Is The Book Important?…

I get occasional email from folks out there who wonder how important the book (Thrill of the Chase) is in finding Forrest’s treasure. Why they write asking me about this is always a surprise. I mean it’s not like I’ve figured out all the hints and found the treasure. Seems like a better option would be to go right to the source and ask the only guy who really knows the answer to that question.

It turns out that many folks do. Forrest shared a couple of emails with me on this topic so I can share them with you. That way we all have the same information. It’s one way of getting the word out. So here goes…

This is a note sent to him just a couple of weeks ago. Names have been changed so no one will yell at me.

Dear Mr. Fenn,

We are a group of avid elderly bridge players in San Diego who after reading your book hope to find your treasure.  We are not into poetry as much as the memoir.  We realize the clues are in the poem, but were wondering if there isn’t at least one clue in each chapter.

Thank you for a great book



Forrest’s succinct response:


All of the information you need to find the treasure is in the poem. The chapters in my book have very subtle hints but are not deliberately placed to aid the seeker. Good luck in the search. f

In the past, Forrest has stated that the poem has all the information a person needs to find the treasure. But this email adds clarity to that message by saying that the book isn’t necessary. Its clues are subtle and apparently unintentional. He didn’t even deliberately place clues to the treasure in the book. Maybe that’s true but I think anyone searching for the treasure would be foolish not to know as much as possible about the man that hid it. There are most certainly clues in that book not only to the treasure but also to the interests, likes and dislikes of Forrest who made this great hunt possible. Besides, some money from each book goes to help someone with cancer pay their bills…

My advice is..get the book…and read it cover to cover…

Maybe we all need to take the approach of this writer.

Dear Mr. Fenn

In my last email I thanked you for writing this book but did not really explain why I felt this way. I believe everyone  must work hard for the things they want in life but everyone needs a dream to hang on to. I lost my husband several years ago and although my sons are grown men I want them to learn its ok to have a dream,

I have shared my book with them as well as I  belong to a group that is working on the book.

For me its does not matter if I find the treasure  It’s more about the fun of the hunt. 

I will not lie finding the treasure would make my life easier, as well as give me a chance to improve our small town one room library. But then that all falls in to the dream. But as I said before Thank You for writing the book and putting a dream out there.



Forrest say’s that letters like this one above make it all worthwhile for him.They probably make it a lot more worthwhile than letters like the following.

Dear Mr. Fenn,

You would not believe the day I just had, after staying up all night studying your memoir. After having stayed up all night the night before.  

I decided to go and get my bearings and follow my hunch, and lo, the river was not snowed in.  There followed two trips to the summit above your spot looking for water high (I was thinking springs) followed by a dunking in the river, before I realized the folly of my ways.  No matter how fit anyone may be, those two trips to the high-country ridge had my heart pounding and the sweat pouring.  I saw a deer kill, and I swear I felt a mountain lion…  

Needless to say, this has been an utterly unbelievable journey, filled with twists and turns and stupefying synchronicities. No movie could ever do it justice.   I found your missing ball of string, in pieces I am sorry to say!  I am stout-hearted, but I found myself fearful when it came to extracting your chest from the spot on the bank.  I don’t want to damage anything, because I ‘ll probably have to use a pick on the rocks.  If I can prove to you decisively that I know the exact spot, will you help me with the logistics?

I am sitting where some of your story began.  My cell is ###-#### if you care to call.

Thank you for the white knuckles!


Forrest’s reply:

You’ve got me scared now because I was hoping the chest would not be found for at least a couple of years. I don’t dare call you for fear of giving you a coordinate or some other useful clue. Please let me know if you find the treasure. f

Am I the only person that senses the sarcasm in Forrest’s response? I’m pretty sure he doesn’t trust this guy to find his britches with both hands. Forrest, of course, enjoys playing with him as if he were a trout.

There are a lot folks who truly appreciate what Forrest has done not only with his treasure…but also with his life. As in this note from Jim.


Wow a fighter pilot. Must have been scary times. I hate seeing our nation suffering now too. Hey I wanted to ask u kind of a favor. If u can’t do it I understand. But I would Rilke to send you a check to your shop and maybe you can sign your book and send it to me? The reason is how much you inspire me, also so I can tell the story to my son and when he’s older we can go on the adventure together. That would be neat wouldn’t it? Well if you don’t wanna do that it’s ok, I’ll buy your book anyways. But I thought its worth a try to ask. talk to ya soon. I hope. 


