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I completely forgot that I had posted here asking for help in 2012! Just thought that I would report back and let the forum know that after 5 years of trying to solve riddles, and driving all over the state trying to track down ths silly treasure, I was finally fortunate enough to be the first to find it in 2013! Man, what a rush! Several of the clues had pointed toward the Truckee River, which made me happy, as I can hit any point on the river in a short drive from my house. I woke up one morning and saw a clue about "over 5000 in a swarm". Although the "rumbling in the streets" part of the clue seemed to point toward Street Vibrations, I figured that motorcycles are not the only things that come in swarms and would cause a little rumbling. Some quick Google searching turned up the earthquake swarm in the Mogul area a few years back, which just happened to have over 5000 quakes. Knowing that the medallion is always hidden on public property, I jumped in my car and headed for Crystal Peak Park in Verdi. Not because i "knew" that the medallion was hidden there, but I figured it was a good point to start. My wife was working that day, and I brought along our 2 year old daughter to "help" me look. We wandered around the park for about an hour or so, with no success, until my daughter began to express her boredom and began asking to go home. As we headed back to the car, we passed an old cabin in the park, with a well worn trail through the tall grass leading to it. My daughter was pulling me towards the car, but the explorer in me felt the need to check one last place. We turned around and headed toward the stone cabin. I looked around the trees by the doorway and found nothing. We walked into the small 6x8 cabin, and noticed nothing but a few old beer cans lying on the ground. I noticed the window in the back of the cabin, and peeked through it, looking at the willow branches. Nothing. Leaning out through the window, I took a final look around, and something caught my eye. A small leather pouch was dangling from a tree branch just outside the window. I knew that the treasure hunt medallion was always hidden in a leather pouch, but just assumed that I had unintentionally discovered a geocache. After plucking the pouch from the branch, and opening it up, I discovered that silly little acrylic medallion that I had spent so many years searching for! On the way out of the park, I passed by another woman, pushing a child even younger than my own in a stroller. She had her phone to her ear and was talking to what I assumed was her husband. "Okay, I'm here... but where am I supposed to start looking?" she asked. I interrupted her conversation and asked if I could help her find something. I must have a terrible poker face, because her response was "Did you find it already?" I took the pouch from my jacket pocket and let her examine the trophy. It has always been so much fun chasing after this little "treasure" and learning so much about the history of this wonderful state. I am looking forward to participating again next year!
I did purchase a new GPS a few weeks ago. Upgraded my outdated Garmin 60cs (would've kept it had it been a CSx with micro SD slot) to a Garmin Montana 650t. Much more real estate to work with on the screen, and a lot of new features to figure out. I loaded it up with City Navigator maps, and I'll essentially have a Nüvi if I decide to purchase a car mount for it. Now to get some of those 24k maps!
I didn't get out for any major exploration last year. I had the quad loaded up for some local exploration last Saturday, after taking my daughter to breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Meadowood Mall, but as my wife and I were leaving (in separate vehicles) a driver blew through a stop sign and T-boned my wife's Subaru. Luckily, nobody was injured, but that killed any ride plans I had for that day. Hoping to get out again soon if the weather remains nice.
