Normally I would not comment on what is said on the blogs but since there seems to be so much acrimony on two of them I will.
First, I do not own Dal’s blog and he has never been in my employ. I sometimes send him things and he frequently declines to post them.
Second, I have not said that a searcher was closer than 12’ from the treasure. It is not likely that anyone would get that close and not find it.
Third, I had not heard of Christ of the Mines Shrine in Silverton, Colorado until many months after I hid the treasure.
Forth, there is some geographical dispute about whether Bandelier National Monument is in the Rocky Mountains but since it is shown on the map in my Too Far to Walk book it must be considered within the search area.
Fifth, I have never consciously misled any searcher or privately given a hint or clue I thought would help someone find the treasure.
Sixth, I think I will be a little let down if someone finds the treasure in the next several years but I will quickly recover. It is out of my hands now.
Seventh, there has been talk about some searchers receiving under-the-table clues that will help them find the treasure. Those accusations are false. I have, A wife, two daughters, two sons-in-laws, seven grandkids, one great grandkid, a cousin, a nephew and his wife. I like all of them better than I like Dal so that makes him 17th on the list to get clues from me. The fact that none of them have found the treasure should speak for itself.
Eighth, I have received word from three ladies who wanted me to know that they are no longer in the search. They have fear of finding the treasure and being branded a harlot. Please folks, let’s try to get the blog conversations out of the gutter.
Ninth, I reserve the right to be wrong once in a while.