210 thoughts on “The Hidey Space…

  1. In a cave with Indian artifacts, goose feathers, and pine needles on the floor and a ray of sunlight shooting in.

      • Caves and mines are two completely different things. Caves are natural features and mines are man made, Fenn has never ruled out caves, just mines.

          • I wish I listen better.
            Sounds like caves & mines are out.
            I’m going to crawl in mine now.

          • Dal – did you find that in my quotes document or just know that off the top of your head? f has also reportedly told someone to stay out of Grizzly bear caves too… an even more immediate threat of danger. 🙂

          • JCM-
            Are you kidding?
            No way I could recall that or anything else Forrest has said or written without your incredible tool..
            That document is a “must have” for someone who is looking for the chest and has no idea about all the clues and hints Forrest has given us over the years…
            If anyone wants to get one of JCM’s valuable “Chasing Words” tools…look here:

    • oh, stop being such a big worry-wort Ken – i’m safely standing in a cave as we speak, and there’s certainly no evident danger of..

      ..oh wait!? ..is that ..is that an earthquak[-end of transmission-]

  2. It will be one of those great moments…..when you think to yourself….why didn’t I think of that????!!!!!!!

  3. JDA you stated; ”Begin the journey or quest where warm waters halt and take the journey or quest in the canyon down”…(Interp.) The only to take the journey or quest is if YOU (The searcher) make that trip, journey or quest…So yes, to ME the poem DOES say that I have to make that trip.”

    I came back with an interview from fenn;
    Q~ Who else knows where the treasure is buried?
    A~ I never said it was buried. I’ve avoided that word. I hid it. I don’t mean to imply that it isn’t buried. I just didn’t want to give that as a clue. It took me two trips in my car to hide the treasure. And I can tell you an 80-year-old man is not going to make a trip into a canyon, then come up and go down again. As for who else knows, I’m the only one. My wife doesn’t know.

    You came back with; I said you have to take a short hike from the end – I said nothing about going down a canyon – your quote disproves nothing.

    Do you actually read your own postings?
    Wasn’t it you that blogged fenn is secretly sending you messages and using the blog for fair play?
    Yet when an interview is posted from fenn that gives pause and thought about an actual traveling down a canyon.. you say; “your quote disproves nothing”

    Well Bud, it’s not my quote… it was stated by fenn. Maybe ya heard of him… he wrote a book and placed a poem in it and challenged all to decipher the clues that will lead to the desired reward.

  4. Forgive me if this sounds condescending, but do you ever plan to search the Rockies in person for the chest at some point? Just curious.

    • randawg,
      I assume your asking me the question…
      If and when I understand the poem in full, then I’ll make up my mind.
      I’m not the type to put the carriage before the horse..or waste time on hunches and feelings. I would think by now folks would get the sense of what fenn has talked about… nail down the first clue or stay home… In theory, all the clues can be understood prior… certainty beforehand of the path… Many, several, searchers have told fenn where they have been [ correct location ], their process [clues] and yet they didn’t know they had mentioned or indicated the correct clues… even as many the first four clues, and still those folks may not know [ per fenn’s comment ]

      I’m in no hurry… and I certainly don’t need an excuse to go anywhere.

      • A chest full of gold is good enough reason for me. I hope you will eventually fully understand the poem and nail down the first clue. Good luck to you and thank you for your response.

        • I’m glad you mentioned that randawg. It’s not the lure of shiny metals and trinkets or even the value… it’s the challenge itself.
          If that was a chest full of marbles, no one would be here ratchet jawing about the challenge.

          Hook, line and sinker. And that is the reason for being patient. Other’s have created family problems, some spend for than the can or should, some borrow money [because then have none left to search] or mortgage their home just to go search for The Gold.
          Was that really the intent?

          • IMO

            There are a lot of folks who have
            located the first clue and passed right over it.
            ” Shinny things distract even the brightest of minds”
            by : Steven Hawkings .
            But did I need to hear it from him to understand that . NOPE knew it since I was a kid. When I learned how to sell candy in school . Candy was shinny to all who came near my bag of sweets. I knew it and did well in school at lunch . Most want junk instead if the milk and such I was able to buy.
            It just seems to me everyone knows all the answers all the time and anyone who begins don’t. I hate to say this but I disagree with full throttle in this . New eyes are whats needed to find the chest .
            I dint say that Forrest Fenn did .
            But also I find it shocking that a lot of folks don’t even see the stuff for what it is .
            Like do you or all of you agree that
            ” What good are your friends if you cant use them ?” And also You only need to pleaser yourself? If you do then you I think missed the point. The point is I do not use my friends , they would never allow it , And if I only pleased my self then I am selfish .
            According to Forrest Shakespeare
            insinuated to him the fact that ” We are all hear for the pleasure of others , some of us are a bit more blessed , but we all take our turn on the stage of life, and Mr. Fenn chose not to waste his turn .
            Maybe it was the secret he heard when he thought he was going to pass away . What secret you ask ? Watch Indiana Jones . Funny the timing of those movies vs Forrests life.
            In TTOTC Fenn has a preface and important information . He said his life was the exact life of Holden in the Catcher . Well What Catcher ? He didn’t list the book correctly there . And What JD since he was also miss stated in the preface. His name Is J.D. Salinger . Not J.D. – or the way stated in the Preface (JD) with not periods to mark the J.D. …
            Well who can imagine a coincidence like that , well I can . So I did , and mirrored the book to total . He was not kidding about that . Thing is I thought I would write that book , not Forrest .
            I will leave you with this.
            Forrest said ” I have a hold card if I ever want to go back and get it . Well a hold card is a credit card , but even more important is having a hold card means your holden , and Holden is the main person in the Catcher . So , well Fenn said it was time to act. So my op is he is Holden .
            In 2009 J.D. Salinger sewed a man who wanted to write a book as Holden being a 80- year old man . Well Salinger won and the book publication was stopped . It was published in England , or atlas in Europe .
            One more key fact to say .
            The little lady in TTOTC when Fenn was at the book store and as soon as Forrest
            approached the counter she raised her cup. I think I nay be the only one who see’s this but, She was rude! For one
            when a guest approaches you with merchandise you say ” Hi , Iu found everything ok . Which title did you choose? Awesome , may I ask why you chose it? Well my Name is Mike and let me be the first to tell you that was a excellent choice . Is there another book you may want to read and how may I assist you in finding it . I can put a hold on it when it is in stock and I can call you when it is available. Okay , may I have your phone number ? And what was your name ——- Glad to have met you Seeker , I will let you know as soon as It arrives. ======
            That is how you speak to a person approaching your register , not raise your cup to make a old man wait. She walked him to the center of the store , and left him there walked away like she had graduated from some good school . Well people who come from Yale or Harvard
            do not work in book, coffee stores , Soi she making six-buk fifty a hour surely didn’t come from some great school .

            So Do I agree with f
            of course I do . Thats why I wrote this today ., I don’t come on here often , Well I don’t like arguing with folks . I see a lot of people shooting down others at times.
            I would encourage you to please them . Help them in there search , you and I know why all of us are seeking . So please them and help them out. Dont turn away the least of knowledge. Remember it is worth knowing all the things it is not worth knowing .

