Scrapbook Two Hundred One…

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MAY, 2019

 

maryI will try to keep this short. I have emailed a few times already but for me, this is the most precious one. I went on my first search this weekend and cannot thank you enough.  I am an out of shape, stay at home mom of 5 kids. I rarely, rarely ever leave my kids. Me, my husband and his buddy went out this weekend to search. It was so amazing having an entire, kid free day to ourselves. I conquered a couple fears in the process too! The gift of going out and feeling a part of my younger, fear free life was amazing. I used to be much more adventurous and I was the one talking my friends into adventures but once I became a mom I acquired a fear I never knew was possible.  I’m so worried I will go out and somehow die and leave my children momless. I know it may sound crazy but there is a voice in my head telling me they need me more then I need to be out doing things that could take me away from them. I had such a good time and felt truly alive for the first time in over 13 years. Thank you for reminding me I am more then just a mom, but that I am a person who needs some adventure to keep me happy and alive. I found a greater treasure just in that day away then the treasure itself could have given me. I have tears in my eyes writing this because I had completely lost my adventurous side until yesterday. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Warmest reguards,
Mary


This email from Mary came in last night just as I was closing down for the evening. I asked for her permission to post it on Dal’s blog as a come-along for other latent adventurers. This is what she said:

“You can absolutely post it. No need to change my name, I’m a pretty open book. Thanks for the reply.😊”

 

I slept with a smile on my face. f

 

 

 

146 thoughts on “Scrapbook Two Hundred One…

  1. Beauty/Beast Creek 🙂 Such a nice area up there, but tough march for people out of shape like us! Believe the smaller waterfall in between 212 and Soda Butte would be easier spot for an old man, but doggone it, so many good inferences from the poem lead up there – but alas the book does not seem to.

    Glad you had the same experience others have up in the shadow of Abiathar Peak and Cache Mountain Mary!

  2. Mary, that’s awesome! You were brave and in the wood, that’s what it’s all about!

    Welcome to the Rocky Mountains.

    Have fun out there!

    SRW

    • Come-along.

      I wonder, could this be our green light to go?

      Sure looks like there’s still quite a bit of snow out there. Tons of it on the tops of the peaks. And, it still has to melt.

      Hmmm.

      Green light. Yes or no?

      SRW

      • There was lots of snow and its melting now so if you have any water to cross it’s only getting higher and faster now. Just my 2 cents.

        • Thanks for the update Mary.

          Perhaps a blinking yellow light: Proceed with caution?

          If not then I’m sitting tight at the red light: Safety first.

          Thanks again for sharing your fantastic day.

          SRW

          • I’m in Yellowstone right now. It’s been snowing/raining for several days. 🙂 An amazing amount of snow for this time of year. The Gibbon is really high already, too. I think it’s going to flow onto the road as soon as the sun comes out for a bit… We go to YNP every year the week before Memorial Day, and the conditions this year are just unreal.

          • Lady V,
            I never been there this early in the season.
            Can you post some pictures, please, if you get a chance.
            Thanks

          • Jake… did you ever see the article Fenn wrote for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in 2008? You may want to if you haven’t.

          • It’s similar to the story in TFTW Buffalo Smoke Chapter 4.
            There must be a moral in there somewhere.

          • there are a series of them early months of 2008. mostly the same stories from TTOTC chapters with some glaring differences. the flywater one may interest you…maybe not. there are a couple of entries from others to correct some of Fenn’s info in those stories.

      • Could this post indicate a green light? That is an interesting perspective and one can’t rule it out. It’s certainly mighty cold out there with lots of snow in places. Personally my ride, with it’s leaky head gasket, isn’t so reliable so I’ll be waiting until the nights are above freezing.

  3. This is wonderful. This is just one of the fruits of a well-thought-out investment by Forrest to enrich the lives of others.

