JANUARY 22nd, 2019
A More Human Side of the Chase
Normally I don’t read long emails, but these three came to me with the flavor of a different personality. Lee, who is from New York, was drawn to the chase by the desire for companionship with a friend who had no rigid expectations. This is their story. f
Dear Mr. Fenn;
I have written you before and I feel like you have become a great friend of mine even though I have not had the pleasure of meeting you. I hope you won’t mind if, in the future, I address you as Dear Forrest – you have become very dear to me.
Here is a picture of my best friend in all the world – Tyke. Tyke and I took the train to search for your treasure in Colorado this summer, and (look at his face), we had the time of our lives. After we got home, I learned that Tyke had terminal cancer. As I write this, I’m about to lose my best friend, and I feel lost. How can I ever thank you enough for getting us on that train and creating a wonderful memory that will last into eternity for us? Words don’t suffice, but my heart is full.
Happy New Year, my dear Forrest.
Thanks to you, we had four glorious “Fenn trips” – two were camping, in which we stopped at all sorts of fantastic places (Dodge City, the Daniel Boone National Forest, some reservations, we went to Pagosa Springs and camped out (with my father who is 3 months younger than you and a cancer survivor) in 38 degrees – and no, I did not think that Where Warm Waters Halt was Pagosa Springs! We just wanted to see it.
I wish I knew you better because I think we have many shared interests. I am around the same age as your daughters. My baby died on January 2nd. Now I have to finish the story that we started together.
I wanted to send you two more pictures of Tyke, to show you what a handsome fellow he was, and what a sweet soul. He made friends wherever he went because he was so full of love and enthusiasm, and he thought that everyone was his friend.
On our last two trips, we took the train, and he made friends with people in the station, other people in the sleeping car, the conductor! One girl I met on the train took pictures of Tyke and has them on her refrigerator!