Sparrow’s Speculations Part Three…

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December 2019
by Sparrow

 

It has been quite a while since I posted my last article on Dal’s Blog (Sparrow’s Speculations 2).  

See Part 2 here if you are interested.

I mentioned in that article how I would share a “solve” in the future that I had put together a very long time ago when I first started the Chase. In fact, this solve was put together about two weeks after I first heard about the treasure hunt at the very end of July 2016.

One morning I came out to the computer and a large note was taped to it. It contained a poem and then instructions—many of which appear below. Here is the poem:

“I am the helpful ghost of Billy Barty

I have come to help you find the treasure.

I will not do this all alone,

But with the help of M.C. Escher”.

The ghost of Billy Barty was very insistent that the treasure was hidden in Wyoming. So much so that if I considered other states I would feel a kicking to my shins which was quite painful. Through time I began to realize that even a ghost can be wrong. I never did get to converse with Mr. Escher though he did promise one day to teach me how to make ends meet.  But this is the “solve” I put together back then:

As I studied the Poem, I noticed immediately the acrostic HORN (“Hint Of Riches New and Old”) on the fourth line of the poem.  Not too long after this, I also discovered another acrostic, “HORN”, which was on the 20th letter from the left and down.  The two “Horns” met and formed an “L” shape towards the left.

As I have gone alone in  tHere

And with my treasures  bOld

I can keep my secret wheRe

And Hint Of Riches New aNd old 

–note the “horn” downward on the 20th line, and the “Horn” from left to right on the fourth line of the poem.

I noticed also at that time that the Wind River and the Big Horn River in Wyoming are actually one continuous river with a “wedding of the waters” in the middle.  This continuous river forms an L shape towards the left when viewed from above on Google.

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Then I noticed that the sentence “Begin it where warm waters halt” had (26) letters in it.   This sentence was the first sentence just UNDER the first stanza.  The sentence has (26) letters and is right under the acrostic “HORN” in the 4th sentence.  The other “HORN” on the (20th) letter from left downward meets this sentence.  You then have a sentence with 26 letters just below an acrostic, which then connects with another acrostic on the 20th line.  I noticed that the Big Horn and Wind Rivers follow highway 20 south to highway 26 across towards the West:                                                                   20

BEGIN IT WHERE WARM WATERS HALT (26 LETTERS)     V        HWY 20 SOUTH CONNECTS WITH 26 WEST.

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This was just too much of a coincidence for me. I immediately thought the treasure was in Wyoming.  Here was my understanding of the poem (at that time) after this discovery:

Begin it where warm waters halt”—-the amount of letters point to highway 26—and thus to THERMOPOLIS which is an ideal location for warm waters to halt. I had noticed while googling Thermopolis that the population was 3,009 people in 2010.  Forrest had spoken of the Chest lasting into the future, and had used the year 3009.  Again, I found this to be an amazing coincidence, as Forrest very likely had hidden the treasure in 2010.

And take it in the Canyon Down”—-follow highway 20 down to highway 26 junction.

Not far, but too far to walk”—a short drive.

Put in below the home of Brown”.   Fort Brown was once Fort Washakie. Highway 26 travels through this area. Perhaps “putting in” at Landers was a good idea since the Crow Reservation is located just northwest of there.

As you go west, you head into the Crow Reservation.  From there it’s no place for the meek”.  Of course, only “braves” would be in a Reservation, not the “meek”.

The End is ever drawing nigh”.  I never did completely figure it out, but I thought this might be an anagram of “Wind River Range” or something akin to that, as that Range draws closer and closer as you drive west.  It is continually nearing in the west as you drive towards it.

There’ll be no paddle up your creek”.  When you drive west on Highway 26 you eventually meet a small road, which heads “UP” or “North”.  It is East Fork Road:

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AnD leave my trove for all to seek

The Answer I already know

I’ve d One it tired and now I’m weak

So hea R me all and listen good

Your ef Fort will be worth the cold

If you ar E brave and in the wood   –note the progressive acrostic that spells “EF ROAD”.

