Scrapbook One Hundred Twenty Six…



Personality Galore

You know, I really hate to brag about some of my stuff, especially since Tesuque just won the Blue Ribbon for being the best pet on the internet. But honesty compels me to admit that I possess the most interesting hat on this blog.


Click on this photo to see the hat close-up.


Her name is Mildew. She was given to me by the son of a guy named Dither who hunted coyotes in the Bosque. He was lanky and spoke with a slow kind of drawl that made him look taller. He was wearing the hat when he died, and no one can explain why it exploded from the inside out. Maybe the bob wire hatband had something to do with it. In any case, Iโ€™m not going to ever wear the hat.

I hereby make the assertion that Mildew has more personality than any other hat within word distance of Santa Fe, and I dare anyone to challenge that claim.

See the hats of those who were brave enough to take up Forrest’s challenge HERE.


681 thoughts on “Scrapbook One Hundred Twenty Six…

  1. Love the floating hat .. Nope that’s photo shopped I’m sure… LOL
    Cool hat… I have a Indiana Jones hat … Yep , same one … I bought it when the movie came out… Which is the hat I where when I read and study the Chase..
    But , what the heck are you standing near? =)

    • F , I’m tired and need a break , my head feels like a Football
      you been kicking through the uprights..=)

      JANUARY 2015 = 16 1+6=7

      Personality Galore = 1+7=8 his knot number or binding number

      You know, I really hate to brag about some of my stuff, especially since Tesuque just won the Blue Ribbon for being the best pet on the internet. But honesty compels me to admit that I possess the most interesting hat on this blog.

      You know = 7 ,
      I really hate to brag about some of my stuff, especially since Tesuque just won the Blue Ribbon for being the best pet on the internet. = 26
      But honesty compels me to admit that I possess the most interesting hat on this blog. = 16 1+6=7

      Cool Starts with 7 invokes 33 and ends with 7 … I like that , I was startin to worrie.

      Her name is Mildew. 15 1+5=6

      She (6) was given to me by the son of a guy named Dither who hunted coyotes in the Bosque. = 18 1+8=9 9+(6)=15 1+5=6
      She is reserved until the next set of numbers which is in ()

      He was lanky and spoke with a slow kind of drawl that made him look taller. = 16 1+6=7
      He was wearing the hat when he died, =8
      and no one can explain why it exploded from the inside out.
      12 1+2=3

      Maybe the bob wire hatband had something to do with it.=11
      In any case, Iโ€™m not going to ever wear the hat.=11

      7,8,7,26,33,7,6,6,8,3,11,11 =133 1+3+3=7

      Kind of makes sense 7 at the start and 7 at the end.

      Lets look up these numbers shall we…

      The number 7 7 Positive Traits Skilled at analysis and research, an intelligent seeker of knowledge, scientific and inventive, studious, meditating, charming personality and demeanor, love of solitude and peace, a perfectionist. 7 Negative Traits Hidden motives and suspicions, overly reserved, arguments enjoined with silence or sarcasm, isolated, inflexible positions, overly upset by distractions – See more at:

      The number 8

      8 Positive Traits
      Executive character and abilities, political skills, expert handling of power and authority, working for a cause, achieving recognition, exercising sound judgment, decisive and commanding.

      8. Negative Traits
      Workaholic, overly ambitious, lacking humanitarian instincts, mismanaging money, repressing subordinates, impatient with people, stressed, materialistic.

      – See more at:

      26 According to R. Allendy, “it associates the idea of the cosmic differentiation, 20, with that of providence or the Karma, 6, and with that to the liberation of the nirvana, 2 + 6 = 8”. It would represent also the individual initiative in the fight against the sin.


      The most intuitive

      Positive Characteristics: A Master number, the 11 is the most intuitive of all numbers. It is instinctual, charismatic, dynamic and capable when its sights are set on a concrete goal. The 11 is the number associated with faith and psychics.


      The Master Teacher

      Positive Characteristics: The 33 is a humanitarian. It is understanding and knowledgeable, a mover and a shaker.

      Negative Characteristics: As a Master number, when the positive potential of this number is not used properly, one tends to become preachy and care less about others, putting too much focus on one’s personal agenda.

      Learn more about all of the Master numbers — 11, 22 and 33 — with the Numerology of Master Numbers.

      Hope this helps anyone on the number path.. I just like it when F writes like this , a true Architect of Words…. Built before he writes it and it seems all have to be in order , or for him it won’t work.

      I don’t know , what he means , I don’t read horoscopes. But, It was a fun study.
      I’m a 8 funny. =)

    • F’s standing next to a pillar of Ubatuba granite – same as his bathroom shower tile. The million dollar question is, why?

      Looks like hatchet Jack sailed through the sky, and a few less obvious ‘oddments’

      • By “oddments” are you suggesting that the “hatchet” looks like something else entirely and Forrest is just…uhhh…messing…yeah, that’s it…messing with people’s minds? At least, that’s what it may appear like to the…uhhh…uncircumspect.

      • Maybe because I guessed the resident eyes in shower/ President Eisenhower blog

    • Forrest* I wonder if you admire him,or is it the whole history of it all? Yes, you were probably born 100 years too late, and probably in your secret dreams you dream of chasing chickens along the Indians, or trying to rope cattle, or perhaps witness the old wooden wagons crossing the Rio Grande, or perhaps seeing the arrival of the Spanish looking for gold or the fountain of youth. RC

    • The Grizzly is a tooth full addition. Forrest you are so funny!

      Where ever you’ve hidden your treasure chest – it must be so special that it’s where God goes when he wants to do a little fly fishing.

    • cant believe how far behind ive been set. but that looks like a hidden lake some where nice hat looks like a hat for a ego bigger then Texas i heard that yesterday
      i thought it was funny ill keep it in mind have a good day all see you off the trail be safe out there

  2. The hat “exploded from the inside out” – that leaves a lot to the imagination. The barb wire looks to encircle the mountain top, and I too am curious … what is that Forrest is standing next to ? A mile marker, or a 5 foot stone hot dog? And how long is “within word distance from Santa Fe”.

  3. Wow…. What is Forrest up to….

    Try googling dither, fireworks, and photoshop. I think you are going to find it rather interesting.

    Fred Y.

  4. Not barb wire…Bob wire. Forrest Fenn can play all kinds of words all day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Unfortunately, I only have one hat, a Tampa Bay Bucs cap with a sun shade to keep it out of my eyes. The sun, I mean.

  5. I personally like the Tomahawk Clould and resting Indian in the background. I also believe Mr. Fenn is holding the nine clues (kind of like the ten commandments) next to him…

  6. I guess that’s where they got the expression “Well, I’ll eat my hat.” I have an old Seahawks cap.

    • An OLD Seahawks hat? I dunno, according to the memes those don’t exist ;-). OK, truth be told my Seahawks jacket I have now is very new, but it was replacing the one I bought in ’99 that got ripped up while wandering the mountains north of Santa Fe. Guess I do have several old Seahawks and Mariners caps now that I think of it. Fairly sure I have a Tacoma Sabercats one in the collection too. Nothing with the individual personality of Forrest’s hat though.

  7. What is that stone? There appears to be an eye carved on the upper left. Is the stone a marker? Heavy load?
    That lake in the background must be FF secret fishing hole. It is just below the treeline, and at a high elevation. Water high?
    The hat is floating, hanging, sky,.. something hole??

  8. This is a fun and interesting photo. I assume the pic above may have been done by Dal? Looks to be at least three photos in one…Hat, back ground which looks familiar but can’t put my finger on where I seen it before, and FF, which I believe is a photo from another pic of him posing, maybe with another searcher.

    The pic of the hat in the pic above is different from the enlarged pic. I wonder also if this hat is not has old at it seem. The barb wire is too new, the rope wrap around the hat is as well but looks to be in some parts made to look older and stained. The hat itself seem the same way, made to look stained and worn, yet other parts of the rim, the second hole on the rim and inside the hole on the top look fairly new.

    What caught my attention the most is two different pics of the hat. Yep, this is a fun and interesting one.

    • And in the enlarged pic, there is what looks like pastel roses or flowers resting at the base of a tombstone or memorial of some kind.

      • If Dal edited these pictures and placed them together that means Dal has originals and has access to the Data behind the picture like coordinates unless everything was erased prior to sending them to Dal ?
        But there is def a first with a link to the hat.
        Dal, can you update us on how these were given to you?

        • The pic above is more than likely, pics gathered from past post…excluding the hat. I can only assume it was presented this way just to add an effect. I also think the cement pillar may have been added to hide something from the original pic that would have been a dead giveaway. Such as another person FF was standing next to. Just a guess at this point.

          But again the interesting part about the hat photos, is the newness of the hat. the barb wire that looks as if it just came off a new roll…the cord wrapping around and under the wire looks freshly cut and clean on the edges yet dirty under the wire. the rim and edge of the hat is spotless and not worn, as well as the holes have very clean fuzz on the edges. All very curious.

          • That’s true about the smart phones …but the cameras today such as nikon and not all cannons but some cannons do have GPS coordinates.. my Nikon does

          • My little Canon P&S camera has GPS coordinate capability, and it’s a few years old, so I’m guessing many more of them today have it. You can turn it off if you don’t want people to be able to get that info off your image file when up loading directly to the web. I turn my camera’s GPS off. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Hi Mindy , Hope your well.
        I re sent you that email. Im really going to take some time off of the Blog. I mix music and I’ve been wanting to start a new project. So I will be gone a short time . If you want to talk email or Google plus is cool with me. I also left my Personal number . I really don’t like to type , but if I must I will. Forgive me for not showing the area in full. I will a little at a time.. Ill send another picture after you contact me . Have a great Day all … See ya in like a week

      • Mindy, I don’t see any roses at the bottom of the tombs tone picture on my screen… Could you possibly post a link on here of your picture? I’d like to see what you are referring to.

        • Or… if anyone else has that (roses) showing on their image, could you please post a link? I’d appreciate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • WiseOne, I believe Mindy is referring to the organic looking material or plants in the upper left-hand section of the 2nd photo – found by clicking on the original photo which takes you to an enlarged hat photo.

          • 42, I saw those plants that look like little cactus. But she said the roses were at the bottom of the tombstone… Maybe she was referring to that other link where someone posted a picture of f standing next to a grave marker “Mary Washington”… I’ll go back and see if I can find that… Thanks for replying.

          • Wise, sorry it took so long to reply. Crazy day today!!
            I thought the pastel colored things when you click on the picture to see the hat close up looked like roses. Someone said they were chickens. Now cacti. Lol.
            I’m not sure what they are. Maybe brains. Or kidneys. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • OK, thanks. You said “at the base of the tombstone” so I was wondering what you had seen that I didn’t… A lot of times people see things in pictures that I don’t… Thanks for clearing that up for me.

        • WiseOne,
          TFTW page 242 is the Mary Washington grave marker. The dry reddish foliage left of marker could be similar to this SB but doesn’t quite match IMO

    • If you look at the photo of Forrest drinking the soda at San Larenzo, I believe thats the hat in this scrap book. It has an odd bend in the crown. Forrest was story telling again. Now lets see how many people are walking around with uneven legs?

      It is not the hat from the story about the hat shot by the jealous husband. That hat was leather, this one is felt.
      Liar liar pants on fire Forrest! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. its all Photo Shopped obviously, whats funny is he won’t allow you to click original picture, jus pulls up another of hat.
    Dal, can you post the original pic Forrest sent you without the link to the Hat picture?

  10. When my son was learning to talk he couldn’t say sister, he said didder, so that turned I to my daughter’s nickname. Then, my youngest in learning to talk, couldn’t say didder, instead she said diddy. Now “diddy” is nearly 27 and we still call her that. To me she’s my pretty little diddy!

  11. What is Forrest keeping under his hat? I will vote for Mildew, she has an interesting history.

  12. Another fine essay Forrest. I wonder…just where is that “ancient boundary marker” you have next to you? I’m not quite “wise” enough to figure out the location.

  13. present, but sitting in the back of the classroom today.

    Looks like Forrest may be sneaking out the window for an adventure today, and I’m going too.

  14. Hi Forrest,

    Puppyman, as we call our almost-one-year-old Golden Retriever, got the name because of his super power. He chews things ’til they disappear. I had a nice hat but my wife threw it away after Puppyman got ahold of it. That’s the reason I didn’t enter him in your contest. Maybe some day he’ll deserve a shot at the prize but until then he has to sit by and listen to the stories of what a great dog Ziggy was. That’s how seniority works.

