It’s Not Spring Yet…

SUBMITTEDΒ february 2015


Looks like we are the latest casualty in the chase…
This should give everyone a laugh. We are ok. We tried to dig out for two and a half hours (not wanting to admit defeat), but when I was soaked to the bone and starting hypothermia, we suddenly got a cell signal long enough to call for help. πŸ™‚


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144 thoughts on “It’s Not Spring Yet…

    • Mindy, you should have been better prepared. Next time take a thermos of hot chocolate. f

      • Forrest, we were actually going to buy a couple big bags of salt and forgot. However, we remembered the soda and candy bars!
        And 2Flames–Actually, that is not a good indicator of snow. The road literally went from zero snow to two feet in less than half a mile. We are in West Yellowstone now, and there is zero snow on roads and not a whole terribly lot on the ground.
        And that wasn’t our spot, either. We just were trying to sightsee an old ghost town.
        We are having a grand adventure. We haven’t made it to our exact spot yet, but Jamie will be here til Tuesday. πŸ™‚

        • Looking back, do you really think two big bags of salt would have helped you much?

          Welcome to the club where you learn the hard way that the mountains in the winter are unforgiving. I’ve even seen snowmobiles that had to be rescued.

          Glad you made it out ok!

          BTW, I like your blog.

        • it is good you were able to make the call and you are safe that’s what counts.and if you are in Yellowstone then you still are not in my spot and that is just as comforting as you being of luck on your journey!

      • No, but I did find the answer to an important question.
        And yes, I am going NM this summer. πŸ™‚

      • Besides, everyone is entitled to a foolish mistake. If that is not the case, everyone would be dead, including you, Ms. Pirate.
        I poster the little story to give you all a chuckle. I’m not afraid or embarrassed to laugh about some things I do. I guess I was too sure that everyone on the blog would laugh with me and not at me.
        I had an opportunity and I took it. And I don’t regret it. I’ll tell you one thing, there is NOTHING more awe-inspiring than standing in a dark area in Yellowstone on a cold winter night and looking up at a wonderland sky filled with stars, the constellations so bright and unmistakeable it takes your breath away.

        • Here is this day,
          Across the fields of darkness softly come
          Into my silent room,
          In the old way;
          Stir on the sill and light along the wall,
          And scent of early dew;
          As old as time, yet new
          And fresh and fair as the first day of all.
          This is my own.
          Tomorrow waits, and yesterday is gone;
          But lovely, here and now,
          With lifting wind and light on leaf and bough, Flutter of flower and stir of wakened wing,
          New hope, new opportunity, new power,
          Bright stuff for me to fashion, hour by hour,
          In my own wayβ€”
          Here is this day.

          Mindy this is for you…….your day, your way!

          • Jamie, I was not aware that you were on the adventure as well.

            Jamie this is for you……your day, your way!

          • BW, that was lovely! Brightened up a gray day.

            @Mindy, next time you’re stuck in snow try wedging the truck floor mats Behind the wheels and slowly back over mats repeating the process. Clothing and towels work well too.

        • Mindy I think were all jealous we can’t be there with you. Yellowstone is one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. Stay safe!

        • Minday,

          Glad you’re safe, and hope no damage to the car.

          Looks like front wheel drive, you tired the sticks under the tire ?

          A bit jealous – what an experience, to get out there when it’s not too overcrowded.

          And .. there was a video circulating a little less than a month ago, about a group of “Bigfoot” discovered in a geyser cam (Old Faithful?) – I thought it just looked like a family out hiking, but be extra careful. πŸ™‚


      • Pirate
        I looked at your page, The Gopher saw it’s shadow, so u know what that means. πŸ˜‰ lol

        The Gopher always sees it’s shadow πŸ™

  1. Now that is the best snow and weather indicator I have seen all season ..Glad You are Safe.BTW also good to see you are not in my

    • Spallies, thank you…we haven’t had a chance to really search our spot. The thing about the truck–we were not in any true danger. We had a GPS and we were less than a mile away on a level trail from a main road. πŸ™‚

  2. God must have plans for you still Mindy. Glad y’all made it out of there ok. Could have turned out bad. Sit tight till Spring or Summer. Beautiful snow and aspen trees though.

