Forrest Requests Our Help…


This request from Forrest-

In 1953, when I was in the Air Force pilot training in Bainbridge, Georgia, there was a little snack bar on base that made the best pimento cheese sandwich in the world. It was kind of mushy but not too much. I have looked everywhere since and cannot find a sandwich as good as what that little deli could make. I am wondering if any of your readers could give me a really great recipe so I don’t have to keep thinking about it?

Forrest circa 1953

Forrest circa 1953


A pimento toasted cheese sandwich

Pimento toasted cheese sandwich circa 2012


So dig out your best recipe and post it here.

I’ve never heard of, or seen a pimento, toasted cheese sandwich. But I’m not from Georgia. Maybe that’s the only place they make them. At any rate, if you have a good recipe please post it here and maybe Forrest will take some pics of the finished product before he takes it out on a fishing trip or hike…


262 thoughts on “Forrest Requests Our Help…

  1. Here’s my submission found on the Food Network for it below…looks appetizing *yikes*.

    Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich

    Prep Time:15 min Inactive Prep Time:3 hr 0 min Cook Time:12 min
    6 servings

    1 1/2 cup shredded best-quality sharp Cheddar
    1/2 cup real mayonnaise, plus more for grilling
    1 (4-ounce) jar chopped pimentos, drained
    Pinch of cayenne pepper
    Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
    12 slices brioche bread, lightly toasted
    Pulse the cheese, mayo, pimentos and cayenne in the food processor until just combined. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.

    Spread some additional mayo on 1 side of each slice of toasted bread. Arrange 6 slices, mayo-side down, on a clean work surface. Place 2 heaping tablespoons pimento cheese evenly on the 6 slices of bread and top with the remaining 6 slices of bread, mayo-side facing up.

    In a large nonstick skillet over moderate heat, cook 3 sandwiches until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is starting to melt, about 3 minutes. Turn the sandwiches over and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes more. Wipe the pan clean and repeat with the remaining 3 sandwiches.

    What To Toss In: If you like your pimento really spicy, you can always add some chipotle in adobe sauce to give it a smoky flavor. This can also be used as an entertaining dip. Just arrange some baby carrots and cut up some celery sticks around the cheese. People will flock to it.

  2. Cheddar,Monzerella,and pepper jack cheese with the pimentoes and some mayonaise with a little cream cheese is pretty good.

  3. Well, if he’s requesting your help, he’s requesting everybody’s help. I know that I’ll do my best! I’ll pass that to my wife Peggy, maybe she can come up with a recipe. Actually, I have a brotherthat probably knows a good one. Hmmmmmmm…………………………………………………………………

  4. He sure is a handsome feller, isn’t he? Or is that a fandsome heller? Kinda makes me want to bear his children. LOL!

  5. Below is a link from Southern Living; hope this helps, or at least steers Mr. Fenn in the right direction. Good luck on the pursuit of that memorable, perfect pimento sandwich and happy eating!

    I suspect the key could be the brand/type of mayo used.

    I’ll try to get a look at my Gran’s cookbook tomorrow…. Of course, she’d obtain her pimento cheese supply from either a jar from the grocery, or their deli, but her cookbook might prove elucidating. Until I began searching for a recipe, I had never known it’s apparently widely considered to be a Southern thing; I’m from Indiana, and Gran & I would always serve it for her Home-Ec club.

    I rarely post on blogs, but wanted to help in some way as seeing this request happily brought to mind fond memories of my summers with Gran (whose been residing in my heart and heaven for over ten years now) and want to thank Mr. Fenn for that, and to thank him for providing a fun distraction from my chronic illness with his cryptic poem! Thank you, sir, and cheers and best wishes to all. (Please pardon if I rambled too much.)

  6. I think Forrest is messin with your heads.
    Pointing out everyone coming here and getting excited over some crazy recipe’s instead of thinking and coming up with there own.
    Just a thought.
    Maybe he really wants a pimento toasted cheese sandwich.

    • Forrest has no motives to distract anyone. He’s just a fun guy….or maybe this takes us back to needing to bring a sandwich on your trek into the woods. Do bears like pimento’s? They do get hungry after being in those caves all winter…right? Didn’t Yogi always each sandwiches? Maybe there’s a secret cave we’ve all missed that he used to take an afternoon nap in while he was fishing.

  7. just butter lightly bouth sides of bread put pimento cheese in the middle of the bread an take an iron skillet an tost bouth sides yummm

  8. I can check with a friends wife, they love it, I don’t. But I do love fried green tomatoes.

    I do have a great recipe for fried shrimp. Great on a poboy or sub if that is what you call them.

    one package of saltine crackers, smashed up good
    one small package of potato chips, again smashed up good
    usually about 1/4 cornmeal

    You can also use Tony’s Creole seasoning to taste, I don’t use a lot of it but its in there also. You can also use this for your fried green tomatoes.

    Have a small shop here that also makes some great poboys, one of the best is a pressed and dressed roast beef poboy. Of course seafood is standard on the menu.

  9. Well here is mine handed down from 2 generations:

    2 (8-oz) blocks extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated . 1 (8-oz) block mild cheddar cheese, grated . 1 (8-oz) brick cream cheese, softened . 1 (7-oz) jar diced pimentos, drained . 1 small jar roasted red bell peppers, drained & chopped. 2 tsp grated vidalia onion . 1/2 cup DUKES mayo Salt & freshly ground pepper, a touch more pepper than salt. 1/4 tsp cayenne and Texas Pete & worcestershire.

    1. Mix together the first 3 ingredients until well blended. 2. Add pimentos & the rest of the ingredients, stirring until blended evenly. 3. Add more mayo if needed for thickness so it remains thick like a spread, NOT runny. 4. Cover & chill before serving.

    Pur on bread or toast of choice and enjoy!

    • Southern Pimiento Cheese
      Makes 4 cups
      Prep: 15 min.
      11/2 cups DUKES mayonnaise
      1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, drained
      1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
      1 tsp. finely grated onion
      1 red pepper(ground)
      1 tsp. Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce
      1 (8-oz.) block extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, finely shredded
      1 (8-o.z) block sharp Cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
      Mix then add cheeses .

      I agree with Pokealong DUKES mayo is key to southern pimento cheese. It will be in my sandwich and energizer in my flashlight.

      Good Luck with your sandwich hunt Forrest.


      • This would be just like my Meme’s (she is from southern GA), but she never used onions. Dukes mayo is a MUST! Then just smear on bread and fry in a skillet –with lots of butter of course!

  10. I’m no cook so I’m of little help but to prevent starvation I could make him a poorboy steak.
    I know this is a different subject but I would like to ask for your help.
    After studying the poem, articles that were trust worthy and viewing video interviews I am left with a question.
    I know he stated the treasure is in the mountains north of Santa Fe but have not been able to locate where he specifically states the Rocky Mountains as many are saying.
    My question has to do with differentiating between the Rocky Mountains and the Rocky Mountain Chain, not that it would satisfy anything but my mind.
    I’m sure this is an old question long answered, however I just started this journey two weeks ago.
    The answer may be in the book but I am waiting as it is on back order, so if I could be pointed to the facts it would be appreciated.
    Answering this question will allow me to take one more step up the base of the mountain.

  11. No offense Forrest…I mean I think I’ve had admiration and appreciation for 100% of everything you do or believe….till now. That sandwich sounds nauseating. I thought I really had an idea of who you are. I totally get the pineapple pie, the corn beef sandwich that’s named after you at the Inn…ok the porcupine was a bit iffy. Pimento and cheese sandwich???? Seems I don’t know you at all. *shaking head*

    • Very popular in the south, its like stuffing and dressing. I prefer stuffing over dressing, the reason is I don’t like the hard boiled eggs in dressing. Put oysters in my stuffing and I am a very happy person at Thanksgiving.