  4. Mary….that’s AWESOME!! No need to end your adventures because you have children. You and your husband, take the kids on SAFE adventures this summer. Even local adventures are fun! You will create memories for the kids that they will never forget. God bless, Tony

  5. Mary, glad u had a nice time, wasn’t it fun!!!
    Us adults need a break every now and then.
    Now u now what adventures feels like again. ❤️

  6. Mary, I can relate whole heartedly to your story. Much like the T.S. Eliot quote about arriving where we began, it sounds as if you found the way back to yourself again. Such a great story and lesson, thank you for sharing, Mr. Fenn.

    We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot

  7. Absolutely beautiful Mary! Thank you for sharing and being a good Mom too! I sure miss mine.

    Oh, and thank you Mr. Fenn also! Yes, yes, I’m coming, lol.
    -tt (tortoise tom)

  8. Mary, I completely understand! I used to be super adventurous until I had kids and that same fear overtook me! Geez, nowadays I’m just afraid to get drunk! lol…
    It really is an amazing feeling to overcome some of those fears! Congratulations! Keep On Truckin!
    Thanks for sharing Forrest, and thank you Dall for posting!

    • Mom fear is real for sure. I know its probably irrational fears most of the time and once I actually get out and do it it seems silly I was so worried. The closer we got to the parking spot the more my stomach hurt, lol. I told my husband and our friend to go ahead without me and I would stay in the van and wait for them. He said he wasn’t going without me so I reluctantly put my waders on and headed through the creek. Scariest moment of my life! I was sure I was going to be stuck on the other side forever because there was no way I was going to do that twice. Our friend took a picture that shows my husband helping me across and I seriously look like a 90 year old blind lady getting helped across the street. It’s a pretty funny, embarrassing. and victorious picture all in one. Once I got across the second time you would have thought I had climbed mount Everest by how proud, relieved and emotional I felt. So many emotions were felt on that day and now, I cant wait to go again.

      • To funny Mary we would of liked to of seen that pic lol and dal needs a page where everyone can post there most funniest chase pics I remember I slid down a mnt side and my pants got stuck on a branch I was so stuck I literally had to rip my pants to get free Making memories is great no matter how funny and out of shape we look doing it lol always make a little time for yourself proud of you Mama Mary

  9. Thank you for sharing your fantastic adventure with the chase community and especially with Forrest. It seems you took the very first step to what life has to offer.

    An Indian Scout and A Saint

  10. Awesome!

    I can very much relate. After 25 years of long hard work weeks I had completely forgotten what fun felt like. Can’t believe my wife stuck with me through that, good intentions, bad result.

    We are off on an AZ/UT adventure next week.

  11. Mary,

    Now you have a taste of what Forrest has given us. I too had a really good adventure this past week. Hope you get time to maybe get another or two adventures under your belt, but wait till the snow melts (looks like heavy snow in you picture back ground.)

    Good luck,
    Bur

  12. Mary, this is soo awesome! You sound like an amazing Mom! And a smart one too to not forget about yourself! You gotta love this chase! 🙂

    Forrest so nice to know you are smiling 🙂 With the warmer weather are you ready to plant your little garden?

    Thanks Forrest and Dal and Mary!

  13. Great post Mary. I know exactly what you mean. You go from wiping butts for 10 years to hiking mountains. Moms are amazing. Moms can do anything. And now you get to show your kids how brave you are so they’ll be amazing too! Well done.

    Wait until one of them brings you in for career day as a “Professional Treasure Hunter.” That’s a good day indeed.

  14. Mary, thanks for posting your journey .This will inspire others to take that that first step and begin; seriously doubt yo’ve ever lost your adventurous spirit and fearlessness.

  15. Thanks Mary for sharing.

    Forrest is a bit of a magician with this.

    Having more fun than I ever expected.

    Good Luck to you.

    Thanks again Forrest.

  16. Mary – Awesome!!!

    I could relate to this part the most:

    “I conquered a couple fears in the process too! The gift of going out and feeling a part of my younger, fear free life was amazing. I used to be much more adventurous and I was the one talking my friends into adventures…”

    Thank you for sharing this, Mary and Forrest!

