Dal’s Notepad


updated November 19th, 2019

I have not kept up with the Notebook since November of 2015. So all this info is old info. However, I think the links to information should still be good.


It’s winter now so a lot of research is going on and planning for spring trips.
The Expedition Unknown episode on the search that was shot this summer and first aired on The Travel Channel on November 18th is now available on Amazon and iTunes. It costs $1.99 to watch in SD and $2.99 to watch in HD..
You can find links HERE:


One of the best adventure stories I’ve read is in the September issue of Outside Magazine by Peter Frick-Wright.  A very well done interview with Forrest is included in the on-line edition.
It’s HERE.


California Sunday will be publishing a lovely pictorial story about the Forrest and the Chase this Sunday…
The photos are great..the story is a little on the colorless side …
How did Taylor manage to make it so little fun?
Katya is WONDERFUL..
You can read it early and often by going HERE:


Two searchers got into trouble while out looking for the treasure in Wyoming on June 14th. You can read about it HERE. Please be careful out there. Don’t look where a 79 or 80 year old would not go.


Tomorrow, May 27th at Collected Works Bookshop in Santa Fe,  Mayor Javier Gonzales of that fair town, will be recognizing Forrest with the official proclamation of “Thrill of the Chase Day” in Santa Fe. It happens at 3pm..be there or be square..

BTW: Thrill of the Chase Day is Friday, May 29th in beautiful Santa Fe.


The second printing of Too Far To Walk was delivered to the shippers today. Forrest says there are revisions in the book. I wonder what was revised..some typos perhaps…It will be interesting to compare and see if there are any “revisions” that have to do with hints…

Maybe he put Canada back on the map 🙂



Back on October 14th we reached 3 million hits on this blog…
Today (March 26th) we have over 4,300,000. Wowie Zowie…That was quick!!!



Jenny Kile has an Easter Egg contest going on over at her site…
Very Cool!!
Maybe Forrest will put a clue in an egg 🙂

Get all the skinny HERE:



There is a new article in EARTH Magazine by Mary Caperton Morton. Looks like we are in trouble now. All those GIS experts and Geographers will be joining the search this spring.

I also posted the link to this article on the Media Page of the blog. Look there for other stories, articles, TV and radio reports on the treasure including interviews with Forrest, Shiloh and more.



Books inspired by the chase for Forrest’s chest:
How to Find Forrest Fenn’s Treasure by Maxwell J. Steele, March, 2013
The Fenn Treasure: How and Where to Find it by Chris Volkay, January, 2014
Where it’s at by James Knepton, March, 2013
The Chase for Forrest Fenn’s Treasure by Trent Rhu Seau, April, 2013
The Trail of Disgrace by Paul Norman, August, 2013
Dreams of Days Gone By edited by John L. Thompson, April, 2014
Confessions of a Tactical Driver: The Driving Game by C. Knight, April 2014
The Chroma, a novel by Ansley Ray



I think I need to clarify how this blog gets along. A few searchers have let me know that other blogs are reporting that I make money off this blog. That’s not true. There are no ads on this blog and that’s intentional. Ads irritate me. Always have. I wish I knew the email address of the guy who invented pop-up ads. I’d fill his box with complaints.

I think I am partly to blame for this accusation that I make money from the blog. It’s probably due, in part, to my interest in certain bench mark numbers of hits that this blog has had. I am proud of the fact that we have had over three million hits. That at this moment we are getting between 7 and 8 thousand hits a day. Those numbers always impress me. But they don’t mean anything financially. No one pays me to run this blog. No one else but me even cares how many visitors we have. But, saying that, it’s useful to understand that folks who run blogs talk to one another once in awhile. I have an acquaintance who runs a military weapons performance blog and there are two questions bloggers always ask one another when they meet up:

1. Whats your blog about?

2. What’s your traffic count?

Being able to say that this blog has a traffic count of 7-8 thousand hits a day is pretty cool. That’s a very respectable traffic count, so I am happy to announce it.

But it does not mean I make money off this blog. I do not. If I let the ads in I suppose I would make some money but I’d hate it..

