|Ponce de León and the Lost Fountain of Youth|
The water bottle on a rock at the front of the Heart Room.
November 27, 1993
Ponce de León and the Lost Fountain of Youth is the 18th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. The artifact is Ponce de León's water bottle.
One member of each team is sitting on an inner tube, and on Kirk's signal, they were to pull themselves across the moat, step off, and throw the tube back to the other player, allowing them to pull themselves across with the rope. Once the second player has crossed, they were to ring the gong. The first four teams to do so were the Red Jaguars, the Purple Parrots, the Blue Barracudas, and the Green Monkeys.
Steps of Knowledge
Long ago, a powerful and ruthless man sailed from Spain and conquered Puerto Rico. His name was Ponce de León. He owned vast land and riches but it was not enough. Hearing of the Fountain of Youth, Ponce de León explored up and down the Florida coast with his servant Pablo and an old Indian guide.
"I think this old Indian guide is leading us on a wild goose chase!", grumbled Ponce de León. "He gets no more water until we find the fountain!"
Pablo liked the Indian and sneaked him some of his own water ration. They never did find the Fountain of Youth, but legend has it that when Ponce de León died, the old Indian came to Pablo with a gift.
"Your master did not deserve this.", said the Indian, pressing a bottle of water into Pablo's hand. "The water of eternal youth is only for those who have pure of heart."
The bottle found its way to the temple.
|Steps of Knowledge Results|
|According to legend, was Ponce de León searching for…?||
||Blue Barracudas (Correct - 2 steps left)|
|While searching for the Fountain of Youth, did Ponce de León find…?||
||Green Monkeys (Correct - 2 steps left)|
|Did Ponce de León name the new land he found Florida because…?||
||Red Jaguars (Wrong Answer - Not one of the three choices)|
|Green Monkeys (Correct - 1 step left)|
|When Ponce de León discovered Florida, did he think that he found…?||
||Green Monkeys (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)|
|According to legend, if you drank from the Fountain of Youth, did you…?||
||Blue Barracudas (Correct - 1 step left)|
|When they first saw manatees, did the Spanish explorers think they were seeing…?||
||Blue Barracudas (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)|
Temple GamesThe Blue Barracudas are 11-year-olds Elena and Cory. The Green Monkeys are 11-year-old James Valin and Jessica Hilton.
Fountain of Youth (Faucet Ramp)
One member of each team had to climb up a mountain (or ramp) and turn on three water faucets at the top. Once the faucets were turned on, the players slid back down, and had to fill a bucket with water using a bottle. Whoever had the heavier bucket at the end of a 60-second time limit was the winner. Jessica's bucket was heavier than Elena's, giving the Green Monkeys the win.
Gold Dig (Peanut Shaft)
On Kirk's signal, one member of each team had to take a piece of gold, climb up the shaft, drop it in the bin, climb back down and do it again. Whoever had the most gold in a 60-second time limit would be the winner. James had six pieces to Cory's six, resulting in a tie.
Transporting Gold (Bungee Soap Line)
On the bungee soap line, there are two piles of gold on one end and two baskets (ships) on the other. On Kirk's signal, one member of each team were to grab a piece of gold, stick to their helmet, and pull themselves towards their partner in the center. Upon meeting, the partner will grab the gold, slide back to their side and put it in the basket while the first members slid back to their side to grab another piece of gold. Whoever had the most gold at the end of 60 seconds would be the winner. James and Jessica had three bricks to Cory and Elena's two, giving the Green Monkeys the win and the right to enter Olmec's Temple.
|Temple Games Results|
|Team||Game 1||Game 2||Game 3||Pendants Won|
|Blue Barracudas||Tied||Tied||Lost||1 Pendant|
|Green Monkeys||Tied||Tied||Won||2 Pendants|
James went first and started by taking the upper route. He blazed through the Room of the Three Gargoyles and the Troubled Bridge, from which he could only enter the Observatory. There he met the first Temple Guard and ran into a corner of the room far away from him, an awesome scared reaction! After giving up his Pendant and spinning the sundial, he found out the door leading down into the Heart Room did not open. Neither did the door connecting the Heart Room to the Treasure Room when he tried it. He then entered the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, put the monkey together, bypassed an important shortcut by entering the Pirate's Cove rather than the Tomb of the Ancient Kings, spun the ship's wheel, climbed down the ladder into the Dungeon, ran through the Stone Wall into the Tomb of the Ancient Kings and used the key there to enter the Swamp with about a minute left. This was looking good— he was only two rooms away from Ponce de León's water bottle, and maybe he could win the whole thing solo! Unfortunately, that was not to be. After trying to climb back up from the Swamp for some reason, he decided to proceed into the Room of Harmonic Convergence… where the second Temple Guard took him out with 37 seconds remaining. Needless to say, this was nowhere near enough time for Jessica to get to the Bottle of Water, and it did not help that she turned back from the Treasure Room to reenter the Observatory.
|Temple Run Results|
|Reached the Artifact||No|
|Method of Loss||Failed Acquisition|
|Temple Guard Locations|
- This is the only episode to not feature the name of the artifact in its title.
- This is the first episode with the Reebok plug.
- This was the first episode where an artifact was placed in the center of the Olmec's Temple.
- This is the first episode where the Blue Barracudas and the Green Monkeys competed against each other in the Temple Games.
- This was the first episode where contestants start at the upper pit area in search of an artifact hidden in the center of Olmec's Temple. The others were The Ivory Elephant of Scheherazade, The Golden Spider Web of Robert the Bruce, and The Missing Portrait of Hans Holbein.
- This is one of the few episodes where all of the temple guards locations are known without all of them being encountered. In this case, the Cave of the Sighs was the last room untouched and thus would have to be there.
- James holds the record for the most room objectives completed with nine. This would be later tied with Shane from The Very Tall Turban of Ahmad Baba.
- In The Bone Necklace of the Blackfeet Chief, the water bottle was used as a holder for the artifact.