Enjoy your careful search in a shell
A tree is not a birch, It’s location will tell
Now, Instead of focusing the search–or narrowing it down to an area I thought sure would have been vetted by the Children of the Corn, it simply confirms these areas and offers very little.
At least it seems to offer very little. Maybe I got played. Maybe I was convinced that the clue-writer was giving up the store, and instead they hid the loot somewhere else completely, and then found all the generic characteristics that the USUAL areas have in common with this suprisingly different place, and went that way.
Either way, congrats to the clue-writer, who’s made me look like an opinionated doofus in retrograde.