Desert Soliloquy…

NOVEMBER 2018

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David Rice spent 29 months living alone in a cave in the desolate wilderness of the Avawatz Mountain Range (which borders the southeast side of Death Valley). “Desert Soliloquy; A Perfectly Sane Misanthrope Hides in the Desert” is like combining Walden with Blazing Saddles with a bit of  history about the East Mojave Desert. How David interacted with the desert and the people he encountered while living in his cave is the theme that binds the manuscript together. The memoir includes original research on the region and the historical people who passed through the East Mojave, and includes the most interesting historical events (such as the “last great gun fight” in the USA Southwest) in an easy, humorous narrative.

“I have read Desert Soliloquy by David Rice and I couldn’t put it down. It is a cynical, fabulous, outrageous, politically incorrect, foul-mouthed and absolutely hilarious modern-day Walden.” — Douglas Preston (Lost City of the Monkey God)

You can find out more and purchase the book at Amazon. Click HERE.

Here’s one of my favorite David Rice (aka Desertphile) YouTube videos..Wine from grape juice..HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armchair Treasure Hunts…

SEPTEMBER 2018

Discover a world of Hidden Treasures in Armchair Treasure Hunts by Jenny Kile. Jenny manages the blog, Mysterious Writings, about games, mysteries and treasure hunts. She also publishes answers to searchers burning questions by Forrest Fenn and other Forrest related important information.

Inside Jenny’s book you will be introduced to over twenty different quests for hidden treasure. Some have been solved, but others wait to be solved, and you could be the one to find their treasures!

The foreword of Armchair Treasure Hunts is written by Forrest Fenn. Does he offer a clue for finding his million dollar chest of gold hidden somewhere north of Santa Fe within those words? If not there, maybe he does on the last page of the book. He generously provided a special note to searchers of The Thrill of the Chase to end the book. But it’s in code. Can you solve it and discover what he says?
The book is $25 and is available on Amazon…
Look HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chasing Forrest’s Treasure…

 

DECEMBER 2017

 

Unless you live on an ice floe in the arctic you probably know about Cynthia’s book, “Chasing Fenn’s Treasure”.

This is a great book not only about searching for Forrest’s chest but also about the best hikes in northern New Mexico, and even more specifically, about enjoying yourself in the great outdoors. This is NOT a book about cracked up solutions and secret codes …this is a book about searching with style and joy and persistence over several years in some of the prettiest country northern New Mexico has to offer. It is a journal of Cynthia’s remarkable treks and it is a guide to places near and dear to everyone looking for solace and Indulgence in New Mexico.

What makes it better than the norm is Cynthia’s captivating storytelling, her cheerful approach to searching and her delicious photographs. This is a book that is going to make you want to hike around in NM whether or not you believe the chest is there. But if you do believe the bronze chest is resting somewhere in the Land of Enchantment then this is not just a good read…it’s a necessary guide. There is just no sense searching in NM until you’ve looked through this informative journal.

The book itself is certainly impressive. It’s a full 8.5 by 11 inches with a full color, glossy card cover. Inside there are 129 information filled pages…practically everyone of them contains full color, beautiful photos that fundamentally illustrate her searches but also excite and delight the reader.

I’m not the only fan of this book…Forrest said this:

“Cynthia, I love your book. You are a natural for the chase, so full of energy and fun. f”

The way you get your hands on the book is to order it directly from BookBaby. You can find out more about ordering and even check out sample pages, here:

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Chasing-Fenns-Treasure

Ohh…and if you want a signed copy…it’s possible. Cynthia told me all you have to do is buy a book and then take her out to lunch… 🙂

I’ve been to lunch with Cynthia and I have to say, it’s an enviable experience…

dal-

 

 

 

Book – Clues and Hints to Help You Solve Forrest Fenn’s Memoir

Over $1 million worth of gold, jewels, and jade is hiding in the Rocky Mountains. Close to one hundred thousand searchers are looking for Forrest Fenn’s treasure, but they are all at an extreme disadvantage—they don’t have this guide!

When Forrest Fenn, an eighty-year-old millionaire, first announced that he had hidden his fortune in the Rocky Mountains, author Rob Johnson became obsessed with finding the treasure site. Ever since Fenn’s proclamation in 2010, hundreds of thousands of treasure hunters have joined the search. Johnson focused on the riddles and clues that could give away the treasure’s location. Unable to continue searching for the treasure on his own, he is now publishing his research for the benefit of anyone as passionate about Fenn’s fortune as he is.

