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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He died like he lived…alone and peacefulusmc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

2020 FFGM Treasure Hunt #1

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January 2020
BY JENNY KILE

 

Read the clue 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 JANUARY 2020 FFGM PUZZLE

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 January 2020 puzzle by January 31, 2020.

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

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Have a Forrest Fenn at Hansa Brewery…

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Next time you’re in Cleveland stop by the Hansa Brewery and order up a glass of Forrest Fenn…

Not kidding…Look HERE!

The brewpub describes it as a “Happy Treasure with notes of grapefruit and pine. A blaze red appearance from the Carmel malts add a sweeter body to the balance. Brewed in the spirit of the west and adventure.”

I spoke with Boris who owns the European style brew pub and he told me they were out of it right this minute but it could come back…  Maybe we should all send Boris a note and request a new batch!!!

You can reach Boris at info@hansabrewery.com

Searchers in the tri-state area could have a meet-up in 2020 at the Hansa and do a few Forrest Fenn’s…

2717 Lorain Ave, in Cleveland…near the world famous Cuyahoga River…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cutest Pet in the Known Universe Photo Contest…

 

November 2019

 

FROM 200 ENTRIES ON BOTH JENNY’S SITE AND DAL’S SITE…
THE WINNER IS:

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Posh is ready for the holidays!                       by Megan Waters

Megan will get a Forrest signed and doodled Fetchin book like the one pictured below…

Congratulations Megan and Posh!!!

And we have a couple of wonderful runner’s up…so close…so many great photos and pets…

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Bear says, “Forrest, can I be your co-pilot? ”                   by Courtney

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Baby Burk napping in my wooden search box; treasures sniffer.         By Damon H.

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Human says I’m too small to hunt this year        by Veronica

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Hammy is the strawberry in the milkshake of our family               by Alicea E.

 

 

 

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW ENTRIES

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Willie in the Dish Washer                                                            by Forrest

This is a photo contest that everyone can enter. If you don’t actually own a pet, you could borrow one.

Submit your photo either here or on Jenny’s site. Give it a short caption and a by-line and our razor sharp team of judges will choose the winner..

We’ll post them up for everyone to appreciate as they come in. So the Entry Pages will be updated daily.

This contest is a joint effort between Jenny and Dal

 

    • RULES
      1. One submission per person. You can only submit one photo so please pick your best one.
      2. The photo you enter should be at least 1000 pixels wide so that it’s big enough for us to appreciate in all its glorious detail.
      3. No digital trickery please. You can crop your photo if you’d like, but other than that please don’t tamper with it. Other than cropping it should be the way your camera recorded it. This contest is about sharing a photo of your pet and is not about comparing photoshopping abilities.
      4. If a photo is not suitable for all eyes or appears to be an invasion of someone’s privacy it will not be posted or entered.

       

    • HOW TO ENTER
      1. Send your photo as an attachment in an email to:
         sixer13 at gmaildotcom or dal at lummifilmdotcom as a .jpg file
      2. Subject line of your email should be Photo Contest Entry
      3. Make sure you include a 10 word or less caption for your photo and a by-line. (for instance: “Willy in the Dish Washer” by Forrest. This caption has five words. The by-line is not counted as part of the caption.)
      4. Make sure your entry is sent by the contest closing date/time
      5. Make sure you submit your entry to EITHER Dal or Jenny…NOT BOTH

       

      CLOSING DATE
      The last date to submit your photo entry will be November 20, 2019. After midnight MST on November 20th we will no longer accept entries.

       

      PRIZES
      There will be one overall winner and one prize. The prize will be Forrest’s beautiful book, The Genius of Nicolai Fechin…

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      It will be signed and contain an original doodle by Forrest. 

      There may be other…unprized winners in categories such as biggest pet or smallest pet or funniest pet…

       

      JUDGES
      The Judges will be Jenny, Dal, Forrest and Willy
      Judging will take place over the 24hrs following the close of the contest.
      Judges will be looking for the photos that best represent the theme. 
      Two of the judges have a pet, two do not. 
      They will all bring their own unique perspective as to what photo best exemplifies the theme. 
      Their decision will be final and no bribe could possibly be large enough to sway their decision. However you are welcome to try 🙂
      Remember, this contest is about the photo but a great caption will certainly help.

       

      POSTING THE ENTRIES
      Jenny and Dal will post entries as soon as possible after receiving them. They will be made available for all to see on our blogs and remember there are two blogs where different photos are posted…You need to look at both sites to see all the entries. If you have questions about the contest please email Jenny or Dal at their respective emails posted above.

