WOW...thanks for your comments/thoughts. Exactly what I was hoping for. Your critiques/bugs/positive posting was great information. I will definitely go back and start doing an update (seeing how I'm the only programmer, it may take a little while...LOL).
I will go back and re-read the text that the fairies tell the player to ensure why the player is looking for certain items. The gems were just something extra to find while traveling around.
My wife's son play test and gave me a lot of area where you could climb the mountains and see 'no man's land'. I'll go back and see where I might have missed a few.
Again, thanks so much for your inputs...I greatly appreciate it.