      I always spend Thanksgiving with friends of mine that I have known since I first was stationed at Keesler AFB. Every year they have pimiento cheese as one of the holiday dishes. But like I said, I don’t like it.

    • This request, when correlated with other info, seems like an important hint. I’m super stuck on it.

      – John Charles and green olives
      – the olive jar in the chest containing his autobiography in small print
      – this weird request for a pimento and cheese recipe
      – his chapter on Spanish Toy Factory –> pimiento is of Spanish origin
      – Scrapbook Forty Nine on spices, e.g. allspice, paprika, and pickling spice…
      – synonyms for paprika and pimento is bell pepper, therefore –>
      – paddle = peel –> peal = bell ringing (bell pepper?) and laughter

      If I’m anchored in Yellowstone, all I can come up with is Russian Olive tree, and the Blue-wing Olive mayflies, or whatever-Olive mayflies.

      I think Ringing Rocks near Butte, MT would be curious, but I can’t make other clues fit.

      Anyone else have any ideas on whisky tango foxtrot he’s trying to say with olives and pimentos?

  12. That sandwich will be hard to duplicate. Nothing will ever taste as good as it did in 1953, when you were young and full of vim and vigor !! Also,the bread we eat today, I call gut bomb bread, doesn’t compare to the bread back then. The cheese would have been red rhine hoop cheddar cheese, and the mayonnaise would have been Blue Plate. Blue Plate, no preservatives added, is a brand still sold in the South. I’ll send you a jar, if you would like.

    Not saying you don’t have vim and vigor now, but trying to duplicate a great tasting rememberance, is like trying to go back home, hard to recreate.

    Happy cooking!

  13. Now you’re talking! I love a good grilled cheese sandwich, and hot pepper cheese is a fine addition. Unfortunately, I don’t have a special recipe for such a sandwich. I prefer a tuna sandwich with hot pepper cheese either cold or as a melt. mmmm….mmmm…..mmmmm

  14. Well when I was little growing up in a small town in Tennessee my granny would make them like this.
    1. She would coat the bread in bacon grease and place the bread grease side down on the cast iron skillet and start toasting the bread.
    2. Then she would open up a container of ms. Grissom’s pimiento cheese and then wait for the bread to brown.
    3. She would sometimes place a thin sliced piece of country ham on it but when the bead was almost done she would slather on the spread.
    4. Then place the top piece on the other and flip once or twice and then would hand them off to us kids.
    This was one sandwich that I could never wait to have when I was at grannies. What makes the sandwich have so much flavor was the bacon grease that the bread was cooked in and as you know bacon in one of a southern persons right to have at all times it is one of the food groups as my grandmother would say as she smiled.
    I hope you enjoy I am sure you can use any brand but that is all she used to make her sandwiches.

    • I think I had a little bit of a heart attack just reading that(I love anything bacon too)….Hmm, makes me think…..what if this is Forrest’s way of ending it all so he can be next to the treasure forever and we’re all helping him??? Gosh, now I feel bad leaving a recipe.

  15. I’m trying to hold two opposing ideas in my mind at the same time. You know like old and new;bold and meek, seek and find; hint and know; warm and cold, far and nigh; pimento cheese sandwich and delicious….up and down….begin and halt…pimento cheese sandwich and delicious, just not working..:)

      • Interesting find, bco. The author obviously did the legwork on that one. I don’t think something needs to be of southern origin to “be” Southern, though.

        I’ll tell you what I personally enjoyed about the article, though. Paragraph 5 begins with, “The truth of the matter is that everyone has been looking in the wrong place.” Clues everywhere… LOL

      • Hi Doc, I’m not a treasure hunter. I just play one on the internet. Yeah, if I’m going there I think the reference for pimento, a sweet red pepper..with red being the operative word here. Think red rock canyon…no it’s not there, that’s just an illustration… just like the Aspen tree picture is Aspen Colorado. No it’s not in Aspen, just somewhere Colorado. That’s just my take. Of course I don’t know. However, the chase is indeed fun and sensory. The poem clues include seeing, hearing, touching, and now a tasting clue. A sweet pepper, that’s an oxymorron for ya. Morron is spanish for pimento. Too much fun, now, apologies 🙂 And oh yeah, the South owns pimento. cheese.

      • Exactly. And don’t forget what “Forrest Fenn” means, phonetically! Clues everyhwere… 😉

  16. heck I don’t know , maybe get Mindy S to make a box lunch to go. $9.99 is pretty cheap for a canyon rim BLT. and it would keep for quite a while . thats a good idea ,cause i would not want have to pack a cooler and the fishing box . don’t need a cooler if you just give the fish back to the river anyways ….

    • From that article: Forrest has been quoted as saying “There have been some who have been within 500 feet because they have told me where they have been. Others have figured the first two clues and went right past the treasure and didn’t know it.”

      Seems to me that if you’ve looked in one area already you should perhaps revisit and look again if you’ve contacted Forrest and told him where you’ve searched.
      But be safe.. don’t go during a blizzard.

      • I agree on both accounts. I’ve heard that if there’s snow wherever it is…it’s under the snow. So save your gas and look when the snow is gone.

  17. After reading the request several times it doesn’t appear to have anything to do with a sandwich. It looks to me that he is fishing for info. I think someone emailed him that was super close and he’s never heard from them again. Not to mention why ask for a recipe on here theres many great recipes on the internet.

  18. Start with warm water, add Brown sugar, paddle it up, spread a heavy load of it on cold bread. A blaze sandwich!

    • I like the way kevin thinks. I think forrest needs to invite us all over for a taste of this delicacy and hopefully my mind will be changed. *whisper* Bonnie, remember to bring the pies so I have something to eat.

      • *whispering back atcha* I got ’em ready to go. I’ll be making fresh and hot for forrest too 😉 shhhhhh….don’t tell anyone. It’s our little secret *L*

  19. Straight from Georgia,

    Paula Deans

    Make your own pimento cheese one time, and you’ll never go with store-bought versions again.
    Servings: 3 cups
    Prep Time: 10 min
    Difficulty: Easy
    Ingredients Add to grocery list
    1/2 teaspoon Paula Deen’s House Seasoning
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
    1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
    1 3-ounce package cream cheese
    2 to 3 tablespoon pimentos, smashed or diced
    1 teaspoon grated onion
    Cracked black pepper
    Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add all of the remaining ingredients and beat until well blended.

    Paula Deans House Seasoning
    Difficulty: Easy
    Ingredients Add to grocery list
    1 cup salt
    1/4 cup black pepper
    1/4 cup garlic powder
    Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

    • Was going to get this recipe for Forrest too….thanks for doing it first. Saw her make thi with her son with his calorie friendly version on one of his shows.

  20. I was at the alien rock yesterday. The water was cold. My swift water training told me a 79 year old with 42 lbs was not going to get in there. It did not see any place to hide some thing. Looked over 5 feet deep and 1 foot visibility….. Maybe the treasure is sandwiched between some kind of wood planks.

  21. Take it in the canyon down,
    to a healthy grocer where no GM products are found,
    across from the lemonade, but keep your head,
    do not return with Wonder bread.

    Near the butter, where warm water will chill,
    grab some cheese, sharp cheddar better still.
    as you negotiate paths wild and free,
    grab mayo and the first cream cheese that you see.

    If you have been wise, and laid in pimentos at home,
    fire up your blazer and drive back do not roam.
    The secret to controlling the mushiness of your meals,
    lies in the amount of mayo it conceals.

    Why write a poem with such horrible meter,
    As I sit on this chair my feet propped up on a heater?
    If you think for a minute and on these words linger,
    as I bandage my knee and this wound on my finger

    A better way can be found to reveal info I hold,
    about pimento sandwiches or in Fenn’s case gold.
    A poem is one guide to Pimento Sandwich delight,
    another one can be found on the following website:

    My Apologies

  22. Well, here’s my $.02 worth, in case Forrest really needs a recipe:

    This “Georgia Pimento Cheese Recipe” sounds pretty awesome:

    I’ll be trying this out, although my wife will turn her nose up at it.