The blog costs money. I have to pay for a server and a domain…that comes out of my pocket. No revenue is generated by the blog with one small exception…I sell Forrest’s latest book on this blog. So although the blog itself generates no income I do get a few bucks every time someone buys one of Forrest’s books from this blog.

So..cruise this site with complete assuredness that not me and not anyone else is making any money by your appearance here. Click away because there are no hidden ads and no commercial tricks here.

However…if you should decide to buy “To Far Too Walk” by Forrest…this is a good place to do it 🙂



On October 14th we reached 3 million hits on the blog..
We also have over 54,000 comments..


Back from the search..empty handed but not empty headed. I am charged up with newly collected information from walking around the past two weeks..


I am headed out for a couple weeks. I will most likely be away from internet access. Goofy has graciously agreed to dust, take out the trash and winterize the old blog in my absence. I should be back around the 5th or so of October.


The Jackson Hole News has a story on the treasure hunt today. Including quotes from Will Ortiz and Diggin Gypsy..
At the bottom of the story please note that there are links to three other Forrest Fenn related stories from the recent past…
The story is HERE...


An occasional commenter on this blog C.G.Knight has written a book titled Confessions of a Tactical Driver that has a couple chapters at the end devoted to his complex solution for finding Forrest’s chest. If you love complex solutions this one is pretty good…
You can borrow the Kindle edition for free if you are an Amazon Prime Member. If not, the Kindle edition is $4.99 and you can get a paperback version if you prefer..for $13.50.
I am not “promoting”the book..only making searchers aware of it.

I paid for the Kindle edition and read the relevant chapters about the search in about twenty minutes. Knight takes us through a complex thinking process in a well written and concise manner…kudos for that..
But in the end, I like my simple solutions best…

Forrest said that all I need is a good map and the poem..or earlier, just the poem…so I certainly don’t think that a redneck with a wife and five kids and a beater pick-up is going to have the tools necessary to cypher his way through Knight’s solution. Much less a copy of Treasure: In Search of the Golden Horse. Much of Knight’s trail to his decoded solution cannot be found in the poem itself or on any map I’ve ever seen..

It’s the simple solution for me..

But still..Knight’s chapters are a good read..and so is the rest of his book…

Look for it HERE.



Forrest is on the front page of the Santa Fe New Mexican this morning (Sunday July 6th). The story is about the Pamela Shetron story. She was on the blogs saying that she had found it and finally wrote it up on her own blog. Her “find” is not the treasure I am looking for…nor the one I’ve seen pictures of, although some may be satisfied with it.

I think Bruce wrote a revealing and fair story.

You will have to register to read the full story. But it’s free and you can uncheck the boxes if you don’t want to be on their mailing list.

Pam’s story of “finding the treasure” is located on her blog, here:


The Dateline story from Australia has been posted on Youtube..
There are Two video stories…Each is different.
Look here:


You will also find the link on the Media page…


I am not promoting this. I do not know this company nor Tom. Was sent this by Tom and asked to post it…

Bear Hunter Productions is teaming with a major TV network to produce a series about individuals in search of the Forrest Fenn treasure. We are currently in the process of casting before the network will green light the project. We are in search of dynamic personalities who have looked/are looking for the treasure, and who think they would be a good on air personality. Interesting, entertaining, and experienced treasure hunters are all welcome to contact me at tsa424@gmail.com if they are interested.



Jenny Kile over at Mysterious Writings is posting a monthly question and answer by Forrest. It’s a great idea and the questions come from those asked by actual searchers like you and me…She also has two separate pages full of questions and answers by Forrest in the past. Look at her blog…get answers to your most burning questions from Forrest…



A new treasure story on Huffington Post




Rumor has it that a group of four searchers had to be rescued in Yellowstone National Park on Sunday. The group is apparently okay. According to authorities criminal charges may be laid against the four. The names and charges have not been made public. Authorities also said that this is not the first time that searchers for Forrest’s treasure have gotten into trouble.



This is supposed to be FUN!


FYI…There is a new story about the treasure hunt in Backpacker Magazine’s May, 2014 edition. It’s quite nicely done as a searcher by the name of Brian Mockenhaupt wrote the story, meets with Forrest and takes us along for the ride…
You can find the magazine at most every magazine rack…or you can get a digital version over at zinio.com and read it without leaving the comfort of your 25″ screen.


