Book – Seek and Ye Shall Find

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!

Film – Fenn’s Searchers

My name is Matt Maisano, and I’m a documentarian from North Carolina.  The film I’m working on is called Fenn’s Searchers. The film will be about the treasure hunt in general, as well as the stories of several searchers involved in this great adventure story.

This is a film made primarily by one person.  My wife was my only crew, and she has no background in film, but made a great helper :).  Like a lot of people on here, I’ve been a fan of the chase since it was featured on the today show a few years ago.  These last few years it’s been my dream film to make, and I always thought it was out of reach to do.  Financially, logistically, etc.  How could I rent the gear, fly across the country, get a rental car, lodging, etc?  I then got inspired by what I was reading about Forrest and the stories of the searchers, many with the same challenges I faced as a filmmaker.  At that point something clicked in my head, and I decided it was time to stop talking about it, and just take the risk and do it.

Well here we are about 7 months since this project officially began.   It has been a great experience so far, something I’ll never forget.  I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a part of the country I’ve never been to, New Mexico and Colorado, as well as meeting a bunch of new, interesting, and just plain good people.  I want to specifically mention four searchers that I spent the most time with and were the most instrumental in the film being made at all.  They’ve been particularly great to both film with, and get to know beyond the film.  Those are Sacha J., James G., David Rice, and Cynthia Meachum.  There are several other searchers I enjoyed meeting as well.

Thanks for your time, and for letting me be a part of this community.Here is a link to the trailer for the film, both on Facebook and Vimeo.  Please check back on our Facebook page, as I will be posting updates and more info soon.


Book – Gho$t Adventures


Gho$t Adventures by Richard McDonald


Before you get caught up in yet another Forrest Fenn story, you need to be aware that I am not a writer and this book is more childishly written more so than Forrest Fenn claims his book “The Thrill of the Chase “ to be. With this being said, I am just another searcher that feels the need to tell his story, the story of my adventures and the search for hidden treasure. The entire solution that follows is my accumulation of information collected throughout my search for Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure. This information has been gathered by many hours of research conducted by myself through multiple resources found throughout the internet and my multiple scouting trips to the location. This solution is not complete with all information gathered from the clues but is enough to prove the location to be the solution. This location was originally discovered by my own efforts and with the use of Forrest Fenn’s poem and videos. I later used other resources to try to narrow the search area down to a specific spot. I have included many screenshots of various websites to help give a more visual type solution. Sometimes it’s just better to show someone, rather than trying to explain. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I found the gold, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t. I just don’t want to provide that type of knowlege…

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Book – A Treasure More Than Gold




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A Treasure More Than Gold – Ritt Jordan

This book is about my involvement in the Thrill of the Chase treasure hunt. It is only one possible solution to Forrest Fenn’s poem, but I believe it is one of the most understandable and complete solves to this great puzzle.


I define a “straight forward” solve in detail. The found clues are contiguous and will lead you from where warm waters halt to the final clue that leads to the possible location of the treasure chest. I tell of the many highs and lows during my numerous trips to the area of where the poem leads.

It offers a comprehensive new look into the thrill of the chase, the treasure hunt, and the puzzle. I tell all, the word that is “Key”, the “Keyword”, and I explain how I found them. There are various pictures that take you directly to this secret site.

I know many of you have your own stories of your searches and have posted them here on Dal’s blog. I have read all of them and found them to be very interesting and entertaining. I would have posted mine here also, but thought it would be too large to keep someone’s attention for such a long time. Also, I wanted to attract new searchers into the chase.

Here is what a couple of editorial reviewers have to say about my book:

“A Treasure More Than Gold by Ritt Jordan is an account of how the author was enticed into the “thrill of the chase,” somewhere in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe, NM. An ancient cast bronze, and a hidden treasure chest. To find it, one must first read the poem by Forrest Fenn containing nine clues that will lead to its location. Being bitten by the bug to hunt for this treasure prompted Mr. Jordan to use all available resources to him.
Using the satellite option of Google Maps, interviews, etc., he begins deciphering the poem. Ritt had to get to know how this man, ailing with cancer, lived in order to fully understand the clues. Why? Because Forrest hid the chest in a place very personal to him.

Ritt Jordan was able to get help from a few of his family members with his numerous trips to the mountains. He was not about to leave any stone unturned to solve the clues in the poem. Aerial satellite photos and pictures from his camera fill some of the pages so that the reader can relate to how he interpreted the clues. The author relates his story with a detailed account of his findings and frustrations, as well as the experiences and precious memories he got to share with his loved ones. What started out as searching for the end of a rainbow turned into something much more valuable than the actual treasure. To Ritt Jordan, the thrill of this chase was “A Treasure More Than Gold.”
 -Stephen Fisher for Readers’ Favorite

“A Treasure More Than Gold is itself a treasure indeed. I had a marvelous time reading this book and found myself looking up one thing after another on Google. I had not been familiar with Forrest Fenn and his hidden treasure before I read this.

I enjoyed seeing how you worked at deciphering his clues. I was awestruck by the beauty of the area as seen in your photographs.
Yes, I agree. The value of this search is more than that of the treasure itself. The adventure itself seems so grand.” –
 -Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Of course there are many treasures to be found in this chase the chest is only one of them, but it is the one that everyone is after. So I challenge you to come up with a more viable solution to the poem.

I am not saying that I have found the treasure. What I am saying is that I am content. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if this is the correct solution to where the treasure is hidden.

Good luck to everyone,
Ritt Jordan

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Book – Finding Forrest Fenn



Excerpt from this book removed at the request of The Wolf