Scrapbook Seventy Seven…


JUNE 2014


Dear Forrest,

To include our boys in the fun of treasure hunting we put together a little treasure hunt for them using your poem as the clues. We have a state park right down the road from us and we take the kids hiking and on picnics there. It is full of places that could be used as clues and was a perfect place to have a treasure hunt. Both the boys were really excited and were thinking hard about the clues on their hike. Jaxson, the oldest, had me take pictures of some spots he thought were clues so he could go back and look at the pictures if he needed and also he said to remember where we have been in case we got lost. We never got lost, but glad he thinks ahead.

We guided them through a little by pointing out certain things and asking hypothetical questions about the clues we used. Their imagination of what fit as clues was very creative. When they got to the spot, they worked together to get the treasure. You could see the excitement on Maddox’s face and by the squealing sounds he was making. It was really nice seeing them help each other out and encouraging one another. Their treasures consisted of a couple silver half dollars, liberty coin, pyrite, crystal rock, fake bear claw and arrowhead, and one of their favorite animals made out of marble. No real monitory value, but of great value to them and their efforts. I loved that this was a chance for all of us to be adventurous together and that the boys got to be a part of treasure hunting.

By the way, we never told them that we hid it. They both think that they have found one of your treasures. When we were hiking back Jaxson said “I can’t believe we found that old guys treasure!” I really wish I had gotten that recorded because I still crack up when I think of him saying that. He asked if you had another poem leading to some treasure. HA! They want to tell everyone about their treasure hunting and show off the treasure they found. They are so proud of what they did! They are both ready to go on more adventures and see what they can find. It has sparked an explorers mind in them both.

I created a little 2 minute video of their treasure hunting experience. I do this on occasion and wanted to make one for this. Hope you watch and enjoy.

Thanks for the inspiration,


18 thoughts on “Scrapbook Seventy Seven…

  1. I see the makings of Lewis & Clark! Terrific idea, thanks for sharing your story!

  2. A wonderful story and video. These boys may not have been couch potatoes prior to this experience, but I’ll bet, after this, even with the “salting”, they never will be. Who knows, they may actually be the ones to find Forrest’s treasure chest in a couple of dozen years. Keep up your good work with these guys.

  3. Excellent example of fatherhood, caring and sharing…It doesn’t get any better than this with kids…I’m sure they’ll never forget their treasure hunting days with their Dad…Way to go and keep looking with them, you never know what may turn up… 🙂

  4. that is a cool video. I am sure in the years to go they will get a kick out of watching it.

  5. Keri-
    It looks like you have everything you need for a happy and joyful life.
    Thank you for sharing that wonderful outing with us. Your two boys are a precious gift.

    And with that said, I am no longer interested in looking for Mr. Fenn’s treasure. I will take trips this summer with my two kids (teen and twenty one, so hardly kids anymore) , and wife, but these trips will be for what we can find within ourselves as a family.

    Thanks for including me in the chase, folks. But the gold has tarnished, and the curiosity has vanished.

    May the road rise up to greet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and util we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. (Gaelic prayer)

    As for this site . . . been down one time; been down two times, eww, eww, eww,
    never goin’ back again. (Fleetwood Mac)

    Mac out for good. Bye.

  6. You can’t put a price tag on this story! How wonderful! The thrill of what life should be about. Love it!

  7. Keri, thank you for sharing with us. I love seeing kids doing what kids ought to be doing. Good job ! 🙂

  8. Loved your idea and video Keri! What a great way to get your boys out into the great outdoors and excited about being “in the wood(s)”! Congrats on being the kind of parents we need more of! 🙂

  9. I talked to a wonderful couple that said they fashioned a treasure hunt for their grandchild. They used their imagination to create an maze of sorts to find the treasure including a lunch break in between and at the end of the hunt was a cache of coins. Thank you for sharing your story, Keri. I think we can learn from our children about imagination and sense of adventure. God Bless the children.

  10. Very very cool. What great parents and what great memories those guys will have. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Keri, Love your name and your children’s names. What a terrific video. Job well done! Your memories will live on forever through this video. Your children will remember this adventure for the rest of their lives. Excellent adventure.

  12. Keri, you are the definition of a great father…really! May you create many more precious memories! Â¥PeaceÂ¥

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