Don’t you hate that?
It’s a lie. I did not find it. I have no idea any more than you do where it’s located. I just wrote that for the effect it will have on you. If I am right, it demoralized you. Displeased you. Ruined your day. You hate me. You’re finding it hard to forgive me right now.
If it didn’t have that effect on you than you don’t care about looking for it as much as I do. Its not that someone other than me would find it as much as it is that my own hunt would be over and I love looking for the chest.
But I did it for a reason. Albeit a selfish reason. I wanted you…dear readers…to experience how I am going to feel when one of you actually does find it and sends me an email to that effect. I am asking you now, be kind…be generous when you break the news. I am not going to be happy…
On that topic…more than one person has written Forrest trying to scam him into disclosing the possibility of a location. How would you handle it if you were Forrest?
Here’s what happens. Someone writes to Forrest, “I found it at La Junta.”
How is Forrest going to respond? If he writes back, “No you didn’t because I didn’t put it there.” The person now knows a place not to bother looking. On the other hand, if Forrest writes, “I never thought anyone would find it there because I really hid it good.” Then that person knows to speed to La Junta and start looking in earnest.
How would you answer an email like that?
And while your rolling that around. Here’s a letter from a guy who actually sent this under the heading “TREASURE HAS BEEN FOUND”.
I have found the treasure. Home of brown is here:
On the peninsula that jutts out into el vado reservoir is a large abandoned cemetery. The trail was well marked, the map with he blaze signs was carved into the tree behind forrest as he did the kob interview in his garden. If you want to check it out, it is 60 paces due west of the curve in the road on the North side of the cemetery (up the arroyo). I dug in two spots, the fire ant hill 20 paces from the road was a decoy, you needed to follow the blaze (black stones) about 40 paces west to the treasure. The mark for the treasure was an F with three lines instead of two.
Here is another-by the same person..but sent to Forrest rather than me…
So I will tell you the story.
I am a 38 year old veterinary student from Nebraska. I saw the news piece on KOB three weeks ago. Within 3 days I had located the site at El Vado to within about 100 yards. I drove down over labor day weekend and dug it up. Nothing there. I thought and thought. Remembering Shakespeare, I read the poem backwards. I found the site up the canyon south of the monastery on google earth although I did not visit it. The ring the lady who interviews you on PBS was wearing fit the poem as well. I suspect there is more located by the SJ monastery near taos, though I would need to read the poem again. The final treasure is at the Fa Yun monastery main house near Taos. I would need to observe in person, but I found the blaze on the table made of yellow stone. The Golden Buddha, the golden valley below the Buddha, and I suspect whatever is inside the Golden Buddha are parts of the treasure as well. Does the golden buddha weigh 217 pounds? And is it part of the treasure as well? I would hate to go to the monastery and take their Buddha if it was not meant to be taken! In reality, I do not wish to collect these items in person. I will if I must, but I propose this to you… If you would make suitable arrangements for me, I will donate 25% to a cause of your choice, the monks if you prefer. Make a suggestion if you wish.
I must admit that I had suspicion you may have had nefarious intent. Perhaps my imagination is hyper-acute or I am exquisitely intuitive. Regardless, I have stopped obsessing about this. Ask if you are curious, otherwise I shall not elaborate.
You are a master of word craft, and obviously brilliant smart.
Here’s to our health. Let’s talk.
As Forrest would say…please don’t go digging up any monastery grounds..
PS- Sorry for the near heart attack Stephanie. It’s still out there….