It’s finally here—Week 1 of my Easter Egg Treasure Hunt! A real-life treasure hunt that ends with a 27-pound loot crate filled with $1,500 in one-dollar coins. Of course, when it comes to finding a treasure, you need to have a treasure map. Click here to purchase yours.
Week 1 Riddle
Here’s the first week’s riddle. Good luck…and happy gunting!
̸̢̡̩̯̭̩̬͓̙̊̊̃͒̐͆̈́͝E̷͉̝̲̯̲̓̈́͜ǹ̷̡͈̗͎͓̜̫̜̩̬̬̲͑͐̔̆́̋͘g̷̨̨̺̩̫̜̗͕̘̹͕̯̅͛͛́̂͋̔͘̚͘͘ͅr̶̫̱͙̽͛̽̂͗͑̃͌̾̀ȁ̴̢͉̲͔̘̺̩̯͇͍̭̘̜̘̫̔̓̏̀̔̑̈̔͝v̷̢̪͉̰̠̭̞̙̮̙̹̎ͅě̶̢̨̟̭̲͉͈̦̞͔̱͎͕̝̏̇ͅď̵̛̤͚̮̲̟͂͆̒͂̒̽̅͐̋̃͠͝͝ ̴̡̟̻̰̮̳̱͍́͑̓̌̏͜o̸̻̤̳͔͕̲̣͒̆́̔̀̈̅̉n̷͚͖͓̫͒͌̒̃̓͂͒̕͘̚͝ ̷̧͓̞̯͔̳͉̭̚͜c̷̨̧̺͇͍͉̭̗̳̈́̐́͒͜͝o̶̡̼̜̦̐̿̊̏̎͝t̸͇̔͛̉̄̔̓͑͑͋̏̎t̶̺̜̗̲͓͍͖͈̃͑̈͑̈́ō̴̡̜̼̯̯̦̱͔̤̳̱̣n̷̢̛͈̝̟̼̻̤̝̝͉͂̽͐̅̈́̊̓̂̂͌̈́̕͝ͅ ̷̣̙̺̊͂̉̊̅͒̃̆̅ḯ̴̦̟̬̫̟̠͈͍̪̊ͅs̵̨͉̰̽̾̃́͐̓̂̀̅͘̚͝͠͝ ̶̩͒͑̈́̊̂̐͊̂̽͝͝͝à̶͈̰̘̥̫͔̺̞͇͇̤͍̻͒ ̴̢̧̢͇̖̙̠͉͉̫̘̞͑̍̓͑̈͌̂́͊R̵̹̦͙̩̽̅̏ơ̴̢͉͔̘̪̫̤͓̤̩͕̑̾̊̓͛̊͗̈́͘̚͝ḿ̸̨̭̜͎̥̮̗̰̜̺̣̓̆͛̇a̷͓͎̰͚̝͙͒̐̆̑̓͊̚͠n̷̥͉̘͔͛̂̽̈́̓̃̈́̍̈́̇ ̸̖͚̝́̓́͗́͒̂̇̇͒̚t̵̞͍̹̟̻̳̱͎̬̺̽͐͒̌̚ē̵̡̠̠̋̄̈́̀͑̓̅̐̿̆̕s̴̨͚̜̤̮͎̺̓́̐̊̑̆̓͆̈́̊͌͘͝t̶̹̼̙̲͔̥̠̼̯̀̈̽͐̒͝͠͝
̴̨̧̩̞̤̣̖̲̟̰̘̌̓͂̉̿̆̑̚w̷̢̬̜̻̆͌̔ḩ̷̢̢̠̪͇̦̣̝̤̝̙͓̒̚ę̴̪͑̏̈̋͛͌̉̇r̴͙̠͎͖̬̐̈́͌͜ȩ̸̡͙̺̝̝̺̼̹̤̫̃ ̶̼̣͊̂́Ẇ̴̡͉̥̻̻̘͙͚̖̍̈́̅͋͝͝a̶̧̢̛̟̥͎̱̳̟̙̘͍̠̔͑͗̄̂̉̋̉͒̀̔̑̐̉͜s̶͈̠̬̹̋͆̔̒͛͐̿̽͌̓͒͘h̵̺̀̍̿́̎͝ḯ̸̡̧̡̺̯̺̟̩̭̱̓̇̓n̶̜̳̺̻̂̑̅́̀̓͒̓͒͋̈̌͘͝ǵ̴̨͕̫̤̖͚̞̟͔̏̄̚ṭ̴̢̡̠͙̜̺͈̩̝̺̠̬̪̠̅̾̌͆̊͑̽̐̒͘̚̚o̸̢̬̗̞͂̾̏̑̈́͒͌̑͛̍͘ṅ̵̺̜̈́̓͆̊̌̋͒̐̎̃̒̚͜͠ ̵̨̪̯͔͊͌̈́̏̄̿͒̈́̎͝h̷̻̥̰̮͉̺̮̖̳͎̱̪̒̏͜ͅą̶̧̰̺̰̦̜̈́̐̂̈́̒̽̕ͅs̴̮̗̱͛̇̎̇͜ ̸̢̧̠̺̤̹̼͍̙̼̝̱̬̭̒̌̓̑̉̀̊ͅl̶͖̼̤̯͖͈̬̅̑̒̈́́̚͜o̴̝̖̻̯͙̞̝̯̘͉̲͙͌͜ǹ̶̹̟̽̓̀g̸̤̹͙̑͛ ̵̛͚̹̇̌̑͐̾̉͐̇b̴̨͙̜͕̻̩̺̖̲̘̞͚̱̩͋̋́̄̍͑͐̑̒̑̈́̋̃̚͠e̶̡̛̤̰̣̣͓͜ẹ̴͎̪̑̎̌n̷͍͎̋́͌̄̍̿̂̃̚͝ ̷̮̜̩̥̣̳͓̮͈̎͆͌͐͋̋̌̕ǎ̵̡̧̨͚̦͕͚̱̏́̓̀̉̈̔͆͊̽́̓͝ ̷̢̧͈̬̯̰̲̰̥͙̤̈́ͅģ̸̢̙͓̟̳̖͍͙͈̓̄͗͊̓́̿̈̋͝͝ų̶͇͇̗̩͕͈͉̬̙͂̈́̒̑̂̾̅̚̕ȩ̶̣͚̞͔̙̩̎̔̈̋̔͋ş̷̨̡͚̫̣̣̺̘̈́͂t̷̳͍͚͎̏͑̈̿̏̊̕͠͝.̷̡̱͙͎̙̠̺͕̖͖̔̃̑̽̀̅̃̏͌̂̚͝͠͠ͅ
