98 thoughts on “Scrapbook One Hundred Sixty Five…

  1. Keri, What a truly wonderful video! Glad to have met you at last year’s Fennboree. It would be so neat if your entire family could attend this year’s. Another example of TTOTC. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. When “Another reason I hid the chest,” is the reason that we already knew, it must mean there is “another” reason, which we may never know. That is alright with me. Makes the last chapter of the book that much more interesting.

    PS. Ready to go fishing soon!

      • Another thing that I -think- I saw is that you might be in “moderation,” for some reason. Is that true? Surely not.

        Did you ever share an opinion on an alternate “motivation/reason” for the Chase? I just can’t devote the time to the blog(s) that some do.

          • No way that I can possibly answer you. However, I captured some abnormal blog activity around your 1/24/17 7:17 pm post and my imagination got the best of me. If you are fine then all is fine. Quirky electronic things do happen.

            Or did you just do a masterful job of changing the subject on me? Avoiding my motivation(s) question?

            I think that I -need- to go fishing! Hook some trout.

          • Regarding the motivation(s) I agree there is more, but what is the main reason? I’m not sure. You mentioned before that you think it is one along spirituality, maybe a pact/commitment he made.

            Do you think that by leaving the chest out there in that spot he has made good in that pact? Or does it need to be found to be completed?

            What state will you be going fishing for trout?

          • Oz,
            IMHO the correct interpretation of the line should be, “I’ve done it, tired and now I’m wake (alive/celebrating/healed).” So I believe that he is saying his personal pact is in fact completed. I also see a hint in this sentence that I can not address at this time.

            As for the trout fishing, I am going to leave that up to the recommendation of a really good, experienced guide. Yet, I think there was more to your question than inquiring about a fishing spots…

          • Ok. My imagination switch it’s -on- but my mind wanders off. So he is tired of doing something at this point which is concealed and now he is weak. He is letting us know in there so we can go back and understand why and how. Not as easy as it seems.

            I guess you caught me about the fishing spot, but that’s only because I know you are not going to be looking for trout either. Only if I could use the ‘find and replace’ function on my word processor to help me.

    • Seems to me this video represents the “other reason” . That’s means there’s a primary or 1st reason.
      This is a great time to bring up an alternative reason Forrest did this. Perhaps it’s an environmental reason.
      In the beginning of the story he tells us he’s an environmentalist, more than most.
      Is it possible Forrest is trying to bring attention to an environmental issue?

          • No disagreement at all. I have always thought that there are “other” reasons. Your suggestion is among my top choices. This SB is “another” story/video folks have shared with Fenn…he must feel pretty good about doing his part to get people out there exploring…..

      • It’s ‘extremely’ possible The Flyer is a cut above the average environmentalist.

        Conservation, IMO, could be his middle name.

        SL

      • Other than the poem describing how to locate the Trove and one of its purposes to encourage people to get out of the house and away from electronics, is the poem designed to convey a deeper significance? Is there a subtle message you are sharing with the reader and hope they realize? ~ Seeker

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        No Seeker,
        The poem is straight forward with no subterfuge in sight. Someone in an email asked me if I didn’t know where the treasure was, and could have the answer to any clue in the poem, which would I choose. I think that question is so funny and it makes me wonder how Jenny’s readers might answer it.f

        Eagles, Other than his final resting place, what else is there beside what is in his bio?

        • Seeker, I do believe the poem is straight forward, but what if the places the poem takes you to have an environmental significance. Could that be why the people that solved the first couple of clues didn’t understand the significance of where they were and why it’s important.
          Why do you think Forrest said “another reason”?

          • Eagles,
            Lets make a list;
            The challenge itself… Come find me and my trove { a legacy if you will }
            Get folks out in nature.
            Get folks exploring… looking for those items of our history.
            Maybe~ Just to share his special place with others?

            Others have thought:
            The place is of another treasure.. maybe one that fenn located and kept quiet for the finder to reveal. Even the location of the Clovis Point collection.

            My interest is, why “this place” for his final resting place { if that is even an option now }?

            What can you add to the list?

          • Well Seeker I believe I did add to your list.
            Perhaps Forrest is trying to bring our attention to some environmental issue.

          • I was hoping for more… maybe more specific to what environmental issue.
            Overall Global warming?
            Human conflict and effects on the environment?
            Lack of clean water?
            Animal extinctions?
            Maybe to help preserve our public lands?

