Hell Mix, Part 1. Moby
Another 30 minutes of driving to the north and east, and
players found themselves in the Valley of Fire. The late afternoon turned
to evening, and the sun painted magnificent magic-hour colors across the
mars-like rock formations.
Valley of Fire, White Domes - The Setup
Towering above our teams on both sides, limestone rock began to blot out the
remaining light. A quick examination of the trail-head sign clearly
described the site Shelby had intended his searchers to go... "the
Narrows". Unfortunately, it's easy to find on the sign but not so
easy to find as one sprints 1/2 mile to the outward end of the trail-loop.
And even worse, Shelby couldn't leave clue-envelopes at eye-level where they'd
be visible to any passer-by either.
the Narrows, teams had to find a way to climb or boost each other to a
twenty-foot height where clues were affixed to the rock formation.
By pressing arms or legs outward against the rock "chimney", a
participant could shimmy up, snag the clues and be back down before a rival even
saw what happened...
How do you solve a clue without solving a clue?
Well, the Yellow team managed to do just that here at White Domes. As
soon as they had retrieved the clue from the Narrows, they utilized their
satellite phone to call in the A# number (no cel-coverage here!) and were sure
to listen carefully to Shelby's A# message. One of those sharp-eared
teammates connected the allusion to Charlotte's web with the name of a site they
had driven past on the way to White Domes, and thus arrived at the next location
before they had completely solved the clue that would get them there. Good
things come to those who keep their wits about them.
...and then there are those for whom a rough night camped on a lakebed can dim
the otherwise sharp wit. Sadly, the Red team learned just how remote the
Valley of Fire State Park area really is... working to catch up to the
pack, they left the Lake Mead area without filling up their gas tank, and had to
detour to the nearest-- and only-- town within nearly 100 miles in order to get
gas. Sadly, that added time to this leg of the Run for them.
Fortunately, though, they managed to never actually run out of gas!