Johnson’s guide includes the following:

  • An analysis of Fenn’s memoir, The Thrill of the Chase, the first and best clue to the trove’s whereabouts
  • Stories from his own experiences with the hunt
  • Solutions and hints to Fenn’s most famous riddles
  • Multiple treasures exist
  • Context about Fenn’s life and areas of expertise
  • Other advice about starting your own treasure hunt

With Johnson’s help, you could be the one to finally put the clues together and solve Fenn’s mystery!

About the author:
Rob Johnson is an adventurer who has spent four years looking for Forrest Fenn’s treasure. He has over six thousand pages of research and documentation about its location. Owing to family illness and other responsibilities, Johnson currently cannot continue the physical search. He is leaving it to you to pick up where he left off.

Johnson’s book is available at
Createspace.com
Amazon.com
and soon to be released on Kindle.

A New Map…

Cynthia and I have been working on a secret project for Fennboree III, and we can finally tell everyone what we have been up to.

I am happy to announce a special new treasure map is now available, made just in time for Fennboree.  This map is similar to the one in Too Far To Walk, but has had some significant changes made to it.

FENNBOREE III Map 24"x30"

Forrest, in collaboration with Benchmark Maps (www.benchmarkmaps.com), has redesigned his treasure map, and we are releasing a limited edition of 30″x24” poster of the new map, signed and numbered by FF himself.

These maps were printed in Albuquerque, by a great lady named Tami, at A Good Sign (www.agoodsignabq.com).  We talked to several local companies, and while they each told us they couldn’t print something this nice and big, they all told me that Tami could.  If you need something large printed in Albuquerque, she is the lady to see.

Tami has a print shop, on the corner of 2nd and Lead, in downtown Albuquerque, which happens to be located just across the street from a castle (which you might notice is in the picture behind Tami).  I didn’t even know there was a castle in Albuquerque, but it was explained to me that it used to belong to the local jewelry maven, Gertrude Zackary.  It was only built about 10 years ago (which explains why I didn’t know about it). Sadly, Gertrude passed away shortly after the castle was built, and it was never really lived in that long.  Her children now own the property, and they rent it to movie studios for filming.  I hope to someday get an up close view of the gargoyles guarding the rooftops of that place.

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Tami is printing the first batch of these as we speak, and will have the first batch ready by Monday.  We hope to have them signed by Forrest within a few days, and the first ones will ship out by the end of next week.  The map on the table in front of her was the test one she printed for me, and looks way better than the picture on the website.

You can order yours now, only at:
http://treasurehuntingshirts.com/product/fennboree-map-poster/

The cost is $100 each..
They are stunning.

This map will only be available in poster form, at least until later this year, so if you are waiting for the mouse pad version, you might have quite a long wait.  Also, don’t forget they are a Limited Edition, so once they are gone – they are gone.

BOOK – Reasonable Doubt

Reasonable Doubt by Rick Fuller
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Reasonable Doubt is a crime and legal thriller inspired in part by the true story of Forrest Fenn and his famous treasure. Author Rick Fuller looks at what could happen when greed meets an iconic treasure hunt.

PROLOGUE

Heaving the backpack to the ground, Richard Frost sat on a log to catch his breath. Time was short, but he was exhausted and desperately needed a break. He took a great gasping breath that caught in his lungs. Coughing strenuously, he leaned forward, covering his mouth with his gloved hand, a habit ingrained in socially accepted standards, though there was nobody around to take offense. Getting the coughing under control, he looked down at the palm of the glove and paused for a moment staring at the blood splattered on it. Shaking his head, he wiped the glove in a patch of snow, spitting to clear his mouth before opening his water bottle and drinking the last drops.

He took just another moment, enjoying the solitude, the quiet and the beauty of the natural world surrounding him. This is what had sustained him throughout his life, what had allowed him to work so hard for so many years. Knowing the wilderness was always waiting had let him push through the long weeks, looking forward to the one day each week he always set aside to spend in the woods. He was sorry his life was coming to an end like this, but glad he’d found a small path to immortality in the backpack at his feet.

Standing at last, he suffered through one more coughing spell, saying a quick prayer that it was the last or that the next would hold off at least for a couple of hours. He still had a lot of work to do and darkness was fast approaching.