    • Carolyn,
      Yes, I know God has me in His palm. Every breath we’re given is not our own, but a gift from Him.
      I don’t regret coming here in the winter at all. Yellowstone in winter is a marvel in different ways than in the Spring, but no less spectacular.

  3. Sometimes hard lessons don’t hurt too much and we’re lucky to learn with a smile. πŸ™‚ glad ur safe!!!

  4. Mindy, glad you got out safely, but I bet it wasn’t a cheap lesson.
    You mentioned a ghost town, that is what my wife wants to do but haven’t had much chance to go. Maybe this summer. If it wasn’t you solve spot, mind telling which one you were going to?
    Keep safe, and warm!

  5. Glad you’re OK Mindy! Are you planning another trip to your spot when the snow melts? It’s hard to wait for spring isn’t it? πŸ™‚

    • I’m hoping for two trips if I can swing it. One to Santa Fe for fun and one to possibly two other states. I will definitely go to west Yellowstone again!

          • I found this exchange interesting:


            Also, the finder really would have no reason to hide it since $3M is below the lifetime exemption for a tax free gift.


            Tax attorney here. This is not a gift, it’s a windfall. You pay on windfall. Receiver if a gift NEVER pays tax on it. The exemption is for the donors estate.

          • Another interesting exchange:


            The recipients of gifts are never taxed. The givers of gifts are also not taxed unless the gift exceeds both the annual exclusion and lifetime exclusion. (The value of the treasure is less than the lifetime exclusion.)
            However, I doubt the IRS would consider the treasure a gift.


            I feel like that’s how most of these legendary treasures go. There’s people who have spent their entire life looking for the / a treasure. Then you go and find it, tell the media, local authorities etc. Next thing you know you have a giant tax bill, you’re fighting the government for ownership like most treasure finders do, and people are out to kill you for your newly found net worth or for the fact that you beat them to finding the treasure they’ve spent their life looking for.
            If I ever found a legendary treasure or some long lost item with high value. I’m keeping my mouth shut and selling it to the most shady black market dealer I can find.

  6. Thank you Dal for demonstrating why Forrest would have not hidden the chest
    in the winter time. :p

  7. mindy,glad you all are in the denver metro area,we are getting snow.well all over colorado.and cold.I have to get out in it tomorrow and go plow and shovel around the school.real fun.I would of loved to see all the stars you saw.take winter,never leave home without a blanket,food, drink,shovel,emergency kit.its just nasty all over parts of the,I am reading TTOTC again,and then back to the poem.

  8. A winter wonderland surprise! Smiles you made it out safely. Could have been worse though, just ask my chauffer Dumb and Dumber.

  9. Mindy and Jamie…just a thought…as long as you are in Yellowstone would you mind stopping by and picking up the chest…and take a nice picture of it for all of us to look at…
    That’s all…

    • Dal,
      If you were with us just a few minutes ago where we were at, you would believe. In the woods, west Yellowstone, a high blaze, a low blaze, in wood, under wood. But the snow there really was too deep–sinking to our thighs with each step, in the dark, with flashlights, soaked and cold, but totally FUN. This was truly an awesome adventure. I have to go home tomorrow, but Jamie still has two more days to go to our initial spot.
      And Dal, remember, I’m up two moose to your none. πŸ™‚
      I wish I had video of what we just did. I do, however, have video of the truck caper, which I’ll post on my blog when I get home and the frostbite goes away. πŸ™‚

  10. If I may add to this story….Did I mention Mindy spent the remainder of the day in THERMAL TIGHTS determined not to waste time going back for/stopping for new pants? Mind you we were not even going to our spot at this point? (waiting on tomorrow with permission to cross the land…got half way there on Friday and was confronted with a dog painted blue to match the sheep and a landowner with at lease 20 buffalo skulls on his barn? We quickly made friends….binoculars and rifles are quite persuasive) yup…not even the spot….this was actually what Mindy consideres “fun”? Lmao- later on she proceeded to sit in the snow for what seemed like hours (still in tights) and digging out giant cysterns just to see what was there?? Seriously. She actually found a backbone of something but not sure what from. She’s got more nuts than most men I’ve even seen. If this is my competition, I may need to concede quickly. πŸ™

