first 3 pins i put in. coit tower, balclutha pier 41, and maritime museum. i saw the triangle....proportions are right.....rose leaves. nope, not giving up on them. the distance between the 2 lower green leaves is roughly the same as the distance from the right leaf down to the dark leaf. take that measure down from coit tower. see where the dark leaf points? looks like union square to me. also found this deliberate shape. looks like a sign with numbers, 56?
oh, yeah. if you continue the trendline to the southeast, drops you into China Basin. scary that it is the current home of the Giants.
looks like i need a pin at the bottom of lombard st. also one at California and Powell. maybe a little reverse engineering....
very odd that Lincoln Park, Palace ("place"?) of Legion of Honor and Lands End Point have such strong clue associations but are completely on the other side of the city. keeping it at the map and pins level, that is suspicious, isnt it?
perhaps this is a game of Sorry, and we have yet to hit a slider.....
ok, more pins! hmmm! any pins you would like me to add?
Yes, one in yourself to burst your bubble! I kid, I kid, I couldn't help it! Sorry again!
This is getting too complicated tho. Remember, must think like an 80's teenager.
goldhunter, Aladdin Trs. near Ina Coolbrith Park? I know there're terraces at the cove area. Are those called Aladdin?
ha! already been popped many times. very humbling.
yep. that is why i got out the map and pins. definitely teenager stuff in the very early 80s. simply enough to observe a clue and map its location. not critical thinking at all. after all, one is trying to find the physical location.
maybe i overestimate teenagers of the day. but i think any teenager willing to invest in this book is both smart and clever and can harness both. this is not a comic book with broad appeal and zero thinking required.
and lets face it, any guy at that age with a girlfriend spent zero time with this book! to be honest, i would have spent a lot of time with the book. 🥺
just wanted to try and make the case that mapping clues is a basic function of the hunt, not a PhD level activity nor a wabbit hole.
Ah, I thought you meant the terraces around the maritime park. To me the blue blob looks like overhead shot of the bay and also some resemblance to the overhead shot of Alcatraz; from Arabic al-qaṭrās, meaning sea eagle. [New York connection Sluggo?!] Genie connection: Sounds like another "Arabic" term ALAKAZAM!
And this is my interpretation of the top half of her robe. I heard someone posted the image of pear on her hand on FB but couldn't bring it home. I think this is another rebus; pear 4, Pier 4. Round collar is the cove, her shoulders are bay, by the water are the piers and geometric codes are pier 04 (black point) and 43. Pier 43 for stonewall's door or for balance of the image.
Also our lady may be a Greek mythology creature 'Siren'. This goes well with the speaker tower theory, nautical and rock theme.
Her mouth is slightly open whispering a soft song to attract her victim sailors.
How about the closed left claw as the "b", the spot you have the e as the "o", the loops where you have the c and the o as the 2 "c"s and the very end of the tail where you have the B as the "e"? Either way I can see how you could hide the word "bocce".
I like the pier 04 and 43 idea, using geometric shapes as a simple way to hide numbers. Also it appears the circle shape isn't quite closed and reminds me of the speaker tower. To me it looks more like =0 with the open spot looking like the rear ladder area on the speaker tower.
NPS has produced some fairly detailed reports about Aquatic Park that can help us understand how things were when the casque was buried. The Balclutha was moored at Fisherman's Wharf when the casque was buried and only moved to Hyde Street Pier in 1988, for example.
The convenience station at the end of Municipal Pier is somewhat interesting. Unlike the other two in Aquatic Park it was never finished (always remained less than 50% complete) and its interior rooms are filled with rubble and water.
The area immediately south of the acorn retaining wall was covered with sand until the early 1980s, when it was planted with grass. Good to know the beach area wasn't the only area with sand if you subscribe to the idea that the color of the neck area of Image 1 may represent sand.
Apparently the grill for the East Speaker Tower still exists and is in storage. Not sure how long it has been removed, 20+ years at least? If we can find it's been removed since 1980 that really helps highlight the West Speaker Tower even more.
Anyone know when the Ghirardelli sign stopped being 2-sided? I found a picture from 1952 showing it as 2-sided. If it was still that way in the early 1980s it could explain the backwards "Gh" as what was visible from the area of the West Speaker Tower/Bocce Ball Court?
Just a few tidbits/ideas generated by the NPS reports. Take a look at the reports if you get a chance, very interesting if nothing else.
As for the "Siren" theory I'm game. Actually many sirens were mermaids and if you look at "Nymph O'Maine" on pages 164-165 she is a mermaid surrounded by rocks wearing what appear to be pearls.