He grabbed the backpack and gingerly picked his way down the embankment to the place he’d chosen so carefully. He’d spent months looking for just the right spot. The conditions he’d set as the standard while searching for the perfect location had required a lot of thought. He had no idea how long it would be before someone came looking for this cache, and it probably needed to survive years, quite possibly decades. 

He opened the backpack and then leaned into the concealed cavity, dragging out the titanium box, grunting under its significant weight. He felt another coughing spell coming on and he paused while he fought it down. The spells had recently become serious enough that he’d passed out on two occasions, unable to control his breathing, blood spraying in the air as he fell to the ground; a recurrence of that now would be disastrous.

After a brief moment his lungs began to work smoothly and he said a silent prayer of thanks. The danger averted, he swallowed down the small amount of blood that had bubbled up from his ravaged lungs and then returned his attention to the box. He opened it and smiled at the sight; he’d worked hard his entire life and he never tired of looking at the fruits of that labor. He turned to the backpack and, reaching in, removed seven small objects, one at a time. Though small, the objects were heavier than they appeared to be. Each item was perfectly shaped, manufactured to be exact in size and weight.

He added the seven items to the box that already contained thirteen identical objects he had packed up on two earlier trips. He then pulled three small sacks from the backpack. The sacks were made of oilskin which he hoped would protect them for many, many years. He made sure they were closed securely and then piled them in around the twenty heavy objects, pushing the sacks down with his hands so the lid would be able to close securely. It was surprising even to him, a man used to dealing with items such as this, how small a box was required. Someday in the future, somebody would be surprised at how heavy such a small box could be.

Before he closed the lid, he removed a piece of paper from the backpack, the paper laminated and enclosed in a Ziploc bag. He placed it on top of the items in the chest, smiling at the thought of someone reading the words sometime in the future.

There was no point in locking the box, none at all actually, but old habits die hard, and Richard found himself fighting the urge to snap the padlock onto the reinforced clasp. He’d wanted the complex, secure lock when he originally had the box made, but it wasn’t needed anymore. He would have given the padlock a symbolic toss into the lake but, being a lover of nature and a hater of those who would despoil it in any way, he turned and dropped the lock into the backpack instead. He would pack it out, along with any other evidence of his presence, just as he’d done his entire life.

He turned back to the box and, leaning down, put his entire body into it, shoving it back into the place he’d discovered, the place that would keep it safe for as long as necessary. 

Moving all of the logs and sticks back exactly as he’d found them, he stood and surveyed the scene. There were definite signs that someone had been here…footprints and drag marks, vegetation crushed, a rock unearthed, but he wasn’t worried about that. It was getting dark and it would snow tonight, covering all signs of his visit.  

Richard Frost picked up the nearly empty backpack and slung it over his shoulders. This part of his life’s journey was nearly over. He’d never see this place again, so he took just a moment to enjoy one last look around before he began working his way back to the path that led to his car. 

The distance wasn’t far but, in his weakened condition, it had taken him the entire day to make the three trips needed to carry it all here. He smiled to himself as he remembered a time when he would have carried a load like that in just one trip. He missed the days of his youth when nothing had seemed impossible and the world lay at his feet.

Richard worked his way down the slope, finding the trail and following it to his car, arriving right at dark. A few snowflakes began to fall as he unlocked the door. He got in and drove away and didn’t allow himself the luxury of one final look back. The deed was done, the past was the past, and the future belonged to somebody else. 

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Reasonable Doubt is available for your Kindle at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Reasonable-Doubt-Rick-Fuller-ebook/dp/B01C22OGEY/

New Homes for Lucca’s Dolls…

Did you get a Lucca Comfort Doll?

Here we will post pics of Lucca’s Dolls in their new home.
Pose him/her in a cool setting, send us a photo and tell us a little about your doll..

HERE'S NONI She smells like Pumpkin Spice....since getting her in the mail I've had to buy a pumpkin pie at Walmart! LOL I think she might be looking for the treasure!" IronWill

HERES NONI
She smells like Pumpkin Spice….since getting her in the mail I’ve had to buy a pumpkin pie at Walmart! LOL
I think she might be looking for the treasure!”
IronWill

My doll from Lucca... She is the sweetest thing ever her name is Holly: You can see from the card that came with her she really wanted a pair of ballet shoes... I could not bring myself to draw on her so I crocheted her a pair instead! I think she likes them what do you think? Spallies

HERE’S HOLLY
She is the sweetest thing ever. You can see from the card that came with her she really wanted a pair of ballet shoes… I could not bring myself to draw on her so I crocheted her a pair instead!
I think she likes them what do you think?
Spallies