            My only problem with environment issue is, they can become too political… I don’t think that is A / The message intended. Can you elaborate?

          • Without getting too specific , what if Forrest special place never would have existed had it not been for the intervention of environmentalist. And by Forrest bringing us to this place we realize just how important it was to preserve it.

          • Eagles,
            Ok …lol that narrows it down. My first thought would be the first national park. Beyond that… it could be all or any national parks…

        • Seeker –

          IMO you complicate the search to the utmost. Maybe get back in the box and things might flow more easily.

          Why are you even concerned about the meaning of f’s final resting spot at this time? IMO time would be better spent on figuring out the poem. In my experience with working on the poem, it was very easy to get side-tracked, however if you can focus on just the poem, things will begin to flow. I must say IMO though.

          • Seeker – I apologize if what I said came across different than the way I intended.

            It just seems that if someone wants to know where f planned to have his body rest for eternity, it would make sense to work on the poem. If you work on the poem and solve the clues it can lead you to that very spot. IMO, if you try any other approach to figuring out where his final resting spot is, you will never find it and will have spent a great deal of time with no results.

            Even the guy you quote quite often says “go back to the poem”. I can assure you that the poem does contain answers and if you can figure them out, things will begin to click.

          • You got nothin’ HMA…if you did… you wouldn’t really care about how Seeker does his thing. But heck…it’s fun to watch the nervous nellies squirm….

          • Ken –

            “You got nothin’ HMA…if you did… you wouldn’t really care about how Seeker does his thing. But heck…it’s fun to watch the nervous nellies squirm….”

            Ken if you were a betting man, you would lose the bet. 🙂

            It might surprise you that I do like to help people. I do that daily in my career and personal life, so why would I do any different with the chase? My help apparently doesn’t connect with others. At least I can say I tried. I know for a fact that Zap has also offered up a wealth of information and it has largely been dismissed. Why is it that so many in this hunt for the treasure are so quick to criticize others? I guess it’s next to impossible to help others when they are too set in their ways. Heck even f is still providing solid hints (many will disagree with this) but it’s true. He has never stopped working on this chase.

            I’m not squirming Ken. I’m holding an excellent hand and statistics tells me that you are not pleased with the hand you have. If you don’t like your hand, work on the poem. There are no shortcuts.

          • HMA ~ “Why are you even concerned about the meaning of f’s final resting spot at this time?”

            You’re kidding, right? I mean, you gotta be kidding!!… From day one and first thought that entered fenn’s mind was ‘where’ to die at. All you guys who are trying to find fenn, get into fenn’s mind, walk in fenn’s footsteps… and the whole premise from the start was a place he would go to die and take it with him, But that is complicating things and shouldn’t have any concerns whether it’s relevant or not???
            I was going to quote fenn again here… but instead I’ll just ask, what color is the sky in your world?

          • HMA;

            I agree. I have thrown some comments out there that I would have thought that there would be a lot of discussion, and nada. At other times I have said something, off of the cuff, expecting nothing, and it created a furor. One just never knows. I think that most searchers find it difficult to see past their present solve, and that is OK.

            Good luck to ALL searchers, may they find all that they seek and TRY to STAY SAFE. JDA

          • HMA…and now JDA( fact man)…I have a heart and a conscience, so I call a spade a spade when I see one. Everyone that reads this blog had to endure the never ending proclamations and excuses from fact man for how many months? Endless… loud …boisterous claims…then the excuses. Now it is winter and his solve has been tweaked to perfection and the disguised furor is being held back….
            Then…we have HMA…who has conveniently piggy backed ZAP and his Captain Crunch cereal box decoder ring solve that just has to make sense to all us dummies because the statistical angles of the setting arc of the planet Pluto points directly…at nothing. Give me freakin’ break…Next thing you know…Jake’s gonna come on here and eat his hat again. Like I said HMA…you got nothing until that cute little box is IN your fingers! So…try being a little less sarcastic while you are HELPING folks.

          • I will never eat my hat on the easy bets I made & Hma & Zap maybe in each others back pocket, they still got nothing but imagination as we all.

            I will see the April showers bring May flowers but no treasure.

            They have offered very little here except for their confirmations, arrogance & knowing what they know & we don’t.

