Scrapbook Seventy Five…


JUNE 2014



I am father to Wyatt Lles, a twelve year old boy, diagnosed with autism.  He is rather high functioning for his diagnosis.

Although I have many treasured childhood memories of adventures in the forests of Kentucky, my son has never really been the outdoor type.  He prefers to spend much of his free time with a variety of electronic devices, such as games, internet videos, etc..  I was especially excited in that one day last week, while playing around on the internet, Wyatt introduced me to your hidden treasure story and poem of clues to it’s location.

Wyatt said he wanted to try to decipher your clues, and search for your hidden treasure.  As this meant he would be getting out of the house and off the computer, I was all for it.

This is his decipher, and search story.

Begin it where warm waters halt 
and take it in the canyon down,
Wyatt decided this meant you hid it Coldwater Canyon in California (luckily this is only 30 minutes from our house).

Put in below the home of Brown. 
From there it’s no place for the meek,
 The end is drawing ever nigh; 
There’ll be no paddle up your creek, 
Just heavy loads and water high.

Wyatt decided this meant to go up Lytle Creek Road in Coldwater Canyon, past the outdoor shooting ranges where they shoot “heavy loads,” and past the water tower further up the road.

If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
Wyatt decided this meant the Stockton Flat Campgrounds, as the only indication you are there is a blazed tree. This tree is “home” to many “Brown” birds. 

For some reason, Wyatt decided the treasure must be buried below the blazed tree marking the entrance. So we went to a local outdoor sporting equipment store and got a cheap metal detector.

 You should have seen his face when we reached the exact tree Wyatt thought about, turned on the metal detector, and it indicated there was in fact metal there!!

He dug up the spot and found two dimes, a penny, and a rusted nail.  Wyatt, does have a good sense of humor, because he started to laugh at this. We spent the entire rest of the day in the outdoors in this area with no electronics, and no cell signals. 

I know I will treasure the memory of our day trip. I hope that he will as well.

Thank you for inspiring our adventure!!

Luther Lles

40 thoughts on “Scrapbook Seventy Five…

  1. “Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy.” ~ Victor Hugo

    Thank you for sharing your slice of joy with us…Terrific father son story!

  2. What a precious adventure. So sweet so happy that your son was involved in The Thrill of a Chase. Where I search my specific location I have found a tree that is Blazed by the entrance which is a gate . And there’s a creek and the end is ever drawing nigh about a mike or less to the main highway. I will do some digging at night or pull s shrub up or do something there lol . I will be in my location June 23
    It can’t get here soon enough.
    Good luck if you ever search again thank u for the story. 🙂 !!!!!

      • Luther- I think my solve is a lot like Wyatt’s: plain, simple, and one that leads to a whole lot of fun. Thanks for the post. It was endearing. With my metal detector, I am up to around 97 cents from the park next door. It would be more, but if there are any little kids around, I let them “discover” the coin and take it home. That’s the best part of it. AND, it was so much cheaper than a motorcycle. Cheeers!

  3. What a great, heart warming story. Glad to see the poem doing some good for someone! Great imagination, Wyatt! Dad, you hit on something he likes to do outside, so keep up the metal detecting. Introduce panning to him, what kid doesn’t like dirt and water?! Join a local Gold Prospecters of America Chapter. They do regular weekend trips all over Cali looking for gold and treasure. Your adventures can be limitless and his mind can grow with his adventures, and what great memories he will build with his dad! Good luck! ¥Peace¥ Donna

  4. Wyatt, I’m very happy for you and your son.
    Some have lost sons and don’t have the opportunity you just shared.
    I wish you many more adventures.
    I also recommend checking out Gold Prospectors of America.
    I’m a lifetime member and an LDMA member.
    A lot of good folks.

  5. Having 2 autistic relatives, one of them very high functioning, I can understand Wyatt’s interest in electronic media so it’s wonderful that he became interested in Forrest’s treasure hunt. I like his straight forward interpretation of the clues and if he ever found the correct WWWH he’d probably find the treasure! Keep searching with him Dad – you’ll create some wonderful memories together. 🙂

    • BW, replying to your comment on the closed thread, about ‘how about a great new clue, mr fenn’?
      You have seen this, on MysteriousWritings, right? Here’s your whifferdilly / humdinger of a new clue, IMO !!!
      2 trips is officially confirmed, plus he says he used a car (no more truck / bike conjecture), and most importantly, he said the two trips all happened in one afternoon!!! :

      Questions With Fenn —
      “you’ve mentioned on multiple occasions that it took two “trips” to secret the chest and contents to a very special place. Perhaps someone has already asked this, but I’ve not found an answer yet posted or video recording that contains an answer. Forgive me if this is redundant, but were both trips made on the same day/date? ….

