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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

WHY NOT WEDNESDAY ~ Grandpa Thrifty's Treasure Hunt ~ A Fourth Clue!

Today we are featuring a treasure hunt of a different sort, a real live treasure hunt with a treasure valued at over $10,000! Put on your thinking caps kids and check out Grandpa Thrifty's Treasure Hunt.
Who better to feature the book and treasure hunt than the creator and author himself, Mr. Stanford Squirrel brought to you by CacheCrazy.Com


Hello Cachers,

Bloodhounded has been kind enough to let me tell you a little bit about my homemade treasure hunt project.

I’ve written a book and created a treasure hunt contest that offers readers a 
$10,269.01 prize.

The book is called “Grandpa Thrifty’s Treasure Hunt: A Clue-Filled Story that Leads to a Real Hidden Treasure”.


The way it works is that we've hidden a medallion in a tree somewhere in the continental United States.  The first person to find the medallion wins the prize.

The story contains a lot of clues and illustrations that you have to put together to figure out the location.

It’s a lot like a puzzle cache only more elaborate and less straight-forward than most of those.  You'll have to stretch your mind a little bit.

This is a Kindle book, but it can be read on any computer, tablet or smart phone with the free reading apps from Amazon.

One of the first questions people ask me about this project is:           “Why are you doing this?”

There are a few reasons. 

The first one is that as a kid I was always very interested in these types of books and contests and when the Kindle publishing program came along I realized I could create one of my own. I was also inspired by some of the adventures I had with my two very different grandfathers.

But probably the biggest reason is the same reason there are thousands of geocaches hidden all over the world.  Because it’s fun!

The whole process of hiding something and leaving clues for people to find is just inherently fun.   For example, I really enjoyed making this treasure map:

I also think it’s kind of like that feeling you get after you get older when it becomes a lot more satisfying to give gifts than to receive them.  I think life is more interesting when we know that there are little hidden treasures around us.

I have no idea if I’ll break-even on this project (the book costs $2.99 on Amazon), but I’ve really had fun creating it.  I also like the fact that people who read it will have to use their imaginations and that kids might learn a few new things.

Thank you Stanford, we will be following this contest to completion and will keep our readers abreast of developments. The Book was first made available to the public on July 14, 2011.  The Treasure Hunt will run until the medallion is found and finder verified, or until December 31, 2015 (the "End Date"), whichever is sooner

Happy Hunting!

2 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I've tried many times to make heads or tails of this, but I confess, the puzzle is too hard for me. Even after the clues were released, they make no sense to me. I guess I just don't have a puzzle solving mind. :-(

smithie23 said...

I'm gonna find this thing if it's the last thing i do....

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