Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
July 2024

Lots of Vowels

Last year, a friend of mine and his wife went on vacation to Key West. They spent most of their time either sport
fishing on the high seas or carousing on Duval Street. My wife and I, however, prefer a very different kind of vacation. We like hiking and camping and using stone-age toilet facilities. So, we spent most of our vacation in the woods in California and the Pacific Northwest.

When we returned from our trips, we compared notes. I said to my friend that on our vacation we saw something that, when written down, has all five vowels and the vowels make up five of the seven letters in
the word. In fact, we saw not just one, but a few of these things.
My friend said, “that’s strange. When we got to Key West, we also saw something that
when written down has all five vowels in its seven letters. In fact, we saw quite a few of these as well.

Each of us wrote down our seven-letter word, and then exchanged papers. They were the same word.

But, what I saw and what he saw were very different things. The question is what did each of us see?

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5 guesses to Lots of Vowels

  • Dude

    Mike, you’ve found a word that fits the five vowels out of seven description–albeit a very obscure word. However, based on the riddle description, we were looking for a word that:

    A. Must be a vowel
    B. Would be seen in two totally different contexts.

    The word Aerious does not fully answer the riddle.

    But keep trying.

  • Jim

    I’m thinking Sequoia, but I can’t relate the Key West reference to the word.

  • Dude

    Jim, Sequoia is correct!

    Allow me to elaborate:

    I saw Sequoia trees, and he saw a Toyota Sequoia.

    You’re today’s winner.

  • Jim

    what do I win?