Scrapbook One Hundred Thirty Nine…

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MAY 2015

Dear Mr Fenn,

This morning there are tiny patches of melting snow surrounding the tulips in my front yard in Casper, Wyoming. It is a visual mix of what the calendar claims is spring, yet we are still haunted by the chill of winter. Our home is bustling with the morning noise of our eight homeschooled children and I know that in this moment, I am truly blessed.

We are a traveling family. Our summer weekends are spent on the back roads of Wyoming exploring and letting the children play when we find a spot that beckons us to stop and just be. We have found some of our favorite “places” by not having a destination in mind and just going where the beauty and unexplored roads take us.

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In June 2014 we loaded up our family into our 10 passenger van for the drive to Yellowstone with the intent to search for your treasure. We nicknamed the treasure “the bird” in case anyone heard us on the trails talking about it. When we arrived at where I thought we needed to start our trek, we found ourselves distracted by the fun in watching our kids scamper over fallen trees, picking up pretty rocks, and “hunting” for treasure in their own way. My husband and two of our boys ended up in an area completely different than we had come to search. Their excitement I heard in their voices from the crackles of our walkie talkies as they explored was enough to let the distraction simply be. The rest of my children and I played in a meadow while we waited for the return of daddy and their brothers. We blew bubbles and chased them where the wind blew, we flew a kite high into a cotton candy cloud sky next to the Firehole River, and we enjoyed the warm sunshine on our faces. Daddy and the boys came back to us empty handed, but full of stories and with memories made from crossing the freezing river with their pants rolled up high while holding tight to daddy’s hands.

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We never did search for the blaze where I believe is where the clue “Put in below the home of Brown” refers to, as the Brown Trout. That’s okay though; it means we have another treasure hunting adventure in our future and one that I can’t wait to begin!

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Our tables are strewn with books about mountain men, fly fishing, Yellowstone maps, and dictionaries. Our kids are full of ideas and it is amazing to see how they interpret your poem and seek out answers to the clues. Our heads are full of wonderful history lessons and information that make our journeys around Wyoming even more enriched. I know we will travel again back to Yellowstone this summer with dreams in our heads of what it would be like to find your treasure. I also know that even if we don’t find the treasure you left to be found that we will create more family memories which truly are what makes our family, our family.

Thank you for the fun and the extra adventure in our adventures. We are grateful.

Sincerely,

Aubrey
Casper, Wyoming

 

58 thoughts on “Scrapbook One Hundred Thirty Nine…

  1. That is an awesome, awesome story!!! The glories of life! Children, nature, love! I’m so happy for you and your lucky lucky children! 🙂 God Bless!

  2. Aubrey’s warming story illustrates one of the main reasons I wrote my book and hid the treasure. Amid the darkness of national turmoil and seeming unsolvable problems I can see a brightness that gives me hope. f

    • What a beautiful story Aubrey…
      I think their idea to rename it “the bird” is very wise…

      Although how much fun would it be to stand around Old Faithful and loudly discuss that you think the “Treasure Chest full of Gold” is hidden down the bike path just past the viewing area… Lol… Forrest should sell his books in the gift shops around Yellowstone IMO… Sorry getting off topic…

    • 🙂 That’s cute…and clever…”the bird”. Maybe dad or mom was a spy or something. As the Brits would say…BRILLIANT!

  3. Thanks for sharing the letter that is what this is about we had our day in early july of 2013. great memories.

  4. Beautiful Aubrey, so nice to read of the family adventure. Need more of that nowadays.

    ” We nicknamed the treasure “the bird” in case anyone heard us on the trails talking about it ”

    Love it. A few years ago, one of our daughters wanted to play spy, so whenever we talked about it, we used ‘hamburger’ and ‘hot dog’ for ‘spy’ and ‘agent’ … Well, she outgrew that in a few weeks.

    Good luck to you and your family. 🙂

    • Hello, Astree. Looks like I should have read your comment before posting under WiseOne just above. You and I had a similar “spy” idea.

