ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JUne 2012
ON JUNE 1st, 2014 DAL ADDED THE FOLLOWING:
this cache has been removed/stolen I will place a new one soon.
I spent several days in sunny New Mexico and several days in rainy Montana looking for the treasure. You’ll be happy to know that I didn’t find it.
But I left a game I thought we could all play. Regular readers of this blog will remember that last summer KOB-TV reporter Gadi Schwartz duct taped a candy bar to a sign near where he was looking for the treasure not far from West Yellowstone, Montana. This spring I found the remains. The candy bar was gone…probably swiped by a chocolate loving bear. But the duct tape was there. I met-up with Gadi for breakfast one morning last week and we compared notes about where we thought the treasure might be and why. Gadi mentioned that it might be fun to make a game out of leaving things for fellow searchers to find. In that regard I assembled a cache and left it in West Yellowstone near a Fenn landmark. So the object of this game is similar to the geocaching game that is popular right now.
It’s pretty simple. Someone hides a box or bag with some goodies in it and then publishes the directions for finding it along with the latitude and longitude for those with a portable GPS. When you find the cache you are allowed to take something and you are supposed to leave something. In this way the goodies in the cache keep changing. There is usually a log in the cache where folks who find it can leave their name and home town as well as list what they took and what they left.
Our game is pretty much the same. I have assembled a group of inexpensive little goodies and stashed them in a small, plastic food storage box. I hid the box. But it’s a lot easier to find than Forrest’s treasure chest. So if you go looking for Forrest’s treasure in or around West Yellowstone I hope you’ll take a few minutes to also look for the cache that I have named the “Dude Cache”.
This is so easy that kids should have a good time finding it. Once you find it, take something, leave something, enter your names and hometown on the log and then put it back where you found it for the next person….and…if you can…take a cool photo that includes both the cache and yourself and email it to me along with a story about searching for the treasure or the cache or both and I’ll put the stories and pics in this blog. It will be fun to see how the cache changes and how many people find it.
Okay…so this is what I put inside the cache:
1-Lummi Island Refrigerator Magnet. Very rare, unless you live on Lummi Island.
1-Chunk of Obsidian suitable for your Yellowstone Rock Collection.
1-Nut or Seedpod from the Bishop’s Close Botanical Garden in Portland OR. It was growing on a tree there. I don’t know what it is. Looks like nutmeg or a walnut but I am certain it’s not. I put it in my glove compartment when I visited the garden this spring so I could look up what kind of tree it was growing on…then I forgot about it.
1-Vintage marble found at the end of the Riverside Trail where the “barns” used to be located. Maybe it was Forrest’s.
1-Small, Yellowstone National Park pin.
2-Fishing Flies guaranteed to be appetizing to Brown Trout in the Madison River. One is a hopper and the other is made to look like some sort of spring hatch. These have hooks so please don’t stab yourself when you reach into the box.
You will have to find the Dude Motel in West Yellowstone. By the way, Forrest, his brother Skippy and their friend Donnie built this motel about 1962. Forrest picked the name. They don’t own it any more. Forrest related a great story that took place during a National Governor’s Conference one year. Ronald Reagan, then Governor of California, was staying at the Dude. He lost his key and had to go out back to the alley and break in through the bathroom window. Can you imagine Ronald Reagan crawling into his motel room through the bathroom window? Those were much simpler times I guess…
The Dude Motel is located on the corner of Boundary Street and Madison Avenue in West Yellowstone, Montana. From the motel walk across Boundary Street to the sign that reads “Riverside Trail”. From that sign take 67 adult paces up the trail. This should take you to another sign that displays some information about the trail. From that sign take a left turn and move about 15 adult paces into the woods over some fallen logs and limbs. Look down and to your left and you should see the clear & blue container on the ground, behind a log.
When you are through with it please put it back in the same place so others can find it. Please don’t place any food in the container. That would just attract bears who would steal the whole box and no one would ever find it. Bears are no good at game rules.
For the Geocaching purists out there…forget all the previous clues and head to the following coordinates:
N 44deg 39.625
W 111deg 05.789
You should be standing on it.
Okay…lets see what happens… Have Fun!!