  17. Thanks Mary for sharing.

    Forrest is a bit of a magician with this.

    Having more fun than I ever expected.

    Good Luck to you.

    Thanks again Forrest.

  18. Mary, thanks for sharing, great story. Glad you got the adventure back. As a father of 4 I know getting out with out the kids is important. But don’t forget that FF wants to get the kids out too! What a greater gift this will be if all of your family became more adventurous. Keep safe and have a blast.

    • We will be taking them but it was cold and snowy and with them being 3,6,8,11 and 13 it wouldn’t have been much fun on this particular trip.

  19. Life comes in phases for most of us. Ups, downs, ‘writes’, wrongs… sometimes we need a boost. Mine came this winter when I discovered a memoir of a life well-lived, and the generosity of a treasure chest hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.

    In the past four months my husband and I, recent empty-nesters after parenting more than 20 tough kids over 30 years, took two trips from Alaska to our solution area.

    Though, we were kid-free with a treasure map. It didn’t much matter where we went.

    We trudged over sixty miles on foot, over two trips, me with a pinched nerve in my back and him a week away from hip surgery, yet never felt a tinge of pain through the elation and thrill of The Chase.

    We found solace on twisted paths through towering pines and felt the closure of healing as the future opened up before us. We walked creek beds, picked through shards of pottery, and stuck our heads into long abandoned ruins.

    While sifting for arrow heads, we realized all we’d been through would be some day long past and the pain we’d felt, the difficulties we’d endured, like those who’d lived in those ruins so long ago, would fade into time, forgotten. Our struggle was but an asterisk to be put behind us. And it was time to do just that.

    And so, we did.

    We smiled and laughed like we’d not in years. We dreamed in a way we’d forgotten, yearned for a future that had been unsure and planned for our next trip as if our bank account was bottomless and time was short.

    We pretended we were starting out in life…instead of ending up.

    And though we came home with empty pockets, in the poem and The Chase, we found an unforeseen treasure.

    We found hope. Forrest Fenn, we tank you, for that.

  20. I love hearing about these kinds of experiences. It may be the same reasoning that helped me decide to move to the mountains. 🙂

  21. Life comes in phases for most of us. Ups, downs, ‘writes’, wrongs… sometimes we need a boost. Mine came this winter when I discovered a memoir of a life well-lived, and the generosity of a treasure chest hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.

    In the past four months my husband and I, recent empty-nesters after parenting more than 20 tough kids over 30 years, took two trips to our solution area.

    Though, we were kid-free with a treasure map. It didn’t much matter where we went.

    We trudged over sixty miles on foot, over two trips, me with a pinched nerve in my back and him a week away from hip surgery, yet never felt a tinge of pain through the elation and thrill of The Chase.

    We found solace on twisted paths through towering pines and felt the closure of healing as the future opened up before us. We walked creek beds, picked through shards of pottery, and stuck our heads into long abandoned ruins.

    While sifting for arrow heads, we realized all we’d been through would be some day long past and the pain we’d felt, the difficulties we’d endured, like those who’d lived in those ruins so long ago, would fade into time, forgotten. Our struggle was but an asterisk to be put behind us. And it was time to do just that.

    And so, we did.

    We smiled and laughed like we’d not in years. We dreamed in a way we’d forgotten, yearned for a future that had been unsure and planned for our next trip as if our bank account was bottomless and time was short.

    We pretended we were starting out in life…instead of ending up.

    And though we came home with empty pockets, in the poem and The Chase, we found an unforeseen treasure.

    We found hope. Thank you, for that.

      • Thanks Ken. We travel all the way from Alaska, so our time on the chase will have to wait until we are in the states again. It’s been an awakening and like I told Forrest in an email a while back, his treasure hunt gave me something to do through a dark Alaska winter, besides mourn, and there’s much to be said for that.
        ps I enjoy your comments…been following the forum quietly for a while.

