Ponce de León and the Lost Fountain of Youth is the eighteenth episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was the seventeenth episode to complete production and the 35th to air. 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 are pure of heart."
The bottle found its way to the temple.
Temple GamesThe Blue Barracudas are eleven-year-olds Elena and Cory. The Green Monkeys are eleven-year-old James Valin and Jessica Hilton.
Fountain of Youth (Faucet Ramp)
Some say Ponce de Leon wanted to find the Fountain of Youth and sell its water in bottles. The players showed how he might have gotten the water into those bottles. When Kirk gave the signal, they pulled themselves up the mountain and turned all three faucets on. Then they turned back around, slid down, and then grabbed their bottles, filled them up, and dumped the water into their buckets. The player that had the heavier bucket of water at the end of 60 seconds won. Jessica's bucket was heavier than Elena's, giving the Green Monkeys the win.
Gold Dig (Peanut Shaft)
Ponce de Leon discovered gold in Puerto Rico and became one of the wealthiest spaniards in the New World. The players had to make money the old-fashioned way: they had to dig it up just like the indians did long before the Spanish arrived. When Kirk gave the signal, each player dug some gold from the bottom of the mine shaft, climbed up, and put them in their bins at their tops. Then they climbed back down and did it again. The player with the most gold in his bin at the end of 60 seconds won. James had six pieces to Cory's six, resulting in a tie.
Transporting Gold (Bungee Soap Line)
Ponce de Leon had to ship all of his gold back to Spain. The players helped out. On one side were piles of gold. And on the other side were ships. When Kirk gave the signal, each team grabbed pieces of gold, stuck them to their helmets, and pulled themselves to their partners in the center. When they were there, their partners grabbed the gold from their helmets and slid back to their sides. Next, they went back, grabbed another piece of gold, and did it again. The team with the most gold in their baskets at the end of 60 seconds won. 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.
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, where he met the first Temple Guard with 2:36 remaining. 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. After trying to climb back up into the Treasure Room, he proceeded 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 as time ran out, she returned to the Temple Gates from the Treasure Room.