  15. The Tomahawk Cloud appears to be pointing at the peak of the mountain and there is a waterfall on the left . IMO “High Water”, now just have to find out what mountain, and go and pick up the “Heavy Load”

  16. I say the hat exploded when Forrest was writing that wwwh clue.I mean his brain was smoking and the hat overheated I suspect that is when he wired it on. It’s got to be his thinking hat and that’s allways funny..

    • You might be onto something. The coming off of Forrest’s head is probably creating a thermal updraft that is causing the hat to ascend.

    • Good Evening 23Kachinas,
      I purchased a Papyrus greeting card today. The hummingbird is their logo…I thought you may enjoy the following sentiment:
      “Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, caring our hopes for love, joy and celebration. The hummingbirds delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, Beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.”

    • My entry for the “hat challenge” for 2pts (“swish” and the basket is good)

      Do you see the heavy loads and water high? (hat with feeders)

      What about the tarry scant with marvel gaze? (man stares waiting for birds while a raccoon in background walks softly)

      If you are brave and in the woods I give you title to the “Hummingbirds Galore”

        • The components of the image generate a kind of rebus. You need to assume that Forrest is leaning behind a column.

          • Eliza,

            Column … I’ll need to ponder that a bit – seems to be quite a few combinations, don’t see one rebus definite enough yet.

            See cloud shape (unnatural?), the pressure in the head, that blew the hat out – the pieces of the hat around the hole… too much material to fold back neatly together?

            Haven’t hat much time to look at this, it is an intriguing picture. Hope to catch some more in there.

          • the Mild-ew and Dither set up a contrast, so look to be two important words. Temped to pull the “the” out of “Dither” and go for an anagram. Hmmmm…

          • Okay, a “barb” is a sharp remark, and an anagram for “mild-ew+dither” is

            “rid the mildew” on the column ?

            Got to think about this some more.

          • Hi astree-

            I also noticed a way to tie mildew and dither together along the lines you mentioned, but it didn’t seem to bear directly on the image.

            Regarding the rebus, it really does hang together for me, but I’m reluctant to just lay it out and spoil anyone else’s fun!


          • Mildred White was the first English police woman. You can look her up on Wiki

            I am also finding it anagrams to;

            IMW Riddle –

            maybe Astree knows what that means –

            Or it could be relating to the International Map of the World.

          • So to make it clearer –

            mildew dither anagrams to;

            the imw riddle

            possibly: the International Map of the world riddle.

          • Yes Will – I like that

            Now if you want to have some more fun

            Go to google and type in “wim riddle”

            up pops “Mark Twain” which leads you to –

            Samuel Clemens probably refers to
            Matthew Brown Riddle (1836-1916)

            I think I’ll stop now – my brain is tired.

          • The other thing je notice is that the column has the greenish border superimposed, it is a bit like a piece of yarn (on the right hand side, it separates slightly from the (column, finger-like zoom) and you can see Forrest’s shirt in the background.

  17. Maybe that is his ” honey do” hat. When Peggy asked him to do things around the house, that is the hat he wears.

  18. Forrest, I have a Green Bay Packer hat…it has no name…I was wearing the hat when “they” died, and no one can explain why they (GB…not the hat) imploded from the inside out. Maybe they should have had a bob wire hatband around their helmets…I’m not going to ever wear the hat…until Sept, 2015 and the beginning of the next NFL season. cynthia

  19. Careful Forrest you might want to step away from that mortar it might blow your hat off and you would end up like Skippy

  20. Mr.Fenn, you have given away alot of clues in the last month’s we all appreciate them it worries me because I’m afraid come spring everyone will be racing up that mountain I have caught all your clues and believe I can find indulgence but with all the clues lately I don’t believe I’m alone in there but I’m in the race to the end I won’t give no hints I can keep a secret but my hair is beginning to turn grey over these last 3years of searching

    • Really doesn’t seem possible in my spot. No way there’s a hole in the ground near the middle in my spot. I bet it’s out on the periphery in between two of something else.

      If you go out in the snow be very careful. Snow creates bridges that aren’t always safe. I climed all the way up on a ridge using one of these and my foot went through then I realized Oh @&$@ its dark below.

    • IMO “how” is best found with inductive reasoning, except it has its pitfalls too:

      Incorrect inductive reasoning (John Vickers example):
      All of the swans we have seen are white.
      Therefore, all swans are white.

      I’ve always preferred to ask “why”. Interesting answers come from asking “why” since it helps to dispel assumptions.

  21. Maybe I should head on out ๐Ÿ™‚
    I know right where I’m going no if ands, or buts about my next location. ๐Ÿ˜‰ but the snow is stopping me ๐Ÿ™

    • I wish you luck, Amy. However, deep down I’m happy you’re searching in Colorado…because I still think the treasure is in New Mexico. Your comment that maybe you “should head on out” reminds me of those sayings like, “Let’s make like a baby and head out” or “Let’s make like a tree and leave”. Years ago I served time as a missionary and I’d frequently say, “Let’s make like missionaries and get the hell out of here”. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d always get the strangest looks like I was saying something bad…which I wasn’t…and I was being VERY sincere. You know…”what e’er thou art, act well thy part”.

      • JC

        Lol ha ha very funny. Now look at what Forrest said a distance from Santa Fe.

        And you said nothing wrong you said it all right ๐Ÿ™‚

      • JC1117,

        you’re searching the wrong part of New Mexico

        oh i should also mention any part of New Mexico is the wrong part

        ha ha ha ha ha i crack myself up sometimes

          • Chris and Sam, whenever I feel “cracked”…and sad… I have found that laughter is the glue I use as a fix for the crack. I ask myself, am feeling sad? Sniff. Sniff. (Answer: Yes.) I then reach for the glue called laughter…and so on. Sniff. Sniff. Reach for the glue. Sniff. Sniff. …and repeat.

            Works like a charm every time. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • you should take it easy on that stuff JC it can be addicting

            and if ur at a sporting event and see Forrest, you might want to keep your distance. whereas some folk like to wave around a big foam finger, f likes to bring his big stone finger

  22. Me too Amy but we have coats and gloves and some hand and feet warmers its a far walk but not that far I’m in

  23. I’m not worried about a race, rather, staying alive. It’sIt’s COLD out there guys COLD! Besides…If we do meet on the trail it’s likely we’ll befriend and not b foe!

    • Not it’s sit’s…eliminate that…I was trying to say IT’S COLD! Not worth dying for…

      • I agree jdiggins , good advice and searchers should heed to mother nature at this point. No chest is worth dying for…… besides you couldn’t enjoy it if your dead.. good luck to everyone and be safe ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. It’s so sad that Mr. Fenn has to dummy down his Scrapbooks for us and resort to Searcher’s problem solving techniques to try and give everyone an equal chance. Pretty sure that comment is going to get me in a little trouble here. So waste your time commenting back to me or use your time to really read this. Mr. Fenn is telling us exactly (general location) where he hid the chest. You’re going to have to read it with an open mind if you really want to know the location and not try to make it fit the location you think you already know. Study the picture and use some of the useless (but useful in this Scrapbook) word techniques that are talked about on this blog. And why don’t I have the chest? Because I’m not 100% confident yet and I’m not going in winter plain and simple. But I at least understand the location he is showing us in this Scrapbook. Lastly, I apologize Mr. Fenn. I am not trying to spoil your fun and games. It is great fun. If we’re going to dummy the search down and even the playing field then I’m going to step up and claim it.

    • I’ll help you out. Mildew = Wild me. Last sentence…”Wild me has more personality”…LOL…I LOVE it. The rest of the sentence tells us to look at words.

      • Next hint. Dither = hid ther. Ther short for there. Now we have…Wild me hid ther or there. Keep going? This is just the words, not even talking about the picture yet. Oh and I forgot to say in my earlier posts…IMO.

          • We are all going to expire at some point, it appears that F had a great spot picked. Maybe unconventional but not really that much different than his own dad with a granite stone above his head. Think about it would you rather your bones resting in the wild or off of Main Street. The important thing is do you believe in a resurrection.

        • Thanks Diggin gypsy, but probably not so. If I know where the treasure is I should just be quiet. Still no one questioned me claiming Dither is hid ther. Dither only has 1 h and hid ther uses 2. =)

          • Ramona that’s just how Forrest spells you did good I love your solve ๐Ÿ™‚ he misspells all the time

          • IMO….

            I worked on this thing since it came out this morning. My last day off. There is a LOT that people aren’t seeing, or they are and just aren’t talking about it. It took me about 1 hour for the first part, and then 8 hours for the rest. Mostly because I’m not a tech genius ๐Ÿ™ I like your Mildew and Dither analogies even though I didn’t spend much time on them. Still not sure what role they play in it. I’ve wrote me lil story to let him know all I could discern from it, and I guess I’ll let it be at that.

          • I enjoyed your story Iron Will. Good job. What you do with the Mildew and Dither analogies is add them to the location that he says in this Scrapbook and then you know the hidey spot. Ok, not the exact spot but the general area. It’s a big area. So unless you’ve solved the poem it’s a needle in a haystack.

            P.S. That looks like a tomahawk cloud but it’s actually an arrow narrowing the area down. IMO I seem to have a problem of over running the mouth today. Sorry Muset & Diggin.

    • Brilliant! I might see the same as you.

      I agree about winter, so hold off on all those hints to everybody so we don’t have to rush.

      See you out there…

      • yeah Muset I agree on the rush…… Forrest said he tried to think of everything…… I wonder if he thought about a rush to the right location…. to many people at the right place might not be good…lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. I will say this picture is very clever and in his book ttotc there’s another picture that’s just as clever I’m a big fan of Forrest Fenn and not just stroking his ego I always hated people that kissed up and I don’t comment alot but try and read everything and I’m bored today lost my father in law last week and my youngest son had a car wreck Monday he’s okay but the car didn’t fair as well so I turn to Mr. Fenns chase and its community I just needed to vent amazing that it helps but it does

    • Lynn, sorry for your loss. Praise God your son is ok. Peace be with you. Mr. Fenn’s chase community is like a big extended family. Take care.

    • Lynn, I too Love the Chase so much and it has helped many of us. I tease Forrest, but I LOVE what he has created here. Much Respect. And best wishes to You and everyone.

    • Lynn, sorry you’re having a bad time of it right now. Most of us have been through what you are going through now, including our children’s car accidents. It does get better with time and there is a great support group here on the blog.

    • My Condolences Lynn. Thankfully your son was not hurt.
      Try to keep in mind this. We are born to die. From the day of our birth we start the process of dying. Along the way we learn many things and have those moments in time that are priceless.

      I am sure your father in law was a wonderful person, and in his own unique way he has left you with those moments in time that no one can take away.

      Blessings and peace.

  26. Son of a guy named Dither, makes me think of how some names were assigned to people if you were Johns son the name became Johnson same with Ericson so on and so forth .

  27. Look at what kind of shirt ff is wearing, and look at the setting he is in. Its sunny out and he is in the middle of the wilderness wearing his Sunday’s finest. (a small exaggeration) That hat though is a perfect hint!

    • 1.Of course Forrest is in his Sunday best… His church is in the mountains.

      2. Who cares about clues. I just want to know how you keep your skin so luminescent and young! Is there a secret skin formula?

  28. Wow Forrest, Are you fooling with us again? Trying to make us MORE Crazy? Something more to ponder and drive us all insane?
    Chasers now with this. I think the wwwh web site could be from him maybe? LOL

  29. Digital camouflage.
    Dithering or blending is a process that uses digital noise to smooth out colors in digital graphics and sounds in digital audio.

  30. That is certainly one wild and crazy hat. I have two hats that I typically wear when I’m out adventuring. I bought them from a vendor on the beach near Ubatuba, Brazil. They’re made from recycled truck tarps and the steel wire inside the hat brim comes from the inside of old tires. There’s a company in Brazil that makes the hats, but mine are what Brazilians call “generic”…meaning they probably “walked” out the back door of the factory while nobody was looking. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Woody Harrelson wore one in this “quality” film I just found out. I’ve never seen the movie…but that doesn’t stop me from repeating my daily affirmation each morning…”I DO believe in zombies! I DO believe in zombies!” ๐Ÿ™‚

    Although my hats have the flat brim…which I prefer…which can be seen on this page. I wish I could provide links without “advertising” for these people, but I do have my eye on that Rowdy Yates hat…or even The High Plains Drifter…you know…for special occasions.