  22. Mary… Stories like that make my day. I am grateful Fenn shared your email and glad Dal has the best place to post it. Hope you get back out there soon…and bring the kids along too!

  23. I think Yellowstone is a wise first attempt. At least you got to see the rest of the sights during your trip, I hope.

    I don’t think the treasure is inside YNP, but I think you chose the correct general area to start.

    Thanks for sharing.

  24. Awwwww, Mary, I am so happy for you. I remember when I first had the thought that a mother of four young ones didn’t need to be out riding a Harley. I made the decision and stuck to it to this day. I was 30 then and am now pushing 70 yo. Sometimes we need to grow up and put the toys away and put our children first. But, the chase is a safe way to have a great time in the outdoors as long as safety issues are taken care of. I don’t know how old your children are, or how far you need to travel, but they will eventually enjoy joining fearless mom in the chase. I need to take a few lessons on fearlessness from you … problem is, it is difficult to be fearless when you are on your own out there.

    Good Luck on future botg and always put Safety First.
    Lyzee Bella

    • Lyzee, please don’t hike alone more than a few hundred feet from the vehicle
      that brought you to your hike’s starting point. Safety is more important than
      gold, in my opinion.

  25. Mary—–

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’m glad you got to go out and actually search for the
    treasure. That’s awesome. And the fact that you put a smile on Forrest’s face is a
    plus too!!

    “I slept with a smile on my face. f”

    It reminded me of something Forrest said a long time ago about smiles, and what we should save them for:

    “Save your best smile until after you raise the lid. -f ” I smile a lot,but I’m saving my best smile for the day I find Indulgence and open the lid. Unless you find it and open it first Mary. 🙂

  26. Mary – Thanks for sharing your story. I also appreciate my BOTG time away from my crazy kids (3 under 6yo), but I also can’t wait until they discover their own Thrill of the Chase!

    Good luck on your next adventure!

    ~Allen K.

  27. Mary, awakening to the wonders around us is a majestic feeling, I am sure Forrest has felt it each morning since he survived close calls that could have left his girls fatherless, fear not feels great and dread not even better perhaps exalted would suffice. So keep looking even if or after the TC is found, there will be more treasures planted from Fenns Rainbow/Garden to carry on the Chase, nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come, it might be a good time to coin or copyright the address of nmtreasure dot com or cotreasure dot com.

    Someone did, already? terrific idea.

    It is touching to hear this “I have tears in my eyes writing this because I had completely lost my adventurous side until yesterday. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Mary”

    I think Forrest has stated something we searches feel terrific about, like “saving the Rockies!”

    Always Enthusiastic, Mr TT

  28. Not if you were going where I was going you wouldn’t have, especially at their ages. I dont feel guilty. I deserved a day off without them.

  29. This is great, Mary! You made me smile. I think we all feel this way. Forrest has done so much for everyone. But get out of that snow!!!

  30. When I was a boy, the first ten years of my life I had zero interest in mountains. I lived near Narragansett Bay that feeds out into the Atlantic. For some reason I was happy where I lived in the rural part of the tiny state of Rhode Island. I was pretty much happy where ever I was, in the woods, in small towns, in the city, the country wilderness, or by the sea. I can’t say I was consciously happy so much just being a part of where ever I was. But at age ten suddenly I had a great desire to see the mountains and great wildernesses. I discovered years later the reason for that was I had developed a fear of the ocean, so the mountains was my safe haven from that fear. That fear began age five when I almost drowned, but for some reason, though I had some fear of water, I overcame that fear by daring myself to swim, or at least dog paddle over my head. So, it’s probably related, but I never had an interest in mountains till age ten. It took a while before seeing mountains and when I did, it was beautiful and breath taking. But I always wanted to see more and bigger ones. I have not yet seen the Himalayas, but if I get the chance, I will see that too. But just as beautiful are the vast expanses of the big waters, the oceans. There is awesome powerful energy coming from there and if we are close to it in mind body and spirit, it is a directly healing, completely revolutionary event. The search for treasure is the search for the beauty in the core of life that lies deep within each of us. That life, whether we survive or not is eternal. It’s the only thing that really matters. Best wishes for all who boldly explore the lengths and breadths our souls can reach.

