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  1. Wyoming or Montana? Where would you search between these two and what would lead you there? IMHO, the trove rests in a spot that ff selected based on experience. The Chase could last 1000 years because something else may have rested there that long before the gold and something of much, much more value. All IMO.

      • When you’re standing up in Montana, the semicolon turns into a smiley face, not kidding. Like a 2010 computer. Everything is specific about the document. Perfection.

      • Montana solves include lovely day hikes to the top of Pine Creek lake; and follow up river baths at Chico’s near Pray. Ice cream cones and 100 degree water. And the birds at the waterfalls had glowing eyes. Yes the eyes, freaked me out the first time. I came in from the home of grass; out on the prairie of South Dakota. Montana should be a park bigger than Yellowstone, after it’s the treasure state the plates said.

  2. Why look in Montana or Wyoming, if it is to continue to look in the Yellowstone area? I know the reason, but why after all this time keep looking there? Could it possibly be somewhere else? Why the narrow focus, why not look at the big picture? Do, we know yet what the big picture is? We know that, even without finding the treasure there is great beauty in the wilderness – in nature and in the mind – that is of incalculable value. But even now, even when we are there in the midst of great beauty, are we really, totally seeing what is there? I’m not sure. We keep coming back to the place of solitude, of timeless beauty because we have not yet solved the riddle of ourselves, of life itself. To do that, to master the art of life for peace of mind, is perhaps what we all seek. But this could be found anywhere and nowhere if we dare look where exists our greatest fear. If we find a quiet place in the wilderness, like that wonderful place Forrest Fenn seems to have found, some form of peace of mind, that timeless eternity, then we have found our personal treasure. I suspect that is what Forrest is offering us, but it is even harder to find than his hidden objects of limited value. If instead of seeking the treasure, we look in that timeless, borderless space in ourselves, free from ordinary thoughts and feelings, there can be found, in true meditation an explosion of love, the very thing we fear the most. But the very thing, if we find it gives us true freedom.

  3. If in Montana Del, why not look deeper into the mountains. Far as I know, the mountains there are still part of the continental divide.

  4. I have tried to open my mind to other ideas in New Mexico and Colorado, but I always end up back in Montana. I don’t know if I can ever leave there .

  5. Hi JDA/All: Let me toss out a fun little possibility to get others’ take on it. If you have OUAW Revised Version, it’s the picture of Skippy on page 46. (The picture is of course also in the original version of OUAW, but my copy is at home so I don’t know the page #.) Don’t you find Skippy’s right hand to be positioned oddly, particularly relative to his left? Does he have something white in his right hand pinched between his body and his ring and pinky fingers? Regardless of the odd pose, if you were to look at Skippy’s hands from his perspective, it looks like he’s signaling “42” (the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything). But it ALSO looks like he’s forming the letters W-V or (more relevantly to us) WY. Wyoming for JDA and Wyoming searchers; perhaps West Yellowstone for those more predisposed to SW Montana. 😉

    • Skippy’s right hand is always positioned oddly relative to his left hand because some pretty girl caused an explosion at the fireworks stand that blew Skippy half way into the street. He was slightly deformed after that curious explosion. He fell in love with the girl though.

    • Skippy’s right hand is always positioned oddly relative to his left hand because some pretty girl caused an explosion at the fireworks stand that blew Skippy half way into the street. He was slightly deformed after that curious explosion. He fell in love with the girl though. They had a blast cut
      Ring their relationship I’ve heard.

    • Ok Zaphod, disclosure here…my initials are v w, my birthdate is 4-2, I’ve hiked to Blaze mtn, have driven, hiked or floated most of the Lewis & Clark trail in Mt. was raised in the Gallatin & Madison canyons…but “it” ends there. None of that prepared me to match wits with Forrest Fenn. I don’t have many answers to life, and Skippy’s 42 signals haven’t assisted me one bit. Darn! Just hope Dal or someone finds it in my lifetime;-)

      • 42: sounds like this hunt was “tailor-made” for you (with a nod and a wink to Seeker, as I borrow the “take it in” tailor joke). Actually, since you’re familiar with the area, more like Taylor-made. Something Jake and Muset can get behind. 😉

      • Hello 42, That’s interesting. So one might assume you have looked everywhere for Fenn’s treasure in those areas? One might think you would have an advantage because you know the area so well. Obviously you don’t think so. Fenn is clever. I suppose you just sat under a tree read the poem and visually looked in all the places that fit the poem? Nothing pops up.? I wish it was hidden in the Santa Cruz mtns. I know this place like you know yours. Try visualizing without anybody around. What I can tell you about it is this…. I’ve done it a bunch of times searching for people when the searches stagnate. What I can get from it is where they aren’t. Which makes where they are a much smaller space. IT works on people, not sure about treasure. good luck. I wish somebody would find it, I will be very happy for them

        • Zaphod &
          21 ponies,

          In many ways my life parallels Forrest’s – about 30 years later. Fly fishing family outings, camping in Yellowstone, weekend amateur archaeologists at buffalo jumps sifting for arrowheads, lived in a log cabin w/out electricity on weekends…

          But no I haven’t looked everywhere as Dal has done. Dal is the resident TTOTC & Gallatin county expert .

