Scrapbook Fifty Seven…



MARCH 2014

Dear Forrest-

My husband Ken and I  Iive in Forest City, Ontario Canada. In few weeks from now we are heading to New Mexico  to see if we can locate the treasure.
A few months ago, I contacted Dal.  I had a  few thoughts and I sincerely hoped  it might help him find the treasure. I wanted to share my ideas to give them away , truly happy that he would be the one to benefit. He dissuaded me from sharing and encouraged my own journey, he planted the seed so to speak and did not want me to give my ideas to him…He expressed how much joy it was for him to hopefully find it himself.
After my email exchange with Dal, I found myself completely drawn in to the thrill of the chase and more and more, by researching and attending to the hints you have given, I excitedly shared with my husband a determination that we had to go to look for it ,at least once.
At first we were committed and I felt the reborn excitement of a child believing in buried treasure imaging the moment of finding it. To me ,as a child, every fossil find with my father was amazing, important historical artifact  and every wet rock plucked from a cold stream, was glistening with ribbons of  gold and sparkling diamonds. Back then I was so rich with the joy of imagination. Adult life is dull by comparison.
I grew up in a home where my parents worked on deciphering cryptic crosswords and where everyday conversations  usually lead by my father, were more  puzzling queries and pondering  to get us to think outside the box or to satiate his own indomitable curiosities in life. He made us go big in our wonderment but always grounding us  firmly  in simple logic. I have applied those life lessons in the research in preparation for the Thrill of the chase.
Following the decision to go, I was fraught with the stress of work  and came home not feeling so successful about my job ,with the end result I wasn’t feeling very good about myself.  For a couple of days it impacted me greatly to the point  I reconsidered the trip, thinking I was not worthy or deserving of such an indulgent spontaneous adventure, I was talking myself out of going.   Then my husband just went ahead and booked it. So we are heading down very soon and I’m so darned excited.
I  have always lived my life believing that experiences such as this become the character building fibre of one’s life or…one heck of a story to share  🙂  and so from that perspective I embrace this fully as it was fully intended.  I have read so much in preparation and learned so much history and geography all the while developing a strong desire to see the area and this, completely aside from the desire to find the treasure. Every clue uncovered fills me with an incredible excitement which leads me to believe  and conclude there is nothing to lose. The failure, a good friend once told me ,only comes when you don’t try… So we are going to try, unfortunately  I  haven’t a clue what  to do with it if Ken and I are successful in finding  but we certainly do giggle like children at the thought of that welcome predicament.
Forrest,  I hope our paths might cross in this journey I’m hoping to come to your gallery at some point and I have very much enjoyed this gift you have given to me. I know it is intended to inspire the whole world for years to come, however, you have inspired me personally and so, I ‘d like  to  I thank you personally  for the gift you have given to  me. I know for one, regardless of the treasure  I have been blessed even before we travel to go there. It is an escape from the daily stress of work and the awareness of that profound dichotomy also inspires me to think about getting a new job…lol

Do you think an Irish girl from Forest city could be lucky enough to find the treasure, perhaps it’s meant to  be but  who really knows?. Finally I wish to thank you so kindly for the thrill of the chase. It is and will be a thrilling adventure for us I can’t get there soon enough.
Kindest Regards




Reading your email was refreshing to me and to see how you put words together makes me think you should go into some kind of business for yourself. When you are headed in my direction please give me a few hours warning so we can arrange to meet. I use every chance I get to see Canadians. Sure, you have a shot at finding the treasure and, to me, you are what the thrill of the chase is all about. ff