Date Hidden: August 18, 2019
Place Hidden: Mazatlan, Mexico
I hid the chest in the evening. It's pretty hard to see where it is at night. The second photo was taken with a flash. The chest should be pretty easy to spot during the day, especially by kids who would like to explore, rather than the adults who would just walk right through the tunnel to get to the other side.
|Without the flash|
|With the flash|
The Treasure Chest Project insert (bilingual front/back)
QR code for finder to learn more about the contents:
I received this rosary from a friend of mine who isn't religious. It was her mother's. Instead of throwing it away, she was kind enough to give it to me. It's a beautiful rosary and is probably at least 50 years old. I was torn about including it in this treasure, but sometimes we're guided in ways that are mysterious. Perhaps the inclusion of this rosary will speak something to its finder.
Megalodon Shark Tooth
The Carcharocles Megalodon was a prehistoric shark that lived during the Miocene and Pliocene periods (2 to 20 million years ago). It was the largest and most ferocious top predator that has ever existed. The Megalodon was thought to be as long as 75 feet and weighed up to 75 tons. This is equivalent to 7 or 8 full grown Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs. A full grown female adult was the size of a greyhound bus and with a mouth as large as 11' wide x 9.5' high, they could easily attack and swallow their main food source.... warm blooded whales. The giant 6' dorsal fin sliced through the water with ease and the pectoral fins were an alarming 8' long. The massive 20' tail (from tip to tip) was as high as a 2 story building.
My wife purchased a bunch of these for a craft project. We had some left over so I thought it would be a nice, simple treasure to complement the rosary. It measures 2-inches wide by 3.25-inches tall.
At least, I think it's a replica.
The custom of distributing Catholic prayer cards, also called holy cards, or sometimes mass cards, is a centuries old tradition of the Catholic Church. The oldest surviving Catholic prayer card is St. Christopher and dates back to 1423. Holy cards bear a religious image with a favorite verse or prayer and are used to commemorate special moments such as First Communion, Confirmation, etc. Prayer cards are also commonly distributed at funerals with a favorite prayer, the name and dates of the deceased.
At least that's what I think they're called. There's a hole under the head and a hole under the belly. They're an rubbery-elastic material that can stretch so you can shoot them like rubber bands.
I hid it in Mexico at a resort that's popular with Mexican tourists. Mazatlan is kind of a hidden jewel. While some Americans and Canadians go there, it's mainly a popular domestic tourist spot for Mexicans. So I thought including some U.S. coins might make it fun for the finder as well.