Searching with an i-phone…

Just checking in here as one of those thousands of people who have read this blog and Forrest’s essays but haven’t spoken about my own hunt.

… And to tell you a quick story that I hope will make you chuckle.

I live in the Yellowstone area, and while I haven’t chased the clues as much as I should living so close, I do enjoy thinking about the poem as I hike, drive and take photos in the area.

Which brings me to my story.

I was driving home after having hiked to Grizzly Lake one afternoon recently, and I found myself pondering the poem. I couldn’t remember the words, so I spoke a command to Siri on my iPhone and asked her to “recite the Forrest Fenn poem to me.”

Well, the first time I asked, Siri must have misinterpreted my words and just decided to “recite a poem,” so she made one up:

“Oh freddled gruntbuggly
Thy micturations are to me
As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid…
Oh, even I can’t listen to this anymore.”

I laughed at having found a hilarious iPhone “Easter Egg” and tried one more time, changing the directions a little:

“Siri, recite Forest Fenn Treasure Hunt poem for me.”

She replied:

“Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Haven’t you got
Anything better to do?”

I never was able to get the phone to recite the real treasure hunt poem for me, but I got a long giggle out of my failed attempts and hope that you will, too.

As for the portion of Siri’s response about “Haven’t you anything better to do?” I can honestly answer, no, I’m afraid that hiking around mountains, lakes and forests (and maybe stumbling onto a literal treasure during my explorations some day) is something I consider one of my best uses for spare time.

For the record, when I have pored over maps to make the clues fit, the need to look at the maps differently has allowed me to rediscover some of the history, geology and geography that surround me. Most of my the X’s on my maps don’t necessarily fit the clues; they just look like great places to explore that will (gratefully) get me further off the beaten path.

For yet one more bonus in all of this: I went with my mother on a day trip through Yellowstone two days ago to wildlife watch, leaf peep and catch a geyser eruption or two. She drove, so I recited the poem and told her about the search. [Her first instincts put the Treasure somewhere around the Firehole Drive or Ojo Caliente, in case you are interested. Those were two of my first thoughts when I first read the poem last year.]

The next day, Mom said,”I’m not so sure this treasure hunt thing is a good idea — I was up past midnight thinking about it.” Today, she’s been learning to use the satellite views on Google maps so she can test her theories. Pretty awesome.

Thank you all for sharing information and stories. Thank you, Forrest for the spark.


40 thoughts on “Searching with an i-phone…

  1. Lucky you live so close to Yellowstone!

    Does anyone have an Amazon’s Alexa? I wonder what she would say…

    • I hear if you learn the basics of Alexa’s commands she says quite alot and is much better than Siri or Google Now… I don’t have either so I can’t say if they can quote the poem or not… Fun story Cindy…

  2. Great story, Cindy! Thanks for sharing the funny Siri Scenario, and for your story about your mom. It reminded me of the beautiful memories that my Grandson I will always have, because of searching for Forrest’s treasure.

      • Cory, you’re right! The children’s book that I initially started with Forrest, was almost completed, when I decided to put it away for awhile. That’s because I was offered an opportunity for a children’s TV show, and have since been focusing my efforts on that. I hope to eventually get back to finishing the book and publishing it. Thanks for asking!

  3. Cindy, I also think u r very blessed to live so close to a treasure like yellowstone. I’m sure all of us would like to stay at ur place and meet up when in town. U n ur mom keep researching n searching.

  4. Very funny Cindy! I have an iPad – I think I’ll see if Siri will recite the same poems to me! 🙂

    I wish I lived that close to Yellowstone as that area is where I would like to search.

  5. Thanks for sharing that funny story, Cindy. It’s a bit early for Siri to be handing out Easter eggs don’t you think? However, in her defense her recitation of Vogon poetry is only “the third worst poetry in the Universe”. Here…see for yourself. Have a trick or a treat instead. 🙂

    “Oh freddled gruntbuggly,
    Thy micturations are to me
    As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee.
    Groop, I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes,
    And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles,
    Or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts
    With my blurglecruncheon, see if I don’t!”

    Just be grateful that Siri didn’t recite “Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty I Found in My Armpit One Midsummer Morning” by Poet Master Grunthos the Flatulent! 🙂

  6. Great story Cindy, I think what Siri meant was haven’t you got anything better to do than talking to your phone.

  7. Thanks for the chuckles Cindy. FYI, don’t let your mother stare at google earth too long. She might be tempted to buy close up satellite images of an area.

  8. Too funny.

    I had to try Siri to see what I got. Apparently I need to enunciate better. I asked Siri to “recite Forrest Fenn’s poem” and Siri thought I said “recite forced fins poem”.

  9. I asked Siri and it defined a Forrest for me, it said Forest vans, and said Forest point. How funny Siri just don’t get it. 🙂
    She is not Listening very well. 🙂

  10. Love Your story Cindy and yes, I got a good chuckle. Siri certainly can entertain us with nonsensical hump at times. Happy hunting!

  11. Cindy, you wrote “Most of my the X’s on my maps don’t necessarily fit the clues; they just look like great places to explore that will (gratefully) get me further off the beaten path.” I like your way of thinking…I feel fortunate to live in one of the four Fenn Treasure Chest states and often employ that same rule of engagement. I always wear a smile on my face as I walk back to my car despite not finding the chest, but knowing I just saw an area I otherwise would not have discovered. (By the way, I think your mother is now hooked…)
    Thanks for sharing. cynthia

  12. Hi Cindy,

    Curious.. What kind of work do you do to live so Close to Yellowstone??? And how do you survive the Winters??

    I would love to have a second home near there… but I would come back to Cali in the winters..

    • Hi, Justin. Yes, resort town living can be a challenge. Like many around here, I piece it together with multiple jobs and a flexible professional skill set. And as far as the winters, I’m with you. The short daylight hours and long months of cold temps get old after a while, especially if you are not a hardcore skier. Winters are beautiful; just too long. A home in the mountains balanced by a home on the beach is the dream.

  13. I should apply to be a Forrest Ranger.. that way I could make a living and HUNT for Fenn’s treasure at the same time… 🙂 Get paid to hike, sounds good to me!

  14. Well, after reading the comments here on the blog for years; Siri’s poem seemed perfectly rational to me.

    I need a vacation…..

  15. Siri-ously. She never finds what I’m looking for. Most of the time I end up arguing with her and she tells me she doesn’t quite know what I mean. I’ll have to give the poem thing a shot and see what she comes up with.

  16. Too funny…:) Keep mom away from Google Earth,before you know it the dishes will have to wait ,the dusting will have to wait,the vacuuming with have to wait and dinner will be late..ohhh Lordy why did the time go. 🙂

  17. You guys just need to know how to talk to Siri, tell her read to me ‘The Thrill of The Chase’, poem and you’ll get a YouTube link with the poem put to music!

  18. Love your comments on Siri. and anything better to do lol. Thank’s for sharing.

    • I tried this. And kept at it. Each time I asked she gave me a different answer until she finally said something to the effect of: “I think this is about you, not me.” Such sass.

  19. I believe their are about five places in the country the treasure could be. All below the home or actual house of brown. one is one of the original brown trout hatcheries. Later turned into a rental cabin privately owned dubbed by the locals as the home of brown. However it’s in Idaho is it on the map however faded?
    I don’t have the latest book, and I no longer live in Idaho.

  20. Thanks, everyone, for the comments! I was surprised at how many people commented so quickly. Dal has built a great community of people around this fun little(?) treasure hunt.

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