You will not need a paddle here on East Fork Road—-you have to drive. 

Just Heavy Loads and Water High”—It may have been an old logging road so that would explain the “heavy loads”—and of course the “water high” is the Wind River.

If you’ve been wise and found the Blaze  Please notice that East Ford Road heads into (2) Y’s as it travels along. Could this be why Forrest mentions Yazzie Yarnell?

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Also, note that a lightning shaped feature of topography is located right at this area—-could this be “The Blaze”?

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“Look quickly down your quest to cease”

If we look quickly south from this “Blaze” we find a large “B” in the road.  Is the Treasure buried very close to this?  It’s also important to note that right where this lightning shaped blaze it there is a draw called “Harvey Draw”. Remember that Forrest actually won the bracelet from someone named “Harvey”. I would also point out that the name Harvey means “blazing”.

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Here is the area directly south of the “Blaze”—- there is a “B” in the road.

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But tarry scant with marvel gaze

Do not stay in the area very long. This road could have cross traffic, and people could be in the area.

Just take the chest and go in peace

South of “Harvey Draw” is another draw called “Pease Draw”—after we locate the chest should we exist in “Pease”?

So why is it that I should go” –so “Y” is where we should be headed. Note that “Wiggins Fork” forms a “Y”—and just north of this by the way is Gerry Spence’s Law School.  Another important consideration.

“And leave my trove for all to seek

The answers I already know

I’ve done it tired and now I’m weak”

References that the Treasure was not far from the car Forrest was driving.  He is old now and “weak” so he did not travel far when hiding the treasure.

So hear me all and listen good

Your effort will be worth the cold

This far north in Wyoming and at this altitude it is cold.  But it will be worth the effort to make the journey.

“If you are brave and in the wood

Please note that I believe where the treasure is hid is RIGHT on the border of the Crow Reservation, and the outskirts of DUBOIS, which, in French, means “the wood”.  You will thus be BOTH Brave and “in the wood” at the same time if you are on a border.

Though I did not have the exact coordinates, I believed the treasure to be just opposite of the letter B in the group of trees across the Wind River just to the West.  And of course by finding the treasure the last line of the poem applies “I give you title to the Gold”.

I do want to mention that I share this “solve” because I thought it was a good one at the time. I no longer believe that the Treasure is hidden in this location. But it does show the amount of coincidence that can lead to a “solve”. So many factors can “seem” to fall into place that we really begin to believe we have solved it. I certainly did at the time.

-Sparrow

 

 

 

 

 

58 thoughts on “Sparrow’s Speculations Part Three…

    • Ditto, Sparrow! Excellent solve! But why did you decide the bronze chest wasn’t there? Did you do a BOTG search? I loved the Paul Harvey bracelet connection.

      • Lisa—-

        No—I never did a BOTG. If you happen to go and find the chest could I have the gold frog? 🙂

        • You and I have much in common Spare. That’s a beautiful part of the country and I’ve done several BOTG searches as well as big game hunting. You should try to get up there next year during the search season after the melt. Right now you’d be hard pressed to get very far off the blacktop without getting stuck. Good luck.

  1. You put a lot of work into your solution and write up, Sparrow. I especially liked the 2010 / 3009 Thermopolis connection. The Wedding of the Waters is a special place..and Bighorn Canyon holds big magic. I love that area. Thank you for sharing. You always give me something to think about.

  2. Thank you pdenver and Sally. One thing I wanted to mention and forgot: if you click on the first map that shows the Bighorn and Wind rivers, scroll south to Atlantic City—- then look a bit south— just “east of Eden”. If you look closely there is a shadowed area there which looks remarkably like the shadow on the cover of “Too far to walk”. A man in a hat is holding a staff. You need to look at the area for a while but you’ll see it. It could also be that I’m just nuts too. lol.

