SUBMITTED August 2015
BY Fenn Hunter
I have been doing some online research and have come up with a solve, which I know has about 0.01% chance of being correct, possibly less. However as there is absolutely no way I can go and search them myself I thought I may as well send it to you. Please feel free to do with it what you will, ignore, follow up or share either partially or in its entirety with all – I was going to put it on your forum but didn’t want to waste peoples time if it’s totally wrong.
WWH – Hot Springs Park in Thermopolis WY. Hot Springs = Warm Waters. Park = Stop = Halt. Seems too obvious but we know the first tow clues can’t be too obscure they have been solved before.
Thermopolis is one of the towns marked on FF’s map, a major tourist stop on route to YNP. Most importantly of all it’s a big fly fishing area and surely there is a chance FF fished here as a boy on his way to and from YNP?.
Although Thermopolis in under 5000ft. That is not necessarily a problem: if the poem takes you up.
Canyon Down – We know that we need to travel up. Down on a map is South. To the south of Thermopolis is Big Horn Canyon.
The Big Horn River is home to some notably big Brown Trout, often referred to as Big Horn Browns. This is a much lauded but relatively unknown fly fishing spot where fishermen will ‘float’ down the river.
If you travel South on Highway 20 for 4 or 5 miles (too far to walk and no obvious trail to walk on), you reach ‘the wedding of the waters’. This is a spot where the river changes name, Big Horn to the North, Wind River to the South. Could Big Horn River be THOB? It is home to Big Horn Brown Trout. Big Horn Canyon is named after Big Horn Sheep which are Brown. Just up river from here is also the Wind River Indian Reservation- which was home to ‘Camp/Fort Brown’. A military fort since renamed. I think too that a Wedding of the Waters would appeal to the romantic in FF.
The Wedding of the Waters is a place where you can ‘put in’ to float down river – back towards Thermopolis. In fact it’s the southerly most (furthest upstream) before reaching reservation land. The putting in spot in within a couple hundred feet of the road – did FF mean that searchers (by being on that road) have been that close to the third, vital clue rather than the treasure its self?
Just downstream and across the river Is Memorial Cemetery, the final resting place to traverse the river you can’t be meek, and the cemetery is a scary place not for the meek either – it’s also a place where the end (death) is nigh.
From there Red Rock Canyon – a dry river bed (so no need for a paddle), runs under the overhead train line (which carries heavy loads).
If you were to walk a few miles west into the canyon – in the direction of the Owl (owls are of course wise) Creek mountains, then the rocky outcrops on either side tower to just over 5000ft (could it be the altitude clue was a bigger clue than thought – that helps lead to a specific location, rather than a general area?)
The rock in this area is red and there appears to be a few cliffs in the area – could one look like a blaze? Or ese there are supposedly a number of petroglyphs in this area does one mark the spot? Whichever we know that me must climb to the top of the hills to get over 5000 feet. The area is not heavily wooded, but there are some trees, is there a stand of them on top of one of the hills that appears as a wood from the bottom of the canyon?
When you reach the top of the hill it will no doubt be colder than in the canyon, and you will also be looking over the Wind River Indian Reservation (home of the Brave). The hills have a number of drainage gullies running down them – a place where a chest might easily be hidden without being fully buried and the chest will likely to be wet (especially in spring when the snow melts – what time of year was that interview held?)
How did an old man manage this journey? There are back roads just to the North that would take you very close without having to cross the river and traverse up the canyon etc
Main problem, is this could be private land? I think it might be but can’t really tell.. is it a problem, or the reason not to tarry?
I would be interested to know what you think of the above, is it with promise or complete trash?
Good luck and if it leads you, or someone, to the chest, please do share some of the loot with me…
an addendum to this story from dal-
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