## My Solution for a token in Mandan, ND

I know ND was not eligible, but the trovers lived nation-wide, so anyone could claim it.

You'll like that this solution involves page 41, the tea cup page that everyone wanted to solve. And page 55, the weapons page that no one could solve.

These clues combined together lead to Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Mandan, ND.

First Clue: “ND HWY NW O(f) SP”

Page 59 – Using the letters around the border, after you have put the puzzle together

The KEY comes from the colors of the letters with the ribbon going UNDERNEATH them plus the bluish-green letters.
Start at the bottom right, and follow the ribbon path.
For the 2 bluish-green letters: one will represent Blue, the other will represent Green. (I had to try it both ways to get the right solution.)

Color Key
1 = Green (It’s the letter A that’s bluish-green)
2 = Yellow (It’s the letter O in “To”)
3 = Blue (It’s the letter S in “Numbers”, that’s bluish-green)
4 = Red (It’s the letter E in “Numbers”)
5 = Orange (It’s the letter U in “Numbers”)

The MESSAGE uses the color of the REMAINING letters, starting from the bottom right, following the ribbon path. The exception to the letter colors is that “R” will represent Red, and “B” will represent Blue (For these, don’t use the letter color. I did this purely by accident but I got a message that made sense.)
So this is the message "EDISTEVIFRBMNFOEDOCA":

Using the Color Key, I pulled these Numbers out of that message:
34 14 23 52 54 34 41 52 43 35

Using the normal 5x5 grid: I get “ND HWY N P W S O”
So I figured that meant “ND HWY NW O(f) SP”

Second Clue: (“NORTH RT SIX”)

Page 41 - Using the leaves around the border

The key is the first 5 leaves on the left border with 3 veins, going from bottom to top, put in order by leaf tip.

1 = Solid Green
2 = Tan (even though the leaf is a very dark tan)
3 = 2-Toned Green
4 = Brown w/ Lighter Tan Half
5 = Brown w/ Darker Tan Half

The message starts right after the key, going clock-wise, put in order by leaf tip.

I pulled these numbers out of the message.
34 35 42 44 13 42 44 43 24 53 1

Using the normal 5x5 grid: I get “NORTC RT SIX”
So I figured that meant “NORTH RT SIX”

Third Clue: (“PK HEART”)

Page 55 – Using the weapons in the border

Key is the type of weapon, starting at the bottom right, going clock-wise, put in order by the tip of the weapon. (I’m not a weapons expert, so I’ll make up names for these)
1 = Spear or Pike
2 = Axe
3 = Mace
4 = Fork
5 = Halberd (weapon with a distinctive curve)

The message is the type of weapon, starting at the top, put in order by the tip of the weapon.

I pulled these numbers out of the message:
44 42 11 15 31 41

Using the normal 5x5 grid: I get “TRAEKP” - reverse the order “PK EART”

Decode the Flames at the top, left to right (ignore the white one, and ignore the one to the right of the spear). I get 23 = “H”

After looking at this for a few days, I think it meant “PK HEART”
Possibly a park by the Heart River.

Forth Clue: “TROLLEY”

Page 41

“T” = Tea, or decode the Fairy’s fingers (44 = T)
“R” = R on flour container
“O” = Either a round button, or decode 3 buttons, 5 fingers (35 = O)
“LL” = 2 dark-green swirls at the top right, in the shape of an L
“EY” = Next to the LL’s, the black branches form the shapes of an EY

(Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park has a trolley.) - And notice the light-green vines on the left border are shaped exactly like the heart river near this park.

Fifth Clue: "TUCKED BEHIND RING TOSS"

Turn Page 41 Upside down
“TUC” = Tiny letters on the large green branch in the top left corner
“KE” = Formed by the smaller branches in the top left corner
“D” = The stamp on the bottom of the tea cup
“B” = There is a B in the fairy’s brown hair
“E” = Formed by the black branches in the bottom left corner
“H” = Formed by the green swirls in the bottom left corner
“IND” = Formed by the blank branches in the bottom right corner

Using the green leaves starting in the lower right corner, and the 5x5 grid, decodes to “RCNG TOSY”. Unfortunately, I didn’t make a note of what I was using as the key.
This could be "RING TOSS". Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park has a horse shoe area.

So there you have it, in all its glory.

I visited this park twice, but didn't find a token.
It was packed with campers, so it was hard to discreetly search knot holes.

I think it was near the horse shoe area, but I couldn't search the trees where the campers were. They would have called security or something.

Oh.... and OMG!!!! The ticks in North Dakota are monsters! What a night-mare. Take lots of bug spray!!

-SleuthJH