Safety First

Missouri is home to some beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife… with emphasis on the “wild”. If you’re not outdoors-y, here’s a few tips that might help you out there.
 
Be responsible
If you’re out there playing this game, you’re deciding where you go and what you do. I wish you a safe and fun search.
Bring a friend
Even big, tough hikers can get hurt. Bring a friend along, or at least let someone know where you’re going. If you get stuck or lost, you’re going to be really glad you had backup.
Be prepared
It’s not just for Scouts: it’s smart. Bring your phone or other GPS enabled device, and enough water and snacks to last twice as long as you plan to be out. Dress for the weather. Wet rocks can be a lot more slippery than you expect.
Let it be
None of the treasures are anywhere that will require the use of a shovel or knife.  Leave the area in good shape for wild residents and future hikers.
Detect denied

Metal detecting is generally not allowed in public parks. If you do plan to go detecting, make sure you’ve got permission from the park owner.  For state parks, 

there’s a free permit.

(As an aside, I don’t understand why metal detectors are so frowned upon. We’ve pulled enough nails and shredded metal out of state beaches to send a herd of tourists to the ER.)

 Dress to impress
Cover up when running through the woods. Poison ivy is a common plant, and our parks are home to many plants with burrs and stickers – especially in the fall when they’re trying to spread their seeds. A perfume of bug spray can help keep some of the more annoying critters at bay.
 
 Stay safe
There’s nothing in my game worth more than your health or safety. I’m not stashing any stuff on the edge of a cliff, or in a heavy current. If a nature-savvy kid can’t get to it, it is not part of the game.  I promise you, I did not risk my neck putting it in place.  Don’t risk yours trying to find it.
 
Happy searching.
MOTH