A fraudulent Facebook page popped up in the past week. The owner makes it look like Forrest is the owner. But he is not. Forrest asked me to announce that the page is bogus..
If you have any way to let folks know the page is not owned by Forrest, please go for it.
The fraudulent Facebook page is here:


Sorry that you couldn’t reach the site on April 16th. Our hosting service, Bluehost was down for about 20 hours. Lots of angry clients over there. I am glad I am not in their customer service department today….


TWO MILLION hits on this blog today. It was just about a year ago that we reached a million hits. I wonder who the 2 millionth visitor was? We should have given them a car or something…lol…


There is a very interesting interview with Forrest over on the EIS (Everything Is Stories) website. They do things a little differently on that website but the interview and the photos are good…I laughed when Forrest mentioned that the Air Force offered him a school in submarines and the retelling of the infamous IOU story is interesting. It’s been told before but never in exactly that way and it raises a lot more questions…I think…



Jenny Kile over at SIX QUESTIONS posted a new six question interview with Forrest. There are certainly hints in his responses…




I have four “Treasure Hunter” multi-media presentations coming up in the next few months. All are in my neighborhood at various libraries in NW Washington State. The presentation is about treasure hunting expeditions I have been a part of. From looking for a WWII sunken Japanese sub in the middle of the Atlantic to a shipwreck holding gold rush cargo from the Yukon in Alaska…and of course Forrest’s treasure. I give away one of Forrest’s signed “To Far To Walk” books at each presentation.

The presentations are free and no need for any reservations…These are small and intimate events and are suitable for kids as well as adults..

February 1st, 3pm at the Deming Library in Deming, WA
February 22nd, 2pm at the Ferndale Library in Ferndale, WA
March 1st (time to be announced), at the Everson Library in Everson, WA
March 22nd (time to be announced), at the Blaine Library in Blaine, WA

Promotional material for the events reads something like the following:

If you like stories about hidden treasure, history, adventure, teamwork, imagination, and wanderlust…then drop by for an afternoon of slides and video as Dal Neitzel entertains us with his stories of treasure hunting. You’ll also be empowered with enough information to start your own search for Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure.


Well Kiddos…we done great…I am so amazed and so proud to hang with you guys…

We raised $23,124.54 plus a couple of hundred in odd checks still in the mail for Renelle’s cancer treatments…

Very, Very COOL!!

Plus…get this!! Forrest is tossing in another $5K…

What a guy!!!


I placed two new videos in the Gone Fishing Series. Both are of Forrest showing us artifacts from San Lazaro that are in his lab.
Do you know how to tell the difference between an Anazazi dog and a European dog skull?
The two newest videos are listed in the index as San Lazaro – sl02 and San Lazaro – sl03…
Get to them by going to the index here:


Toby Younis is going to bring his camera to the raffle drawing in Santa Fe so we can all watch the drawing LIVE on lifestream…here are Toby’s instructions:

The event is hosted at LiveStream.com

The event URL is: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/6520967/events/2625624 Use this URL to login to the event on the time and day of the raffle: 2pm MST, Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

To save yourself some time and frustration on the day of the event, I’m going to highly recommend that you pre-register as a viewer at LiveStream.com. Registration is free, and required in order to view the event stream. You can share the above link with anyone you’d like, again, recommending that they register before the day of the event.

THANKS TOBY…what a guy!!!


By the way-

The last day to buy raffle tickets will be on Monday, January 6th at about 9PM West Coast time. There are only a few hundred tickets left so don’t delay. Once the tickets are gone we stop.

If you don’t have a ticket yet look here:

If you wonder what is being raffled off…look here:


Today, December 20th, 2013 is an anniversary for Forrest. 45 years ago today Forrest was shot out of the sky over Laos. You might want to send him a note at ffenn@earthlink.net

You could congratulate him on surviving the mission so that he could torment us with this treasure hunt… 🙂


You must watch Toby’s video from Moby Dickens Bookstore in Taos. This was a book signing event where Forrest sat for nearly an hour and told stories and answered questions. He even recited his poem…

Lots to hear … Lots to laugh about…

Look here:



Sunshine Hunter writes splendidly about her lengthy searches and travels in “Up a Cold Creek With No Paddle”…. Lots of pics and plenty of personal thoughts about her travels all across the mountain states in her trusty, dusty Prius, looking for Forrest’s treasure. You can visit her cool blog here and there is also a permanent link at the bottom of this page.