    However, I must concede the hat title to you, Sir Fenn.

  31. I got it! With all that information you have packed into your head, you used the barbed wire to hold it down. But that didn’t work because you BLEW a hole in your hat instead! ๐Ÿ™‚ That stone has a natural Leonardo shape within the dark areas.

  32. Here’s what my marvel gaze is going to look like come spring. I’m going to take my tent out and camp in the area for a week. Get up everyday and canvas the entire area. On second thought maybe not I did come face to face with a mountain lion last time.

  33. So Forrest, Challenge on! This is the latest contest right? I am going to try to find that hat to Top, Mildew! Game on…..Do we have a prize? I would be willing to add to the Prize Box, Anyone else? As long as I can enter with my TOP HAT. Let the Chasers be the Judge, we all vote…….Once. Or something like this. Oh fun, I will start taking pictures of Hats! Love this! Oh Please, Please Forrest, I promise I won’t say your driving us All Nuts anymore!!! You Know how much We LOVE YOU!
    Lou Lee Chased by Bears and Lived to Chase for Forrests treasure!

  34. I contacted Fenn through my weegee board mouse pad to get this cleared upโ€ฆโ€ฆThe mouse started smoking and bouncing around. All I got back was ROTFLWFITA. So either Fenn is having a breakdown or heโ€™s rolling on the floor laughing with feet in the air.

    Or he just gave us the solution to the poemโ€ฆโ€ฆBetter hurry.

  35. A good forensics guy could explain how that hole was made with a magic bullet fired from a 6.5 mm Mannlicher-Carcano. That’s why the hole is from the inside out.

    Yes, I agree, I have never seen a hat with more personality. Even a large book couldn’t tell the stories this hat could share. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Yea Forrest that hat sure has character . That guy probably threw it in air and used it for target practice. That stone your standing by what does the inscription say on it . Probably rest in peace. That looks like a rest in peace kind of place to me. You crack me up but we just love some of your pictures. That hat should get the blue ribbon.

    • Looks like a Google Map image to me… I don’t have time to look at it closer right now maybe later… Anyone else think it looks like a satellite image?

      • From the reflection on the right side of that image, I’d say this is a photograph of a globe. It is indeed a satellite image of the search area.

    • I went back for a second look . Are you throwing a big finger i That’s an awful big finger Forrest. LOL That takes a lot of steam to float that hat!!!! You sure can make a person laugh.

  37. You know what that post Mr. Fenn is standing by reminds me of? The faces in his shower. It looks like a face from his shower. Hats off stone face? LOL, naw that’s kind of negative and I don’t see Mr Fenn as having a negative bone in his body. More like it’s a hats off post giving us a location.

  38. GOOFY…you wise devil, you ๐Ÿ™‚
    If I recall correctly there was a post about Fenns personality traits, some of your opinions included things like:
    ‘Not all hat and NO game’
    ‘Stays in the fight after his canopy is shot off’
    ‘Slick talking’
    ‘When he wants something he’ll stop at nothing to win’
    ‘Prefers the per suit of happiness to gray nothingness’….long live the mildew!!

    Sorry if those weren’t exact quotes, and I think there were a lot more, but either way it seemed appropriate to repeat them.

    Also…given your psychic abilities I was wondering if you could let me know if Dal is going to kill Forrest over this barbeque?

      • Ahh, yes…This was a very controversial SB. One of my favorites. Forrest certainly knows how to entertain us and get our wheels spinning… I think I’ll read through this thread again. I like reading people’s interpretations. Like why is that hat (Mildew) elevated above his head? Is he afraid it will blow his mind like what happened to Ditherson? What are you thinking?

        • Actually, the hat is not hovering over Forrest’s head, it’s covering the mountaintop behind Forrest. It’s literally the “mountain cap”

  39. The Bosque sure is a neat place . I’ve seen snow geese there by the thousands if not millions. It sure is a neat site to see. All the geese migrate there to spend the winter along with sandhill cranes. Good fishing for Bass and catfish around there. Also the cottonwood forest in the Rio grand valley is one of the largest in the world .Although they have had a few fires there through the years.

  40. Ii dont know about all of you, but this picture got me thinking and I think I found a major key to unlocking something in the poem. Looking at it in a all new way. I think many of you here are feeling the same way. Am I right?

    • I see two completely different / opposite interpretations. I think he does that deliberately in writing his stories, making each of us choose which path we want to travel…. all imo of course.

  41. โ€œTake off your hat,” the King said to the Hatter.
    “It isn’t mine,” said the Hatter.
    “Stolen!” the King exclaimed, turning to the jury, who instantly made a memorandum of the fact.
    “I keep them to sell,” the Hatter added as an explanation; “I’ve none of my own. I’m a hatter.โ€
    โ€• Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

  42. Photo editing no doubt. Nice catch on the tomahawk, still looking for the resting indian. Imo this is one of the best clues Forrest has given us.
    In many ways it confirms my thoughts about the hidey place.

    Right side of my brain says ” Possible red herring”. Left side of my brain says don’t be so hasty. As for the flowers Mindy, If you zoom out and look at the entire context of the photo. What appears as a tombstone shows itself as walkway deco. I believe the photo of the hat on the table was taken in Forrest’s backyard.

    A little poem for you Forrest

    A man wore many a hat to none’s surprise.
    The brims shadow falling over his eye’s,
    As he searched for heavy loads and waters high.

    The place in which a chest to hide.
    With a rod in hand and a pondering gaze,
    his thoughts ran through the intricate maze.

    Here warm waters halt, under this almost cloudless sky.
    What a restful place this would be,
    just let me sit for a moment if you please.

    Ah but for a moments respite to ponder if the next fly.
    To cast into those waters high. Turn over a rock if you please.
    There might be a grub, maybe two or three.

  43. I doubt there are any clues here, but always more cotton candy for the brain!! ๐Ÿ™‚ It seems never ending. I’m surprised no one is posting pictures of their own hats. He obviously is asking us to do that. Kinda like those pet contest pictures.

    Maybe the hole in the hat is also an expression of overthinking things? But I can’t imagine who would be doing that? ๐Ÿ™‚ I would just like to know why that rock has c-4 around it or whatever that weird looking border is supposed to be? Very strange. Since Forrest won’t wear it, perhaps it will fit on the stone? It has a face doesn’t it?

    I’ll bet Woody Bogg has a hat that can compete. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It is improbable that anyone would have a hat with competing character, I threw mine away a long time ago. Forrest doesn’t wear this one for good reasons. It is a cool memento from someone he knew.

      After further examination, looking at the “rope”, I think it looks a lot like a very old “lamp cord”. I don’t see copper strands, but the two pieces seem stuck together like a lamp cord would be???

    • Well I do not know for sure, thus the battle of thought ensues.
      Forrest has a way of making statements in such a way it can be viewed from several levels. the crux of the issue is only Forrest knows for sure and we are left to speculate about what he posts.

      Imho if this photo is not a clue it surely contains a clue,
      Hopefully Forrest will do a follow up statement that will clarify the water some cause it sure is muddy right now.

      • Instead of contains a clue I meant “”contains a Hint. “” Sry typing and thinking right now is not a good mix for me.

      • Dang, you’d think if everything he said had some hint in it, …..we’d a found it by now??

        Personally, I just think he’s having some fun, …..because, …..he can. ๐Ÿ™‚ He can throw anything he wants out there and he knows he will always have an audience. Taking any of this too seriously, probably wouldn’t be a good idea and will only lead to a headache. There is just way too much info. now from him and how could we ever put it all together? I don’t think he is ever going to help us out anymore than what we have now, which includes a couple good hints and the poem, …..unless he IS finally ready for someone to retrieve it. Because I doubt anyone will ever find it without his help. I just don’t think he’s ready yet. But when he is, I’m sure it WILL be here on this site that a huge clue will be given so as to be fair to all. ๐Ÿ™‚ And you either understand it or you don’t. By then, most people will have had plenty of chances to align themselves according, I believe, to know what is front of them. And if they aren’t close by then, well, …..times up!! Until then, …..we are on his timetable and might as well have fun with it. It is entertaining!!

        • JUNE 2014 [SB 78]

          “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.”

          Yep, That doesn’t sound like he wants it found anytime soon.

          • Seeker the searchers want to believe there are hints here. Very bad thing letting yourself chase shadows. Bait and switch tactic IMO.

          • Folks can believe what they want. I for one see some subtle information, not much in the line of a deliberate clue / hint.

            But hey, some folks see the glass 1/2 full, optimist, some see the glass 1/2 empty, pessimist… I see enough fluid to sustain me for a short time but will need to find more…I guess I’m just a realist.

  44. Raises hand… oh oh I know what the hole in the hat means.
    Forrest is telling us to think outside of the hat woooot ๐Ÿ˜›
    Sorry I could not resist having a little fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. I think Forrest must have surprised himself with this level of performance in layered meanings and Photoshop skill. Trying to determine the correct interpretation is another story. People who search New Mexico must be pleased.

    • Photoshopping appears to be easier than I ever imagined. I liken it to digital scrapbooking. Reading Fenn though is not so easy. He lays out many paths to follow and choosing the right one is the trick. I’m not sure how he justifies telling us that he doesn’t mislead the searcher.

  46. I would never challenge someone of your magnanimous stature Forrest, but I believe I can shed some light upon the mystery of Mildew. Or at least I will try my best….

    You see… Dither was a pot head “hobbyist” born and raised in Colorado. He was lanky because he was always spending his money on marijuana instead of food. His slow drawl was that relaxed “high” as he had not a care in the world when that cig was lit. Colorado passed the Marijuana Law one day and Dither was so “stoked”! He started growing it at home under intense UV lights, using new concentrated hash oil that was unknowingly dangerous. He wore a large vanilla cowboy hat with barbed wire around it, that had mold accumulated on its rim from all of the insecticides he had sprayed on his crop along with the UV incubation. But that didn’t bother Dither. It gave him a sense of style.

    One thing many didn’t know about Dither, was that he was a huge Bob Wire fan! He had all of his Maximum Honky Tonk band music, and had even purchased that cowboy hat just like Bob’s and wrapped barbed wire around its rim in loyalty to him. One day Dither actually met Bob Wire on a fishing trip with his son off the banks of the Bitterroot and Clarks Fork Rivers outside of Missoula, MT. Some people know where that is. Well, ole Dither caught wind of Bob having a outdoor concert that night and man he couldn’t pass that up! That night , Dither partied to no end with Bob, while his young teenage son slept back at the motel after a hard day of fishing. Bob noticed the barbed wire coiled tribute to him and fast became friends with Dither. To garner even more of Bob’s appreciation, Dither told him of the new legal laws in neighboring Colorado, and that he had been growing batches in his home and would love to give him some if he would drive out the next weekend. Bob agreed happily, and asked if he had any “weed” on him now. Dither shamefully said no, because of driving out of the state and fear of getting caught. Bob then hinted to him, “you know you can do what I do…I carry a couple joints in my cowboy hat at all times.” Dither thought that was ingenious, and decided to do the same. The two parted ways and Dither, with his son, drove back home the next day.

    Well that next weekend came and the doorbell rang. Dither came running to greet Bob, his honky tonk music glaring in the background, and the two exchanged small talk. Dither had put 3 of his “new and improved” joints in his cowboy hat for safe keeping earlier in the week, and in a momentary high he had forgotten they were there. It was there that the three joints fermented like wet hay put up in a hot barn, which would ultimately set a grizzly stage. Dither invited Bob into his basement to see his “crop”, and the two roamed about the rows of plants, one after another being described by the lanky redneck. The concentrated fumes from the hash oil was difficult for Bob at first, but he got used to it. The glaring UV plant growing lights were so hot that at one point, Dither took off his hat to wipe sweat from his brow, taking in a deep breath. In that instant, fate intervened. The UV rays ignited the fermenting concentrated joints in his hat that he’d forgotten, blowing a hole out of the front side of the top of it, and blowing an instant blast of flames back in Dither’s face. Unfortunately the concentrated fumes were in his lungs, throat, and mouth….and the fire continued its journey to unexpectedly finish Dither’s quest to be a top selling marijuana dealer in Colorado.

