Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hunt #1 SOLVED!


A big CONGRATULATIONS to Larry G. for submitting a correct solution and GPS coordinates that came within roughly 125 feet of where I hid the cache. I'll be posting a full solution later this week. But, as of 02/10/2018 at 11:15am EST, this hunt is over!

A good number of people worked hard on this hunt and I thank everyone who did for giving it a shot. It my attempt to emulate Forrest Fenn, I've learned a great many things about hiding treasures and crafting clues to get people to the right spot. I've also learned quite a few things about what it takes to successfully solve a treasure hunt. One key thing is persistence. Like Larry, don't give up. If you feel you've locked in on a promising location, keep at it. In some instances, your instinct may be more trustworthy than your logic. 

I plan to continue hiding treasures, both real and virtual. So please stick around or check back from time to time. I'll be sure to post on Jenny's site (Mysterious Writings) as well so keep an  eye out. 

Keep on seeking! Well, not for this one. Hopefully you know what I mean.








Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Stream of Consciousness

Recently, my wife decided to try something she had never done before. Her talents never cease to amaze me. The result, in my humble opinion, is a work of art that could be displayed in the finest London art gallery. She has always been an excellent doodler, at least since she was able to doodle anyway. But this is her first attempt at paint on canvas. The actual painting is roughly 16" x 20" and I don't think this electronic version does it justice. 

There's a lot of detail in this painting that I could never replicate nor could I fully describe. It's both cold and warm at the same time. I think my favorite part might be the sun. There's a luminosity in it that I didn't think could be captured on canvas. It makes me feel like I'm actually looking at the sun. Don't you have the urge to squint when you look at it? 

I was going to mention something about the dark area on the left of the painting and I was going to do so by using cardinal directions, but then it dawned on me. I didn't know if the sun was rising or setting. Then my mind wandered to the armchair used by George Washington for three months at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. On the final day of the Convention, as the delegates were signing the new document, Benjamin Franklin remarked "I have often looked at that sun behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now at length I have the happiness to know it is a rising and not a setting sun." Franklin, of course, was using the rising sun as a symbol of the dawning of a new nation.

Following Franklin's lead, I'm going to call this a rising sun because, while the periphery of this painting may be cold, there's a warmth the draws you in towards the sun. There's a sense of optimism. It's a gentle reminder, I think, that in life we need to stay focused on our goals and not get bogged down by the things that are happening on our peripheries. We need to search for the light. We need to seek the truth. We need to remain steadfast in our journeys lest we get lost in the wilderness where we may succumb to the cold and darkness. And if you ever find yourself feeling lost, seek the light. You'll be found and a new day will dawn.

I think maybe the painting ought to be named "Stream of Consciousness". 

Like this post.

Even though it's not a stream.

The painting I mean.

Not this post.

Here's the chair:


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

What the blazes?

If you stop to take, not smell,
Upon the “geocache” you’ll gaze.

Since the chest is gone, this line from the poem has minimal relevance in an armchair solution. So I've decided to reveal the meaning of this clue.

When I hid the chest, I "secreted" it in such a way that it wouldn't be stumbled upon by accident. However, it would also be difficult for a searcher to locate it! So, in order to help a searcher find it, I came up with this scenario/clue. 

I tied one end of a fishing line to the hole in the corner of the lid (in this photo, the hole can be seen in the "southwest" corner of the lid). I secured the other end of the fishing line to a fake rose. If you've never tried using a needle to thread a fishing line through the stem of one of these fake roses, you're not missing out. I don't recommend it.

The previous line in the poem mentions being led to the "blaze". While I am not revealing all of the clues contained in that line, I will say that the word "blaze" in my poem serves two purposes. The first sense is similar to its usage in Forrest Fenn's poem as some sort of marker or indicator. A "blaze" is also a type of garden rose

Hence, once you were led to the right area and had BOTG, you'd look for the fake rose as your marker for the treasure. Bringing to mind the popular saying "stop and smell the roses", the line from the poem suggests you should take the rose instead of smelling it. Once you took the rose, you'd notice it was attached to a fishing line. You would then follow the line until you found the chest.

The rose itself was in such a place, I thought, that it wouldn't be especially noticeable unless you were looking for something (like this "treasure"). But I won't go into detail on that until after the hunt is over!