T hough she doesn't grow them in her own garden, Lori Hunter loves roses.
The associate professor of sociology at the University of Colorado and founder of Boulder Walking Tours read the second clue "Gotta stop and smell the roses," and used her knowledge of Boulder history to find the rock in the Dushanbe Teahouse Rose Garden.
She'd read during her research that the roses planted in the teahouse garden were not modern-day roses, but heirlooms and wild species from over a hundred years ago. So she hopped on her scooter and headed to the teahouse to do a little poking around 8:30 Tuesday morning.
"I felt a little awkward because people were eating breakfast there," she said, laughing. "But I tried to be discreet."
She was on her way back to her scooter when she spotted the rock in all its glory. This is just the third time Hunter said she's joined in the hunt for the rock.
Hunter said the first clue "I moved my van, and I sold it, but I'm still down by the river" led her to the courthouse on Pearl Street, where a farmers' market used to be held in the back of pickup trucks. No matter, though, she found the rock after just two clues.
Hunter said she felt a bit guilty finding the rock so early, but then decided the $500 outweighed her guilt. She doesn't yet know how she'll spend her reward, but her son Ben Tweedle might have something to do with it. Tweedle, who will be a freshman at Boulder High next year, stopped in with his mom to claim her reward.
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