            Bless you all and keep seeking .
            You will find it.

  5. When I try to “visualize” where the Trove is located, I feel like I’m inbetween something and space is dark and limited like a tight Cleft of Rocks, or actually in the wood-like in a tree. Feeling that general area surrounded by a gathering or circle of trees, but high enough to have a view of two mountain peaks. From my viewing spot, I’m am looking West, and can see the sun melt deep into the ravine between the two peaks like liquid gold.

  6. I think indulgence is hidden between two rocks with another covering her face. Not buried in the ground but well protected from sight. Should be easy to find after finding the blaze. Waiting for most of the snow to melt and then I’m off to the paradise where she patiently waits.

  7. somewhere north of santa fe in the rocky mountains,somewhere can be anywhere. the rocky mountains are divided into different parts.but they all are still the rocky mountains,and all the forest starts from one end and goes to the other end and vice versa. so forrest hid the treasure in a forest.so what is so special about this special place he hid it,in the forest.we don’t know,his dad knew.read the book,read the poem many times,looked at map many times,They are tales about his childhood,mom,dad,june,skippy,friends,getting married to peggy jean,vietnam war.he thinks ,is this all there is , people die and another takes their place,then he says we are here to help other people,smile at them ,say hello,etc,at least you know you have done your part in this life to try to make someone happy.he is called mr. lucky,shot down in vietnam two times.by his buddies.struggles,but he does it ,makes a good life for his family,meets all kinds of people,goes on adventures,a warrior needs some space sometime.written books ,did all kinds of stuff,sold san larazso,retired from gallery.still has his publishing company.miracle cure from cancer.he’s been everywhere ,I can keep my secret where, can keep my tale home,keep my tell homekeep my story in my mind.did he fall asleep and have those kind of dreams where you are actually in the dream and living it,and feeling it,and doing those things,talking,hearing,and then you wake up.forrest fenn is huck finn, the enchanted forrest.in my chest is my heart ,in my heart is my treasure.

  8. I don’t see it buried under dirt. I see it as hidden in an alcove or crevice and perhaps covered with a slab. Just IMHO.

    • i give you title to the “gold…”

      Remember: butterfly and flutterby

      Gold could be hint/clue

      Gold = g o l d = old log

      • Possibly. The last scrapbook 172 certainly points to a steam engine line or something being apart of the poem. I think the poem is pretty straight forward and doesn’t require anagrams but acts more like a riddle. Also fenn seems to have chosen a girl. Could be you. He has stated in mysterious writings that a “she” will be pleased when SHE sees it. Stay positive and keep on keeping on. Good luck to you.

        • Thanks Jsmes for the vote of encouragement!

          I’ve spent at least four hours a day reading, researching and note taking…found I’m not great at keeping track of my notes…trying to be better now. And memory sometimes is fleeting!

          I go in on Tuesday, April 11 for surgery to remove a chunk of my back due to my lucky mole! Melanoma runs in my family on both sides! Lucky me!

          I am considered a “difficult” patient. Not that I do not co-operate, because I do. My body is what gives the Anesthesiologist the problem. I am considered difficult to intubate. My trechia is anatomically incorrect. Too high and too anterior. Took 2 1/2 hours to intubate two years ago. Guess things got ugly. Glad I don’t remember any of it. However, because of this, I am opting to do surgery with local anesthesia for the 2 1/2″x2″x 1cm deep tissue removal. I’m trying to be BRAVE! Hope things go smoothly and that they do not have to change to general sedation.

          I am boxing all my notes that fill a 1 1/2″ notebook, 2 large very new Recreational maps of the two states I had originally narrowed it down to due to the pinyon nuts, and Fenns two books, TTOTC and TFTW just in case something crazy happens so these can be sent to my brother who I hope will become as interested in the Thrill Of The Chase as I have been!

          Hoping to be back into the Chase Wednesday April 12!

          Talk with y’all then!

          I am a problem patient. Not that I’m not good or cooperative, but

          • I hope all goes well Sheryl Lynn…. my prayers are with ya…. see ya back on Tuesday … have a great day… until next time… see ya

        • luck on tuesday Sheryl

          i once had surgery under local anaesthetic and assumed that i’d be weirded-out by the whole thing, but it was actually surprisingly quick and easy

          you’ll be fine 🙂

  9. To me the hidey space is located where the “no paddle up your creek” creek disappears in the vacinity of the blaze. The creek shows itself above the blaze about 50′ then again below the blaze about 100′. So after trying to figure the blaze (I have three options) and now I believe I have the right option (Forrest gave that hint in the beginning of his postings on HOD) I believe his trove is hidden under a rock formation that he created in that area where the creek disappears. The reason is, in this area the creek had washed out all the sand and loose particules from around the rocks in it’s once creek bed, and now the creek flows under these rocks. So what better way to disguise the trove location so that any passer by following the animal trail would not notice ” indulgence” location, only someone familiar with the chase and what the blaze could be would notice the unusual rock formation stacked below the blaze amongst the other rocks. To me this is why Forrest doesn’t expect anyone to find it in a afternoon because if you don’t understand the correct blaze (again there are three that fit it’s profile) you will be there awhile looking around and below those possibilities. Of course this is just my idea but it might be some good food for thought. Only time will tell and I believe I have plenty of it as long as I don’t “get hit by a train” LOL. Good luck everyone Bur

    • Dave I think that ff has repeatedly stated that he has not been back and that he wouldn’t go back because someone might follow him. That doesn’t mean that it is or isn’t close to his home (8.25 is close in my book). IMO of course.

      • Jim & digit one,
        There are many that like this area & I think we are right.
        I will go further & say it may be in Madison County.

        • I doubt it’s in Montana. He said he hid it in one afternoon. Its possible he made a special trip up there and then hid it in one afternoon. Basically you are saying that you live in Montana and have provided a solution that is close to your home. It reminds me of a story after I came out as transgender. I decided to tell this gentle man I was seeing and he pretended to accept it. When push came to shove he decided he didn’t like me though he tried to force it in his mind that he did. Either way I could be wrong. Stay positive and keep on doing it right. Peace my friend

          • If memory serves me correctly, F said he hid it in a day, wife didn’t know, and read that he hid it during a trip/Visit to Cody, WY.

            Don’t ask me for notes… didn’t keep good ones to go back to…

          • Sheryl;

            Seems as though your memory is fading a bit. Forrest DID say that he hid it in one afternoon. The rest of your post, not so sure about. He MAY have said that his wife did not know, but not at the same time he said he hid it in one afternoon. I do not believe that he EVER said anything about a trip to Cody – or anywhere else. If he had, ALL searchers would be searching Wyoming. The states population would then double. JDA

          • JDA I’m not trying to be misleading.

            I read somewhere…note taking has been horrible I am finding…He had to go to Cody fo do something with managing?the BBC Museum.

            This is something that I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around-F placing TC during a trip to Cody as been one that has worried/concerned me and stuck in my craw, as I had my #1 spot in NM.

            How did he do it during trip to Cody?