    • Sparrow,
      E of that Eden is a whole lot of big empty for a hundred miles. I know, cause I have walked most of it 3x while on a seismograph crew.

      • Batty—

        Thanks—-yes—that is a very desolate area. I don’t think the treasure is there—-but I thought at the time it might contain a clue.

    • Sparrow, if you’re talking about the shadow by Purple Sage then I see what you are saying.
      Nicely done.

      Thanks for sharing your solve.

      Bur

      • Bur—-

        No. If you look at the map Farson/Eden are at the man’s feet. He is standing but in an east/west direction. You actually have to turn the screen to make him vertical.

        He is wearing a hat and his arm is extended towards a staff. It is not a perfect image, but I do see it. I thought for a long time that the shadow on “Too far to walk” was pointing us to this image. And it is close to where the “solve” is. Billy Barty pointed this out to me. M C Escher apparently saw it first, and he began making a drawing of a man with a staff drawing a man with a staff. Pretty cool if you ask me.

  3. Thanks for sharing Sparrow… That is a really good solve and I like where you say…
    “But it does show the amount of coincidence that can lead to a “solve”.” Aint that the truth! 🙂 I also admire your resolve to logically step back and realize it was a good solve and not the solve…

    I’m hoping to head down to my parents cabin in Atlantic City this Summer let me know if you want me check anything out if you are still in that area…

  4. Sparrow, thanks for sharing your hard work and great associations with us. Love the “Harvey draw” connection to the bracelet. Always amazed at your ability to find progressive acrostics via counting. My brain doesn’t see that unless someone points it out. Best to you.

    • Michael–
      Missed your post. I considered Dinwoody at the very beginning too. It’s very close to where I wound up thinking the Treasure was. Thanks for mentioning that.

  5. Thank you for sharing this solve, Sparrow. I wonder if you could elaborate on the ghost of Billy Barty and M. C. Escher. I Googled them, Mr. Escher was a famous graphic artist, Mr. Barty was a famous actor. How did they come to know you, and are you still in contact? Any new letters?

    I too, have a ghost. He has never been wrong, at least not that I have figured out. However, he is a jokester, and has led me astray a few times.

    I am also curious as to why you decided this was not the correct solve. It seems like you have a lot of things figured out.

    Thanks again, and have a great day!

    • Billy Barty was a short film star. Though he didn’t appear in short films for the most part. Most people considered him to be only half the actor like someone such as Cary Grant was but that’s because they thought little of him and his talent.
      M.C. Escher is the real author of the “Neverending Story” though few realize this. He was also offered a role in the movie “The Endless Summer” but he turned it down.
      Billy’s ghost got fed up with me because I could never fully support a Wyoming solve. He had a short temper. I miss him though. He was a very good friend for a while. I wish him the best. He’s probably out scaring up some dinner right now.

  6. Sparrow, thanks for sharing your hard work but sorry to hear that you have not found the treasure from that solve. I think all of your coincidences is purely “coincidences” never intended by Forrest. I also think that all names and places mentioned in all of SB’s has nothing to do with the actual solve of the Chase. Forrest is just giving us good and interesting reading materials until someone finds the treasure in order to keep us motivated and focused.

    My understanding is that once you find the correct starting point, that is, where the warm waters halt, all other clues (he said there are 9 of them) will point to the right directions and moves. At least that is how I followed to come up with my current solve. There are no coincidences involved in this chase; only logic and reasoning, IMO. Any coincidences of names and places between the actual solve and contents of Scrap Books, in my opinion, are not intended by Forrest as I pointed out above. As soon as you identify WWWH, all the remaining clues reveal themselves as simple, clear and easy to follow instructions (even for kids). Of course this will be true only if you correctly identify the home of Brown in addition to the WWWH. That’s why I think “home of Borwn” is the key to the correct solution.