    As for the sandwich, take it from a guy whose 16-year-old granddaughter says he makes the world’s best grilled cheese: The 2 important things are 1) Butter the outside, because nothing else browns quite right, and 2) “Low and slow”, to make sure the cheese just penetrates into the bread when the crust is a nice, golden brown.

    Do I think he’s messing with us? Probably. Nevertheless, I’ll be looking for a clue in that post, just like everyone else.

  23. By the way, a very, very little bit of research shows that pimento cheese and sandwiches made from same are “very Southern”. Just sayin’…

    • ohhhhh so are you saying you need to start south of Santa Fe and that’s the hint from this? Hmmm. I just wrote a blog about that sort of thing.

      • I’m not saying anything other than what I wrote. 🙂 I believe I read that blog, Stephanie. FWIW, I’ll be adding a new section to my own blog on The Chase soon. Might as well join the rest of you on this one. Forrest gives us plenty of material.

  24. I think Forrest is mature enough to know we are laughing with him and not at him. Humor keeps the insanity in check.

  25. I concur. After having only one remote conversation with him, I can vouch for his sense of humor.

  26. Maybe this can help. Read up on Occam’s Razor. “All things being equal the simplest explanation is usually the correct one” I suggest watching “Contact” one of my favorite movies….filmed here in New Mexico. Just a thought..

    • I just watched that the other night! And after watching it, thought the same thing about where the box could be hidden.

    • Kevin, you are a genius. I’ve been on the Occum’s Razor thing for a while now. Finally, you get it *S* Heck! I just might adopt you.

  27. has anyone ever thought of-
    Where Warm Waters halt….. www.

    • Here are Forrest’s own words on that, in reply to the question from me: “…sometimes you can overcook a solution by thinking too much. I am a simple man and www never entered my mind.”

      I’d say that’s pretty straightforward. I was hooked on that angle for a while, but I hope that by posting it here, he’ll get less email about it. Lord knows the man gets enough email…

      • Thanks for sharing this. This was one approach I kept thinking about too. Good to not waste time on it.

  28. By the way, folks, I should apologize for jumping in here and posting without properly introducing myself. I’m a bit of a newcomer to this particular chase, but not completely unfamiliar with solving good riddles and I’m going to enjoy sharing some of my own ideas while we all see how this plays out.

    I’m a full-time writer and editor, currently living in Northern California. I lived in Wyoming for 20 years and spent a considerable amount of time in Yellowstone, long before I knew about Forrest and his treasure. I’ve also lived in the Colorado Rockies, the Texas Panhandle and Northern Arizona and I’ve spent some time in New Mexico. (You may have gathered from the information above that I’m not a teenager.)

    Like everyone else, I’ve got several ideas and I’m looking forward to checking them out, but I’m going to spend much more time going over the poem before I “head out”. Meanwhile, my Google Earth is getting covered with pins. I’m looking forward to receiving Forrest’s book, but I believe it when he says it isn’t necessary to find the treasure.

    Because I enjoy cryptic clues, I was, for a while, working on a completely “off the wall” solution, based on an alliteration in the poem. It was nagging at me, and I took Dal’s advice to others and asked Forrest if it was worth pursuing. Over the exchange of a few emails, he made it clear that it wasn’t. I’ll be sharing that soon, although I’m betting that some of you have noticed it and already thrown it out. If I had known more about Forrest before reading the poem, I probably would have, too.

    So, I plan to be watching this blog, Stephanie’s and others and throwing out a few comments here and there, as well as posting on my own space. If and when I get the chance to go look, I’ll be posting about the experience, unless, of course, someone else “gets lucky” first. Meanwhile, the adventures with the grandkids will keep me busy.

    I hope all you experienced searchers won’t mind some input from an old newbie!

    • @Doc,
      Where will you be sight will you be posting? Also where in the Texas panhandle? I use to live there.


      • @Gaylene,

        I’ll post a link here when it’s ready, if Dal doesn’t object. I have a couple of blogs, one of which isn’t yet ready for the public. I’m still deciding whether to add a new section to one of those, or launch a new one specifically for this. Something will be coming soon.

        I attended jr. high and high school, married my first wife and became the father of two in Amarillo – in the 70’s.

    • Well, it’s about time you introduced yourself, Doc. I was wondering who I was following *S*

  29. you should try and email me Doc. we got a bit in common triillobite at gmail

    • Will do. By the way, I’m about to post Forrest’s response to the www question in reply to your post above, just to keep things in order.

  30. Received a lovely email from Mr. Fenn himself earlier : ). If your reading this it really lit the flame.

  31. Hi all,
    I haven’t been out physically on the quest yet but I’ve been sitting in the background reading your banter, catching up on the blogs, interviews and news stories surrounding the chest (what an amazing gift this wonderful man has given us!) and I have a couple of questions pertaining to things attributed to Forrest but not given as actual clues by him, that I hope you can clear up or clarify for me.
    I’ve read a few times a comment similar to: “that’s an urban area and I don’t think Forrest would want to be buried there”, when someone asks about Molly Brown’s house in Denver. I’m not interested in Molly’s house but the “buried” comment I am. I know Forrest said he thought about taking his treasure out into the desert and someday someone would come across his bones and the the gold, but has he said anything himself about this treasure chest being hidden where he might still want to have his remains included at the same site? I’m a little confused why a possible clue location would be discounted for this reason if it’s not an actual clue. Perhaps it’s just a personal opinion?

    My other question may also be of a personal opinion… or not. It seems from all of the blogs that Wyoming (Yellowstone National Park) and New Mexico are the prime hunting areas and although I am still waiting for my book, I know from my research that Forrest spent wonderful times in YNP as a young boy. I’ve read searcher’s comments that attribute Forrest saying that the hidden location was a “special place for me as a boy” which really makes YNP a favorite search location, and understandably so.

    Did he actually say this? Has he ever talked about or is there anything in his memoirs about him spending time as a boy in New Mexico or anywhere else besides Wyoming and Texas?

    I know it could always be a special place that he hasn’t talked about publicly, but am wondering how much weight people are giving the “special place” comment. If he did say it and did not spend time in New Mexico, then YNP has the “special place” status and why is anyone looking elsewhere?

    Thanks to all that contribute to these blogs and may you all find the treasure you are looking for.


      • Stephanie,

        Thanks, I remember now a few hunts mentioned in Montana. I’ll have to expand my search to include both areas. (darn! I was hoping to eliminate some acreage, not add to it)
        I enjoy your blog also. Thanks for the efforts to help us newbies.

        • If you look at a map, Montana is where West Yellowstone is which is where he stayed with his family. Yellowstone the park is in Wyoming. They are both right there. His sister lived in Bozeman Montana and his Mom passed away in Montana at an RV park sadly. I know he’s spent some of his childhood in Idaho as well working at a 9 HOLE golf course in Sun Valley.

      • Stephanie,

        Thanks again. I appreciate the extra tidbit about his family and the geography lesson. I’ve been spending my search time in NM so far. My mind tells me “close to home” if he didn’t make the “special place” comment. (which I still don’t know if he did or not. Do you know?)
        Two more weeks before the book arrives. I’m really looking forward to reading it.


        • I’m not saying what I’m saying is right, because I don’t know where it is….*yet*…but I do wonder if he’s done a couple things….one is saying it’s north of santa fe to get people to think it’s in NM. Also, I wonder if he assumes people will assume it’s close to home…..because that would be what a normal person would do…not go too far from home. Forrest isn’t like most though…for one he can afford to go wherever he wants when he wants…and two, he’s been a pilot and can jump in a plane and go wherever he wants to. If you read Dal’s blog that shows his plane…he talks about the love he has for going in a plane and just getting in a car at he airport to go off wherever he’s going. I also know he has family who flies even if he doesn’t. I also know that he spent a week every year in Wyoming somewhere. He’s also on the board at the Cody Buffalo Bill museum and would go there all the time. So I think people need to keep an open mind when thinking about this and not be closed minded to one state. Just my thinking for what it’s worth.