    Growing up, the only thing his son had to remember his father by…was that worn out Bob Wire band hat with an exploded hole out of the front side.

    ๐Ÿ˜ฏ How’d I do Forrest? ๐Ÿ˜›

  47. IMO the hat-hole, Mildew, & Dither is a diversion… The hat hides a mt. top (which is probably not the actual area of the TC), but is there to reinforce the suggested message of the other two objects … bald-dome.

    • Old Shadows, I think the pic can be looked at in many different ways , depending on how one looks at it . To me it is clear as the water in the lake behind Forrest , but to others it may not mean anything… to many paths in which to choose from, with tons of information to sift through. But I do agree with some of what you said…….IMO good luck to ya Old Shadows ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I’m not hunting, just enjoying the show, but thanks.
        Maybe the old hat that’s blown out from the inside…. implys the mountain is an old blown-out volcano dome.
        I tend to read the pictures more than the words.

  48. Nice little vignette Mr. Fenn…Not sure of the photo shopping, maybe the granite is a revealing touch…

    As far as the hat goes, Mildew?, looks the part…HOWEVER, I can think of only one person on the blogs that may give you a run for your money in the hat character department…He fits the criteria you established as well…

    That would be Desertphile or David Rice…Lives near enough to be your neighbor and has quite the character about himself as well…He should be an admirable challenger for you…

    Ps. You should have used rusted barbed wire for the added touch on the band, circa 1800’s maybe, when they made the good stuff..

    • Yeah, I forgot about Desertphile. He’d probably give Fenn a run as well. But then again, it wasn’t Forrest’s hat, so any hat, whether ours or not, would do, wouldn’t it.

      • I would say yes, that is fair since Mr. Fenn doesn’t wear Mildew but it is another of his eclectic collectibles…

        It would seem that any hat among one’s possessions would qualify for this challenge…

        Might need a good character building story to compete however…

  49. I seem to remember an earlier hat tale as well…An old hat with a bullet hole in it?…Supposedly belonged to an old sheep herder (Basque?) from whom ff purchased at a cost of $300…An un-buyable hat until that figure was offered…The bullet hole acquired escaping from a tryst when a husband returned to his abode unexpectedly…

    Not only do his possessions have character, they have been obtained from a few said characters as well…HA HA HA…

  50. Forrest,

    Is that a photography studio prop to your right or a rock?
    Kinda reminds me of my senior high school photo where they had this scenic woodsy background but the studio was in the local mall. The 70s….what a time.

    Seriously, I believe that nature will not let you see until you have adjusted to her speed. The night sky is sometimes deceiving. Once you see, then there may be an epilogue to a searchers story of the chase.

    I’m hoping I am on the right trail.

    • That’s your opinion Ken…not a fact..Forrest made a map with four possible states…until it’s found all four states are in play..

    • i was looking at a map today and i realized the treasure is in new mexico. my opinion i mean. i cant believe im saying this. and i think i know exactly where it is

      • Chris, I too am convinced it is in New Mexico.. The map with the “Golden Frog” on it clearly Northern New Mexico. You can make out Rio Arriba county and San Miguel county, Plus, if you look under a log I posted awhile ago, I told everyone how I figured out where to BEGIN including the longitude and latitude, At THAT POINT, (I.M.O.) is where you start. Take it in the canyon DUE N.W. “down”.
        Question : Is a Woody Bogg anything like a Black Moore?
        Did anyone get the Firework stories FUSE BOMB?
        F U SEE BOMB= The “F” Bomb?
        I’m getting to good at this.
        Did anyone notice the “metal band” is twisted on the hat ?
        Now read the lyrics to “knocking at your back door” which also has a song entitled “Gypsy Kiss”.
        Let me know what you think.

        • yes i was thinking about the golden frog and the map it sits on. the map i was looking at, i think it said new mexico where i think the treasure’s at, but now im not sure if that place is really in new mexico. i dont know, im getting a little confused now, i need to brush up some more on my map reading

  51. -imo-

    No other searcher has been within 500 ft of the treasure. Here is what I think Forrest was saying IMO he got on google and saw a Panoramio image 500ft of his spot and used that as the searcher.

  52. Ok I’m thinking he is saying the one who wears a cool hat searching is closest to the treasure ohhhhh wait that be me hahaha j/k

  53. Great comments…. I once lived on Bosque street down in the city of the roses of New Mexico. If I was heading NORTH of Santa Fe, I might need to know a little Spanish on which WAY I was heading into. Good little story sir.

    Just because I am an Indian scout and a Saint.

    • That isn’t given it away. Quite the opposite. For what does one do if they don’t understand what is being said? Nothing. I mean, would it be unfair if he was giving hints and only a few knew what he was talking about? Of course not. Some of us will probably never understand. Does that mean that someone who eventually might is at an advantage. No. It is what it is. If he is giving any hints, they aren’t very readily apparent, are they? It’s not going to be easy. So no reason for anyone to get hurt. No reason for anyone to get hurt just because someone else figures out something another can’t. And I’m not saying I’m even close, because I have no idea. And I never will until it is found. That only seems logical to me. The same as if he were giving clues in the past or now, …’s not going to help you if your not on the right path, right? He could be throwing stuff at us all the time, but what good does it do if one is not on the same line of thought? I mean, if you’re not, I guess there is always the chance that a light might go off with something, but it would be very difficult to recognize it, I think.

  54. Chad, The resting Indian is the face the is looking up, made of the top of the mountain on the left . The forehead on the left edge, the eyes are the low spot then the big peak is the nose, the deep gouge going down the mouth. Hope this helps.

  55. Somehow I picture Forrest and Dal having a similar conversation to the following from Star Trek (Dax) prior to this post:

    “Respectfully, Mr Ambassador- the Klingons aren’t content to dither over their every decision for years the way the Legarans are. If you want to deal with the Klingons, they have to respect you…and the best way to earn that respect is to demonstrate the qualities that they admire.”

    Besides, that hat certainly looks a bit like a UFO a certain coyote hunter may have seen in the Bosque…

    • That is funny Jamie. How about this? “Enterprise medical log, stardate 5027.3. Dr. Leonard McCoy recording; I’m concerned about Captain Kirk. He shows indications of increasing tension and emotional stress. I can find no reason for the captain’s behavior, except possibly that we’ve been on patrol too long without relief and diversion. He has resisted all of my attempts to run a psychological profile on him.” I feel like Kirk.

  56. In Dutch, bobwire is called ‘prikkel draad, which roughly translates as “Damn, sharp cable!”

    I’ve got a few scars from dogging and rolling under bob wire fences as a kid since Dad preferred the neighborhood veterinarian to the town doctor.

  57. Has anyone mentioned the blackened rock MR. Forrest Fenn is next too. (Tarry scant)

    scant (plural scants)

    (masonry) A block of stone sawn on two sides down to the bed level.
    (masonry) A sheet of stone.
    (wood) A slightly thinner measurement of a standard wood size.

  58. IMO- the whole post is about photoshop- where The term drawl refers to the way blogs slow down when you change + or – the graininess/pixels(drither) in a pic. Issues are such that you can end up with a big pic that doesnt need so much space, slows down blog etc…so people resize. (When you resize its 1.5×1 often it ends up taller to accommodate) the double pic here would cause also an extra difference/slow in drawl. Look at the texture in the post…my goodness- forrest must be messing with dal! Photoshops “magic forest-bosque esp.” Tutorial illustrates changing/drithering the graininess with sample wood grain textures…you can choose “with mildew” or without, and they also have a “fungus removal tool” for restoring old photos like they could have used on the last Skippy photo to avoid dialogue questioning mysteries surrounding the mold/mildew/age on the pic. We want to obsess over mold and mildew- forrest will oblige! Just IMO as always.

    • Sadly, instead of explaining that, in a perfect world I would have entered a plain baseball hat wrapped in the most intricate detail and disgustingly massive file size I possibly could. However my camera is broken, dal probably wouldn’t have posted it, and forrest would have never even seen the personality in my hat ๐Ÿ™

      • Thanks Jamie, That’s funny but I wouldn’t be gettin Dal all up in a rustle he might ban you…:)

        Do you ever go into the “Inspect element” option an image?

        • I don’t know what that is/used for? What is it?

          As far as Dal banning me? Why would he do that?…if anything he should ban Forrest…Have you zoomed in on the imbedded pic. ?? Lordy, Lordy- knowing Personalization is about details…he wins with a hat trick to boot! There’s so much detail you can see the individual hairs on the felt. I’m not kidding!

          • Ha ha… I don’t know what it does either i just go in and look around… just curious… I have figured out a few things like where different elements and images are… That’s why i asked hoping maybe you knew. Maybe Goofy knows?

  59. i just found the most amazing anagramology in the poem

    i just cant, wow, just don’t believe, wow, just can’t, wow, can’t, wow, just cant believe it, wow.

  60. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum…
    lookout 2015 here I come.
    mmm spring spring spring….waiting…ohhh the agony! ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. The stone mold you are holding is covered in mildew and Mildew was molded with the bob wire to look like that.
    I don,t know what it is with hats with holes in them . Didn’t Anabellas have a bullet hole in it and now this.

  62. IMO I don’t see any sensible hints in ff words but I do see some strong similarities between the picture and his poem.

    alone in there = ff stands alone
    wwwh = frozen water (snow)
    canyon down = implies a hill or mountain up.
    too far to walk = you’ll need some other mode of transportation (beside walking) to reach this area.
    heavy loads = snow pack (or the treasure)
    water high = lake at high elevation
    the cold = evidenced by snow
    in the wood = trees

    Also the beauty of this place would make it special enough for any a weary soul to lay down and rest. Just ask the Indian.

    • Is this SB ff fun response to a comment made in the 9 clues?

      Chad said “Lets try a little exercise in an effort to put on Forrestโ€™s hat…”

      Chad’s prompting reminded me of a saying that goes something like this…

      When the simple sense makes plain sense don’t make it complex with nonsense.

      Eloquent scholars are a little more refined with an interpretive rule stating that the simple sense is preferred over a more complex sense.

      So maybe ff is responding by presenting a 1,000 word picture depicting his simple plain sense thinking cap and throws in a couple of verbal whispers (dither and mildew) to counter any complex sense thinking cap. And then says, “I’m not going to ever wear [that] hat.”

      Essentially meaning…

      Don’t wear that old mildewed thinking hat of complexity that causes you to dither when hunting because any complex interpretation will just explode from the inside out.

      So maybe, just maybe this is the fun message ff is whispering to us.

      • Just thinking out loud and having fun talking to self.

        “Some searchers overrate the complexity of the search. Knowing about head pressures, foot pounds, acre feet, bible verses, Latin, cubic inches, icons, fonts, charts, graphs, formulas, curved lines, magnetic variation, codes, depth meters, riddles, drones or ciphers, will not assist anyone to the treasure location, although those things have been offered as positive solutions. Excellent research materials are TTOTC, Google Earth, and/or a good map.f”

        • Sam sam…good thinking…i analazie more of this part….
          …will not assist anyone to the treasure location, although those things have been offered as positive solutions.

          • Imo the poem can LITERALLY take you to your spot…but beyond that you have to do some “demo” . It WAS built by an architect…Who uses….wait for it…
            I helped hot build my house so I see the process…
            all IMHO!

          • Ya me too. i take it literally meaning that these methods WILL NOT IN ANY reveal or bring you any closer to knowing the treasure location. Even though some people have proposed methods such as these as the way to solve the poems’ clues.

          • Will Not in Any Way… left off “Way” in previous post.

            Not following “demo” or “hot build” analogies. To me demo means a sample before the actual and I’m not familiar with the term “hot build’

          • Sorry sam meant to say Hothgar ( my hubby) not hot build. And I. Order to build you need a blueprint (drawing), materials and tools. Forrest is allowing us to to choose our tools…He gave us the blueprint. Imo… ๐Ÿ™‚

          • JD, no problem. Just reasoning with you nothing more.

            Imagination certainly is a powerful tool for problem solving. But an open mind if not guarded with sound reasoning will become unsound.

