Happy Birthday Forrest

Forrest is 83 today, August 22nd.

He hasn’t changed much…same fair-haired boy…same cowlick…what do you think?

Forrest and Skippy in their backyard, Temple, TX, 1932.

Forrest and Skippy in their backyard, Temple, TX, 1932.

Forrest and Cody's ancestor just hangin around in Forrest's office, Santa Fe, NM, 2013

Forrest and Cody’s ancestor just hangin around in Forrest’s office, Santa Fe, NM, 2013


43 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Forrest

  1. Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.

    They tell me the first hundred years are the hardest; is that true? 🙂

    Happy Birthday!

  2. A stranger calls on the telephone and asks, “How are you?” I drive through a fast-food restaurant, the voice on the speaker asks, “How’re you doin’?” They don’t really care, I assume it’s supposed to be “polite”.

    I want to say, “Happy Birthday Forrest!” I want you to know that I mean that sincerely. You have allowed us to get to know you, and for that we really do care.

  3. Happy Birthday Forrest!!
    “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.”
    -Eleanor Roosevelt

  4. “May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”
    Old Irish Blessing

    Happy B-Day Forrest! Thanks for the many hours of educational entertainment you have provided through your treasure hunt!

  5. As one of your Florida chasers I want to wish you a “Happy Birthday” Mr. Fenn. Here’s to you and The Thrill of The Chase, thanks for this wonderful adventure. Bur

  6. Hi Forrest ….HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And, thanks for managing to survive and prosper on the planet for this good amount of time. My grandson “Coop” turns 7 today. As in Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote, Coop has the “….. gift of curiosity.” Should I not find the treasure, I’m leaving all my decipherings / books / maps / photos / etc. to him to follow in my (and my sister’s) footsteps. My sister and I have made two seperate trips from Oregon (where Sis lives) to our “spot” in Wyoming. Oh, the places we’ve seen and the people we’ve met! We’ve covered parts of Idaho / Montana / Nevada / Utah and Colorado in our travels (not to mention Nebraska / Kansas / Iowa / Missouri and Illinois on my way back home to Kentucky. Amazing what 2 people in their mid sixties can accomplish with a little pluck, a good Jeep, and a few dollars (not to mention Sis’s excellent organizing skills). What an incredible part of the country to explore. The sites, events, changing terrain, animals, history, people (both past and present) are unending. We’ve traipsed beautiful paths up mountains and down into valleys, traversed creeks, explored caves, rappelled down the side of a dam, well actually…. Sis rappelled. I stayed topside. We’ve been to untold historic sites, visited museums (yes – your beloved one too) attended a ranch versus ranch rodeo… etc. etc. all because you afforded us the opportunity (and excuse) to do so. One thing about me and Sis, we’re always up for a good adventure. We just couldn’t pass this one up! Our third trip planning is in the works. Most likely happen in the Spring of 2014 (after the snow melts). Anyway, when you turn 100 (and I have a cash bet that you will) Sis will be 83 and I’ll be 82. Perhaps you’ll invite us to your B-Day party. What a hoot that would be. Imagine the yarns we could swap. Ol’ Max Evans would have nothing on us by then! Again, from one veteran / cancer survivor / adventurer to another, ” Be Well!” Forrest, and never lose your “…. gift of curiosity.” Best wishes, TJ and Helen.

    • Oooooo. TJ and Helen, I would love to share an adventure with you to the thrill of the chase. I grew up on Colorado but live on Ohio. If you are planning an adventure 2017, let’s meet so you can see if I can add to the adventure.
      Best wishes,

  7. I’ve never met you Mr. Fenn, but I sure feel like a kin. You made my year and gave me purpose again. Happy Birthday and many more!
    Thanks, Rog

  8. A wise man once said: “No time in thought is wasted and nothing is too small to know, and that only experience can teach thoroughly.” I guess that’s why we are all here……to learn something. For some of us it only leads to the treasure. For others, it leads us even closer to ourselves and to others, with the treasure being the bonus. …..But we are content. 🙂 Money(material things), it’s the great refiner. In the end we all know more about ourselves and about others, good or bad. I know I do now. I think Forrest Fenn knows what contentment is. And he has been gracious enough to share it with us. They’re not making anymore like him. So take a good look at him and learn from him before he rides off into the sunset! Thank you Forrest. Happy Birthday!! And good health to you. I hope you and yours live to see many more.

  9. Happy Birthday Forrest! My father and I are off for our first hunt for your treasure next week. Thank you for that gift. He is 60 and I’m 34 and we have never done a trip like this together. Plus, my son basically thinks I’m Indiana Jones so thanks for that as well!

  10. Happy Birthday Forrest! Thank you for inspiring so many people and being the role model that most of us achieve to be.

  11. Only a day late, but Happy belated Birthday!!! Hope you have many more celebrations ahead in life!!!

  12. Happy Birthday Mr. Fenn . As usual I’m a day late and a dollar short . Hope you had a wonderful day , and continue to have many more in the future .

  13. Forrest, I want to wish you a very Happy Belated Birthday. I hope you had a really fun day. Mine was just a few days ago & I was fortunate to spend it with family on the Jersey Shore. I also want to let you know that I truly enjoy reading “The Thrill of The Chase”. I think 10 times now. It seems I have yet to get tired reading your story. In some ways our stories are similar. You are about 10 yrs. older than me, but I also struggled in school & served in the USAF in the 1060’s.
    Since I retired a few years ago I have been searching for something to keep my mind & body in motion. You have certainly provided that. I can’t thank you enough.
    I’m planning another trip to NM in Sept. to see if I have solved this magnificent puzzle you have put out there for us.
    I would be honored to break bread with you. Sharing some old Air Force stories would be interesting. I think you may have been to a couple bases where I worked.
    Sincere thanks again, Forrest .
    All The Best,

  14. Though we grow older day by day,
    The adventurousness of some boys ever stays.

    Happy Birthday Forrest Boy!

    May God bless you with an everlasting adventure of His wonderful creation, world without end.

  15. Just got back from vacation and saw that it was your birthday! Birthdays can become”just another day”,but I do hope yours was one to remember.Thanks Forrest for giving us all a fantastic adventure and sharing so freely of yourself.The world is a better place because of what you have contributed.

  16. i am a week late, but happy birthday. we share a wonderful day as i was also born on this day…many years later. Happy belated Birthday my friend

  17. I was fortunate enough to get to meet Mr. Fenn on his B-Day this year at the Collected Works! 🙂

  18. Forrest, wishing you a Happy 84th Birthday!!!!!!!!

    A little early, but that may give Dal and Goofy old Guy time to open a new Birthday thread by this Friday. Thanks!

  19. Ok this is a Fenntastic, maybe Forrest did misplace his chest not that he doesn't know what park it's in. :) http://m.ksl.com/index/story/sid/33093460?mobile_direct=y on said:

    I know it’s not your birthday but who cares enjoy. Ok this is Fenntastic, maybe Forrest did misplace his chest not that he doesn’t know what park it’s in. 🙂 http://m.ksl.com/index/story/sid/33093460?mobile_direct=y

  20. Happiest birthday Forrest Fenn!
    I always make joyful memory looking for your treasure ♡

  21. Hey Forrest, Enjoy the treasure that is life today. Know that you’ve created a treasure hunting monster in my fiance’.
    I thought I was the hunting guru in this house. But noooooooooo, not since she’s discovered the fun that is Fenn.
    Have a nice year sir. Thanks for the distraction.

    – Clue Master

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