by E.C. Waters
Please keep in mind I have made a living in the IT space of text mining. Each of my search areas have started this way, using logic and probabilities to get me excited about a search area. Probabilities are now significant enough to me that Mammoth Hot Springs is my targeted search area. The following are my proposed word correlations.
In the preface, F includes an Ernest Tubb lyric as a poem comparing life to a game of poker… potentially alluding to the Little Joker spring.
Little Joker spring was named by Albert C. Peale. There is a Peale Island in Yellowstone Lake named after Albert Peale. F suggests we read the poem over and over and read the book looking for nuances. One such nuance has hit me. The word “peel” is another word for “paddle”. The word “peal” is a term used in bell-ringing. F has a whole chapter on bronze bells he created, “Dancing With The Millennium”. The word “peal” is also used to describe laughter. F has said (paraphrasing) he envisions the finder of the chest to laugh out loud when they see the contents. F uses the word “appeal” at least 3 times throughout his book, including “the history appealed to me” after describing the bracelet he wants back… he describes the twenty-two turquoise disc beads set side-by-side in a row… in a row, like rowing?… A Peale?
When describing the bracelet he wants returned, he refers to winning it in 1965 from Byron Harvey, the son of Fred Harvey, the hotel magnate. Fred Harvey’s business has evolved into (was acquired by) Xanterra, the company that manages various concessions and hotels in various locations, including inside Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs. Byron’s brother’s name was Ford, potentially an allusion from F’s Spanish teacher, Miss Ford. Scrapbook One Hundred Forty Two has both the words “Byron” and “Ford” in the same post.
F has said (seemingly in third person) an architect wrote the poem. In “A Ride Through Wonderland” by Georgina M. Synge, printed in 1892, she describes the terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs as “No human architect ever designed such intricate fountains as these. The water trickles over the edges from one to another, blending them together with the effect of a frozen waterfall.” Could this be where warm waters halt?
In “Dancing With The Millennium”, F suggests “I could have just as easily been watching a smithy in the 7th Cavalry shoe a horse. Those things are important and I’m richer for it.” … potentially alluding to the first military residents of Mammoth Hot Springs at Fort Yellowstone. “Halt” is a word associated with marching.
In “Surviving Myself”, F suggests listening to “Your Hit Parade”… potentially alluding to the nearby Parade Ground.
Liberty Cap is a nearby attraction as a now extinct hot spring cone. Could the term “cap” also imply “stop” or “halt”? Liberty Caps were the hats worn by French Revolutionaries, and F alludes to French military soldiers in “My War For Me” when coming across a grave marker with the epitaph including the words “wink at a homely girl”. This epitaph, specifically, would also seem to have a couple of word correlations to Mammoth Hot Springs. The words “homely girl” may allude to nearby Rustic Falls, where rustic is a synonym for homely… “please my ghost” may allude to nearby Phantom Lake.
In “Bessie and Me”, F talks about his pet cow, named Bessie… potentially alluding to nearby Mt. Everts. The mountain was named after the famous Truman Everts who became lost in the wilderness for 37 days and miraculously survived. Truman Everts’ had a daughter who answered to the name “Bessie”.
In “Gypsy Magic”, F suggests he could hear the steam engines… potentially alluding to Narrow Gauge Terrace/Spring. In the same chapter, a photo of the Main Street Cowboys may allude to Main Springs/Terrace.
In “Looking For Lewis and Clark”, F describes his food rations, referencing “Babe Ruth candy bars”. The actual candy bar brand name is “Baby Ruth”… this possible hint potentially alludes to nearby Baby Terrace.
In “My War For Me”, F includes a poem which describes gray-gowned patience weaving some cloth… potentially alluding to Minerva, the goddess of weaving. Minerva is also the goddess of wisdom, and her symbol is the owl. F posted a pic of a blaze in a tree, the letter “F”. Upon zooming in further, it is possible to make out the shape of an owl inside the F. F also posted a Vignette about a bird figurine he named Minerva.
In “My War For Me”, F suggests putting his thumb over Philadelphia… potentially alluding to nearby Devil’s Thumb.
In “Ode to Peggy Jean”, F refers to his wife, saying “No saint could match her faith.”… with the word saint potentially alluding to nearby Angel Terrace.
In “Ode to Peggy Jean”, F includes a poem regarding a sparrow with an ancient secret. The sparrow is also the symbol of the goddess Aphrodite… potentially alluding to the nearby Aphrodite Terrace.
