Saturday, April 4, 2020

Google Maps Challenge #3

This is my third "Google Maps Challenge". Nothing to buy - it's free!
Everything you need to get started is right here.

Minimum Prize: $25 Amazon gift card. (Valid only in the US).
Prize is now at: $30 Amazon gift card. (Valid only in the US).
I'm trying something new this time. If you feel inclined to help the prize grow, I'll accept donations via paypal. Based on any donations I receive, I will increase the prize in $5 increments. Donate Here.

This Google Maps Challenge is global - the locations could be anywhere in the world, BUT you must begin at the link below. I've created a set of four riddles that will lead you to specific features within specific locations that can be found using Google Maps Street View. There are four specific locations that need to be found. All four riddles must be solved to submit a valid entry for a chance to win the $25 $30 Amazon gift card. Only one prize will be awarded.

Contest ends and all submissions must be received by 11:59:59pm on June 27. Winner will be chosen at random on June 28 from all entirely correct entries received. No more extensions.

If no entirely correct entries are received by that time, a winner will be chosen at random from those who have identified the most correct solutions.

The hunts start here!
I'll give you a head start this time. All four locations can be found by starting here.
You must begin here in order to find the right solutions. Solutions are screenshots of specific places found via the "street view" via this starting point.

There are quite a few new participants in this challenge, so I thought I’d give a couple tips especially in relation to what constitutes a valid submission.  

Google has utilized “street view” to go inside of museums, parks, churches, world heritage sites and other notable places. Use the “street view” found at the link above to explore inside of these locations. This was my starting point and it should be yours as well. 

Second, the riddles each point to a specific location within a location. That is, they will lead you to a specific spot within the "street view" of the general location identified. So, for example, if the answer to the riddle is the bust of Ramesses inside the British Museum, you would submit a “street view” screenshot of the bust of Ramesses inside the British Museum. A street view from outside of the British Museum itself would not constitute a valid submission.  

The Riddles

Location #1 - Release Date 04/04/2020
Myra, Mura on the wall.
Behind a chair he stands so tall.
Once he brought some gifts of gold.
But now you’ll get what he holds.

Location #2 - Release Date 04/11/2020
The check is in the mail, postmarked 1993.
Head over to the busted room with lots of names to see.
Look closely at every one and study without fail.
Soon you’ll find what you seek is just an Erben tale.

Location #3 - Release Date 04/18/2020
You can't see his face, though he’s not wearing a mask.
Driving the boat backwards is your first boring task.
Walk to the brothers as you’ve been told.
And soon a dead end will become a cross road.

Hint: The way 2020 has been going, I feel like I'm crossing the bridge of sighs. So maybe we should take a deep breath and look at the riddles again. 

Location #4 - Release Date 04/25/2020
Coco might guide you in this, your final quest. 
The state that you’re in might lead you to rest. 
Is this a city? Or a park? Or? Do some inspection.  
Soon you may find the Chapel of the Resurrection. 

Hint: September 15 is more important than May 5.


Submit Your Solution
So you think you've solved it? How do you submit your entry for a chance to win the $25  $30 Amazon gift card? 

Send the following to me in an email (readandseekadventures (at) gmail):
  1. Subject line of your email: Google Maps Challenge #3 Solution.
  2. Include a screenshot from Google Maps street view for each location. The specific feature must be contained in the screenshot to be a valid solution. Angle or direction is not important.

*Google and Amazon are not sponsors nor are they in any way affiliated with this contest. Use of Google and Amazon does not imply endorsement.