SUBMITTED JUNE 2016
Hi, everyone. Just returned from another trip. This one was BOTG was with my husband and our two girls. We traveled from Tucson,AZ
to Valles Caldera, NM. We went to Flagstaff, the Petrified Forest, Jemez, Valles Caldera, and Los Alamos, in that order, then back home through Hatch and Wilcox,AZ. Our days were spent searching Los Conchas Canyon. The felsenmeer of Los Conchas Canyon to be exact. (The other place that has felsenmeer in the U.S. would be the Appalachian Mountains.)
It has always been my own personal opinion that the special place to Mr.Fenn was New Mexico. It is my opinion that he made the chase for the people of New Mexico and we were just lucky that it became as popular as it did. Here is my solution to the poem. In my opinion, each sentence has at least two meanings, maybe more that are beyond my limited thinking. I will try to include some of the hints(IMO) I have found as well as my definition of what I believe(IMO) to be the clues.
**What follows is only my opinion and does NOT ,in any way, mean that I am correct in my interpretation.**
IMO, in the poem, ‘It’ is referring to the chase and ‘it’s’ is referring to it has.
IMO Clue #1. As I have gone alone in there.-as Forrest talks about looking down from high above.
This clue is from the viewpoint of a pilot- alone in the sky- as one first looks for the starting point from looking on a map.
This clue also is reference to the starting point that has one I in it. Rite?
His bold treasures are his epiphanies of life.
The french word for treasure sounds a lot like secret. ( french is a theme in the poem)
AHORNAO -New Mexico.
IMO Clue #2 BIWWWH
This is referring to the warm water regulations that are specific to NM. The halt at the border (borderline biddies). Most places that they halt of North of Santa Fe as most states are North of NM.
This clue is also used with the first clue to find a place on the NM border that has one I in it. Sugarite Canyon.
Take it in the canyon down- this is not a clue but a very specific direction that is commonly misinterpreted- this gives you a direction to go from Sugarite-down=south AND also tells you to go in the canyon down- down in the poem- the last place in the poem. Double meaning.
As you go south from Sugarite Canyon you are leaving the Rocky Mountains ( it is the very border of the Rocky Mountains) Little Girl In India gets left behind here.
IMO Clue #3 Not far but too far to walk
Not 4 but 24, as in A-24. A road. Keep going down until you are told to do different. That brings you to Capulin, NM.
IMO Clue #4 and one of the most important clues! The Blaze!!( the Blaze that I mention is IMO only!)
As you drive into Capulin ,NM you will come upon a home. A Brown home and put in under that home is a lava rock wall.
The blaze is a rock wall. Un mur. The french word for mur sounds a lot like mirror. Did Forrest ever mention Rum?
Capulin means Black Cherry. Capulin has a place that is not for the meek.
‘It has no place for the meek’ where’ the end is ever drawing nigh’ (left) . Capulin Volcano. As you ascend you are turning left but as you come down to the beginning you are going right.
There will be no paddle up your creek- this is telling you to find out what Capulin’s creek is. (It is not Capulin Creek= by Bandelier and the cliff dwellings) as that is not Capulin’s creek.
Which Capulin? This is a thinker but eventually the only one that makes sense is Capulin, CO. That’s right. In another state.
The creek that is in Capulin, CO is La Jara Creek. It has heavy sediment and farm runoff and higher than normal temperatures.
Heavy loads and water high. Surface Water Quality Bureau.
IMO Clue #5 is the La Jara Creek- mentioned above.
La Jara can mean Red Willow but is also known as Rockrose- the pattern in the middle of a Rockrose is a Star-asterisk-ancient Greek for little star.
If you’ve been wise and found the blaze- we did, remember the wall?
Look quickly down your quest to cease- Looking quickly down from the map you are back in NM. ALSO double meaning.
IMO Clue #6 your quest to cease. Look at it this way- your quest ‘to see’- to see in french is a voir. Your quest a voir- a reservoir.
Your quest, La Jara Reservoir.
Not the one in the mountains of CO. The one that you looked quickly down to in NM.
( There are a lot of Capulins and a lot of La Jaras) half the challenge is finding the correct ones.
IMO Clue#7 Leaving the viewpoint of Marvel Crosson-a pilot like Forrest- tarry scant with Marvel gaze
okay I capitalized Marvel because, it is a nod to pilot Marvel Crosson.
