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Treasure Tales

Treasure Trails are all about exploring and finding out about things in your local area. We have come across some wonderful tales of treasure that has never been found and for today’s post, we’ve chosen our favourites to share with you.

True or False?

Treasure Tales - The Thrill of the ChaseA gentleman called Forrest Fenn decided to bury his own treasure and write a set of clues for anyone inclined to go and find it. His book, ‘The Thrill of the Chase’ has had a sequel written ‘Too far to walk’ and there are lots of bloggers out there detailing their attempts to find Mr Fenn’s treasure. Apparently the treasure, which is in a chest weighs 42 pounds and consists of gems, gold nuggets, Chinese jade carvings, and pre-Columbian riches worth between $1 and $3 million. Anyone fancy a trip to the Rockies?  If you are looking for things to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon, you might want to try and decode his clues

Legend has it

The west coast of Costa Rica (which translates as rich coast) has a tale of treasure waiting to be found. Locals believe that a treasure worth billions and billions of dollars lies somewhere in the area of Manuel Antonio just waiting to be discovered. The legend was popularised by an English pirate, John Clipperton. His belief stemmed from a rumour that in 1670 a number of Spanish ships laden with treasure escaped from Panama City moment before it was burned to the ground by Captain Henry Morgan.  The treasure has never been found. Perhaps we should head to Costa Rica with a spade! On the other hand, back to things to do on rainy afternoon it might be easier to draw or paint a pirate!

Down and Out

Treasure Tales - Terracotta ArmyAnd then there are treasures buried in graves that are still waiting to be found. The Egyptian Queen Nefertiti’s grave hasn’t been found and neither has Genghis Khan’s final resting place. Both are thought to hold great riches. The grave of China’s first emperor is also thought to contain priceless artefacts. The location of this i,t a secret – it is protected by the famed Terracotta Army. Excavation is slow because the soil around the burial areas has high concentrations of toxic mercury apparently and they need to be careful it doesn’t get into the water supply! Another story of tombs containing great riches is the one about Tu Duc in Vietnam. Tourists are taken to a tomb castle and told the story of his internment. The site where his actual remains are buried (along with great treasure) is not known because extreme measures were taken to keep the location secret – every one of the 200 servants who buried this Vietnamese king were beheaded. Nasty. 

For a long list of treasure that has never been found try this link

In the meantime, we think we’ll stick with exploring treasures closer to home. What about you?

15th April 2015

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Seven Searching Questions

When choosing which Treasure Trail to do when you are looking for a couple of hours entertainment with friends and family how do you decide on which one?  We would love to know. Some of these could be applied to any Things To Do questions you ask!

Murder Mystery, Treasure Hunt or Spy Theme?

As a Trail writer, I decide which of the three themes to base the Trail around by checking what the others in the vicinity are and I try to ensure that our customers get choices. The Murder Mysteries were the first Treasure Trails theme and the Spy themed ones came later, and each one has a different challenge when writing them and working out the answers. I think the two elimination ones are easier to complete than filling in a grid, but what do you think?

Village or City?

Exploring a village or a city are two very different experiences. Developing the route of a Treasure Trail around a village is normally fairly straight forward but finding enough interesting clue material can be a challenge. Cities are so big and there is so much clue material, we generally need to section it up and write lots of different Treasure Trails to make sure that we cover all the best bits of the place even if it means there are four, five or even six different routes!

Seven Searching QuestionsLong or short?

Most of our Treasure Trails take around two hours to complete and are two miles or so long. But we do have some that are shorter and some that are much longer and I guess the answer to this one is – it depends! 

Morning or Afternoon?

This question could be phrased another way – Do you want it to finish with lunch or tea? Or you could ask the question – coffee or ice-cream? I am definitely a morning person – how about you?

Summer or Winter?

It doesn’t matter with a Treasure Trail whether you complete it in winter or summer although spring or autumn are probably the optimum times when its not too hot and not too cold! We tend to write most of our Trails in the winter/spring but always have to go back and check them in the summer as foliage has a habit of growing and covering up those sneaky clues!

Beach or Hills?

Beach every time I reckon (says she who lives on the side of a hill in a landlocked county). Treasure Trails was born in Cornwall where you are never too far from the beach! Which do you prefer?

Driving, Walking or Cycling?

Walking hits the spot for me every time – how about you? We really would love to hear what you think. Head over to our Facebook page and look for the questions!

1st April 2015

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