Take three kids, add eight adults, toss in a few pirate hats, pirate wigs, and swords and eye-patches, and you get - a treasure hunt!
On Monday afternoon we marshaled the group at our house on Aeropuerto Road, starting with the first clue that directed them to the downtown area with instructions to"walk east to where lost souls gather" and to quietly look for the secret clue behind the Pirate Mundaca's gravestone. Shhhh. Don't let him hear you. And be very respectful of other residents sleeping there.
From there Lawrie (Captain Elmo) led them through town, with clues to "walk south past the brightly painted building with a name that translates to either tomorrow or morning." Then they trekked along the seawall looking for clue number three which then directed the group past the Naval base with various directions including "look for a man named Benito. The fourth clue is behind the golden hands."
Out on the road again the next clue included "Drive south past: beer so cold it will make your teeth hurt, and turn right onto the road to the newest house of God." As it turned out I had to amend that instruction to avoid that particular route, as various carnival rides were now parked smack in the middle of the road. Oh well, this well-equipped pirate had a cell-phone to communicate with the drivers to re-route the cavalcade of golf carts.
At the Hacienda Mundaca park, in the centre of the island, the group paid the twenty pesos per person entrance fee and stormed the park. The sixth clue was inside the Pirate Mundaca's Casa "behind the light that does not shine." I was waiting hidden in the bushes at the park, watching to see if the group would take the correct path to the next location. Lawrie had dropped off at our house to make sure that the treasure was buried on the beach in front of our house.
|Elmo gets the girl!|