            I like your blueprint, material, tools analogy and couple that with ff highly recommended tools (TTOTC, Google Earth, and/or a good map) and hopefully someone will find that dang treasure chest sooooon. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Exactly. And we don’t even know if there is hints in these scrapbooks I think he likes racking our brains during winter Stick to the book poem and a good map ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. If anyone wants to challenge Forrest’s claim that his hat:

    “Mildew has more personality than any other hat within word distance of Santa Fe…”

    I have no idea what that means but maybe you do..send me a pic of your hat and I’ll make a page with hat pics…so Forrest can decide he’s been defeated…
    Hmmm would Forrest ever admit defeat???

  64. Forrest I don’t know about the hat but you could of at least played the part and worn a buckskin shirt with fringe or worn some cool choker of indian bear claws or something that wouldn’t show up like a neon sign . I’d see you for miles wearing a blue shirt like that.

  65. Maybe I didn’t catch it, but I’ve read nothing about the seeing eye on that rock. The Native Americans used seeing eye rocks. And if you are familiar with the third eye, it’s strange because the third eye does not need a hole (in the hat) to see through.

  66. When you cross a barbed wire fence and your clothing gets stuck, it pulls outward and tears, just like the hat. Dither was in such a dither that when his hat got caught by the barb, he jerked it loose, thus the outward hole. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

  67. Has anyone looked up “dither, dithering” for the definition….then wiki? That is so far above my capabilities, I’ll wait for someone else to interpret.

    • Dither: from The American Heritageยฎ Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
      n. A state of indecisive agitation.
      intransitive v. To be nervously irresolute in acting or doing.

      from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
      n. The state of being undecided.
      n. A form of noise which is intentionally applied to randomize errors which occur in the processing of both digital audio and digital video data
      v. To tremble, shake, or shiver with cold.
      v. To be uncertain or unable to make a decision about doing something.
      v. To do something nervously.
      v. To render an approximation of (an image, etc.) by using dot patterns in similar colours to those that are unavailable on the system.

      from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
      To shake; tremble: same as didder.
      n. A trembling; vibration.

      from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
      v. act nervously; be undecided; be uncertain
      v. make a fuss; be agitated
      n. an excited state of agitation

        • Hmmmm he did say “Your effort will be worth the cold” which would make the verb:
          v. To tremble, shake, or shiver with cold. make sense… But I like the imagery line of thought as well. Wish I had an illustrator program. The last free one I tried to download gave me a virus ๐Ÿ™

      • We could probably explain dither a bit better if we only knew what indecision was the key to….then again defining it would make it oxymoron, no?

        • It was discussed somewhere here on the blog before… “Indecision is the key to flexibility” I believe it had something to do with the Air force. I will see if I can find it… So we have three meanings that could fit???

          • Spallies –

            Is this what you are talking about re” the airforce ?

            โ€ฆ[O]ne of the earliest [applications] of dither came in World War II. Airplane bombers used mechanical computers to perform navigation and bomb trajectory calculations. Curiously, these computers (boxes filled with hundreds of gears and cogs) performed more accurately when flying on board the aircraft, and less well on ground. Engineers realized that the vibration from the aircraft reduced the error from sticky moving parts. Instead of moving in short jerks, they moved more continuously. Small vibrating motors were built into the computers, and their vibration was called dither from the Middle English verb “didderen,” meaning “to tremble.” Today, when you tap a mechanical meter to increase its accuracy, you are applying dither, and modern dictionaries define dither as a highly nervous, confused, or agitated state. In minute quantities, dither successfully makes a digitization system a little more analog in the good sense of the word.

          • Thanks Inthechase…

            So that’s why everyone is always tapping at the instrument panels, getting them all in a dither, so they work better…:) Cool…

  68. My hats off to you Forrest for providing us searchers with TTOTC!

    Anagram Mildew and Dither and you get “Hit me Wild Red!” I think we have a poker game going here and Forrest is bluffing. IMO

  69. So many people on here going on and on and on about Photoshop and everything else. You’re missing the point! IMO Forrest is telling you hints. Some people saying there are no hints then why in the world put together a ridiculous picture like this, it just isn’t like Forrest. Yes you can mislead yourself but he does have something he’s saying, he never says nothing and doesn’t mislead people intentionally. He is playing a game and if you can catch him you can have the treasure it’s a legitimate game. Many people struggle with understanding this they seem to think he can’t be trusted but I happen to believe he Can be. “The person that deserves the treasure is the one who solved the clues.” f

      • I wondered that too looks like a rope that been there for years Kinda strange and what is the deal with putting that rock in that pic totally photoshopped my brain hurts

          • More interesting is the shadow on his face. what is causing the top / side of his head to be in bright light but just below the eye a shadow appears…That post is not tall enough to cast one. As well as no shadow in that side of the post. Even the shadow is not parallel with the post.

            Like I said before this is a fun and interesting photo…maybe will find out soon or maybe only the shadow knows.

  70. This comment just doesn’t sit right with me. “He was wearing the hat when he died”

    I look at the hat from a distance but still points north with mildew.

    • I was thinking lightning blew out the hat. But it would probably be burned. He said that maybe the bob wire had something to do with it. Maybe someone named Bob Wire killed him!

    • Charlie. That’s also my story and I’m sticking to it.

      It seems logical to me that a deep thinking treasure searcher could use logic to determine an important clue to the location of the treasure. Is someone doing that now and I donโ€™t know it? Itโ€™s not what they say on the blogs that may be significant, itโ€™s what they whisper. f

  71. I believe that I have searched that lake. I tried to use the waterfall in the upper left as the blaze, but I couldn’t make it work. I might be mistaken, but it looks very similar.

  72. Gosh, I must be dense, now I see it. Me in the middle, hit me over the head with a 2 x 4 it won’t be long now ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. Just watched American Snipper
    What a great job Clint Eastwood did on making that movie. Awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I remember Dirty Harry, Amy. That’s good stuff.

      “I know what you’re thinking…did he fire six shots or only five?” LOL! “You’ve got to ask yourself one question, ‘Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?’ ”

      “Hey! I gots to know!”

      CLICK! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Very astute 23 kachinas –

      A cirque would be caused by glacial movement to form an amphitheater type rock.

      I don’t think Forrest would really post the actual spot where he hid the TC – but something similar so as to give us a hint.

      Now the question is would the cirque be the blaze? It’s possible.

  74. ” It,s not on top of the mountain but maybe close to the top” This is what this photo reminds me of. The hat seems to be covering the mountain but it’s actually in the middle or close to the top if it was sitting on Forrest,s head.
    The Blaze is covered in mildew and will probably be hard to spot..don’t dither, be brave and tarry scant with marvel gaze.
    The TC is in a shallow hole or maybe a coyote den in a bob wire fenced area…Don’t forget the flashlight…All IMO.
    I hope it’s not in a bob wire fenced area. My nappy hair and bob wire don’t get along.

    • O, agree, not at top of mountain, but close. Mildew on blaze, maybe, hard to spot-disagree, tc in shallow whole, mmm well…, coyote den-disagree, bob wired fenced area- agree, flashlight- agree. All imo.

  75. He’s saying put on your thinkING caps. I know where that is F, just a hop, skip, and a jump.

  76. I think that Ed got it right. The location and many details of the photo isn’t important. It’s what is represented by them. Why is the hat with barbed wire in the air above his head? I think he’s saying that there are “overhead wires” at this location. And the “Dither” is the vibration of these powerlines. The hole in the hat is a hole in a manmade structure for bird nesting (birdhouse) that sits on top of a powerline pole. When frightened the birds explode out of the nest. The water and mountain in the background represent the real location that is very near the treasure chest but the photo location is completely different than where the chest is. The hat owner with a “drawl” and the dome shaped rock are related. I’m not going to reveal what I think the rock is but it is located very near to the telephone pole (Mildew hat). And there is a huge coyote head very near by.

    Forrest said he was not going to “ever” wear that hat. “The end is ever drawing nigh.”

    • could be, tri. It’s a good thought. The end is “ever”. Can’t reveal the rest though. imo of course. Agree with “The water and mountain in the background represent the real location that is very near the treasure chest but the photo location is completely different than where the chest is”.

  77. So if there are power lines above, then its most likely NOT in a more remote area? Maybe the crossing of 2 power lines is where X marks the spot. since the barb wire crosses wires.

  78. I think Forrest calls them “bob wires” because the powerelines bob up and down in the wind. His barbed wires on the hat aren’t really representing barbed wires. If he had shown regular wires without barbs many people wouldn’t know what he was trying to show.

    The area is relatively remote.

    Did Forrest ever say that X marks the spot? I know he said that he wasn’t going to put an X on a map.

    • Forrest doesn’t say exactly anything he leaves a trail of probabbility. If you have thousands of hours you can build a case against him. “It’s there in spirit” the x that is.

    • I have to disagree with it being remote. If searchers were within 500 ft, but no one has presented a solve past the first 2 clues then I would say that the chest is relatively close to a major road or highway in which one could bet the odds of a searcher may have driven or been down the road that is approximately 500′ away. Those odds are pretty good I’d say. So IMO I believe it is secreted somewhere in almost plain sight. In which multiple power lines can cross and see a horizon of mountains or of some sort.

    • I have a different take on Bob Wire, I think he IMO might have spelled it that way to get your attention and look for meaning in other words that will help you in the chase. We know what he meant so does it matter how he spelled the word like Forrest said.

  79. SearchTheWest – amen! Our flesh dies, our bones lie there, but through resurrection our spirit flies through eternity. Death has no sting. That’s good news.

  80. William, I lean towards your analysis. He’s just playing with the pronunciation of words to make his story more amusing. It would be like saying something like “it is cold in dem dar mountains. I’m from Washington and I’ve noticed a lot of native Washingtonians pronounce it WaRshington. I even used to when I was a kid (and young adult) until one day I sounded it out from the correct spelling and realized the correct pronunciation. Now I razz those who say WaRshington.

    Also I lean towards the belief that the hat floating above his head isn’t on his head because he said, ” Iโ€™m not going to ever wear the hat.’ He’s just emphasizing it, in an amusing way, that he IS NOT GOING TO WEAR THAT HAT.

    Also I doubt that there would be powerlines in the vicinity (within visual sight) of where he intended to lay his bones. Forrest loves the outdoors with all it’s natural aesthetics and loves to find evidence of those who have passed before. Even as I do. For me to see contemporary modern structures in the wild just kind of spoils it for me when I am in the wild reveling in the past of those who came before.

    I think that the picture COULD BE a depiction of the of the actual search area because of the strong similarities with clues in the poem as I posted above. But I doubt that it is the exact location. But… nevertheless… it is a possibility that it could be the actual location. But I don’t see that as being likely. I doubt that ff would be so bold as to give such a proof positive clue. I think that it would just ruin all the fun for him. He spent umpteen laborious years working on the poem then to show a picture of the exact search area would just be a spoiler of his laborious craftiness.

    I think he is trying to help us how to solve his poem without giving anymore meaningful clues to the location. He has from the beginning told us it is in the MOUNTAINS north of Santa Fe. So no new clues here just a reaffirmation of the MOUNTAINS and of other things already stated in his poem.

    In line with my above train of thought I am puzzled about the pillar and the barbwire statement being possibly the reason for the explosion.

    I think the rock pillar was superimposed onto the picture to hide ff’s missing right arm (as another poster mentioned) which (the picture of forrest) was also superimposed onto the picture. And the slimy look around the perimeter of the rock is the result of an attempt to make it blend and look as if it was part of the original picture. My question is… is that the only reason the rock is there or does it have an additional purpose (a meaning) which would help us solve the poem.

    Same question for the barb wire explosion explanation. Was that statement made just to spice up his story or does it have some extra meaning that would help us on how to solve the poem.


    • I’m not sure if you’re asking me or not but I’ll weigh in and its all just my opinion …

      the post is there for the reason I said on the pictures page…

      “Post with Mildew on the right Forum”

      I honestly don’t see any other relation.

      The Bob Wire hat band having something to do it comment….

      Bob Wire and the Maximum Honky tonk band out of Missoula MT, are all pot heads. Bob wears a hat just like this one (not exactly like), that he keeps a joint or two under. I think Forrest is just referring that they got so high that their “minds were blown”.

      Or it could have something to do with the BOB WIRE unwikipedia post, perhaps Forrest put that entry there on unwikipedia with a clue in it. Down at the bottom in caps is a phrase that could be anagram’d.

      I can’t tell you an exact explanation on that…but these two are my best guess.

