SUBMITTED December 2015
I am e-mailing you the short details of my trip and why I went there based on the clues. See fit to do what you will the info, but if it someday does lead to the treasure, remember me with fondness! I don’t plan to go back and just wanted to share it with you.
I traveled and searched for the treasure in Brown’s Canyon Colorado. Obviously I did not find it, but the clues seem to fit, except for the very end of the poem. Here is why.
Begin it where warm waters halt.
- Between Buena Vista and Salida (West of the Arkansas river) lies the Mt. Princeton hot springs. There is actually a fish hatchery and resort there because of the warm (or hot) waters. This warm water creek empties into the Arkansas river which is quite cold…”where warm waters halt”.
And take it in the Canyon down.
- The creek that empties into the Arkansas river lies immediately above the border for Brown’s Canyon, which you have to travel down into.
Not too far, but too far to walk. Put in below the home of Brown.
- It isn’t far to drive but would be too far to walk. In below the home of Brown….Brown’s Canyon. A double meaning with the name of it and the fact the Arkansas is loaded with Brown trout. Also, a “put in” is the name for launching (and retrieving) white water rafting boats. So to put in below the home of brown means you would go white water rafting in the canyon….more on that below.
From there it’s no place for the meek, The end is ever drawing nigh; There’ll be no paddle up your creek, Just heavy loads and water high.
- The Arkansas river has lots of big rapids…”no place for the meek”. Just heavy loads and water high”. Again a reference to white water rafting.
So I narrowed my search area between the “put in” (put in below the home of Brown) at the Hecla Junction campground, and the class four rapid (no place for the meek – heavy loads and water high) called Seidel’s Suckhole. At Hecla junction boats can be taken out after completing the top portion of the rapids or they can be put in to do the bottom portion. You can park your car there. The distance between the put in and Seidel’s suckhole rapid may be a few kilometres and is marked by an unofficial trail beside the river that has been worn in by hikers and fisherman. Forrest said he parked his car and made two trips in one afternoon to hide the treasure. An old man would have been able to walk this trail and could have made two trips in one afternoon from his car. He also said it wasn’t beside an obvious trail. This one is not an official trail. To the right of the trail are cliffs and rock formations with a lot of places to hide the treasure and the cliffs are located a bit off the trail so the location would not be obvious, but if you followed the clues and did some searching it would be accessible to find it – but again not obvious. You have to leave the trail and walk up to the cliffs and search and there are a lot of crevices and boulders it could be placed under.
I could not find “the blaze” (marker) but there were a few interesting marks on the cliffs (including a large arrow head marked onto a cliff in one area) that I searched around without luck. The part about the cold and in the wood didn’t entirely match up, except for the cold being the river which is extremely cold. In the wood I thought may have meant a wooded area, but never came across something that would match.
I found this serious enough to take a long weekend trip to this area to try my luck.
Brian – Windsor, Ontario, Canada