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## one letter wrong i think

i noted the error below, its a W type symbol.

"(south side) S S W E(orS) E[should be W] Z W. "

the semi-obscured letter is amazing, why he'd leave any room for doubt makes my jaw drop. but going with an E gives EW, which equals 'r'. going with S gives an 's'. PATTONS SUN?

i guess others have been there, no doubt checking the specific Overlook area. Man it's tempting - maybe it's still there?! I cant bring myself to get on a plane however from California.

2. I would note that not one of the other solutions required anagramming.

I also worked on the butterfly and can confirm the Pattons Run solution in that order.

wilhouse

3. I thought the jbaird state park had to be anagramed.

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## ...

I don't know why people are having so much trouble with this puzzle. the first time we, my sister and I, came up with the thought of numbering the 4 shapes and the "one that is missing" 1-5.. we then wrote down our coordinates from the inner border starting at the top left going clockwise.. we got pattonsrun.. exactly. NO anagramming, the N was not at the beginning.. the only reason that person had the N at the begnning was because they started at the O, not the top left.. seriously how long would it take you looking at NPATTONSRU to figure out that you just started at the wrong spot? that's not a huge leap..

As far as people getting different letters.. I have done this several times to check myself to make sure and keep getting the same solution..

as far as why this hasn't been found yet.. I don't know. It doesn't seem like this can be a coincidence.. and the only other possibility is that it is an intentional red herring.. which we all know it can't be.. soo... someone found it.. and hasn't claimed it.. ?

5. I know several people that have gone there to look. There are some pretty amazing examples of the tree on pg. 54, even including the fence! The only problem is, none of them have knotholes. If you look closely at the tree on that page, his mouth and eyes are closed, so we're not really sure what that means. Also, no one has been able to interpret the drop-cap correctly yet.

Steve

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## ....

yea.. I also thought maybe that tree's expression was telling us something.. and I guess the map fragment just doesn't match up.. or at least no one has found a good enough match..

7. I'm leaning to the conclusion that someone has the token and hasn't come forward yet. Either that, or it's in the direct vicinity.

The Overlook is a small area. Nothing like 13,000 acres at Ricketts Glen.

I would guess it's about an acre, total. At least 30 people have scoured it thoroughly. Dozens more will go searching in the next few days. Mr. Ranger came up yesterday and knew that folks had come from as far away as New York. I asked him when did he first learn about the hunt, and he replied 'Friday' was when he first knew about it. He knew it was the Butterfly, that it was a token, and that it was redeemable for a jewel valued at \$46,000. He was just a bit concerned about damage, noting that there were paths made to every knothole, and asked that I be careful of the plants, which I assured him I would be. He was mostly amused by all the fuss, but he's keeping a close watch on the situation.

So, anyone going there, please---be nice to Mr. Ranger. Pack him a boxed lunch or something.

Perchprism

8. Hey Jeff, and others -

Has anybody considered the possibility that the butterfly token may truly just be missing? Both sides of the river were pretty torn apart on our second trip to Patton's Run; it's entirely possible that it was somehow dislodged during the hunt and is now in a place where Stadther himself can't find it.

It is AWFULLY quiet out there. I would've thought that somebody would post pictures, claim it, be excited! Our little world isn't that little, really. With the six degrees of separation theory, you'd think that somebody would hear something about this token more directly.

And I'd like to add that on our last trip, we stopped at three places to get maps of the area and nobody had any. I wonder what we're doing to the local economy!

I haven't read anybody who's mentioned that there were butterflies all over Patton's Run. They were sitting on the cars, flying in and out of trees... It was a perfect place for the butterfly token to be. Just beautiful. The highways of NC all have wildflowers in bloom. Fuschia, red, white... It's just beautiful.

I HIGHLY recommend the Nantahala National Forest to be a family outing for anybody. You can go white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, gem mining, and just enjoy Asheville, which isn't that far away. It is chock full of talented artists - many galleries to visit if you're into that sort of thing! And I'm not talking about country crafts, either. There is a difference. (I don't mean to annoy anybody with that comment, but there is a marked difference.)

I took my mom and my two girls to Pattons Run not once but TWICE, and we were so unbelievably excited to be part of the hunt. The kids didn't mind the killer drive either time, because they knew they were going to a magical place. We just had a great time.

Both my girls seemed to understand how special it was to be searching the trees for a real live treasure... our memories are many and will be cherished forever. As I told Steve Bass, for whom we were searching, my glass is definitely half full. Token or not, I had fun. And I have a wonderful photo of my mother (66!) head-first in the base of a tree, searching for gold. How can you beat that!

I really hope that all the treasure hunters out there who have not retrieved a token can take heart in the fun of the hunt itself. Yes, it would be nice to have a token, but it's been months of fun for me and I wouldn't trade it for the world. And to all the folks who PM'd me and who established a relationship somehow, I thank you for making this even better. Chris, Jeff, Steve, Donna, Bonnie, the other Chris (!) ... you guys are priceless. I truly hope I get to meet you all someday. At the very least, keep the messages coming, because I enjoy them!

I do believe I'm about done.

And for those of you who wondered, I am not Spiderman.

My name is Carol.

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Yes! When I walked down the stairs the first time - it was a little eerie that butterflies were *everywhere*. It's like they were saying "it's here, it's here!" LOL.

After 3 hours, I almost resorted to following them hoping they would show me the way! Ok, I'm a little nutty...

-pix

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## Yeah right Virginia...NOT!

People get pretty confident that they know where the tokens are...too bad you were a whole state off.