      Please view the entries on Jenny’s site HERE

      Entry Pages on Dal’s Blog:
      Page One 
      Page Two
      Page Three
      Page Four
      Page Five
      Page Six
      Page Seven
      Page Eight
      Page Nine
      Page Ten
      Page Eleven
      Page Twelve
      Page Thirteen

We Shall Not Cease…

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NOVEMBER 2019
by Brad

 

“We shall not cease from exploration and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

Why did Forrest Fenn offer us the above quote? At first notion we readily accept that the quote was offered in reference to our search for his hidden treasure and the endless exploring to be endured in that specific pursuit. However, are we really to believe that Forrest Fenn held little regard for the true context of those words in the original author’s writing? 

Perhaps, in order to answer the above question, we need to examine more closely what it might actually be that we are being challenged to explore? No doubt we are being challenged to explore all of the wonders of the Rocky Mountains, there is no questioning this fact. But now let me suggest that we are also being challenged to explore two other equally important things, one of those being life itself, and the last and most important challenge being the exploration of ourselves. These last two, after all, is what T. S. Eliot was exploring when he penned the above words in his writing, Little Gidding. 

What was T. S. Eliot writing about? What was he referencing when he spoke about all of that exploration and what was to be discovered in the end? The end is the beginning, or so it was written, and not just by T. S. Eliot. In Forrest Fenn’s poem we are to begin where warm waters halt and we are to end our quest with the discovery of the blaze, brave and in the wood not coming until later. This is the full extent of our participation according to that poem, Fenn’s last directive being that we listen, and listen good. 

Why are we to listen good? Is it because he is making extra effort to draw out attention to what is really being said? Is it because he is suggesting to us that there is something more to be understood within his poem then what is presented on the surface? 

Below is a painting I did, a new pursuit I’ve recently taken up. I call this little painting, Willie & Me, and I think it sums up the true nature of Fenn’s poem pretty well because he’s done it tired and now he’s weak, and there is that contentment in this simple painting. 

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But there is more to this little painting then what one might see at first glance. The tree is a Juniper tree, a sacred tree at the heart of the Hopi culture. In the distance there is a river, there also exist the hint of a blaze, and there is also two soaring eagles. And there he comfortably stands, with Willie, a moment of absolute contentment.   

“…at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

If you have not read Little Gidding then perhaps you should as you just might discover more content within that writing that seems to resonate with Fenn’s poem and the chase. I know I did. And so I’ll continue to explore and to discover until one day I can say, in complete contentment, that I’ve also done it tiered and now I’m weak. 

With open mind, with great imagination, I’ll keep exploring and discovering. Next year I have Wyoming in my sights and I plan to take my camera, fly rod, and now also a canvas and easel. The thrill of the chase, maybe we’ve just got to embrace it for what it can be, the journey of a lifetime. 

Have I got it all figured out? For me, anyway, I have. Now then, I gotta go because I have a date with a paint brush…… 

Man Alone (Brad)  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art of the Chase…

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OCTOBER 2019
by Sacha

 

I had to share this with you.

sachapaintIt is a painting, made by Rick’s grandson, Eli. Eli is 6 years old.

This is Eli’s very first painting.  On the left is Rick, and on the right is Eli.  They are both holding shovels.  Between them is a tree.  Below the tree is a red box.  According to Eli, that is “the” treasure.

Jason and I were on a video call with Rick when Eli came into the room to share his first masterpiece with his papa.

It is amazing how children can view life in such simple terms.

I asked Rick if I can borrow Eli for my next BOTG. He has this thing figured out.

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Rick added this new photo of Eli’s painting and the following comment about it:

When I took the picture Eli was signing the painting, I guess he wasn’t done signing it because he added the 6 to it after I took the picture for Sacha.


Sacha Johnston is a long time searcher.
She has a YouTube Channel devoted to the search.

Rick is IllinoisGho$t and has both a Blog and a YouTube Channel.

By the way…Eli is auctioning his one-of-a-kind artwork of eBay. Monies go directly to his college fund…Click HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Imaginary Interview with Forrest Fenn Part Two…

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Introduction: This is part 2 of my imaginary interview with Forrest Fenn. The words are all his, but I have selected and organized them in a manner that I feel best conveys the essence of his message. You can find my first imaginary interview on this page: https://dalneitzel.com/2019/06/08/imaginary_interview
– David Thalheimer
My Imaginary Interview with Forrest Fenn, Part Two

I hid the treasure in a place that is not especially difficult to reach. There isn’t a human trail in very close proximity to where I hid the treasure. I made two trips from my car to the hiding place and it was done in one afternoon. I will say that I walked less than a few miles if that will help. People will be surprised when they find out where it is. Stop arm chairing that thing to death and get out in the trees where the box is, but before you go, look at the poem as if it were a map, because it is, and like any other map, it will show you where to go if you follow it’s directions. The clues will lead you to the treasure and, whether it’s buried or not, you can find it if you find the blaze as a result of starting with the first clue. That’s what you have to do.

