By Jake Faulker
The Thrill of the Chase has hints and subtle hints that will help you get the general area down and I think these are places considering we have to marry the clues in the poem to places on a map and the poem also has directions, places and things at places.
In Love With Yellowstone
Looking For Lewis And Clark
Yellowstone National Park
Google Maps and/or a good map
1 – Begin it where warm waters halt
After reading his books and poem multiple times, I have come to the conclusion that chapter 5 “too far to walk” River Bathing Is Best, is where to begin. He tells a story of his bathing spot near Ojo Caliente spring on the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park. Note: He never mentions Ojo Caliente, but we now know that was his bathing spot in the Firehole near Ojo.
This spot should not be in a canyon and isn’t seeing we need to take it (The quest) in the canyon down next.
“when I decided it was time to leave I’d back a couple of feet downstream where the water was cold. That gave me instant incentive to climb out and sun dry…”
*Omega shape on this part of the Firehole River
*5th line in the poem and the 5th chapter in – too far to walk
*He went alone in there
**My secret bathing spot
**Always worth the effort
2 – And take it in the canyon down,
The only canyon down (In elevation) is the Firehole Canyon.
Maybe this explains why many have figured the 1st 2 clues correctly and fizzled out.
Not far, but too far to walk.
Not a clue here, just letting you know what you shouldn’t do and maybe just drive.
3 – Put in below the home of Brown.
In the preface of his book “too far too walk”, he states “put a small rubber dingy in the Madison River a few miles from West Yellowstone and fished downstream to Baker’s Hole. The river distance was about 10 miles”
“The river experience cemented my connection to that special country and I promised myself that someday I would make the trip again. THAT DAY NEVER CAME FOR ME,…. For me now, it’s just too far to walk.”
Some have decided to figure out what the home of Brown is instead of knowing where it is before trying to figure out where warm waters halt. Big mistake!
I think Forrest is the only one who knows WHAT the home of Brown is and you will only find out after you find the treasure. I do not think this place is labeled on any map, new or old.
One way to figure out where this clue is, is to skip it and figure out the next few clues if you can do this. I was able to do this and the next few clues seem to work with what the poem says.
What’s more important? The “put in” spot? or where you are going to draw, take or get out of the waterway. Try that out on a river or lake and you will see what I mean. It’s more important where you get out.
4 – From there it’s no place for the meek,
From there? The place you put in, then let the river flow take you down stream passing through Fenn’s favorite, special fishing spots to the border of Yellowstone National Park.
Joseph Meek was a trapper, trader & hunter back in the 1800’s when there was no park label and designation back then.
There is no hunting or trapping allowed in Yellowstone National Park now and the park is no place for him.
If you don’t like Joe Meek in the mix, then you could say it’s no place for Fenn now. Seeing that day never came for him, I would have to say he is meek in the park now with all the crowds and fisherman all over his special fishing spots.
This clue brings you just outside the park at the border in West Yellowstone.
5 – The end is ever drawing nigh;
You’re at the border of the park and there’s a bridge close by.
You have to draw out of the Madison River there and head North on Gallatin Road.
NIGH = North Intrastate Gallatin Highway, is Intrastate Highway (191). It is also known as the “Gallatin Gateway” and reminds me of “The word that is key”. Gallatin County appears to be in the shape of a key.
You will need a key to unlock the “Gateway”.
The end is ever drawing North Intrastate Gallatin Highway;
Hop on the bridge and head north to your creek.
Gallatin County below.
There are over 30 creeks up the Gallatin Gateway and it’s been tough to pick out a few that fit the poem. All the areas in this solve are places that Fenn loved which makes sense to me where he hid the treasure.
The Gallatin River where you can paddle.
Ode to Joe fishing spot from too far to walk on the Gallatin.
I think this is a basic simple straightforward solve by my design and guidance from Fenn’s comments.
All these clues do not have to be physically traveled. Just use your imagination to get from one place to another and don’t overcook or over think what is right in front of you.
Good luck to all of you and please simplify if you can.