      • Goofy,
        That may be true, but if people weren’t brave enough to find the edge of that line, we’d probably still be hovering in caves in complete darkness. Pushing boundaries, pushing limits, pushing ourselves to the edge of that line brings progress.
        Again, we weren’t in any real danger, just a mile away from the main road and we had GPS.
        I was however, too determined to fix the problem to realize how completely wet I’d gotten, and had lost a glove somewhere.
        It took Jamie pressing the gas while I was trying to level a board under the tire for traction and getting thoroughly sprayed in the face with snow and mud to realize how cold I was.
        Luckily Jamie had extra tights even though they were too short for me and kept falling down and exposing my Soft Kitty Undies to the wolves we could hear howling nearby. Lol

    • Jamie was a road warrior. She drove the entire way, which was a LONG way.
      She was also the bold talker who spoke to rifle guy while I just admired his beautiful black ducks. They were like show ducks–perfectly black and clean and happy.

    • …she’s got more nuts than most men? Most guys already know better by the time they’re middle aged, the ones that haven’t grow out of that stage drive trucks with big mudder tires and says things like get er done. Y all come back real soon now

      • No Pain, no gain! Right! Girls Rock the Chase, Girl have more of a chance at getting the Chest, because they are smarter!

        • Prettier, smell better, and shake their tails too. Keep smiling girls it’s a natural distraction.

      • LOL!! Yeah 9clues, Old Forrest, at 79 or 80 years old should have known better than to be stumbling around with a treasure chest, in the forest. What was he thinking??? Shame on him!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  11. Bravo on the excellent adventure, Searchers. May you make many more memories!!

    Keep doing it your way! Good Luck to you!!

  12. Mindy and Jamie

    You lucky dogs. Already searching.
    I must wait till June, I’m afraid of that snow. πŸ™‚

    Have a safe adventure πŸ™‚

  13. πŸ™‚ I’m here in Texas in which it will be cold tomorrow and freezing on Monday πŸ™ just went to a redneck crawfish eating party and now I’m at home eating sugar smacks ceral πŸ™‚

    • What part of tx are you in, Sounds like Friday nights at the HEB store, Crayfish boil and all in the parking lot.

      • Dal,

        Lol of course I have had crawfish before
        But after last night I think that it will be my last time to eat it, it doesn’t set very well with my stomach. I think it’s to spicy. So as soon as I got home Sugar Smacks sounded sweet πŸ™‚

  14. The other night we had to take our new dog ( cowgirl ) of all names to the high dollar emergency vet hospital due to a broken leg, yes the Coyote and her where playing and somehow her leg broke. So we get there and I took a look at me and husband and Alexandria my daughter, and I said, I bet these people are wondering what wagon we fell out of. We were looking a tad grungy especially Allie lol.

    Have u heard the saying, Good Lord, look at what the cat dragged in. πŸ™‚ lol

    • Amy….wow….sounds like you guys need to get your act together. Sugar smacks? Lol. Silly wabbit….those hints are for kids πŸ™‚ but good luck to you with that!

    • I’m happy you got out of there, too, Mindy. Getting stuck can happen awful fast. One second you’re moving along and everything is fine…and the next second…not so much fine…or moving. πŸ™‚

      Looks like I won’t even have a chance to get stuck for about 3 weeks…and maybe even 7 or 8 weeks if I can’t get a break from work between two large projects. I can sense a lot of excitement on the blogs and people are anxious to get back out there looking. I’m with everyone there. I hope to be headed back to NM soon.

  15. Hello ladies, that’s how it’s looked here in southern Illinois for the past few weeks! As a result, the schools were closed all of last week. The kids were stoked but the wife and I…maybe not so much! Common spring! Glad you two are ok, and no worries will be okay too… providing there is school Monday??? Smiles.
    Mark H.

  16. Mindy ..Sounds like your making lots of good memories . Many of us here in Montana carry a set of chains and a jack so you can lift the tire to put them on . Although if you get stuck with chains on your really stuck. Be sure to keep an eye out for horn sheds from deer and Elk . They have just dropped them recently . It is always nice to find some of those to keep for a souvenir . Always remember to enjoy the moment for whatever it brings.Stay real.