    I came up with the current solve within a week after I’ve heard about the chase in August 2017 for the first time. And my solve has not changed since then. All subsequent surfing on the internet and reading other’s blogs on this site actually helped me in re-confirming my solve. I’m hoping to do my first and only BOTG next summer.

    Now everybody will spend their time sitting in front of the computer and will do their own armchair searching all winter long. I hope only good and constructive discussions continue on this site until somebody finds the chest one day in near future. Good luck with all your efforts. It will worth to keep your fingers warm.

    — MajinKing

    • MajinKing,

      Fenn said there are nine clues in the poem. Fact. I heard him do it.

      But I never heard him tell anyone how to use those clues.

      What makes you think you only have to use them once?

      • Good question AkB. I have two solves – a “Big Picture” solve, and a “Small Area” solve. I used the 9 clues to take me from WWWsH to where I thought Indulgence rested – but, alas she was not there.

        From a spot near where I thought Indulgence should have been, I started a second “Small Area” solve – thus using the same 9 clues in two separate ways and at two different locations. The “Small Area” solve is actually within the general boundaries of the “Big Picture” solve.

        Just how it has worked out for me – JDA

        • I think that’s a solid approach, JDA. I’ve read your posts in the past. I think you have a logical mind and your tough enough to stick to it until the sun goes down.

          I’m still going to race you to the end. Just because I’m going to blow your doors off as I pass by doesn’t mean I don’t admire your car.

          IMO

          • Thanks for the compliments. I guess time will tell if my sticking with it will pay off or not.

            I have only been reading your posts for a short while now, so it is hard for me to comment on your approach. You know I do not support your “Group Think”. Why is a “Group question” better than “Your” question? You know what you are seeking – other’s may not.

            As one poster pointed out – IF Forrest is listening (reading the blog) he already knows what your goal is – knowing this COULD skew his reply one way or the other.

            I still do not understand how Forrest answering a non-chase related question will prove anything.

            IF you ask a question, and then Forrest “Hides” an answer in an upcoming SB – what does that prove? Only that he chose to “Hide” the answer in THIS SB. What about all of the others? does his answer mean that there is hidden information in ALL SB’s – not logical to me.

            What if he answers your question directly? What does that prove? Nothing, to me, except that he read the question (meaning he paid attention to blog entries on THAT particular day, and chose to answer your question.

            If no answer, it means nothing since he could have been busy that day and missed the question.

            Too many loopholes (rabbit holes) to fall into. I just do not think that you have thought out this whole process to a logical end – JMO – JDA

          • Hey JDA,

            I hear what you are saying. I think in order to test all of those possibilities we would need a lot more tests. This kind of test isn’t supposed to do that much.

            The purpose of the group was simply a riff off of all the people saying they believe Fenn is telling us to work together. It’s simply a way to try and work together without sharing solves or ideas. Just to see how much resistance there would be. If we can’t work together on something silly and meaningless, then I don’t think we’ll be able to do it when it’s important.

            It’s important to me personally because I think it could provide a way for Fenn, or anyone else doing a bit of market research, to submit questions to the community as a whole that we could eventually respond to quickly. It just opens up opportunity where none previously existed.

            The purpose of the question was a riff off of the debate on whether or not Fenn puts clues in the scrapbooks. Some people say he does, some people say he don’t. I say he does but what good does saying it do? If he were to respond, in any way, sneaky or otherwise, it will prove that he is both capable and willing to do so. Put’s that question right to bed.

            Also, if we could get a large show of cooperation, then maybe it will open up opportunities that I can’t think of yet. Maybe Fenn tips us off in some way about how he thinks we should change or if we should at all.

            It’s not to get clues. It’s not to trick anyone. I am of course aware that if Fenn wants to play, then he’s reading all or most of the comments. I know it’s a public forum.

            Plus, it helps me get a little closer to my personal goal. And that’s for the lucky finder to have an avenue of opportunity to share the find as it’s happening and not just after the fact.

