Back in 2014, my wife (Lost) and I (SailR) teamed up with our closest caching friends to attempt a 200+ Mystery/Unknowns in a day challenge
. We solved about 250 puzzles in preparation and set out before the sunrise on January 19th, 2014. We began searching for our first cache at 6:44 am and signed our last log at about 7:06pm. What an awesome challenge it was! The bumpy back roads, the random objects we passed that were thrown wayside along a few trails, and, of course, the accidental misdirection made it a lasting memory I am so grateful for. Our total find count was 210 puzzle caches and 3 DNF's. What a ratio! Here's to Team ReCalculating -- There is probably a trail to the cache -- we'll find it on the way out.
So to commemorate that epic journey and all the challenges it yielded, I give you this:
Music plays a fairly large part in our household. It provides us both income and a place of respite. When I (SailR) am busy researching and writing papers I try to immerse myself in period-style music. For anyone who has completed our now archived Now That's What I Call Music: 1850s
trail you can easily imagine what time period I was researching. Recently I was reading an article by Nachman Ben-Yehuda called The European Witch Craze of the 14th to 17th Centuries: A Sociologist's Perspective
. This is a pretty dense article from 1980 so I figured I might need some calming musical help to understand it. I did some googling and came up with this 1973 self-titled album: Gryphon. It really helped me dig my teeth into the article and understand all of the contributing factors that led people to believe they had been hexed. Moreover, it helped me understand why these people would even go to lengths to accuse people in their own community, even family members of being a witch. As he summarizes:
"The state of powerlessness and anomie experienced by contemporary individuals was further aggravated by severe climatological and demographic changes which, together with geographical discoveries, created a feeling of impending doom, thus paving the way for the widespread popularity of the craze. The dissolution of the medieval cognitive map of the world also gave rise to utopian expectations, magical beliefs, and bold scientific explorations. These conditions created the need for a redefinition of moral boundaries as an attempt to restore the previous social order."
But I'm sure your not interested in that -- instead I've included links to the tracks I found on EweTube that helped me digest this piece.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
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