            Figuring his wife, Peggy didn’t know, when he did this:

            1: Peggy must not have seen him pack his trove and leave home to do this, nor was she with him. If he did this before they left for trip, why begin a road trip at night after a busy day?

            2. Certainly if she was with him he couldn’t stop on side of road and say, “Give me a few minutes here sweetpea” and come back again and repeat.

            3. Then figuring Peggy went with him on trip to Cody, she must not have seen what he packed for the trip here either. And what was she doing during the time he disappears to do the deed?

            I am learning to keep better notes and write reference in margins of my notes.

            I’ve tried going back to read things in my history on my phone many times.

          • He never said Cody. Several searchers surmised that would be an easy way to sneak away.. But think about this. The Fenn’s regularly took trips apart from each other. Forrest to visit his father, and Peggy to visit her family. Forrest has family in Montana. It wouldn’t be much for him to drive to Montana to see his family (when his wife was elsewhere), and take half a day detour, or to go out on his own for half a day. Also, he never said he did it in half a day, or in a day. He mentioned that he had made two trips (presumably from his car) to the hidey space in one afternoon. If he drove to Montana, made several detours, checked out some of his favorite places, visited family, deposited the treasure, and drove back… I guess you could say it took him a week or more to hide it. All IMO of course, but don’t let his comments lead you to false assumptions to discount anywhere he hasn’t ruled out.

          • If I find the statement I seem to be remembing, I will post with link to it. Sorry for any confusion I may have caused.

          • James,
            I really don’t care what your orientation or sex is.
            What matters most to me is what kind of person you are & how you treat others.
            Compassion is my key word.

  10. I think it is under a big wooden W.

    The meadowlark are singing, the smell of onions are in the air and calves are hitting the ground so I can’t search for at least a month.

    Hope to stop by the Guadalupe Cafe on my way to have a turkey sandwich on sour dough with jalapeño cheese soup.

    • That’s interesting Michael. On my last trip to NM I found a Medicine Wheel configuration of stones, not in close proximity to a trail. Based on how deep the rocks had sunken into the surface soil, I thought it was maybe 15-20 years old, perhaps older. I may go take another look at that.

          • To go in peace, (Urban Dictionary) could mean:

            “to leave without harm or harming”

            “to leave with the spirit of God”

            “To egret with safety and peace of mind”

            Catholic saying (Loyola Press.com) says to go in peace “is an incredible challenge”

  11. General area or exact coordinate???
    Forrest has encouraged us, for obvious and safety reasons, not to venture out into the mountains during the winter with snow still on the ground. But he has also stated, “If you know precisely where it is you can probably retrieve it in any weather.”
    So, with that, how could someone retrieve it during the winter if they believed it is in a stream? Wouldn’t it be frozen in ice? And even if it was there, they would have to have an EXACT coordinate unless they wanted to attempt breaking up a large amount of ice on that stream.
    And the same holds true if someone believes it is located in a general area such as in a meadow or somewhere around a lake. How could you retrieve it at any of those locations if it is covered by a couple feet of snow?
    “If you know precisely where it is you can probably retrieve it in any weather.”
    And from Forrest’s own website: ” If you are searching for Forrest’s treasure please stay safe, take adequate supplies and a GPS.”
    Why bring a GPS if not for pinpointing the EXACT spot? For safety reasons? Yes, I’m sure. But I believe it is to serve another purpose than just that.
    All IMO.
    Good luck all.

    • A lot of people searching are city folks or folks who have never learned to mark or blaze a trail on their way in – in order to find their way on their way back out to their car ..

      In heavily wooded or unfamiliar terrain – especially if the sun is hidden behind clouds or the terrain is bland and uniform and kind of looks the same in all directions – it is very easy to get turned a wrong direction without realizing it — and get lost .. unless you have a specific point of reference that you aim for, and keep in sight of, most people wander left or right and end up walking 15 or 30 or even 45 degrees off-course without even knowing it ..

      When I hike in new territory and there isn’t a clear trail scratched in the ground, I stop every few hundred feet and establish visual clues that allow me to see not the only the visual markers where I just left from .. my car, a large rock, a pond, a unique tree .. but also a visual marker toward where I want to go .. kind of like connect the dots — if there aren’t any that stick out, I leave a cairn of rocks or a stack of sticks that I can easily find and usually with a direction pointer – just in case I can’t see my previous marker for some reason .. and in 35 years of hiking I’ve only gotten truly lost once, which took me about an Hour to figure where I made my mistake ..

      Most people probably don’t know how to leave a trail marker or take the time to think of doing it as they walk along and so a GPS Marker at their car, saved on their GPS Machine before they leave, is probably the best chance not to get lost ..

      And if you think you can’t get lost on a marked trail – I’ve rescued several people on heavily trafficked, clearly marked “easy” trails who got turned around, started hiking the wrong direction, got confused, couldn’t figure out the signs, ran out of water, or were just too much out of energy to walk another foot — and couldn’t get back to their car ..

      Take your time. Look around. Relax. Hydrate often. Memorize unique articles of Nature that stand out and that you’ll Recognize Later. Leave Markers if you have to. Keep your spatial orientation in check. Always know the way back — even of you have to stop and backtrack the way you just came in order to get your orientation confirmed .. Always. Always. Always. Keep a Spider’s Thread tied to your car’s bumper – metaphorically of course ..


      • Great tips Brad.

        I, very city bred, suggest yellow or orange plastic strips that can be tied to low tree branches or bushes – at eye level…..for some easier movements off the main trail.

    • He has also said “If you had it’s coordinates, you would be able to find the treasure”.
      So, we must be looking for it’s coordinates. Which means numbers in the poem, which means number system.

      • No it doesn’t.

        You are “guessing” that there is…..without any evidence…it is just speculation and you will have to work through a solve…..with “coordinates”.

        I don’t think that information is embedded….although it could be…..I just don’t see it occurring..

        Good luck!

        • why else would he say that? Why did he pick that one spot, and not 50′ away? What will stand the test of time? What will be around 100, 1000 years from now? Coordinates. So, yes it does. It’s not a guess if he has mentioned it. If he never stated that FACT, then me saying coordinates would be a guess. That is not the case. Hopefully you have one solve that has coordinates, if not, I hope you have at least a great vacation.

          • “why else would he say that?”

            Various reasons.

            – to through the searchers off – Fennology
            – a road could be 200 feet away fromthe spot, and not one of us would ever know that the chest was there….as we drove past it “within 200 ft.”….OR….drove past it “within 500 ft.”

            “What will stand the test of time?” / “What will be around 100, 1000 years from now?”
            – Mother Earth
            – a road will always be a road, once it was made…..it could also become overgrown with foliage to block the details it was a road.
            – The Mayan culture in Mexico and Central America existed many thousands of years ago….and their roads have been uncovered.

            “It’s not a guess if he has mentioned it.”
            – It hasn’t been determined that it is not a guess. And just because he said it, do you have something that FF stated that verifies it is not a guess? Or are you just “guessing” too?

            “If he never stated that FACT, then me saying coordinates would be a guess. ”
            – He did state that one does not need a cipher. It appears that you are looking for a cipher. SO IMO – you are trying to force fit the clues into a cipher.