      • Will, once again my hats off to you. You have an uncanny ability to read Fenn. So high there minds were blown. Why didn’t I think of that first.

        • well… the day it came out, I researched for 5 hours straight, and that’s all I could come up with are those two routes… it still might be the unwikipedia page. He might have added something to the page as a hint. I never think I’m fully right unless I KNOW I am ๐Ÿ˜›

  81. Dal, I would sure love to hear whether ff photoshopped this picture or if he asked you to do it for him or if you just took the liberty upon yourself with ff blessings.

  82. I’m liken Forrest’s top hat circus show! You just never know what he is going to pull out next!

  83. All of this that I have found may or may not be what FF is refering to – in this scrapbook – but it looks pretty good to me. I cannot tell you how I tied it into my spot for certain as that would be giving away the farm. But I will share some of the things I have found.

    I always keep in mind that each clue usually has multiple tie ins. I think Forrest is the greatest teacher of all time. I have never learned so much in my life and I can’t thank him enough. I think once you have the area down – these things listed below – will become clear if you research them.

    THE HAT –

    I would like to tell you about the hat – but really all I can say is – that to me it should be red – turned upside down and filled with flowers and sitting over a grave site


    This adventure will take you to Ireland.

    Stonehenge and dithering –

    Stonehenge and ropes –

    There’s more to it –

    Stonehenge, prehistoric people and warm water –

    I wish you all a great jouney.

  84. If one Googles: “barbed wire and telephone calls”… there are links to read up on the history of telephone calls being made by barbed wire fences. Maybe this ties into “within word distance”… Just another idea to ponder…
    I know Forrest typed “bob wire”, and not “barbed wire”, but it might be worth checking into for some those interested.

    • Good morning astree! ๐Ÿ™‚ certainly are floaters and spectacular like marvin fenn’s pheasant cape! The funny part…I
      always look for a dead fish when someone says floater…or…
      ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol.
      I enjoy your posts astree. Thank you.

      • I have a question astree, re: the word boxes;
        Do you use full sentences always or do you use specific sets of words?

  85. Notice the picture is wider now and showing more landscape. No wonder Dal hadn’t commented on the pic. Its because he hadn’t posted the complete picture yet.

    Must be a test to see how observant we are.

    • Yes, there is a photo shopped mountain in the upper left corner now – you can faintly see the line there now. Everything is a test – don’t ya think?

      • I had downloaded the previous pic and now this one and comparing the two. The stone pillar looks to have been cleaned up a little. It’s lighter in color. The new addition to the pic is if you run a vertical line straight down the whole picture just to the left of the water fall appearance then everything to the left of that line is new. Also ff lowest shirt button was cropped off in the 1st pic.

  86. A picture tells a thousand words and I don’t have time to explain, even if I wanted to, which I don’t. Coyotes in the Bosque? Sounds like “Hounds in the Basquerville” I wonder if he is saying one of us hounds has caught the sent. Oh well, I have a few old logs to look under….now where is that dam send button?

  87. Bear in the lake vs. Bare in the lake.

    Ah-ha, it is hidden in a nudist colony.

    FYI, Ah-ha is also a pretty good band.

  88. You know when I first looked at that picture I thought that mossy thing in front of Forrest that appears to be black underneath was a tire. I even fancied that I could see tread on it. I figured the picture was like four pictures put into one. the background being one, the hat being one, forrest being another and of course the tire I mean “stone”. to explain the green gunk on it I thought maybe the tire had been siting in a swamp or marsh for a number of years and had accumulated some stuff on it.

  89. Well, I like how that old hat supports the bob wire halo above his head. I’d like to get out my rainbow gun and get that halo.

    I have a bob wire halo hanging on a rusty nail in my garage, and I have carefully worn it on my head from time to time, without a hat. It’s pretty ordinary wire, not the fancy stuff like you can see at the Devil’s Rope Museum. It’s been used in a number of photo shoots. It was given to me by a nice guy named Fox with a yard full of oddments, packed to the gills, but laid out in a very ordered fashion.
    I liked to explore his yard to see what I could find, or just to appreciate the textures. I was upset when some locals made him “clean” up his interesting landscape, which closed minds call an eyesore.

    With the widened picture frame we can see much more of the alpine context, and understand where this picture was taken. The addition of the bear is cute, but the distinct form of the mountain ridge is now clear…

    Notice how our obelisk is now front and top dead center? Don’t look too close at it; pull back a bit, or take your glasses off.

    I’d estimate that this picture was a two step process planned from the start;
    like widening a curtain on the view. A two step process.
    Two steps to the big picture.

    Don’t tarry, don’t dither. Go straight to GO and collect your $200.


  90. well i think i know the location of the lake. in fact I’m pretty sure I’ve been there. one thing everyone needs to realize is that the tree line is at 10,000 feet elevation and in my experience thats just way too intense of a hike for a hiding spot. I really don’t know what to make of this post, it makes my head hurt! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • HI jonny –

      You may indeed know the location of the lake that FF posted here – and if anyone looked hard enough on the internet – they could probably find it. But that does not mean that the TC is located at or even near the lake. It’s my feeling that the TC is not located in close proximity to a lake at all.

      Tree line does indeed vary in altitude even within a state – according to climate and various rainfall, soil conditions and such.

      You are right to watch the altitude as it will eliminate many spots.

      We’ve all had a few thousand headaches re: the hunt. Close you eyes and say I know I can I know I can I know I can. Ha Ha and have fun.

      • that lake will have to be a mystery to me then, searched all over the net, and it still eludes me ๐Ÿ™ I’m glad someone figured it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It looks like one of hundreds of lakes in the High Uintas to me…but that’s in Utah so, obviously, no bronze box treasure there.

  91. Well i don’t think the treasure is in Nevada but if you search Wheeler Peak, Stella Lake you will find the image Forrest used. Do i win a prize ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Upon some more research, it appears that the background may be reversed via Photoshop? I’m not 100% sure as I’m not really that familiar with the area. Can anybody confirm this?

      • Awesome recon 49. It’s clearly Wheeler Peak, Stella Lake with a few additions. We all knew there wasn’t a Fenn’s chance he would use actual locations, but I don’t think he’s totally messing with our reasoning abilities either.
        Anyone searching YNP, Mt or Wyo. is in Grizzly country. Hello, wake up and smell the bear scat! Yes, that’s right, more BS.

        • Haha, BS is right, it’s really hard to know if it’s solid info. I remain skeptical. Gotta wade through all the BS to find the nuggets.

      • Yes Clinger i lived in Nevada for 25 yrs prior to Moving to 49 country so i was familiar with the area, My wife is the one who actually said “i’ve seen that peak before” so i searched and she was right

      • Special,

        I do believe that it is Stella Lake. Search “stella lake nm” in google images and look at the first one that comes up. The mountain range is most definitely the same & I believe the lake is too. However, as I mentioned above, it appears reversed.

        • Stella Lake Nevada you mean. The funniest part is…in this guy’s trip log on the website I posted… the TOMAHAWK in the sky REALLY WAS THERE! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

        • I concede willingly, Stella Lake, NV.

          Yes the image is reversed.

          Google Earth Ground-Level looks nothing like the actual photo. Can’t get the correct view of the mountains and there are no Pine trees.

          Good catch 49! Thanks Clinger, et al! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I tried posting this information earlier but it didn’t go through; according to the time stamps (before 49 dollars posted it) Stella Lake was revealed over at by E (asterisks). The prize I am afraid goes to here. Well done E!
      The Wolf

      • Silly Forrest having fun. I wonder who did the photoshop work. Dal is mum on this BUT as someone pointed out earlier it’s really not about that location but what each thing represents.

          • Maybe a possible representation of the blaze. Kinda suspected the rock pillar might be connected in some way to the blaze but hadn’t mentioned it yet.

          • There are many mentions of grave markers in the two books. Two in particular that I find interesting is in “My war for Me” and r.i.p, in both instances he says that these gravestones have fallen.

          • One of my theories was the blaze is a fallen cross, and found can mean “set upright” so “found the blaze”could mean to set upright a fallen cross.

          • Maybe there’s some kind of rock pillar (that looks like or sorta looks like it could be a head stone) acting as a marker as to where the TC is buried. Not saying the chest is buried, of course (wink, wink).

            Forrest has said (talking about the blaze) that it could be a scarred rock. A scar on a rock can be caused by fire because the rock becomes discolored from the flames and smoke. It causes a darkened scar on the rock that can look similar to the dark area on the rock pillar shown in the pic. Rocks that enclose a campfire become scarred this way.

            Tried posting this earlier but Dal’s site became unavailable at about that time.

        • I can’t believe Forrest found a photo with a tomahawk cloud!! He wins the prize this round…again:-) And, I think hes also quite adept in Photo Shop.

          • Lia, Forrest and Dal have both said Forrest doesn’t Photo Shop. Dal has said he generally does the Photo Shop for Mr. Fenn.

            If Forrest is giving us some hints or clues, Dal is in on it. Forrest does not give clues, hints to individual searchers.

            Makes me think these posts are for some other reason. If you’ve noticed, Dal is not commenting about the posts. Dunno? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • To Dal and Whomever else generally does photoshopping at Forrest’s request they do an excellent job, and entertaining to boot.

  92. That was a great catch. I sure wish I had the time to check out everything! I peek at the posts when I’m using the restroom at work, and can only growl as I think of time being so against me right now.

    This is a vent post, so ignore if you don’t want to hear me whine. Lol.

    But how come the same mountain names, lake names, stream names, creek names, town names, and everything else occur multiple times in every search state! Did those early mountain men have no imagination? How many Green Mountains are there, anyway? And some are like, RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER! They shoulda just asked the Indians what the names were. I bet they didn’t name every mountain that happened to be green, Green Mountain!

    Here’s how I imagine the first mountain men walking along a trail:

    Joe Bob: “Hey, Osbourne, see that thar mountain? It’s green, so let’s name it Green Mountain.” (An Indian spying from a short distance away just shakes his head and rolls his eyes at the blaspheming of the Indian name for the mountain, which is something like “Where the Sun Dances with the Trees.”)

    Osbourne: “But that mountain we just passed thirty minutes ago…we named that Green Mountain too.”

    Joe Bob thinks a minute, then says, “But that Green Mountain is over thar, and this here mountain is here.”

    Osbourne nods. “That thar is a bonafide fact. Green Mountain is is.”

    And the Indian slowly, silently backs away, denying his impulse to scalp both of them, while a tear runs down his cheek.

    • Mindy, great analogy! While Joe Bob was an unimaginative greenhorn and deserved a verbal scalping by the Crow and Blackfeet, Osbourne Russell’s first person observations of the wilderness are entertaining and descriptive. I enjoyed his Journal three times through and let him keep his hair. There are a few places named for men in his party – the unimaginative ones who liked their own names best.

  93. that guy must have gotten hold of the original photo with Forrest, the hat and the bear and he photoshopped them out of the picture. that isn’t right.

  94. Ed, I keep looking for a grave marker to set upright or a memorial to care for. Actually saw a beautiful bob wire wreath and door hinges mounted to a pine tree with a fly last time out.

    • Lia, I like old graveyards. I used to ride my bike back and forth through the graveyard as a kid. I remember biking as fast as possible, something about the graveyard always worried me.

  95. This sort of goes with this post. Page 70 TTOTC.

    “Cadet Fenn, report to finance.” I knew my college education had ended so I hurried back to my barracks, packed my extra shirt and tooth brush in a brown paper sack, left my beautiful cadet uniform folded on my bed, and headed out the back door. To avoid detection I ran full speed across an open field, crying all the way, until I reached a small county road that led back home. I remember falling twice while trying to get through the dumb barbed wire fence.

    • I loved this story. Well, I love all of them. One thing I noticed…He was brought to tears of note: three times in ttotc, this chapter being one of them.

      • My War for Me story stands out to. When he flew over a funeral and cried, I was struck by that moment especially.

        Coming closer to Tet (Vietnamese New Year) I wonder if his thoughts are close to those experiences? I hope he knows how grateful those who escaped are who were able to create a better life with each passing generation. People going back now are able to provide a great deal of support to growth opportunities.

