SUBMITTED MARCH 2017
by DIGGIN GYPSY
On one of last year’s searches I brought along a small tribe of my family to help search.
My right hand little man was my grandson Dylan.
I thought I had found the “blaze of all blazes” on a previous trip which cast a great shadow over the Madison River and we all came to the blaze to check it out.
This was my “blaze” and this is it’s story.
On an earlier winter trip near here I was walking and fell on a 3 foot snow drift. As I lay there struggling to get out I looked over and I was like “Dang that rock has a face and looks to be wearing a long smock.” The Virgin Mary?
Later on, after I was home I kept thinking of that lady rock and it reminded me of something I saw in the book on page 99, the walking man carrying what looks like the Virgin Mary. If you flip the picture on it’s side, the man is an eagle.
So you have a man/eagle and Virgin Mary. That mountain rock I saw looked exactly like that. Many items in the book started clicking for me with lady or Virgin Mary. The ole coot drew the L on all the little ladies shirts. Miss Ford is a virgin who he talks about way too much 😜.
Skippy in the graduation smock. Peggy in her wedding gown. The picture of the girl with a vail. The crescent moon and dove, both symbols of the Virgin Mary. Forrest holding an ax (Jesus was a carpenter).
I know what some of you will say: “The ole coot ain’t religious.” Awww, but he is spiritual. I took these pictures in his garage and there it was Our Lady of Guadalupe hanging with all his favorite things.
He has several old religious relics. Some of them are on his scrapbooks. Some have to do with the Virgin Mary. Indulgence, hmmmm something he is offering as a redemption for all his sins so he can sit at the great banquet table with all his friends.
So where better to put that sacrifice than at the feet of the “Virgin Mary Rock”? 💰
if you zoom in on the rock you will see Mary gazing down… “gaze and marvel”, two words that are used a lot referring to Our Lady of Guadalupe or the Virgin Mary, ohhh or Miss Ford.
In the map with the frog there is a ghost woman in the middle of it. I figure that it has to mean Ghost Village on the Madison, which is right where the “Virgin Mary Rock” hovers with an eagle at her side. Which is right next to the high mountain that reminds me of church steeples.
Also on the gold coin in that photo is Jesus. He has a thorn crown on his head.
and there is a ghost woman with big eyes and her mouth open.
He seems to write often about women who know how to stand on their own two feet and who are inventive. Heck, he just loves women.
Mary was the ultimate woman. A lot of his scrapbooks are about women.
He mentions Sacajawea. She was referred to by others as Mary. Queen Elizabeth I of England was known as the Virgin Queen.
A lot of clasping of the hands in the book too. His little sister and him a few times. He who teaches a child labors in Gods workshop. Joseph taught jesus to be a carpenter and there is a picture of a carpenter at Peggy’s feet. Beavers are carpenters. So he must have been alluding to Beaver Creek hahahe.
He likes to sit in a graveyard ghost village.
Forrest says there are three dimensional figures on the chest. I believe they could represent his three favorite women. He wrote “no saint could match her faith”, but actually the Virgin Mary did match her faith 😜. The Candy Ann team saved his life same as Mary did for mankind by obeying God and doing just.
So there is my solve. There are many more references to ladies and the Virgin Mary, I could go on and on.
As my family explored the area we crossed the river and left no stone or log unturned. Following the Madison we soon realized the water is so swift in there that we didn’t think he could possibly carry forty pounds across. It’s just to dangerous…not just for Forrest but also for anyone trying to follow in his footsteps. Clearly, my solve was a bust.
Before we left the Madison, Alvin came to tell us bye. He thought we were all quite the show.
Just as we are leaving the dam area we see a moose being born…what are the odds on that?
That was an incredibly memorable moment for Dylan. We’ve made many trips to this area and have always come back home without the cheat, but we never leave Montana depressed. Every moment being in the mountains is better than any amount of money.
Now back with my nose to the grinding stone.