I like that even more. omg how do you see that? we all have our talents! i have been looking at her fingers and pointers for some combination of numbers. now i am staring into the darkness that the rose leaf under the table is pointing at. spoiler alert: it aint empty. onward!
I have some fairly solid thoughts on this one. I'm shopping it around so I can't say much about it.
Thank you to SluggoZim for Balclutha.
wow. you made my day. i still like Mile Rock Beach, and i hope you are right. i am heading there 11/23 when low tide is finally right on a Saturday. unless of course you find it, please. i hate those stairs. plan to check a couple other requested spots too, if necessary.😉
Huh! Actually the Boston image and the zip code in the flower pushed me to see if this technique works for other images. I have a better one for SF zip code. That 2 is tricky but you can see it's heavy shadow next to it as well.
buckle up. "That's no moon!". thanks choice for making me go deeper. i had the wrong end of the trail. perhaps the casque is at the Lincoln marker, where the six oclock shadow hits on June 21, 1981 or 1982. That L is just unmistakeable to me. i will check there first BEFORE mile rock beach 😉
i know i am hyper zoomed and distortion can play tricks. i find it can also help. onward.
Sluggo - To your knowledge, has anyone searched the area you discussed in your PDF? I have my own ideas about where the cask is, but I'd be happy to scour the area by the beach. You have a convincing PDF there.
thank you. Transamerica pyramid in there. hmmmm. makes me wonder what a Venn-like diagram would reveal, mapping all the clues and solution paths on top of each other. i am rooting for Bummer and Lazarus! Those transplanted GIANT redwoods are poles of a sort. trying to determine if private park in 1981.
btw. B&L makes me think the SF Chronicle is the newspaper clue. so far, the online archives i can find for free only go back to 1985.
I’ve toyed with the idea of triangulation in all of this but I am looking to avoid the overanalysis like I mentioned in another post. I get frustrated with our puzzle because ones like Cleveland were so damn DIRECT! “Take a few steps, find these names in stone. Look for columns. Boom.”
Ours is missing so many directives, with things “not far away” and wooden posts that could easily have been downed during Loma Prieta.
Ina Coolbrith was my first major interpretation on night one of research, as she was rumored to have been involved romantically with Twain, making her the “object of attention.” I have since found one or two other objects that seem more likely. ***HOWEVER***
Ina’s was celebrated for being California’s first Poet Laureate at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, having been a member of the “Golden Gate trifecta”, publishing in Overland Monthly (with contributions from Muir and Twain).
The PPIE is quite interesting as it was San Francisco’s showcase to demonstrate a rebuilt city after the earthquake and fires. If you have read up on your SF history (which I pray you have, because it without a doubt is tied to the puzzle) you would know it was largely the Italian and Chinese communities that rebuilt the area, specifically in the Chinatown to North Beach area. Also of note, the entrance to the PPIE was adorned with the TOWER OF JEWELS - designed by a gentleman who would also go on to design many hotels and churches around Flagler College in St. Augustine.
See what I’m getting at? Too many coincidences here and none of them require ANY stretch, voodoo magic, tracing the picture then rotating it 75 degrees under the moonlight.
Ina Coolbrith Park can be found easily and has a lot of interesting tidbits in the area. Also of note is the George Stirling Park slightly north - complete with elevated tennis courts and interesting pathing, George Stirling was also a literary genius featured at the PPIE.
Let me know how that stuff digests for you all. Some days I am 100% deadset on turning over Ina’s planters, other days I get whisked to other parts of the city.
all good. i believe the exact dig location is depicted in the art and that is what I am looking for. the location is marked with a white oak acorn, same as depicted in the book. i look for deliberate shapes, but dont always have context. the clues help provide that. my posts are my feeble attempts to help you see what i see to hopefully identify what it is.
for example. what do you see here in this orientation? smaller the better. i will post what i see in a bit.
I've got no idea, I've been under the impression the rocks are *generally* meant to represent California/San Francisco's ROCKINESS (hills). That's likely too simple though. I'm admittedly awful at that element of this, which is why I was so anxious to get onto this forum. Choice and yourself seem to be masterminds when it comes to pulling stuff out of the pictures - it doesn't matter which ones are "right" or "wrong", because something HAS to be there, and you're going to get a direct hit eventually.
I tend to be more of the cranial guy - I spent many years walking the streets of San Francisco, even the alleyways and nooks that most locals don't know about. So if you all ever have questions on that side of the board, or want someone to go take pictures and make observations first-hand, that's my value in all of this. I can employ heavy attention to detail in real life, but where photos and abstract shapes are concerned - I am the first person to ever receive a failing grade on the Rorschach test.
I know I am critical early on, but your PDF was honestly the most complete and viable theory I have read that doesn't directly involve Golden Gate Park. I've rolled my eyes at most everything I've seen via internet on this, so yours was a breath of fresh air.
I will say, even if "The Rock" is alluded to in the photo, there's no way that window is Alcatraz. People want this to be easy so they quickly associate, but none of the windows of Alcatraz look remotely close to this. I'm also under the impression it's not a window at all, it looks more like a medieval gate - or, on a more San Francisco level, it looks like the security bars in front of many of the city's houses and buildings.
If you go down the Ina Coolbrith rabbit-hole, there are nearby homes with extremely similar front doors.