My friend Pat is a travel agent, and each year we like to go to an island we've never been to before. Being a bit puzzling, Pat doesn't tell me our destination directly, but instead sends me a weird picture. I never know where the heck I'm going which makes it really hard to pack. Two years ago, Pat sent me this picture:

Trip 1

We ended up in Martha's Vineyard. Last year, Pat sent me this picture:

Trip 2

Our trip was to The Hamptons that year.

This year is a big birthday for me, so Pat is planning something special. But all I get is this image:

Trip 3

Can you please help me figure out where I'm headed?

Solver Notes: For the color-blind...I am sorry. This puzzle pretty much requires analysis of the colors and shapes in the images.

HINT #1:

I just remembered that Pat arranged our trip three years ago too. We went to Rum Cay in the Bahamas, and I got this picture. It looks pretty similar to the others, I guess: Trip 0

HINT #2:

The identifications provided by @MrSethward are correct, but there is another step to determine the trip destination, which is not in North Carolina. As a hint, the order of the icons in the pictures matters.

HINT #3:

Google's My Maps provides a useful function that the usual Google Maps does not that can help you solve this puzzle.


1 Answer 1


It looks like Pat is taking you to:

the Ile de Sein, a Breton island off the coast of western France.

The images represent:

lighthouse designs. At humn's request, as I was looking at the images in the OP, I was checking for any patterns that might be a foothold. The blue background got me thinking it was sea and when I noticed the towers on each had different shapes as well as colors, I realized it might be physical clues related to the island, and lighthouses just popped out as the most obvious solution to search. I wasn't totally sure I was on the right track, as til now haven't nailed down the first two clues but when I found the lighthouses in the Outer Banks, I once I found the Outer Banks lighthouses I was certain.

With that you:

draw lines between the lighthouses, the next land encountered is the island you are visiting!

The image for Martha's Vineyard represent:

#1 Oak Island

#2 Currituck Beach light

The images for The Hamptons are:

#1 Ocracoke lighthouse

#2 Bodie Island lighthouse

Their connections are:

The lines to Martha's vineyard and the Hamptons:

And the final image:

I'm much more sure of these than the previous ones, I think #1 is Cape Lookout lighthouse and #2 is the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, both in the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

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    $\begingroup$ Not sure if you're planning on doing more, but as of 06-26-20 midnight Zulu this is not the correct answer. You are on the right track, though. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 26, 2020 at 1:15
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    $\begingroup$ ^vote with 2 notes, @MrSethward: 1) I hope you don't mind that i added a picture from the links in your solution. The visual connection is amazing. 2) Any chance of mentioning in your solution how that connection occurred to you? $\endgroup$
    – humn
    Commented Jun 26, 2020 at 2:33
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    $\begingroup$ One other note: there is nothing historical represented here. Everything represented exists as it is today. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 26, 2020 at 2:35
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    $\begingroup$ No worries. I just didn't want to waste your time chasing down increasingly less likely explanations. You're definitely closer to home, or maybe given the topic...further from home :-) One more quick nudge: check out the tags on the puzzle. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 26, 2020 at 12:59

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