            That’s of course if that person choose to take that route. Right now no such avenue exists and I think that’s a shame.

            Nice dig with the rabbit thing btw… I shoulda seent that one coming.

          • AkB’

            You say: “The purpose of the question was a riff off of the debate on whether or not Fenn puts clues in the scrapbooks. Some people say he does, some people say he don’t. I say he does but what good does saying it do? IF HE WERE TO RESPOND, IN ANY WAY, SNEAKY OR OTHERWISE, IT WILL PROVE THAT HE IS BOTH CAPABLE AND WILLING TO DO SO. Put’s that question right to bed.

            Question – HOW SO? All it proves is that Forrest can read, and can make a choice to answer the posed question – and that is all. It PROVES nothing. Help me understand how you think it proves ANYTHING? JDA

          • Sure.

            From talking with people, I was led to believe that the reason Fenn does not put clues into scrapbooks is because it would be a waste of his time and no self respecting fancy man of art would ever waste his time with the goblins of the internet that grovel at his feet.

            So if he did respond it could only be because he does think it’s worth his time.

            Honestly, I don’t see what all the push back is for. You might not find value in doing it, but all it costs is one extra comment box and it makes other people happy.

            Where’s the risk to you? How does it harm you and your approach in any way?

            That’s not to say I don’t appreciate the questions. I’m sure you aren’t the only one wondering but you are the only one to ask. It’s unreasonable to think that I could come up with one concise comment that addresses everyone’s issues.

          • AkB;

            I have no skin in the game at all. If someone posts something that I either disagree with, or – as in this case – do not understand, I am going to ask questions so that I can better understand what the intent is of something. I am a “Logical” thinker. If I come across something that does not seem logical, I automatically ask “Why” – I guess I never grew up past being a three-year old kid – Why daddy, why?

            You said: “From talking with people, I was led to believe that the reason Fenn does not put clues into scrapbooks is because it would be a waste of his time and no self respecting fancy man of art would ever waste his time with the goblins of the internet that grovel at his feet.” – Not sure where you got this idea, but there is a lot I don’t know – If my questions bother you, I will stop replying to your posts – No skin off of my butt – JDA

          • I say I DO appreciate the questions JDA. But lets talk about it on odds and ends before we get in trouble again.

      • AkB Treasure Hunter,

        Why do you want to use the same clues twice? I think once is enough. If I were Forrest I wouldn’t do it that way either. Also as I have posted several times before you’d better rearrange the poem in a proper chronological sequence. You have to put the clues in past tense first, then the clues in present tense and the clues in future tense lastly. I think that’s the correct interpretation of a hint by Forrest, “a consecutive order.” I think there is a definite difference between “There’ll be no paddle ……” and “There is no paddle ……”

        I don’t quite get the JDA’s idea about “Big Picture” solve and “Small Area” solve either. Once you start at the correct WWWH and correctly identify HOB, then there is no “big” or “small” solve. There is only ONE correct solve IMO.

        — MajinKing

        • Excellent observation about verb tense, MajinKing. Your comment fits my current clue list:

          1 Begin it
          2 Warm waters halt
          3a) In can yon down,
          3b) NFBTFTW = CAR
          4 Put in = rove
          5 Place for
          6 Look = see
          7 SWIITIMGALMT?
          8 Your effort = up your creek
          9 YBAITW = your quest to cease

          Solution output from this concept is a coordinate. BOTG June ’20 to see if this permutation works.

        • We have differing opinions. Maybe it’s just my approach that shapes my solve.

          I’m not brave enough to eliminate so many possibilities by solving everything before I left the house. I don’t think it can be done without a whole lot of flexibility.

    • Hi Majinking,
      I get what you’re saying about using logic and reasoning to solve the 9 clues, but if you’ve done that and everything seems to fall into place, how could you not also call that a coincidence.? Until the chest is found, no one can know they have solved the clues correctly versus simply having the coincidence of things seeming to fall into place. You have to use knowledge and imagination hoping it’s correct and not just coincidental, right?

