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CHALLENGE:  3 stars

DATE/NUMBER:  13-Mar-1999/3


A lie to say, "O my mine gave a diamond big as a fist."
But with every gem in his pocket, the jewels he has missed -- 10,000 Maniacs

I found the hot, glowing, ancient emerald near the secret snake passage, where Ironman devours his apples. On the island of the sun king I looked in the castle near the lake. Near the land of the bakers of cakes, looked under the great big donut, second from the left.

Commander Cody then came from the tower on top of the hill of turquoise. The tower's stairs descended straight down at first, forming a coil further on down, 75 slippery and rickety steps below the cliff. At the bottom stair, a large green moose bearing a toy made of 32 jacks and 132 balls went over to a pond by the rusted out convertible 1964 Studebaker. Here a sign indicated that another 131 moose would make strides towards the car in oppressive heat of 154 degrees Fahrenheit, or degrees Celsius; it's hard to remember.

To the west was a hill side with an orchard of peach trees. There, a large ancient stone burial chamber concealed a mound of gold, some 126 pieces. Around 26 paces to the north in a flowerpot was the map showing the direction to the Orb of Knowledge, somewhere about 156 minutes, and 59 degrees north latitude.

Back to the tower, where the Commander opened a cedar chest, was the Tree of Life, some 122 million years old. Steps and stairs, here at the tower, descended 52 kilometers, to 48 degrees of north latitude. Up the stairs to the tower with the reentrant door, went I, to find the bearded old hermit with the gnarled cane of cottonwood tree branch, which was 94 centimeters long. 34 paces behind the hermit, on a plateau, was a never before photographed course of standing stones, of the period around 346 BCE. I walked to the megaliths excitedly, a shimmer in the corner of my eye after walking towards and crossing them showed me the way to the road of magic, some 71 kilometers long.

Giant strides down this road at a pace of 246 meters-per-second went I, bearing to the left to make sure that the hermit's long and thick beard led good ol' me to his tree. His tree was 64 meters tall, 15 paces 'round the trunk at ground level, and 324 years old! Over to it I went, the hermit and his twin sister followed. Birch trees surrounded us, about 48 by my count. Steps up the tree at an angle of 22 grads (or possibly degrees), led us up to the tree's opulent living room. Carpets of white adorned the floors; wood juke boxes, circa 47, provided our entertainment. Footprints led hither yon in just about any direction you could name. 350 paths I counted from that living room.

There I was trying to sell those greedy twins what I had in my ruck sack, the hot, glowing, ancient green emerald of course. 23 quid I got! Footprints I then followed at once, down the angle staircase. For about 20 minutes I ran, 7 dobermans chasing. My strides got longer, then at the finish some 348 Commander Codys came to roll large redwood logs at the dogs, on which they stumbled, the logs squishing their soft bodies to the ground. I woke up.

NOTE 1:  Driving the rural backroads and byways of Ohio can be quite fun and interesting. Don't forget your Harley and your sense of adventure.

NOTE 2:  Off-trail walking is involved.

NOTE 3:  Please respect posted signs pertaining to sensitive areas. Directions can be followed without walking where you're not supposed to.

NOTE 4:  Be wary of snakes and other wildlife when reaching into dark places. No need to dig for this box. All bearings magnetic unless otherwise noted. A pace is a long stride counted on a footfall of either foot, i.e. two paces are counted each time the right foot hits the ground. Be aware of if or when there is game hunting in the area.

NOTE 5:  Please re-hide the thing well just as you found it

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