And The Cat Naming Contest Winner Is…

 

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Forrest’s cute kitty

Allen K. won the naming contest for Forrests cute kitty. His entry was “Meowthful”.

His prize was a Forrest Fenn signed and personalized edition of TFTW.

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We asked him to send us a pic of the signed inside when he received it.

Here is what Allen K. wrote and the pic of the autograph and doodle by Forrest:

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Thanks Forrest, Dal, and the judges for the cool cat-naming contest!

This site is where my awareness of the chase took its first few steps and since then, I’ve obsessed, quit, unsubscribed, resubscribed, deleted, renewed, defended, argued, pondered, waivered, broke-up, and fell back in love with my solve and the chase again and again. Forrest is right — this chase will live on in the hearts of searchers.

Meowthful
noun
me·owth·ful /mēˈouTHˌfo͝ol/

Definition: A quantity of disagreeables or malcontents that fills or can be put in the mouth.

~Allen K.

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FFGM Treasure Hunt #3

February 2019
BY JENNY

This treasure hunt has been solved and the secreted stone has been recovered.

The Solution can be found HERE

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For those not familiar with this type of ˜Scavenger Type Treasure Hunt™, an unique image (shown in FFGM CLUE #3 and confirmed below) has been secretly positioned on random pages of the MW website. Where this image is found on the MW website are further clues for the T*R*E*A*S*U*R*E. For this particular hunt, the clue will be found right under the image. There are 8 images hidden on 8 different pages, and each clue provides a needed detail to find the exact spot of the hidden Coded Stone to claim the FFGM.  All together the clues will lead you to the TREASURE.
Find this image:

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NOTE FROM JENNY ON A DIFFERENT TOPIC:
If you see the following valentine looking image with a letter in it– keep it in mind!  They are currently part of the MW’s Tap4Treasure.com Mission #9.  It’s of a similar style of hunt.   If you find a word, you can enter to win a Campo Del Cielo Meteorite.  See more details at Tap4Treasure.com.

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Good Quality Scanned Images of Forrest’s Book Covers…

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BOOK COVERS FOR DOWNLOAD

Folks have asked me if I would provide high quality scans, suitable for close examination, of the book covers of Forrest’s three memoirs. The scans provided are from my own first edition volumes. Here they are:

Once they load up you can save them to your computer.

The Thrill of the Chase

Too Far To Walk

Once Upon a While

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Too Far To Walk-Back Cover

The Thrill of the Chase-Back Cover

 

 

 

Fennboree 2019 T-Shirt Design Contest…

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Fennboree 2019 T-Shirt Design Contest
by Sacha

Fennboree is just a few short months away, so it is time for the contests to begin!

This year, Illinios Ghost and Fenn Treasure Hunters are hosting the contest to design the official T-shirt of Fennboree 2019.

The winner of this year’s contest will receive a WSOF Poker Chip and Brochure, and a T-shirt with their winning design on the back, and a name of his or her choice on the front.

To enter is easy – just submit your design to illinoisghost@icloud.com before February 21, 2019.  He will collect all the submissions until the cutoff date.  Then, Voting will take place here, on Dal’s site.  Everyone will have a chance to vote on the winning design until Midnight on March 1st.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 2nd.

Illinois Ghost made a short video of the rules and how to enter.  You can watch it HERE

 

CONTEST RULES
*Contest is open to anyone, regardless of age or location.  You do not need to attend Fennboree to enter.

*Entries must be emailed to illinoisghost@icloud.com by the deadline to be considered.

*Entries may not include any vulgar or graphic images.  Illinois Ghost and Fenn Treasure Hunters reserve the right to disqualify any submission deemed inappropriate or disrespectful.

*Each person may enter the contest no more than twice.  Entries will be accepted, and can be changed, until the February 21st deadline.

*Winner will choose a color and size of shirt from available selections on Fenn Treasure Hunter’s Shopify store.  Shirt will be ordered by FTH and shipped directly to winner.  Chip and Brochure will be shipped separately.

*All entrants agree to have their submission posted on various internet forums, for public voting phase.

*Winner will be chosen by public voting phase, then the top voted selections are reviewed by an anonymous panel of judges to select the winner.

*Winner agrees to allow their submission to be used on t-shirts and merchandise for Fennboree 2019.

Below are examples of submissions from a few years back, including the winning design, submitted by Illinois Ghost.  But, don’t worry folks, Rick can’t win the contest this year, since he is running it.  You can use these as your inspiration for creating this year’s design.

-Sacha

 

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Prem design

Ramona Mannaa

Kaden

 

Fennboree 2019…

 

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Please check back soon for details on upcoming fennboree 2019 tshirt design contest!
Also, In addition to games with prizes, there is going to be giveaways by way of one free raffle ticket for each attendee. We will draw as many raffle tickets as we have prizes for. That said, we are looking for donations as prizes to be given away for both the drawing and the games. We are also welcoming those who may want to volunteer to assist in the event(s).