It was indeed found, in the exact place I intended to look, had I not come down ill yesterday morning. Below is a description of the clues, as provided to the Nevada Appeal by the treasure hunt committee. Thanks to everyone for the help! Maybe next year will be my year! CLUE 1 To the heroism of The military men and women Past, present, and future This hunt is respectfully dedicated • The opening clue pays tribute to the theme of Nevada Day in 2012 — Honoring Our Military & Families Past, Present, Future ... CLUE 2 When you go hunting Always plan in advance Don't act too quickly And never fly by the seat of your pants • Hunters are encouraged to look beyond the obvious in each clue. It also gives an early hint of the treasure's hiding place with its veiled reference to a Work Project Administration accomplishment — building a fly-proof outhouse at the Twaddle-Pedroli Ranch in Washoe Valley. It was one of several built in the “Nevada Fly-Proof Privy Program” in the late 1930s. Clever hunters may see the connection between this clue and Clue 13, which refers to the Works Project Administration. CLUE 3 An easy roll Leads to the goal Five beside four Reveal even more • Seven is the easiest roll in the game of craps and is also the number of counties in which the treasure may be hidden. Five of the treasure hunt counties touch the county lines of four other treasure hunt counties — Carson, Churchill, Mineral, Storey and Washoe. This clue eliminates Douglas and Lyon as possible locations. CLUE 4 Three meet up 'Neath calico eyes And consume their share Of a wall of pies • Humboldt, Pershing and Washoe counties come together in Hualapai Flats (pronounced wall-a-pie). The Calico Mountains look down on the Flats from the north. Since Humboldt and Pershing are not counties included in the hunt, this narrows the field to Washoe County. CLUE 5 A hanging, a séance An injustice, she cried Was a deathbed confession The truth or a lie • In 1878, J.W. Rover was hanged on the grounds of the Washoe County Courthouse for the murder of his business partner, Isaac Sharp. After the hanging, a “seer” by the name of Eilley Orrum Bowers, who with her husband built Bowers Mansion, claimed that Rover's spirit came to her and maintained his innocence. Newspaper articles later claimed that Rover's other business partner, Frank McWorthy, confessed to Sharp's murder on his deathbed. Some say that the articles amounted to rumor but the story has persisted through the years. The clue again points to Washoe County but insightful hunters should also catch the reference to Washoe Valley where Bowers Mansion is located. CLUE 6 Set out on adventure Just like Quatermain And while en-route, the map Will mysteriously look the same • This clue refers to the adventures of Allan Quatermain, as told in the classic novels written by Rider Haggard. In the 1885 adventure, “King Solomon's Mines,” Quatermain searches for Ophir, a mysterious place of biblical legend that was the source of much gold. The novel contains a crude, hand-drawn map leading Quatermain through a mountain pass to a raised and fertile valley called Kukuanaland. At the northernmost point is the mouth of a treasure cave. The fictitious map looks somewhat akin to a map leading from Carson City through the hills of the Carson Range into Washoe Valley. Near the northern end of Washoe Valley, the Ophir Mill once stood. It was built on the West Shore of Washoe Lake by the Ophir Mining Company to process the ore produced by the Comstock Ophir Mine. This clue specifically points hunters to the Washoe Valley. CLUE 7 Slogging might leave you Strapped for time A nuke might move you With this rhyme • Slogging or schlogging is a windsurfing term that refers to slowly sailing a short board in a light wind. Strap Time is also a term that windsurfers use when they are describing how much time they were able to windsurf when their foot was strapped to the board. A nuke (or nukin') is windsurfing slang for an extremely strong wind or rush of wind. Windsurfing is a popular sport on Washoe Lake on the east side of the Washoe Valley. CLUE 8 How did they travel From booming to bloomed Their progress is logged And nearby entombed • Washoe City was once a booming town that served as the seat of Washoe County. Decreased demand for the services provided by smelters and sawmills in the valley, along with the transfer of the county seat to Reno in 1871, contributed to the city's decline. One of the few remnants of Washoe City's heyday is a granite building that now houses a plant nursery. In 1961, the town's 100-year history was documented in snapshots, documents, maps and other memorabilia that was sealed in a time capsule and placed inside a monument near the nursery and the entrance to Washoe Estates near the northeast shore of Washoe Lake. CLUE 9 In any language From winter to spring The 89 champion The river king • In Spanish, the river king is El Rio Rey. This is the name of the racehorse that was the American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt in 1889. His master was Theodore Winters who owned a 4,000 acre cattle ranch in the Washoe Valley and ran unsuccessfully for governor of Nevada in 1890. The ranch is located near the northwest shore of Washoe Lake. CLUE 10 The laws of economics seem To continue to confound But truth be told; know one thing Supply went up and price came down • In the 1800s, an old prospector by the name of Price periodically loaded supplies and covertly took them up Slide Mountain. Local legend says he had a hidden mine on the mountain, but to this day the Lost Price Mine has never been found. Two reservoirs on the mountain were later named for him. In 1983, after an unusually wet winter and warm spring, an avalanche of boulders displaced the water from Upper Price Lake. It breached the dam of Lower Price Lake and sent a torrent of water, boulders and debris down the mountain and into the northwest section of Washoe Valley. CLUE 11 Between Wabuska and Potosi There stands a tree of fruit Find the buried treasure And you can win the loot • On the numbered list of Nevada historical markers, Wabuska in Lyon County is Number 113 and Potosi in Clark County is Number 115. Between them is Number 114, Franktown, which was named for local resident Frank Poirier. His surname is French and means “pear tree.” Franktown is located on the west side of Washoe Valley, south of Slide Mountain. CLUE 12 Her family name Had an explosive beginning She was unhappy But you'll be the one grinning As described in the book “The Divorce Seekers” by William L. and Sandra McGee, many wealthy easterners, European royalty and Hollywood celebrities came to the Washoe Valley to visit the Flying M.E. Ranch. They often stayed for six weeks in order to meet the Nevada residency requirement for a quickie divorce. Among them was Ethel du Pont Roosevelt whose family initially made their fortune manufacturing gunpowder. The Flying M.E. Ranch is south of Franktown and is visible from the treasure's hiding spot. CLUE 13 Millions employed By Frank and Harry Building many a bridge A school, a road, a library • This clue refers to the Works Progress Administration, later renamed the Works Project Administration. Part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, it was headed by Harry Hopkins and provided jobs to millions during the Great Depression. As referenced in Clue 2, one of the WPA's projects was the “Nevada Fly-Proof Privy Program,” and one of these innovative outhouses was constructed on the Twaddle-Pedroli Ranch in the Washoe Valley, south of the Flying M.E. Ranch and just a short distance from where the treasure is hidden.