            “Hopefully you have one solve that has coordinates,”
            – I don’t.
            – Yup – it will be a great vacation…thank you for your encouragement.

            Good luck to you.

          • He has also said that it would be harder to find in 1,000 years because geography changes. If that’s the case, then coordinates ARE NOT important.

            “Some searchers overrate the complexity of the search. Knowing about head pressures, foot pounds, acre feet, bible verses, Latin, cubic inches, icons, fonts, charts, graphs, formulas, curved lines, magnetic variation, codes, depth meters, riddles, drones or ciphers, will not assist anyone to the treasure location, although those things have been offered as positive solutions. Excellent research materials are TTOTC, Google Earth, and/or a good map.” f

        • Hi Tim ,

          Tim =)
          Hope to touch some base with you on this one .
          In TFTW last page is the map . In which he cut off the other States in clouded in the Chase before. But more importantly Mr. Fenn quoted:
          ” I warned that the path would not be direct for those who had no certainty of the location beforehand , but sure for the one who did.”

          SO , Directly Sure for the one’s path with certainty of the location beforehand =)
          Just throwing that out there.

          Ps. Mr. Fenn quoted
          “A dare went out to everyone who possessed a sense of wanderlust ; study the clues in the book and thread a tract through the wiles of nature and circumstances the treasure”

          Just some quotes raining bells in my mind is all .

          • @ Mr.D and Heather
            Hey “D & H” How goes the search? :o) Hopefully forward with a bunch of smiles!


            “Hope to touch some base with you on this one .:
            – Lay it on me friend….

            “In TFTW last page is the map . In which he cut off the other States in clouded in the Chase before. But more importantly Mr. Fenn quoted:
            ” I warned that the path would not be direct for those who had no certainty of the location beforehand , but sure for the one who did.””
            – I don’t own TFTW – so I am not sure what it says, but I do believe FF has said a similar statement in the past. My not be the exact words above, but similar meaning.
            – IMO – I have checks and balances throughout my solve. I think I can move with confidence this time. Is that bragging? No, it is trying to be very positive in my thinking. :o) I can always accept failure…..so that isn’t a problem with me…..but to accept a loss of $1000.00….that may be more of an impact, even if it was a fun time. Is $1000.00 worth enough fun to go and find a hidden treasure chest? SURE IS !! :oP

            So in honesty – I hear ya very good.

            Am I confident enough to make the next move? Yes.

            Is my wife on board? Yeah, I think she is, but she is always supportive of me as I am of her.

            Do I have a date set to go and look? Yep….just decided upon it today…..I will forego a trip to San Diego’s International Comic-Con 2017 (tix go on sale 04/08/17 @ 8am if you are registered already) this year in July to go do a search in June.

            Will I be successful? This time, with three main clues I think I deciphered correctly, yeah….let me end this misery for everyone.

            Will I come back with “my tail between my legs”? I’m not too proud to own my fail….and will respond accordingly…..eating crow if need be….*smiles*…

            “Be the chest and keep it unsophisticated.” – Tim

            GL “D&H” – thanks for the post.

      • Charlie,
        I’m going out on a limb here and say the comment is rhetorical.

        The same as if you knew exactly where it is a metal detector will help, or if you know exactly where it is you can retrieve it in any weather. Every location has coordinates…So if you “knew”…

        • “Rhetorical”….that was the word I was looking for.

          Fen says many things that are so vague, yet true….”coordinates” is a great example.

          Anywhere you travel in the world has coordinates.

          One needs to know that the limitations that Fenn puts upon us, are not limitations at all……it is just his way of saying something to keep the chase active and fun for himself……well….of course it will be this way, until he dies.

          Then we won’t be hearing anymore from FF at all.

          Sure – take his words and fiddle around with them….just “don’t mess with my poem”…..we already know there is a treasure waiting at the end of one thing he said.

          • rhetorical I can see if he says it that way. But, he never said rhetorically speaking. He said coordinates. If he said rhetorically speaking, well duh, of course one could go there if they had the coordinates. So, how do we get the coordinates? Has nothing to do with codes and cyphers Tim. I think you should read that comment carefully. Would you be happy with a positive solve? I would. But, I’m not saying that. Just like little Indy can’t get past the 3rd clue, just like the first clue may have something to do with being “nailed down”, just like if we had the coordinates. If we just pick and choose what to credit or discredit, then that is guessing. All I’m saying is that it is best to not discredit what he says, however you interpret it. Since he said something about having coordinates and finding the chest in the same sentence, wouldn’t it be wise to not discredit coordinates. If you do, then a nice vacation is in your future, but possibly not the chest. He said it, best if you found out a possible reason why. If you don’t see it, or you don’t have a solve with coordinates, wouldn’t it be wise to have one.
            Tim, you can’t position your point by saying It’s a guess and then “throw” your guesses back.
            Fact, he said it. Could be rhetorical, so I can get with what Seeker has added, but it also could not be. So, all I’m saying is to cover your bases. No guessing, no defining what I think, just noting that it be best to have both sides instead of one. It’s hard to be confident without coordinates, but possible. Hard to be confident without numbers somewhere.

          • Let’s summarize your post….
            “Hard to be confident without numbers somewhere.”

            Not entirely true.

            I achieved a solve without numbers, and instead I used natural geology, geography, and history, in order to come to a result.

            I also have “coordinates” of a spot, but did not come from analyzing the poem of some numeric feature, but through following clues on the poem.

            Although I remember reading someone’s post that they found the number “44” hidden in the poem somewhere. Peculiar and interesting as it sounds, I think the poster also mentioned that YNP lies on that latitude.

            You may want to talk with that guy if you think your theory is valid.

            So you may be onto something, but I’m just not in that camp.

          • Charlie,
            I still don’t dismiss the possibility of coordinates. What I don’t think is, they involve the exact location of the chest… It might be more toward knowing where to begin, line of thinking.

            You might say, well seeker folks have been there, right? Ok, but whatif that coordinate location needs to be known for something else later in the poem?
            [you might recall my one theory]

            fenn has also said;
            “I’ve said things people think are clues.”
            My point, how many solves have you heard revolving around a flash light and a sandwich, and recently Dal posted a Q&A with an interviewer and fenn stated they are certainty not clues.
            Or the metal detector comment vs, the no tools comment. Or hints in the “text” of the book.
            Do we really think gloves will “solve” the poem as some have suggested?

            It’s not so much “picking and choosing” and more toward common sense…
            “…I am determined to stay aloof of providing any additional clues that are useful. Everyone has the same information to work with.”
            Remember the useless clues debate…

            My take is “the same information” to mean from the very start… we need to step lightly on the after the fact as to how useful they could or could not be to solving the poem vs. useful to help make us think.

            Just my thoughts.