    • My maternal Granddad (a Gardiner) was from Rhode Island (Providence) although I believe they spent time in Narragansett as well. He moved to Kansas after he married my Grandma. When I was young, we made several trips back east. I spent about six weeks there one summer when I was about 12, helping to move my Great-Grandparents back to Kansas to be cared for. It was one of the best summers of my life. That was over 30 years ago. I still have a strong desire to go back, and often dream of it. It is so interesting how a place can run through our blood, even when it is so distant.

      • I concur completely for I to have the same desires from my youth and place of childhood. Which became more predominant during the short time I had with my father before he past. Before I just missed the good times. But know I miss all the times.
        Thanks for sharing that. Hit home.
        GH

  31. Mary, thanks for reminding me that The Chase is more than just a cure for empty pockets. The Pursuit of Happiness lives.

  32. Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Mary. Searchers should take note of the snow that has fallen and continues to call in the search areas. Plan for the weather and stay safe. The chest patiently awaits. The solve will pan out soon for one of us. I’m looking forward to my next campfire experience in the wood. Then, I shall smile contentedly once more.

    • Slurbs – Yes. It has been cold and raining steadily for several days here in Sun Valley, with snow falling on the surrounding peaks.

      In classic double entendre fashion, I twist Forrest’s fine “latent adventurers” words above to, ‘lay tent, adventurers!’ And find something ‘hidden’ and ‘undiscovered’, while you are at “IT”.

      Sorry, Forrest. I couldn’t reSist.

      • Slurbs – It just snowed heavy all morning, accumulating a couple inches here on the valley floor, at about 6,000ft.

        And Forrest wrote, “closing down”. Am I ‘closing’ in on the ‘down’ of those Canadian geese, on my Double Omega Island, Forrest? Or, were you ‘headed’ to be ‘pillowed down’ for the night, maybe?

        Giggles.

  33. Mary,

    I’m sure everyone who reads your email will also have a smile on their face.
    Very inspiring and encouraging.
    Congrats on your first BOTG.
    Thank you for sharing.

  34. Unlikely adventures are still being lured away from their artificial dens and into the wilderness to partake in this great modern day exploration. Maybe things are just as they should be.

  35. Mary

    Guess the verdict is in and YOU are truly loved by all of us!
    You certainly are more than just a mom, but being a mom is the best thing you’ll ever do in this life, IMO, and the gifts you receive every day from your children are worth more than any stinking treasure chest! LOL

    But, it certainly would be nice to find it and spoil those kids of yours.
    Maybe next time you go hunting for Forrest’s treasure bring your kids, just think of All the extra ground they can cover. 🙂

    Enjoy all your adventures.

  36. I’m with you Mary. I brought my 77 year old mom. Her name is Mary too. What an adventure! She let it out on facebook that she was glad to have spent time to get to know me again after so many years living apart. You are right, there is more gold than just what’s in the chest.

  37. Thanks Mary for so openly sharing your adventurous fresh tracks. There’s nothing like a Mother’s insight to pick up spirits. Mr. Fenn’s body language is a true testament to that.

  38. Mary, clearly you have found the golden key to winning complete happiness. Perhaps this recent discovery will also bring both of you to within steps of Indulgence!

    Good Luck and Thanks for posting your heart-felt message.

  39. Thanks Mary
    Looks really cool there in more ways then one.now go back to the drawing
    board get a new solve.Clint

  40. Mary,
    Kudos to you for knot flinching by choosing to alter your guard. Sounds like smiles were had all around!

    Btw: Any chance your last name is Clue? I’d be thrilled if your second trip was accompanying me to a place on the map! (please tell your husband it’s… “nothing” personal:)

    • Does it show my last name anywhere? Not that it matters, I just dont see it. If my last name is a clue you will have to ask Forrest that question because if it is, I’m oblivious!

