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Wordless Wednesday – Mystery of the Flip Flops

The last time I published a Wordless Wednesday post, two weeks ago, Suzanne from Global HousesitterX2 suggested in the comment section to call this feature “Worth a Word Wednesday”. I’m all for that, since I have a hard time keeping things wordless (and sticking to rules). Thanks, Suz! The theme of this week’s Daily Post photo challenge, which I like to integrate in my WW posts if possible, is “sweet”.

A devastating discovery!

My flip flops pictured above, were sweet to me. They were comfortable, robust, and my go-to footwear wherever and whenever possible.  They have been my reliable friends for over two years and had a lot of life left. Then, “this” happened…

Mark and I went to bed in Zesty, being boondocked in the Arizona desert, and left our “shoes” outside as usual. When waking up in the morning, yesterday, three of the four flip flops were gone! A quick search in the area revealed these sad-looking flip flops. We never located Mark’s second shoe.

This is where it happened…

Can you solve this mystery?

(Next week, I’ll share our theory of what we think might have happened.)


  1. Yikes! I’m thinking Sasquatch? Or a desert tortoise who mistook your sandals for lettuce.

    • I love the lettuce theory, Janis. So funny! But, I just learned that tortoises are not color blind, so… they might have passed on these particular flip flops. 🙂

  2. Sorry to see the demise of your sweet flip flops, Liesbet. Maybe a desert animal took and ate most of them? Hope your flip flops are easy to replace.

    • “Luckily”, we are heading for colder climes again, Natalie. The ordering of the flip flops will happen when the time is right. 🙂 I do hope to find the same ones again, though. And, Mark as well. His were the black version. So comfy!!

  3. Hubs suggests that because they would hold your scent, to a coyote they would smell like meat! Just a thought! ~ Lynn

  4. Well something had a snack.

  5. Critters! I would never leave my shoes outside … scorpions, spiders, snakes, javelinas, mice the list goes on.

    • Not much place to hide in flip flops, but, I think we have learned our lesson! No more shoes (and now, it has to be shoes because we are out of flip flops) outside at night! 🙂

  6. Oh dear, I would never leave shoes outside either, it could cause serious indigestion to an unwitting animal! 😉🐗 xxx

    • I never thought about it that way… which animal would be interested in fabric and rubber? I guess our feet smell too “good”! 🙂

  7. Ack! Perhaps a hungry critter. Those flip flops are cute…I love the color!

  8. Coyotes? Didn’t know they liked to chew on plastic and rubber.

  9. Clever post idea, Liesbet. My bet is an animal – coyote, dog, something in the area. And that’s because I was hosting a party on my back deck once and one of my St. Bernards carted away a sandal that a friend had kicked off. We found it in a field a few hours later, only a little worse for the wear.

    • You might be right, Karen. Dogs and dog-like creatures like to have their fun. I love the St. Bernard story. We have been leaving these flip flops out for weeks (congregated) at night, in and outside of desert areas, and nothing ever happened. I guess we learned our lesson!

  10. The mystery of the ravaged sandals. It wasn’t me. Or was it?

  11. Oh, no! I guess the wildlife liked your shoes too 🙁

  12. I’d be so bummed to lose (or have something eat!) my flip-flops. I live in them from about March to September. I’ll be curious to hear what you think happened!

  13. I am in the Coyote camp as to the ‘who ate the flip-flops’ mystery. I can totally appreciate the sorrow of a lost pair of beloved flip-flops. I have started to become a bit of a hoarder on board Amandla…I now have a duplicate pair of my favorite ‘dress flip flops on board because I will never find these on The Indian Ocean. Once a princess, always a princess. Speaking of beloved things ‘lost’, I think I just found one of yours in Thailand. Photo sent to your in-box. Let me know if it is yours.

  14. Retirement Reflections

    February 16, 2018 at 14:06

    Hi, Liesbet – This is a fabulous ‘Worth a Word Wednesday’ post and photo. I, too, am in ‘Camp Coyote’. It doesn’t look like the soles were damaged. Any chance that the leather strapping is repairable? If so, these shoes could make for a ‘fabulous conversation builder’ when you wear them!

  15. The last pair of sandals I left outside our house ended up looking just like that! Turned out the dogs that live outside had a wonderful time with them, destroyed beyond repair…. So I have to assume that the same happened to yours.. Two years is a pretty long time to have flip flops last.


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