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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED APRIL 2013
Monday April 15th
Noon Monday – Mile 0. left the island at 9am this morning and had to wait til 11am to get my van out of the shop in Bellingham. I was tagged last week by a brand spankin new Toyota fancy sedan. If you must get bumped by someone, choose someone in a brand new car with lots of insurance. Anyway. It’s all fixed now. Great job!!
630pm Monday – Mile 347. Gas & go in Umatilla, OR. Free wifi so updated blog.
Midnight Monday – Mile 546. Pulled into a rest stop near Mountain Home and fell asleep.
Tuesday April 16
6am Tuesday. Started driving east again.
Ran into snow again on US6 through Spanish Forks. Some accumulation.
1230p Monday Stopped for lunch in Helper, UT. Nice folks. The town has certainly seen more prosperous days. Mining town. Used to mine nickle. Now its coal. Stopped in a couple of antique stores to stretch my legs.
5pm Monday – Mile 1167. Wilson’s arch along Hwy 191.
8pm Tuesday -Mile 1256. Monticello, UT. Will stay here for the night. Update blog. Had a buffalo burger at the Ranch House restaurant. 6hrs fromSanta Fe.
7am Wednesday morning. 3 inches of snow on Esmerelda. 20 degrees. Slushy Roads. Followed a snowplow for the first 11 miles. It may take longer than 6 hours to get to Santa Fe.
Noon Wednesday. In New Mexico. Lighter snow. None sticking.
4pm Friday- Mile 1,787. Santa Fe, NM. Checked in to Inn at Loretto in downtown Santa Fe. I don’t think the valet guys park many 14 year old vans here. But they treat Esmerelda like she is a Mercedes.
5pm Wednesday evening. Meet with the Japanese TV crew. Really nice folks. They film me in the lounge at the Inn. It takes a half hour. More filming with them tomorrow as we hunt for the treasure.
550pm Wednesday. Park illegally in front of Collected Works Bookstore. Grab camera and run inside. It’s standing room only. 150 people crammed into the bookstore to listen to Forrest, Michael McGarrity and Douglas Preston. They have had these events before but never to a crowd of this size. I cannot find a place to shoot from. I can’t even find a place to stand. I am about to head out the door when a a guy offers me a seat he has been saving for his friend, who did not show. He tells me he recognizes me from the blog. It’s Rich. I take his kind offering. I cannot see Forrest from where this seat is located but at least I am close enough to record decent audio. There is no sense in trying to record video.
7PM Wednesday evening. After the event at Collected Works. I meet some blog folks there including Stephan the Pantsless Pirate and his beautiful wife. They are both wearing pants. Rich, who provided me with a seat. Bonnie and lovely family. I also meet Dorothy and Mary from the bookstore. There are several others as well….YEA BLOGGERS….Forrest joins the blog group and is familiar with all the blog nicknames. We stand around and talk clues…well, what did you expect?
Everyone is having a good time. I am soooo glad I did not leave. What a wonderful group of people the bloggers are.
9am Thursday. Meeting with the Japanese crew. We head north toward Taos and the treasure (maybe). I have decided to revisit a place that looked promising but where I ran out of time on my first search. You might remember this place. North of Taos on the Rio Grande. The John Dunn Bridge area. I found an “F” carved in a rock there. But no chest. People ask me how I followed the clues to this spot. Here goes:
Where Warm Waters Halt = the start of the gorge at the NM/CO border. Based on an essay by Tony Hillerman on the Rio Grande.
Take It In THe Canyon Down = the Gorge of the Rio Grande. Also known as the Box. An 800 foot deep canyon that is about 25 miles long.
Not Far, But To Far To Walk = about 17 miles from the CO/NM border.
Put In Below The Home Of Brown = downstream and also south of the Rio Hondo a popular Brown trout stream.