 
 

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Comparing Chests…

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JANUARY 2019
by dal

 

This month an intrepid searcher ran across an image of a chest in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts that looks a great deal like Forrest’s bronze chest, named Indulgence, hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe. It is not Forrest’s chest. It is certainly a chest that on the surface, looks a great deal like Forrest’s…but it is not the one we are looking for. Forrest’s is still hidden in the mountains north of Santa Fe.

The Museum’s chest was donated to the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1969. The museum specifies the dimensions of the chest as 9.6″ x 9.6″ x  6″. Forrest measured his chest and knows it to be 10″ x 10″ x 5″ But aside from dimensional differences there are other discrepancies that can be detected by examining photographs of both chests.

Here are images of both chests:

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Forrest’s chest

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Museum’s chest

The angle and lighting in these two photographs are clearly different and we really only have the front of each chest to compare. But in spite of those limitations and their apparent similarity..there are interesting differences which suggest that these two chests were probably made by different artists, possibly in far different centuries.

The most noticeable difference is the overall patina of the bronze. Forrest’s is dark, copperish and rich looking while the museums is bright with a slight yellowish cast and very shiny.

The irregularities between the two chests show up better when we look closer at the figures. To begin, let’s look at the row of shields that adorn the edge of the lid…specifically the 4 on the left side of the hasp.

Here is a closer look at that area on each chest:

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Forrest’s chest

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Museum’s chest

At first glance the 4 shields may look identical. But they are not. Their positions are ever-so-slightly different.

The first shield on the far left is tilted barely to the left on Forrest’s chest but on the Museum’s chest that same shield is tilted ever-so-slightly in the opposite direction.

The differences in the second shield from the left are easier to see. On the Museum’s chest that shield has its upper left corner missing. But on Forrest’s chest there is no missing corner.

The third shield on the Museum’s chest is quite tilted while on Forrest’s chest that shield is perfectly straight.

Notice the design between the shields. Between the third and fourth shields on Forrest’s chest we can see four rounds and a cross in the center. But on the Museum’s chest the cross is less distinct and has become a diamond.

Now let’s examine an area on the front of the chest to the right of the hasp. we see a figure lifting a ladder with other figures below the ladder. Here is the detail area from the photos:

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Forrest’s chest

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Museum’s chest

This detail is more difficult to make out until your eyes get adjusted to what you are looking at…

The area I want to focus on is the ladder and the hand that is holding the ladder from above.

First, note the apparent thickness of the ladder rungs in the two photos. The rungs look much thicker in Forrest’s chest. This is because of the lighting, which on Forrest’s chest exacerbates the high relief of the rung compared to the hollow area under the rung. On the Museum’s chest the rungs do not show the high relief. the area under the rungs is shallower.

Next, notice the angle at the wrist where the hand is holding the ladder. The angle in that wrist is much narrower on Forrest’s chest.

Now look at these two images showing the lower right corner of the chest.

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Forrest’s chest

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Museum’s chest

There is a dent in the bottom plate in Forrest’s chest which does not appear in the image of the Museum’s chest. It may be easier to see this difference in the full images of the two chests.

There are many other differences as well that can be detected in the images of the two chest’s. But here is one very curious similarity which causes one to wonder how these oddities could come about on both chests.

Look at the top right corner of each lid:

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Forrest’s chest

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Museum’s chest

Both chests have a drooping corner. As if something very heavy was dropped on the corner of each lid or possibly each was designed with a drooping corner in mind..remarkable!!

My point is that although the chests appear, at first glance, to be the same, there are many differences between the two. Don’t let anyone try to convince you that these two chests are the same…or that Forrest’s chest has been found and hidden in the Detroit Institute of Arts. These are two different chests. Similar but not the same.

My guess is that over time, more of these chests will surface in museums and collections around the world…Indulgence is hidden in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe…That’s the one I want to find.

-dal

 

ADDENDUM:

Here is an alternative photo of the chest at the Museum. Patina looks closer to Forrest’s chest but the noted differences are still apparent. Forrest’s chest and the Museum’s chest are different in dimensions and in details.

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“L” Plates…

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“L” Plates
by voxpops

 

I’m afraid I can’t muster a whole word, but if you’re nearing the end of a sentence perhaps this letter will be enough to raise a small smile:

“L”

When I was a teenager in Britain, if you wanted to learn to drive (who didn’t?), you slung a couple of signs on the front and rear of your dad’s car, hopped in the driving seat, and spent the next 40 minutes making your father wish he’d become a jungle explorer rather than a bank clerk, as it would have been a good deal safer. These modest square placards sported a solid-looking “L” in bright red on a white background, and warned other drivers that it might be wiser to seek an alternate route.

