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    Default why token-hunting in the winter might be a bad idea

    check out this news story from my local paper...

    (especially those of you who went on a dragonfly hunt)

    http://www.wnep.com/Global/story.asp?S=4166008

    (if the link does not work, let me know)

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    geezel peezel..............
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    agreed - winter hunting could be hazardous!
    bet any one finding a solid clue doesn't wait till spring though - lol -
    I wouldn't!
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    O M G...at least they could build a fire...glad everyone is aok..
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    Yes, I'm glad they're okay, sounds like they went through a lot!

    In the rules it says the tokens are in places that are "accessible". A tree that's surrounded by snowdrifts would be inaccessible.

    I notice there is something about the previous 13 token locations they all have in common. They are all places that get cold temps and snow and ice in winter. (I have been near Santa Rosa NM in Dec/Jan, and it does get wintry there for sure). They were hidden a little while before the book came out (Nov. 2004) and I guess he figured that people wouldn't go out looking until after they had spent several months reading the book and solving the puzzles. So maybe he hid the first 13 in places where they would bide the time in the snow, and he saved the warm-winter locales for the second round of token(s).

    Maybe that's why mild-winter areas like southern California, southern Arizona, the Pacific Northwest coast, and the Gulf coast got left out the first time--he was probably saving them for the wintertime for Rusful (and others if there are any). He probably planned a long time ago to announce Rusful this fall.

    What do you all think?

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    Please remember that it doesn't take winter weather to make the outdoors unsafe. I had a motorhome for sale recently and a gentleman came to look at it. I noticed he leaned heavily on one leg when he walked. He said he felt he could use the comfort of an RV as he traveled with his job. Appeared very intelligent and successful. He was an aviation mechanic.

    Finally, he explained that he and a friend were hiking in the woods. He is quite tall, though not heavy. With one hand, he simply leaned upon a nearby tree to rest and the tree (which appeared normal on the outside) was decayed on the inside and hollow. The hollow tree gave way and he fell forward, loosing his balance. He landed on the jagged, remaining stump which went through his leg. To make a long story story, he lost his leg.

    Very tragic story and a strong reminder to be careful. In the excitement of looking for a token, it would be very easy to have such an accident.
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    yikes!

    tragic story, benz...

    the "great outdoors" is definitely something to reckon with...I often wonder about the uninitiated who attempt to search out tokens in areas which are mostly inacessible and were never intended to hide a token

    of course, I was guilty as charged in the initial d-fly hunt, as I scoured the tricky trails of Ricketts Glen SP (and I was not the only one deep in the woods!)

    on the other hand, the maxim about "things can happen anywhere at anytime" can apply to woods accidents (as your story relates)... it is as easy to stumble upon a napping venomous snake near a parking lot or creek as it is to cross paths with an overprotective momma bear

    to quote a popular old tv show: "let's be careful out there"

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    P.S. it is "hunting season" here in the NE and there has already been a hunter shot dead (day 2)... if only MS could have hid rusful in an art museum, things would be easier

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    Default woods

    Pack, some have suggested Rusful is probably hidden somewhere in the warmer climates, i.e., Florida, California, Arizona, etc. because the snow would make it difficult to hunt in the trees. I wouldn't bet on that. Perhaps that is why he has offered a bonus to find it before mid December when chances of snow are increased.

    The gentleman's story is definitely a tragic one and something for everyone to consider. As I recall my own venture in may looking for the Ladybug in Paintsville, Kentucky, I remember the heat being overwhelming. I didn't wear gloves and I wore open toed sandals as I recall. Not smart, looking back. There are plenty of snakes, bugs, and/or other dangers in the woods regardless of the season.

    Know your terrain and be prepared. Just simple reminders to use caution for everyone involved in your hunt and common sense.

    P.S. At one time I entertained the idea that the tokens were hidden in books in libraries, which made them still hidden in trees. Now we know the truth and we don't even know for sure if the next batch of tokens are even hidden in trees, stumps, or maybe a virtual tree on a website for that matter.
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    awwww ((((((((((((((g/f))))))))))))))

    yes..long pants is usually a good thing, good shoes/sneakers, jacket, bug repellant, hat, shades, lots of water,gorp, backpack, camera, a buddy, a good map of the area you are searching and att tool belt..


    winter - hypothermia...so if you do venture in the cold...bundle up! and bring things that could save your life!

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