We came quietly in the morning, Silkworm on my shoulder and me holding the means of the mission in my hands. Together we tied it ever so casually on a tree branch at the start of the path and snuck away like backwards thieves. We drove away with butterflies inside us upon watching a pair of hikers approach the camera and snap a photo of their dog.
Several hours later, we returned only to pick the camera up off the ground where it must have been dropped by the wind. It had 18 exposures left, meaning--minus the photo we had taken--strangers had used up 5 exposures. We decided we didn't want to risk losing the camera after we knew it had at least a few successes on it, so we took it home then and there. A few days later, once we'd used up the rest of the film, we got the photos developed. These are the photos we found, courtesy of the strangers who were brave enough to participate.
We did end up printing doubles of the photos and taking them to the park to let whoever used the camera see what they shot and take their photo home. However, I'm thinking most of the photographers weren't frequent visitors, because we returned to the park a week later to find all but one photo still hanging on the sign where we'd left them. Next time, we'll definitely tell people to look for a hashtag on Instagram instead and let people know ahead of time what to keep looking for. We gotta get into the habit of using hashtags; we both know it's a good idea, but we keep letting it slip our minds!
This was a magnificent Mission, though. We can't wait to do it again, with a few tweaks.