      • Hi CKL 10510,

        What I wanted to say is that once you’ve found the correct key to a door lock, you just unlock it, open the door and go into a room. Likewise once you’ve found the key to the chase from the HOB and started from the correct starting point, you just follow the direction to the final hiding place. There are no coincidences involved whatsoever. You don’t have to guess.

        I know Forrest provided so many possible interpretations to searchers by intentionally making the poem very vague, i.e., leaving out necessary details. Therefore if you get the correct key and the correct starting point you should be able to find the treasure IMHO.

        — MajinKing

        • I forgot to add one more thing. You can solve all the clues in your armchair except the final clue. As a final step you need an actual BOTG at the blaze location to retrieve the chest.
          — MajinKing

          • That’s quite a leap in logic IMO MajinKing.

            I’d be happy for you to prove me wrong but I don’t think that can happen.

            How is solving the thing from your armchair, following the coordinates on your phone, never even needing to look up, a way to get kids off their texting machines?

          • AkB: I share MajinKing’s belief that this is a classic armchair treasure hunt — that nearly all the clues can be solved from home (and probably *should* to keep search costs down). Yes, Forrest wanted to encourage people to get off their cabooses and replace some of the vast amount of time that kids (and adults) spend playing computer games with time spent exploring all that nature and outdoor reality have to offer. See the mountains and streams and forests and “smell the sunshine.”

            But Forrest also wrote back in 2013: “The person who finds the treasure will have studied the poem over and over, and thought, and analyzed and moved with confidence. Nothing about it will be accidental.” A year later in SB 73 he wrote: “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.”

            Finally, in the Lackman interview (May 2015) Jon asked: “How much progress can be made by someone just thinking and searching the Internet from home? (Another way of saying this: How many clues can only be decoded in situ?)”

            FF: “All of them, in theory, but not likely in practice. A searcher must go to the site to find the treasure.”

            That triplet of ATFs does not suggest a strategy where you solve WWWH from home, and then make the journey there and attempt to solve the remaining 8 in person.

          • None of those quotes prevent anyone from finding where warm waters halt and solving everything else on the ground either. I don’t know how Forrest Fenn does things, I only know how I do things.

            In fact, I’d argue that “A searcher must go to the site to find the treasure” means one must go to the site to find the journey. Because as we all know, the journey is the treasure.

            I guess you’ve got a choice to make there Zap, you can believe the guy that hid it, or the guy that’s gonna find it. But I don’t see why everyone can’t be right in their own way.

            But I still say you can’t solve this thing from start to finish from your armchair alone. IMO

            And I’ll add that I don’t think there are many people out there that could solve it and wouldn’t want to brag about it, at least a little.

          • My reasoning behind the theory that one can solve the clues in the poem and search for the treasure in his/her armchair is that GM or GE are so good in capturing the scenes in 2D and/or 3D all the clues can be seen on GM/GE except the very last “in the wood” clue.

            I kept on saying that the number of locations or places that you should look for is only THREE, not 9 as many searchers think, IMO. The first one is of course the WWWH, the starting point, and the HOB next, and the BLAZE the last. The other clues between these three locations are just descriptions about the directions, the paths, the environment, and the moves. These can be confirmed from the front cover page of the OUAW.

            — MajinKing

  7. Thanks for sharing, Sparrow! It was a fun read, and I do like how many possible hints you gathered together in one place. I agree that a big part of figuring out the poem is trying to determine what could be an intended hint/clue versus a mere coincidence, and it is by no means a simple task. I knew you and the ghost of Billy Barty were teaming up to solve the poem, but didn’t realize M.C. Escher was involved too. If you ever feel like you are going in circles without ever getting anywhere, I would guess he’s the reason! 😉

    • Blex,

      Not to jump in Sparrow’s parade, but I once considered M.C. Escher too. The reason was because of Forrest book signing at Collected Works.

