My Chase…

BY Specialklr


My involvement began when a guy in our church mentioned some millionaire from Texas hid a treasure chest. At that time I didn’t think very much of it, however, the next day my youngest daughter told me, “I bought something for you. A book, but it’s going to take a little longer to get here.” Too much coincidence here.

Yes, the book was “The Thrill of the Chase.” I quickly read it and felt that Mr. Fenn and I have a lot of things in common. I could see he loves fishing, me too. He has a serious interest in gold, me too. Forrest loves trout fishing. I like bass fishing. I would like to learn to fly fish. I own a very nice Fenwick fly rod and reel that my son gave me, but it’s never had line on it. I don’t even know how to select what kind of line to use.

There is one thing that all fishermen have in common, which is the knowledge that some fish like warm water while some like cold water. I had just recently found out about Abiquiu Lake, just north (and a little west) of Santa Fe. To my understanding, and according to the New Mexico Game and Fish Department, this is considered a warm water lake. It is a great bass lake. Below the dam, the water runs cold and down a beautiful canyon. Trout fishing is abundant in the Rio Chama river. All I had to figure out was what would be considered “below the home of Brown.”

After speaking with a few of my acquaintances who do trout fishing, I selected a spot where a normally dry creek joined the river and had a small forest of trees. I knew I would have to look on-site for the blaze, After making the trip.

When I got on-site, I can’t describe the feelings that I had. Every one that can remember their first trip knows what I mean. The anticipation, some how, restrained me from jumping right in. I knew I had to set up camp, have supper, and return the next morning for a closer examination of the blaze I saw.

I had to climb over a small berm covered with thorny berry vines to get to the tree that had been struck by lightning. That was such a beautiful blaze. My arms bleeding, I finally found a way to the marked tree. When my metal detector sounded off, my heart was really pounding. Just a rusty old tin box, that’s it.

Along the creek (no paddle needed), I saw lots of trees that could have been considered marked with a blaze. I searched this area twice, once with my brother-in-law. No luck. But, now my number two location was calling me.

When Forrest gave the clue, “above 5,000 feet”, I asked myself why didn’t he say, “above 6,000 feet”? My research showed me there are only two bass lakes (warm water) north of Santa Fe. Both are just above 5,000 feet. In fact if you listen good to Forrest’s interview on the Today Show, he sort of stuttered saying, “seven, er, 5,000 feet.” Both of my locations were almost exactly 5,700 feet.

I’ve made two trips to the Abiquiu location and have concluded it doesn’t fit the poem well enough. The other warm water lake is Navajo Reservoir. The river feeding the lake is the San Juan. It gave up the state record Brown trout. As the San Juan leaves the dam there is an extremely interesting occurrence in which the San Juan runs down a canyon for four miles. That stretch is Internationally famous for its trout fishing. And not only that, but it is a catch-and-release area. To put it simply, the Brown trout do not leave this “home.” Just past this area is a seasonal creek coming into the river and many large boulders are there. I’ve looked twice in this area, giving up each time.

To aid my investigation, I purchased a book which I thought Mr. Fenn suggested. “Flywater, fly-fishing rivers of the west.”

To my great interest only one New Mexico river was pictured, the San Juan. As it turns out, there is a similar book. Perhaps I got the wrong one. To my delight I convinced myself that I needed to make one more trip to this area to look for the blaze. Plans were being made. Then in May 2014, Forrest gave us Scrapbook 68 and said, “”So to level the playing field to give everyone an equal chance I will say now that WWWH is not related to any dam.” ff”.

I can’t describe how my heart felt. After countless hours of watching video’s and reading, I really believed I could think much like Forrest. All of that is gone now. I can see why many are looking for codes, anagrams, etc., I don’t agree with these approaches. Somehow, two persons figured out the first two clues. By now, surely there are more searchers. What did they see that I couldn’t? Maybe something will come to me, but, as for now my trips are on hold. Sure wish Mr. Fenn could give us a clue that would help lots of us with a starting point.