      • Stephanie,

        You’ve no doubt put a LOT of thinking into it and it’s worth a lot… a shot at the treasure chest. I try to remind myself that Forrest said we only need the poem. Just unlock it and follow it precisely. A valuable clue (or is that two clues) in itself.


      • One of my favorite road trips was leaving Casper, going north over Beartooth Pass, then west through Montana and down through the Idaho panhandle, following the Lewis & Clark trail, then south, then west again to end up in Portland. I’d always thought of Idaho in terms of potato country before that trip.

        • That sounds awesome. I loved driving through Wyoming. Spent time in Idaho near Ketchum/Sun Valley looking for the treasure and it’s gorgeous.

      • It truly was an awesome trip, Stephanie. It had nothing to do with treasure hunting; my wife and I needed to go to Portland and decided to take the scenic route. She’d never been over Beartooth Pass and I have friends that live on the Rosebud River outside of Absarokee, MT, so we made that the first leg of the trip.

        Honestly, that’s one of the most interesting things about following the chase to me. I’ve been to many of the locations people are searching or want to search, as well as other places that I haven’t seen mentioned, all because I simply decided to make an adventure out of getting there. Finding a hidden treasure was never part of my motivation, but I’ve found so many treasures in unexpected places.

        I really have to get that new blog started, I guess… so much to share. Unfortunately, I have to focus on the writing that pays the bills. Ugh.

        • What kind of writer are you and why do you go by doc? If you dont mind me asking. Maybe I missed some posts where you already said.

          I’ve loved the adventure of this. Its been life changing.

      • @Bonnie, Yes indeed. And the Lochsa, and the Clearwater, and the Snake… I didn’t even make the connections between the MT/ID border area and one of my favorite movies before that trip.

      • Stephanie, I’m hesitant to give you the long answer to your first question, since I’m already feeling guilty about cluttering up Dal’s amazing blog. Here’s the Reader’s Digest version:

        By day (12 – 18 hours worth at the moment), I write and edit tons of web and print content for clients all over the world. That means everything from articles and web copy to technical exams. (Please don’t hate – I write the exams; I don’t do papers for students.) Some of it gets published in my name, which is nice, but much of it’s done in “ghost” capacity. It’s not glamorous, but it almost pays the bills.

        By night (and in the wee morning hours) I am working on 3 books, a couple of which are somewhat similar to Forrest’s. One is philosophical and another is historical, sort of, and related to a recently lost way of life in Wyoming. These are moving along much slower than I’d like, because of the aforementioned work. If I ever find the right funding, say, a million-dollar treasure, I’ll gladly make the move from “full-time writer” to “author”.

        I could call myself an author, since I’ve had some of my own work published in a few national magazines, and more recently in a Hong Kong publication (in 2 languages, no less). I’ve also written 3 poems that have won some minor awards. Do any of those fall under “authored”? Beats me.

        There will be more about all of that on the site I’m trying to complete now, so I’ll leave it at that and apologize to Dal and his followers if any of the above seems like a plug.

        I’m afraid the answer to your second question isn’t very glamorous, either. My initials are “DOC” and the nickname stuck when I was young. In my current line of work, it’s easier to go by that than my first name, for a couple of reasons. Confused yet? 😉

        • Fascinating. Im glad I asked. Sorry for short talk this weekend. Im trying to make bonnie and dal fear that im out searching.

      • Interesting Doc..I am glad you posted that. Don’t forget to post your website link when it’s ready for viewing..

      • I know Stephanie has not been to the airport. Her truck is still in the garage with the snowplow attached.

        • Oh my gosh Dal…your good…you and Bonnie scare me how you watch me like a hawk. Do I need a restraining order? Would a judge understand why? Not for abuse, not for threats…but for fear of being followed to warm water?

  32. Here is a snippet of email from dear old Forrest that I got the other day… doesn’t say much but it’s worth reading. ..Life is full of treasures and north goes a long way…

  33. So Forrest was an Air Force Pilot in training in 1953, which was the year of his photo he sent to Dal of the car with the boat on top at Hegben Lake….

    • Lisa-

      No, no, no…
      The car in that photo is from 53 or 54. The picture is not likely from the same year because the car does not look new.
      This is how rumors get started…please read things carefully…

  34. 2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar
    8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
    1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
    1 (4 ounce) jar diced pimento, drained
    salt and black pepper to taste

    A great sandwich to take along when you hunt for treasure!!! Don’t forget the flashlight!

  35. Wow …After reading all these recipes, I’m so hungry now.

    So I have decided to share a tangible clue concerning Fenns treasure for my own reasons. One locale I believe the treasure may be is in Yellowstone. I have more detailed research pertaining to this theory but for obvious reasons will leave that out. I hope this info motivates a grand endeavor by someone.

    (“1. There is a point along the lake shore between Breeze Point and the mouth of Solution Creek that is thought to be one of the camps of the Washburn-Langford-Doane in September 1870. It is suspected that this was where they camped while trying to find Truman Everts. The only evidence left today is old blazes on the trees and an old woodpile.”)

    Excerpted link in relation to beforementioned quote:

    -One of things this info helps to dispel is the idea a blaze from a campfire on a tree being shortlived.
    -Also many personal blazes on trees are located throughout the park.
    -Woodpile ..”in the wood”
    -Conclusion.. Solutions Creek is a viable area to search

    If this helps and treasure is found please remember me
    The Tweetest ;

  36. LISTEN FOLKS – IT’S a BLIZZARD in southern Colorado and everywhere north. I am south in New Mexico and it is still too much for me to go. I have put off my trip until sunshine on Sunday with 6 miles per hour winds. Some idiot from Arizona wants to go out in a blizzard tomorrow. That is ABSOLUTELY NUTS! Some things are way more precious than gold. Get a grip.

    • To each, their own, unfortunately. One thing I tend to harp on is the idea of being prepared for anything when in the woods, especially high peak areas. There is no logic with some people. And there ain’t no cure fer stoopid.

    • Hello, I want to say that i am sorry for using the word idiot and absolutely nuts in a strong manner. I was very alarmed at the thought of a three year old baby being out in a blizzard. This was the only channel i had for hopefully reaching these people. It was a strong term. I now realize it and therefore my sincere apology.

      With that i mind, please have fun but be careful. Mother nature can be very beautiful but also brutal and unforgiving.

      • I remember reading those concerned comments by the grandmother. I think that was on a facebook page of The Thrill of the Chase, no? yes? Let’s hope those parents with the baby are smart enough to stay out of the woods and off slick roads. This has been a strange weather year thus far.

      • Yes, this grandma was concerned. My kids are my life, and I love them with all my heart. They spent the night cozy at a nice B&B. I could rest easy knowing they were safe. Thank you all for your concern and words of encouragement. I have been in blizzards before, and I was having a bit of a panic attack thinking of it. I loaded them up with survival gear, and sent lots of prayers up. They will be home tomorrow with lots of photos and exciting stories.
        I am sure they will be glad to know you are all thinking of them, and wish them safely home.

  37. ABSOLUTELY! It is imperative to keep an eye on the weather anytime one plans to go out into the woods.

  38. Yes, please be careful and think before you go out in the wilderness. No point in getting injured while having fun.

  39. What about the green tomatoes in that picture, or are those tomatillos?I’d fry those up and put them on the sandwich in a heartbeat. Hey a broiler is a “home of brown”. A Salamander is a piece of kitchen equipment used to brown things often referred to as a “sally”.

