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    A few of us went back to the rest stops at I-35, Exit 180, this morning, and found nothing.

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    we cannot help but think I35 exit 180 as well. there are two visual clues we have noticed that nobody has mentioned on the thread:

    on googlemaps, just north of the rest area, there are two businesses. the first one from the rest stop is called Waypoint Marine. it is a boat store. the name of this store correlates to the arrows on the walls, from the front door, ending at the fishtank in the middle of the room. the arrows "point the way" to the water, thus "waypoint marine".

    the second business is a big private zoo simply called "Snake Farm". there is a giant sign on the road. There is no doubt about the box of snakes in the room and its specific mention in the text.

    it was after noticing these two businesses that i became convinced of the location, especially after reading the story of the people that went to whatever rest stop it was three times and finally found the treasure (connecticut, i believe).

    has it been confirmed that all the treasures, so far, have been found at rest stops? if not, there is a possibility that the texas treasure might be buried around the snakefarm and/or waypoint marine, maybe around some area where the public could safely dig. i dunno.

    after reading this thread so many times, i wonder how the number of people who have gone to the 180 rest area to dig have NOT found the treasure. somebody must have already found it and has just not mentioned it for whatever reason. our group was ready to go friday after work until we read thursday about the weird tree scar and how the area had already been dug up.

    if it wasn't buried there, then i think i give up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sushinooshi View Post
    we cannot help but think I35 exit 180 as well. there are two visual clues we have noticed that nobody has mentioned on the thread:

    on googlemaps, just north of the rest area, there are two businesses. the first one from the rest stop is called Waypoint Marine. it is a boat store. the name of this store correlates to the arrows on the walls, from the front door, ending at the fishtank in the middle of the room. the arrows "point the way" to the water, thus "waypoint marine".

    the second business is a big private zoo simply called "Snake Farm". there is a giant sign on the road. There is no doubt about the box of snakes in the room and its specific mention in the text.

    it was after noticing these two businesses that i became convinced of the location, especially after reading the story of the people that went to whatever rest stop it was three times and finally found the treasure (connecticut, i believe).

    has it been confirmed that all the treasures, so far, have been found at rest stops? if not, there is a possibility that the texas treasure might be buried around the snakefarm and/or waypoint marine, maybe around some area where the public could safely dig. i dunno.

    after reading this thread so many times, i wonder how the number of people who have gone to the 180 rest area to dig have NOT found the treasure. somebody must have already found it and has just not mentioned it for whatever reason. our group was ready to go friday after work until we read thursday about the weird tree scar and how the area had already been dug up.

    if it wasn't buried there, then i think i give up.
    Interesting.
    Near our Connecticut find there is the headquarters to a fairly large well known entertainment company.
    This company is referenced twice by scenes in the History/Mystery video.
    It could be a coincidence but maybe there are some clues that reference businesses in the area.
    Still though, we did find the #10 at the rest stop and not on the company's property.

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    Here's some more clues as to why DrLoveDude and I think that this is Austin:

    H20 is a club in Austin
    The Aquarium is a club in Austin
    The Red Pony is a clothing shop on I35 north of austin
    Texas Chili parlor is in Austin

    note that exit 328 is in waco and exit 414 is in fort worth

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    Default Austin,

    Hi there, Wilhouse!
    There are two lovely rest areas between Austin and Waco at exits 282 and 281.
    But we haven't found those numbers on the 2nd floor to make it happen there.

    As it is, we do have the numbers for the mile-marker of the rest area between
    Austin and San Antonio...180...(which has been checked many times fruitlessly.)

    ************************************************** ****
    I have just noticed that in the text of the 2nd floor, the "Viper Warning Sign"
    is spelled out with large capital letters on specific words.
    These large capital letters are not observable in the drawing of the sign.

    "WARNING: TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED AND ALSO ATTACKED BY THE
    V
    IPERS I RELEASE FROM THE GLASS BOX ABOVE YOU."

    Here are the letters which are distinguished in this way.

    WTWBPAAIRGBAY

    I could make no anagrams of significance from them.
    AP

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    Animal Painter,

    Thanks. you have sharp eyes. You made me go back and look at the viper sign again. I just noticed that the word, trespassers, is spelled incorrectly in the drawing. It is spelled "tresspassers" with an extra s.

    I can imagine a spelling error showing up accidentally in the text, but it seems like an error in the drawing would more likely be deliberate.

    Reminds me of the extra E in Tweleve.

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    DrLoveDude is at the 180 rest stop right now (Sunday, 6pm CDT), so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

    I told him to go back to the 180 mile marker itself, as the rest stop was between 180 and 181.
    wilhouse

    post script - he didn't find anything at either of the rest sides of the freeway at the rest stop.

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    Have the Dr ask a groundskeeper if the have seen the tin tag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by animal painter View Post
    I have just noticed that in the text of the 2nd floor, the "Viper Warning Sign" is spelled out with large capital letters on specific words. These large capital letters are not observable in the drawing of the sign.

    "WARNING: TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED AND ALSO ATTACKED BY THE
    VIPERS I RELEASE FROM THE GLASS BOX ABOVE YOU."

    Here are the letters which are distinguished in this way.

    WTWBPAAIRGBAY

    I could make no anagrams of significance from them.
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    Hi Animal Painter and Texas solvers -
    In this book, anagrams or other references to the word "bib" refer to an "eye," believe it or not. (It has to do with a "2B or not 2B" joke on the 8th Floor, and another puzzle that directs the solver to the middle of bib.) So one possible solution for your anagram, "Partway Wag Bib," actually could be a helpful direction about where to look.

    The useful anagrams often direct the solver to something else within the book: in this case, the security camera on this floor that moves back and forth looks the most like a "wagging eye" to me, although there are a couple other notable eyes on this floor. (I suggest including the telescope on the top bunk in any consideration of eyes - it is aimed at the chili, the bolt across a door, and the spiky wall.)

    The "partway" in the possible anagram could be the clue about the rest area being part way between the two mile markers, or could be something else within the book. Maybe it's telling us to focus on the partway open garage door. It could be a pun, too: "to part ways" can mean to say goodbye to someone.

    Good luck! It feels like this one is soooo close.
    - Sara

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    Default Another Doors connection?

    According to Googlemaps, there is a business called Morrison Supply at about mile 180 on the I-20 frontage road near Big Spring, TX. S side, opposite Arnett Rd. No obvious rest stop or anything though.

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