Forrest’s Cattle……

by Diggin Gypsy

The Ole Coot said the book wrote itself and I know why. Flying so much, you look down over the landscape and your imagination goes into play. Everyone enjoy this and realize why all you need is a great imagination to solve the chase.

One Horse Land and Cattle Company is what he saw on Horse Butte and Edwards Peninsula:

(1) the race horse, (2) the moose, (3) elephant , (4) the buffalo and (5 )the cow  Bessie.

We all know Forrest has a elephant statue in his back yard by his pond, but why ???? And when did he put it there? And all those animals are CATTLE !!

Then we have the ole biddy and the teacher who was 40  ‍⚖️

We have the (6) Minerva bird we have an (7) arrowhead, (8) alligator, (9) Tex the cowboy  , (10) the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland and the queen is on his leg and (11) the running man.

 

Take note, the plane on page 99 is a map of Edwards Peninsula. See TEX on the wing  see the outline of the foot!!!!    Have fun with this.  I believe these are all things to just say, “Hey all you people looking in New Mexico it’s in Montana !!!!!!!”

The landscape named his book the The Thrill of the Chase,  aka race horse  , who’s gonna be the winner.

There’s also an owl in there and a butterfly  .  Have the kids find those.

The chase was meant to be simple like this for families. Don’t show the kids the images. Let them find them. I let my grandson and he saw all of them.

Have fun and get  back to searching.

Digging Gypsy-

Home of Brown…Part Three

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Redemption….

SUBMITTED MARCH 2017
by DIGGIN GYPSY

 

On one of last year’s searches I brought along a small tribe of my family to help search.

My right hand little man was my grandson Dylan.

I thought I had found the “blaze of all blazes” on a previous trip which cast a great shadow over the Madison River and we all came to the blaze to check it out.

This was my “blaze” and this is it’s story.

On an earlier winter trip near here I was walking and fell on a 3 foot snow drift. As I lay there struggling to get out I looked over and I was like “Dang that rock has a face and looks  to be wearing a long smock.”    The Virgin Mary?

Later on, after I was home I kept thinking of that lady rock and it reminded me of something I saw in the book on page 99, the walking man carrying what looks like the Virgin Mary. If you flip the picture on it’s side, the man is an eagle.

So you have a man/eagle and Virgin Mary.  That mountain rock I saw looked exactly like that. Many items in the book started clicking for me with lady or Virgin Mary. The ole coot drew the L on all the little ladies shirts.  Miss Ford is a virgin who he talks about way too much 😜.

Skippy in the graduation smock. Peggy in her wedding gown.  The picture of the girl with a vail.  The crescent moon and dove, both symbols of the Virgin Mary. Forrest holding an ax (Jesus was a carpenter).

I know what some of you will say: “The ole coot ain’t religious.” Awww, but he is spiritual. I took these pictures in his garage and there it was Our Lady of Guadalupe hanging with all his favorite things.

He has several old religious relics. Some of them are on his scrapbooks. Some have to do with the Virgin Mary.  Indulgence, hmmmm something he is offering as a redemption for all his sins so he can sit at the great banquet table with all his friends.

So where better to put that sacrifice than at the feet of the “Virgin Mary Rock”? 💰
if you zoom in on the rock you will see Mary gazing down… “gaze and marvel”, two words that are used a lot referring to Our Lady of Guadalupe or the Virgin Mary, ohhh or Miss Ford.

In the map with the frog there is a ghost woman in the middle of it.  I figure that it has to mean Ghost Village on the Madison, which is right where the “Virgin Mary Rock” hovers with an eagle at her side. Which is right next to the high mountain that reminds me of church steeples.

Also on the gold coin in that photo is Jesus. He has a thorn crown on his head.

and there is a ghost woman with big eyes and her mouth open.

He seems to write often about women who know how to stand on their own two feet and who are inventive.  Heck, he just loves women.

Mary was the ultimate woman.   A lot of his scrapbooks are about women.

He mentions Sacajawea. She was referred to by others as Mary. Queen Elizabeth I of England was known as the Virgin Queen.

A lot of clasping of the hands in the book too.  His little sister and him a few times. He who teaches a child labors in Gods workshop. Joseph taught jesus to be a carpenter and there is a picture of a carpenter at Peggy’s feet. Beavers are carpenters. So he must have been alluding to Beaver Creek hahahe.

He likes to sit in a graveyard ghost village.

Forrest says there are three dimensional figures on the chest. I believe they could represent his three favorite women. He wrote “no saint could match her faith”, but actually the Virgin Mary did match her faith 😜. The Candy Ann team saved his life same as Mary did for mankind by obeying God and doing just.

So there is my solve. There are many more references to ladies and the Virgin Mary, I could go on and on.

As my family explored the area we crossed the river and left no stone or log unturned. Following the Madison we soon realized the water is so swift in there that we didn’t think he could possibly carry forty pounds across. It’s just to dangerous…not just for Forrest but also for anyone trying to follow in his footsteps. Clearly, my solve was a bust.