    • Anyone who knows Texas will tell you it’s a fair jaunt from College Station to Temple (78 miles via Cameron.) sad story to me and I’ve wondered what the “threshold moment” was that Forrest didn’t know at the time” he slept under a tree on the long journey home. TTOTC pg 71

      • Lia, I too felt bad for Forrest knowing he had to leave when he was young but knowing what he did in life afterwards gave me increasing comfort. The journey is not always paved smoothly and think everyone here knows that all to well if they have been on searches.

        Dirt roads build more character than paved roads. That’s why we need to keep getting out there to the woods to remember we are humans not machines.

  96. Somebody pass the popcorn…this is the best part! Luke finds out who is his father! ..:-)

  97. Forrest, I too hate to brag about some of my stuff,but as we say down here “if you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch “.
    Meet the “Redneck River Reverberator”.
    You assert that your hat “has more personality than any other hat within word distance of Sante Fe”
    I maintain Ol Reverberator has the distinct reputation of putting fear in fish east and west of the mighty Mississip, due to its unique and unequaled personality. She was so named after the special hand tied fly she bravely wears on the right side of her brim. You will soon see this majestic fly in your other scrapbook .
    However, I will feel no less of your “Mildew”, when you bow your head, tip your hat, and place her in her final resting spot on the front porch, as her whisper has been silenced by the Reverberator… Aarrgh!!

  98. So I still keep thinking about that stone thing Forrest is standing next too. Anyone have any thoughts on it? Its strange. Does anyone want to talk about this?

    • I’m thinking it represents a marker the treasure is near a marker of some sort ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Hi Diggin, thanks for responding. I thought maybe forrest is making fun of us, because of that web site with the frog thing. When I saw the bear, it reminded me of that. Too bad the photo is not interactive. That would be cool!
        It looks alot like granite. Like a pillar. Huh? Not much was said about the granite looking thing. Anymore idea’s out there.

    • I will talk about it. Look at my post January 15th telling about Ellensburg Blue. I said look at the rock n’ tomahawk ranch, and that I had to sell the ones I had to Taos Rockers. I had just explained via e-mail to Forrest on my theory on the treasures location, and identifying PRESIDENT EISENHOWER= RESIDENT EYES IN SHOWER, and the “F-USE”=FUC Bomb story….like CATTLE GUARD is SEE ATTLE GUARD. This is when Forrest put out #126….The Shirt is the perfect shade of Ellensburg Blue.
      The cloud is a tomahawk. The “Headstone” has a eye in it= I HAD STONES. The hat has “caught on” to it. I told Forrest I live in the Mildew corner of the U.S. The hat is Mildew….but, in the bottom corner is a claw hammer head and a nail. I haven’t quite hit the nail on the head. Then I e-mailed him how he caught the 18 pound Rainbow, “IN THE MOUTH”. Remember, he said if anyone could tell him that, he would tell a secret he hasn’t told anyone. THE NEXT DAY, the bear was added. Meaning one of, or all 3…1) Bear with me, 2) Bear in mind(barren mine)or the one I didn’t get till I was heading home3) OSO CLOSE !!!
      So Lads N’ Lassies, here is a little treat for you all.
      YOU NEED A U.V. FLASHLIGHT TO SEE THE BLAZE. IT WILL BEST BE SEEN AT NIGHT. I asked Forrest to comment on my theory that THE BLAZE is likely rocks that glow under a black light or , “WOODS” Light….Brave and in the wood.
      I’m looking forward to hearing what he says but: I think SEATTLE SULLIVAN figured out the blaze !

      • Seattle Sullivan, your answer to his question about the fish is perfect! You just might be onto something ๐Ÿ™‚ But, did he tell you a secret? Is that how you know where the blaze is? If I find some Ellensburg Blues this summer I will save one for you. I just gave away the last of what I had lying around.

        • Of course Forrest wood knot, and has never contacted me directly, but certainly aims his clues precise and with meaning. I figured “the Blaze” out solo. The line “If you’ve been wise” always bugged me. UV wise. Simple. You see, so many answers are so right under our noses we don’t see them. EVERYTHING is a play on words. ‘Take it in the canyon down” = Take it in the canyon do w n= due West North. And remember, “Bring a Flashlight and a Sandwich”. The UV light can be bought at a quality hardware store for around $10. “Your ef-fort (F-Troops Fort was Fort Courage)….will be worth the cold”= Co-LED…..Regular LED Flashlight and a UV Flashlight. ” If your brave and in the wood”…= A “Black light” is also referred to as a “Woods ” Light. You all know me by now as I have given out HUGE clues to you all. Diggin gypsy, you remember Gypsy Kiss….What happened to her? She said she went on to work on “Streaming New Mexico”. Work the letters.
          Y G Spy Sik? There are other clues I don’t feel I am obliged to talk about . Dal knows what I mean as I mentioned these theories to him and I was told its not something Forrest talks about openly. “Its not who you are, its who they think you are” is exactly what I’m talking about. Look on the inside cover. The photo of a 6 year old overlaid on a I.D. card of a 150 pound 17 year old. AND… notice the slice of a PURPLE stamp edge. Purple. And the band that sang” The Thrill of The Chase”(knocking at your backdoor) and ” Gypsy Kiss “, is DEEP PURPLE, off the 1985 album” Perfect Strangers”
          So you see, THAT is how I figured out the BLAZE.

  99. My imagination paints a pretty picture, especially of the photo with the hat in it.
    Possibly a hint to a historic cave on private property ?

  100. Diggin, no snowy 3-peats for you! You’re winter trekk to Montana is one of the most entertaining scrap books, but wait for spring. Wyoming and Montana are beautiful when purple sage paints its rustic beauty against spring grass and yellow flowers. And for heaven sakes get out of the Madison River valley and do some pleasure hiking.

    • Actually I’ve been more than once in the snow lia im a
      Little hard headed when it comes to
      Learning hehe and I love the Maddison valley Montana is where I’ll always look .

  101. Thanks to Mindy and her list of Forrest’s nic names…

    Donnie Joe Heath

    I’m researching his date of death.

    • Regarding the DOD for Donnie Joe.. I wasn’t able to find the date, but in defference to the privacy of his existing Montana family perhaps some things are best left alone. (I doubt the solve is based around him.)

  102. Headed out to the blaze, Snow shoes and metal detector will travel with flash light.

    • Let me know how them snow shoes work out for ya ๐Ÿ™‚ I went in just regular muck boots I kept sinking in snow drifts lol take pics

  103. Hi JJ I knew a cowboy in my younger days that could have worn that hat! Pat something?! Will have to try and find that brain cell with the last name on it! Happy Spring!

  104. I remember him in Chisum around the same time period but don’t think that’s the one! Good movie BTW!

  105. One last stab at the location of the lake in the picture. There is a bear in the lake behind FF. So, I am guessing it is Bear Lake at Estes Park, Colorado. The bump on the ridge looks similar to the one above Bear Lake.

          • Well I was right about the tomahawk cloud and wheeler peak. I just wasn’t aware they moved Wheeler Peak from New Mexico to Nevada. Probably the same time they moved the London Bridge to LAKE HAVASU.
            Question is, why Stella? Maybe he just watched Sylvester Stalone in ROCKY telling Stella…”I’m not a bum”
            THATS IT ! iTS IN THE ROCKIES!

          • Michael

            I have a song for you “Everywhere “by Tim MCGraw

            ๐Ÿ™‚ you show us all kinds of places ๐Ÿ™‚

            You are a strong researcher ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Okay, I’ve done some relecting on the reflections of Wheelers.
            FF had mentioned that in his youth he and a friend had walked from West Yellowstone to Bozeman. He said it was a distance of 91 miles. When I lived in Bozeman and worked at Parade Rest Guest Ranch at Lake Hebgen I once improvised a song about it:”OOOO it’s ninety miles to Bozeman…” It was a blues tune about driving fast and having no gas. Anyway the number of miles cited by FF struck me. Why would he specify 91 instead of just saying something like oooo 90 miles to Bozeman? A round number.
            So I looked up Highway 91 and it leads to a certain place in reflection.
            State Highway 91 is a 22.58-mile-long (36.34 km) stretch of state highway in the U.S. state of Colorado that connects Leadville to Interstate 70 (I-70) at Copper Mountain. SH 91 begins at an intersection with U.S. Route 24 (US 24 near Leadville. It travels to the northeast over Fremont Pass, passing the ghost town of Climax, home of the recently reopened Climax mine.

            SH 91 ends at an interchange with I-70 at Wheeler Junction. Since the development of the Copper Mountain Ski Resort area, Wheeler Junction is more commonly referred to as Copper Mountain.

            Yep, reflect on that one.

  106. ?? I wonder… I guess not. The published dates don’t line up right.

    Bob Dylan has a big write up in AARP mag. and it show him throughout the years with 6 different style HATS on…

  107. I’m like a “Boomerang” I always come back, within the 3 years I was going to give my solve away.
    Glad I didn’t . ๐Ÿ™‚

  108. THIS sb is so strange, two releases of pics, and all the stuff done about the pic, there must be a hint in here somewhere, bear or not.

      • Imo, the hat with the hole meant something like “blew his mind”. Probably a message more than a hint.

      • WiseOne, “bear with me” or “yogi’s snack time” were my Guesses. Then i began looking for Bear names and ran down the wrong trail to the wrong lake.

        • Anna, “Bear with me” tied right into my solve theory, so that’s what I went with. Everyone has their own way of seeing things I suppose.
          Too bad you ended up at the wrong lake tho. ๐Ÿ™
          I’m still trying to figure out the bear…

  109. Deb, musstag I never figured it out and it may have thrown me off track. I’m still confused.

    • @CYates, care to share those hints? I came up with bear and grizz related names upstream but not much else.

      • Anna, i dont wanna give away too much but i will point this out … this scrapbook was posted a few days after a searcher posted something here on Dal’s blog

          • @CY, I went back thru sb’s as far as pet contest, but to no further understanding. The stone does resemble ancient markers (not like f’s black flair pen) ๐Ÿ™‚
            Thanks to the kind person who imo gave the best interpretation of “hear me all” being herma – or so boundary marker. Also confirms my theory about what the blaze is, of Large note as f likes to say. Trying to find the right kind of map with notation of boundary markers, not just tship info. Would that be surveyors map?

          • sorry Anna, i should either not share anything at all or be more specific if im gunna share

            its the darndest thing when you think you see clues and hints and it gets you all excited and you want to share

    • @CY thanks for your response, and no worries you didn’t give away too much. I don’t plan to sift thru all comments on previous days on every thread.

      ๐Ÿ˜‰ Often, f’s sb comments fly over my head without stopping in for lunch. His thoughts may blow a hole in his mind, but they usually just blow holes thru my chase logic.

  110. Chris Yates, no worries at all. I get a flat response at home daily with my clue discoveries. Thank heavens for great friends.

    • Or Forrest’s bear behind. Remember he likes river bathing in the Firehole and swimming in hebgen lake.

      • Grizzly Bear = 10 caffeinated hungry alligators wrapped up in fur and 10 inch claws. Ain’t no buddy bathin’ in this lake. Tail is shorter than the ‘gator, though you’ll never see it in your living state.

  111. I think this sb126 gives everyone looking in all 4 states something to hang on to, I see something in all but, maybe Co., but I’m not up on Co. places, so I bet theres something in it for that state also. Any body got a hint for Co outa this picture?

  112. This SB came out, right after everyone was talking about the TTTG page.
    I thought as soon as I saw this picture that Forrest is making fun of us….The bear reminds me of the animals in the TTTG page. I think he is saying..and fooling with us…Like…IMO….What are they gona say about this? Kinda like forrest is blowing his top…..a clue? maybe, but more just FUN!

    Lou Lee, chased by Bears in Jellystone Park and I am not afraid anymore!

    • Title to the Gold. Agreed on Forrest using the photo as a clue to……”someone”… and the Spanish Bear means “the certain person” is OSO CLOSE to the solve. Say someone who knows the BLAZE is seen with a UV Flashlight at night. But WHO? Here is a clue : Archive back to January 15 when talk was on Ellensburg Blue. Rock n’ Tomahawk …..”Had Stones”…Blue Shirt…. “I live in the mildew corner of the U.S” .Who, Who said the wise owl.
      Well true it be, no I don’t have the gold. But in Forrest fashion, I believe in answering the “WHERE DID I CATCH THE 18 LB RAINBOW” question…A) In the mouth…….I was told, (in cryptic terms of course) “a secret I haven’t told anyone ever before”. You see, the very next day, after e-mailing Forrest that answer, the BEAR was added. And next month, I need to look taller (higher) up the drawl = left draw.. Wasn’t Billy the Kid left handed? Hmmm…….. Lord my bubble is full. Don’t come near me with that pin please.
      Hope yall’ like my new selfee.

