SUBMITTED AUGUST 2018
From my previous solution (Part One), I did not explain well enough, where warm waters halt, how I arrived at the Headwaters of the Rio Grande River, to be the first clue in the poem. The Rio Grande River has been classified as warm water by the New Mexico Fish & Wildlife. In fishing brochures that I have seen they refer to The Warm Waters of the Rio Grande, also it has been referred the same in conversations I’ve had and tourist video clips and rafting clips that I’m sure are out there and around before the advent of computers. The Rio Grande River is made up of other rivers and waters combined, hence “waters”.
How does the Rio Grande River halt? When all of the snow melts off the water flow does halt or stops where the river is first formed, there is no more water. I think of it this way, when you turn on a faucet the water flows (melting snow) and when you turn off the faucet the water halts, (snow finished melting). This is the best analogy that I could present.
My second analogy of “where warm waters halt”, snow is frozen water, when it melts it is warmer water than its parent. Again when there is no more snow the water stops flowing. I believe there are many warm waters throughout the Rocky Mountains that this applies to. Even though I like both ideas, the first analogy is more defined as one place among the many places where warm waters halt.
On August 16, 2018 I went on another search and scratched off the road as a blaze in my first solution. Yes I did say that I was done searching with my first solution, but couldn’t help it with what I recently discovered. I restudied the same area and found what I believe is the blaze. In the Google Map image I noticed a white streak in the landscape, which there are several waterfalls of Clear Creek that creates a white streak when viewed from above. When one looks up the word, blaze, it mentions the white marking on a horse’s forehead and a streak of white hair on a man’s head is called a blaze.
If I “look quickly down” using Google Maps and physically being there where the last waterfall is there is logjam just below the pool of water created by the waterfall. Logs and branches, it is wood and not of a live standing tree. In the creek there are many flat stones in which to rest the treasure among the wood, hence “in the wood”. Wood that is submerged in water can last many years without rotting as the wood is not exposed directly in the air. Generally wood that is in water over time becomes harder and less prone to decay. The logs will more than likely, will not move because they are wedged so tightly against and in large rocks. It is very apparent that the wood has been there for many years because the wood is smooth with no bark that has eroded away by the water and very intacked.
“If you are brave” enough to try to cross the creek by using the wet and dry rocks as stepping stones to reach the wood and search in the wood. Water is “worth the cold.” For me and my friend it was a challenge to reach the wood in maintaining balance and trying to stay mostly dry, but was not dangerous even if one slipped or lost their balance the water was shallow. The rock walls on both sides of the creek were steep preventing us to go up higher and it is where an 80 year old would not go, but could go just below the last waterfall and do it twice and a child would need assistance. Never the less, we did not find the chest after searching the wood and even a little further downstream, including small knee high woody shrubs along the base along the rock walls and under exposed roots of trees along the banks of the creek.
Notes: I strongly believe my solution with the poem is more than likely in the correct hiding area and too coincidental to pass up. That’s just me.
1. Where warm waters halt is the headwaters of the Rio Grande River, for both reasons stated above.
2. The canyon down is not far, but too far to walk, at approximately 10 miles.
3. The put in place below the home of Brown, is below Brown Mountain (a place) at Silverton, CO.
4. From Silverton is the Million Dollar Highway, (road 550), which is “no place for the meek”, a road that has several hairpin turns, built partially along steep cliffs with very little to no shoulders without guard rails, (no more than three along the route).
5. The road, ( road 558), that continually “draws nigh”, to the left all of the way to the end, that starts 2 miles out of Silverton towards the Million Dollar Highway, turning left.
6. Clear Creek is most definitely as, one cannot use a paddle going up and is “your” creek to search.
7. “Just up the creek is “water high”, (Clear Lake), and the only way to get to the lake is “just” the use of a four wheeled vehicle as heavy loads. I feel that, “just heavy loads and water high” is a confirmation that one is in the right area. I think that phrase is more of a hint and not a real clue even though it is after “your creek”, kind of an afterthought.
8. “If you are wise and found the blaze”, The water going over the many waterfalls would be a white streak looking from above with GM, and cannot be seen using a regular or topography map. I would be very inclined to think that water would be overlooked as a blaze. Looking “quickly down” just below the last waterfall is the logjam as “your quest to cease” is your search area.
9. “Your effort is worth the cold”, is the water of Clear Creek and as I explained above, “If you are brave and in the wood” does strongly apply to what the poem is saying.
Even though I did not find the treasures and the chest, does not mean that it is not there. During the course over a period of 8 to 10 years a lot of things do change in nature. Some of the logs may have been moved by water from a heavier thaw than usual and silt and rocks could make it much harder to find the treasure and still be in the correct location. Or it may have been retrieved by a searcher long ago and the finder simply went in peace without saying a word. In this case it is not likely, because none of the artifacts have surfaced.
None of my solution was forced and there are a lot of coincidences that are factual to the poem. Where warm waters halt may be argued, the rest does easily fit what the poem is saying as factual places. Something to strongly ponder and investigate further, I will not be doing that, but anyone else can do so and I will wish them better luck. I would find it very hard to look elsewhere as my solution will always be stuck firmly in my mind.
Do I expect any comments from Forrest? Of course not, as I did not find the treasure. I just wonder how well his “gut feeling” is now even though it was “wavering” later on, in regards to the treasure possibly being found this summer.
Cheers to all searchers in the past and present!!
by CharlieM –