National Park Mystery Spot 40 Revealed: A Building In Paradise
You were told that Mystery Spot 40 is a structure in a national park and given these clues to work with:
You will get more if you live on the upwind side.
You will get nowhere if you are fool who lives there.
You will get one in trade for your two sawbucks if just one is what you want.
You will get just one if a double dip is one too many.
The answer is the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center in Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park. The Jackson Visitor Center is named in honor of Washington politician Henry Martin "Scoop" Jackson (1912–1983), a U.S. Congressman, Senator, and twice-unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Located in the park’s Paradise area, this traditional-looking, energy-efficient building was completed in 2008 as a replacement for an obsolete Mission 66 structure that had a controversial round shape, some serious design flaws, and intolerably high operating costs.
Here’s how the clues take you to the answer:
Precipitation in mountainous areas is significantly higher on upwind slopes than on downwind (lee) slopes. Consequently, you will get more rain if you live on the upwind side. In other words, your weather will be rainier.
A person who is happy because s/he harbors false hopes is said to “live in a fool’s paradise.” “You will get nowhere if you are a fool who lives there.”
A person orders a single scoop of ice cream if s/he thinks a double dip would be one too many.
A $10 bill is usually called a ten, but is also called a "sawbuck." A $20 bill is usually called a twenty, but is also called a "Jackson" (because it features President Andrew Jackson on the front). If one bill is all you want, you can trade your two sawbucks for one Jackson.
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