Rose Festival OREGONLIVE Treasure Hunt Medallion is Found!
From Brush Prairie, Washington, wife and mother Melanie Bryant has been spending a minimum of two hours daily on the Rose Festival Treasure Hunt — much of it late at night after her sons were tucked in bed. Most of this time was spent ‘noodling’ — a term she and her fellow treasure hunters use for thinking about and researching the clues (including doing online searches). “Noodling means using your noodle,” she said.
Melanie treasure hunts often with her group of ten fellow hunters, who originally met online at a forum ten years ago. Two years after, Melanie suggested they actually get together and meet in person. Now they participate in local treasure hunts, and create their own when there are no others available. “We take turns being the Clue Master,” Melanie said. She often treasure hunts with her youngest son, Trevor.
She found the medallion in it’s black bag, wrapped in plastic. She said it looked like it might be garbage. She reached down and picked it up with a shaking hand. “I’ve found it!” she told fellow hunter Marvin, who had been ‘in the field’ for three days of heavy hunting. Today was Melanie’s first day looking ‘in the field.’ The medallion was hidden on the East Bank Esplanade, close to the Taylor Street sign, overlooking the river.
Melanie won the Grand Prize which includes a $1,000 check, an overnight stay and buffet dinner for two at Spirit Mountain Casino and two round-trip tickets to any Alaska Airlines destination, including Hawaii and Mexico.
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