      • That someone would be me, Stephanie, on a different thread. Forrest’s exact words to me were, “…it is obvious that you are a highly educated man but sometimes you can overcook a solution by thinking too much. I am a simple man…”

        You have to appreciate his modesty. There’s definitely more to our friend Mr. Fenn than meets the eye.

        I find not overthinking things to be one of the greatest challenges of the riddle, but I’m learning, I hope…

    • So you think Forrest hid his treasure behind his stove where he’s making a grill cheese sandwich as we yammer on?

      • “more than meets the eye” I knew it! Forrest is a transformer android robot.

        • LOL…he is, indeed! Someone said he was like Gandorf in the Zelda games…..OH NO, I cry!!!!! Forrest is more like Midna….urging you on while riding your back just so he can get to those magic shards!

  40. How are you sir? Im new to the chase and have 40 hours of computer research time in my first week,lol. I had a thought about this “request” from Mr. Fenn. I realize I’m new at this, but it seems like a nudge .. not a clue .. but a redirecting of one’s efforts. The information he presents seems like old news but he feels it’s worth saying and his word choices strike me as very curious…”I have looked everywhere”….”keep thinking about it”….. or perhaps I just need some

  41. It’s hard to think of the poem in “simple” terms, since there seem to be so many different interpretations of each line. I get new ideas every time I comments from others. Anyone ever see the movie It’s a Mad,Mad,Mad,Mad World? Quick version… a group of people are searching for a treasure that’s located under the big W. In the end the big W can only be found once you get there and it becomes such an obvious answer. I think parts of his poem become obvious once you are at least in the right area. Maybe you just know what the blaze is when you see it, or the waters high. So hard for me to just keep it simple. 🙂

    • @oakleygirl I agree; when the treasure is located, I think a lot of us are going to smack ourselves in the head for not seeing something obvious. Based on Forrest’s comments that you need to start at the beginning, the key to the whole thing would seem to be to find “where warm waters halt”, go there and start your quest. Unfortunately, I’ve found waaaaaaaaaaaaay too many places where warm waters halt.

      All we can do is work our theories and follow Forrest’s advice to keep reading the poem.

      • Yeah I think it’s simple…you just have to find the right one that’s only a secret to him maybe and maybe we’ve all looked in the right place…but the wrong start won’t take you there….

      • I think I have too many meanings for “where warm waters halt”… a dam, where a river is dried up, hot/warm springs, I’ve even looked up at what altitude water will start to freeze (around 8000ft). There is a thing called the “Big Ditch”, that I’ve even researched, because it is no longer used. I need to narrow down which concept to go with, but then there are still many dams, dried rivers, etc… Does the person who had the start correct know that they were on the right track?

        • Unfortunately, Forrest doesn’t say just who was correct with the first two clues. What he does say is that a couple people were right with the first two clues, but then they went right past the next seven. My best guess would be that it’s Dal and Stephi for sure. But that’s just me talking.

      • @oakleygirl, I’ve looked at the freezing angle, too. Here’s something you might not know: warm water freezes faster than cold, due to cooling by way of evaporation. How’s that for overthinking? 😉

      • Yep Oakleygirl..
        I agree…On my planning chart I have over two hundred different places where “warm waters halt”…it is a conundrum..
        I have small places and large areas…and all of them are related to Forrest in some way…at least in my deteriorating little noggin they are related to Forrest…

      • BTW, folks, that last comment was intended as humor, not a clue. It only applies if you remove the heat source that warmed the water. Now, everyone can go get their ice trays and stopwatches…

    • Hey all. Anyone know if Oakleygirl is right and the blaze will be obvious if you are in the right area? I am not so sure. My fear is that even if we know what the blaze is, it would be hidden so well in say a 500 sq. ft (LOL) area that we might not find it for months/ever even if we were all looking for it at the same time.

  42. You know, something else that occurs to me is that if Forrest isn’t getting some healthy revenue from the NM, WY and US tourist bureaus, he should be. Imagine what the gate fee intake at YNP is going to be like this summer. I always waited until late in the season because of the crowds without something lke this to bring visitors in.

    • LOL….with sequestration going on it’s unlikely the feds will see any monetary bonus. I had just received an update on the sequestration a couple days ago and the Park service is one facing deep cuts. The story was that park hours could be cut. That means ranger hours might be cut as well. The way our government is functioning lately (using the term “functioning” loosely) it wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

      • Loosely indeed, Bonnie. Wouldn’t it be great to find the treasure before total anarchy sets in?

        • Would be nice, indeed….before the dollar takes a plunge into the abyss. yet, the Dow marches on.

      • I heard the other day that the sequestration is going to affect the YNP opening date due to a possible delay in plowing the roads. Reportedly they are waiting to plow the roads in Yellowstone for an additional 2 weeks. We will see.

        • Yup, I expected that to happen. Plowing would be an issue. People vs rangers may be a problem. I think we’ll be seeing plenty of that in government operations over the summer.

  43. I’m sure if things get that bad, Forrest will volunteer his time to work the gates at Yellowstone.

    • Heck, maybe it’ll end up as a “free for all”….no rangers, no fees, just climb over the gate and take your risks. LOL No FBI agents to track you down because they’ve been furloughed. This could be a plus hahahahahahahaaa

  44. Just more food for thought… if part of the goal for Forrest was to get people/families back into nature and adventure, then wouldn’t he pick a place or places that weren’t as obvious for people to visit? For example, many people already flock to Yellowstone, I’ve found amazing places like Dry Cimmaron, Rainbow Bridge Nat Monument, the Aztek Ruins, etc… that meet the criteria, and I would love to see and would never have known about. Perhaps he has picked some not-as-popular yet wondrous places in nature he feels others should visit in the quest for the treasure. Again, I may be over thinking again.

    • Keep in mind that Forrest also knows about the dangers one would face in removing something from a National Park. I believe he’s mentioned that the treasure isn’t in a dangerous place. I could be wrong, but my gut tells me he wouldn’t set the searchers up to be arrested. That doesn’t mean you won’t have to start in a park, etc.

      Personally, most of the pins on my Google Earth are not in state or federally-owned locations. But, then, I’m a noob…

      • And where there isn’t park, there’s private property. Be careful where ever you tread……shhhhh… vewy vewy quiet….I tink I see a wabbit.

      • Agreed, Bonnie. In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have used the term phrase “state or federally owned”. I wouldn’t take the search to private land without permission, and that would definitely not be my first choice. There’s a lot of land open to the public in the National Forests, BLM tracts, etc. that are much less risky. Even there, you need to be careful. Legally speaking, even collecting an arrowhead can get you into trouble. No matter what you find, or where, shouting “Eureka” probably isn’t the best course of action. “Just take the chest and go in peace.”

        • Exactly, Doc. The last thing I’d be doing is wanting to attract the attention of anyone within ear shot and I am not known to have a timid voice to begin with. But I’ already have a plan of escape if a ranger sees me and I have treasure. I’m just going to start yelling BEAR! BEAR! and fly right past him back to the car.

      • I kinda thought that when Forrest says it’s not in a dangerous place, he means the physical location. That doesn’t mean there won’t be dangerous animals roaming about. Bears are hungry in the spring. No berries just yet. A mighty fine fish would be tasty…or a hiker’s sandwich….or a hiker 😉 Bring a slow person, or a frenemy LOL

  45. Dear Doc, You have raised an interesting thought and you have motivated my curiousity. I have researched my research and double checked my checkings and I did indeed find that the word noob does exist….

  46. Doc. know about you, your to modest. We’ll have to give you a paratrooper division the 1st Airborne to take one of the bridges.

    An estimated 5000 soldiers are about to do a frontal assault on “Fortress Fenn” (outside of Santa Fenn) during spring break. We shall see the outcome by May 1st 2013. Hopefully they haven’t gone “A Bridge To Far……….to borrow Doc’s phrase.

    “Fortress Fenn” was designed not to be cracked for a 1000 years.