      If you look at what is setting at Forrest right shoulder as he sits down that might be the reason Sparrow did too.
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8RzrIu3hMec

      Bur

    • Blex—

      Thanks for the post—kind of an interesting tidbit—–Forrest has said on more than one occasion “Am I talking in circles again?”. If you go to my “solve” and look at “Harvey Draw” you will note another area that is titled “CircleDitch”. I didn’t put that in my article, but it always intrigued me.

      • Sparrow – Well you do have something there on the circles reference, and I know that others on this blog have liked to include a cyclical element to their solves. I wonder if Forrest ever crossed paths with Escher in his art dealing days? Probably not likely, but fun to imagine.

        Honestly, I think most book shops display a book of M.C. Escher art in their front windows & display counters simply because his posters are so popular among college freshmen who are decorating their dorm rooms for the first time.

        I’ll at least admit this: Digging into this whole Chase thing has caused me to learn about all sorts of new fun things about places, people, stories, facts, art, science, etc. etc., and if I don’t ever find the treasure myself, I still continue to have lots of fun trying and following all the interesting side-paths along the way.

        As Escher would say, Cheers!
        (see what I did there?)

  8. Sparrow – thank you for posting your solution. You clearly spent a lot of time and effort to share your ideas with the search community, and are most likely interested in comments people may have regarding your solution. I’m sorry that several people have hijacked YOUR thread for a discussion that should be on Odds and Ends. How rude.

    • Good point, Sally! I didn’t even realize I was responding to a post that was here and not on Odds and Ends. Sparrow: I fully intend to offer some feedback here on your years-ago early search, even though you indicate you’ve dismissed this solution and have moved on to explore other possibilities.

  9. Hi Sparrow: as you know, you and I are on the same page that the crossing horns in the first stanza were probably a deliberate “architectural” construction by Forrest rather than happenstance. Yes, the letters of HORN are all common in English, so things like this can happen serendipitously, but it’s unusual enough that it merits following up and seeing if it leads anywhere.

    Having spotted a pattern, the next question (which you addressed) was whether the position of the pattern was also relevant. Could column 20 be hinting at a highway number? Possibly. After all, there is that tie-in between 20 and (Big) Horn. (And you didn’t mention it, but highway 20 passes through two Fenn-relevant cities: West Yellowstone and Toledo.)

    But there are some elements of your solution that would raise red flags for me. First is your Fort Brown home of Brown. I’m not a fan of the idea that the Brown of the poem is that obvious — it seems like a clue that has the potential to be solved out of order (i.e. a short cut). But more troublesome is your next clue:

    “As you go west, you head into the Crow Reservation. “From there it’s no place for the meek”. Of course, only “braves” would be in a Reservation, not the “meek”.”

    Unfortunately, brave and meek are not antonyms since meek does not mean fearful. But I’m glad that you used the sensible definition of nigh (near), and more importantly placed an emphasis on what I believe is an equally important word in that line: EVER.

    Your diagonal EFROAD (as a clue for East Fork Road) is clever. I can see Forrest doing something like that. But my objection would be: where’s your creek (that you don’t need a paddle for)? The Wind River East Fork is still considered a river not a creek.

    The rest of your solution is an excellent example of how with not much imagination, connections can be made between the poem and features in a geographic area. All in all, a nice amount of detail and thinking for someone who at the time was brand new to the Chase. Thank you for sharing your early theory!

    • Thanks Zap! I appreciate your input. Yes, this was an early “solve”. I shared it to give an idea of the thought pattern I was using at the time. I do realize now that “brave” is not the antonym for “meek”. I appreciate that comment. Good luck with your search!

  10. sparrow- team up with Dodo bird for the chest.
    great job finding the treasure though!
    i think.

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