Chalk Creek…

SUBMITTED August 2014
BY JMGuidry

 

I have only been at this for 2+ years now and I thought the TC was in Montana (Firehole River) to begin with. After one trip I did not feel compelled to return there to search (probably because it is too far?). Colorado is in the middle – FF said it would be nice if  his family could come back so he could be in the middle again (pg 35 TTOTC).

I used to go to Princeton Hot Spring long ago when I lived in Colorado and it is in the Collegiate range (wise mountain range).  Then I discovered the fish hatchery on Chalk Creek. He says on page 125 in TTOTC when talking about flywater “chalk the memories once again”.  The fish hatchery diverts hot/warm water off Chalk Creek for the ponds and then it feeds back in to Chalk Creek. They have 1 million+ fish there at any given time. The Greenback cutthroat trout (Colorado’s state fish) and Rainbows as well as a hybrid are raised there. As you go down the “canyon” toward the Arkansas River, you cross under a train trestle. That is where an old Pontiac is laying on the side of the river bank (reminds me of FF story about Cody the Buffalo).

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What caught my eye on Google Earth was an open sewage pond nearby. I though what a perfect place to have the IRS go in to retrieve the TC! You would not paddle up your creek because you are not in it and it is certainly no place for the meek! I could not leave it alone. I kept thinking about it for days – then said surely it cannot be legal, the State must know about this!  Sure enough the state does know about it and is after the homeowners of the trailer park to deal with it.

An engineer was hired to come up with solutions (least expensive solution- 1 million). In the engineering report one solution was to buy the property between the Chalk Creek and the pond. The name on the platted property is BROWN. So the next step was to find out more about the creator of the poop pond – Chateau Chaparral. Can you believe they have: Old Biddies Hand & Foot cards…..Tuesday & Friday 1:00pm.

Ok at this point I told my husband I was heading into that pond for the TC. He decided to come for the search as he did not want me going in and kept insisting that FF would not put anyone at that kind of risk. At least I roped my hubby into going☺  When we got there, a fence was around the pond, so I decided it was off limits! This was my second search of the area, so I decided to go over my “ facts” with hubby. Nathrop/ Chateau Chaparral/Chalk Creek are almost at the top range of Brown’s Canyon. The warm water halts at the fish hatchery, take it in the Chalk Creek Canyon down – not far but too far to walk (about 3.5 miles), put in below the home of Brown (below the strip of land between the pond and Chalk Creek)OR below Browns Canyon (it is noted that the “s“on Brown was added by a cartographer at some point).

From there it’s no place for the meek the end is drawing nigh there’ll be no paddle up your creek just heavy loads and water high. Hubby says you are near the Arkansas River which is not your creek (chalk Creek) that we came down but a river with heavy water flow (heavy loads when water is high and not for the meek if the water is high and you are below Brown’s Canyon. If you’ve been wise and found the blaze……. This is where we are stuck.

The blaze could be the suspension bridge which is a private bridge across the Arkansas River owned by Chateau Chaparral. Look quickly down your quest to cease. So is it below this bridge? The Chateau is mainly a summer park, so maybe in the fall the river flow is lower and people are not around? I have a few other places that also “work”, but hubby keeps telling me I’m forcing things to work as solutions☹  I think Extemporizers solve is much more beautiful than this one.

Adele’s song keeps playing in my mind:

Should I give up,
Or should I just keep chasin’ pavements?
Even if it leads nowhere
Or would it be a waste
Even if I knew my place
Should I leave it there
Should I give up,
Or should I just keep chasin’ pavements
Even if it leads nowhere

I build myself up
And fly around in circles
Waitin’ as my heart drops
And my back begins to tingle
Finally, could this be it

Or should I give up
Or should I just keep chasin’ pavements
Even if it leads nowhere
Or would it be a waste
Even if I knew my place
Should I leave it there