    So wonder if you guys are going to have this wrapped up by Christmas?
    Doc, Forrest knows Robert Redford who was in that movie.

    On another note: The 2 FF’s and the running man? Forrest Gump running…………


  47. Just out of curiosity,do those of you who know Forrest personally think you have an advantage or disadvantage with the poem? Since he says that the poem is all you need to find the treasure. Maybe since you know him, you may question or let things you know about him influence the way you think? Not in a negative way, but it would be hard not to connect him or the way he thinks when you are analyzing the clues. I’ve heard so many people talk about fly fishing and connect that with the clues, but I would never have know that by just reading the poem and not knowing Forrest. I can’t wait to get the book and read more about him, I’m just wondering if I will have a harder time with the solution once I do. I can only imagine what a fascinating man he is and the stories he can tell! Sometimes the more you know, the more complicated it can become. Honestly, I hope one of you that have been looking so long actually find it. Just PLEASE share how you solved it!!!! Sorry all of my posts are full of questions.

    • Hmmm, an advantage….going on trip 18 and probably 30k in costs….not here. Forrest takes this very serious. We know about fly fishing from his book. He has family even looking….so that says a lot there too. I’ve not thought about much else for two years. Forrest talks in riddles….so you probably get more confused. I’d rather be confused than not talk to him. Hope that helps.

      • It’s the topic of one of my own books, Bonnie. Maybe it will end up on the shelves next to Forrest’s one day.

      • Just want to add that the reason I mentioned how much I’ve spent…is because it’s easy to spend a little money on the trip in the beginning…but then you get hooked and want to keep coming out…so beware of that feeling.

    • Although I don’t know Forrest, I share his love of fly fishing. The connection, for me, comes from the treasures we find when we’re on the streams and rivers or in search of new water. Not the kind that you put in the bank; the kind you keep in your heart. Lessons learned and secrets revealed. I think that’s part of the spirit that drove him to creating this quest. Sure, I can make some connections because of places I’ve fished, including Yellowstone, but I think he’s been careful to level the playing field when it comes to finding the treasure.

      I’m anxious to receive my copy of the book, not because of any clues in it, but because I’m anxious to find out how much more we have in common and perhaps learn a few things from him.

      If I get my opportunity to search before the cache is found, you can bet I’ll have my fly gear with me, even if I’m in the desert.

  48. Oakleygirl .. I agree.. Im waiting on my book… and after checking out these blogs …it seems the book may turn me away from the area my research has pointed me in. And i believe the extra info can be a double edged sword,some being useful but most being unneeded or even misleading ,as far as reclaiming the chest goes. We shall see…my copy wont be here for 2-3 weeks..Good Luck

  49. I have had the book for over two years. Sorry to say that it opens up a big can of worms. There is so much there for one to try to decipher. My brother took all the mail stamps in the book lined them up and tried to make something of them. Then there is the out of focus map. I hear some have it stuck to the fridge. Nothing found there, not even a big X. All I can say is you’ll get brain damage and need a new hard drive after a few weeks… The only cure is a hike in the woods..Good luck….It was fun to read though.

    • Sure, it’s a prime target. Many folks have looked around up there. Angel Fire, The Vietnam Vets Memorial, Aqua Fria Mountain, Lake, Creek and community, Elizabethtown, Eagles Nest Lake and below to Cimarron…The side of the Taos Mountains where squirrels and chipmunks play…the Moreno valley might be the home of Brown..
      Its a searcher magnet…

      • Angel Fire gives me a free weekend lift ticket every time I mention their name.
        Angel Fire, Angel Fire, Angel Fire

      • Oh man how do I get some of those free lift tickets? LOL I’m going to Angel Fire at the end of the month. We won’t be skiing but I want to go up and look around. 🙂 Money is tight and I really haven’t decided yet what we are doing besides hopefully some hikes and a lot of drives. (One to see if my spot works, but I don’t want to miss out on all the great things in the area because I’m too focused on finding a long shot treasure) Do you have any suggestions for anything we shouldn’t miss? I guess I should have said hello when I started posting here. Just realized how rude it was not to. 🙂 Got sort of excited and just jumped in. I’m Patti and I live in SE Texas.

      • I am not from there and so I am not familiar with the weather patterns in the Moreno Valley..But I was there in late May nearly two years ago and the valley was still covered in snow and it was very cold…well below freezing at night..but nearly 55 during the day. It still looked like dead of winter there too. No leaves…frozen ground…frozen lake…on the up side, the restaurant was very glad to see tourists…
        I was there in January this year and Cimarron looked like snow until Eagles Nest..

  50. It was a place of interest on my list, just didn’t have a gold star next to it . BTW i wish i would have joined the chase long ago would have loved to have been a part of the A Team : )

  51. Angel was mentioned in an email from the man himself. The area is a very special place for veterans like myself and Mr. Fenn. Shame it isn’t anywhere close to my $1500 investment lol.

  52. Dal, I didn’t know you skied. I had to give up both X-ctry and DH after blowing a knee out….dern snow snakes….can’t be trusted.

  53. I see a lot of people mentioning that if it was on Federal or State lands it might be a problem to pick it up and take it. However just because someone left something there does that really mean that it no longer belongs to them? It would seem to me not. If I stash my gear somewhere to come back and get it next spring or ask someone else to pick it up for me is that any different than this? Did it no longer belong to me because I left it for over a certain amount of time? Even it’s clear that I left it with the intent that someone else gets it? It would also seem to me that as long as Forrest is alive an easy solution would be to have Forrest meet you at the treasure and give it to you in person. If I found it the 1st thing I’d do (after I stopped jumping up and down for an hour praising God and thanking Forrest) is send a picture of it asking Forrest to call me or meet me there. (not sure if cell phones would work, if not I’d be willing to tote the treasure out and back in just to make sure) Can anyone see a reason that wouldn’t work? It seems that he could appoint someone (or some group) the right to do it in his place in his will.

    • I think anyone who’s going to just shut out an idea that it could be on federal or state lands is closed minded and that could hurt them. I think Forrest assumes that if the chest is on federal land for example…the only person who will find it, isn’t going to shout it out to the world that they’re taking it. Same as me using a metal detector….is it legal to do it? No…do you think I’m going to? Ok…I won’t announce it here…you can imagine my answer 😉 I don’t think using a metal detector to help find this is the same as using one where it’s likely you’d be digging up land. So I think there’s a difference.

      • You’ve started off with a great point, Stephanie; I don’t think a closed mind is going to get anyone closer to the solution. As for whether the treasure is on public, private or federal land, it’s anybody’s guess, just like most of the questions at this point. I’ll admit, though, that I’m leaning slightly away from private land.

        As far as metal detectors are concerned, I kinda’ like to think you don’t need one for this hunt, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t make the hunt easier. Legal? Well, picking up an arrowhead, even on BLM land, isn’t strictly legal, but I have arrowheads. Of course, I found them on my own land…

        In the end, there are some judgment calls that have to be made, risks to be taken and some fun to be had along the way.

        • Couldn’t agree with you more Doc. I feel I’m a 95% moral person…wait…just thought of something….94%. I think it’s silly that someone can’t pick up an arrowhead on public land….don’t we own that land? Last time I checked, I thought we did. What’s it going to do there anyway. Better way in my opinion is that people should be allowed to at the very least collect things on the land…then why not have a way that those items can be cataloged for museums to know about. Someone once helped me understand that you need to look at your goal when thinking about things and isn’t the goal for the museums and the future to have records like that so they can tell the history? What’s happening now? People are still picking them up and just keeping quiet about it. I don’t see a problem with digging either…let people dig a hole no bigger than a foot and metal detect and just make the law that you have to put the dirt back in the hole…that doesn’t seem too tricky and what is the state or federal government losing by allowing that? Oh the bad guys are going to wreck the land by doing things…but guess what…the bad guys will do it anyway. Dang, this soap box needs to be taller lol.