Before we left the Madison, Alvin came to tell us bye. He thought we were all quite the show.

Just as we are leaving the dam area we see a moose being born…what are the odds on that?

That was an incredibly memorable moment for Dylan. We’ve made many trips to this area and have always come back home without the cheat, but we never leave Montana depressed.  Every moment being in the mountains is better than any amount of money.

Now back with my nose to the grinding stone.

Diggin Gypsy-

 

Digging Gypsy’s Overcooked Imagination…

SUBMITTED OCTOBER 2016
by Diggin Gypsy

 

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Many times I have thrown on my old worn boots and trudged across the states from Georgia to Montana. Unfortunately scenery was getting a little worn as well. This particular trip I started with a spring in my step.  It began when I left the wildfires of California heading off to face the familiar muddy prints the Grizz left for me in Montana.  Just so you know, I have stared at that muted tan book for 4 years studying all the hidden hints tucked away like the toy in the cracker jacks box.

WE HAVE A GOOD MAP! Remember, hidden treasures have treasure maps and that ole coot (ff) made sure his treasure does too! All the remaining Goonies out there picked up on this real quick as well.

Up in the Appalachians all we had was our imagination and if you didn’t have that and your car broke down, well you walked out of those woods. Being one of eight kids and knowing how to use our IMAGiNATION, it was better than having any toy from the Sears Catalog.

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This trip  was with my sister Melani, she is number 7 in the line up at home and I am number 6. I bring her because she is lucky 7, she finds everything out there BUT the treasure. She says she brings me to pick up sticks ( i still don’t understand what she means by that).

On the Flight into Bozeman,  A nun had sat down next to Melani on the plane, I bet she felt lucky but she claims I jinxed her because I was always talking about Virgin Mary in my solve.

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Flying in on another plane I was graced by a group of Asians wearing surgical mask, kinda stirred my nerves a bit and all the sudden I  wasn’t  feeling so lucky myself.

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Our first few nights we stayed at the 320 Ranch then moved on to the Rainbow Lodge. We really liked  the 320 Ranch due to its history and also playing a part in a solve.
The Wilson’s sold it to Luke Brown., he had three other partners for the purchase. They named the ranch “320 Ranch” for the amount of acres it encompassed. His partners could not come up with there part of the money. So Luke Brown sold his portion to Dr. Mcgill. Meanwhile Mrs. Wilson worked at the Post Office in the little community of Eldridge while there was logging going on at Taylor Fork. When Dr. Caroline Mcgill bought the 320 Ranch, that little community of Eldridge started dying out due to the decline in logging. Dr. Mcgill felt sorry for Mrs.Wilson for not having her Post Office open anymore so she moved the post office from that dying community of Eldridge to the 320 Ranch where Mrs Wilson continued to run it until she died.

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Rainbow Ranch on the Gallatin River

Rainbow Ranch on the Gallatin River

After settling in we began going over our ideas and how they match the rest of the clues,  we again find ourselves at pulpit rock. It went with everything (in our minds). Thinking that ole coot (ff) referring to his hat as a crown, Peggy being compared to a saint, he once referred to himself as a king, then him standing  on a stool in his kitchen singing out loud as if he were on a stage. The picture were Peggy was standing in front of a pillar candle stick , this made me feel she was his pillar, his strength through all the bad times. This was a great solve we thought too because he said his church was in the mountains. I could go on and on but no need, everything fit.

Pulpit Rock

Pulpit Rock

She searched high and i searched low...It was a perfect spot!

She searched high and i searched low…It was a perfect spot!

Needless to say it wasn't there . For the record, on our way out there we did see the most amazing BLAZE.

Needless to say it wasn’t there . For the record, on our way out there we did see the most amazing BLAZE.

A remarkable woman simply keeping watch over the Gallatin River. All i could think of is how many rock formations were awarded names and wondered why she was forgotten?  She was beautiful! Wearing a rather large hat and keeping her nose poised just right. She requests your respect, please keep your distance, while she keeps in tight focus on what lays across the way. I would imagine all the things she came to see down through the many years perched there elegantly, owning that little mountain.

I named her Diggin Gypsy. She certainly was a treasure.

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The blazes we found in our searches became  quite comical at times. See this dinosaur egg ? That was truly something to gawk at, looked like it tried to hatch.

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We moseyed on over to cabin creek although we had looked there before.
Boldly walking back in there, this time not knowing that just the day before a man got attacked by a grizzly up in those woods. Melani said that there was bear scat around and I tried to make her think it was horses , although she knew better because there were no horse trailers or people around.

Cabin Creek

Cabin Creek

We don’t need no stinking guns! Or bear spray for that matter! We did have good music though, very important. Forrest wrote us an email a day late telling us to be safe there were reports of bears. Well glad I had lucky 7 with me because we never saw that grizz.

image6 Well its now time for me and my sisters to lay down our diggers for winter  and prepare for  the adventures that lay ahead of us .

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Happy trails y’all !!

