Scrapbook Ninety Five…

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SEPTEMBER 2014

Forrest,

I was on Renelle’s treasure quest with her…..more the brawn than the brains.  She may have told you about me.  I worked with her in the Tetons.  I was her legs on a number of adventures as she would send me off into the hills with a set of GPS coordinates and an X on a map.  More than once, as I was thrashing through the brush, climbing over rocks, or staggering down a steep hillside, I wondered, ‘could that guy really have gotten the treasure here’?  We had some fun adventures, and I always hoped that I would find that box hidden away at the point she had sent me to.  She was so captivated by her search for the treasure, and except for her many sleepless nights of research, I think it was the most wonderful distraction for her.

We had a wonderful gathering of folks here in the Tetons to commemorate Renelle’s life.  She will be sorely missed.  The most repeated theme that day was how much Renelle embraced life.  What a wonderful inspiration!

Thank you for embracing Renelle too.  She had such wonderful times meeting you and sharing experiences with other treasure hunters.  I, like others, find some solace in the thought that perhaps Renelle’s spirit was finally able to find the treasure. ……..and if it did, maybe you felt a little poke in the ribs and heard Renelle say “HA!”.

PS- One fun story- On one trip to Gardiner, Renelle sent me way up towards the top of Sphinx Mountain.  It was a long sweaty climb with a great view from the top.  When I arrived back at the parking lot, we met a camper there named Bob.  We visited just a bit and then drove five hours back to the Tetons, arriving late in the evening.  I collapsed that night exhausted and woke to a phone call from Renelle at 4am.  She hadn’t slept a wink, and told me that she had to go right back up and talk to Bob.  I said there was no way she was going to drive five hours on no sleep, so I picked her up and away we went.  We had an interesting, if not surreal, visit with Bob in his tent at the trailhead later that morning.  I don’t think that visit got us any closer to the treasure, but we made a friend in Bob, and those hours on the road through Yellowstone with Renelle will be fond memories that I will cherish forever.

Thank You.
Scott Guenther

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Thanks for the note Scott. Renelle and I talked often and she spoke fondly about giving you her heart by proxy. It was such a beautiful heart. f

19 thoughts on “Scrapbook Ninety Five…

  1. What a nice and thoughtful story
    Forrest you should feel privaliged that the Thrill of a Chase kept her occupied during her time of sickness . And for sure she is with the treasure . Actually that is the most important treasure of the world. Right 🙂 !!!!!!!

  2. “A beautiful heart. An amazing human being.”

    I don’t know you Renelle or what is printed on your epitaph, but what an imprint you left on other’s hearts… well, well done!

  3. Thanks for sharing Scott’s letter with us Forrest. Most of us didn’t know Renelle personally but we knew her through this blog and what a wonderful and inspirational person she was.

    Scott, you were fortunate to have been able to share her adventures and she was fortunate to have had such a good friend in you. I like to think Renelle is one of the angels now, looking down on us and cheering us all on the Chase.

  4. Scott thanks for sharing, although I never knew alot about Renelle she sounds like an amazing person.

    (The following is an excerpt from a speech Steve Jobs gave to a group of Stanford students before his passing. Always found it profound and made so much sense to me)

    When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

    Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

  5. Forrest and Scott, it is clear that you both treasure the lovely relationship you shared with Renelle. Thanks for sharing your memories of her with us–she was a remarkable woman.

  6. Thank you for sharing this Scrapbook with us, f. CJinCA itterated my thoughts on this one. It sounds as if Renelle was such a wonderful person that she may have left an imprint of her heart upon this Earth.

  7. For Scott-

    She filled my house with flowers
    and I helped her look for rainbows –
    she understood so many things,
    the importance of laughter
    and that each moment is forever –
    she dreamed impossible dreams,
    smiled at strangers
    because they might be lonely
    and loved music, bells and butterflies
    I’ll think of her on sunlit days
    and see her smile
    in every flower…..

    From the little I know of Renelle, her essence shined through. I remembered a poem from a book given to me by my Mum on my 21st many moons ago. This poem reminds me of Renelle’s inner essence,

    Taken from ‘The Thoughts of Nanushka’ by Nat Witcomb

    Hugs to you and take care

  8. These stories, and the comments, renew my admiration of humankind. I dont think we are a fallen people. Thank you for your story Scott.

  9. Time is our most precious resource, I was touched when I read the story about Renelle and her zest to to join the Thrill of the Chase!! Cancer could not stop her. I look at myself, wife and kids and realize how fortunate we are to have good health and love for each other which is the true wealth in life.. It is really upsetting to me when you see healthy people depressed in life for small meaningless things…yet they wish to change nothing and have no zest. Renelle didn’t let Cancer stop her from pursuing her Dreams… She’s a great example to us all… to live our lives to the fullest! Her spirit is out there still searching the canyons, waterfalls and streams for Fenn’s cache if she hasn’t found it already.

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