Treasure Quest…Part Three

Treasure Quest
Part 3 – The Blaze
By Lana

The Blaze!
If you’ve made it this far, then yes, the blaze needs its own very section and lots of pictures too!  I first thought the blaze was this amazing spire.  You can see it on a topo map as a circle.  I think it’s too far for Fenn to walk with a heavy pack and one has to walk on talus to get there which I think is too difficult, so I ruled it out.  It’s got great views though.  I even talked to Tom Lucas, western artist and found out he was painting a picture of it!  I had to buy it… the painting is in our study 🙂 greeting guests, just begging for the story of the treasure hunt to be told.

Since then I got a lot smarter, or so I thought.  Still dealing with the Vision Quest theme here and more importantly the PETROGLYPHS! I’m sure you have read about the Rosetta Stone from his TOTC book AND mention of the Rosetta Stone in a couple of his interviews?  If you need a refresher here goes.

The Rosetta Stone
1. It is made out of granodiorite which is an igneous rock that is like granite and can be pink or black or white. The Rosetta stone has a streak of pink running through it. Among others, there is a ton of pink and black granite like rock at Torrey Creek at Ring and Trail lakes.

2. It was discovered by a french soldier (like the french soldiers name on the grave Forrest tripped over at the waterfall). On page 94 of TTOTC “A French name and rank was followed by arcing English words across the top.”  Arcing like the complete Rosetta Stone.  The RS discovered by the French but displayed in a museum by the British.  On page 96 of TTOTC Forrest says he was “drawn to that place” and “my body was already tired”.  Page 106 of TTOTC “a bunch of fairies dancing around a rock, if you can believe I’d come to that.”  Fairy: an imaginary magical creature who has the form of a tiny human being.  Like a Tukudeka shamen (Tukudekawere known to be smaller in stature) or spiritual creature, anthropomorph as seen during a vision quest, I thought.

3.  Two scholars, Edward D CLARK and WILLIAM R Hamilton examined the Rosetta Stone a similarity to Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. Searching or Looking for William and Clark anyone?

4. As wikipedia puts the Rosetta Stone “It proved to be the key to deciphering Egyptian hyroglyphs.” Glyphs as in petroglyphs? Pictures that mean words and tell a story? I thought so.

5. The RS was found broken.  The original stone would have had a rounded top (like the French soldiers grave) and according to Wikipedia “there would probably have been a scene depicting the king being presented to the gods, topped with a winged disc”

Ok I tried to find a petroglyph that looked most like the stone and I came up with this that is about 500 feet from the road. Compare the complete Rosetta Stone and the glyph I found to somewhat match it, and tell me honestly, what you think.

I see  a winged anthropomorph of an owl and also a king or a shamen on top on it that appears strikingly similar to the wikipedia description of what the Rosetta stone might have looked like before being broken. Pretty darn close…..

6. Check out this next picture of a petroglyph and you will see a woman pointing at a glyph. This pic is used by the museums to promote their local glyphs and guides of the glyphs. Do you see how she is wearing a hat, has a stick and is facing left? OK, so now look directly below where her stick is pointing on the waist of the image of the person on the glyph. There is a weiner dog on the Shaman’s waist, like a belt, with round feet also facing left. She’s pointing to the weiner dogs ear!

Now look at the mandrake photo. A guy in a hat, pointing to the left with a stick and a weiner dog…crazy eh? I thought I was so onto something LOL!  Even the Egyptian kings were pictured with staffs aka sticks!

I thought I was so onto something LOL!  Even the Egyptian kings were pictured with staffs aka sticks!

Don’t forget, there’s also Skippy holding a rock very similar in shape and size to the Rosetta Stone on page 56 of TTOTC.

7. I thought about this for a long time and then I reread the chapters where it says to touch art, George Washington on the nose. Petroglyphs used to be called Rock “Art”……Page 111 of TTOTC “It’s an Indian” and “It’s an art”….and “cold to the touch”.  On page 112 “by touching it I could imagine, in some small way, that I was also part of that company.”  Page 113 “why I wanted students to touch George Washington….In doing so the painting (art) might provide another dimension (like a vision quest), one that is not available to the eyes (as in vision) alone.” Then I looked back at the picture of the petroglyph above that looks like the Rosetta Stone with the lady pointing with the stick and noticed that if you followed the crack on the Petroglyph down on the right hand side of the rock, just below and to the left of the lady’s right knee (with grass growing out of hole) on the pictures above there was a stone that was about 12″ tall and 6” wide that if it pulled out like a drawer would have a secret compartment (now I’m really imagining like Indiana Jones) where the treasure could fit on it’s side! Also the description of the Rosetta Stone by wikipedia says it has a “diagonal break at the bottom right of the stone”. The crack shadow also looks like a horizontal key shape.