Finally, this lovely quote from Forrest. I think it explains why he hid the treasure in the first place.

If I cannot enrich those with whom I interact each day and cause them to be better for my having passed their view, then I have wasted my turn. That I succeed in that endeavor is not as important as it is for me to make a solid try. For if the try is sincere I have succeeded in whatever failure resulted.

Like Betty wrote..He’s giving us all a dream with the Thrill of the Chase…


84 thoughts on “Is The Book Important?…

  1. Nice blog Dal. It’s interesting to see what others think. I think there will be a lot of people out this spring if there’s already people searching now. Way too cold for me.

    • Yeah…nice blog Dal ! Truly
      I came back over here for a minute or two thinking about the beginning. Interesting to see again Fenn’s reply to Emily above…
      After much time passed and the search stories multiplied and ideas mounted ever higher…Fenn felt the necessity to add “…in the text…” after the words “…subtle hints”.
      The early searches were unbridled by all of the after effects of the media and suppositions made by all…and this is when folks seemed to be the closest to finding the treasure.
      All of the information you need to find the treasure is in the poem….
      What the heck !! I hope nobody loses something really important…cause we’re in big trouble otherwise.

  2. Found a map somewhere on this site on Aug 31, 2012. Explorer crashed on me and I lost it. Where is it? It was a picture of gold nuggests, a coin and a sculptured piece that reminded me of a frog.

  3. i know where the treasure is for sure, just need someone to help me from chattanooga tn to get there

  4. I’d love most to know what clues he’s slipped into other places , like comments and interviews and emails — Inadvertently or otherwise.

  5. Map-
    In that case you need to look at the media page on this blog and start listening, reading, watching…
    You also need to read his email pages..
    It’s all here. Just look around..

  6. I recently received Mr. Fenn’s The Thrill of the Chase and have read it several times. Each time I gleaned a little bit more of who he is and why he did this. I am not certain where to start to look for this treasure as there are so many starting points to decide from and in many states. So, I just keep reading and savoring all the memories he has shared with us. I discovered this site only today. After visiting many others I must say this one has held my attention the most. I enjoy the questions and answers many of the readers have posted. Though there is one thing I have not found, in any of the sites I have been to, including this one. All attention, thus far, has been on the book and in searching for the chest. I have found that the book also has subtle clues to where the frog and bell jars are hidden. Fenn said he put his unofficial autobiography in with them when he buried them (he did say buried) and I would think whoever finds one could sell it to a publishing company and make a bit of cash that way. So if you can’t find the chest you might turn your attention to the other treasures hidden by him. If the chest is found, the search can still continue as Mr. Fenn has given the public something more, to search for. Happy Hunting and be safe in searching where ever you look.
    margie chant

  7. mr. fenn has been thru a lot of stuff, saw a lot of bad stuff. like they say war is hell.and he has been going thru his own war of hell in his heart.but has finally come to peace in his heart.and has learned like he said if he can make a persons life feel good for a smiling and saying ,hi.then he has done his part in life,as we are here for each other,he says.we should all be like this man .he is trying to make mankind open their eyes ,and see what all god has made for us to have fun living while we are here.yeah,we have to work to make a living.but have time for yourself and your family and other people.all some people need is a smile or a hello or a make them know they count also.seems all the world is now like ,me myself and i.and the rest of you can kiss off.thats a shame.if you can help somebody along the way.then you have done a good thing.

  8. The poem can be figured out without the book but your best bet for a map is both the poem and the book combined.

    • Well said Jan!……you could fine the treasure by just following the poem……however it would probably be “10,000” years before you found it. The poem contents are the clues…..the book contains the directions.

    • Amy that’s the same as my solve book gives confirmation but poem needs solved first

  9. I understand I feel I know I will know for sure sometime in June otherwise I will post my imigination

  10. An occasional commenter on this blog C.G.Knight has written a book titled Confessions of a Tactical Driver that has a couple chapters at the end devoted to his complex solution for finding Forrest’s chest. If you love complex solutions this one is pretty good…
    You can borrow the Kindle edition for free if you are an Amazon Prime Member. If not, the Kindle edition is $4.99 and you can get a paperback version if you prefer..for $13.50.
    I am not “promoting”the book..only making searchers aware of it.

