TALE OF THE DAY
Bear's Ears Trail
By Mike "hawkeye" Pickett
From Page 21
July, 2006 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2006 Lost Treasure, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Old Spanish Trail, OST, was not one trail but actually many trails with many branches and forks. From its beginnings in Mexico, the trail extended north to New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. It wound west to California and Nevada and east to the gulf of Mexico. There were many stops in between.
This trail is hard to imagine for many people that havent researched history or perhaps think with a 21st century mentality. Many people are unable to understand that the Spanish were on a mission. Nothing was going to get in the way of accomplishing a goal. In order to survive and achieve those goals, they had to use imagination to improvise, adapt and overcome obstacles, when the opportunity arose. The Spanish had all the time and slaves it wanted to carve these trails, monuments and markers. Manpower was not a problem. They didnt care if Native Americans or slaves perished for the Crown. One significant treasure site is the Bears Ears Trail. The BET turned west off the OST towards the Henry mountains in Utah. What makes this trail special, is that it only led to only one place. Heavily loaded pack trains and caravans would travel its length to and from the OST to this one particular location. Other smaller trails lead from the surrounding mining operations, as routes to deposit gold and silver at a collection point, the El Mina Josephine de Martinique. There these huge stores would await shipment. Across the BET to the OST to Santa Fe and then down to Galveston Harbor, the rich deposits were transported. Once in Galveston, the precious cargo was then loaded onto awaiting Spanish galleons, headed for the mother country. If it was only small amounts of gold and silver, why would there be just one designated trail for these shipments? There must have been tons of gold and silver that made the trek to Galveston. The Old Spanish Trail lives today in the signs and symbols left behind by the conquistadors of yesteryear. One word may have evolved with several meanings throughout history. Too often we unthinkingly take the word at its most simple meaning, not the historical significance that the word may have meant years ago. For treasure hunters, it is almost imperative that we have somewhat of a working knowledge of the languages, words and meanings of the past. All are helpful hints and tips when researching historical accounts of treasure. Spanish signs that might be evident during a search may directly lead to treasure. First, we have to understand that what the meaning was back then, may not be the meaning today. Take the word peso or pesos for example. Everyone knows that it is Mexican money. But the word peso also has definitions associated with it: peso m. weight, burden, load. This might change the meaning of the sign/symbol to something more than what we think of today. So if we were to read it in a waybill, document or in treasure stories today, the meaning might be quite different. Lets say that we read that there was 100 pesos of gold buried somewhere. Now 100 pesos of gold may not be enough incentive for some treasure hunters. But if we understand the definitions, then this might mean that there might be 100 loads or hundred weight of gold. Would that be a little more tempting to search for? Every treasure hunter has his or her own way of interpreting or deciphering the messages that are presented. Confusion, deception and distraction is the cross that treasure hunters have to bear. Sometimes we make the right choice and many times we dont. I try to think of all the possibilities that those before us may have thought of in order to sustain the deceptions working even today. Mirror Images or Water Images are one of these. This is where the document, sign or symbol leads us to read it in reverse image. Words, letters or phrases may direct us to perform this action. The word rio is one, the letter r is another. Rio is Spanish for river or stream. The document may just have the word by itself or near a curvy line meant to represent a river or stream. Now this might be true, but the word near the curvy line may be even more deceptive. The word may have been placed there only to tell us to use reverse image. Maybe that curvy line is just a trail and not a water course. Theories are only opinions until they are substantiated by actual facts. And mine are no different. Why have so many of these lost treasure legends yet to be found by so many treasure hunters out there today? They may have done everything that the document, waybill, trail, sign or symbol has directed. From what others have said should be the interpretation. Should we be so naive to believe all the things that others have written, that are not substantiated by the map makers true intentions? Premise: What if the map that you have is supposed to be read in mirror image. But not everything is to be read in reverse. What if only the signs and symbols on the map are to be read in reverse? Everything else stays the same. Or the signs and symbols stay the same but everything else is reverse? I am not trying to make this any more confusing than it already is. Just trying to show that there might be other interpretations that may be possible. Because we do not know for sure what the map makers true thought process or intentions were at the time. The Spanish had rules, for how these maps/waybills were to be made. Others would confirm what the map maker placed upon the map for the King. Can we really say that the map that you have was the one that was for the King? Or could it be a copy, to make it appear that it is the real map. Who is to say that these map makers or someone else would not make their own copies, to suit their own diabolical purposes at a later time? Another sign or symbol that can cause confusion is birds wings. The shape of the sign looks like someone stretched the McDonalds golden arches, farther apart and placed it at an angle. The French, German and Spanish all used this symbol on maps. It represents the constantly directional changes of a bird in flight. Think of an eagle or hawk that is circling the area to look for its prey. Similar to humans when looking for a treasure, always going in circles. This sign or symbol tells us to change direction or that there will be many changes in direction. Take a straight edge and place it across the bottom of the wings. Extend this line, visually, and it should intersect with another sign, symbol, number or compass direction. Remember the proper orientation, so that you will head in the right direction. Please send all correspondence, photos or to purchase my field notebook. ($19.95 total) to: Mike Hawkeye Pickett C/O: Treasure Hunters University, 957 Big Creek Lane, Ceres, CA 95307 PH# 209-402-6533 You can also visit us online at: www.treasurehuntersuniversity.com