          • Seeker, I hear what you’re saying. It is just very hard to discount or not put too much weight into his after comments when you have so many of them in common with a solve. That goes for everyone, me included. I use to think all I needed was the poem, but those after comments sure do bring up one’s confidence.
            You are right though, they are comments after the fact and no matter their importance, they are outside the poem. I’ll yield to that thought. do they help one solve the poem? I don’t think so. Do they offer anything? Well yes. Your Idea a while back proves that. At least to me and the way I see the poem. To think you may have found a somewhat map to the bells is big considering, and if it pans out. Again, the way I see the whole big picture. If I was to bring up a bell, that’s huge in determining how f approaches things. So, along those lines, I have to consider all he has said after the fact. I don’t go with all, but some things need to be answered. The first clue, place that is “dear”, bighorn ring a bell, and coordinates, put in the category of why a flutterby is a butterfly.
            I know you have a coordinate solve, it’s just smart. My initial thought on it was to not discount that. For someone to just discount it or can’t see it, well I’m sorry, and like we have said before, there may just be more ways to solve this puzzle. To just up and say, “it’s not there, foolish, don’t see it”, is just someone stuck on one thought. And, I just hope they have a fun vacation…:)

          • Well shoot, if I knew the coordinates for Madison Junction Campground I could just go right to it, but I do know, if you start from Old Faithful and travel 191 to the North-Northwest, then below firehole falls, follow the river in the canyon down to where the Firehole merges with the gibbon… Then you could cross the Gibbon and get to the Madison Campground.

            (IMO) “Coordinates” is not a clue… Obviously if you know precisely within 3 meters GPS accuracy where something is, you could go right to it and get it. That doesn’t mean hes done anything to tell you what those coordinates were/

          • Very much so Sheryl. But if I’m right, its the pine sap you’re smelling. There’s nothing quite like being in a nice shaded pine forest in the middle of the hot summer 😛

  12. And while everyone is looking under the rocks, ledges, cliffs and all, don’t forget to look under the juniper (evergreen) bushes–“Brave and in the wood”. TFTW, first chapter, Toys are Forever. Watch out for all the scary things in there!! No one walking by would see it. So get down to a kids view and look.


  13. In time every inch of the earth’s surface is buried by dust, debris, and ash that is why IMO f said I did not want to give that as a clue, but JUST FOR THE RECORD, IT’S A HINT! ff has even mentioned, and I paraphrase; with the passage of time, the chest will become harder to find, that is how the study of fossils, archaeology, anthropology, and history in general works.

    I hoped, after I wrote “Winter Thoughts” on this site, that some genius would break the layer’s of code ff subliminally incorporated in his poem, but if these comments I read are any indication of our collective intellect, we (all) have a long way to go! Just sayin? Maybe no one is right and everybody is a little bit, but tellin some they are wrong does not get the best from our thoughts so where are the Einstein’s, Salk’s and who will break on through to the other side? We can do better…

    Tom Terrific as in Enthusiastic!

    • Hey Tom…nice dissertation on what a genius isn’t. There are quite a few very clever folks here having themselves a grand time with Fenn’s poem…I do not believe it will be a genius that finds the treasure. Just sayin’

      • It will be a genius that finds the treasure because the Chase is an intelligence test. Fenn has hints in his books to that effect. It’s subliminal, but it’s there. My opinion.

      • Who is a genius? A farmer who understands the nature of things and knows how to produce sustenance for a billion people. Or is it the scientist who creates the means to kill a billion people? I think the redneck farmer is the real genius.

        • It will only require logical thinking, hard work and a little imagination to find the treasure. However, if you want to be the first one to arrive, being a genius wouldn’t hurt you any. Someone with proven creative problem solving skills and persistent determination will have a huge advantage. My opinion.

    • Come on Tom, you writing that was suppose to help us solve the poem? Maybe we, the troglodytes of this forum, have solved way before your write up. Think you’re missing posts now and then. Already went over sediment, debris, dead vegetation, etc… Why he can’t say buried.
      So glad I’m not smart, would never have a chance at solving this thing.

  14. The best place to hide anything is out in the open…..

    – chest is “covered” but not buried and the outer “cover” helps protect the chest from some water contact……but not all.

    • I agree…bout 200 feet from a trail/river bank. Winter time covered in snow…summer time it will be wet from the winter run off…muddy and bugs galore. The average person will not want to walk in this enviroment so therefore they will stay on trail. Best time to search an area like this would be in late August/September when the ground is drier and the bugs are gone.

      Of course…JMO

    • Hi Bob,
      Check out the discussion thread specifically talking about Brown’s Canyon. I believe that there were at least a couple of searchers discussing that area there.

    • Hi Bob ,

      My Thoughts , I have herd that before form many searchers as well as Browns Canyon .
      But here is a different sight in that . General Terry U.S> Calvary . I think you will find this a awesome study and read . I f you like the old west and the history as I do . This will be neat fro you . Enjoy . Let me know what you think about it .

  15. Did he not bury his jars 3 and 4 feet deep the treasure is the same. I think he hide it where he knows no one will ever find it ever

  16. According to Forrest:
    “I never said I buried it.”
    and again:
    “I never said I didn’t bury it.”
    Therefore, it’s like a glass half empty… or is that half full?

        • If someone poured the glass half way…then it is half full.
          If someone filled the glass completely and then drank half of it…then it is half empty.

      • ” I ‘m a glass half full
        A mist of air to fill
        Worthy of said such a place
        At the fountain of knowledge I await .
        pick me up and fill my cup
        With the wisdom of knowledges age.”
        By Mr. D
        Glass Half -full courtesy of Google.
        “Is the glass half empty or half full?” is a common expression, a proverbial phrase, generally used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty), or as a general litmus test to simply determine an individual’s worldview.

        World views speak a lot …
        Air is another interesting
        word …

        the invisible gaseous substance surrounding the earth, a mixture mainly of oxygen and nitrogen.
        an impression of a quality or manner given by someone or something.
        “she answered with a faint air of boredom”
        synonyms: expression, appearance, look, impression, aspect, aura, mien, countenance, manner, bearing, tone
        “an air of defiance”

        Middle English (in sense 1 of the noun): from Old French air, from Latin aer, from Greek aēr, denoting the gas. Sense 2 of the noun is from French air, probably from Old French aire ‘site, disposition,’ from Latin ager, agr- ‘field’ (influenced by sense 1). Sense 3 of the noun comes from Italian aria (see aria).a·ri·a
        noun: aria; plural noun: arias
        a long, accompanied song for a solo voice, typically one in an opera or oratorio.

        THANK YOU –
        The beautiful opera of life in which you have described is music to my ears.

