Tale of Two Solves – Part Two



After the first solve failed I went back to the hotel room and started working on coordinates. I had a general area of where I wanted to go, but did it match up to the poem?  I worked on coordinates for about four IPA beers long and then stepped away.  Granted I drink very slowly, it took me about 5 hours.  I’m on to something now, but it can wait.  Let’s go back and base my Solve on absolutely nothing….like before.

Where would warm waters halt? Puddles in West Yellowstone? Big Sky, Montana?  Let’s put that together.

“Begin it where warm waters halt and take it in the canyon down”.  This to me was leaving West Yellowstone towards Big Sky, Montana in Gallatin Canyon.  By the way, I’m 100000% confident it’s in the Gallatin National Forrest during this time.  Of course, I’ve been wrong all along.

“Not far but too far to walk.  Put in below the home of Brown.”  This partially meant I needed to put in the water as soon as I left West Yellowstone and follow it north. I’d rather not say what I believe is the home of Brown.

“From there, it’s no place for the meek, the end is ever drawing nigh;”.  Well wouldn’t you know it?  Next up the road was this little gem –

It made me think of the gypsy story where they partied and played music until late into the night.

Since “nigh” means left, I should take a left here.  So I did.  The road is called Taylor Fork Road.  This made me remember Forrest talking about taking a fork in the road.  Hmm.

Next down the road I went over a creek and pulled off after it.

“There’ll be no paddle up your creek, just heavy loads and water high.”  There is a lake up there.  What if “no” means don’t go?  Let’s try that.

Up from the creek on the right is Lincoln Mountain!

“If you’ve been wise and found the blaze”.  Well, he said the best education he ever got was in five minutes with his dad.  One of which was about honesty.  Honest Abe.  Looking at the mountain, I’m wondering if this section is the blaze or it is around the area.  It’s terrible when you start making the blaze what you want it to be.  I believe you’ll know it when you see it.  Looking at the side facing south, it looks like lightening marks.  I’ll get to that in a moment.

“Look quickly down your quest to cease.”  Looking down from what I thought was the blaze, there was an odd dead tree towards the top in the middle of the lightening marks.  Picture coming.  Even if I had taken the creek around and then went south “been wise”, I would have ended up at the same location and looking down at the same tree.

“But tarry scant with marvel gaze, just take the chest and go in peace.”  This to me meant I needed to follow the horse trail along the mountain to get to the blaze.  By the way, he said it wasn’t in close proximity to a human trail. He never said it wasn’t in close proximity to a horse trail. This to me was the marvel (Thor/lightening) gaze that I needed to stay within while searching:

Did you see how the side of the mountain looks like lightening bolts above?  I know a lot of mountains have this feature, but here we are.  Along the horse trail I was able to walk to the tree (in the wood) and check it out

I immediately looked under it, inside of it, and around it.  There was a HUGE opening on the side of the wood, but no treasure. It could have held several 10×10 chests.

The best part to me was the view.  “If I were standing where the treasure chest is, I’d see trees, I’d see mountains, I’d see animals, and I know the chest is wet.”  I wondered how you’d plan to always see animals if you were where the chest was. Well, across the way is a ranch with horses.  Crazy.

With the Gallatin River below me, and yes it’s in the Flywater book, I was sure it’s the right mountain.  It’s within the elevation remark.

I’m just in the wrong spot and in the wrong wood.  I should go back up the creek to the water high.  We made it a little over a mile until it started to rain and lightening. We had to head back.  Plus, a grizzly was growling at us from the other side of the creek.  If you haven’t ever been in that scenario, let’s just hope you don’t have to be.  We left.  Yes, we looked in the trees between the river and the mountain, along the river, and in a few other places.

Oh, and when I got below the mountainside, I checked the coordinates of where I was and my stomach turned. Those numbers looked familiar to what I was working on yesterday! 44…111… and I don’t remember the others.  44 West Yellowstone section.  Pot holes of water?  111 no place for the meek? “DO NOT TOUCH!!” Is the physical solve an alternate to the coordinate solve? Yet they both lead you to the same location?  Lewis and Clark cipher?  Why does the identification card on the front of the book have a picture of him as a kid?  Why does the ID card have certain letters on the left highlighted section in a darker tape color? Why do these letters highlighted say N A CIPHER…? Yes I know it technically says “N A CIPHEM” but the “M” is cut off to make an “R”.  This is now part of my final solve I’m working on….only to give it away to someone else once I’m done.  Let me know if you’re interested in having it.

I can’t do this any longer.  I’m going to be a dad in two months and my time will now be spent working on her room and reading books on how to be a great father.  That excites me more than The Chase.

Even though Solve #2 was a little messy, especially being done within 24 hours, I really liked it.  It had more heart, came together better with the book, and had a better location IMO.  I know I executed it poorly and I didn’t allot enough time for it.  Darn storm!

Fenn is a new four letter between my wife and I. It’s kind of funny.

Good luck to you all and as Forrest said to me, “Be safe in the mountains. Take no risks. F”

Dustin in Arkansas-

29 thoughts on “Tale of Two Solves – Part Two

  1. Be safe Dustin. Congratulations on your baby. You will be a great Dad if you tell your child about your adventures and then have some with them. Life is fun.