  17. My favorite memories are the ones where I survive my crazy adventures. But after some dangerous hikes and considerable bills for damaged rental cars, I’ve decided that from now on I’m waiting until the snow melts. lol.

    But, for those who want to try snow searching, there are inexpensive tow ropes and mechanical winches that will get you out of a tough spot. It cost me $140 on amazon for the 100 ft of tow rope and a mechanical winch and now I feel like I can get out of a tough spot when needed and it really pays for itself when compared to one towing bill.

  18. Mindy and Jamie looks like you two had a lot of fun! Thanks to folks like you, I can be assured to keep my job.

    Support your local Search and Rescue – GET LOST!

    The Wolf

  19. Glad to see you both are OK. Ready to get back out there myself but waiting until it warms up a bit. Did you two panic at least for a few minutes and say OH NO, THIS IS THE END? Cannot wait to check out my new spot and hope no one else has thought of it….See you in the Chase MS. Girl

  20. Mindy – Nice photo πŸ™‚

    I got a car rental stuck in mud 1 foot deep on my first search near Cooper’s El Vado Ranch on my first search effort in early April 2013,

    Near the Home of Brown largest trout:!the-record-trout/c2318

    After a day long hike into the down Nutrias Canyon to the Chama the mud had thawed so I off-roaded to grass to get by a large mud pit despite the signs discouraging. I made it around that one but later fell prey to a large mud pit which quickly froze my wheels. That’s what motivation will get you sometimes, stuck because I wanted out of there before dark.

    Anyways, I ended up walking out a few mile for cell reception and called the owner of Coopers who picked me up alongside a major highway. I’ll never forget how grateful I was to see those bull horns attached to the pick truck coming down the road. He told me some personal stories that were really touching but you’ll have to go stay there at his cabins to learn about him and his brave family.

    To me these thing remind us we are human, and if we forgot how to be in nature we learn quickly what not to do next time. (In theory, as long as gold fever is not a factor)

    • 23, Mr. Fenn would not like the pic of that record trout. Did you notice the “do not touch sign?”

  21. Mindy and Jamie, what drive, and spirit. I have been plowed in by the local highway department when my truck was parked on a paved parking area to a trail head while I was off cross country skiing. Had to flag down a passing truck to pull me over the plow drift. This was before the day of the cell phones.

  22. Glad your both ok. Still Sounds like so much fun. I can’t wait till it’s alittle warmer so i can get out there too. did you check out Slaughter River area. Check it out in the spring. Looks nice. :);)… Alissa Renee

  23. Side note: (sorry) I’m about 30 minutes south of dillon montana right now and need to buy borrow rent or steal (Just kidding on the steal) a metal detector ASAP (I leave on Tuesday and can have it returned really fast. Working at night I don’t mind driving 2 or so hours to pick it up. Can anyone help me figure out how to make this happen? Please? Angels anywhere? Buhler? Buhler??

    • Hey Jamie, you might see if there is a Craigslist in the area? But please don’t meet anyone by yourself off of Craigslist (or a blog for that matter πŸ™‚ )… Make sure you only meet someone in a public place… Good Luck and be careful…

      • We found the correct blaze (IMO), but unfortunately things are a little different in winter, and not because of snow. The metal detector wasn’t actually needed. She wasn’t necessarily looking for the chest when she requested that. πŸ™‚

          • Wh-whaaaa? Mindy!! Do you hear this?!? A metal detector will not help and a blaze is something were looking for on the scene…NOT something we bring to it!! Crap. And we wasted all that time solving stuff an cracking the poem. Ugh. I bet next were gonna find out that pretzel dogs aren’t really born like that…they really start in normal buns and then the nurses switch them out at birth…sigh…please, no more truths. I can’t handle them after out horrible fruitless trip in a very dangerous winter… Please do share! what is this elusive “correct blaze” that one must FIND? I’d love to hear all about it…

          • ANONYMOUS
            (I mean jamie)

            Oh oh! Pick me! Pick me! I want to be President of the United States!! I have a degree in Engineering and a minor in Pet Store. I’m versatile like that.

          • Not me. The government life is not for me. Jamie is much more well-spoken than I!
            Plus, I do not like to fight. I’m the fluffy white middle of the Oreo. Jamie is the bitey cookie. πŸ™‚

  24. Jamie, your in country that has many rock and gem shops. Perhaps one of these would rent you a metal detector. I think Dillon has a few or you do a google search.