        Knowledge is knowing the things not worthy of knowing. Like :

        As far as Fenn … January 27th 2010
        Fenn was at home
        January 28th 2010
        Fenn was at Boarders Book Store in Santa Fe –
        He Bought Catcher there.
        ” I was 79 or 80 when I hid the chest ”
        page 129 ttotc –
        ” He also thought it might have once held a book of Days ”
        Thats funny Forrest ;
        I know in 1150 A.d. that book is called a Book of Hours, but I am certain there was not a book of days in use then .
        Can or is it possible to locate the actual chest in it’s concealment and how will you see the difference between the two , Well there must be a way . There is barely any data on that object . The Chest I mean . And I think I have a way to find the data .
        Forrest found a horse shoe with a carrot top nail in it. The video is on The Old Santa Fe Trading Company web site of Forrest’s.
        He describes how he had to figure out why the nail was there and how dead as a door nail was a common understanding about howrses in those days . Besides they were like cleats on a foot ball player . And they could run faster in the terrain . At least thats what I learn of it. He also tells you the measurements of it when he paid someone to show him how to do it .
        Any ways just a different look at this I suppose . I like straight toward.
        So when he read Kismet , Bell Tolls ,
        and Catcher , I found a lot of warmth in knowing and seeing which is which that he said was like his life. SO I imagine that and did such a study , The measure is exactly as he describes , Accurate in every way .
        So now to do the same . With the poem .
        I like the poem a lot . The words I mean .
        Eight sentences with One question making of course nine total . I just see things different I guess .
        Take care all …
        Keep on seeking and may your travels be full of treasures.

    • If that glass was out in the forest, it may be buried by now. He hid the chest, it could be buried by the time someone finds it.

  17. Begin it

    Well what’s he mean anyway ?
    Begin what ? Do you know? DO you think you know?
    I love this stanza

    Yes these are my opinions based on real facts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Like this one , would it interest you to know the last time Forrest Fenn was in Yellow Stone park ? I know !!!!!!!!!!
    Not a rumor , I have first hand data ( Forrest’s autograph with date ) on his sign in sheet . As well as eye witness account of that day .
    Matter a fact there are pictures of him there . I wont tell ……..
    You can find the data with out a computer . All the information needed is in the poem . I would say when the words lose their meaning you see more.
    Most would say whats he mean ….. Well in the upper- stratosphere of knowledge and writing . Words to see them , you must learn to make them neutral . Only then can logic take seed . Hey but what do I know . All this
    junk makes me look smart . I didn’t pass ninth grade . Barely could read when I started his chase . Since I went to college and had a 4.0 gpa!!!!!!!!!! What me!!!!! No way I was stuck in the back of my third grade class in a box around me , made fun of By Mrs. Lee cause I couldn’t read . She also called me Tuna
    well my least name is D’antuono , which means of the blood of Saint Antiono
    whom a family member came along th e Coronado trail . His name was Miguell Antonio. Hey thats my name ……

    This information is by chance ;

    Michael = Miguel
    D’Antuono = of the blood line of . Our name was changed for english speaking people when my family came here .
    My dads real name cause he was adopted was Wilbert OrnDorff.
    Which means Shinning Eagle on a hill . This name is interesting to me in a lot of ways . It also means Adler- look up Adler Tree; pinyon and of Wolf berry .
    Bringing into play Jan 1st. Look it up and look up names day . Look up Book of Hours not book of days . You will find the beginning of this trail there .
    The name of his wife family comes from . Neat enough that river around the area to link the two is Deleon River. This is also a place in Texas where Comanche Indians come from . Remember his grand ma chasing them out of her barn .
    That river would lead the two families together in past history , Fenn lives up to his name . To the fullest of his potential . And is a honor to know Mr. Fenn and to call him a true friend . I think he would completely agree with the last comment .
    These as all are opinions and you may comment all you would like . The information is there for all to see. I have learned so much that is is a treasure to have gone down the roads I have to get the data, I have traveled from Montana to New Mexico seeking the chest. But what I found was more then that . I found a education beyond anything I would have dreamed of.
    I call this RYE School ….. Thanks you Mr. Fenn for enrolling me and taking me as a student . All though I would agree the trap you set has my leg , and at times I feel as knawing my leg off to get out of it . My weight of information is well worth the cold. ” Silence in history :”
    Or may be in the wood is just meaning a writer ., Well of you are in the lead your a gun slinger.
    Enjoy have fun take care all , and for all purposes please each other . God has always intended that .

    My new and old is a dating systems .
    Look it up Ns and Os dating . This is how we date objects and all .
    Also means higher to lower liked the word ” Canyon “, or could be North and South .
    Dont ask how I know I wont tell ya.
    I would rather tell you to read that poem over and overt.
    Why do I speak the way I am . I am convinced I can read the first stanza and I
    can see it through the entire poem .

    Any way just new looks , don’t mean I proceed them .

  18. It’s in a petrified hollowed log that is a hundred million years old. And it will most likely stay in the log for another hundred million years.

  19. “I am convinced I can read the first stanza and I can see it through the entire poem”

    That’s exactly the way f intended it to be.

    • Please remember that This is only my opinion based on collected facts Through travel and hands on questions of folks Mr. Fenn knew.. and places he went . I cannot disclose who these people are at this time. Nor all the places I have collected data. I have had to ask permission of some to just read certain documents and letters . Only to bring to light in my mind who Mr. Forrest Fenn was . And he is everything he has brought to light. And then some . I think reading between the lines is a better way to understand him .
      I may in the future release the references used but it is not likely. I am using it to write a book of how Forrest’s book inspired me when I was undergoing surgery on my neck . With the possibility of never walking again . I spent 76 weeks in a chair where by 53 of those I could not feel anything . The chase let m in my mind still have the chance to provide a life to my family of five sons . So this was my escape from that God forsaken chair.
      The information cost me x-amout of dollars and time to collect . SO I wont just hand it out to every one . Please forgive me for that . It is not my intention to misdirect the Chase at all , but only in my intention to push you against your will . As I have been by Mr. Fenn .

      To address your comment now: Thats the way f intended it….
      Yes but why do you think that? I know why I said it.
      I only ask because ;
      The poem changes directions. It is not intended for the first stanza to be seen all the way through only it’s logic . It is a metaphysical switch back if you will in logic. If you rode a bike that you had to operate back wards it would take time to learn to ride a bike again . Then to ride it correctly again you would have to re learn it all over . I said it that way
      so not to describe my logic . We are going form point a to b and not the way we would go normally , and thats about all I have to say about it . But one the thing is ;
      I don’t see it through I meld it .
      Example of Meld:
      Maybe Heavy Loads and Water High really means
      Mother Earth and Father Sky.
      Just putting some basic things together is all .
      Page 6 ttotc
      “Well Im almost eighty and I think that’s so funny .”
      Oh , I don’t mean it’s funny because Im almost eighty , but it’s funny because I said it that way. I could have just said I was seventy-nine.”

      “Well Im almost eighty and I think that’s so funny .”
      Oh , I don’t mean Im almost eighty and I think thats so funny
      funny because Im almost eighty , but I’m almost eighty and I think thats so funny funny because I said it that way . I could have just said I was seventy nine .


  20. At the base of a tree maybe but otherwise uncovered except by snow in the wild open randomness (not random to anyone who knows the correct interpretation of the poem) of forrest some two hundred feet from a well traveled trail.

  21. FF has said that if he was standing where the TC is, that he would see
    (among other things) animals.

    Here’s my explanation of how he likes to “stretch” or “embellish”:

    I could stand on a street corner in New York City and “see animals” . . . if
    I stood there long enough. Maybe one dog in a month, and maybe one cat
    in a year.

    So don’t expect, necessarily, to see a high density of animals during your
    search hike. I think FF’s mention of animals wasn’t much help at all. And where can you stand in the Rocky Mountains and not see trees? That
    part isn’t much help either, in my opinion.

