A New Contest…

Forrest’s new book is nearly upon us…

We have a new contest to help celebrate the occasion!


If Forrest can do it so can we. Make a stick figure drawing that depicts “Forrest Hiding Indulgence”. Make it simple. Make it black ink on white paper.

Winner gets a signed, first edition copy of Forrest’s newest memoir, Once Upon A While.

One entry per person
Must be submitted via email
Must be on the topic of “Forrest Hiding Indulgence”
Must be black figures on white background
Entries can be drawn digitally and submitted
Drawn manually on paper and scanned or photographed and submitted
Entries must be emailed to:
With the subject line “Contest”
Include your blog name so we can credit it properly for all to see
Entries must be received by dal before the contest closes
Contest closes 11pm (Santa Fe time), Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Entries will be posted on a page linked at the bottom of this page.
Entries will be judged based on originality, imagination and fun factor.
Judges will be selected by the time judges are needed.
Judging will occur as soon as practical after the contest ends.


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147 thoughts on “A New Contest…

  1. Speaking of Forrests Memoirs, has Too Far To Walk always been advertised as “A Hinting Memoir”? I never saw the words ‘hinting memoir’ . Anyone?

      • thank you for responding. I think it is significant that the wording has changed. I have every intension of purchasing Once Upon a While. This is the first time I have ever seen a direct reference to hints in Too Far To Walk.
        Dal, can you comment on whose decision it was to alter the wording? Did Forrest recently tell you its a ‘hinting memoir’?

  2. YEA – a new contest! Thanks Dal. I just sent in my entry. – – – You will recognize it, it is the one marked “Winner” on it….Just joshin’ Ya’ JDA

  3. Dang!! I haven’t been practicing my stick figures. Wouldn’t you just know it!
    I’ll need to do lots and lots of research, look up 1,000 words, 10,000 synonyms, and eat at least 100 popsicles (banana). Which reminds me:
    Knock knock?
    Who’s there?
    Knock knock?
    Who’s there?
    Knock knock?
    Who’s there?
    Knock the dang banana in the head, wantcha!!!

    • BW – I really like your drawing. In creating my Storm Castle Peak solve, located near Squaw Creek Ranch on the Gallatin River, I posted a picture of a ranch.outhouse with a crescent moon on it. But I didn’t find this fact out until just now, as I searched for the photo again:

      “Crescent Moon: The crescent moon cutout and the star cutout on the door of many outhouses goes back to Colonial times. In a time when few people could read, the crescent moon was the symbol for women while the star cutout was for men. … The cutout also let light into the outhouse as there were usually no windows.”

      Tell people you discovered that fact and use it for your solve. Go ahead.

  4. I think Jeremy’s signature is awesome! 🙂 love the huck fenn fence 😉
    And sparrows bumper stickers and inclusion of dear ‘ole Tesuque lol
    These are all great fun guys!! 🙂

  5. Wow, some you chasers have got some artist skills. I was not granted that talent so now I would not even vote for my own, but I do like chaser- ……..a lot.
    Keep them coming!!!

      • @Mindy Thinks Forrest Sleeps Under Trees All Day
        – it was s’posed to be a TOP-SECRET carpark, fyi!! 🙁

        don’t worry GM, it’s def NOT the first car-park on the left off highway 212 just south of Silver City or anything ..that’s for certain! 🙂

      • Oh Darn Mindy, I thought the lack of tails was a hint that Fenn put there.

        Hey Zap – what are the odds of 2 cows appearing in a drawing without tails?

        • Lugnutz, & Mindy

          Just maybe those cows are a hint. In TTOTC book the drawing of Forrest milking the cow humm…..

          Catherine O’Leary Milking – could the story behind the painting be part of the hint.

          Well we already know most of the drawings in this book are copied from Norman Rockwell Paintings – are they hints too? Like Rockwell’s – No Swiming, Facts of Life, Over There, the Problem We All Live With, and there is a few others. If you haven’t heard this then look in the book at the drawings and compare with these paintings. But there is one of Rockwells paintings that if I didn’t know better I would believe it was Forrest’s family on the way to Yellowstone ( especially with the name on the boat).

          Thanks Mindy, for bring back memories of some fun discussions.

          • Just in case you would like to match other drawings in the TTOTC book here are a few more Rockwell paintings to compare them with. First Down, The Gossips, and Madison Moyle. There are two more I just don’t remember the names, have to look back in my paperwork when I get home. Good luck all.

    • I had a lot of fun with hidden meaning in this drawing. I’m not sure about the rabbit nose…but I think you might be seeing where the two T’s in TTOTC meet. The drawing was done inside the Letters TTOTC.
      Each frame is a letter.
      That’s cool you saw a rabbit though…I see it now, too.

      • Jeremy –

        Yes I am aware of the graffiti type art there spelling TTOTC. I think it’s really cool. The rabbit’s nose also jumped out at me, intended or otherwise.

        Ask yourself a question. Or ask Fenn.

        How many rabbits have hopped past the treasure chest?


  6. I have enjoyed looking closely at the pictures. Not unlike the poem, attention to detail reveals so much more. I am just now seeing that Amanda has words in her picture………yeah, I know I’m slow. Sometimes the brain takes the scenic route! Dal looking forward to more tonight.