The riddle’s answer is the password to unlock the next page. Hint: The password is case sensitive with no spaces between words.
How it Works
Every Saturday at 7 am beginning April 9, 2022, a new riddle is revealed. Its solution unlocks the page with that week’s second clue. Once you have this week’s solution, click here.
The second clue will have adventurers visiting various places in the region as they gather segments of the treasure’s GPS coordinates. Those able to successfully complete the five-week quest unlock the resting place of my Easter egg that redeems for the coin-laded $1,500 treasure chest.
How to Play
Playing is simple. Purchase your treasure map from the Trust and check Uncharted Lancaster’s website every Saturday at 7 am beginning April 9, 2022, for that week’s challenge. Next, solve the riddles and decipher the clues to unlock segments of the treasure’s GPS coordinates each week. Participants will be unable to claim my Easter egg until the final weekly clue is released on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 7 am in this first-to-find winner takes all game of skill.
Find a treasure. Preserve a treasure.
When you purchase a copy of the map, you also get a year’s membership with the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County. Profits from the treasure hunt are being used to kick start the Trust’s digital archiving project. This ambitious undertaking involves scanning their 160,000 artifact collection, including many one-kind items that highlight Lancaster County’s rich architectural heritage. The project is expected to cost upwards of $200,000. So while you are busy trying to find my treasure, you are helping the Trust preserve theirs.