    The part about sage — or sagebrush — may have been helpful, to a small
    degree. I don’t know where the boundaries are regarding where sage

    Searchers have commented on FF’s desire to throw himself onto the TC
    to be found there much later. But if nothing else, he knows about animals.
    If he didn’t want his bones (and the rest of his dead body) to be dragged
    away from the TC, he may have put it in a (kind of) small enclosed place.

    I believe he has told us that the TC is not in a mine or cave. So what kind
    of enclosed place could he mean? I suppose that a hollow log could
    qualify, and folks have mentioned that maybe a hollow log could be
    petrified. I don’t know about that.

    I envision, perhaps, a space between two large boulders, where he could
    crawl in — but if he could do this, could a bear or mountain lion not also
    go in there and drag his body out?

    I think he was being dramatic about throwing his body onto the TC. I
    believe it’s relatively accessible by (say) a ten-year-old child. I also
    think the TC is (kind of) “out in the open”. That means not buried by FF underground . . . or even covered (by him) in dirt — although the natural
    forces of wind and rain may have caused a little bit of dirt to accumulate
    on or around the TC in the last 6 or 7 years. I will be looking for the TC
    to be totally “out in the open”, but I will also be looking to find it perhaps
    surrounded by rocks, or even covered by a rock or rocks.

    Folks have mentioned that “the blaze” may relate to a campfire . . . maybe
    a ring of rocks. If FF put a ring of rocks around the TC, then maybe this
    association with the word “blaze” would work. My opinion, though, is that
    “the blaze” is NOT a ring of rocks.

    I’ll be searching in a (smallish) group of trees — “the wood”.

    The above is my opinion. Yours may differ. Please be safe in the Rockies.

  22. Does it seem like there are more people than usual saying they know exactly where the treasure is?

    For me, I’m missing the hidey space details. I’ve had BOG 4 times and every search has been to the same general area. I recently realized that I stopped after the 5th clue, and then started looking for places that I would hide a chest – and I failed to decode the rest of the clues to see where FORREST would hide a chest. If I don’t find it on trip #5, then it’s back to the drawing board with a new WWWH. But like everyone else, I just don’t think I’m wrong… Good Luck to Everyone!

  23. There are 4 open ended poem lines. He didnt use a period or comma because open ended questions or poem line are those that require more thought. They ask the respondent to think and reflect. They hand control of the conversation to the respondant. An open ended poem is simply a poem that has an ending that is open for interpretation. For example: “if your brave and in the wood” ask yourself how do you get in the wood? Well to get inside there would have to be a fissure or crack to get inside the wood. You see it’s open for interpretation and requires more thought. That is just an example. I know what he is discribing and im not ready to tell.

    1. As i have gone alone in there
    2. Begin it where warm waters halt
    3. So why is it that I must go
    4. If you are brave and in the wood

  24. Markings on horses usually are distinctive white areas on an otherwise dark base coat color. From the artist perspective the blaze marking on a horses face is a perfect painting of what a small waterfall would look like if you were to paint it. We see the world the way we are not the way it really is. Look at the poem not the way you are but the way Fenn sees it. He has panited a beautiful picture that matchs way points and the words match topography. Some words in the poem have double meanings that require more thought.

    Not ready to tell!

    • Your question prompted me to look up an interesting article about them:

      It’s laced with conspiracy theory, which I don’t care much about, but does include some good images of the murals (If these are the ones you are referring to).

      Personally, although there are some interesting mountain landscape images included in these murals, I don’t believe that they have anything to do with the Chase. Just my opinion.

      • I think it does a little. It’s an airport and portal to the Rocky Mountains. I go through it almost every time I am on the hunt. It’s a cheap flight too.

        • If you have a layover at DIA this season Iceman, The New Belgium Hub is my personal favorite eating location there!

      • I agree, the conspiracies are just annoying. But the murals have a large blase. A turtle and a whale splashing about reminiscent of wwwh. A home of brown. The title is in peace and harmony with nature. That or the poem is a riddle that has to do with the cumbres and toltec railroad or steam engines maybe.

        • While I usually love art, I did not enjoy the emotional feelings and sense of harm and destruction displayed here. IMO it has nothing to do with The Chase.

          • The murals are about humanity coming together and creating peace on earth after some of the terrible acts perpetrated by our species. You must be another conspiracy loon.

          • Hold on, James. I don’t think Sheryl was going down the conspiracy track in her comment. I think that these murals can stir up some creepy parallels with regards to genocide, holocaust, apocalypse and the like and that Sheryl was reacting to it in that manner, which is legit and understandable.

            But I also agree with what your saying about how the piece as a whole is about humanity overcoming those bad things. I’m just saying that your both right and maybe misunderstanding each other a little. It’s got some bad vibes wrapped up in it, but at the same time is an overall admirable and though-provoking piece of art.

            And while I’m not sure about it being directly tied into figuring out the solution to the Chase, if it gives one some impetus to get the creative juices flowing to looking at the poem with a fresh perspective, then that’s not a bad thing either and go for it. 🙂

  25. I am not talking about the murals. I’m referring to Fenn standing there at a small waterfall and trying to describe it in a poetic poem. Remeber we see the world the way we are not the way it really is. Fenn used a word that best desribes what he is looking at. The shape of the blaze on a horses face the white flowing marking in his bind best described the small waterfall he was looking at.

    Not ready to tell.

  26. Ever seen the movie ‘Pet Sematary’…it’s probably some place like that. Remember FF said “he’d see animals”.

  27. Its out this world, the hidey space must be in outer space somewhere in the Milky Way , Polaris is North Star, Kochab is old Cephus will be new. Could be the treasure boxes one in the north and one in the south near the Southern Cross . On earth could be in a power vault near St Mary’s in Montana, seems things aren’t always linear , But what do I know seems I’m always wrong. Elevation just don’t fit. Fenn,s treasure is for sure in a Heavenly place where ever that is. sure is Sunny here today, Hope the wheather getting better in the rockies . Be back soon.

  28. We all know Fenn said: “I know the treasure chest is wet.”, and when asked if it’s still wet he replied: “physics tells me the treasure is wet.” The ‘wet’ reference has always puzzled me. I’m convinced it is not submerged but if it’s covered in ‘frozen water’ is that still considered wet? Is coating the bronze in wax to protect it considered wet? Maybe he is referring to condensation but he also said: “You will find no mildew in the treasure chest”.
    Webster’s definition of wet:
    a : consisting of, containing, covered with, or soaked with liquid (as water)
    b : of natural gas : containing appreciable quantities of readily condensable hydrocarbons
    I think he means the ‘b’ definition. In my Googling efforts I found this:
    ‘Tar is a complex mixture of condensable hydrocarbons’.


    • Randawg. Because FF said “Physics” , I always looked at what he said there as meaning of copper’s chemical reaction to air and moisture over time. It will eventually turn green. A good example of this is the Statue Of Liberty . It is plated with with copper and eventually she turned all green. Copper is also anti mildew. . Indulgence is bronze, which is part copper. Over time it is possible that Indulgence could be green in color. It doesn’t need to be in water for this to happen , just exposed to moisture . IMO. I could be wrong.

