Scrapbook Eighty…


JULY 2014


Hi Mr. Fenn. As I’m broke and half a continent away from my search location I got creative in searching my location: Craiglist! I went into the “Bozeman, MT” jobs section, under the category of “Etc.” and said that I was looking for a Treasure Hunter. Told them I would split the treasure with them if they found it and offered gas money for their trip. Not expecting much, if any, of a response, I was surprised twenty-four hours later when I had over a dozen different people offering to partner up with me. Turns out everyone wants to search for treasure, they just need an excuse, or someone who claims they know where it is anyway. Ha ha. Following my detailed directions my Craiglist partner went out to the Lamar Valley where he was quickly semi-circled by bison whom he escaped by crossing the Lamar River–part of the directions, though instead of wading across as I told him, he had to swim the last 15 yards. Oops. Shows you how little you can plan for.



Luckily everything worked out and he had a great adventure, sending me back lots of photos–he even waived the gas fee. The only thing that would have made it any better would be if the had found the treasure. Oh well. Gonna go through my list of applicants and find someone to check out my other solve… Have a good Fourth weekend.



21 thoughts on “Scrapbook Eighty…

  1. That meadow has quite a size to it…someone could be in the meadow and be within 500 feet of the chest, or more than 500 feet, and be in the correct meadow…that’s a lot of wandering around! Congrats. to you for creativity, but maybe another search of the same meadow would turn up the chest.

    • Yellowstone Park regulation 1.5 regarding caving:

      “Entering into caves, pits or sink holes which are the result of thermal and/or seismic activity is prohibited without permission from the Superintendent, due to the prevalence of noxious and harmful gases in these places and for the protection of fragile resources.”

      (YNP bat population has been affected by white nose syndrome as well as some Montana bat habitats).

  2. I’ll enter a cave or mine on Indian lands BLM or otherwise and I’m prepared to pay the price. If you aren’t prepared for the consequences don’t enter. Although Forrest’s comment about the chest not being in or about a structure has me scratching my head. Would this also apply to an Indian Kiva?

    • I often find myself stealing away to that place and I will always consider it to be mine alone.f

      Is Fenn hinting at a mine here? Is a mine a structure?

  3. IMO… A mine and kiva/pueblo is a man made structure. I would search caves, ledge nooks, extinct geysers, sink holes,, if going that search route.
    It must be off a man made trail. Poss an animal trail or water route trail leading up from a river/creek.
    Again, IMO.

    • Donna I’m wavering on the mine thing. Some mines aren’t structured. The shaft has no wood structure supports.

      • Ed, just IMO, would F ‘s special spot be a mine shaft, wood supports or not? A mine is still man made. Animals, bacteria and poison gases don’t really sound like a “safe spot a 79-80 yr old man” would secrete a treasure for a family to find. Please think safety before searching mines! Again, IMO. ¥Peace¥

  4. The chest wasn’t supposed to be in Lamar Valley (the meadow), it was supposed to be at the waterfall pictured, Faeries’ Fall. It’s not. Or at least, the guy searching for me didn’t find it.

  5. Using Craiglist is an interesting tactic. I am in the same situation, 1600 miles away. Not broke, but without the extra money for a vacation.

  6. “This emergency closure will be effective for one
    year, from July 26, 2011 through July 25,2012, unless terminated earlier by the Regional Forester”.

    Looks like that’s no longer an issue.

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