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Digging Gypsy-

I Think The Chest is Here…Part Three

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Many searchers have decided the chest is in a general area…maybe even a specific area of the known universe of the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe. So this is the place where we can talk about where we, as individuals, think the chest is at…Don’t give away too much though… 🙂

dal…

Where Warm Waters Halt…Part Four

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Let the discussion begin…

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I Think The Chest is Here…Part Two

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Many searchers have decided the chest is in a general area…maybe even a specific area of the known universe of the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe. So this is the place where we can talk about where we, as individuals, think the chest is at…Don’t give away too much though… 🙂

dal…

A Real Trout-Mount…

SUBMITTED JUNE 2016
by MELEE

— ALL IMHO —

I dubbed this hill to be “TROUT-MOUNT” (see below) for my own usage / terminology. It scales to be an approximately 1,200′ W x5,900′ L x160′ High hill (not a mountain), which is seemingly “MOUNTed” right next to the Madison River, and also unquestionably resembles a huge “Brown TROUT” as shown. ALL but a portion of the tail lies in the Montana portion of YNP. I consider it to be the “HOME of Brown (trout)” and to be located in “No-Man’s-Land”. SEE: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/yellowstone-no-man-s-land-leaves-jurisdiction- question/article_f4caad4c-fd01-5e78-b2d9-1a0cf37b4855.html

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“NOT implausible”

(Note: arrow = mouth below eye- see map below also)

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Barnes Hole “Looks FISHY to me?” This FISH is entirely uncanny!
http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php

Note: arrow = mouth below eye ~400′ per scale) < < – – – ~2.38 miles ( “No-Man’s-Land”-MT.) – – – > > | Fenn’s (our) 2.086 acres = ~301’sq.

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My initial thinking was to climb to the “EYE”, look quickly down to the “MOUTH” area, and expect to see a “BLAZE” of some sort. Maybe deeper into the stomach area!? But, After doing a Google Earth count (approx.), I calculated I would have to climb over about 100 trees per 1,000′ of uphill climb due to the 1988 forest fire. NOT for ME or FENN, even though I’m 74 yo, have beaten a heart attack, bladder cancer, 3 previous trips from CA. to MT. and am finishing up 3 cords of firewood (cut, split & stacked) I’ve done it tired in the last few weeks. Getting over this “IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THERE” 4th trip, hasn’t been accomplished yet. Since I’m NOT a gluten for punishment, I’M DONE NOW! — (SEARCH WAS ON 5/25/16 — Not a quitter, just going quieter) HA! — On gmap4, you can select google aerial also.
I can handle it up to a point, then I lose the point and the handle. (My actual photo of “T-M” area)

image[10](Below Photo) Left Center is my vehicle at Barnes Hole #1. I Island Hopped 3 times to the right, then crossed Mad. R. (off-photo) at far right. This minimized the depth and velocity for me as it increased the incremental width..Easier on me. Photo is taken from atop (~50′ plateau above Mad. R.) in front of “T-M” @ expected Blaze / TC. (see next)

image[13] Some of these images / info are copied or scanned pages from my workbook and are therefore “partial” with an item missing or out of place as well as suffering visual clarity. — I aborted my “initial” thinking and opted for something more “realistic”. (ALL IMHO) Just inside a “tree-line-inlet”, hidden from the across-river parking spot at Barns Hole, I found and speculated the below item at the 3 arrows / cross-hairs.

image[39]The below G.E, overhead shot and the sketch at left were my “homework” and can be compared to the actual “fieldwork” photos further below. As I suspected, the “false-shadow” (wrong direction) is NOT a tree, but rather an opening / split amid the suspected rock pile. “G.E. doesn’t focus close enough …”!

image[42]My “Thrill of the chase” has included “Earthquake Lake”, 2 trips to “Beaver Creek” and this 4th one to “T-M”.
Thanks to Forrest Fenn and ALL whose input we have enjoyed over the past few years.
Eureka! Forrest has succeeded in pushing me until I FOUND MY WITS END! HA! I DON’T KNOW WHERE HIS IS! I salute you for your many accomplishments. A fellow VET. — SincerLEE —

This was “MY” ideal spot for “Forrest’s Spirit” to rest and watch over HIS Madison River “domain” from about 50′ above, viewing the river, the valley, the town ((behind the trees) and every “PEEK-TO-PEAK” from “T-M”. (blue lines) — https://www.google.com/maps/@44.6613628,-111.0651102,2383m/data=!3m1!1e3

image[45]MY MAP to T-M / T-C — Just start at the RH “Line # 5 / Clue # 1 (IMHO) and follow it down to the map location.
”IT SHOULD’A’ BEEN THERE” (is that an echo?). Who can deny, it’s NOT “nigh”! YOUR TURN, as mine is DONE!

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meLee

 

Home of Brown Part Two…

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Got an HOB that didn’t work out…or maybe you need an HOB for a certain area…or perhaps you have an idea that needs some fleshing out..

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dal…

Where Warm Waters Halt…Part Three

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Let the discussion begin…

dal…