Close but no cigar on medallion hunt? Here's what clues meant
Now that the 2011 Woodbury Days medallion has been found, we thought we'd spell out just what the clues meant.
Let's lift the veil.
Clue No. 1
So this is where it all begins
An adventure where only the savviest wins
Woodbury Days is near and now we debate:
Just where does the medallion await?
Now's time to think
Before things get hairy
For now you must know
It's somewhere in Woodbury
Explanation: This clue gets readers on their way and reminds them that Woodbury Days is just ahead.
Clue No. 2
The medallion rests upon public land
But just where that is
Will take time to understand
Of the four points, you deserve to know which is best
Your treasure hides somewhere to the west
Explanation: Here we learn that hunters can eliminate private land from the search. "The four points" is a reference to compass points, a device that will come in handy later on. We also now know which section of the city to search.
Clue No. 3
The hunt is on as you search for a tiny trail
Search low, you win
Search high, you fail
Yes, this will be quite a ride
Keep cutting west toward a place
Where counties collide
Explanation: This clue announces several things. "Search low" indicates the medallion will be found on the ground and not suspended in an elevated location. Searchers will also know to look for a small trail once they're close. "Counties collide" is a hint that the location - Carver Lake Park - is on the border of Washington and Ramsey counties. "Cutting" was embedded as a direct and early tip-off to "Carver."
Clue No. 4
Canada's symbol guides the way
But to the other side you'll stray
Ten by ten will illuminate the dark
Make your way
To this Woodbury park
Explanation: Here, we're given a more direct clue to the park: Canada's symbol - the maple leaf - is a hint that the location will be near Maplewood, where its street signs display a maple leaf. You should stray, however, to the opposite side - Woodbury. "Ten by ten" is a mathematical reference to a simple multiplication problem: 10X10=100; one hundred=Century. This puts you on Century Avenue, which leads to the park's entrance.
Clue No. 5
You're nearer to the bounty
If you've come to a place
Sharing its name with a Minnesota county
As you enter, you'll notice some ascension
But the path to treasure won't emerge
Until you're really under high tension
Explanation: If you hadn't figured it out yet, this is an obvious clue that puts you in Carver Lake Park. (There is also a Carver, Minn., County.) "Ascension" refers to the hill you climb as you enter the park. Perhaps the most telling clue here, however, is "high tension," which refers to the high-tension power lines hanging over the parking lot: the area you'll need to be to begin the foot search.
Clue No. 6
Indeed, this will be no bore
150 acres have you to explore
If, on your way to the trail, you need a boost
Here's a little help
Don't bother searching archer's roost
Know that and you'll be fine
Go down and start under those lines
Explanation: Carver Lake Park has 150 acres, as listed on the city's website. This clue also serves to eliminate certain parts of the park - specifically, the archery range. We don't want anyone getting in the line of fire. Finally, the clue instructs you to proceed on "down" to the parking lot, where the power lines hang directly overhead.
Clue No. 7
Carver whispers, "Head east"
But so many trails requires a plan:
Make your way past fish and clam
Treasure isn't far now
Keep going forth
But at the next "T"
Choose the opposite of north
Explanation: This puts hunters heading out of the parking lot on the eastward trail. Carver has an expanded system of trails now, so "fish and clam" helps tip off savvy hunters. This was not a vague clue, though some may have thought to head toward the lake. It actually was a direct reference to images of a fish and a clam displayed on the park's playground equipment, and easily seen by walkers heading east on the trail. We also now know to continue east to the "T" intersection where we travel south. (Did you bring your compass?)
Clue No. 8
The southbound trail is your final route
Looking for last direction?
The treasure will be found
Near the next intersection
It will do you good to retrace your steps
With treasure so close
This move will be deft
Go a bit back to enter victory's mouth
Medallion awaits near small footpath
Connecting north and south
Explanation: The "next intersection" refers to the next "T" on the southbound trail. Once you reach the T, you needed to "retrace your steps," or walk backward, to the final, slightly hidden, trail. And thus the "tiny trail" first listed in clue No. 3 becomes visible (and, no, it wasn't one of the new mountain bike trails); it connects two paved trails in a "north and south" direction. The medallion was hidden about 15 to 20 feet down the tiny trail (as you travel from the southbound paved trail) and about 6 feet to the left.