Location Trial #5
Jacob Waltz was not Dutch at all - he was German. But he did befriend an old Mexican family who showed him how to mine the heck out of the Superstitions. He left behind maps - modern day treasure maps! Many a person who has searched for Waltz's gold has met an ill fate. I think old Jake's ghost is protecting them from the gold.
Because, really, those mountains and that trail are not among the most popular ones in the Valley because of old rumors about hidden caches of riches (that probably don't exist). Rather, it is because they offer beautiful scenery and boundless opportunities for reflection, introspection.
Taylor even paid a recent visit to Jacob's trail. Well, if she's an obedient niece she did. The date and time that she entered the trail should reveal something about our family.
As for me, I visited the old trail head half a dozen times. I was never in pursuit of the Dutchman's treasure, but I did treasure the gorgeous saguaro, cholla, prickly pears, and cliff dwellings. Should you find any near the trail head, snap some photos of them with your family's crest in the shot to show how TOUGH you all are. And should you find any rope along the way, the whole extended family will know just how extra LOYAL you are. If you find gold, leave it behind!
And don't forget the first rule of thumb when entering any wilderness area - leave no trace. Except perhaps where Taylor left hers, nestled amongst everyone else's. I left my trace there years ago and it has long since been filed away. I participated in an expedition during which we unearthed lovely stone maps with cute carvings and cryptic Spanish words on them. Back in those days, I felt so darned SMART.
It is so lovely out there! Take a look at some photos:
1st family: 10 points
2nd family: 9 points
3rd family: 8 points
4th family: 7 points
- earn 5 TOUGH points if you sign in at a trailhead (take a hike!)
- earn 5 SMARTS points if you document area wildlife
- Take lots of photos!
- Be sure to display your family crest somewhere in one of the photos (do not photshop it in)
- If you have receipts, photograph those as well!
- Post photos with tag "lgfl" on flickr and send to taylor (taylor dot garcia at g mail dot com)
NB: The easiest way to complete this trial is to visit (or have a trusted family member visit) the location referred to in the solution to the The Apacheland Movie Ranch.
Taylor with Questions
taylor dot garcia at g mail dot com