19 thoughts on “My Chase…

  1. The 7,000 ft stutter is it intentional or just a stutter. Forrest Fenn is sharper than a tack we know he doesn’t make many mistakes. IMO he was muddying the water. Some people will run with it and believe the real number is 7000 ft. This would eliminate a lot of territory. I know of one searcher that disregards the 5000 ft and goes by 7000 ft.

    (Pay close attention when you watch this video. Notice how he says his website crashed for 7 hours)

  2. I’ve always wondered about that 7000 foot stutter. My solves have been below 7000 feet but maybe I should be looking higher.

  3. I bet we would all stutter if we had to speak live on air I’m sure it’s knowing that the camera is right in front if you. It causes butterflies in the stomach. 🙂

  4. I believe that was a combination mix up from the “seven” hour crash he had just talked about and the five thousand feet. Nat’l TV jitters could sure do that to one. I’m off to Santa Fe this week with my best friend for my first trek at the treasure!

  5. Hey SpecialK,

    Thanks for sharing your story…what about the fish…hope you caught some! I am pleased that you went to a spot to do what you love. The point is that unless a possible search is close to my backyard, I have always made a point of searching in places that are worth visiting and of interest to me. That way my effort will definitely be worth the cold when I fail. I am a believer and feel that Mr. Fenn hid the TC in a place that everyone would like to visit, many probably already have…and thousands may indeed pass by it today…just something to consider. Of course the National Parks fit this thought, but there are many other places as well.

    What is amazing to me is the versatility of the poem. You could pick YNP, GNP, the Tetons, and even Abiquiu as SpecialK has done and find a way to convince yourself that the solve is sound. So, I now expect to fail in my searches, but by going to “special” locations…the effort is worth the cold…and my gold to get there.

    have fun…and best of luck to all…thanks for sharing

  6. Here is a story. Sad but true. About a guy and a girl who is blue. The treasure was hers for all she knew. she read a book and off she flew. Dah Dah Dah da da dah. Next year she will try a new…

  7. This was an interesting post as I have been going to the San Juan for several years and when I read the book, it immediately popped into my brain. The fishing there is Awesome! I have tried to search the area several times and I can not find all the things to fit the poem. Oh well, it is just nice to be out in nature!

    • Thanks JC!
      I’ve enjoyed 2 trips there, and was planning a third.
      If I ever learn to fly fish, I would like to plan a fishing trip there.
      Fisheads serves a great breakfast!

  8. I just don’t feel FF’s on TV clues are really clues or at least not meant to help you. FF spent 20 years writing his poem and perfecting it. He has gone on to say all you need to find the chest is the poem. So after putting all that work into it and attaching it to approx. 1 million plus in gold why would he just hand clues out to thousands of people? Everything in the Rockies is pretty much over 5000 ft.! Forrest WANTS the person smart enough to figure the POEM out to find it or it to just sit there a thousand years till someone does. If you look at (listen to) the on TV clues they seem to be either not much of a clue… maybe even throws you off a little… or the wording is “questionable”. According to my Garrett handbook of treasure symbols a lot of clues in treasure hunting are put there to throw anyone off not meant to find it (he who has no map). I’m pretty sure Forrest isn’t a liar either so I wouldn’t go so far as to say any of the clues are untrue just that they may not be helpful or there may be more to them than what meets the eye. If taken wrong (by you or me) they could throw you off!

  9. @Specialk and others: Like your story, I’d be tempted to keep searching there! The two trips in one afternoon has got to be one of the best pieces of intel ff has shared, IMO, or otherwise folks would be hiking for days up creeks without paddles, etc. Do most searchers keep distance from where they park in mind as they venture out? The fastest I ever hiked was 3 miles an hour and that was along the rail road tracks, fairly easy going and I was in my twenty’s.

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