Scrapbook Fifty Five…



february 2014

Brinley and her brother with dinner

Brinley and her brother with dinner


The Thrill of the Chase, by Forrest Fenn.  The book is full of stories and adventures about Forrest Fenn.

The book is about the life of Forrest Fenn and all the different places he has been.  He was born during 1920, in Temple, Texas.  His dad was a teacher and then the principal.  During the summers, they would go to Yellowstone for all of the summer, driving 1,600 miles at 35 mph.   Then after the summer ended, they would go back to Texas and he would go to school.  He joined the military and travelled a lot of places, and was in the Vietnam War flying a jet.  After retiring from the military, Forrest, his wife Peggy, and his two daughters moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Forrest hated school so much that he didn’t even go to college.  He liked to play marbles and he would make marbles out of rocks and sell them to the rich kids.  He would buy Frito’s, Coke, and fried pineapple pies with the money.  He didn’t like being in class and he would sleep and sometimes sneak out a window.  He liked being out doors and especially liked FISHING!  He liked playing with Skippy, his brother.  Forrest liked to collect things.  When he was little, he collected bottle tops and string.  His ball of string was so big it couldn’t even fit through his bedroom door.  Later in life, he built an art gallery and collected lots of art and old Indian artifacts.  He sold the art gallery and now owns an old pueblo site today that he is excavating.

Skippy was Forrest’s big brother.  He did crazy things.  He was inventive and built things.  He flew a plane and landed on a lake and also drove a car from Yellowstone to Texas with out a driver’s license.  Skippy didn’t like to go to bed and would stay up.  His father would give him a spanking.  At age 50, Skippy died in a scuba diving accident.

Forrest loved going to Yellowstone during the summers as a kid and loved FISNING!  One summer, he sold newspapers for 1 cent but got canned when he had sat down to rest and his boss drove by seeing him sitting.  Forrest didn’t know what canned meant and thought it was a good thing.  His mom later told him that he had been fired and Forrest cried.  His mom helped him get a job washing dishes.  He would get up at 4:45 AM to be on the job at 5:00 AM.  Forrest would work for 16 hours and would make 8 dollars.  One day, Forrest stole a pie and snuck out behind a tree and ate the whole pie.  The manager caught him and told him that he was fired.  The waitress asked who was going to wash the dishes then.  Every one said they weren’t going to.  So the manager told him he was not fired and told him to get back to work.

When Forrest was in the military, he flew a fighter jet in the Vietnam War and he almost died.  He got shot down twice out of 238 runs he made.  While making the flights and dropping bombs, he discovered a waterfall in the middle of the jungle that he later got a friend to fly him to.  While there, they tripped over some gravestones in the tall grass.  The gravestones were of French soldiers from a war fifty-six years earlier in that area.  The second time Forrest got shot down was supposed to be his last flight before going home right before Christmas.  After being rescued, and getting to go on one more flight, he left and got home to Texas on Christmas Eve.

Forrest got cancer when he was 58.  His doctor operated on him for 5 hours and said he had a 20% chance of surviving.  While being treated and getting chemotherapy, he had an idea of something he could do before he died.  He would take gold, jewels, and other items and hide them in a bronze chest, and then let other people look for it.  He had everything planned but then he got better and is still alive today.  When he got to be eighty, he finally decided it was time to hide the treasure and wrote a poem that people could use to try and find the treasure.

One lesson that Forrest learned was when Skippy and Forrest drove home by themselves from Yellowstone to Texas.  While driving, they got in an argument and Forrest told Skippy to pull over and let him out.  Skippy did and he left Forrest in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming.  Later when it started to get dark, Skippy came back and got Forrest.  They didn’t ever fight again after that and Forrest realized how much he loved his brother.

Another lesson that Forrest learned was when Forrest completed a transaction with two men.  After, his father looked at the paperwork and told him that he made more money in 15 minutes than his house cost and that it took him 20 years to pay it off.  Forrest realized that his father made a difference in many peoples lives and he could only make money to take care of himself and his family.  Forrest realized that his life was only important to himself if he could positively affect the lives of others.

A personal connection I made to the book was the story about a buffalo named Cody because I went to Yellowstone last year and saw a lot of buffalo.  Skippy, Forrest, and their friend took Skippy’s old car to chase a buffalo that wandered out of Yellowstone.   Forrest tied a rope to Skippy’s car and then threw a lasso over the Buffalo’s horns.  Then Cody wouldn’t move so Skippy honked the horn a couple times and he would just look at them.  Then Cody noticed something odd when the rope got tight.  He jerked his head from side to side and started jumping up and down.  Cody started snorting and running and pulling the car.  Skippy was trying to not run into the trees and finally they went down into a stream and stopped with a hard jerk.  The front axel of the car broke off and was bouncing wildly behind Cody as he was running.  Later, Cody was shot and his meat was made into buffalo burgers.  It made Forrest really mad and he never ate at that restaurant again.

Another personal connection I made to the book is fishing.  Forrest loved to fish and I also like to go fishing.  The book has pictures of Forrest and his family fishing a lot and I want to go fishing a lot too.

I would recommend reading this book because it tells you about secrets to life and how you can be happy and make others happy.  There are lots of funny stories and you will laugh a lot if you read the book.  There is also a treasure mystery in the book and he gives clues on how to find the treasure that he hid.