      Joe, you make this thing so complicated. Reminds me of the reason I don’t like meetings. I hope you don’t belong to a PTA someplace. I made two trips from my car to the hiding place and it was done in one afternoon.f

      • First, Great story and thanks for sharing, Luther.

        Second, I find it interesting to ponder the above Q/A with the Q/A to the following one:

        “When you hid your treasures, did you take the same path that is described in the poem, or were you able to skip some of the steps because of your familiarity with the area?”

        Forrest’s answer was: The clues should be followed in order Curtis. There is no other way to my knowlege.f

        So, possibly, two trips, from his car, in one afternoon, to the location of treasure, on the only path to get there??

        • To me this can be read two ways, one with a comma, one with out…..totally different meaning.
          There is no other way to my knowl ege. There is no other way, to my knowledge. Don’t know which is correct.

  6. You mean to tell me the treasure is in my neck of the woods this whole time?!?! I wasted so much gas driving to New Mexico and Wyoming!! Great story!

  7. Thanks so much for that story, my son is also autistic and we went to New Mexico last year. He somewhat enjoyed it though he was out of his comfort Zone and state. He enjoyed getting out in the Mountains and looking for buried treasure also the buffalo and all of the solar powered windmills. He loves trains and yes, the internet and of course video games. Hopefully, this summer he will get to attend a summer camp for autistic children and get outdoors and forget about all of the computers and gadgets. We are both so lucky to have high functioning children. They are a precious gift from God…. Thanks, Ms. Girl

  8. Wyatt’s search and discovery has put a smile on my face. I have discovered that a prayer for Wyatt is far more important than a prayer in hoping I find the treasure.

  9. I wanted to post this on the Dal Stops Searching page but was unable.

    This comes as a shock that he would just go “cold turkey” on this. That has to be worse than quitting cigarettes. I don’t know, I don’t like to see this. I don’t think he should bow to others demands unless it was from Forrest.

  10. Sorry about that blog outage…
    That was our host server. I know some thought I walked out the door and took the blog with me. Not at all. It was a server outage that happened at a particularly unfortunate moment. I have no intention of taking the blog down. When it goes away it does so because BlueHost (our host server) is having problems. It usually comes back in an hour or less. Maybe I should have been willing to pay more for a server…lol…

    • I’m sorry to hear Dal has quit searching cause of the opinion of others. Politics and people’s opinion to dictate others has gone to far in this country for a person like Dal that really enjoys being in the chase to have to drop out in fear of back lash and public opinion if he was lucky to find the trove. I don’t know what I expect to achieve but just a frustration how a good thing can be twisted into a negative thing.

    • Dal, If you find the treasure, you will be able to afford a better server, so get to work and start looking for it! 🙂

  11. I am not happy with it either. I understand why he is but doesnt mean I have to like it. Its just wrong. Nobody should have to make that choice. Forrest wouldnt give anyone unfair advantage.

  12. I just figured you found the treasure and or where hunting away. Which is what I wish I was doing. It was my dream, but now i must say I am taking care of my handicapped sister full time and Family comes first. Meanwhile I sit at night with my maps and books and things and dream.

    • Thanks so much Donna. I just want to say I have learned so much! I really want to go to all these places I have learned about and see them! That would be Awesome! Caves, Memorials, Streams, Rivers, Parks, Forests, Falls, History, Mining,Crazy History,People,Rocks, Geology,HOT SPRINGS must not forget the HOT SPRINGS!!!!

  13. Dal, Dont be rash, take a breather, do some macramé, plant a garden, take up ball room dancing… but come back … refreshed, full of piss & vinegar… before All Hallows Eve. We can hold ourselves together no more than 4 months at the most. We’ll have lots of stories to tell you, and we’ll be expecting to hear yours. Til then, cheers.

  14. Although I have not had the pleasure of meeting you in person, I am still proud to call you friend. My personal feelings regarding your departure from the hunt are ones of dismay and displeasure. I am of the belief that if at anytime Forrest had provided you with any clues you would have shared them with the community at large.

    Best regards

  15. Thank you all for your warmest comments regarding my son’s search, they are all endearing. They speak to the wonderful quality of people here on the blog and involved in the search. Dal, my son is now an official addict. He wants to take a summer vacation to search some area called Cowles, New Mexico. The only way I would agree to do an interstate trek like that to search for the treasure is precisely because you, a closest friend of Forrest, is also searching. By bowing out of the search, with the exception of perhaps health reasons, I suggest only adds ammunition to the nay-sayers, claiming this is all just a hoax publicity stunt. Your presence in the search adds credibility. It does not diminish it. I truly hope you reconsider.

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