      • No worries, JC. A few weeks ago, I took a daughter into the woods and carved her initials into a tree… gently, of course 🙂 She loved it! Makes me want to go out now, and carve SPY into a tree, but you know how hard it is to get a good start to that word !

        Be Well

      • While we’re on the subject.. there’s a line by Forrest to the effect of, the one who solves the puzzle will wonder what took so long.

        There is a well-known (ex) spy, Bob Hanssen, who had the famous line “What took you so long?”

        atree

        • Hello, Astree. I had to find out who that Bob Hanssen fella was. They say he was “diabolically brilliant”. I say he’s creepy. Did he think he was playing a game? At some point a “brilliant” person has to realize that if people are dying…it’s not a game. Bob is now wasting away in prison…wishing he was with his family in Yellowstone…like Aubrey and her beautiful family.

          What a tragedy. Bob is a diabolical fool…if you’re asking me.

  5. What a wonderful thing you’ve done for the families. Look at those adorable children! Lovely pictures!

    Geraldine & George

  6. ” We blew bubbles and chased them where the wind blew, we flew a kite high into a cotton candy cloud sky next to the Firehole River, and we enjoyed the warm sunshine on our faces.”

    Worth repeating, and reliving in every day out.

  7. AUBREY, I LOVE YOUR STORY, BRING’S BACK MEMORIE’S. MY THREE SON’S AND I USE TO GO TO STILLHOUSE DAM PARK IN TEXAS. WE SPENT MOST OF OUR TIME THERE, THROUGHOUT THE YEAR’S. WE WOULD HIDE AND SEARCH FOR EACH OTHER, CLIMB, PLAY AT THE WATERFALL. WHEN THE DAY WAS DONE, IF I DID’NT HAVE TO GO TO WORK. WE PICKED UP SNACK’S AND WENT ON OUR WEEKEND NIGHT ROAD TRIP’S. SEARCHING BY CAR, IN THE NIGHT, AROUND STILLHOUSE, AND BELTON PARK’S ROAD’S BEFORE ENTERING THE PARK. SEARCHING FOR, WHATEVER, WE COULD FIND. DEER, BOBCAT, COYOTE’S. WE WOULD PULL OVER, SHIME THE LIGHT ON THEM AND WATCH THEM, AS THEY WATCHED US, AND WOULD TURN AND RUN AWAY. MY BOY’S ARE NOW IN THEIR 20’S AND 30’S, AND WHEN THEY THINK BACK, INTO THEIR CHILDHOOD, THAT’S THE FAVORITE STORIES ALL THREE WILL BRING UP. YOUR CHILDREN WILL TO, REMEMBERING ALL THOSE GREAT MOMENT’S, WITH MOM AND DAD. CAN’T GET ANY BETTER THEN THAT!!!!

    • Virginia, your posts are very nice but they would be sooo much nicer and easier to read if you didn’t SHOUT. Typing in all caps is the functional equivalent of yelling at folks which I’m sure isn’t your intention. Hope you don’t mind me being frank. If so, I’ll try and just be ravin’. Sorry for the bad joke.

  8. You made my day. Beautiful story for us and memories for you. I wonder how it will sound 30 years from now when your children tell their children about chasing “the bird”. Known to us as the flying Fenn. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Heartwarming story Aubrey and it looks like your family had a wonderful and fun adventure! I think it’s almost time for me to go look for our “bird” 🙂

  10. Your Story is Awesome. Reminded me of my childhood in Yellowstone. Made me cry. There is no place much better for Children to experience. Best Wishes and find your treasures everyday!

    Lou Lee, Chased by Bears in Jellystone Park and lived to tell the tale.

  11. Wow, Aubrey, that sounds like so much fun for y’all. I’m starting to think homeschooling is the way to go. My kids are grown now though and my daughter teaches 1st grade. She helps as many as she can and tells the kids about Forrest and the treasure too and I know my grandson (kindergartener) tells his classmates and teacher about Forrest and the treasure. Hope you get to go again soon and tell us about that adventure as well.