  41. Mary, so happy for you and your husband! There’s nothing like taking a break from reality! I love it!
    Thank you Mr. Fenn for another successful adventure!

  42. Your story sounds familiar. As a mom myself.my husband and kids always came first.i put myself on the back burner for years.now my kids are grown with their own family. Me and my husband get out in the mountains in summer. And i feel like a free woman now i am putting myself first and it feels so good. Maybe thats forrest answer .life is so short.enjoy life while you can.put ourself first sometimes.i never did.

  43. Mary, you FREAKING rock!!! As a mom to 5 kiddos too (17,14,13,10,8), I totally get it on ALL levels. We have the ability to wear so many hats at the same time but the guilt for many reasons is real. We are always multitasking and prioritizing and just making things WORK! My oldest son who is 14 has been my BOTG partner so that has kinda been our bonding time. Leaving my other kids at home with my hubby has always made me feel guilty (We drive about 12 hrs each way and have made the trip 5 times) and go thru the thousands of what if scenarios- what if I die in a car crash? What if something happens to one of my family members while I am gone? What if my kids just NEED me and I am not available? What if my son gets bit by a rattlesnake (TOTALLY almost happened!) then it will be all my fault. But at the end of the day, we are also teaching our kids to enjoy life, and follow our passions and indulge in something that many others think is crazy. And be smart about it. You would probably die from laughter at the things inside of my backpack. But, as a mom to multiple kids, you would probably understand it too!! I am so glad that you had such a fun experience and best of luck to you!! xoxoxo

  44. Nice season opener Mary. Getting out soon with a clear mind myself. I have another trip planned in july if needed. It has been a big snow year in the rockies and some areas may not be easily accessible, especially at higher elevations. Lower elevations will be getting strong runoff. When river levels rise it is not only an increase in depth but in power also. If a water crossing is required and questionable at all, find another way or come back another day. You can always go back. Right Mary? g

  45. Hi Mary
    What mode of trance portion did you take to get to this place, snowmobile
    and then walk or car then walk. Thanks Clint.

    • Clint – Your accidental space made your reply cute – “Trance” – “Portation”
      🙂 We all need to enter a trance every now and again to take us to our own “Special Place – 🙂 JDA

    • An emailer with the name of a saint… Not surprising. And while I don’t believe Forrest has done any of this for religious themes or purposes, perhaps to make certain things work, I do believe he could have leveraged symbolism.

      Forrest talks about a hoist on p90 of TTOTC. Perhaps a gut feeling, this and the come-along might refer to Saint Erasmus with the winch symbolism. St. Erasmus is also known as St. Elmo. His symbolism is also a blaze and lightning. Therefore, might the blaze be Elmo, WY? Certainly Hanna, WY has a very high number of indications, including a marble scant with asterisks, a place where quickly down can be found, and an interesting thought of how one’s quest could “finish”. Hanna is also the middle name of Dizzy Dean. And this place has a very high number of matches to book allusions, including Once Upon a While, and Miss Ford.

      To this day, I still haven’t nailed down what “smile” represents. I’d love to read others’ thoughts about it.

      • E.C.,
        I found Forrest wasn’t too fond of his smile if I remember right; are you suggesting he fixed it?

        • No. I’m suggesting nothing more than his ability to re-use or insert ambiguous words of what I believe are linked purpose into stories. This is another way of describing “allusion”.