      • Does it sound odd to anyone else when I put the word ethical alongside the name Stephanie?

        Just kidding..Stephanie is a very ethical person..and I like her a lot but always check my pockets after I have been hugged by her…

        • What???? You won’t even arrange a trip out West when I’m out there…which I think looking at my calendar is about every weekend. That’s it…I’ve thought about it. Your cut off from any future hugging Dal *smile*

        • LMAO, Dal! You and Stephanie both strike me as fairly ethical people.

          @Stephanie, here’s a tidbit learned from surveying on BLM land in Wyoming: The government’s purported reason is that they’re better at preserving history than we are. Anytime we found anything that vaguely resembled an artifact or “fire ring”, we had to report it. The next day, that area would be cordoned off while archaeologists (my God, that’s hard to spell) dug everything up and bagged it. I could depress you for weeks with stories about what we saw leave our survey sites.

          • I get that if it’s something special they should come in and do that..makes sense…but for arrowheads that are just laying on the ground? I probably shouldn’t speak about things I really don’t know about. I’m from Illinois and we can’t pick up a leaf in our parks without going to jail(I think our politicians just want visitors). I just think simple things like arrowheads where your not harming anything…let people go out and pick them up. If you see a dinosaur bone sticking up out of the ground…I can see calling someone to do the removing. Maybe offer permits so they can make money on people being able to go out and hunt for those things. I don’t know.

          • Well, in the interest of seeing both sides of the issue, it’s only fair to say that you never know what any find might lead to. For instance, I had a favorite arrowhead hunting spot in SW Wyoming that was 10 minutes away on my dirt bike. I went back to the same blowout after several rains and found arrowheads and other tools over and over again, most often lying in the pile of flakes that were removed to make them. There were also huge piles of small animal bones, like ground squirrels. I still wonder why these artifacts were left the way they were, apparently hurriedly. I suppose someone with the right resources, say, the government, could possibly answer that question.

          • I think where the government fails is that it doesn’t use the people to secure wonderful things like that for history. Let the people have those things if they find it or at least some kind of partial ownership of it. They will probably just get ruined if people are told they can’t touch them or they will be just taken. Seems screwy to me. Neat you have things like that.

      • I have been on many searches for sunken vessels in South America..One of the regulations that always intrigued me in Uruguay was the law that required us to have a state archeologist on board our vessel during salvage operations. The reason it intrigued me was because it was very restrictive and guaranteed nothing for the people of Uruguay.
        There are very few state certified marine archeologists in Uruguay. The few that are there generally teach at a university and are not available to actually go out and recover material. So we would often end up with a drunk..or worse…who could not hold down a job at a university or on good days…a retired professor who last dove with Captain Ahab and was not about to get wet now.
        These fellows would dutifully collect what we brought to the surface and oversee their helpers as they fastidiously washed and labeled artifacts as they surfaced. In many cases the artifacts would then be shuffled off to a lab somewhere under the belief that they would be properly housed and then analyzed later. We believed these treasures would become part of the history of Uruguay. We were happy to follow the burdensome law and be of service to the people of that wonderful country.
        Then one day I was invited to one of our state archeologist’s homes for dinner. Spread out on his shelves and mantels were some of the finest artifacts we had recovered. two hundred year old crystal goblets, doubloons, rosaries, ornate brass hand guards from boarding sabres, candlesticks, leather boots, marked pottery and dishes, dinner silver…and on and on and on… All these items were brought to the surface by us and turned over to the archeologist so they could contribute to the knowledge of the people. We assumed they would be placed in a museum or stored safely until they were ready for display. But now they were part of his own private collection.
        My point is that everyone or not…archeologists too… and rules mean very little. Archeologists are like cops. They are given public trust but often believe they are above the law..

      • Dal, I’ll wager you have some interesting stories to tell. If we ever end up in the same general area, we’ll have to have a drink and swap yarns. Then I can plant my GPS tracking device on your vehicle…

        I agree with your assessment of people in general, despite the fact that one of my brothers is a retired cop. Don’t worry, though, I didn’t take offense to the statement, and neither would he. Most of the archaeologists I met while on the survey crew were fairly regular guys. I don’t doubt that some of them did a little collecting, too.

    • Patricia,

      Forrest states in his poem. “I give you title to the gold”. This may in fact be enough to cover the legalities as you mentioned. I don’t think he needs to be there in person to give it to you.

      He’s a smart and crafty man. I’m sure he researched many things before hiding this treasure. The legalities of it I’m sure was one of them.


  54. Wow………… Cool Dal

    Was a diver/researcher for a shipwreck company. Many memories and stories.


  55. Hi;
    I have been reading your blog for the past few weeks and find this treasure hunt quite fascinating. I am not a fellow treasure hunter, live miles away in northern BC and am not familiar with the area. I just wanted to ask if any areas around the Geysers have been considered? Particularly the Little or Big Cubs? Warm Waters…High Waters and No Paddle. Probably way off track. Happy Hunting!

    Warm Regards,

    A couple days ago our CBC radio interviewed Forrest, That man certainly gets around. 🙂

  56. Oh never mind.I was thinking that the Geysers were referring to bear cubs but now believe that they are part of the Lion group. 🙂 Some of this is starting to sound like a Clive Cussler novel.

    • The CBC radio Interview was great. I love that show. Tell me more about Bear cubs and Lions…I don’t understand the reference…

  57. Dal, i was curious if Mr. Fenn sent all those pictures along with the request for the recipe?

  58. Three pictures right?
    The pic of him is from him. The pic of the sandwich is from the web. The banner is also from the web.

  59. Yes all 3 pictures. I wasn’t sure if the pictures were included in the email Mr. Fenn sent.

    • He did not send any pics with the email. I just happened to have the photo of him in the flight jacket for another project. He just sent the email asking if I would post his request.

  60. Has anyone else been inspired by this chase to pick the Bible up ? If your like myself, we sometimes get caught up in the game of life and lose focus of our almighty maker.

    • I’m positive our maker is Thrilled of thousands of people out and about on this Chase Blazing the Trails, hiking on them Mountains/Canyons, seeing your reflection on a Creek/River bank “in his image”, touching a Boulder/Rock and a Tree here and there and catching a Brown Trout kissing it and then releasing it as well as seeing a Brown Bear, or shaking the hand of a Mr. Brown and saying hello, etc… God is outside and within each and everyone of us not on paper inside a book.

  61. I grew up in Bainbridge. Do you remember the name of anyone who worked there? I’ll ask my friends. 🙂

  62. I would take that pimiento cheese recipe from above and make it on a good, homemade white bread with butter. I’d be that will give you the yum you’re looking for Mr. Fenn.

      • Slurbs-
        Exactly why that precise comment is a dead end is a mystery…It may be because it was a timely remark about something happening at that moment and was removed after the moment passed so others would not think it was about today…
        It may be one of the 3 or 4 comment Forrest left on that post and the indexing has changed since I posted that comment…(its been 3 years…things change)
        Who knows..

        Anyway…here’s what you can do..
        Use this link

        Then use “control f” (“cmd f” if you use a Mac) to search the page for Forrest Fenn. You can read through his comments…

        of course it will also bring up when his name is mentioned by others on that page but you can scan through those pretty quickly..

  63. Me, My mama & her grandma, Mama Caldwell are from Georgia. I asked my 85 year old Mom & here is what she says:
    we used to just buy a jar of pimentos & drain ’em. Then we’d buy some sharp cheddar cut off a hoop then we’d use Merita Bread (very soft white bread of course see Wikpedia). We’d mix the pimentos with Duke Mayonnaise & smear that on one side and slice the cheese on top of it, put more mayo on the other side a close it up. Then we’d smear a little butter on each side of the bread so it’d brown and put it in a skillet until the cheese stated to run out the sides.

    That is all. — Out.