  12. I’m surprised no one has said anything about the wording of forrest’s comment made about this letter.

    “Aubrey’s warming story illustrates one of the main reasons I wrote my book and hid the treasure. Amid the darkness of national turmoil and seeming unsolvable problems I can see a brightness that gives me hope.” f

    he says… “one of the main reasons”…
    But what other reason/s could he have? Anyone else curious about this?

    • WiseOne – I have made comments like yours and watched as they were passed over. Most bloggers see the “main reason” as the one ff frequently puts out there….. to get families and others away from their video games and out into the great outdoors.

      But he subtly hints at other reasons. One I never see discussed is his hint that the treasure itself is a payment for a debt that he believes he owes. To whom is it owed? Father, Skippy, Indians he has taken artifacts from and never fully paid, IDK. But it could reveal something about where he would hide this payment for a debt owed. I could reveal more here but why would I if there is no discussion?

      Another important reason is to bring publicity to himself and his causes. I don’t mean this in a negative way. We all need to hear about the good in this world and think about how we can best spend our days on this earth. There is more to life than listening to mass market media. There are secrets hidden and mysteries waiting to be found. Out there in the hills, trees and creeks.

      • Hi piratejim, Sorry for the delay, but my WiFi was disconnected temporarily due to computer upgrade here today.
        I agree with your comment and appreciate your willingness to speak about it.
        I was just curious to see what others were willing to put out here about their thoughts / reasoning why f created TTOTC. It seems to be an area some don’t care to discuss or maybe there are some that can’t see it as anything more than what f is portraying in this SB.
        I appreciate your getting back to me and hope you’re right about secrets hidden and mysteries waiting to be found… I love that kind of stuff.
        Now back to trying to catch up on the comments I missed. Thanks again. 🙂

      • PJim, Forrest put together and hid his treasure when he had been diagnosed as having terminal cancer. His thoughts were on, “taking it with him.” Later the cancer went into remission. He had thoughts of retrieving the chest, but decided to leave it hidden for one of us to find. It is in a place that is special to him for a reason. Whether dying or living, this is a favorite place to Forrest.

        • So, let me see…
          Forrest diagnosed in 88, you’re saying, iyo, that’s when he hid the chest? He didn’t bother to retrieve it? So the chest we are searching for is number one? Where is number 2, iyo?

        • Specialklr –
          I would ask, then, at what point did ff name the chest? Significance in the name. Perhaps a debt owed for living through the cancer, unless he named it BEFORE he knew he would live. IMHO.

          • First it was named Tarzan, but not the point just yet. My question was averted. Specialklr, are you saying he hid a chest before he was remissed, and did not retrieve it for the chase since he made it through? Is there more than one chest, IYO?

          • Piratejim, I understood he named the chest before he hid it. IDK for certain, IMHO.

            Jdiggins, I don’t see how you get 2 chests from what I said??? IMO it is the same, one and only chest. I understood Forrest conceived his plan for the chest and hid it before remission. This could be what Dal has said was some inaccuracies in my statement, I don’t know, he hasn’t clarified.

            IMO, I believe I have read that when he had remission he considered retrieving the chest. He chose not to.

            Sorry I don’t have direct references. I’m working on that. 🙂

          • Thanks for clarifying, special. I got 2 out of it because if he hid it ill, how did others see it as he built it up? Just a thought from what you had said. Hard to separate the facts as they should be sometimes I spose. 😉

        • People that have already have financial security chase adventure they don’t have in their lives easily and people that have adventure chase the idea of financial security (treasure) that is not easily obtained.

          That is why the TTOTC works so well – it’s a two way chase.

  13. Thank you Aubrey for sharing. It makes me wish I still had little kids to throw in the car and head to the mountains with. Perfect day, indeed! 🙂

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