2020 FFGM Treasure Hunt #4

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April, 2020
BY JENNY KILE

 

Read the clues and solve the puzzle in the monthly 2020 Forrest Fenn Gold Medallion Treasure Hunts for YOUR Chance to win one of the exclusive and limited edition Forrest Fenn Gold Medallions!

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THE APRIL 2020 FFGM PUZZLE

As many of you know the Forrest Fenn Gold Medallions, and the Treasure Hunts using them as prizes, were inspired by the Little Girl in India Six Questions, and how Forrest answered he wished he had another Treasure to hide in the Appalachian Mountains.
Here is another question that was answered by Forrest. Correctly answer the question below by solving the puzzle and figuring out exactly what Forrest said in reply to the question.

All the correct answers will be collected and the winner will be drawn from the correct answers.

This contest ends on April 17th so submit your answer to the puzzle soon…

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To find a clue and to submit your answer to the contest

CLICK HERE and go to Jenny’s website.

Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Thing Contest…CLOSED TO NEW ENTRIES

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Share Your Favorite Thing With The Blog

Take a photo of it and write a caption in 20 words or less that explains what it is.

Your favorite thing must not be alive..
No pets or children or spouses or plants…nothing alive…

Submit your photo and caption along with your blog name via email to me at:
dal at lummifilm dot com

Send it before Noon, Santa Fe time on Friday April 3rd.
I will post the photos and captions as they arrive for all to admire.
Please enter only once.

There might be a prize if someone submits something really exceptional.
I dunno what the prize might be yet…

 

Here is an example:

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Napoleonic era, infantry (ynfanteria) uniform button recovered off the wreck of the Spanish troop ship Salvador.           – dal

OK…Let’s have some fun!!! What’s your favorite thing?

Click below to see the entries

 

 

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Feather Art…

March 2020
by dal

 

cake 1Those of us that attended Fennboree 2019 will remember Patty (Patricia Marin Miranda) and her lovely (and delicious) Treasure Chest Cake.

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Patty and Forrest with “THE” cake at Fenboree 2019

It turns out that Patty is accomplished at more than one art form. In addition to being a talented cake artist she is also an artist working in the traditional form of feather painting as practiced in her native country, Costa Rica.

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The Taos Pueblo as painted on feathers by Patty.

Patty playfully calls herself the “Lead Costa Rican Searcher”, and along with her S.O. Paul, they have been on the chase for Forrest’s chest for a couple of years now. They decided to move to Santa Fe after searching in NM, being drawn to the creative and spiritual atmosphere and then visiting on their trek to Fennboree 2019.

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But the newest event in their life is the opening of a small gallery and studio called “Marin” on Canyon Rd. in Santa Fe where Patty creates and shows her beautiful feather art.

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Patty is having the Grand Opening and Exhibition of her gallery on March 27th. Pretty exciting. Congratulations and Good Luck Patty!!!

The chase has spawned another great human story.

You can find out more about Patty and her art and the fascinating history behind feather painting on her gallery website HERE.

I can’t speak for you but I know the next time I am in Santa Fe I plan to stop by and say hi to Patty and Paul and take a closer look at her feather art and maybe talk a bit about “treasure hunting”.

By the way, you can look at more photos from Fennboree 2019 HERE.

-dal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 FFGM Treasure Hunt #3

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March, 2020
BY JENNY KILE

 

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Read the clues and solve the puzzle in the monthly 2020 Forrest Fenn Gold Medallion Treasure Hunts for YOUR Chance to win one of the exclusive and limited edition Forrest Fenn Gold Medallions!

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THE MARCH 2020 FFGM PUZZLE

As many of you know the Forrest Fenn Gold Medallions, and the Treasure Hunts using them as prizes, were inspired by the Little Girl in India Six Questions, and how Forrest answered he wished he had another Treasure to hide in the Appalachian Mountains.

Working on Puzzle #3, I wondered if Forrest had ever visited a location in the Appalachians. That would be a great ‘location’ for the puzzle.

So I asked him:

Dear Forrest, did you ever visit a location in the Appalachians, and if so, where?

To discover his answer you have to solve the puzzle……and then place his answer in the Submission Form to be entered in the drawing for the Forrest Fenn Gold Medallion of Puzzle #3, Series Two!

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To find the clue and enter the March contest click here and go to Jenny’s website.

Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chroma…

March 2020

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Ansley was introduced to the Chase while desperately ill. Seeking the treasure helped give her a desire to live, The chase gave Ansley energy and enthusiasm and enabled her to fight for her life. She had about given up. Forrest’s story inspired her and she felt deeply connected to his tale. She went on countless BOTG trips.

Because he inspired creativity, she decided to write a story. Forrest, when Ansley asked him for advice, said “ well, finish it! “  So, she did. It is a wild ride and a fanciful interpretation of the hunt. Though Ansley used his name, Forrest approves of the story and actually really enjoyed it.

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The Chroma is available through Amazon Books:
https://www.amazon.com/Chroma-Ansley-Ray/dp/0692362487

 

 

 

 

2020 FFGM Treasure Hunt #2

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February, 2020
BY JENNY KILE

 

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This contest is now closed and the winner announced.