  113. There are 3,4,maybe more mtns that have a dead indian look . And at Least one has something veerryy very interesting on its other side. The bear crossed over the mountain ….

  114. Lowi, About the HAT… I wish I knew what significance (hint-wise) to put on all these scrapbooks… I mean really when you think about it, all of these hints we see in them can’t ALL be connected to where the TC is hidden, can they? I’m beginning to wonder… And really all we need is the poem… Right? so why all these strange SB’s?
    But this particular one was really a good one. It spoke to me personally, and possibly many others as well. Maybe it’s a challenge for forrest to try to incorporate as many hints/things as he can in his scrapbooks that he knows will connect to certain peoples’s solves to keep it fun and interesting… IDK.
    Who knows if any of this is even related to the meaning of the poem… IMO

      • You know what makes this article so enjoyable to me. Yep you guessed it…a harness and rope. I absolutely had to check a cave. I know exactly how this guy feels.

        • Ed Forrest said it’s not in a dangerous spot this is why so many people are running across getting hurt and getting in trouble . And another note people should not look for the treasure if they can’t afford it don’t refinance your house or borrow from the bank who ever the person was that lost 100,000 that’s just crazy there’s no need in that . Forrest meant for the chance to be fun and relaxing not to go in debt and lose our homes and if ppl do go in debt it there own fault not Forrest fenns . Had to vent sick of hearing ppl say they have went insane and have spent thousands and have gotten nothing in return .

          • Well said, DG. No one is being forced to search for Forrest’s treasure chest, and for each it is a choice. “Stupid is as stupid does” (Forrest Gump) comes to mind.

            There is more than one treasure awaiting each searcher. Search responsibly, be prepared, and understand that Nature is always unrelenting. Neither kind or cruel, She just is.

          • howdy, hunch here. good thinkin Joe. It’s funny to me the different things that are important to other people. I keep a diary of my searches. I never wrote down how much money I’ve spent on each journey. the money wasn’t important. someone should tell Darell to start keeping a diary, and then go back and read it occasionally. maybe his priorities will change. besides writing down the days events, sometimes I will make a list of all the different animals I saw that day. or what I had for lunch. simple pleasures.
            there is a warning in the preface of TTOTC- “my only goal in this endeavor is to talk about a few of my life experiences and if any readers over the age of twelve don’t see a little of themselves in this mirror, then maybe they deserve another turn.”

            from reading the article, i think Darell deserves another turn.

    • Amazing! Loved it! I’ve felt the same emotions. Diggin, anyone else? Well written piece. Thanks for sharing Dal.

      • I’ve often thought ohhhhh maybe I found and would run to look but I never tell people on the blogs ohhhhh I solved it that’s jumpin the gun I saw Daryl did that once and thought ohhhhh my he jumpin to quick Everyone thinks it’s a quick solve to solving all there money issues people gotta relize Forrest ain’t no dummy and he is not a ordinary thinker his imagination is so over cooked it’s a little burned ๐Ÿ™‚ who ever figures this whole thing out will have to be a little like him I think .

    • An interesting and well written article but ultimately a sad story. We’re probably all a little obsessed but some people are a little more so than others.

      • I thought the same a little sad when people get so overwhelmed they can’t enjoy what it’s really all about I’ll always make it a thrill for me whether I bring home rocks or gold or a old 1880 penny always fun hitting the road and stompin thru the woods of Montana ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 23kachinas – wouldn’t that be his son, Wm Hale Wilber, Jr that Forrest was friends with? I tried chasing down cadastral leads matching those names and came up empty. I agree with you this is an important link but can’t figure out how or where to connect it. Any ideas?

  115. Perhaps the symbolism is a set of allusions of the feature names in the search area?

    – Liberty Cap
    – Grizzly Lake Trail
    – Floating Island Lake

    I’m still compiling thoughts about this, but at the moment, it appears to me Liberty Cap is where warm waters halt.

    • Mildew = honey-dew = Meliae = ash (Greek correlations)
      Dither = tarry scant (haven’t completed tarry scant clue yet, but closing in…)

  116. Keeping it symbolโ€ฆ

    Stanza 1 — is Forrest slipping through another window? โ€ฆ (โ€œasโ€ = compare)

    So, locate the window:

    Is it a rectangular shape… like a map, or a state?

    Is it some rectangular airport or park?

    Perhaps itโ€™s that battered rectangle that sits atop the Rockies like an old hat with a ragged hole in the middle of it?

  117. Today’s Weekly Words from Forrest Fenn in regards to his hidden million!

    *You will find no mildew in the treasure chest. f

    Sounds like a hint of what biome it is not in.

  118. Hi Dal: what I found to be a surprising coincidence was your choice to juxtapose the stone pillar on that particular backdrop. That stone has the shape of a grave stele. Get it? Stella Lake? (grin)

  119. The picture holds the key. Studying the poem, understanding the clues in TTOTC and TFTW will reveal the solve.

    • The picture can NOT hold the key unless Dal knows where the chest is located. HE picked the background view (Wheeler Peak, NV) and reversed the image left-right to make it harder to identify. He also inserted the stone pillar (and later, the bear). The only input from Forrest was the request to elevate the hat a few inches from the top of his head.

          • I am still highly skeptical, for 1, Dal has not commented directly that I can see. 2) Pull up the January 15th, 2014 blog that Spallies and me were having on Ellensburg Blue. You will see everything I spoke of in the photo. ‘had stones”, ‘Tomahawk Ranch”, etc. Do you remember the record trout question? (blog 122 or so)…I told him he caught it “in the mouth” . The secret, “IMO”,that he would reveal to the correct answer, was the bear ,”Oso”, as in oh so close. I e-mailed Forrest that answer directly like a day before the bear was added. Forrest knew my search area, in which I have been looking.
            3) The day after the bear was added I e-mailed Dal ,”and I have the copy”, asking if he had heard anything from Forrest on the the photo. His reply was “No, Forrest hasn’t mentioned anything about the photo”, proving it odd . Dal….whats going on?
            Is it all just a weird coincidence, including it being “Williams Lake” ?

          • SeattleSullivan: do you deny that Dal picked the picture from the web? He *said* he did and reversed it, so to suggest Forrest did means you think Dal is lying. And what do you mean by “Williams Lake”? This is unambiguously Stella Lake.

          • Boy this scrapbook sure caused a lot of rif raff Forrest only sent dal the pic of hat floating over his head dal added everything else

  120. From above…
    ”ย In any case, Iโ€™m not going to ever wear the hat”

    Hmmm. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • LOL, and I’ll wager that the “bob [sic] wire hatband” is keeping him resolute on not dithering in the matter.

    • Nice catch Jdiggins!!!
      Now the question is…. Why did he not wear it the entire time he was there?
      Maybe there were some storms rolling in.

      Fred Y.

  121. Seeing “Mildew” atop a volcano in New Mexico. The Capulin Volcano could easily represent the blown off portion of “Mildew” – Additionally, an interesting story of a gentleman very prominent in the history behind the town of Capulin, New Mexico. (Volcano and all).

    Take a good look at the picture. ‘ Mr. Homer Farr ‘ is in the middle of the other two men. I’m tempted to connect his last name with…. “Not far but too far to walk.”

    And that……volcano!!

      • Thank you for the link, SL. I can see how you might be able to associate “Mildew” with the Capulin Volcano. It does look quite similar. I enjoyed looking at the old photo. Looks like they had a little bit of everything in there. What type of machine is that in front of Mr. Farr? Do you know what’s to his left? I’ve tried enlarging the photo, but couldn’t tell for sure what I was seeing.

    • (Second try.) SL, while researching The Capulin Volcano, I found photos from people who visited. I saw one showed barbwire around the area, but I don’t know if it belonged there, or on private property. I don’t know the area to know which. Reminds me of the barbwire on Mr. Fenn’s hat.

  122. Dal, National Hat Day is January 15th. The first comment on this scrapbook was January 21st. Do you recall when you received this from Mr Fenn? Did it take you a few days to release the scrapbook? I know it is asking alot to recall something from 2 and 1/2 years ago, but I thought you might have a record of when you received this from Fenn.

  123. is hunting coyotes in the bosque a thing in NM? just reminded me of the long walk/kit carson/carson NF…

  124. It appears one should never say never. Mildew was worn at Fennboree if I remember correctly.

      • Are you implying to focus on something out of the picture?

        A NPS ranger hat and a giant โ€œstoneโ€ seem more interesting to me.

        The only shoes Iโ€™m focused on are my boots on the ground in July!

        Cheers and thanks for humoring me with a reply ๐Ÿ™‚

  125. Well….It appears to me that “Dither” was murdered. IMO The exit of the bullet it appears made the hole in that hat. There should be a much smaller round entrance hole on the backside. That forensics rule holds true for every homicide with the exception of president Kennedy.

    You can’t claim self defense, if the other fella is shot in the back. Well then, I believe the bird was guilty.


    1 F Billy

  126. Wow, FF is talking about the floating hat AGAIN! Does this mean he’s not crazy, but this actually means something?? I’ve been saying for years, that the hats mean something. This mildew scrapbook is just begging for attention IMO. Dal, was this new / revived contest Fenn’s idea?

  127. I’ve earned every pin on my hat with blood, sweat and tears. Wanna see a picture of it? Check the walmart cameras. Other wise get your own hat. Smells like rotten hay in here.

  128. I think the “bobwire” is very telling (tending to confirm a location). On my next search hike
    I will bring a brighter flashlight than the one I last brought on a search hike. I will also bring
    something like a hiking staff with which to poke around. All IMO, don’tcha know.

  129. That looks like a photo-shopped satellite image on the “rock” that Forrest is holding, IMO. If you do a Google map search of the thermal areas inside of YNP, and zoom in, the similarities are striking.
    The square white box near the top center-left has angular lines, which makes me think it’s an anomaly. Perhaps it is marking the spot on the land where the chest is hidden? All speculation on my part, of course.
    If either of these points has already been mentioned in this thread, I apologize.

      • Yeah, that was my first impression as well (a “scant” being either a thin, flat slab of stone or else a large, protruding one that has had its sides sheared off).
        Add some pitchblende (so that it becomes “tarry”) and do some proper sanding, and you’ll have a nice “marble glaze”.

  130. Keep your hat on….we may end up miles from here. But what a wild ride!

    I think I left the poem there for a bit.

  131. Dither has a way of wavering, too. I’m glad to see he changed his mind and decided to wear Mildew at Fennboree.

    This is an opinion, offered as a thought.

  132. Hello pdenver.
    Yes it is possible theyโ€™ve been laid to rest all over Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas and many other areas. Ancestors.

    • Hello Thunder. I’m glad you have a good idea of where they may be. It would be nice to know where mine are.

  133. Heck – I think a better name for that ole hat would have been “Don’t fence me in.”

  134. The rabbit hole I just fell down led me here, connecting everything along the way.

    my hat does more than keep my brain shaded. What I find interesting is why does the mountain wear one too6?

    Yes, I saw your post Dal, but FF agreed to it.
    No coincidences.

    • Not sure if rabbit hole is the right word selection, but let’s follow this mad hat for a moment.

      I believe the allusion for this scrapbook is called a “picture hat”, aka a “Gainsborough” hat. A variation was called a “halo hat”, like how Forrest suggested to Dal to float Mildew (or white) over his head.

      I’ve written about this, and specifically called out the connection to “Gainsborough” in the Home of Brown thread here:

      Several other colorful allusions exist here, also. “Blue Ribbon” (capitalized seems a hint), “coyote brown”, “bisque”, “gris”, and “geld lank” (or “money ((gold, the color)) galore”) are a few, but to “dither” some of these colors together would give the illusion of browns or grays. And it is very clever that the words chosen can also mean other things from the poem, like “tarry” for example. But is it clever, or is it revealing?
      Because then we can get kids off their computer play things and game machines and into the woods, perhaps walking to RGB-derived coordinates.

  135. Reminds me of a panto play this……….wanting to shout to Forrest……”Hes behind you….!!”

    Well he might be if Mr Fenn was sat on a pile of olives.

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