A few more clues have been posted. I went out and spent the morning searching where I thought they were pointing, but no luck. Lots of other hunters out too, so either we are in the right are and it just hasn't been found yet, or tomorrows clue will refine the hunt to a smaller area. Clue No 8 How did they travel From booming to bloomed Their progress is logged And nearby entombed Clue No 9 In any language From winter to spring The 89 champion The river king Clue No 10 The laws of economics seem To continue to confound But truth be told; know one thing Supply went up and price came down
Today was kind of an odd clue day... There were 2 different hints posted on the website, and on the facebook page. The hunt committee said that the clue posted to Facebook (and also printed in the newspaper) was correct. When asked by other hunters if the clue posted to the website was pertinent to this years hunt, they did not respond. I will post clues. Clue 7 (The "correct" clue) Slogging might leave you Strapped for time A nuke might move you With this rhyme Clue 7 (the misprint?) No payment, no safety There's nowhere to hide Flood, famine and pests Upon you, he cried
This is an annual contest run by the Nevada Appeal. I've been an active participant the past 4 years, and have come so close to finding the medallion two of those 4 years. If you have a penchant for Nevada history, solving difficult riddles, or just want to kill a couple of hours googling random information, then this is the place to do it. Did I mention that there is a $1000 cash prize? http://www.nvdaytreasurehunt.com Yes, this is really just a shamless plea for help. I've narrowed down the general area, but there are a few bits and pieces of the clues that I have not been able to decipher. Feel free to chime in with any input you have. All of this years clues can be found by clicking on the "previous clues" tab at the top of the page. Since it seems a little shady to be asking for help, and then running out to grab a cash prize and keeping it all for myself, if I am the first to claim the prize, I will donate all of the money back, with the stipulation that it be added back to the pot for next years hunt. **EDIT** To keep your guesses within the forum, we will attempt solving this by PM, rather than posting here, where is can be discovered by anyone. I'll post the clues given to date below, the rest can be found each morning at 5:00am at the above URL. If you have an answer, a thought, or just want to know what I've come up with as an answer for each question so far, send me a PM and ill let you know! Clue No 1 To the heroism of The military men and women Past, present, and future This hunt is respectfully dedicated Clue No 2 When you go hunting Always plan in advance Don't act too quickly And never fly by the seat of your pants Clue No 3 An easy roll Leads to the goal Five beside four Reveal even more Clue No 4 Three meet up 'Neath calico eyes And consume their share Of a wall of pies Clue No 5 A hanging, a seance An injustice, she cried Was a deathbed confession A myth or a lie Clue No 6 Set out on adventure Just like Quatermain And while en-route, the map Will mysteriously look the same
Hello all. My name is Dale, and I've belonged to the gt.com boards for several years now. Posted occasionally, but mostly a lurker. I've also been active (and am still active) with intrepidexplorers.org (formerly atvexplorers.com) as well as a few other exploration related websites. I've been roaming the Nevada desert for as long as I can remember, and my passion for doing so has yet to die. Most recently, I have made back to back trips to my home away from home, Mina. I chuckle to myself when I see the "500 miles of ATV trail" sign as you drive through town there. A gross underestimation, if I ever saw one! I'm hoping to plan a few more short trips in this year, before the snow starts falling, and this seems like a great means to make a few new friends.
South Pass City, approximately 90 miles north of Rock Springs, is a historic site administered by the state of Wyoming. It consists of over 30 log, frame, and stone buildings, along with the Carissa Mine and Stamp Mill.