            Tisk, risk, tisk…

          • Seeker –

            “You’re kidding, right? I mean, you gotta be kidding!!… From day one and first thought that entered fenn’s mind was ‘where’ to die at. All you guys who are trying to find fenn, get into fenn’s mind, walk in fenn’s footsteps… and the whole premise from the start was a place he would go to die and take it with him, But that is complicating things and shouldn’t have any concerns whether it’s relevant or not???”

            I’m not kidding. I guess you could say all searchers want to fast forward and *know* where the resting spot is, however the only, and I mean only way to find that spot is to solve the poem. I’m guilty of letting my mind wander off imagining what a clue might be or where the poem may lead but in the end the only way to get to the end is to solve the poem.

            Everything will become very clear if you solve the clues and arrive at the final destination. Poem, poem, poem!

          • JDA –

            “I agree. I have thrown some comments out there that I would have thought that there would be a lot of discussion, and nada. At other times I have said something, off of the cuff, expecting nothing, and it created a furor. One just never knows. I think that most searchers find it difficult to see past their present solve, and that is OK.”

            I agree with you JDA! When I worked on my first solution it would have been hard to sway me from what I was finding or thinking. I think you hit the nail on the head! We all think we have come up with something unique and it’s very hard to adjust to a different way of thinking after that.

            Have a wonderful weekend!

          • Ken;

            I have never offered any excuses. I offered facts. It was a fact that I wasted four months looking IN my waterway – It was a fact that for three or four months there was too much ice or my waterway was a torrent – facts. I said when I was going, and I reported what I found when I came back – NADA! At least I had a solve. What
            have you found or offered up as helpful information? Nothing as far as I can tell. All you can do is put down people who have at least been able to come up with “A” solution.

            If all you can offer is criticism, you are not offering much. Just my opinion ken. JDA

          • Ken –

            “I have a heart and a conscience, so I call a spade a spade when I see one.”

            Ken, what if you can’t see my hand? What if I have a Royal Flush? Have you considered that? Also, you may not agree with me or JDA but it’s possible that one of us is on the right path. Time will either prove or disprove our ideas.

            If I remember correctly, f said that the person who finds the treasure will be positive. From what I’ve read in your replies, you don’t seem to exude positivity. Even if you don’t agree with other searchers, you don’t have to chastise them on the blogs.

            If I may offer some advice, it would be to study the poem.

          • Jake –

            “I will never eat my hat on the easy bets I made & Hma & Zap maybe in each others back pocket, they still got nothing but imagination as we all.”

            Would you be willing to eat that hat on national television if you are wrong? I don’t think you seriously want to do that but you are the one who keeps making bets and at some point the house will win.

            If you don’t want to eat the hat, go back to the poem. It is the ONLY way to find the chest.

          • You can contact me when I have to eat my hat Hma.
            Keep on slinging & not much is sticking.
            I will eat my hat if you find the treasure this year & I don’t think national TV would want to pick it up considering the ratings wouldn’t be there.

          • HMA and JDA…you can fool some folks here…but mostly you are fooling yourselves. The real JDA just showed up…even Brett the newcomer(cough cough) had a few facts for you JDA if you can recall that far back. So don’t try to hide behind your one brain cell and “hope you find the treasures you seek” (just not the one only I know about) Jake was smart to call your bet….
            Hma…you might have a winning hand…but I don’t play canasta. Zap tried the “it might surprise you” routine too…but that one is old around here. I stayed quiet for a long time around here listening to the same sad music…I share what I see here now.

          • Ken;

            You are entitled to your opinion. If I am lucky enough to find the treasure, you sure are going to look like an idiot! You
            chastise me for being arrogant, but just listen to yourself. All you can do is make others look small, or so you hope, just to make yourself look large. How sad. JDA

          • Ken;

            I had already gone to bed, but got up again.

            I honestly do not care whether you like my attitude or not. I could care less whether you like my confidence or not.

            Forrest has said, “The person who finds the treasure will have studied the poem over and over, and thought, and analyzed and moved with confidence. Nothing about it will be accidental”. f

            Yes, I have confidence in myself, and my solve. If you do not like it, too bad.

            You say that Jake had good reason to call me out. How about you? Jake believed strongly enough that I was wrong,he was willing to put his money where his mouth is, and I respect him for that. You have my email address if you too have that kind of confidence, but I doubt that you do.