8. That glyph, my blaze theory, is almost exactly 500 feet from the road!  Tea with Olga chapter “sacred old mountain” and “aspen groves” and “aromas of sage and juniper” and “chipmunks scurried all around” (tons of chipmunks along Torrey Creek) and in Flywater chapter “there were many moments to remember like the time I sat under a tree on the …River and watched the osprey dive for fish”.  There are many osprey nests on Torrey Creek  See the picture below and find a nest in a tree top and also in a rock cave. On page 125 “moose and a calf that just came out of the tall pines to feed on the water grasses downstream”, there are moose in Whiskey Basin….

Um yea…so this is where I drop the hunt and give up.  I went and searched this glyph and the surrounding area a few times with my family with no such luck finding Fenn’s cleverly concealed blaze nor chest.  The chest continues to elude discovery.  I think I’m an expert in locating most of the glyphs along Torrey Creek now – LOL.  I’ve got a lot of pictures of amazing petroglyphs on my phone and amazing memories that mark these last 3 years.

I’ve seen many, many animals and I’ve learned about the history of this area and of the Tukudeka people.  For this quest I am very thankful for Forrest’s clever puzzle poem, the thrill of the chase, for the blogs, the people who continue to dedicate themselves to this quest, all the people I’ve met en route, and for all my wonderful experiences.

So, after 3 years of searching and countless hours dedicated to the search, and since I couldn’t find the chest along Torrey Creek, at the Vision Quest site, I can finally come forth and admit that yes, this solve is most likely wrong.  So I’m throwing in my hat.  By typing up all of this, I hope in some small way, I can help contribute by perhaps tipping off someone to get them thinking of something new perhaps to find that darn chest for Forrest, so he has closure.

If you would like to chat about this particular treasure solve, email lana at busybeedogs dot com as I’m no longer dedicated to the blog in my decision to bow out of the search.  Thank you for taking time to read this and good luck in your “quest” to find Fenn’s Treasure.

– by Lana, blog handle, thrillseekeranimallover, over and out of the hunt as I’VE done it tired and now I’M weak.

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42 thoughts on “Treasure Quest…Part Three

  1. Nice post. Obviously a lot of thought went into your solution. Thank you for sharing your the fruits of your efforts.


    Windy City

    • You too Eaglesabound. Send me a text if you wish. I don’t know what more I can add to help you with, but I’ll certainly try.

  2. Wow, Lana, that reads like a real adventure story! Thanks for sharing. I went to the Wind River Range once years ago — llama packing. I can’t think of a prettier place to be.

  3. Lana – I loved this. Your solution is elegant, well researched, imaginative, and thought provoking. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. Your sons, once they are old enough to appreciate these things, will have tales to tell of their days searching for the Forrest Fenn treasure. Nice work.

  4. Dan;

    Many have already solved at least the first two, and some 4 clues and several have been within 500′ and even 200′. Many of us think we have progressed to the point of finding the blaze. Is the blaze the end? Now that is an important question only Forrest can answer. Good luck dan – we are all where we are in the chase – some at clue #1, some in the middle, and who knows – there might even be one at the end – waiting for everything to come together for the finale – JMO – JDA

      • That would be inspiring if we could hear from Fenn. One can only play canasta for so long. Perhaps getting off the couch and getting BOTG can help figure out something about WWWH that couldn’t have been deciphered from the perspective of a chair, indoors.

        • Lana,

          I agree with botg, it gives a whole new perspective and even with a map, or GE, the best way to learn things.

  5. Lana, what a terrific write-up; thanks so much for being so considerate as to share your thoughts. So much research and tying things together! I really like that area — Grand Teton NP, Shoshone and Bridger-Teton NFs, and as possible solves — Warm Springs Creek, Sinks Canyon and Thermopolis down into that fantastic Wind River canyon. I see bits and parts, but never a complete solve, though. Still, gorgeous country.

    You didn’t find the TC, but you have your memories of searches, of course, and that nice Tom Lucas. It sounds like that was a studio piece. I have on a few occasions come across a plein-aire painter doing wild flowers around Crested Butte or fall aspens there or north of Santa Fe and have offered to buy a couple pieces I could tell would be quite nice once completed.

    I was googling busybeedogs. Good on you for adopting shelter dogs. I have three and have had three before these. I used to be on the Board for SPCA of Texas. Did you win a PetFlix prize a few years ago? Congrats if so.