      • Patina (/ˈpætᵻnə/ or /pəˈtiːnə/) is a thin layer that variously forms on the surface of stone; on copper, bronze and similar metals (tarnish produced by oxidation or other chemical processes);[1] on wooden furniture (sheen produced by age, wear, and polishing); or any such acquired change of a surface through age and exposure. Patinas can provide a protective covering to materials that would otherwise be damaged by corrosion or weathering. They may also be aesthetically appealing.

        Exactly! It’s called “petina.”

        On metal, patina is a coating of various chemical compounds such as oxides, carbonates, sulfides, or sulfates formed on the surface during exposure to atmospheric elements (oxygen, rain, acid rain, carbon dioxide, sulfur-bearing compounds), a common example of which is rust which forms on iron or steel when exposed to oxygen. Patina also refers to accumulated changes in surface texture and colour that result from normal use of an object such as a coin or a piece of furniture over time.[2]

        • Sheryl Lynn. Thank you, petina is it exactly. Statue Of Liberty ; over which she stands sentinel-the green goddess!

          • Thank you for your comments. Would you describe the Statue of Liberty as being wet?

  29. Well…my hidey space may be a BUST. Looks like there may be a Trouble With Confidence…Part Deux. I’m still investigating though, so there still remains some small hope.

  30. Maybe its hidden in an Eagles nest on a pole near St Mary, Lots of visitors there, Sirius though enjoy the chase everyone.

  31. The day f, said he knew that the chest was wet, it may have
    been a day, that it rained, in the area that the chest is located.
    He may have the weather report on his computer, for that
    area, just my option, but if I am right, this supposed hint may
    be worthless?

    • Sam,
      Someone posed that same question to Forrest. I think on MW, but I don’t have the exact source. (Anybody else have it?) His response was “physics tells me the treasure is wet.”

      • It’s here:


        Mr. Fenn,

        In your interview with New Mexico True Stories, you mentioned that you know that the treasure is wet. I checked out the date of that interview and it looks like you said that in a February, which could mean that you knew that it had snowed or rained at the site of the treasure chest, or simply because of higher water.

        Now we are in mid-summer, and if we assume that no storms have passed through recently, would you know that the treasure is wet now? ~Thanks, B

        Yes B, physics tells me the treasure is wet. f

      • Key words for a search on that Q&A… How can anything be in the Rocky Mountains and not be wet…
        These should provide links to the full original Q&A.

    • Hi Sam.

      Your point is one of many that was said to infer something relating to Fennology and the statement that included “the chest is wet”.

      Yourviewpoint should be an explanation to those words, that should be on everyone’s list wwhen considering its meaning.

      Even though one may not put it on that list, it still is a plausible answer for that phrase and should not be discarded as “nothing”.


      • TIM,
        I gotta hand it to Iron W for owning up, curious if you’re planning a quiet sneak out to investigate your solve, just in case you go Bust?

        It goes to show, you can’t rush Mother Nature

  32. Tom, the chest in my option is not air or moisture tight, moisture can get in, once it gets in, it may stay? Is this physics? Moisture may stay in the chest from one rain to the next rain, no matter where it is located. I would guess that is why f, sealed the bottle in the chest with his history.
    I think this shows that f, thought moisture gets in the chest, or he would not have sealed the bottle in the chest.

  33. Buried theory, part II.
    Some think the chest is located out in the open. Like sitting at the base of a tree sprinkled with a few pine needles.
    I don’t think so.

    Mr Fenn likes to dig:
    He buried his 8 bronze bells.
    He dug a hole for the 18″ x 10″ ugly pot. (SB 166)
    He buried the bell tower post 24″. (SB 172)
    He digs out 25′ diameter x 7′ deep Kivas as a hobby.
    He has said the treasure is hidden, instead of buried, because he does not want to give that as a clue.
    I just can’t shake the thought that he may have possibly buried the chest.
    JMO of course.

    • randawg–

      I may agree with you. But I think he had a black patch over his left eye, a parrot on his shoulder, and said “Aaaargh Forrest Fenn, Shiver me timbers, did you really just do that? Aaarrrgh!” 🙂

      • Actually, I don’t believe it’s buried. I think it’s hidden— and finding it is up to yew. We just need to put in the effort. Do you think someone will find it this year?

    • Dawg-
      There is no need for guessing. The answer is in the poem, if you can find it. It’s the ninth clue. My opinion of course 🙂

    • The phrase “look quickly down” is what stands out to me as signifying little or no digging required. That’s only my gut impression.

    • Can’t fault your logic Randawg. But then how do you explain his comment regarding if someone got within 12′ of it that it would be hard to imagine it wouldn’t be found?

      There would have to be yet another indicator (the blaze?) to locate the spot. There are a few different meanings of “down” so it would seem for the 12′ to work, then it would likely be as towards the ground. I’m still struggling with “look quickly down” just because it seems too easy. The poem is “Difficult but not impossible ‘. But then he also says don’t over-complicate it.

      But l’m still studying and thinking hard. Just hope my brain cells last as my 93 year old mother died of dimentia in January and at my age I don’t even want to contemplate that possibility. That’s why I love this thing so much. It keeps the gray matter working; the best defense for that horrible illness.

      • I agree with Dawg. I believe it’s buried. Actually, buried at an EXACT coordinate. That’s why he said to bring a GPS. And concerning his 12′ comment…….. A GPS is accurate to within about 10-12 feet. So if someone figured the coordinates and searched it +/- 12′ or so with a metal detector, that would explain it. IMO

        • Or he said bring a GPS because he’s worried that someone is going to get lost in an area they are unfamiliar with. Same thing with a good map and a sandwich. Remember the trip he took looking for Lewis and Clark… they didn’t bring enough food and they had to use the map to start a fire 🙂

          • It’s definitely easier to carry a sandwich than a porcupine.

            (true story . . . )


          • I would.. I mean im not going to carry a salami sandwich with italian dressing in a greasy paper bag… but I would have a couple of energy bars and plenty of water. In fact, when I went searching two years ago… even though where I was looking wasnt far off the beaten path, I had my backpacking stuff… backpack, tent, stove, fuel, tent, foam pad, sleeping bag and some food. The nice thing is, then you have a nice bag to put the treasure chest in and no one will suspect a thing 🙂

    • Thanks Sparrow I forgot to mention that.
      PG 133 of TTOTC Fenn dreamed he was Captain Kidd looking for his treasure on Gardiner’s Island.
      It is well documented that Kidd buried his treasure there.
      (Interesting, …no?)

  34. Poetry page was closed for comments so I will leave this here.

    Long journeys begin with just a step
    Back foot forward and then the next
    Against the weathers full effects
    Up mountain sides, tops wind swept

    Legs grow tired, out of breath
    There is no shame to stop and rest
    Fast is folly, use patience lest
    Eagerness become your death

    Wear your smile as you near the end
    Know your journey’s not for naught
    The hidey spot, just where you thought
    Treasure in hand, leave with a grin
    Knowing you’ll come back again

    Happy early Easter weekend everyone!

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