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    Default Madame Butterfly

    I might have a couple more clues to pin Madame Butterfly to the cork-board.

    I'll be searching this afternoon and all day tomorrow. Win or bust, I'll post some pic's.

    Meanwhile, Renart is prospecting for extra clues.


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    Good luck perch and chris.

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    Thanks, Rusty!
    Loved your idea of the map to track the finds. Just sorry NY may not be in the running, cause I always thought the "tweleve" on page 21 was really "twelth ile, standing for L (twelth letter)ong island. Plus your posts for Rusful's cavern seemed to be a good match. Oh, well.
    Keep up the hunt.
    Perch has a very good metal detector, so if the token is still there, he'll hopefully find it even if it's under debris.
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    Been there, done that. Will post pics after depression. May take up drinking...

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    Ugh! Just got back. In all the excitement, it appears I forgot to find the token. Oh well.

    I brought my metal detector. It worked!
    I found lots of crap in the knotholes. Virtually every 'sincere' knothole I checked had some random bits of metal in it. Nails, sardine cans, you name it.

    I'm worn out. Nice area, total drive distance 789 miles (and I live in NC!).

    I think someone found it, or, as another poster suggested, it made its way deep into the bowels of the knothole. There was one so deep that even when I reached to my armpit I felt nothing but space. A regular Alice-in-Wonderland Rabbit hole. I dropped a rock into it and I think it's still falling.

    Anyway, I snapped some good pic's (I think). Don't know how to post 'em (can't get snap-shot to work).

    Just some advice: this place is wrapped up in poison ivy. I mean it! Wear long-sleeved everything, and gloves. I'll probably be broken out tomorrow, despite my care to avoid it.

    Met about 10 folks searching over two days. Some were solid-citizen Twelevers (Lance), and some were sullen, shady types, which I figure were spys and interlopers from competing forums :P .


    Fairly good experience, over all, but I'm worried that the tannins in the moist knotholes have begun to turn my hands into leather. They look StRaNgE, almost mummified.

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    Man, this is really weird. I mean, where is it??

    Are you sure that's poison ivy? I was up to my ears in it and I didn't have any problems after I came back.

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    I agree ... we couldn't have all overlooked it, could we?

    And I'm really hoping that wasn't poison ivy ... I was ankle to knee deep in vegetation for a couple solid hours.

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    It was definitely poison ivy. The tree itself has a small vine of poison ivy or poison oak wrapped around it from the trunk up. If you touched that tree, you touched poison ivy. It was EVERYwhere.

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    Wow. That's amazing I didn't get any hint of rash or anything - and I was up to my ears in it!
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    We were at the Overlook. I think we're supposed to be 'near' the Overlook.

    The tree on page 54 doesn't look chipper. I think the faeries 'overlooked' him and went further on down the road. I gotta tell ya, I dug every knothole at the overlook as deeply as could be possibly be imagined, until my fingernails were shot thru and thru. I put down a blanket over the poison ivy at one base knothole, layed down on it, and dug to China. This was after I'd reached up and around to make sure the token wasn't pinned up somewhere inside.

    Oh, it's poison ivy, all right. Hopefully we'll be OK. Also saw lots of jack-in-the-pulpit, jacob's ladder, solomon's seal, and even gin-seng (panax quinquefolium) on the bike route. There was blood root and may apple everywhere. But mostly poison ivy. At the suspension bridge across from the Natalahala power plant I gobbled up all the wild strawberries--it was thick with them, and there were nasty signs everywhere about getting arrested for trespassing, so I helped myself.

    Did you look across the road from the overlook up the mountain side? There was a fence up there I could see with my binoculars, so I trekked all the way up--it was the stupid rail road track. I was hoping it'd be an old road, an 'overlook' of the 'Overlook', maybe.


    I'm getting a bit too old for this. When I was in my late teens in East Tennessee, I'd pull moss off of fallen logs, bead-wood leaves (witch hazel), and dig gin-seng for extra money. Everything had some value. I remember the going rate for lady-slipper root was a dollar a pound, but you'd have to dig hundreds to get a buck. I'm afraid I killed several witch hazel trees in my youth, stripping every darn leaf off and stuffing 8 or 9 burlap sacks weighing 50 or more pounds each. Then I'd proceed down the mountain, chucking the bags down one by one, letting them roll. I made $200 in one day once, after they'd dried, and that was in 1975. But it was dogging work. And one day I got up extra early and slogged for miles, 'til I figured I was in North Carolina, and probably that nobody had been where I was for decades. Then I heard voices, and saw two kids, a boy and a girl, pulling moss. On a school day.

    I like the mountains. I hope to retire there some day. But it's different now. So many people, and cars, and traffic. Not at all like it was 30 years ago. Sorry for the reminincing. I don't get to come up here alone anymore, and it brought back memories.


    If no one claims the butterfly, I'll be coming back. Renart has been studying the pages carefully, and apparently more clues are available on page 52. I think the token is close to the Overlook, but not at the Overlook. The poem fragment says 'near the Overlook'. It doesn't say 'at the Overlook'. I agree that it's in the vicinity. It's in Natalahala Forest, and very near Patton's Run Overlook.


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