  2. Re: ” I’m going to be a dad in two months” Congrats to you and your wife. That new addition is definitely worth more than a treasure chest. You’ll love her! I speak from experience.

  3. D ustin,,, I think you will make a great father.
    Read to her, a lot when the time is right.
    Self educate her a lot of georaphy and history, and buy books, , as an addition to regular schooling,,,, she will never pick that up in a classroom. Encourage her to become a reader and to question all that she hears/reads/sees from national media sources.
    Who knows, the chest may still be unfound in another 10 years. Bring her out west. Teach her to fish by any method,, but don’t rush or loose patience.
    joe jarrett pueblo, co

  4. Congratulations to you and your wife. Your daughter will bring you much joy.

    Enjoyed your Part Two, and the great photos.

  5. Love your writing style, and very happy for you to be having a little girl!

  6. I think your mistake was the beer. Try Margaritas instead. Congrats in advance on becoming a Dad.


    Windy City

  7. Dustin: congrats on your pending fatherhood! Your solve #2 is much better than your first, and better than 90% of the ones I’ve ever read. You’re bright, and your brain works in the way the successful solver’s will: making connections between seemingly unrelated things that Forrest has shared with us all. Thanks for sharing your pictures and your thoughts!

  8. FF once walked all the way to Bozeman. I can only imagine that such a journey would be Too Far To Walk now for an eighty year old man. Gallatin Canyon is one of the most beautiful places near Yellowstone. It is a great place to explore and search.

  9. Nice solve ya hillbilly! (Insert smiley face) I am of the opinion that the places mentioned in the book are not direct hints to the treasure. Good luck being a Dad. It is fun….mostly…

  10. Enjoyable reading good luck to all you treasure hunters, hoping someone finds the treasure and explains FF poem
    JSB Key West

  11. In the spirit of constructive criticism, I think that this solve can be a lesson in how easy free association can be done with BOTG and the poem in hand. The covered wagon (mailbox?) and tie to the Gypsy story is about as big a stretch as is possible.

    Anyways, congrats on your upcoming fatherhood – check out Happiest Baby on the Block for what I call “baby hacks” – swaddling is the bomb and once you get them sleeping, life gets a lot easier. Cheers.

    • It wasn’t a mailbox. It was a large wagon on the property that just happened to be in the middle of this solve. If we are betting on associations, I’ll gladly take you up on that one. I believe a stretching imagination will accompany the winner. My first solve that took me to Gardiner was based SOLELY on “WWWH”… which was the old Steam Engine route that used to run from Livingston to Gardiner. In the end, it didn’t matter whether I said the locomotive route or Mammoth Hot Springs – it led me to the same place, IMO.

      Thanks for the tip on Happiest Baby on the Block! I’ll check it out.

  12. Thank you Dustin for sharing your thoughts and adventures. It was very nice talking with you yesterday and appreciate the advice. My son is going to be 9 years old on the 24th of July, the last day of my first search expedition. He’s already been a big help, giving me his interpretation of the Poem. Even if I don’t find it, I’ve inspired us to begin hiking and backpacking, teaching him about the natural world and having real adventures. Thanks again. ImagineRoad.

  13. Dustin – Congrats on soon being a Dad. Congrats on a nice solve – sorry it was not THE solve. JDA

  14. I love that area Rizzero.
    That area has lots more animals than people by far.

    Taylor Fork Road has allot going for it.
    Taylor Creek – no paddle wheel anymore.
    Lightning Creek – his horses name in Lewis & Clark adventure.
    Tumbledown Creek – mentions a tumbledown in his book.
    Dead Horse Creek – those horses sure are.
    Cache Creek – speaks for itself.
    9 Quarter Circle ranch – airport
    Cameron Draw – mother lived in Cameron? – the end is ever drawing nigh.
    The Blowout – tires?
    The Geo Marker I found dated 1948.

    Many more things I forgot but either way it’s a great place to have a vacation & get away from the hood.

    I like the name Taylor.
    I hope the new kid takes to the woods.

    • I absolutely agree. I think on top of Lincoln Mountain would still be a great place to look. It’s a small mountain. It is my personal opinion that he was on a horse when he hid the treasure (take IT in the canyon down). I know a lot of people think it changes possession during the poem, but I don’t think that “IT” is the treasure. I think someone should rent a horse and have some fun back there exploring.

      • I have checked Lincoln Mountain area off my list.
        I don’t think he rode a horse or 4 wheeler to hide it otherwise he would not have needed 2 trips.

        Water high & heavy loads don’t seem to fit for me there but don’t let me get in your way of having someone check it out for you.

        I need to stay in or near a creek for my solves.

    • Not to mention that you can see the Spanish peaks from that location as well.

  15. I’m also quitting all other areas besides the Gallatins/Madisons. There are just way more references in this area than any other. Not to mention that in my own life, the teenage years are when you truly discover the beauty of the world in the abstract. Yes, as and adult I’ve stood on a mountain and said “Wow!!!!” But those things as an adult haven’t done an ingrain in the brain like my times as a teenager.

    Now, wwwh could be anything in this area. I mean, you can find one at any point. References to Brown are harder to come by.

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