Friday, June 6, 2008

Spanish Windows

If you have hiked around an area with mountains and rocks you have no doubt come across a rock window or two in your travels. Some of these windows are just natural occurrences in nature but others are treasure markers telling you one or more things.

When you come across a “window” the most natural and logical thing to do is look through the window. If the window is treasure related and is intended to be looked through it is usually designed so that you can only see something by looking through it in one direction. The other direction will normally look into the sky or be blocked by something on the other side. This isn’t always the case but generally speaking it is.

When you look through the window there may be another rock in the window that makes a point into the window so that as you are looking through the window the point of another rock rests on or points at the formation in the distance you are to go to. You can have a window with a large opening and a small peep hole off to one side and the peep hole will be what you actually need to look through to see your next clue. You can also have a V formed inside a window and what you are looking for sets inside the V as you look through the window. There are several variations of how to use a window and they all depend on how the window is constructed and where you are meant to be when you look through the window. There are windows that have a deliberate step or seat on the side you are to look through that gives you a specific spot to be in to look through the window. If you run across one of these you have to remember the average Spaniard was only about 5’ 4” give or take a couple of inches and you have to adjust for that if you are taller or shorter than the average 16th century Spaniard.

Looking through a window can give you the next clue and that clue could be 20 feet away or it could be 200 feet or more away. A window is designed to be a line of site type marker and if you use logic in your thinking it should be fairly easy to decide how to look through the window and where to go next. Even though a window can be large in size, if the next clue is off in the distance the amount of area you see through the window is relative to where you are when you look through the window and how far in the distance you are looking. You will want to decide where you are expected to stand, sit or kneel to look through the window so that you will see what you are supposed to see. Even if there isn’t a marked spot to stand in, it is usually obvious if you use common sense.

A second use for a window is to depict a covered or sealed hole. If this is the case there is usually something with the window that gives a direction to go. If the window is telling you of a covered hole then you don’t need to climb up to it and look through it, what you need to do is study it from where you can see it from the trail. All of the information you need will be visible from the trail. You should be able to tell if there is a pointer with the window as they are usually obvious. If you don’t see an obvious pointer then you will need to climb up to the window and look through it to see if it is an actual window or something else. Keep in mind that an “open” window can also tell of a hole but this open window will also have a pointer with it giving you a direction to go.

If you want to get a little more complicated you can find the double window. This isn’t really all that complicated because most of the time one of the windows is telling you of a hole and the other will be giving you additional information like how close you are or even where the hole is located. I have posted a photo of a double window with this article. The definition of this window is in three parts. The first part, the small triangle window is telling you that there is a covered hole with treasure. The second part, the large open V window above the small triangle window is telling you that the hole you are looking for is at the base of the valley/gully and the third part, the pointer rock that forms the left side of the V is pointing you in the direction of that valley/gully.

It’s all about breaking the symbols down into their separate parts and looking at them in the proper order. Easier said than done sometimes!

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