    I paid for the Kindle edition and read the relevant chapters about the search in about twenty minutes. Knight takes us through a complex thinking process in a well written and concise manner…kudos for that..
    But in the end, I like my simple solutions best…

    Forrest said that all I need is a good map and the poem..or earlier, just the poem…so I certainly don’t think that a redneck with a wife and five kids and a beater pick-up is going to have the tools necessary to cypher his way through Knight’s solution. Much less a copy of Treasure: In Search of the Golden Horse. Much of Knight’s trail to his decoded solution cannot be found in the poem itself or on any map I’ve ever seen..

    It’s the simple solution for me..

    But still..Knight’s chapters are a good read..and so is the rest of his book…

  11. Anyone got a lead on Sante Fe painter Irby Brown? Been trying to find out where his home might have been.

  12. So many clues to interpret, so little time to search. Does anyone seriously believe that Mr. Fenn has kept the location from his wife of over sixty years?
    If Mr. Fenn hopes to sit with his treasure and pass on to the next plain of existence, how will he arrive at that destination without assistance? If he leaves his car nearby not only will he be found but so will his treasure. For this reason I believe he has told his wife but wishes to protect her from the obsessive hounding by searchers. Does anyone believe Mr. Fenn drove 500 to 1500 miles to deliver his treasure by himself, and then back home again. Not easy for a young person let alone someone 80 years old. More thoughts later.

    • I live in West Yellowstone. The Chase is one of my favorite things to indulge in during the summer months here when the snow has melted. I have hiked dozens of trails here keeping an eye out for the blaze. Have bear spray and survival gear just in case. I believe someone will get very close to the chest this year. Read all you can about Forrest Fenn. Good luck!

      • Realistically, how far from a vehicle could Mr. Fenn walk in one afternoon and return for a second load at 80? Walking for even 45 min. would take him 3 hours to complete the task giving no time time to rest at either end. At even 3 miles per hour that is approximately 9 miles divided by 4 trips or 2.25 miles from his car. This may be an easy trip if the trail is flat. Not so much if the trail has a grade involved. My guess is the spot is less than a mile from his vehicle with a fairly easy grade from the starting point.

    • I also firmly believe Forrest is a man of his word Michael
      – yes, ‘seriously’ even

    • Don’t you mean 88.. or 78? I’m so full of joy! I’ve found the arc in Fenn’s History and i can feel the love! It’s not as complicated as I thought! But I don’t wanna get stuck

  13. I have been studying the map and clues for atleast 2 years and id have to say i have found the starting place and thats it for now but i still have to figure out the other clues to not mess up the route to the place where it is hidden i will keep in touch

  14. the book is important….
    in all the chapters up to and including Stout hearted men Forrest mirrors his life to that of Buffalo Bill Cody. if you read the autobiography of Buffalo Bill you will find the same stories as told by Forrest. after My war for me, the story changes to his gallery life. a gallery is a museum where the items are for sale. so, put the two sections together and you get Buffalo Bill museum. take the poem to the Buffalo Bill center of the West, to the Draper area specifically, and watch the poem unfold before your eyes.

    • Dodo, is it your opinion that the only way to solve the poem is to visit the Buffalo Bill center of the West?

      • Aaron- in order to find the chest mentioned in the poem, yes is the only way.
        many have found treasure and no one has found the bronze box,

        I think.

    • the book is important…
      Forrest uses the word nickel a lot in TTOTC. up to the chapter My War for Me.
      that’s because this is a hint to Buffalo Bill. the nickel in use during Forrest’s childhood was the buffalo nickel. the indian pictured on the front of the buffalo nickel is Iron Tail, a friend of Buffalo Bill.

      from the chapter Jump Starting the Learning Curve in TTOTC:
      …”even though that rusty old IRON thing marked the TAIL of my britches”…

      more to come.

      • I’ve mentioned this before I believe but it is interesting that the the blurry illegible postage stamps in TTOTC seem to have the year 1893. The first commemorative stamp was created in 1893. It was created for the Chicago’s World Fair. Buffalo Bill’s show was actually set up just outside of the fair as he was denied a spot in the fair. His show performed for a crowd of 18,000.

        • thanks Aaron.
          in TTOTC Forrest writes he shot meadowlarks to feed his family. theres no meat on a meadowlark. this is a hint to the fact that Buffalo Bill shot buffalo to feed the railroad workers.

          I think.

          • Interesting perspective and feasible. Feeding the family with tiny meadowlarks has always struck me as odd. I shot and ate a few doves as a kid and though much bigger than a meadowlark, there is not much meat on each one.