After I discarded those rather uncool learner plates, and left the driving instructor (who had the unhappy task of taking over when my dad bailed) to his therapy, “L” began to designate something even less cool. People would make a sign with their thumb and index finger and hold it up to their forehead, rather like the “H” that denotes Rimmer is a hologram in Red Dwarf (and which looks a bit like a bunch of “L”s stitched together – appropriate since Rimmer is, not to put too fine a point on it, a total loser!).

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So I was a bit taken aback one day recently when I was amusing myself on Google. I’d been watching one of those home-search TV shows where the presenters try to find something to suit a couple or family who want to trade their patch of dirt for another. This one was set in Northern Ireland, an area that I’m unfamiliar with. After the show, I zoomed in on Google Maps, trying (unsuccessfully) to locate one of the featured houses. So I idly hunted around to find the shortest sea crossing between mainland Britain and N. Ireland (I know, sounds a bit like a loser pastime if ever there was one), and stumbled right onto this:

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Now I know that tectonic plates shift all the time, but I’d speculate that it rarely results in seabed formations that look like they might belong in a kid’s program: “Today’s episode of Sesame Street has been brought to you by the letter L…” Was someone at Google (in their best Dick Van Dyke Cockney impersonation), ’avin’ a larf or takin’ the Mickey? Taking the Mickey (making fun of someone) is apparently Cockney rhyming slang: “Taking the Mickey Bliss” – I’ll leave you to work out the rhyme.

The current political malfunction is worldwide. I could well imagine that some wag thought it a good idea to raise a metaphorical thumb and finger, just to indicate the dire state of the UK as it thrashes around, trying, and so far failing, to resolve the European question.

Or is it something else, altogether? I doubt I’ll ever find a straight answer to that, so I’m left with my imagination. I like the idea of those old “L” plates as I feel like a perpetual novice, always trying to discover what the ’ell’s going on.

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And the point of this ramble? Aberrations. Your aberrations probably won’t be the same as my aberrations. But I’d lay hefty odds that they’ll be there waiting for you. It’s rare to have one so obvious that it’s accessible to the whole world (makes a change from the fuzzy Google images and debatable detritus that I’ve posted here before!). And I’d suggest that it doesn’t matter whether there’s a perfectly logical (or at least acceptable) reason for any particular aberration, it’s what it conjures in your own mind that’s important. And for that the sky’s the limit – or maybe not…

-voxpops

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Report 2018…

 

This blog was started in August of 2011 and on the first day we had 47 unique viewers.
Yesterday (Jan 19, 2018) we had 8,676 unique viewers.

Blog Totals Since The Beginning
18,815,774 unique viewers
280,723 Comments
2,515 Subscribers

The highest number of unique visitors on a single day was 2/27/2013 at 63,932
Compared to January 3rd, 2019 when we had 11,728 unique viewers

2018 Totals
In 2018 we had 3,886,599 views
That is about 5,000 more views than we had in 2017
On average that is 4.8 views per visitor which is about 2 fewer views per visitor from 2017
Our busiest month in 2018 was April with 491,127 views

In 2018 we had 593,018 unique visitors leaving 50,522 comments
We also published 124 posts in 2018

Most new folks still find us through the major search engines..
About ten percent find us from Facebook
In 2017 about ten percent found us through an android app
The rest come from clicking on links from other websites and blogs including Wikipedia, Jenny’s site and Tapatalk…whatever that is.

The most common search terms folks use to find the blog are “Forrest Fenn”, “Thrill of the Chase” and “Paddle Up Your Creek”.

The most common links folks click on to leave this blog are the video interviews with Forrest followed by Jenny’s blog followed by Forrest’s website, followed by Hint of Riches blog followed by tarryscant.com.

We have 1,064 posts on this blog. 124 from 2018. The posts with the highest number of views in 2018 were:
1. Home Page
2. Odds n Ends
3. Forrest’s Scrapbooks
4. New Mapping Tool
5. Most Important Info
6. Forrest Speaks
7. The Book of Blazes
8. Safety First
9. Brown’s Canyon Solution

Security informs me that we have had over half a million blocked spam comments and over 300,000 blocked malicious attacks..

Thanks to all of you
from Chris and dal-

 

Fennboree 2019 Plans…

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By JDiggins
Fennboree 2019 will be held at Hyde Memorial State Park in Santa Fe July 5-7, 2019.
Friday night will be a campfire and hot dog roast at site # 47, Saturday there will be a potluck gathering at group shelter 2 with fun, friends food and games. If you are interested in attending you will need to reserve a camp/rv site on the HYDE MEMORIAL STATE PARK website  https://newmexicostateparks.reserveamerica.com
Or, if you prefer, you can stay in a hotel in Santa Fe. Bring your favorite dish of food or snacks, and/or your favorite drinks for the Saturday potluck.
This year, jdiggins will be your host!
More details coming….
You can find out more about Fennboree 2019 by clicking on the following links:
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