May 3, 1651, morning.
With clear skies and pleasant temperatures, a moderate breeze and a crosswind originating from the southwest, blowing warm air from the Mediterranean.
Untern the Elder & Younger lead the four members of the party into the brush that begins a half-mile east of the road. The going is rough for a time, the brambles are overgrown and you soon realize this is a thorn forest. The Elder explains that they lost the paths they were following when they came to this, and that the effort to find their way without going through it proved fruitless. It was only after pushing through the thorn forest that they found the road.
Once on the other side, upon a low hardwood/spruce tree slope, where the deciduous trees are old and gnarley, the going gets easier. The Elder marks the barren-topped peak a few miles off as his guide, and from time to time it comes into view as you walk along deer trails in a generally northeasterly direction. You stop mid-morning for a drink, and once settled down the Elder chats while the Younger scouts ahead.
"I'm sorry to mislead you," he says. "There were things I didn't want to say until we got into the woods. Not that I don't trust you, but there's those who would take advantage of us." He reaches under his coat's lapel and draws forth a folded mass of paper. "We've got a map, you see. Tells us where the minotaurs are, and speaks of thousands of gold pieces there. Didn't want some thief slipping this out of my pocket in a town. I've learned not to trust towns so much. I'm sorry if I seemed a bit cagey yesterday. Just watching out for myself and my son."
He doesn't show you the map, except very briefly, just long enough for you to see that there is one.
"We should get there sometime about five hours from now, I'm guessin'," he says. "We're on the right side of the valley, that's the main thing. The boy will find our way - there's an old road somewhere along that direction, and we can follow it easily for about six miles. After that, we climb a bit down into the valley, where there's a forgotten temple from Greek days. That's our destination."