          • perhaps it was the effort that counted…and a reference to the times. Many small *efforts* add up…and make everyone significant….

    • Dodo….I spent 2 days at the museum in June and came away with a very similar thought re relationship between BB Cody, FF and TTOTC. The Meadowlark is the state bird of both Wyoming and Montana FWIW. .

      • Interesting. I could feed my family a little better with my state bird than FF could with a meadowlark..

  15. is the book important?…
    you betcha.

    this from “Jump Starting the Learning Curve”
    “No matter what I lacked or lost, bad grades and all, the couldn’t take away my name.”

    this is a hint to the shooting match between Bill Cody and Bill Comstock. each of them thought they deserved the name Buffalo Bill. so a contest was arranged to see who could kill the most buffalo. had cody lost, he would have had his name taken away. cody won 68 to 48. and Buffalo Bill Cody kept his name.

  16. is the book important?
    wow, is it ever.

    from “Surviving Myself”
    “My father gave me a Daisy Air Rifle for my eight birthday…”

    why doesnt Forrest say BBgun?
    because this use of the two Capital B’s would put the initials BB on your radar.
    Buffalo Bill and Lucretia Borgia.

    I think.

    I got lots more.

  17. Dodo bird,

    Cody was not the first to even earn the title of Buffalo Bill.

    “The first “Buffalo Bill” was a Kansas frontiersman, well known in his time but never a living legend. In his youth, he rode and trapped with Christopher “Kit” Carson. A familiar figure at Bent’s Fort and Fort St. Vrain, he traded with Indians on the central Plains and sometimes fought them. He once beat up Kiowa Chief Satanta (White Bear), warrior and future “Orator of the Plains,” and then became the chief’s trusted friend. He also counted George Armstrong Custer as a friend. Defining the northern end of a famous cattle trail was among his accomplishments, and he was one of the founders of Wichita, Kan. His birth name was William Mathewson.”

    “Buffalo Bill Mathewson generously supplied the needy folks with all the buffalo meat they could carry on horseback or haul in their wagons. Through the winter, he made almost daily trips to the buffalo range, sometimes killing as many as 80 of the big beasts a day to ensure a steady supply of “free” meat. It was six or seven years later that William F. Cody shot enough buffalo near Fort Hays, Kan., to earn the same soubriquet, “Buffalo Bill.”

    Just to add this to you train of thought. Not the say the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is not helpful, just see all Forrest has donated there. Take a close look at his “photos” of times past. There are a few that well …..could make you think.

    Good luck in your findings, and solve.

      • Dodo bird,

        I tend to keep to myself now a days and pop in here, HOD, every now and then to put my crazy two cents in. I’m just waiting on making a trip back out west to see if “indulgence” will let me find her. LOL

        So yes I’m not posting to much any more like a lot of others that were constantly on here.

        Good luck, and keep on keeping on.

        • is the book important?
          I know it is.

          Bur showed me this one-
          from the chapter First Grade…
          “there was this one guy, John Charles whatever…”

          this is a hint to a close friend of Buffalo Bill his full name is major general John Charles Hecksher.

          see how the clues are sprinkled? and it all adds up to Buffalo Bill.

          still more to come, if I gave you all of it at once you would choke. I think.

          • “Buffalo Bill King Of The Bordermen”
            a book by Ned Buntline.

            “…so I went to Borders one day when it was raining..”

            subtle yes, but still is there.

  18. is the book important?

    another one Bur showed me…
    from page 6 TTOTC-
    “he (Eric Sloane) said his birthdate was 1910 instead of 1905…”

    and in an early autobiography of Buffalo Bill his birthdate is listed as 1845 but a family bible and an 1850 census shows his birthyear as 1846.

    again subtle i know but there is just too much foks.

  19. is the book important?

    from “Important Literature”-
    “Just as I was about to ask the LITTLE GIRL at the computer…”
    “And I swear that cup all but covered her whole face.”
    “This LITTLE LADY probably knew where every book was in that whole store, and when we arrived at the EXACT SPOT she pulled down two books and just handed them to me and walked away, tossing her thick braids back and forth like they had purpose.”

    the two books Forrest requested would not have been at one spot.

    the little lady sounds like little miss sure-shot to me….Annie Oakley of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.
    I think.

  20. is the book important?
    si senor.

    from “My Spanish Toy Factory”…
    “If I could find where she’s buried I’d slip out some dark night and push a nickel under her grave marker and just leave it there.”

