The Unlikely Adventures of Miss Hyla Bibbit

…a small frog in a big world…

Traveling Sylvanian 3 – Part 3, The Dig September 9, 2014

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“Thank you, again, Phineas, for letting me come along with you.”
“It’s my pleasure, Damara! Before we head to the Gorge, I wanted to show you something.”
“Oh?”

 

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“Oh my!”
“What do you think?”
“It’s beautiful, Phineas!”

 

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“It could very well be the largest waterfall I’ve ever seen!”
“This is Montour Falls, also known as ‘She-qua-ga’. That’s ‘Tumbling Waters’ in the native language.”
“‘Tumbling’ is certainly an understatement!”
“Let’s head out to the dig site before the weather decides to turn.”

 

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“We have to go through a cave to get there?”
“Yes. Well, a few of very short tunnels, really. You see, this is a very large and very long gorge in the earth that was made by ice and water during the last Ice Age. You’re not afraid of the dark, are you….?”
“Oh, not so much. I’m just so surprised by all of the different places near your little village!”

 

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“And I thought the waterfall was huge!”
“We’ll see several of those here. One you can even walk behind!”

 

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“There it is!”
*laughs*
“Be careful, you might get your fur wet!”

 

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“So much moss! It’s like a carpet!”
“I like to use it for a nice place to nap if I stay too long searching around the Gorge.”

 

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“Here we are, Damara. I know it’s not much to look at, but you can’t imagine the finds I discover here!”
“I’m ready to start when you are. Lead the way, Phineas!”

 

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“Look here, Damara! I’ve found a beauty!”

 

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*gasp*
“I never would have thought!”
“See? It has both a full body seashell AND the impression of a sea urchin!”
“Wow, Phineas, I can see why you get so excited about this stuff!”

 

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“Can you help me with this one?”
“Help you? Finn, there’s nothing there!”
“Ah, sometimes the rocks can deceive. Let me show you. Grab that side.”

 

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“It’s on the inside!?”
“Long ago this little critter became stuck in the sand and over time, that sand became rock. That’s why we find fossils inside stones sometimes.”

 

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“Look! I think I found one!”
“Why, that specimen is stunning, Damara!”

 

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“I guess I’m a regular ‘fossil hound’ now!”

 

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“Such a beautiful grotto….”
“Come with me, Damara. I have another body of water I’d like to show you.”

 

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“It…it’s so huge!”
“This is Lake Seneca, the largest of the Finger Lakes. We’re at the bottom tip and where you see it disappear over the horizon is only the half-way point.”

 

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“Oh, Phineas, what a beautiful sight.”
“What a beautiful sight, indeed…..”

 

 

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Traveling Sylvanian 3 – Part 1, The Arrival August 25, 2014

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“Somewhere over these hills should be Sycamore Springs.”

 

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“There! There’s the town! Just through these woods!”

 

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“Thank goodness I’ve arrived. What a long journey! Well…since I’m here, I guess I better deliver this package straight away. I don’t want to be rude and forget it! …. So this is Miss Bibbit’s house? Seems very humble for a ‘celebrity’. I do hope she will be nice.”

 

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“Hello. May I help you…miss?”
“Oh! Damara…Damara De Wildt.”
“How wonderful! The whole village has been expecting you! Please come in!”

The whole village?

 

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“Rooibosch Hill sounds wonderful. I apologize for the chill, our summer has been very peculiar with temperature this year.”
“It’s not too cold, though I am thankful for my husband insisting upon binging my jacket!”
“He sounds like a sweet man.”
“Oh, very sweet….Listen to me chat away! I have a package for you!”

 

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“A package?”
“Yes, from Ms. Madeline’s boutique! She said there was some delay or mix up with the last order.”
“You have to forgive me…I haven’t the froggiest idea what it could be…”

 

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*gasp*
“Miss Bibbit…it’s beautiful!”
“Now I remember! I helped our resident thread makers and dyers, the Sweetbriars, connect with Ms. Merryweather a few months ago. They make so much thread and dye, Ms. Clearwater can’t keep up with her dressmaking! Madeline wanted to send me something in thanks, but I never imagined this!”

 

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“You must be famished, Damara! Would you like to go to the cafe’? It’s not very big, but their sandwiches are fantastic!”
“Now that you mention it, I could use a spot of food.”

 

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“This is a great place, Miss Bibbit. Thank you for inviting me!”
“Please, call me ‘Hyla’. Miss Bibbit makes me sound old.”
*giggles*

 

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“So Damara, tell me what do you want to do in Sycamore Springs?”

 

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“Oh, well…I’ve always wanted to travel the world and meet new critters.”

 

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“I work in Rooibosch Hill as a herbalist, so I suppose I would like to learn about new recipes and plants. The excitement of it all! Me! In a new town! On a different continent! Hemisphere, even! Oh, I want to see everything I can!”

 

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“Well, you’re in luck! One of Sycamore Springs’ newest residents is Phineas Underwood. He’s a study of everything in the woods! Plants, rocks, bugs…just name it…
…and double our luck! Here he comes now!…
…Phineas! May we speak with you a moment?”
“Hmm? Oh, ah, yes! I’ll just…be right over.”

 

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“Finn, this is Damara De Wildt. She’s from Rooibosch Hill in South Africa and she’s visiting for a few weeks. We were hoping you might be able to show her some interesting places you’ve found.”

 

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“Oh, well, I would lo—……..ahhhhh….”

 

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She..she’s beautiful!

 

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“Um, ah..yes! Of course! I am heading out in a few days to hunt for some fossils. Would you…ah…like to join me?”
“I’ve never been fossil hunting! It sounds so exciting. I promise I won’t be a bother!”
“Nonsense! You won’t be a trifle at all. Um..w-where might I find you?”
“Oh dear. I haven’t found a place to stay just yet, I’m ashamed to say.”
“Finn, why don’t you take her to the Inn where you’re staying?”
“Oh, of course! I’ll…I’ll…help you with your things.”

 

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“Mr. and Mrs. Slydale, this is Damara De Wildt. She needs a room for her stay in the village.”
“Welcome to the Foxglove Inn, Ms. De Wildt. We have a room that would be perfect for your stay!”
“Please, don’t make it a lavish one! I would hate to put you out with all of the trouble of last minute!”
“Mr. Slydale and I may not have the fanciest of inns, but our rooms are full of comfort, cleanliness and courtesy! They’re always made ready for guests; you needn’t worry!”

 

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“I hope this is to your liking, Miss Damara.”
“Oh, it’s lovely. With such a great view of the forest!”
“I..ah…m-my room is just down the hall. Don’t hesitate to ask.”
“Thank you Phineas, you’ve been most kind.”

 

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Oh, Finn…just what have you gotten yourself into?

 

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Oh Rowan, if you could see me now! I miss you something awful…but I have to do this. I just wish you and the cubs could be with me. What a grand adventure this will be…

 

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As she slowly drifts off to sleep, Damara can almost hear her husband whisper, ‘good night, Kitten’….

 

 

 

Postcard Series: Berkshires, MA January 24, 2014

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Greetings fellow froggies!

Last year I took a trip to the Berkshires area in Massachusetts for a geocaching convention! Everyone at the Berkshires Geobash was wonderful and Bousquet Mountain was so lovely. It really made our trip when we camped outside! I even found my first cache! You should really try it, you never know where you’ll end up!

– Miss Hyla Bibbit