          I live out of state and plan all year for a treasure hunting trip each summer. I always search a beautiful area so I’m not disappointed when I don’t find Fenn’s gold. (Thanks Windsurfet for that advice).

          I love sifting out layers of the poem to marry words/ places to a map. It’s helped me recover from cancer. After many hours of sleuthing I’ve decided the trove of gold sits in New Mexico. I’m enjoying seeing new territory.

          Best to all who search. I would be happy for anyone who finds ff’s Gold.

          • 42 contact me at smokeymtn@juno.com I’ll give you my search for New Mexico. I was going to give it to Dal but he said he was done there. I don’t know if I’ll get to search for it or not.If you find it there I only want to see it. Maybe touch it. Happy searching!!

          • 21Ponies,

            thanks for your kind offer. Very generous!

            However, I search with a close friend…
            we’ve agreed to only search areas we have solved together. It’s more fun that way. If I find “it” my obligations are to my friend and our families.

            Again, thanks 21 ponies.
            I hope you get the chance to search many more times.

  6. The flank steak at Madison Crossing in West Yellowstone is worth at least one more BOTG in that area. As is the fishing just above Quake Lake.

      • meBigGuy – The Epeorus and Trico hatches and spinner falls were going off on the Madison at the Ghost Road and out at Millionaire’s Pool on the Henry’s Fork in Harriman State Park. So my friend tied on a Pink Albert:


        And did I mention my friend has a signed print by Grant McClintock of that photo he took at Parade Rest Ranch of Grayling Creek with the rainbow in it? The one in his book, “Flywater”, Dal. Still wondering if that could be the blaze in the Poem.

        • The only “fly” I use anymore is a dirt worm. Night Crawlers. Drifting worms in the fast water above the turn above beaver creek is very productive . I love fly fishing too, but the contrarian in me wants to do worms when I can.

          Regarding flies, have you every been to the Butte Visitor Center? It’s basically a fly fishing museum with displays from the preeminent historical Montana fly fisherman. See a wooly tied by Martinez (I think). Worth a stop if you are nearby (like looking for treasure where the Wise meets the horseshoe shaped Big Hole). http://redboatmarkchronicles.blogspot.com/2015/02/a-day-at-montana-fly-fishing-museum.html

          • meBigGuy – I shared that great museum link with my friend. Thank you! She is shopping for a fly tying vise. Could be her next ‘vice’. I have also studied that Wise River/Big Hole area for drift boat fishing and a potential solve.

            Now I think you opened a can of worms. Your comment made me think of a scene from my solve’s theme movie:

            “He’s going to show up with a coffee can full of worms. Red can. Hills Brothers. I’ll lay a bet on it.” – Paul from “A River Runs Through It”

            My fly fishing librarian friend calls your kind, “MasterBaiters”. It is good they are working to make the Madison River into a Catch and Release zone. Like they did with the Big Wood River here in Sun Valley. And only barbless fishing. My friend had several big Browns and Rainbows slip off due to that barb removal, though.

    • Or the original taco bus by Eagles store in West Yellowstone . Not the other one on the end of town. Everything there is so good. Sometimes I limit my daily intake in preparation for a full two meals and all the sides. Worth the pain. g

  7. Got Airplane, Will Fly for a Good Solve
    I’ve got a 4 seat airplane hanger’d in Santa Fe, this looks like great fun … will fly for a good well thought out solve and help in the search, Let’s go …

  8. Hey Billy, guess what? I just got back from my first BOTG.
    Ghost of Billy Barry: “Really Sparrow. That’s great! Where in Wyoming were you searching?”

    Billy, I wasn’t in Wyoming, I..
    (Billy kicks Sparrow in the knee really hard)
    Ouch!! Why’d you do that Billy?
    “Because I’ve told you before, it’s in Wyoming you dufus”

    I don’t think so Billy. It’s in Montana, and I know just where it is too. The problem is I got a bloody nose and shortness of breath due to the altitude. I think someone may have to go and get it for me.

    “I’ll go check it out Sparrow. Let me have a shot”
    I would Billy, but I think you would come up short.
    “You trying to be funny Sparrow”?
    Just making small talk Billy. Never mind me.

    • It’s an even bet at this point. I was just on a BOTG and went through Las Vegas. I witnessed this conversation between a dealer and a masochist:

      The dealer said nothing. She simply dealt a card. And the masochist said : “Hit Me”.

      I had to get out of there fast. I don’t really like Vegas anyway— it is man’s idea of what life is. I’d rather go to Montana—- that’s God’s idea of what life is.

  9. The secret of life is more than one thing; the first thing is something you have to figure out for yourself; the second is GOLD! I love both of those movies!

    • Summer is drawing nigh in West Yellowstone. Powderchasers is predicting snow for tomorrow. Glad to have a -10 below sleeping bag!

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