Spring Decisions…

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FEBRUARY 2016
by dal…

Spring is coming…I need a plan…

I’ve come upon a completely new (to me) technique for figuring out exactly Where Warm Waters Halt. Now I know from reading on the blog that there are many different methods folks use to come up with a place to “Begin it…” and the fact is that I have actually employed many of those ideas over the past five and a half years…anagrams, counting letters, numerology, associative wordplay, reading Forrest’s books for clues, consulting with gypsies, cohorting with trout, numerous conversations with drunks, prayer… But I have to tell you, this is by far the least stressful. Although I will admit that Goofy’s Mouse Pad Wee Jee Board at just $9.99 from Sacha’s on-line store (http://treasurehuntingshirts.com) is a great bargain, and students will also find the mouse pad useful for taking multiple-choice exams and even choosing a main dish at a Chinese restaurant.

But after very little luck at stumbling upon a place to “Begin it…” for the imminent searching season, I came upon this idea while reading a book about Supreme Court decisions over the past twenty years. If it works for them, I see no reason why it cannot work for all of us.

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This technique is not without it’s drawbacks. First is the cost. I had to buy a set of six darts from Amazon for $3.99. But when you consider the alternative…say a medium grade metal detector at 300 to a thousand bucks…$3.99 isn’t so bad. And, of course, there are rules to consider…metal detecting is not allowed in National Parks and Monuments and I discovered that detecting around the old FennHaven Motor Lodge is not very productive unless you’re looking for bottle caps.

On the other hand, no one cares about darts. You can take them into any park. They don’t make noise unless you miss and accidentally stick one in a cat. They are just as functional at home as in the field. No batteries required.

For those who would point out that Forrest said we should use the book..I’d like to suggest that the book makes a great placemat to protect your darts from the nasty grime left over on old campsite picnic tables. I use the book regularly.

dart2smOh…and one more tip. The bigger the map, the better. The first map I had was so small I couldn’t tell if my dart stuck in Taos or Durango. But by using one of those great big Benchmark wall maps of the search area, I can tell, down to the township, where my dart is sending me.

A variation on this theme is to use nine darts (more $)…make sure you number them 1-9 so you know which dart is which…then your entire solution is laid out in front of you…
I have to admit though, it seems like some of the solutions I’ve read lately already use this technique!