This means that you should be putting BOTG pretty soon here
If you have looked quickly down and are in NM and are looking for a La Jara Reservoir then you will come to Valles Caldera.
A most wondifferous place. The vastness and beauty of this land is hard for me to translate into words.
To walk through the towering rock walls by the East Fork Jemez transports me to the Island of Enchantment.
( An Egyptian Myth about a shipwrecked sailor)
So why is it that I must go and leave my trove for all to seek? IMO,These are directions.
So means South and why means Y. If you are looking at the La Jara Creek then you will see that it meets up with the East Fork
Jemez in the Valles Caldera. The two waters connecting form a Y. Go South at the Y. Follow that to your next directional instruction.
The answers he already knows- of course.
I’ve done it tired-IMO, this means to take the road and is the next direction. Tired as in on tires- in a car. Take the road. IMO, also could be part of tarry scant because you are on the road for such a short amount of time.
IMO Clue #8 And now I’m weak.=Fatigue
This refers to the climbing area close to there where one of the routes is called Fatigue.( fatigue is French for weak)
IMO, it was a little tricky for me to find the way to go once in the Valles Caldera, there are a few reasons for this. Again, all IMO.
1. The house on the hill in Valles Caldera is an old movie set. One of the movies made there is called Fight before Christmas AKA
Troublemakers. Watch it if you get a chance, I almost stopped my quest at this point.
2. One of the character’s names is Hill ( in real life) So this could lead one towards Cerro La Jara. ( been there)
3. The other possible place would be the climbing area north of the road known as Chilli Willi Wall. The omega shape is here as well.
4. At Chilli Willi are some tempting things, including a shadow, turkey sandwich, two star climbing routes, a word that is key, tasty freeze
( Indulgence anyone?) and a little further on is the grotto. (flashlight anyone?)
5. I would think that to bury the chest at Chilli Willi would risk someone finding disturbed earth the next day and digging it up.
So hear me all and listen good. This is a direction. Double meaning- Remember so means South
and if you go South from the route of Fatigue then you are headed into Las Conchas Canyon.
Concha is a part of the ear, the cymba and the cavum of the concha ( flashlight anyone?)
Go in there- listen well! Go in the Canyon Down! Into Las Conchas Canyon.
Your effort will be worth the cold hard determination.
If you are brave and early or late. Look up wood structure- two parts of wood are early wood and late wood.
As I traveled up Los Conchas Canyon I came upon the large felsenmeer. IMO-the Blaze
IMO Clue #9 and in the wooD I Give you title to the gold.
**This is all my opinion and I could most definitely be wrong**
No one would ever build here, it is protected by fire, floods, and other Earth happenings.
What reason would one have to go through these rocks other than to search for something?
They were thoroughly gone through( by us) and replaced as they were before.
We searched 22 steps from the bottom, in the middle, making an X. (for Alfonso X of Castile(Spain)- Alfonso the Wise.)
( La Jara is a municipality of Toledo, Spain)
We checked the area around the X. Thoroughly searched.
The stones clinked like ice as we walked over them. You are able to see down quite a bit into the spaces that are in between the rocks.
What we did find was a large man made hole.. A large hole in the stones, about three feet deep, in the perfect spot,
in the perfect space, in a wonderful place. Why someone didn’t fill it in was a sign in my own mind.
I remember one of my first post on HOD asking if one would tell if they had found the chest.
I would want to know if someone did find it. I did not find it but I found the area that ,IMO, was “it’ to me.
We could very well have in the wrong area. Maybe we didn’t search enough. Perhaps we were in the wrong state.
* Again, I have no proof of anything past, present, or future, and fully acknowledge that this is my opinion and only an opinion
and should not deter anyone from enjoying the chase*.
The chase is a life changing experience, a chance and opportunity. That opportunity exist for everyone to enjoy.
I have many more places that I plan to experience with my family ( as we have always done) and will be going forward
on new adventures. I am no longer bound to New Mexico. It’s been real, New Mexico, it was nice to meet you.
Lastly, I will share my rendition of the last stanza of the poem as I imagine it could end. (FYI, this is something that I made up)
If you shall chance to find me there,
Settled in beneath the stones.
I rest now where I outta be,
Just take the chest and leave my bones.
Peace and well wishes to all. LeAnn.