          Examples I am seeking would be like the following. Let’s assume (only just to further the point and for no other reason) that Forrest modeled this puzzle theme after the movie “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World”. The final location of that story was a fictional park named Santa Rosita (a saint). Jimmy Durante’s character in that movie was named “Smiler Grogan”. He was the character who hid the money everyone had turned crazy to find. Also in the movie are many other linkable allusions, like a tow-truck with a hand-powered winch, a scene with an almost backward bicycle, a scene with a “geyser” under a blaze (in this case a person’s name, “Daigh”, on a sign). Anyway, I’d be curious if others are looking for “smile” as an indication.

          • E.C.,
            Ahh, I see.
            Well, f did say something about wearing a smile to the spot. Ironically, I chipped my two front teeth recently and now I need to find the treasure to get them fixed! Power to the Chiclets : )

          • E.C. Waters – Yes. I call the trail that follows my S blaze along the Madison River the S-mile, which begins where the Boundary Trail ends. Right where there is a big profile Smiley, across the Madison River, in Satellite view on my online topo map. That happens to be my search area.

            And JDA quoted Forrest below about that “noun” thing in the Poem. Sometimes double or triple entendres involve changing nouns to verbs (or vice versa). Like in the word, ‘pitch’, for instance.

          • E.C. Waters – Sometimes a good dictionary is a ‘good map’:

            https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitch

            I certainly ‘wore’ that S-mile in my search area last Sunday at Baker’S Hole! And then I ‘wore’ that ‘Smile’ pic from my Satellite view of my topo map, as I bent down to remove ‘heavy loads’ of molehill dirt in the ‘water high’ inside my ‘hide-y hole’.

            Still Smiling, Forrest.

            All IMO.

          • E.C. Waters – One meaning: a steep ‘pitch’. I have one of those behind my hidey spot. If you add an ‘h’ to Dizzy’s middle name, you get a Palindrome, like Hannah Montana. The Treasure State. Where my hidey spot is.

            “There’s always gonna be another mountain
            I’m always gonna wanna make it move
            Always gonna be an uphill battle
            Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
            Ain’t about how fast I get there
            Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
            It’s the climb.”

            Racecar is another good Palindrome. Where’s my Red Ferrari, Forrest? The one with the FF on the license plate, which I saw here in Sun Valley, back in 2013?

            Big Smile.

      • hERE IS ALL THAT i COULD FIND:

        Forrest Fire on June 6, 2014 at 1:15 pm said:
        OK folks,
        Dal just appraised me of the panic comments on this blog. It’s time for everyone to sit down in the shade, lean back, have a sip of sarsaparilla, and try to relax. The treasure is safely hidden where I left it. If I ever discover that it has been found I will announce it in big letters so everyone can see.
        Several years ago Pam told me that the treasure had been found because it was not where she thought it should be. She is one of about 150 people who have made that claim.
        I would like to reiterate: Please go back to the poem and look at maps for your answers. Not every noun in TTOTC is a hint. If you can’t solve the first clue you should not spend your money searching. My guess is that the person who is successful will very quietly solve the clues and walk to the treasure with a SMILE on their face.
        It is true that Dal and I talk some, at least every day or so. He is writing my biography and selling my book, which requires communication. But to suggest that he is getting special search information from me is to underestimate both of us. Good luck to all of you. – JDA

        • JDA – Did you notice ‘Pam’ is backwards bike for ‘map’? My Smiley on my Satellite topo map view is backwards bike for the Smiley in Forrest Fenn’s Scrapbooks signature. And that Smiley, surrounding my hidey spot, is a ‘forest fen’ by definition.

          Giggles. IMO.

        • JDA – If capital S is my backwards bike bike blaze, and “IT” is the Madison River (in the Poem), then:

          “If I ever discover that it has been found I will announce it in big letters so everyone can see.”

          See?? Get ‘IT’?:

          ‘big letterS’

          You are Soooo funny, Forrest!

          IMO.

          • You are sooooo smart Lisa.
            Let me Sit and think about this for a minute.
            Anyways, I’ve been grounded for a bit.

        • JDA – Note the misspelling of ‘apprised’ with the extra ‘a’ in Forrest’s quote. Did you know that both ‘a’ and ‘I’ are both backwards bike Palindromes also?