I don’t know that anybody has told me the clues in the right order. I think part of the problem is, they don’t focus on the first clue. If you don’t know where the first clue is, you might as well stay at home because you’re not going to find the treasure chest. You can’t go out looking for the blaze and expect to find the treasure chest. There’s 10 billion blazes out there. Although many have tried, I doubt that anyone will find the blaze before they have figured out the first clue. So you have to start with the first clue and let it take you to the blaze. Google Earth cannot help with the last clue.

Searchers have routinely revealed where they think the treasure was hidden and walked me through the process that took them on that course. That’s how I know a few have identified the first two clues. Although others were at the starting point, I think their arrival was an aberration and they were oblivious to its connection with the poem. Playing a hunch is not worth much in the search and those who start out by looking for the blaze, are wasting their time. Playing a hunch is nearly always fraught with disappointment, especially if the stakes are high. A searcher who guesses through life is destined to carry a thin wallet. And to many searchers I should also suggest that you take another look at your mistakes. The answers may not be nearly as complicated as you are making them.

I cannot tell you how many searchers have identified the first clue correctly, but certainly more than several. I cannot imagine anyone finding the treasure without first identifying the starting point, although many seem to be preoccupied with later clues. To me that’s just expensive folly. Searchers have come within about 200 feet. They figure the first two clues but they don’t get the third and the fourth and they go right past the treasure chest. I don’t know that anyone has been closer than 200 feet and I don’t think they have. No one is looking AT the right spot. You can’t have a ‘correct solve’ unless you can knowingly go to within several steps of the treasure chest. Otherwise you have a ‘general solve.’ A good solve is frequently lost in a poor execution.

What surprises me a little is that nobody to my uncertain knowledge has analyzed one important possibility related to the winning solve. A hypothetical example of a “what if” might be, what if I was looking so far ahead that I neglected to notice what was beside me. It seems logical to me that a deep thinking treasure searcher could use logic to determine an important clue to the location of the treasure. Fresh eyes and new thinking might provoke a winning idea.

I think kids may have an advantage. Don’t expect me to explain that, but sure. Their eyes are better. They’re more agile, they have more energy. Children have the greatest imagination because their thoughts run free. Why should a kid take a back seat in the treasure hunt? Bloggers have quoted me as saying that a child could walk up to the treasure. I don’t think that’s an accurate quote because a three year old girl would have a problem without some help. Remember, I was about 80 when I hid the chest, and had to make two trips.

Many are giving serious thought to the clues in my poem, but only a few are in tight focus with a word that is key. That poem was really written by an architect. Every word is placed in there strategically, and you can’t ignore any of the nouns in that poem. In each one of my books, I’ve made up words and I corrupt words. If everybody knows exactly what you’re saying, or what you mean, then who cares what the word is? And so that thought permeates, manifests itself in the poem. Well what does that word really mean? Does he mean what it says it means and so that adds, that puts a little dessert on top of the cake. But the poem is straightforward. There’s no tomfoolery in that poem. Try to simplify it if you can. That’s good advice. There is no substitute for thinking and planning and observing and looking at maps, unless it’s the desire to keep it simple.

All of the information you need to find the treasure is in the poem. If a person reads the poem over and over and are able to decipher the first few clues in the poem, they can find the treasure chest. It may not be easy, but it certainly isn’t impossible. I could go right straight to it. All that will be needed are the clues, some resolve, a little imagination. You just have to think the right things. Imagination isn’t a technique, it’s a key. Emblazoned upon some of the bronze bells I’ve buried are the words, “Imagination is more important than knowlege.” If I had spelled that last word correctly it would not have had the profundity of meaning I wanted. To misspell the word emphasized my point that having knowledge is, in fact, not as important as being resourceful.

I said in my book that the solution will be difficult but not impossible. If it was easy anyone could do it. I feel fortunate that my poem said exactly what I wanted it to say. Hiding that treasure chest full of gold and jewels was fundamental to how I feel about living life to its stretched best, and it emphasizes my aversion to seeing anyone be a spectator to today’s opportunities. It was a special time of fulfillment for me and I can still sense now, the elation I felt then. It’s the only time I recall laughing out loud at myself. I have done only a few things in my life that were truly planned. Hiding the treasure chest is one of them. Whoever finds the treasure will mostly earn it with their imagination. And at the end, the one who finds the gold will not feel lucky, but instead, will ask himself, “what took me so long?”

 

 

 

A Glorious Map…

 

October 2019
by dal

 

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This is Copper Dan’s hand crafted walnut map frame. The Frame is 39″ by 42″. The collectible map is the long out of print, poster sized, Benchmark map and it’s signed by Forrest. It also has  nine copper arrowheads inlaid into the frame and three medallions inset at the base. This is a beautiful piece and there will never be another like it.

You can find out more about the piece from Copper Dan and more about how you can enter to win this one-of-a-kind art piece by going to Jenny’s website

It’s all for a very worthy cause…so please enter…

The drawing for this art piece will be held on October 7th…Have fun!

NOTE:

The drawing has occurred as scheduled and the winner announced…

Thanks everyone for participating!