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2021 Medallion Hunt_Behind the Clues

06/02/2021

 

Medallion was found at Merrill Gardens in Marion!

The first two clues set up the hunt. County-wide, wrapped up; #10 as always tells the spot.

 

1.

 

Here we go in 2021

 

It’s about time we had some fun

 

A pandemic lingers, a derecho hit

 

Just a lot of awful…stuff.

 

 A prize lies prone in a metro place

 

Barely fitting in a tiny space

 

The finder gets something really grand

 

Be ready to cover some prime county land.

 

 

 

2. 

 

The medallion is wrapped up tight

 

You won't even see it at night

 

Resting in a public place

 

A park or trail or open space.

 

Follow the clues to get it just right.

 

  

 

3.

 

Everything seems even, everything seem fair

 

Upon your initial inspection.

 

Not true if you give it a thorough study

 

Now give that proper reflection.

 

 

 

One side of the stair had a space in it though it looks the same – the rocks covered the sides.

 

 

 

4. 

 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

 

Or “only skin deep,” as they say

 

This hiding place has seen much better times

 

When you know its story before today.

 

 

 

Merrill Gardens was a beautiful place not long ago.

 

 

 

5.

 

It’s fairly easy
For one to see

 

How their journey used to be.

 

It makes no sense

 

Here today

 

But once it was their only way.

 

 

 

The old walkways in the garden are still there though they don’t make any sense.

 

 

 

6.

 

Think something solid and something not

 

Between them is where you win a lot.

 

 

 

On one side of the park is a monument shop and the other the Marion water storage.

 

 

 

7.

 

Water comes in forms

 

River, creek, pond, lake are four.

 

Think one + one more.

 

 

 

Nearby is a creek + one more form is the water in the water tower.

 

 

 

8.

 

To some this isn’t just another place

 

It’s had special meaning on certain days.

 

Laughs and tears, songs and hugs.

 

And probably lots of little bugs.

 

 

 

At one time there were lots of weddings here.

 

 

 

9.

 

A person’s name marks the spot

 

Which looks a bit like an empty lot.

 

A park unlike all those nearby

 

Here plants are planted in normal times.

 

 

 

Mrs. Merrill’s garden – one of several area parks – was actually her backyard, but people didn’t know that back in the day. She eventually gave the garden to the City.

 

 

 

10.

 

The place’s name suggests flowers fair

 

Named for the lady who once lived there.

 

It isn’t Madison, but it’s square

 

The prize is hidden in a subtle lair.

 

Next to water many drink

 

And use each day in their kitchen sink.

 

A gazebo where some have tied the knot

 

Is about all that’s left in this tidy spot.

 

Move a rock, check inside.

 

We’re pretty sure your eyes go wide.