SUBMITTED OCTOBER 2016
by FIRST BEAR
It all started for me last winter, sitting at home with an air boot on. The Today show featured Mr. Fenn giving clues to his poem. I had to find out more. Researching more about the poem on the computer, I discovered a searcher was missing. Our condolences to Randy’s family and friends.
Begin it where? O’boy, dad and I learned this fishing the boundary waters. New and old meanings of words. Warm = Friendly waters = come together or meet. Halt at state line.
Weeks later, the air boot came off. I was off and limping. Having found three warm waters in NM, only one was on public land. Like a drone bee I headed to the hive. Wow my first day, there were 2 spots that fit the poem but no chest. I reached out to Mr. Fenn. After that phone call, I felt discouraged. But after a night’s sleep, I was ready to start again. Learning more definitions of ‘tarry scant’ lead me back to the park. I thought I saw what looked like a teepee shaped boulder in the woods on the north side of a fence.
Standing there in marvel gaze, I wondered how to go behind the fence. I went down the canyon to a home of Brown, the visitor’s center was open early for the season. I went inside to ask some questions and maybe found a picture that implies a hint.
There was so much to see and explore in the park that I called it my fun parks. Behind the teepee boulder, I found a pool of cold water with big rocks. Some of the rocks were pointing to the center of the pool. I definitely had to check that out. After a poke with my stick and a beep beep from my metal detector, I knew I had to wade in. Nothing but rocks with metal in them. I spent one week looking at blazes & pools in an area of about .9 tens of a mile. When nothing was found there, I explored the entire park. The weather was a little cold but it was still fun exploring.
I spent months and numerous trips looking for places where the clues would work. On one of my early trips, some friends mentioned this web site and then Jenny’s. Thank you and congratulations Jenny. I felt Weekly Words and the comments hinted to areas where I was looking. At times, I felt someone was messing with me. Hope you had a laugh or two. Then I started reading more and more. First all the past WWs and then more pages at Dal’s site. The ‘what ifs’ and ‘what if’s’ in red really caught my attention.
I saw a comment from Jeremy P. quoting Mr. Fenn – ‘What if no one ever discovers my art?’ That kicked me into gear. To me that meant something. Thank You for that comment.
One time a couple walked by me with a very professional looking camera. I had that surprised look on my face. lol Just when you think no one is watching , there is. Hope they didn’t take a picture of that.
Still no chest. Earlier this year, my sister joined in the adventure. One weekend, my Brother and Sister joined me with BOTG to watch my back. My Sister had decided to get the book TTOTC to see if there were any hints in the book. I thought there sure were plenty. Thanks for the book Sis. She found things on the web that I didn’t find or think of.
Thanks for the bear spay and camera Sis. I saw two bears one morning.
Mother bear is on the trail just inside the shade by the tree. The cub is going up to the left above the dark green. Glad I heard them down in the water and got out of there. It wasn’t the four legged animals in the park that worried me the most but the two legged ones that I felt were watching me. I believe ‘Do your own work or you might not know what it means’.
Next trip out, Sis and I hit the trails including the James M John trail. In the satellite view on Google Earth, we saw trails that looked like shapes of things hinted to in the book. When Sis read the ‘Ode to Peggy’ poem from the book, it hit me. Ahh a light bulb moment. One image looked like a pregnant women. The pregnant women in the trail looked quickly down upon two ponds. One looked like an arrowhead with an X in the trail. The other pond looked like a tea cup or pot and had a Y shape in the trail. That’s it, we had found the X spot. Up to the X to check it out. We found foot prints in the pond so we knew someone had already been there. We looked around the trails surrounding the pond. I found a soup can bottom or metal rusty round thing – trash. Then the CE5 was hinted. Sitting in the motel, Sis and I talked about it. We looked there and found rocks but didn’t look under the rocks. My metal detector had been acting up. Sis got online to find a new detector. When you need one, you can never find one close by. We ended driving an hour away to get one.