In “Tea With Olga”, F describes Olga’s bathtub… potentially alluding to nearby Bath Lake.
If you’ve been wise and found the blaze… the blaze potentially alludes to Hymen Terrace, where Hymen is the god of marriage and his symbol is the torch.
F speaks about Skippy’s washing machine fan blades, and the car engine fan after Cody ripped it apart… potentially alluding to Fan Spring.
Fenn states in a New Mexico Department of Tourism video that if he were standing near the treasure, he’d “smell wonderful smells, of pine needles or piñon nuts or sagebrush.” There has been a lot of debate related to pinyon nuts because of where edible pinyon nuts grow in the Rockies. Perhaps pinyon nuts could have been an allusion to the nearby Pinyon Terrace.
F suggests in his preface that his church is in the mountains and along the river bottoms… potentially alluding to Cathedral Rock, or perhaps Pulpit Terrace.
F suggests he traded for a painting of fairies dancing around a rock… potentially alluding to Rath Terrace/Spring.
F shows a photo of a bell with a mermaid… potentially alluding to nearby Naid (Naiad) Spring. Dragonflies are also naiads, of which F seems compelled to form onto his bells and into his blog pics. The word on the bell with the mermaid is “knowlege”, a slight misspelling of “knowledge”, similar to how “naiad” is sometimes misspelled as “naid”.
In “Important Literature”, F suggests reading Catcher in the Rye… potentially alluding to nearby Rye Pond.
In “No Place For Biddies”, F suggests overhearing two ladies talking… potentially alluding to nearby Ladies’ Lake.
In “My Spanish Toy Factory”, F suggests being the Grand Marble Champion of the seventh grade… potentially alluding to nearby Marble Terrace. He also talks about “flutterbys” later in the book on things that are important. Yellowstone butterflies contain several species with the name “Marble”.
F suggests delivering papers as a job… potentially alluding to nearby Paperpicker Spring.
F suggests he always remembered the saying about stepping on a sidewalk crack… potentially alluding to nearby Sidewalk Spring.
In July 2014, F sent a blog post to Dal titled The Dragon Bracelet. In this post he also describes a canary diamond… potentially alluding to nearby Canary Spring.
F suggests the loudmouth young man from the bookstore was on something and it probably wasn’t Ovaltine… potentially alluding to travertine, the substance making Mammoth Hot Springs terraces.
F names Orange Crush in his list of fizzy soda drinks… potentially alluding to Orange Spring Mound or Tangerine Spring.
F names Julep Lime in his list of fizzy soda drinks… potentially alluding to the limestone of Mammoth Hot Springs.
The use of the words “fizz” and “fizzy” may allude to nearby Fissure Terrace.
Golden Gate Canyon seems an easy one.
Sepulcher Loop Trail… well… yeah. The obvious notwithstanding, it may also be interesting with Loop Trails that F quoted a TS Eliot poem, Little Gidding, the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
Loosely speaking, TS Eliot wrote the first draft or his Fourth Quartet, Little Gidding, while ill and recuperating in Shamley Green, Surrey. Claygate, Surrey is about a half-hour drive to the NE. Claygate may also be the origin of the name Clagett, potentially relating to a nearby feature name of Clagett Butte.
Just about each (and possibly all) of F’s dalneitzel.com section on “Vignettes” ( https://dalneitzel.com/category/vignettes/ ) potentially relate to feature names found at Mammoth Hot Springs. My interpretation:
– “Palettes …” = Palette Terrace
– “Well, Here’s Moses…” = Cheops Mound (I’m not a scholar, so please don’t ask me to prove the argument)
– “Osiris…King of Gods…” = Jupiter Terrace (Jupiter is the King of Gods in Roman mythology)
– “John Bullis…” = Bullis is a butterfly. “Marble” butterflies are in Yellowstone, and hence the Marble Terrace.
– “Green Grass…” = may be Glen Springs or Highland Terrace, again, just my interpretation… but here he references another location called Marble Canyon in AZ.
– “The Knife That Growls…” = this one eludes me, unless he’s referring to approaching Poison Cave
– “Reliquary…” = the words he’s using would imply a stronger correlation to Angel Spring 1, 2, and 3, but my money is on Pulpit Terrace.
– “Ivory is the Flesh of Minerva…” = Minerva Terrace
– “Faience Protector of the Dead…” = Cleopatra Terrace
So, what do you think? Time to go annoy the Yellowstone HQ? They do hate us, don’t they? Won’t they be surprised if it’s truly 200 feet from their front door?