This is the place to discuss the the space where the chest is hidden. Is it in a cave, a hole in the ground, in a river or creek, behind a waterfall, out in the open? Tell us what you think the resting place for the chest looks like.
Dear Mr. Fenn,
I have an 11 year old son named River. Last year sometime he said to me, “I wish there were still treasures left to find”. I found this to be a telling part of his personality. He wasn’t taking about money. He was talking about the adventure, the purpose, something bigger than himself. I agreed with him. I always wished I were Indiana Jones when I was little and that there were still mysteries to solve and adventures to be had, by normal people. That you didn’t have to be someone special or have special education to be able to go do this amazing thing. I had never heard of your treasure until today and I’ve spent all morning reading about it.
I’m home schooling my son this next year and your poem just became part of his curriculum. I believe this treasure is out there, but for me in just excited to have something for my mind to ruminate over. How fun. I don’t know about you or your life, but now I want my son and I to read your book together- to show him there are still treasures to be found and adventures to be had. Thank you for the chance you’ve given so many people for that. Is it true you can figure all of this out remotely by looking on a map?? I wish I were more familiar with the terrain as I was born and raised in Alaska 🙂
Anyhow, I hope this finds you in good health. I hope reading of others odyssey’s has brought you as much satisfaction as searching for it has brought them.
I plan on studying your puzzle. Feel free to update me on any new clues haha! Maybe someday we will go rescue your box from its watery grave. Until then, thanks again for the adventure.
Forrest sent me this without a comment.
What do you think??
I love emails like this one from Diane. Makes me wish I could go back to the starting place and experience all of the things I might have done, but didn’t.
I have a technicolor picture of me running through the brambles with Diane.
It is comforting that the treasures chest thread has brought so many of us together in a kindred way. I feel like I know that girl who played with hobos. f
My grandfather was a train engineer. He used to do a big train whistle out of town so my grandmother could hear to let him know he was on the way, and she’d tell me to take off running. I would run like the dickens through the bramble, and meet his train on the edge of Lewistown, Mt., and he would stop it to a complete halt, then let me on, and I got to drive the train all the way through Lewistown, Mt., then I would hop off, with the train building steam and run back to grandma’s house. Never fell once. I remember the train would slow down slow, then come to a complete halt like how I think warm waters halt.
One of my favorite things to do is go in to town and have lunch with the “young hobos” who hop the trains out of Colorado Springs. My Sunday hobo church. They grab food from people coming out of the cafes and eat it up like morsels form heaven. Took me only a day to adjust to their routine. They are brilliant poets, just like Forrest. A few are banjo players, and they are peaceful, but not for the meek. They are totally free to ride the rails to the next adventure, and I live vicariously through them, as I also love the rails.
I’m new to the chase, and am having fun studying my stacks of maps, and the poem, and I giggle a lot when I wonder- “What would Bubba do?”
Thank you Karen,
I will try to answer the questions for your students. I received about 30 emails and was a little overwhelmed. That’s why I didn’t respond to more than I did. My answers follow the student’s questions and are in bold type.
I can see by the first question that your students probably are not asking what they want answered. I will answer the questions as presented and not judge them. I will also leave your students with a poem. It is not a reflection on anyone, or the questions, but something for them to think about.
Today as I went up the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today, oh how I wish he’d go away.
Can you describe the first and last time you visited your secret fishing spot?
Yes, I went in my car both times and the sun was shining.
Also you said gold. In the canyon we are guessing the sunset make the rock look like gold is this significant to the place where you hid the treasure.
I am sure the rock would think so.
Does the 4 line in each stanza have a significance to when you hid the treasure.
Would you please give us a list of all your friends/superiors in the Vietnam war?
There are several hundred. Would you like the names alphabetical?
Could you also tell was time of year you hid the treasure?
Yes, it was summer.
We have a guess about where the treasure is hidden, and we were wondering if you could give us some feedback on it.
Yes, I think I could.
We believe that the treasure is hidden near agua fria peak, New Mexico.
I think that is very interesting.
Our group also thinks if it is not hidden there, then it might be hidden some where near Cimarron canyon.
The canyon is very long so if you go searching there please be prepared.
Our final guess is that the treasure may be along road 156 in Wyoming. Thank you for taking time out of your day to help us in our class!
You cannot solve the problem by starting in the middle of the poem. You should start with the first clue and then solve the other eight in order.
What is your favorite thing about the place where you hid the treasure?
It is in a place that is dear to me.
When was the first time you went to the place where you hid the treasure?
I don’t want to answer that question. It is more of a clue than I want to give.
What is your favorite outside activity?
When was the last time you went to the place with the treasure was hidden?
A few years ago.
Did you name the poem The Thrill of the Chase?
No. I forgot to name it.
Were you close to your father?
I think I was closer in my memory of him than in practice.
Does Bighorn Canyon,WY ring any bells in your past?
Or does Black Canyon,CO ring any bells?