            Just my opinion. To me you are just a bully, all mouth and no action. JDA

          • HMA – If you have a royal flush, how long until you rake the pot? Also, are you still working Wyoming? I thought I saw that somewhere.

  3. What a fabulous video. Actually made me a little envious! It looks like your family has had so much fun!!! Very inspiring little film. Thank you for sharing this with Forrest, and Forrest thank you for sharing it with all of us!

  4. There is lots of beauty in the world,that was wonderful.its all about the youth,young.exploring,discovery,learning.reminds me of ymca camps for children in estes park,co,its 21 degrees here and 17 downtown denver.been getting dumped with snow in the mountains,down here,we are getting snow ,but not like in the mountains.boy i wish it was summer,so tired of the cold.love you all out there.

  5. What a beautiful video and a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing!!! I think the purple flower is an artichoke gone to seed…

  6. Now THAT’s what it’s all about! I love this video! Thanks for sharing what got this whole thing started and for reminding us there’s soooo much more out there than gold of the yellow kind!

  7. Like they sang in the ‘Annie’ – “You’re never fully dressed without a smile”. Brrrrr it’s cold outside, yet for a few moments I completely forgot. Nice video, thanks for posting.

  8. And that’s what it is all about right there.
    Getting the kids away from tech & hiking in the wood.
    Georgia, Kentucky, New Mexico, Wyoming & a special place in Montana.

    Thanks for sharing & keep on hunting.

    • Dang Jake … Just skip right over Tennessee why dontcha… not even a honorable mention?

      Great little montage guys!! A few took me back in time… thanks for the ride.

  9. Keeping families and kids outside in the fresh air is one of the best investments in our future any person can make. Thank you for the reminder Keri.

    • I concur with your thoughts, 23kachinas. A very wise investment. I would love to see kids go on fieldtrips to enjoy such treasures, too. I watched a program yesterday about kids getting out and clearing trails and learning about their surroundings.

      • Yup. I don’t know if you were maybe watching NBC’s GIVE, but I work for Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, and that is our mission! Developing a sense of stewardship in youth through authentic service learning in the outdoors, and then we offer after school programming all winter with the theme of Wilderness Survival, but is really just a sneaky way to show kids how awesome the outdoors are in every season. I have the best job.

  10. Thank you for all the kind words. We love being a part of something that can spark an interest for doing things together around home as well.

  11. Wonderful video Kari. Looks like your family had a blast. What a great adventure. Brought back many memories from my youth in Cali.

    Mom and dad loved to camp and so we went to Yosemite and other national parks including Yellowstone. My days, like Forrest’s, were spent exploring with my brother. We never passed up a chance to see where that trail goes. No obstacle too high.

    We’ve since passed on the camping tradition to our now grown children and hope to take our 18 month old granddaughter on her first camping trip just before her 2nd birthday this September.

  12. Lovely video Keri and Family. Thank you for sharing all the Beauty in The World. that you got to share, you have a great family and are teaching your children so many wonderful lessons that they will continue to teach their children.
    Thank you Forrest Fenn for all the wonderfull adventures you have shown to the world in your Thrill of The Chase.
    Sally2Fleming

  13. Keri – Thanks for sharing and allowing f to let us all enjoy part of your thrills! There are so many wonderful things to find outside and I hope that folks never forget to get out there and explore!

  14. What a fun video Keri! Thanks for sharing it with us. Coreda and I really enjoyed your company at last years Fennboree and hope to see you this year!
    Tom

  15. Thanks Keri,
    That was beautiful, made my day:) I think you captured a big part of Mr. Fenn’s reasoning for the thrill, discovery. And today I discovered the beauty of an all American family in search of adventure. Good parenting and good kidding do go hand in hand. Thanks again while I watch again.

  16. Mr. Fenn,
    Thank you for sharing. Your chase has inspired a lot. My family is also from KY but our trip only consisted of two. My wife and son stayed behind. Instead, on the trip, I was the baby and my Uncle the dad. I guess a literal trip back in time. We visited some beautiful parks and just got away. Precious moments to escape the present and the soon future. I didn’t take time for many pics, so I can’t share. But please know those invaluable moments in mind will forever be clear! Worth more than gold…
    Nevermore may be the raven’s call but a similar bird may have a much different call. One that values family as much as you. Instead of doom, the call is hopeful the next trip again includes two. IMHO
    Sincerely

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