This is Agatha. She moved in a couple days ago and immediately started reading all my reference material on the chest. We have plans to look together in the spring. dal-

This is Agatha. She moved in a couple days ago and immediately started reading all my reference material on the chest. We have plans to look together in the spring.
dal-

The thing about Agatha is that she doesn't have to sleep ski she can search all night and all day. She is relentless. She says she has some good ideas where we should look. dal-

The thing about Agatha is that she doesn’t have to sleep. She can search all night and all day. She is relentless. She says she has some good ideas where we should look.
dal-

The thing about Agatha is that she is very opinionated. She thinks Forrest looks silly in that hat and after she read on the blog all the places I've looked, she told me I am delusional. Agatha has an attitude. :-) dal-

Agatha is very opinionated. She thinks Forrest looks silly in that hat and after she read on the blog all the places I’ve looked, she told me I am delusional. Agatha has an attitude. 🙂
dal-

My name is Fallan. I smell like lavender. I like to run barefoot through puddles after it rains. She wouldn't let me play in the puddle,so I played in her lavender instead. Onuat.

My name is Fallan.
I smell like lavender. I like to run barefoot through puddles after it rains.
She wouldn’t let me play in the puddle,so I played in her lavender instead.
Onuat.

Lucca's doll came yest. I made some moccasins for him and sewed on the silver Milagro Forrest gave my mom during her final days of battling cancer. Jesse said it's name is "Bam-Bam". Jesse fell right to sleep snuggling Bam-Bam. I think my flash disturbed him, by the sour look on his face! Will you please post this pic on Lucca's page? Thank you for all you do! Respectfully, Donna and Jesse/Bam-Bam

Lucca’s doll came yest. I made some moccasins for him and sewed on the silver Milagro Forrest gave my mom during her final days of battling cancer.
Jesse said it’s name is “Bam-Bam”.
Jesse fell right to sleep snuggling Bam-Bam. I think my flash disturbed him, by the sour look on his face!
Will you please post this pic on Lucca’s page?
Thank you for all you do!
Respectfully,
Donna and Jesse/Bam-Bam

Hi! Our names are Peach (left), and Daffodil (right). We are wearing Peggy and Lucca ' s recycled clothes. Look at Peaches pretty rainbow braids and Daffodils treasure pocket! We were supposed to move to new homes, but we'll be staying here. Happy Holidays! :-) jdiggins

Hi! Our names are Peach (left), and Daffodil (right). We are wearing Peggy and Lucca ‘ s recycled clothes. Look at Peaches pretty rainbow braids and Daffodils treasure pocket! We were supposed to move to new homes, but we’ll be staying here. Happy Holidays!
🙂
jdiggins

 

I received two dolls from Lucca and i love both of them. One is named Rose and the other Riley. I'm giving one to my grandchild that is a scheduled to arrive in February 2016. The other doll, Riley, was taken to Five Acres in Altadena, California to comfort a child in need. I will miss Riley, but i know she will help calm a child in need. Rose on the left and Riley on the right. Rose-

I received two dolls from Lucca and I love both of them. One is named Rose and the other Riley. I’m giving one to my grandchild that is a scheduled to arrive in February 2016. The other doll, Riley, was taken to Five Acres in Altadena, California to comfort a child in need. I will miss Riley, but i know she will help calm a child in need.
Rose on the left and Riley on the right.
Rose-

 

Varuna Kate S.-

Varuna
Kate S.-

If you’d like to get your own Lucca Comfort Doll check them out on Forrest’s website

http://www.oldsantafetradingco.com/store/comfort-dolls

 

Lucca’s Dolls…

 

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This just in. Forrest’s granddaughter Lucca is making dolls and selling them on Forrest’s web site. She wanted to make a special toy for her 2 year-old daughter, and everyone liked it so much Lucca decided to keep making them. She is a one person operation and Forrest has already purchased five. Check it out.

http://www.oldsantafetradingco.com/store/comfort-dolls

See the dolls in their new homes

https://dalneitzel.com/2015/12/03/more_luccas-dolls/

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Shirts – TOTC Tees by Sacha

Hi Everyone-

I have been working on a side project. I have made t-shirts, with the TTOTC Map on them (I seriously made them myself). They are Gildan shirts and made of 100% cotton. I have put up a website so that I can share these shirts with all of you. I will be making other treasure hunting related shirts, and adding them to the site in the weeks to come. I also plan on making hooded sweatshirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, and lots of other stuff! I also plan to make this as a children’s shirt as well, for all your future hunters.