  7. This is fun! It’s amazing to look at all of the different styles in these entries. Very intriguing and quite a lot of talent. Just put in my entry. Thanks everyone for a good laugh.

    • aardvarkbark – You get me. I attempted to channel Eric Sloane doing one of his excellent Pen & Ink drawings, because I cannot draw. I tried doing three previous drawings before that one to re-prove that fact. They were really, really bad.

    • Colomtnman – I am pretty sure that is my blaze on the mountain top behind Forrest’s left leg in the shot at the top of this page I know just where he took that on the 205 trail above my spot.. He doesn’t mention the camera or Donnie taking this picture in the TTOTC book version, That is one of the differences I noted from the original article I posted above.


      • Colomtnman – And the next line after the one where Donnie takes the picture is this one:

        “I asked Donnie to take my picture (I was proud of the coon skin cap my mother had made for me) as I surveyed the land that had not changed in a million years.”

        What better place to hide the bronze chest, than in a landscape that Forrest describes himself in this way?

  8. you can tell alot about someone just from their cartooning i reckon, for e.g:

    – Jonesy1 is obviously a massive Beagle Boys fan
    – PDenver believes a giant cyclops hid the chest near a hobbit village
    – Mindy lives in a world where cows have no tails (?)
    – Searcher Chris should NEVER possess a helicopter license
    – & Dumbfounded thinks it’s ok to park in a disabled carpark, forever!!

    ( ..i mean – what’s the world coming to?! 🙁 )

  9. This artwork is fantastic. I believe we could auction these off for millions of dollars. So creative. So awe-inspiring. I am hyperventilating as I gaze upon these masterpieces of ingenuity. Be still my beating heart. I need to stop for a moment and regain my composure. Good God am I impressed. You must all be truly amazing people. I can’t believe that I, an art crtitic, am say this. But I truly am absolutely astonished at the craftsmanship involved here. I am deeply moved.

    • Hi Reginald – this might just be your lucky day, as-it-just-so-happens that i might (or might not) have an authenticly original “Randawg de Vinci” up for sale, and it’s only 100k per/sq/inch too (on a smallish A1)

      ( ..but shhh, i won’t tell him if you don’t 🙂 )

      • I don’t know about that Bert,
        but I’ll bet the stick pic drawn by the finder of the chest might bring as much as $1 a square inch!


      • jeez Theo, don’t tell him that!! ..am pretty sure he was about to offer 75k per/sq/inch fyi

        oh well.. there goes my bar in the Caribbean i s’pose 🙁

    • Reggie dear, we can tell by your name that you are well heeled and upper crust. With your lineage you of all people should recognize haute’ de art! Lol!!!! 🙂
      Thanks for a good laugh.
      You should submit one, its fun!

    • Reginald D. Sotheby III
      I’d be very happy (and surprised) if I could get a rock-bottom price of $17 a square inch. We are surrounded by many creative and talented folks. A few could and should hold-off for a higher price. Of course, we’d need to find someone who knows something about the art business. Any suggestions? With a name like yours, could it be you? Thanks.

  10. Bur;

    I love your cartoon. Lots of cute details. Thanks for submitting.

    Where your trail turns to the right, you have printed something, but
    I am sorry, I can not make it out. Would you please tell me what it
    says? Thanks. I was able to figure out all of the other things – Including
    “Is that sage I smell? – cute – cute, but this one line I can’t make out.

    Thanks again for a cute post. JDA

    • JDA,
      You must be talking about where says “the creek goes underground” (my old iPad camera not the great). I was just laying out the star locations on the cover of the new book with the last four clues. Who knows just maybe, but I think so. Bur

      • Thanks Bur – I appreciate it. Yes, that was what I could not make out. Interesting theory on the stars and the last four locations. My map and yours sure seem similar, hope we are not looking in the same area. Good luck to you though. JDA

  11. Nora: Like your creativity & imagination. Or is it your knowledge based on what I see using GE or GM and zooming in on Continental Divide Trail & North Fork Buffalo River near North Fork Meadows, Teton County, WY at 43°56.45N 110°12.40W. Best of luck.

  12. This is a great contest to get the imagination going, & it’s so fun to see all the ideas put to paper. Hope more come in to view before the closing date.

  13. I’m looking through the entries, trying to find names I don’t recognize, thinking it might be Forrest dropping a hint. And going crazy.

    So many awesome entries though.

  14. My favorites are 1.) Madesquare – for the sheer simplicity of the idea, & the drawing.
    2.) Blex – for the wry humor exhibited in the drawing.
    Both struck my sense of humor.

  15. Add to my favorite list: 3.) Randawg – for depicting the serenity of being in the wild by yourself. The drawing is peaceful, & you just know Forrest is enjoying the hike.

  16. What a great little contest 🙂 Than you Dal, for all you do,,,,but where is your entry?

    Great job everyone! I love them all.

  17. Thank you 😉

    I think Spallies needs to be ejected from this contest and given a contract by Parker Brothers. Can I just buy a bullet trinket?

    It would probably be surprising to know how much I searched this summer.

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