Friday, June 26, 2009

Windows and Peep Holes

This article may seem like a duh to most people but since this blog is for amateurs as well as the seasoned treasure hunter I thought I would mention something that should be obvious but sometimes isn’t.

In this case I am referring to windows leading you to other markers. Some windows can be fairly big and obvious and others are just peepholes meant to convey a very specific piece of information.

I have posted two photos with this article. The first one is that of a small peephole in a bluff at the top of a valley. The second is what you see if you climb up to the bluff and look through the peephole. We were following a trail of clues that took us to the top edge of the valley and to this bluff. By looking through the peephole we could see the rock “balancing” on the pedestal and pointing down and across the valley. This balancing rock looks rather small in the photo but in reality it was about two feet long and very heavy. The pedestal was part of a large rock and the pointer or balancing rock was set very solidly on top. It had been sitting there for many, many years and was perfectly placed.

This is a simple clue that some people can miss because they are looking for something different. In the case of this peephole we didn’t have anything telling us what we were looking for just where it would be. Since we could follow the pointer or balancing rock across the valley and find another clue we knew we had found the clue we were looking for. I should point out that the balancing rock is also pointing down slightly, which in this case was important because the next clue was at the base of the valley and not up high like where we were to find the peephole.

What you have to understand about windows is that there is only one way to look through them correctly. Sometimes it is obvious because the maker of the window has provided a step or even a seat to put you in the exact location you need to be in. With other windows its usually about seeing the whole picture. This is kind of hard to explain in writing but if we have anyone out there that is used to looking through a scope on a rifle you will understand. Looking through a man made window works on the same principal. If you are lined up correctly with the scope or the window you will see the whole frame or opening. If you are not then parts of the frame or picture will be cut off or out of line. If you have never looked through a rifle scope before take a trip to your local Wal-Mart and got to the sporting goods section. Ask to see one of their display scopes and look through it. What I am talking about will become obvious very quickly. Your eye has to be a precise distance from the scope and you have to be directly in front of the eye piece to see the entire picture through the scope.

Looking through a man made window for treasure clues works the same way. You have to be centered with the design of the window and be at the right distance to see what you are meant to see. You also need to remember to take into account the possible height of the individual who made the window. You may need to kneel or squat to look through the window at the proper angle if you are a tall person. This is where having some idea of who left the clues behind will help.

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