I was on Renelle’s treasure quest with her…..more the brawn than the brains. She may have told you about me. I worked with her in the Tetons. I was her legs on a number of adventures as she would send me off into the hills with a set of GPS coordinates and an X on a map. More than once, as I was thrashing through the brush, climbing over rocks, or staggering down a steep hillside, I wondered, ‘could that guy really have gotten the treasure here’? We had some fun adventures, and I always hoped that I would find that box hidden away at the point she had sent me to. She was so captivated by her search for the treasure, and except for her many sleepless nights of research, I think it was the most wonderful distraction for her.
We had a wonderful gathering of folks here in the Tetons to commemorate Renelle’s life. She will be sorely missed. The most repeated theme that day was how much Renelle embraced life. What a wonderful inspiration!
Thank you for embracing Renelle too. She had such wonderful times meeting you and sharing experiences with other treasure hunters. I, like others, find some solace in the thought that perhaps Renelle’s spirit was finally able to find the treasure. ……..and if it did, maybe you felt a little poke in the ribs and heard Renelle say “HA!”.
PS- One fun story- On one trip to Gardiner, Renelle sent me way up towards the top of Sphinx Mountain. It was a long sweaty climb with a great view from the top. When I arrived back at the parking lot, we met a camper there named Bob. We visited just a bit and then drove five hours back to the Tetons, arriving late in the evening. I collapsed that night exhausted and woke to a phone call from Renelle at 4am. She hadn’t slept a wink, and told me that she had to go right back up and talk to Bob. I said there was no way she was going to drive five hours on no sleep, so I picked her up and away we went. We had an interesting, if not surreal, visit with Bob in his tent at the trailhead later that morning. I don’t think that visit got us any closer to the treasure, but we made a friend in Bob, and those hours on the road through Yellowstone with Renelle will be fond memories that I will cherish forever.
Thanks for the note Scott. Renelle and I talked often and she spoke fondly about giving you her heart by proxy. It was such a beautiful heart. f