The next time up the trails, Sis was a little sick so she sat in the car. When I checked out the rocks again with the new metal detector, I got the beep beep and I’m thinking, it’s here. The big rock was cracked so I could move it in pieces. I found MRE’s. More Trash
Sis only had a week off, but we went home with some cool trash. What it meant we didn’t know. I went back and lived out there most of the summer.
Back to Google Earth. Along the top of lake Maloya, there looks to be the image of a lazy Z in the shore line. The top of the lake looks like horns. Look closer at the horns of the lake. It appears like to be an arm going across to a circle, 36.995331-104.367324. At CE5 , we found more trash. Another rusty tin to add to our treasure. As I was walking back to the car, I’m thinking – ‘All I’m doing is picking up clues’. After the fact clues, my head hurt even more at this point. GPS had shown me a different state line than the one marked with a sign. Computer research on the state line showed the actual state line may be different.
One weekend, my Brother happened to be back in the area for a wedding. This gave us one more chance to go take a look at the state line in dispute. Hunting season was upon us. I needed to take one more peek. Yes is was marked and I cleaned it up, more trash. There was no way to go look at the other spot safely or alone.
So thare she blows, Ask a kid.
This sure got harder as we went on. Now to find the words, places, and right definitions. In our tool box which contained the Poem and the Book TTOTC. Word=definition=place park=to park=place I thought two parks and his rainbow. I saw a lot of rainbows on the trails. One looked like a double arc together to make an x but the picture did not catch it. Besides it was in the wrong state. The full rainbows we saw had a start and an end. 2, 3, 6 and songs, rhymes, and kids stories refer to hints. The double omega = mirrors. Speed bump called rabbit hole. Thinking this has been a long time for me to be here. There are a lot of smart people out there searching too but I feel there is a part of the game that is missing. luck=nudged Which felt like running in front of a stampede in a horse park. Feelings, maybe computers are getting close. The Web, All you. The six w’s – who, what, when, where, why, & how.
I got the chance to learn more of the history of the area. A two trail thought. A Trail that has a mirrored trail. The Oregon Trail goes the same way west as the Lewis and Clark trail. The Santa Fe Trail has the mountain route and the Cimarron “plains” route. Both start 300 miles west of Toledo OH. Mirrored trails from a Midwest point of view. The book mentions his routes: a mountain route and a plains route to Yellowstone . 6 points of crossing. Number 6 is a number we see used frequently. Funny how those historic markers or rest stops we stopped at are about 40 mile apart. When to mirror, what? I hope you understand what I’m trying to explain.
# 1 – A rock with an edge that glowed in the morning sun.
# 2 – Trails that looked like hints from the book.
# 3 – Two state lines on GPS and a monument place
# 4 – Highway and trail, new and old . Two Historic sites and a trip to where “see
# 5 – Two historic monuments and readings of the poem we would like to see and hear.
As seen on TVs.
My favorite thought is for a chance for all to go see the chest whenever they want to. A chance to get my family’s name there and help them, and hide in a group of names. Honor to the Armchair Searchers because you gave freely. Where did Mr. Fenn hide it? Did he really hide it there? lol
Two mirrors on top in the chest, to be in two places at one time. Both ends of his rainbow. To honor two families’ that were Brave in his times of need. Mirror the end? or double endings? There are hints of two songs that are in line together Give me a home in the land of the free and the home of the brave. And in the end cremated to be in two places at once.
Now for a little fun.
Mr. Fenn is this how you see your rainbow?
To Wonder Land.
Mr. Ed. I’ll show you a new trick for an apple.
E. Grab my hat for me, put it on but hold onto it and don’t more your arm.
E. A nod and smile to ya.
W Wait… a minute you did that last week.
E. Yes,,,, and you gave me a carrot, Thanks for the apple. chump Happy Hollow Ween, Trick or Treat.
Edna mode says,
What did you expect for Free ? All the answers. Silly rabbit ask a kid.
I am just somebody that wanted to get into a good book and an honored place. As they drive into the morning sun, looking to see treasure’s of new and old. They are heard singing carpool karaoke. I’m proud to an American and God bless the U.S.A.