South Pass City Historic Site
Recently, I’ve been going through my old VHS video tapes and digitizing them to DVDs. These tapes contain my travels and explorations between 1995 and 2009. I thought I’d start releasing some video shorts of my early travels on this forum.
The back story for this particular video is as follows. On March 30, 1996, I made a short hike of about a mile and a third up the lower third of Surprise Canyon, on the western slopes of the Panamint Range, Inyo County, California. This canyon is just outside of Death Valley National Park. This canyon has running water running year round through the stretch shown, fed by substantial Limekiln Springs, and the canyon is a water wonderland. For those not familiar with the area, refer to the two maps. The first one shows the canyon in relation to the region, the other a close up of the canyon and the ghost town of Panamint City. The blue line in the close up image shows the route that was taken.
My next series of videos will be based on a trip in 2000 that I took with Lew Shorb. Lew is a board member here, as well as owner of the popular website http://www.ghosttownexplorers.org/ghost.htm
In breaking with my past habit of culling out historical sites and ghost towns and creating short videos dealing with these, I decided to keep the exploring part of Explore Forums in and create videos of each day of my travel and exploration, including our camps. Scenery, travel, camping ghost towns and wide open spaces.
Part one of this series, as well as subsequent videos, will all appear here within this same thread. Part I will start in my garage, where I was finishing up with the packing my truck. The following day, after work, I begin my travels to meet Lew Shorb at Rhyolite, Nevada ghost town.
Our three day, two night travels prowled about the "Nevada Triangle" section of northeastern Death Valley National Park; and will include such sites as:
1. The Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad
2. Gold Bar
3. Phinney Mine
4. Strozzi Ranch
5. Currie Well (LV&T RR)
6. Mud Springs Summit (LV&T RR)
7. Happy Hooligan Mine
This video, that of March 30th and 31st, will start off this series; and is brief, only being 3:28 long. Nevada-Triangle_Shorb-2000_Part-1.wmv
So, below is my narrative of part one of this series to give full context of what is seen in the video. It will probably take longer to read than the video is long.
Exploration Field Trips:
May 1-3, 2000
Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley
What do you do with three authors, two 4x4’s, two two-way radios, three cameras, and camping supplies? Send them to Death Valley, of course. For three days in the first week of May, 2000, fellow authors and historical researchers Alan Patera, Alan Hensher and myself explored Death Valley north and south.
Alan Patera writes and publishes the WESTERN PLACES series of monograph books. Alan Hensher has been published in several periodicals as well as authoring several books, centering primarily on the history of Mojave Desert sites.
Alan Patera, who hails from Oregon, came south to California and picked up Alan Hensher; then the two came my way. At the time I was living in Ridgecrest, California. After overnighting with my wife and I, the three of us took off for Death Valley. Alan was busy researching and photographing for a future edition of WESTERN PLACES, this time centering on the camps of the Funeral Range, which forms the eastern border of east central Death Valley. Circumstances and changes of our journey lead Alan to plant the seeds of two more future books, this time centering just outside the northernmost section of Death Valley.
Northern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
(and a Blip of Southeastern Oregon Thrown in for Good Measure)
June 19 - 28, 2001
This is the trip that I consider to be my favorite trip I have ever undertaken. It had been in the planning stages since the previous December. Originally, quite a number of people were invited and had semi-committed themselves to come along. Over time, however, eventually the number of people whose semi-commitments became firm commitments to this trip narrowed to four. And I was one of them.
Below, a list of historic locations we visited – in the order that we visited them:
1. Bodie & Benton Railway, California.
2. Stillwater, Nevada.
3. White Cloud City (Coppereid), Nevada.
4. Unionville, Nevada.
5. Midas, Nevada.
6. Spring City, Nevada.
7. Paradise Valley, Nevada.
8. Buckskin, Nevada.
9. National, Nevada.
10. Delamar, Idaho.
11. Silver City, Idaho.
12. Rio Tinto, Nevada.
13. Pattsville, Nevada.
14. Aura, Nevada.
15. Cornucopia, Nevada.
16. Edgemont, Nevada (from a distance – on private property)
17. White Rock, Nevada (from a distance – on private property)
18. Tuscaurora, Nevada.
19. Dinner Station, Nevada.
20. Metropolis, Nevada.
21. Charleston, Nevada.
22. Jarbidge, Nevada.