    When Buffalo Bill was buried in Golden, CO. on Lookout mountain some of his indian friends attended so they could place buffalo nickels on his tombstone. a tradition that continues to this day.

    thanks to Mr. Bur for this information.

  21. is the book important?

    from “Me In The Middle”
    or, Forrest in the Center.
    the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
    you will find many items at the museum donated by Peggy and Forrest Fenn.
    most notable for locating the chest of the poem is the donated gold dust and moose poke located at the Alpine level of the Draper Museum.
    just past the home of Brown, and after that it’s no place for the meek.
    take a virtual tour online.

    • Bit of a stretch there dodo.

      “from “Me In The Middle”
      or, Forrest in the Center.
      the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.”

      I got more tangents than there are tangents.
      Does that make sense?

  22. is the book important?

    important enough that my good friend Bur has asked me not to divulge any more of the information he has loaned to me in regards to the mirroring of Buffalo Bill Cody’s life to his (Forrest), that are the chapters in TTOTC up to My War for Me. Bur is worried that someone will find the same path as he. so I have agreed not to share Bur’s info. although Bur’s findings are all available to anyone willing to do the research, from now on when I talk about the importance of TTOTC the thoughts are mine alone. so here goes…

    Memoir vs Puzzle book.
    TTOTC is not much of a memoir. and after you read Buffalo Bill’s autobiography this is seen clearly. there are so many things Forrest left out of this “memoir” as a young boy such as …
    first bicycle
    first kiss
    first day of kindergarten
    first traumatic injury
    and many more.
    if I were ever to write a memoir these events would be included for sure. the things he does write about are there only because of the connection to Buffalo Bill. subtle and sprinkled.
    TTOTC is a puzzle book. I believe viewing it as such will put searchers on the correct path.
    I think.

    • 1st bike, I don’t remember mine.
      1st kiss, I don’t remember. It’s a mutual thing between 2 people where relatives kiss you all the time on your cheek when I was kid. You need more detail & can’t see how that figures in the poem.
      1st day of kindergarten, I found an arrow. But really i don’t remember that.
      1st traumatic injury I was nearly dead and close family told me about what I didn’t know happened to me.

      If I were ever to write a memoir these events would be included for sure.
      Glad i’m not reading your memoir dodo popo.
      Other than that your thoughts are one of a kind on the blogs and give you credit for that.

  23. I think most people go about the hints/poem connections backwards. I don’t think you can solve the poem by looking for hints in the books – there’s just too many interpretations and too many stories. Instead, you should find your solve using the poem and a map and then look for confirming hints from the book.


    • FMC- the Buffalo Bill connection gives you the starting place. the place to take the poem and go from there. read my most recent comment to JDA at… “A Fun, Safe Side Trip” by me.

    • Fortunately for searchers, there are enough “confirming hints from the book” for everyone’s solves.


      • This is true. Last year I presented precisely how the clues can match Disneyland. It is fictional of course but I can also find hints in the book to match that solve as well.

        If you try and match the clues and also apply hints from the book to any area large enough you likely can. This seems like it may be purposeful in order for searchers to get out and enjoy the outdoors in many areas of the Rockies.

        • Aaron- I have presented 12 correlations of TTOTC to the autobiography of Buffalo Bill already. and have 12 more.
          how many you got to Disneyland? tee hee.

          • Okay lets start with Tom Sawyer. There is a Tom Sawyer’s Island at Disneyland, though I think they are making it into a Star Wars attraction now. There are plenty of references that could lead to this: he accompanies Huckleberry Finn to the graveyard at night. Tom and Huck hunt for burried treasure.

            How about splash mountain. You ride down a brown log. Like a brown fire escape?

            Standing in line at Borders is like standing in line at Disneyland.

            They drove 35 miles an hour from TX to Yellowstone. Ever been on one of those Disneyland cars? They go about 3.5 miles per hour.

            That’s off the top of my head without doing research.