There is a new radio interview listed at the top of the Media Page on this blog. It is an interview by Dorothy from the Collected Works Bookstore with Forrest, Danny Bodelson (illustrator for Forrest’s new book) and Shiloh Old (Forrest’s grandson and the guy in charge of shipping all the new books).


Forrest said in an email that he will probably not be adding anything new to his blog. He also said that he is looking for an illustrator to work with him on a children’s book he is writing. We invite anyone who’d like to work with Forrest in that capacity to look here:

Still no word about a Today Show clue.


Forrest’s new book is now at the printers and should be available very soon. It is filled with lovely new stories, beautiful illustrations and never before published photos. Forrest says that there are hints to the location of the treasure inside. There is also a beautiful map of the treasure hunt area.

Dustcover for Forrest's new book, Too Far To Walk.

Dustcover for Forrest’s new book, Too Far To Walk.

I have added a new story about searching with a film crew from the BBC in London to My Adventures on this blog. My next story will be about meeting Porochista Khakpour. She is an Iranian born novelist and journalist, writing a story on Forrest for a major American journal. She is a fascinating individual and a great person to spend time with. Check her out here.


I am in the Yellowstone Region. Searching a bit and meeting with the press. I have updated the cache hidden near the Dude Motel and want to thank everyone who stopped by and exchanged trinkets and wrote a note in the log book. The weather is wonderful and I have a few spots I will be checking and leaving notes on a new entry about. Still no word from Forrest about the Today Show. I guess NBC doesn’t love us anymore.


On the 27th of July there is still no word from the Today Show folks about a clue from Forrest. They have not contacted him yet.


Forrest’s “Thrill of the Chase” book is now available in Taos at Moby Dickens Book Shop, 125 Bent Street. Phone 575 758-3050. It’s also still at Collected Works in Santa Fe. The price is the same at either store….$35.


There is a new radio story about Forrest on KOSI-FM in Denver. Denise Plante visited Forrest with her kids a few days ago and brought back the report. You can listen on this blog’s Media Coverage page…here.


A new set of 7 interviews with Forrest including a promo for his new book “Too Far To Walk” are now available. You can reach them by glancing to the right of this paragraph and looking under the heading “Forrest Speaks”. The new interview set is called the “Gone Fishing Interviews”. The set from last year is called the “Santa Fe Interviews”.

I think you’ll like the new set. Forrest shows as well as talks…He shows us how to tie his favorite fishing fly, some of his unique book collection, artifacts from his pueblo ruins, and tells you how you can become a self supporting, professional artist even if you don’t have a stick of talent.


chasechat.com is back up…yipee!!


COHighCountry posted a great story about searching in NM with great photos and a riveting narrative. Look for it here.


There is a new web interview with Forrest. It’s a nice one too. Its at Club Thrifty…of all places…

Link to it is on the Media Coverage page…here.


Forrest’s Latest Today Show Clue:

The treasure is not hidden in Idaho or Utah. f

My thoughts about that clue are here.


I am home from my two week search in CO, WY and MT. I will be writing about the trip, with photos, about the 20th and adding the story to this blog under “My Adventures”.


I believe it is under this rock but Beowolf II would not let me look…lol…


I was in Yellowstone just in time for spring wildflowers…A camas prairie in bloom near Heart Lake…

I visited my cache in West Yellowstone yesterday and added some trinkets to it. I enjoyed reading the log. It’s been there a year now and several folks have found it and exchanged trinkets, including one that really surprised me because I had no idea he was near West Yellowstone. Pretty fun!!!

If you don’t know about my cache…look here-


I met up with a searcher and we had a good time exchanging ideas and theories over at Otter’s Pub in West Yellowstone. Considering how bright we both are it’s miraculous we have not found it…lol…

I posted The Wolf’s Part Four. Look here:


The new photos on the headers of the blog are Goofy’s….the guy is great isn’t he…