What do you mean by “ringing bells”
What is the emphasis of “where warm waters halt”?
I don’t understand the question.
What does “warm” mean to you?
It means being comfortable.
Where did you mostly go during your lifetime?
Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States.
When did you find this spot to bury the treasure like year?
I have not said that I buried it, and I don’t want to reveal when I discovered the spot. It is too much of a clue.
Does a blaze mean the treasure?
Not in my dictionary.
Why did you hide the treasure where you hid it?
I love the way you worded that question. I think you are going to be a science fiction writer. The answer is in my book, TTOTC.
What inspired your passion for art?
I have no passion for art. It was only a business to me.
Who was your biggest influence growing up?
My father and my football coach.
Why did you choose the specific riches in the treasure?
Because I needed them to put in the treasure chest.
Have you ever revisited the place you hid it?
How did the Vietnam War affect you?
It made me more forgiving, more considerate, and more aware that we need to leave other people alone.
What time of year did you hid the treasure?
Is there is specific reason that halt and walk are the only words that do not follow the rhyme scheme?
Yes, I was limited by my ability.
What is your favorite place to be? or river?
In my home in Santa Fe.
Where was your favorite place? Why?
Why don’t you ask me how deep is a hole? I cannot single out one to be my favorite.
Why did you marry?
Because I was able to find a woman who was much better than me, and then spent 63 years hoping she wouldn’t find out.
What is “too far to walk” to you?
It is the name of a book I wrote.
Who were your partners in the Air Force?
I had no partners sir.
When you wrote the poem, were you thinking about fishing
No, I was thinking about the poem.
What was your favorite Hike/Trail Yellowstone.?
Trails are not favorites of mine. I always hiked off trails. Why go where everyone else had gone. The rangers didn’t like that, but I did and I was the one doing it. Do you see my logic?
Did it lead to the top of a waterfall?
Some did but most didn’t.
Where did you catch the Fish that you still have a memory.
If so, why do you remember that memory?
Because a 900 pound bear also wanted it. Guess who won?
What type of fish did you like fishing for?
Trout, bass, perch and catfish.
What Is Blaze?
Anything that stands out.
How hard was it to write the poem and not give the location away?
It was not hard at all. I just had to stay focused.
In the poem, Thrill of The Chase when you talk about “Not far, but too far to walk” and “Take it in the canyon down,” is it referring to a waterfall.
You guys seem to be hung up on waterfalls. Don’t try to change my poem to fit your ideas.
We were also wondering if you could tell us anything about “The home of the Brown.
“Do you “check” on the treasure every once in awhile to see if it is still in tact.
Do you mean as opposed to being torn apart? I feel sure it is still intact.
And does anyone know for sure where it is, for example, your wife, or closest friend?
No one knows where it is but me.
We are looking into places in New Mexico and we are curious if we are in the right direction.
Go back to the poem and start with the first clue.
When was the last time you have been to where the treasure is hidden?
A few years ago.
Hello Mr. Fenn!
My name’s Kenda. Had a strange thing happen the other day –involves you oddly enough
I watched Destination Unknown “Finding Fenn’s Treasure” on 1/13, Friday evening
I’m a paranormal researcher, I record ghost voices… been doing it on a regular basis for 10 years now.
Saturday morning -5 am EST, (3 am your time) I did a recording session. A voice that sounds an awful lot like you is speaking on it. It’s not unusual for sleeping people to show up on recording, happens pretty regularly…no rhyme or reason to it actually.
Here’s what “sleeping you” said, “IT’S A GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT TO ME THAT MY OWN FAMILY HAVEN’T FOUND IT.”
“TAOS… IT WOULD BE BALD WITHOUT THIS” “DON’T YOU KIDS READ?”
Now, I don’t speak at all during the “answer” parts of the recording, only when asking questions.
Vocally, I’m 99.999% sure it’s you; got the accent, cadence, everything!
Just thought you might find it interesting –I definitely do
I did a video of it if you’d like to hear it — (incidentally, I was asking about the existence of Bigfoot at the time –“You” suggested I STOP asking about it considering “THEY COULD BE FROM THE PRIMATE FAMILY” )
Here’s the link to the video…
FORREST FENN (Pure EVP) Sleeping Forrest Messages
I am a professional poker player living in Las Vegas… im 44 years old and I came to Vegas when I was 19 to pursue a career in playing Blackjack… (not such a good idea btw) and have been here ever since. I received your book for Christmas (never heard about your story) and I will be trading in gambling on cards for gambling in the wilderness. Should be fun.
I recently purchased 10 books and have decided I need 10 partners and figured the best way to find 10 people I can trust* was to send it off to 10 inmates serving life sentences… figured they have the time and won’t be looking themselves😀😀.
I chose 9 men and 1 woman. I’m thinking my best shot is the Unibomer Ted Kaczynski.. as he is a pretty brilliant guy and also lived in Montana for a number of years… I have 1 question, Has anyone ever told you they were doing this also?
Hope this finds you well,