Today marks the beginning of this year’s final Cap’n Aaarrrggghhh treasure hunt.
His medallion is worth $300, double the usual prize, because no one found it last week.
This is the first time in three years no one found the hidden medallion on the Thursday the clues were published. We hide a medallion four times yearly in April. The game has gained popularity.
Our office fielded an unprecidented number of phone calls from treasure hunters asking questions and wanting to know if the treasure had been found. The Captain’s spies visited the medallion’s hiding place throughout the week and saw readers, Journal Reviews in hand, poking around the area.
They removed last week’s medallion from its spot Wednesday and replaced it with the week-four medallion. Yep. It’s in exactly the same spot so someone can have the satisfaction of finding it.
But read the 20 clues carefully again. Some have been made more obvious. Others have changed altogether. Surely, someone will bring it into our office today to claim the prize. We’d love to publish their photo in Friday’s edition for all to see. Just imagine the bragging rights that will come with finding the medallion no one else (not even previous winners who tried) could find.
Cap’n Aaarrrggghhh’s Hall of Fame
1. Lowell and Terri Wilson, of Crawfordsville, and their 3-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever found the first medallion which was hidden at MeHarry Cemetery.
2. Chad Neukam found the medallion southwest of Ladoga before 9 a.m. after leaving his night job as a power plant foreman at Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power.
3. Mark Kelp, of Wingate, figured out the treasure was in the possession of Sharon Kenny, Montgomery County Visitors and Convention Bureau executive director.
4. Six-year-old Ethan Lobosky dressed like a pirate to search with his family and was still talking like a pirate when the crew brought in the medallion they found at Pine Hills Nature Preserve.
5. Cameron Cummins, a Southmont eighth-grader, had given up on finding the medallion at Spooky Hollow, a dip on Keller Road near Lake Holiday, when nature called him behind a tree. There he found the medallion nestled in the tree’s roots.
6. Raymond Snellenbarger, of New Richmond and April Curtis found the medallion in a culvert near Bower Cemetery in the extreme northeast corner of Montgomery County.
7 and 8. Mike and Vicki Stites, of Crawfordsville, were the first to get consecutive wins in Cap'n Aaarrrggghhh’s treasure hunt by finding medallions at Elston Ball Park in Crawfordsville, and at Old Pioneer Cemetery in Waynetown.
9. Mike and Vicki Stites claimed a third win by finding the medallion hidden near Elmdale.
10. Todd and Amanda Douglas, of Crawfordsville, found the medallion in a fruit bag taped under the shelf holding “Moby Dick” in the Crawfordsville Public Library.
11. No one found it April 19-24 for the first time. The prize money doubles to $300.