    Babylon Slim

  64. Forrest has NOT authorized anyone to make any T-Shirts or other memorabilia. There’s someone trying to make money off The Thrill of the Chase and they are they are infringing on his copyright. He’s already aware of it, so no need to contact him about it. Thanks

  65. Hiya Forrest,

    Here is a simple recipe I remember from childhood. Enjoy!!

    Simple and Easy Pimiento Cheese Recipe

    • 1 (16-ounce) block Kraft brand Mild Cheddar Cheese
    • 1 (4-ounce) jar pimientos, drained (my grocery store carries the Cento brand)
    • 1 cup Kraft Miracle Whip Salad dressing (original)
    • ¼ tsp. Salt
    Cut the block of Cheddar Cheese into thirds. (I find it easier to grate the cheese.) Using a box grater, grate 1/3 of the cheese into fine shreds and place into bowl. Grate the other 2/3 of the cheese into large shreds and place into bowl. (It’s a good workout!) Chop the drained pimiento and place in bowl. Mix the shredded cheeses together with the pimientos using a fork. Stir in the Miracle Whip until well blended. (At this point you can add more Miracle Whip depending on how wet you want the spread.) Add salt and stir. Keep covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.
    Tips: Chill the mixture at least 1 hour in the refrigerator to let the flavors fuse. (Letting it chill overnight is even better!) The mixture is easier to spread if left on the counter for 30 minutes before serving. Great on bread, celery sticks, or crackers or whatever you like.
    Ps. I made it this week and ate a sandwich for lunch every day (honest!…it makes a lot of sandwiches…at least eight!) using my favorite 12 grain bread and my favorite sandwich side…Fritos. Yum!! Pimiento Cheese reminds me of my childhood…growing up in Texas. Thank you Forrest for bringing back all the fond memories! Pimiento Cheese is a classic for sure!

  66. Am I the ONLY one NOT looking for the treasure right this second? The blogs seemed silent. No updates. Is it me? Have I been excommunicated?

      • It’s my fault, Bonnie. I haven’t been cluttering up the blogs with my usual, overly long posts. You’re not alone in not hunting right now. Too much work on the board for me.

        • Gee Doc, were you the one doing all the talking? It seems awfully lonely in here with no chatter going on. I certainly Do feel like the turtle here with everyone else out searching right now…..grrrrrrr….better not find that treasure before I get out there…..grrrrrrrrrr…..snarl….grrrrrrr 😉

      • Dal, do I need to write to the Vatican for that? I thought I’d just ask John Paul.

    • 😀 No, you are not the only one! I won’t be out looking until the end of May so all I can do now is reread what is in Forrest’s blogs and the excerpts from the book, patiently wait for my copy to arrive, go over the poem a bazillion more times using different interpretations for the clues and read the blog here. Actually, I’m not waiting that patiently – when will it get here??????? LOL

      • CJ…LOL….yeah, my knees are shaking already. My toes won’t stop tapping. I’m developing a tic thinking about people already out there turning over stones and I’m here pounding keys. How about a game of scrabble while we wait?

  67. Ya… I’m waiting til June… When weather in the mountains will def be more pleasant. I want to have a vacation, expecting that with the large area I will search… What are the chances I will actually find it? Plus work has been real busy and I’ve had lots of yard work to do, so I am not searching from my computer as much as I probably should. I haven’t even bought Forrest’s book either… Probably the only one 🙂

      • Steph, I ordered my book a little over 2 weeks ago and it still says “pending” when I look up my order at CW. They are supposed to be available in another week I guess. I read/heard that 15,000 copies are being printed so you should be able to get your hands on one as soon as they are available.

        • Thanks. I already have my own copy, but my girlfriend keeps wanting to borrow it. So I’m going to order one for her. If I could get a first edition…I’d get two so I had one for my TOTC collection…but my second edition I’ve had the past few years is priceless to me.

  68. Nah ChildhoodHappySpot….You’re not the only who hasn’t bought The Thrill of the Chase ‘Memoir” Book. I’m still trying to to get a used one from someone within this blog but noone wants to let their’s go! I’m willing to pay $10 for it even if it has coffee stains, or pages missing when it was tossed at a bear or thrown around every single time their hot spot failed, or what-have-you…I’m looking for a used copy but I guess everyone is reading it over and over and over and over and over and over again and again and again and again hoping that something clicks in their head and they figure the whole thing out. Listen-up.. the person who finds this treasure is the person who solved the poem when he read it for the first time and purchased a book simply to go over any final details before making plans to head out in the summer.

    • VGBOSS, you might be out on a limb on that one since everyone is hanging onto their copies and the ones being sold off market are going for $500.00 on ebay!! Yikes! (some people have more money than brains?) Hang in there. Better to pay the $35.00 plus ship costs than try to buy one out of a die hard searcher 😉 You’d have to pry it out of their hands *L*

      • Yeah I think your right Bonnie…and just saying, my coffee stains and torn pages make it more important to me 😉 They tell the tale of the overly obsessed searcher who thinks day and night about all of this.

        • I hear ya, Stephi. We’ve got stains, notations, food crumbs, highlighter marks….you name it. It’s there. All the more character for the book I guess. If we sold our copy, the new owner would likely figure out our area…then again…we still hold some secrets right in our heads. And if the NSA is listening in to phone conversations and emails, they know too. I got my horoscope emailed to me the other day….says I’m going to hit astronomical wealth real soon and gave me a special number of lucky days. Interesting that the day I’m supposed to “hit” that wealth button is about the time we should be searching and ….the number of lucky days coincides exactly with the location. I’m taking hints from everywhere I can. LOL Maybe I’ll consult a psychic and do my tarot cards too…..hahahahahahaha…I need my spirit animal to talk to me….then there is my crystal ball.

          • I hope your spirit animal isn’t a grizzly. I went searching with a girlfriend who asked her psychic where the chest was. She said it’s out in the open where you can see it, but it’s just not obvious that it’s the chest. Like for example it’s part of a mail box post…or maybe it’s part of a bronze sculpture. I was going to write a blog about bronze….so many ideas…need to get them down on paper…errr computer screen.

          • Wolf is my spirit animal. Turtle is my totem. So says my NA buddy who officially adopted me into the medicine circle. Maybe that’s why I get so snarly and slow sometimes. I was born under the wolf moon.

          • The only thing I know about myself astrologically is that I’m a Gemini and it really explains a lot if you’ve seen my erratic thoughts when it comes to this.

          • LOL….I dated a Gemini once. I know of what you speak;-) Caffeine kinda sends them into outer space. A little wine brings them back to earth 😉

  69. Don’t put much stock in pychics, really. One told me there was a yellow one carat waiting for me 26 paces from the crater path at a 45 degree angle. Did I look? You bet I did. Did I find anything? Nope. There’s a reason why psychics aren’t rich LOL

  70. Stephi, Gemini? Well, that explains everything! Gemini tend to be gregarious, creative, eclectic, delightfully excited and impulsive. Aquarians are prone to flights of fancy, head in the clouds, humanitarian at heart, creative, eclectic, freedom loving and impossible to control. The Capricorn in me holds my feet on the ground and brings out the pedantic side. If I’m growling and being stubborn….it’s the goat in me.

    • I tend not to believe in things like that…but I do seem to follow the characteristics of a Gemini more so than any of the other signs..on caffeine it’s even more so.

  71. Ok…. I (THINK I) (ed) know where the treasure is and I need a local partner. I am not in need of a partner for money I simply need someone local that can answer a few local knowledge questions. If you live near Fenn ( same town) and have a little local knowledge get in touch with me. I need someone that has lived there at least 15-20 years and I will give you 30% of everything we find.

  72. Can’t yet determine whether or not that “sandwich” is actually one made using bread;…..or is it a ‘sand which” (walking pole), that’s made using wood?

    Referring to the jacket of “Too Far to Walk” – Only the shadow knows?


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