Clue. “I wonder what is on that paper?” he thought to himself. The yellow piece
of paper had a clue to the Hidden Treasure of Fort Jackalope; it said that Josh
should go to the mountains and loCate a Jackalope. The clue hinted that Joshua
could find this strange animal in his Grandmother and Papa’s reading library.
think any of this could be true! He had friends to play with and that was more
important than a mysterious treasure that didn’t exist …. He spent the afternoon
playing, watching Blue’s Clues on TV, having supper, and then off to bed for
plenty of rest … beCause tomorrow was another school day.
morning was just like any other morning. Not a sign of anything that resembled a
treasure or even a map to a treasure. See…he knew it. Joshua just bathed,
dressed, ate his breakfast, and left for school … never suspecting that his big
adventure was still to come.
home after a long day at school. It was Friday and he had the weekend to play
and watch Cartoons; nothing really exciting was happening … or was it? He went
to his room to find some toys to play with; the mysterious yellow note that had
been left for him was on the wall where he had taped it, but to his surprise a
smaller yellow note had been placed next to it. Joshua read the new note.
Had to leave;
my friend Jackalope Called to tell me he had found a treasure in the mountains.
I have hitched a ride there. Come as quick as you Can.
PS: Left you a
map in your picture album.
his Grandmother to ask if SHE had seen Silly Rabbit?!? She told him Silly Rabbit
was NOT at the ranch, but he was welcome to come and look for himself. Joshua
left for the ranch immediately; Silly Rabbit must really be on to something …
why else would he have left such a strange yellow note, asking for Joshua to
arrived at the ranch, Silly Rabbit was nowhere to be found! Perhaps the rabbit
was still on his way!?! It was getting late and Joshua’s day had already been
quite long … so off to bed he went, hoping Silly Rabbit would be there when he
awoke in the morning.
It was early
morning and the sun was just beginning to peek over the horizon. Joshua
immediately went to the reading library to see if Jackalope was there; he peeked
around the corner to see the top of two little antelope antlers sitting on top
of a strange looking rabbit … that MUST be a Jackalope. Joshua reached down and
picked the strange little creature up.
There was a
clue attached to the front of Jackalope.
believe his own eyes!?! Here was another clue to the treasure! Could there
really be a hidden treasure?!? He rushed out to find the clue, the “Eye that Can
see far away”; there was only one place it could be….
out of Grandmother and Papa’s house heading straight to Fort Jackalope. As he
headed down the drive, he could see the blue and yellow telescope that sat at
the top of Fort Jackalope: “that must be the eye that Can see far away!” he
thought to himself. As he reached the top of the climbing wall, he could see the
glint of a strange red metallic egg!
He opened the
egg and another mysterious yellow piece of paper fell to the floor of the Fort.
He picked it up and read the clue: “Look for the horns that will not blow!”
Can’t blow?? Where could they be? He looked to see if Silly Rabbit had left any
paw prints that could show him where the horns were … maybe they were close
turned slowly around looking for signs that the clue told him about, he spotted
the horns and skull of an animal that had died long ago …. Could that REALLY be
He could see
the sun reflecting off an object that was lying inside the skull. Reaching in,
he grasped another strange shiny black metallic egg. As he opened it, another
mysterious yellow piece of paper fluttered out.
The clue said
to: “Look for the horse that flies through the air!” “Horses don’t fly through
the air!!” he thought to himself.
at the clue again. The picture on the paper looked VERY familiar.
that it was the image of the horse swing that hung from an old tree down near
the barn!!! He started running FASTER and FASTER.
believe that there might really, really be a Hidden Treasure of Fort Jackalope!!
As he reached the old horse swing, there didn’t seem to be any clue there. He
looked everywhere and then he spied a strange shiny green metallic egg tucked
neatly under the horse’s mouth.
He reached in,
removing the egg and held his breath: What will the next clue be? Or could it be
the one that points to the spot where the Hidden Treasure might be?
He broke the
egg open! Again … another mysterious yellow piece of paper fell out … He picked
it up … and SLOWLY unfolded it … as he read the clue, it said: “Find the tree
that never grows.”
He knew where a
tree was that never grew … it was the only tree stump on the ranch that could
hide a treasure. His heart was beating FAST … the thought of finding the
treasure was so exciting! But could it really be true??? Joshua headed for the
He reached the
stump … and bent down to look … into the DARK hole that formed the mouth of a
very, very old tree, which held a secret that he was about to uncovered.
Goodness… To his amazement, there sat Silly Rabbit holding on to a brilliantly
colored treasure chest.
Silly Rabbit and exclaimed, “Silly Rabbit! It’s true … it’s really true!”
down again to recover the brilliantly colored Treasure Chest. He couldn’t
believe his luck! His Silly Rabbit had really found the Treasure of Fort
Jackalope! Now what could the treasure be?
He opened the
lid of the chest … it had a Large Skull of a Pirate Skeleton staring up at him …
and below the skull were many, many gold coins that had fallen from a brown
He reached in
and picked up one of the shiny gold coins! Examining it closely, he exclaimed,
“Chuck E Cheese!”
He reached down
one more time to pull the skull out of the chest. As he looked at it, he
realized that it was exactly what he had been wishing for….
This was really
the greatest adventure! How could Silly Rabbit have known what he wanted and how
much excitement this treasure hunt would be for him???
This was the
greatest!!! Maybe he could do the same for his little brother someday beCause he
was a “Big Brother” now!! And of course … Silly Rabbit would be there to plan
another great adventure with the help of his friend, the cute little creature