Read the clues and solve the puzzle in the monthly 2020 Forrest Fenn Gold Medallion Treasure Hunts for YOUR Chance to win one of the exclusive and limited edition Forrest Fenn Gold Medallions!

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THE FEBRUARY 2020 FFGM PUZZLEffgms2p2

The correct answer to the puzzle will provide you with a specific location in the Great Appalachian Valley. Submit that location to Jenny from her website and if it is correct you will be included in the drawing for a Forrest Fenn Gold Medallion.

You must enter your answer to the February 2020 puzzle by February 14, 2020..

To find the clue and enter the February contest click here and go to Jenny’s website.

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Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harley…

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January 2020
by dal

 

Before I get back to the story I was scribbling I wanted to share some information I just received.

Our old pal Harley Dodge Dart was found dead by some hunters last fall. He was in his old pick-up on yet another narrow, dirt road in the Montana mountains around the Bitterroot. Foul play was not suspected.

I guess he was found not far from his “ranch”. Of course calling his place a ranch is about like calling Esmerelda a limo.

You might remember Harley from an adventure we shared a few years ago. I wrote about it HERE.

I wonder who will replace him in the library of fascinating old characters that have earned a place in this ancient world?

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Harley Dodge Dart
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Win a Set of Forrest’s Books & Help Cancer Victims…

 

logoThe Cancer Foundation for New Mexico (CFFNM) is a local, independent, non-profit that provides support for cancer patients in northern New Mexico.

The annual Sweetheart Auction is the primary fundraising event supporting essential patient services and programs for the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico.

Auction attendees enjoy the opportunity to bid on over 500 incredible items including local & international getaways, hand-crafted jewelry, highly-collectible artwork, unique dining experiences, and much more.

Last year’s Sweetheart Auction brought in over 850 people and raised approximately 50% of the Foundation’s annual revenue for patient services.

As always, the annual Sweetheart Auction would not be possible without the continued support of the Santa Fe community and beyond.

And this is where we come in…Searchers for Forrest’s hidden chest… we can help by bidding on a signed and doodled collection of Forrest’s books…pictured below. These are brand new books all are signed and the top three are doodled..

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(1) The Thrill of the Chase, signed and doodled, 10th edition
(2) Too Far to Walk, signed and doodled, 8th edition
(3) Once Upon a While, signed and doodled, 1st edition
(4) Seventeen Dollars a Square Inch: A Personal Tribute to Eric Sloane, signed, 1st edition
(5) Teepee Smoke: A New Look Into the Life and Work of Joseph Henry Sharp, signed, 1st edition
(6) Leon Gaspard: The Call of Distant Places, signed, 1st edition

You do not have to come to the Auction to bid on this item. You can bid from the warmth and comfort of your home, no matter where you live and you can do it right now by clicking HERE and filling in the bidding form. You must submit your bid by Friday, Feb. 7th, at 5pm U.S. Mountain Time.

 

You can find out more about the books up for bidding by clicking HERE

If you’d like to know more about the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico…click HERE

If you’d like to know more about their annual auction, click HERE

You can even look at some of the other items that will be offered at the auction HERE

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Annual Report…



January 2020
by dal

This blog was started in August of 2011 and on the first day we had 47 unique viewers.
The highest number of  visitors on a single day was on 2/27/2013 at 63,932
Compared to December 17, 2019 when we had 12,372 visitors 

 

In 2019 there were 436,392 unique viewers. Down from 593,018 in 2018
In 2019 there were 4,063,763 total viewers. Up from 3,886,599 in 2018
In 2019 we had 36,117 comments

 

Total views on the blog since it was started in 2011 are 22,771,800
Total comments on the blog since it started are 315,755

 

2019 Monthly viewers…
Jan 281,251
Feb 247,663
Mar 249,345
Apr 289,543
May 321,357
Jun 353,411
Jul 297,603
Aug 322,520
Sep 322,312
Oct 520,594
Nov 516, 746
Dec 340,665

 

Where do those viewers come from?
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We posted 189 new posts in 2019.That’s up from 173 in 2018

 

Most Visited Pages
1. Home page
2. Cheat Sheet
3. Scrap Books
4. Where Warm Waters Halt
5. Forrest Speaks
6. Most Important Info
7. Odds n Ends
8. Tarry Scant
9. Poetry Page
10. Poem as Riddle
11. VOA Unedited Interview

 

Subscribers 4,348
I suspect that we have fewer subscribers than many other blogs because a person can receive notifications about comments without being subscribed.

 

The page with the most followers was Name Forrest’s Kitty Contest page followed by No Paddle Up Your Creek, Safety First, Fundamental Guidelines and Home of Brown.

 

I have not got a whiff of a clue how much (if any) revenue the ads pull in because Chris takes care of that and the revenue (if there is any) goes directly to him to compensate for maintenance and technical assistance with the site.

 

In previous years Google was the most common search engine used to find the blog but this year it was Facebook.

 

Most common search terms used to find the blog are just what you’d expect:
1. forrest fenn
2. dal neitzel
3. where warm waters halt
4. home of brown
5. treasure chest

 

Top Four Commenters in 2019
1. Lisa posted 1,979 comments
2. JDA posted 1,920 comments
3. Jake posted 1,148 comments
4. Seeker posted 738 comments

Thank you everyone…
Chris and dal