This is Part Two of a two part story. If you’d like to read Part One, Click HERE
SUBMITTED JULY 2014
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!
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.
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, INDECISION IS THE KEY TO FLEXIBILITY! Maybe he switched the markers because this one had become….. thinking,…… thinking,…. AHA!
TOO FAR TO WALK!!!
THAT’S IT! 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.
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.