          • You can associate clues there just like anywhere too. Here is the Disneyland solve:

            As I have gone alone in there – He went alone in Disneyland
            And with my treasures bold, – pretty bold to walk around Disneyland with treasures
            I can keep my secret where, – Keeping his secret about loving Disneyland
            And hint of riches new and old. – Disneyland has been around for a while yet has newer rides

            Begin it where warm waters halt – Its a small world (you ride a boat around that constantly halts to see the scenes. The water is warm because it’s in Southern California)
            And take it in the canyon down, – There is a canyon at Big Thunder Ranch in the direction you are headed but since that is too far to walk:
            Not far, but too far to walk. – take the train around to New Orleans Square (this is the closest place to let you off and also it is below home of brown which is:
            Put in below the home of Brown. – Pooh Corner is home of brown but you are putting in below it at the train station

            From there it’s no place for the meek, – Haunted Mansion
            The end is ever drawing nigh; – left toward the end of the chase
            There’ll be no paddle up your creek, – Splash mountain you ride up a creek on a track
            Just heavy loads and water high. – top of splash mountain

            If you’ve been wise and found the blaze, – from the top of splash mountain you see Tom Sawyer’s Island
            Look quickly down, your quest to cease, – You have no choice but to look quickly down when going down splash mountain
            But tarry scant with marvel gaze, – Gaze back at the island when you are done
            Just take the chest and go in peace.

            So why is it that I must go
            And leave my trove for all to seek?
            The answers I already know,
            I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak.- Have you ever walked around Disneyland all day?

            So hear me all and listen good,
            Your effort will be worth the cold. – getting splashed by the cold water on Splash Mountain
            If you are brave and in the wood – You are riding a log on splash mountain and have to be brave to do so
            I give you title to the gold.

          • Aaron – A+ on the Disneyland solve. If it was in the search area, I’d say it’s better than half the solves I’ve seen.

          • Aaron- really?
            so you’ve married places and things at Disneyland to the POEM.

            where in TTOTC is Disneyland mentioned as a hint?
            see the difference?
            I’m using the sprinkled hints in TTOTC and aligning them with the history of Buffalo BIll.
            there is no comparison to what you’ve done, to what I’m doing.
            way off the mark pal.
            I think.

  24. Meh. You make that connection to that starting place, but it’s arbitrary. Others make other connections that are also arbitrary.

    • I agree FMC. If you start with the book, you have nothing to anchor your reasoning to for your solve. The poem has 24 lines of direct information to lead one to the treasure chest. You have to work the poem first and I believe the hints in the poem are stronger that the hints in the book. Forrest has said that there are “subtle hints” in the book and to me, that means hints that need help before you can clearly identify them. I’m sure the museum is great, but Forrest has said great tools are the poem, TTOTC and google earth/maps. He makes no mention of a museum at all in any response related to tools for the chase. I’ve only seen him mention a museum one time as part of the chase and it was “Here’s a clue: it’s hidden less than 680 miles of the Mountain Man Museum.” This doesn’t narrow down the field much IMO but that’s my .02!

      • Treasure Happy- I believe that if Buffalo Bill is not a part of your solve, then it is incorrect. Had Bur let me finish his findings I’m sure you would agree. but that’s just me…dumb ol dodo. lol

        • dodo

          Fair enough…Nobody’s right until their right! Only finding Indulgence will confirm the correct solve and I do appreciate your spin on chase.

  25. is the book important?
    you durn tooten cowboy.

    Gypsy Magic-
    “the Katy railroad tracks were about a half-mile from our house…”
    “the gypsies came through town several times a year in their horse pulled wagons…”

    as young Forrest watches the show.

    travelling show- Buffalo Bill’s wild West Show..

    sprinkle sprinkle little hint,
    how I wonder what you are.

  26. Dodo, you have done far more research on Buffalo Bill and TTOTC than I have with Disneyland . Just because I believe the hints can fit with different themes doesn’t mean I don’t like your ideas. Actually, we agree on some things. I cannot get into it much but it involves the different usages of treasure, chest, and trove.

    I am a fan of different approaches to this thing.

  27. is the book important?

    notice in almost every chapter of TTOTC there is mention of fire. be it a furnace, oven campfire, stove, whatever. and heat, cooking, burning, whatever.

    to me this means the blaze is not related to these things. the blaze then most likely becomes a trail marker. and because of the line in the poem.. “if you’ve been wise and found the blaze”, someone here on dal’s blog said finding the blaze is past tense. you need to figure out what the blaze is before you leave home to search for the chest. the blaze can be found by using the book TTOTC. the two hidden capital F’s point to feet. this shows the importance of the book as the blaze cannot be determined by use of the poem alone.
    I used to think that the next phrase of the poem … “look quickly down” was a descriptor of this blaze. for instance at the trailhead you would see a sign that said “see rapids below”
    now I don’t believe this to be true.
    the blaze as indicated by TTOTC is feet.
    I think.

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