9 clues equal 9 lines and we all know that WWWH is the one and only first clue, which leaves take it in the canyon down to be clue two…etc. Well, I’m not buying what y’all are selling.
F. Fenn in a Q&A;
Someone unfamiliar with your poem receives a message that says “meet me where warm waters halt, somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe”. Would they be able to work out where to go? If they can’t, would they need the whole poem, another stanza, or just a line or word to help them on their way? ~Phil Bayman
There are a few words in the poem that are not useful in finding the treasure Phil, but it is risky to discount any of them. You over simplify the clues. There are many places in the Rocky Mountains where warm waters halt, and nearly all of them are north of Santa Fe. Look at the big picture, there are no short cuts. f
The thing that Keeps itching my brain is, how many clues does it take to get an answer? The kitchen sink solvers [ coined by colokid ~ thx ] may not get this, or even want to entertain it, but I’m hoping for some feed back from those who don’t have all the answers to every page in the book, every SB entry, and don’t only use 9 lines out of 24 in trying to come up with a workable solve. And please, lets put aside the scuba gear, shovels and pick axes for a moment as well.
“Many wwh in the RM’s… look at the big picture, there are no short cuts.” This seems to imply if there are many warm waters halt, wouldn’t there be just as many canyon down? Let examine the KiSS method on this [ Keep it simple Seeker ]. Should waters as plural mean ‘simply’ all liquid water then all waters take it in the canyon down referring to any and all canyons that water is directed to…Why wouldn’t canyon be plural as well? Water[s] indicate all water to all canyons ~ as a system ~ seems elementary. Which now might give credence to Not far, but too far to walk as the travels of the waters over the RM’s range. Or simply put, the watershed of the the Rockies. Does this seem to look at the poem as the “big picture” straightforward and Kissable? The problem is, will others even consider this as a single possible one clue?
Lets jump back to stanza 1 for a second. “As I have gone alone”… Does the RM’s seem to reference where fenn went to? Fenn told us that the chest is hidden in the mountains north of SF… that was it… nothing more. Were we supposed to figure out he meant the RM’s? Later in a Q&A he answered this to be the RM’s.
But now he reference “hints of riches new and old” Sure we can say the chest, but I’m gonna go with riches as knowledge and give new and old, a past and present usage. So would stanza 2 be more plausible with the knowledge of the watershed as the beginning [past] and this time period [present] and the understanding of the system itself. “The need to know where to start comment”
Now we all know that the RM’s are shared by two countries, Canada and the USA and stanza 3 stated from there it no place for the meek. A few things come to mind; 1 Put in below Canada national symbol the Brown Beaver ~ not unlike 2. our Bald Eagle as Home of the Brave and I’ll add that the continental divide is known as the ‘back bone of the Rockies’.
“the end is ever drawing nigh” might be telling us that “end” as border or boundary is were we need to start because of the semicolon might refer to semi has ½ the range… below hoB ~ Canada drawing as to the watershed “nigh” to be the left or west side of the divide. Just heavy loads and water high… finishes off the first three stanzas with a location in the USA, on the CD and near the end of the range. Multiple meaning and usages of words are needed to read the poem this way… such as halt means a temporary change in direction, that meek is the CD in the home of the Brave below the Canadian Border. “IF you’ve been wise and found the Blaze”… possibly a non-human trail being the CD “look quickly down your quest to cease, but tarry scant with marvel gaze…” Just take the chest and go in peace.” Follow the CD and the RM’s to it final point.
So why is it I [ fenn ] must go and leave his trove for all to seek. Does the simple explanation seems, he left his home to go north into the RM’s? A place he has gone many time and now illness and age has made him weak. This reading of the poem doesn’t count clues, it understands the poem and uses the 9 sentences in full with the poem as a whole. The northern most section of the range to the southern most section as well is called the rainbow arch. It represents the rising and setting of the sun crossing the divide. This leaves stanza 6 to finalize the location of the chest.
We have covered the entire range, understand its geological necessity not only for climate but waters distribution and how it effect the inhabitants of the continent. “my church is in the mountains and along the river bottoms where dreams and fantasies alike go to play” All leading to a small location on the CD at the end [ boundary ] of the RM’s and the end of fenns rainbow.
Stanza 6 IMO finalize the information to the location… But a question pops up.
Are we to simply walk to the chest and pick it up or is there work needed to be done?
So does it matter if the clue count ends up being nothing more than information “contained” in nine lines of the poem? Now comes your turn… what say you?
“Forrest, Did you intend for there to be 9 clues, or did it work out to be just right with 9? ~ halo”
“Nice thinking halo, I didn’t count the clues until the poem had been finalized. Although I changed it a few times over the months I think the number stayed about the same.f”