From there it’s no place for the meek = the canyon is a difficult place. There are limited trails and beyond the trails it is rugged walking over uneven, steeply sloping ground and around huge boulders. Another interpretation of meek could also refer to the terrible spring house that was built by Alfred Manby down here. It was so dark and frightening that the public refused to use it. yet another interpretation could be the steep and rugged road on the west side of the canyon leading back up to the mesa.
The End Is Ever Drawing Nigh = as you walk downstream you are headed to the end of the canyon and the end of the trail.
There’ll Be No Paddle Up Your Creek = Manby Hot Springs also known as Stagecoach Hot Springs which seeps from the side of the canon and into the Rio Grande.
Just Heavy Loads And Water High = the large boulders where the springs comes out of and when the Rio is high it floods both the upper and lower pools of the hot spring.
The Blaze = the “F” carved in rock up the canon wall just inside a cave.
No! We did not find the chest. We looked around a little more. Temperatures dropped quickly. The wind came up suddenly and it began to snow. So we decided to take off and head over the Sangre de Christo’s where the weather looked better. We had lunch in Cimarron and tried to find a blaze I saw three times but was never able to check out. Unfortunately, I could not find the blaze this time …and no…we did not find it there either.
It was dark at about 9pm when I finally got back to Santa Fe. Another 450 miles on Esmerelda.
Friday 9am. Meet Forrest at his house to film his art direction session for his new book. Susan and Lou bring ideas for the book layout and design to show Forrest.
We also had Forrest demonstrate how to tie his favorite (and trout’s favorite) wet flies. But wait there’s more… Forrest took us out to his pottery shard pile and showed us a thing or two about prehistoric and historic pottery making in the southwest.
We also visited Forrest’s lab where he explains some of the unique artifacts and value of the digs at his pueblo, San Lazaro.
Saturday 10am. Margie Goldsmith, Irene Rawlings, a lovely friend of Irene’s by the name of Marty and Forrest all head out to do some shopping and walking around Santa Fe.
Irene Rawlings is the Media Maven of Denver. She is host of FOCUS on the Clear Channel radio network across the country and has written several books including her latest Cast Iron Cooking With Sisters On The Fly. Irene has been instrumental in moving Forrest’s story beyond the city limits of Santa Fe. http://www.irenerawlings.com
Margie Goldsmith as you all know has written three Huffington Post stories about the treasure chest and broke the story nationally. She also penned the lovely Hemispheres story which appeared in United Airlines seat pockets during the month of January 2013 and which has been credited with getting the Today Show interested in Forrest’s story. Margie is a gifted freelance writer. http://www.mgproductions.com
First stop is Wendy Lane Henry’s, Back At The Ranch Cowboy Boots on Marcy Street..Forrest’s fav boot shop. Wendy outfits celebrities like Renee Zellweger and Randy Travis and provides custom made boots. Margie is interested in a pair of low rise cow
boy girl boots. What a great place. Margie finds a pair of boots in an astonishingly short period of time (for a girl). The rest of us just gawk and offer varying opinions. Marty and I entertain ourselves by taking pictures of boots and Margie’s feet.
In the lot Forrest cleans up his Purple Heart plate. “I got this the hard way.” he says.
Next we head over to the Santa Fe Railyard and the Flea Market for some browsing.
After about an hour with the fleas we look for lunch. We choose the busiest cafe in Santa Fe because it’s close by. It’s a locavore hangout and they have a map showing where their local raw materials come from. Forrest takes this opportunity to show us precisely where the the treasure chest is not hidden.
After lunch we head over to the State Capital where Forrest has an appointment for a TV interview with Lorene Mills. Lorene hosts a talk show called Report From Santa Fe that airs on several PBS outlets in the State . This is her third interview with Forrest since he hid the treasure. Her studio is very snug…She’s taken a press office and turned it into an entire production facility. Pretty nifty. You can find all three interviews with Forrest on the shows website http://www.reportfromsantafe.com
To find the Forrest Interviews go to her archive and search on Forrest Fenn.
More to come including my latest search and poor Esmerelda takes one for the Gipper in Utah..