    • Thanks for the reply miner…and yeah- I thought so too but nada! (Even the few shops listed within 2 hours just went to voicemails- maybe closed for the season?) I only resorted to here because I had exhausted typical options. I found my way in the end, thank goodness πŸ™‚ and thanks for caring!

  25. I could of told ya not to go there in the winter. But it sure is pretty to see but no kind of treasure hunting weather that’s for sure glad you made it out of there safe πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to go soon πŸ™‚

    • Diggin…you might want to check the actual weather here before you tell people that! Lots of cities are like spring! The snow was only really high Pioneer Mountains. It was 50 degrees yesterday down lower- it was like an Indian summer. Places from Bozeman, the Missouri Headwaters, and all the way down below Glen didn’t have ANY snow as far as the eye could see…not one flake! I don’t even need a coat ! If you want I can send you pics because I can’t post on here…or you could check some of webcams…but I wouldn’t be telling everyone the whole state is covered and not to search because it’s really not true at all. We only found that snow at a super high altitude and the day we went to yellowstone there WAS snow in the forest, but not much at all on the roads or sidewalks or anything. I hear the snow will be really coming in a week or so, but it’s the latest and lightest winter in years here…I think it set some records even or came quite close. If you know where it is you might want to look at the temps instead of assume…you could have it by now!! And were counting on you to get it! C’mon πŸ™‚

      Disclaimer: I’m not speaking for all of Montana- I can only speak for what I experienced, which covered about 2000 miles on the odometer so far.. 90% of which were from Bozeman and Gallatian and down.

  26. If the chest is montana, im in a lot of trouble.That area just seemed to easy.Maybe im overthinking this a bit.Hmm riddles in the dark.

  27. Montana yes. Cassiopeia in the night sky forms a “W” unless you’re the shadow being guided by CEP’s toe, than it’s an “M”.:)

      • Why would he? He can just go outside.What is someone that is an archaeology type person, out on a site, going to do during break time. Kick back, have a beer, and stare at the sky and imagine? There’s not to much in it anyway… Just having fun.

        • Charlie,
          I agree. It’s almost impossible to stop watching the stars in Yellowstone in the wintertime.
          If only we could dance with them…

          Maybe that’s why Forrest draws attention to movie stars. He’s hoping we can tell the difference between society’s view of perfection and the raw, powerful, genuine perfection of nature.

          • One of the best vacations I ever had was when some friends and I chartered a small boat to go diving in the Caribbean. We lived on the boat for a week, and night we would turn off all the lights and lay on the cabin house roof and watch the stars. Even with my bad eyesight, I could see the milky way.

  28. Jamie, good to see your post, we know you are ok. If you found a metal detector please stay out of my back yard in the high country of Colorado…. I need to find gold for my retirement… you may give me too much of a rum for the money. Take care.

  29. A little humor while waiting for the snow to melt.

    The past, present and future walked into a bar, it was TENSE.

  30. I now know why Mr. Fenn wasn’t posting for a while. He has been busy helping his friend Suzanne Somers practice her dance steps. ….probably teaching her the foxtrot! πŸ™‚ Maybe we will see him and Peggy on tv in the audience.

    • This blog is so informative, Suzanne Somers is going to be on DWTS! She over came a mold illness – way to go, that’s not easy to do, takes time.

  31. Just came in from snow blowing 3 feet plus of snow from around my pool area. With the first day of spring 3 weeks away I had to take matters into my own hands ! The temps have been sub-zero here in the northeast with more to come, and it felt good to clear it away and jumpstart things on my own. I guess it was my way of curbing the winter blues…I suppose I could have jumped on a plane and headed out on a premature search for that pesky bronze box but I think I will wait for the right time…Spring IS coming folks !! Good story ladies.

  32. Don’t forget to spring forward unless your in AZ. Spring 2015 starts on Friday, 20th March 2015, 3:46pm and ends Sunday, 21st June 2015, 9:38am

  33. Thanks Mindy , I was going to go look for the chest , then after revisiting your post I decided to wait a little longer… πŸ™‚

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