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My website is TreasureHuntingShirts.com and you might recognize the models for the shirts. The ladies shirt is being modeled by Cynthia, a well-known fixture in the TTOTC community. She is at many local events, and is easily recognized by her green sunglasses. The male shirt is modeled by her very good friend and hunting partner, Thomas D. Did you know they have been friends for more years than I have been alive? They were both kind enough to model my shirt, and in turn be paid in a free shirt.

Please forgive me for the poor quality of photos. I will make no claims to have anything resembling good photography skills.

I have lots of shirts in stock, and more on the way. I also have the shirts on sale, for this weekend only. Don’t worry if it says that I am out of stock. You can still place your order to get the sale price, and I will have more stock in early next week. If you don’t see a size you need, I can always get it for you.

Sacha

Book – Seek and Ye Shall Find

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Seek and Ye Shall Find by Martin Smith
When I first joined the Chase in March 2013, I thought I had a good chance of deciphering the poem and boosting my retirement fund. Well, more than two years later and after a dozen trips into the mountains North of Santa Fe, I still think I have a good chance of deciphering the poem. The problem is I ran out of ideas. I was content with my solve. Every part of the poem fit together like a puzzle for me. Scrapbooks and interviews only reinforced my interpretation. I searched the same area every time I went out and I couldn’t let it go. I suspect this might sound familiar.
So I decided to take another approach. In order to try to get into Forrest’s mindset as to what would make a good hidey spot and yet be a retrievable location, I decided to try to replicate what he did. I figured that if I had a place, a poem and a book wherein I could sprinkle clues (er uh hints), I might be able to circle back and figure out where I went wrong with my solution to Forrest’s poem from the experience I gained by going through the exercise myself.
The result is my “memoir” which is called “Seek and Ye Shall Find” with the subtitle “A Read and Seek Adventure”. The subtitle came later. Initially I started this as a one-off experiment. However, the exercise turned out to be so much fun that if it’s even moderately successful, I think I’ll do it again with another “Read and Seek Adventure”.
There’s a poem at the end of my book that needs to be deciphered in order to find the cache I’ve hidden. I tried to keep the same feel, using some of the same words that Forrest used. The context may be different and the usage may be different, but again, it’s my attempt to approach solving his poem from another direction. It’s my attempt to put on the shoes (slippers?) of the architect to see if any light bulbs get illuminated.
While my “treasure” isn’t worth a million dollars, its value will keep growing until it’s found. The main prize is Amazon gift cards that I’m earning using various loyalty and rewards programs. Right now the pot is worth a bit more than $300. The cache contains a dollar bill that must be returned to me as proof that you’ve solved the clues. Once you’ve returned the dollar bill to me, you’ll receive the posted value of the gift cards.
The cache also contains a few other prizes: an ancient Greek coin (from 350-300 BC), a Roman ring that could be 1700 years old, twenty steel pennies from 1943, a pair of earrings donated specifically for this adventure by Dominique Moceanu (Olympic gold-medalist) and more.
I should also mention that there are two versions of the book available: a full color version and a black and white version. I initially intended the book to be full color because I included a number of photographs from my life and travels that I feel are most enjoyed in color. But when I was done and saw the printing costs I realized nobody would ever buy it. So I created a black and white version to help get the retail down. Other than the color there’s no difference between the two.
I began working on this adventure in January and now I’m excited to say that all the parts are in place! My cache is hidden and my book has been published. Somewhere in the Midwest north of Hell (but south of Paradise) my “geocache” is hidden. Maybe you can find it.
You can learn more and buy the book (through createspace or Amazon) here:
If you’re interested in the color version, you can use code 2LP52X2T to receive 15% off (if purchased through createspace). But again, the black and white version is exactly the same as the color version and about half the price.
Finally, I think this is another great example of the positive impact that Forrest, the Chase and Dal’s website have made on countless lives. Had I not been involved in the Chase, I would have never thought about doing this. If no one ever buys this book, I’ve already been rewarded enough by watching my kids read through it and ask all sorts of questions about my childhood and growing up. And I feel I’ve also gained valuable insight into Forrest’s poem. There’s sure to be another trip into the mountains in the near future!
Thanks for taking the time to read and good luck in the Chase!
-MartinS