We’re taking Ultimate Spoons on the road to Fossil Springs for the first ever wilderness championship! Two carpool locations will be set up – one at the Park and Ride behind Anthem’s Circle K (39414 N. Daisy Mountain Dr.) for those coming from the West Valley and one at the McDonald’s at Mesa Riverview (909 N. Dobson Road) for those coming from the East Valley. We will meet up at those locations at 7 a.m. before heading north. Once we have all arrived at the trailhead, we will hike about 4 miles to Fossil Springs where the games will commence and a new Ultimate Ultimate Spooner will be crowned.
Directions to Fossil Springs from the West Valley:
Take I-17 towards north. Exit at Highway 260 and go east about 34 miles until you get to Highway 87. Travel south a few miles before arriving in Strawberry. Once there, take a right on Fossil Creek Road and stay on that for about 5 miles. (The first 2 miles or so is paved while the next 3 miles will be on a well-maintained dirt road.) Take the turnoff that leads to a parking lot on the right side.
Directions to Fossil Springs from the East Valley:
Take Highway 87 north. You’ll pass Payson and Pine before arriving in Strawberry. Once there, take a left on Fossil Creek Road and stay on that for about 5 miles. (The first 2 miles or so is paved while the next 3 miles will be on a well-maintained dirt road.) Take the turnoff that leads to a parking lot on the right side.
How to Play Ultimate Spoons:
Players sit in a circle with spoons spread out before them. There are two fewer spoons before them than there are players in the game. One additional spoon is located at a distance, usually after some sort of obstacle. (For Ultimate Spoons: Fossil Springs Face Off, the additional spoon will be located in the swimming hole.)
Each player is dealt four playing cards from one or more shuffled decks and can never have more than four playing cards in their hands at any time during the game. The dealer then selects one card from his or her hand to pass to the opponent on their left while picking up a new card from the deck. All players simultaneously select one card from their hands to pass to the opponent on their left while picking up the card that he or she has received from the opponent on their right.
When a player collects four cards of a kind, he or she takes a spoon from the center as subtly as possible. When one player does this, every other player must do likewise as quickly as possible, with the final two players left spoonless having to race one another through the obstacle to the additional spoon. The player who is unable to produce a spoon at the end of the round is eliminated from said round.
Once only two players are left in the game, only the additional spoon is used. The player who is first to collect four cards of a kind must race through the obstacle to the additional spoon. However, the other player can still win if he or she is able to outrace his or her opponent through the obstacle to the additional spoon. The last player left standing wins the round.
Multiple rounds are played in similar fashion, culminating in a championship round during which only the winners of each preceding round participate thereby resulting in an Ultimate Ultimate Spooner to be crowned and awarded the Golden Spoon.