          And I happen to believe I need to ‘un-hide’ the bronze chest in a hole that is triangle-shaped like an ‘A’. Golden! Angle f is wet.

          IMO.

        • JDA – Sarsaparilla, Forrest? Really?:

          Sarsaparilla is a carbonated soft drink originally made from the native Central American plant smilax ornata.

          Smil•A•X

          Is that a ‘Word Map’, maybe?

          Am I gettin’ your ‘drift’, now, Forrest?

          I have tried Sarsaparilla in Columbia in the Sierras. Sort of a Mark Twain kinda town. Tasty.

          • JDA – Mark Twain. Mark Two. Two Fathoms. Twelve Feet. Safe passage.

            My ‘shade’ tree has a twelve inch trunk diameter. The rule of thumb (or limb) is one inch of trunk diameter for every foot of root spread. So Twelve Feet away would be a good plan for the hidey spot, right?:

            https://www.deeproot.com/blog/blog-entries/how-wide-do-tree-roots-spread

            Maybe that’s why Forrest made the comment about seeing the hidey spot when we are 12 feet away? My molehill is 12 feet away from that pine tree with the old, rectangular ‘continue straight’ blaze on it. A mature tree with a grown over blaze.

            IMO.

          • JDA – Forrest wrote:

            “Please go back to the poem and look at maps for your answers.”

            “If you cannot solve the first clue you should not spend your money searching.”

            ‘mapS’
            ‘answerS’
            ‘Spend your $ Searching’

            Ssssssss…

            IS thiS ‘Forrest Speak’?

            Shhhh…I hear a whisper. IMO.

            And he did use that “big picture” to refer to YNP in that 2014 interview. Should we ‘look quickly down’ on our ‘good map’?

            We didn’t have a “Sunday afternoon picnic” at my hidey spot. Forgot the flashlight and the sandwich. And the gloves. Those cement picnic tables Forrest recommended in our campsite were a nice place to do that, though.

            I like that the Ponderosa Pine has bark that looks like a puzzle. And that school kids elected it should be the Montana State Tree in 1908. Mine looked to be about 35ft tall, so maybe 70 years old? The Ponderosa Pine, aka the Western Pitch, became the official Montana State Tree in 1949. A ‘brave and in the wood’ Shoshone or Blackfeet Indian could have made a canoe out of that tree, if it was born 100 years earlier.

            chrome-distiller://8dbc8378-a07e-4c50-865b-0e63d22fd3bc/?time=5313265&url=http%3A%2F%2Ffwp.mt.gov%2Fmtoutdoors%2FHTML%2Farticles%2Fportraits%2Fponderosapine.htm

          • JDA –

            Ponder•O•S•A

            Another ‘word map’?

            O is for Omega.

            Forrest wrote at the end of this Scrapbook:

            “I slept with a smile on my face.”

            Did he do that on an overnight, camping at his/my ‘secret where’, the night before he hid the bronze chest? Was my topo map ‘Smile’ his pillow? Was he ‘pillowed down and scented in’ under my Ponderosa Pine?

            All IMO.

            Big Smile.

          • JDA – From Dal’s Cheat Sheet:

            “The treasure is not hidden in Utah or Idaho.”

            Look closely at the ‘big picture’ of this 1929 map of changes to the YNP borders:

            https://www.loc.gov/resource/g4262y.ye000019/?r=0.119,-0.05,0.546,0.621,0

            I Spy Idaho, not Montana, the Treasure State, in that ‘No Man’S Land of my search area. What’s up with that??

            Thinking: “there are no shortcuts” refers to not cutting down the young before their time. As in war. And as in cutting down a young Ponderosa Pine before its time. Is that a Simile? Like a Smile, if you take out the ‘i’ = ‘eye’?

            Big Smile.

        • JDA…that is a great one to pull up and read just to keep it fresh every once in a while. Seems fitting…almost 5 years for that one.

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