Sweetpea’s Adventure Part Two…

This is Part Two of a two part story. If you’d like to read Part One, Click HERE

BY Sweetpea


The Blaze

THE BLAZE! It’s much more impressive from google earth

And now,   the rest of the story….
As my search continues, the last clue I had to solve was “in the wood”.
 In my opinion, brave was the metaphor Forrest was using for the corner markers put in place by the surveyors. Again, when I read the field notes regarding Corner marker #7 the surveyor wrote that he replaced the old wooden post marking this corner with a stone, which he then marked with all the claim numbers that share this corner.  So on this stone, this surveyor marked 1-5007, 1-62, and 7-5627, and of course an X on the top of the stone, according to his field notes. Of course, this must be it!

my search partners

My two precious wolf-dogs Ringo and Lilly, oh and my mom and her husband.

Brave AND In the Wood!!

So,  off I went, in search of said marker, and I went RIGHT TO IT!

There it was!

And as described in the field notes 2 piles of stones alongside.
And to my surprise, sitting right on top of one of the piles, was an old wooden post!

If this was the post that originally marked this corner, that meant that post would have just been sitting there on that pile of rocks for around 115 years. My first thought was that post should have been long gone by now.  Also this post was a 4×4 not a 6×6 as was written in the field notes.

miss Ford

Miss Ford

Could someone else have put that post there more recently?…

Maybe so! 
But, move stones and dig,  treasure find did I not! Move stone marker and look beneath it, and maybe dig a little… nada. Look in other stone pile, while I’m here… nope, not there either.
Well, …poop!

Then I looked at the stone again, and noticed something was not right about it.  It was mismarked. It had a 1-5007 on it, and it had a 7-5627 on it and it had an X on top.  But no 1-62,  no instead it had an 11-44 marked on it instead. It was obvious too, that the 11-44 inscription was much more recent than the others.  What the H E double toothpicks is goin’ on here?!

The #44 claim does not share this corner with these claims. 
Could this be a clue?

What was it that Forrest said…..oh yeah,  
 Maybe he switched the markers because this one had become….. thinking,…… thinking,…. AHA!

So, I thought OK,…

I need to go to the #11 corner marker on the number #44 claim.
Where is it?…
Oh that’s interesting, ….   It’s only 250ft.  off of Jardine road!
But before I went down there

I consulted my battered and bruised TTOTC book, looking for the word switch.  Turns out he uses it 5 times in the book.  That seemed like a lot of times to use the word switch to me! But maybe I was biased at the time.

So, off I went,


I thought I would look for the switched marker.  It should have a 1-62 on it, right?  Should it be a stone or a post…..I don’t know,  … ahh, look for either!    Look for an aluminum marker perhaps…. Wait what’s that over there?  Why it’s an old post!  Oh and look, there’s an aluminum marker on it!! How strange is that?
I could barely see there was writing on  the crude marker, but after I spit on it and rubbed it, I could then  make out the numbers on it.
 And can you believe it, there was a number 62 on it!

At this point I’m no longer feeling confident, just eerie.

Plain ole me

Plain ole me

This whole thing is beginning to feel strange.
OK, what am I supposed to do now?         Dig here?!
 Well, I admit that I did.
And if any of you want to go there and dig some more, you won’t need a SHOVEL,  because my pick-axe is right there next to the post, where treasure find did I not!
But if any of you do, just know this, after hounding Forrest for a response and or his mercy regarding my search….he finally did respond.

“I know not what you speak of.”     ……..       was all he said.



15 thoughts on “Sweetpea’s Adventure Part Two…

  1. Love your enthusiasm and fun personality Sweetpea! Nice of you to leave your pick axe for the rest of us. Maybe with cooperation we’ll at least discover..”How deep is a hole!”

    • Sweetpea, I do think you are on to something. My question is: how was the marvel gaze? IOW, how was the view up there? Did it take your breath away?

  2. Sweetpea, what a great story…I plan to search this area after I retire the end of next year. I can’t remember where you are from…do you live near there?

    • Hey Cynthia, I’m from a little town named Redstone, CO. I have a little off the grid cabin on 40 acres in the mountains there. But I drive a truck up in North Dakota in the summer. (for now.) I hope you enjoy your search. Sweetpea

  3. Hey Sweetpea, we were there in that area in June at the beginning of where Jardine road starts out and we went up the hill/road a little ways and stopped and parked at what looked like a parking area and walked around. We were headed to Bear Creek, but got side tracked because of the rocks that we collected. Darn rocks. Anyways, I’m going there again though next time out.

  4. Sweet Pea, I’ve given this a little more thought and I think Bear Creek is wrong. Here’s why. After only about four hours of online research and a quick trip to the library, I had zeroed in on Uncle Joe Brown’s cabin. That was too easy. Maybe I could have backed into Mammoth Springs, but I skipped the first two clues. After all, FF says you have to take each one in linear fashion. I did not, so it was way too easy to get to Bear Creek.

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