    • Hey aardvarkbark,
      All those places you mention are amazing. I wish I could take a month off in summer and stay in WY. I had that problem too of seeing bits and parts. Heck, this past week I looked in NM and counldn’t find any single area that had the first three clues. Ugh the thought of starting over is daunting.
      Yep, that was me. I retired doing the busy bee dogs after 17 years. It was great fun but also hard work physically. One of my fab four first dogs I saw online on petfinder at the Texas SPCA and flew her in and picked her up at the airport and never looked back. It was fun but when my sweet dogs started getting old and eventually started dying it seriously took the wind out of my sails. Yep, I won a petflix prize for one of my cheezy videos. You must have seen that ha ha ha.

      • Eight years of intensive searching by tens of thousands of folks in NM and WY/MT using clues that f says will lead ‘any average person’ to the TC. And nada.

        I’m thinking CO will experience a surge of tourism next year, lol.

        Still a whole lotta shelter dogs looking for a good home, Lana. And they make great search companions. If only f had put a piece of liver in the TC…

        • Yea, you have to wonder why the heck no one has found it yet. There are a lot of brilliant people searching!

          That’s funny, I have my dogs tennis balls stored in a bronze container with a few gold pieces and I’ve got them scenting it out in different spots on the mountain behind my house te he! But to bring them on a far road trip is tough on them.

    • Thanks Copper,
      I tried my best. Hope I gave you guys something to think about so you edge closer.

  6. Lana, oh u shouldn’t give up that easy, I have tried to quit many times, but I just can’t, I have one more search left in me. I loved your adventure and pictures. Me and my blaze are trying to work something out, in which I find the blaze to be the Sun!!!! I really have awesome imagination skills!!!

    • Amy, you sound like you could be my sister – ha ha! Keep on chasing! Imagine away – there are no rules to searching 😉 Forrest Fenn’s treasure is the gift that keeps on giving until it’s finally found. Then game over, but until then keep on living life and venturing out into the great big wild unknown!

  7. Hi Lana…I enjoyed your adventure and always appreciate anything relevant to wood and stone. I have a feeling you will find yourself drifting in and out of the Chase for years to come. I’m not so sure Fenn needs closure…I think he relishes the fact that folks are scrambling through the mountains trying to pick up his scent! Great work with your efforts helping dogs!

  8. Lana, I still think you’re onto something with your central organizing theme of the VQ. Don’t give up now!

    • I’m trying to distance myself but I seemed to be pulled back in – like the ring from Lord of the Rings ha ha ha. Maybe you can take the info and run with it! Run like the wind!

  9. Lana – Wow! Great solve!!! Loved the pics, especially that petroglyph!

    The Tukudeka used dogs with a travois behind to transport their stuff. Bet that was a little puppy in that waste band on that drawing. But I see a dachshund, also. And I totally LOVE the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian Heiroglyph connections. Old Man with Staff. Wisdom.

  10. Lana,

    As others have said, a captivating, imaginative, and well thought out/presented solve. Thank you for sharing your adventure with all of us.

    My only comment towards the negative would be in regards to the level of knowledge you needed to tie things together—seemed more like advanced knowledge versus a general knowledge scenario which, for me, is a red flag.

    Lastly, it is readily apparent that you enjoyed the process, so I would encourage you not to give up entirely on TTOTC.


  11. I am not confident that your WWWH is correct. I have been botg in your general area, but used Warm Springs Creek – not Little Warm Springs as a waypoint for WWWH.

    So far, my solution hasn’t panned out. Yours doesn’t seem to be showing any color in the pan either…

    What to do next?

    My next step is to try to find another WWWH location that will bring the other clues into focus…

    Good luck with your quests – vision and otherwise. Maybe our moccasins will find the same path in the future…

  12. Awesome story and insight/research/interpretations of the hints and clues- you’re just searching the wrong place! A lot of your findings help confirm the place that I’ve found in which there are many other confirming attributes!

      • Sure, BJ, I’m just as excited as anyone for the treasure to finally be found. I need closure too. This can consume a person. I got your message but I haven’t been searching for about almost year.

  13. Love thie part about the Rosetta Stone thanks for taking the time to type all this up was a lot of cool info

    • Thanks Diggin Gypsy, I thought that was cool too and thought for sure heck yea – it’s gotta be there – hindsight – LOL! I hope this may be able to help you out. I’d say good luck but I believe it’s more like hard work.

  14. Lana,

    This was fascinating! Extremely well thought out, organized and well presented. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.



    • Thank you Inohury (love the handle) and I wish you good luck in your searching.

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