It has been quite a while since I posted my last article on Dal’s Blog (Sparrow’s Speculations 2).
See Part 2 here if you are interested.
I mentioned in that article how I would share a “solve” in the future that I had put together a very long time ago when I first started the Chase. In fact, this solve was put together about two weeks after I first heard about the treasure hunt at the very end of July 2016.
One morning I came out to the computer and a large note was taped to it. It contained a poem and then instructions—many of which appear below. Here is the poem:
“I am the helpful ghost of Billy Barty
I have come to help you find the treasure.
I will not do this all alone,
But with the help of M.C. Escher”.
The ghost of Billy Barty was very insistent that the treasure was hidden in Wyoming. So much so that if I considered other states I would feel a kicking to my shins which was quite painful. Through time I began to realize that even a ghost can be wrong. I never did get to converse with Mr. Escher though he did promise one day to teach me how to make ends meet. But this is the “solve” I put together back then:
As I studied the Poem, I noticed immediately the acrostic HORN (“Hint Of Riches New and Old”) on the fourth line of the poem. Not too long after this, I also discovered another acrostic, “HORN”, which was on the 20th letter from the left and down. The two “Horns” met and formed an “L” shape towards the left.
As I have gone alone in tHere
And with my treasures bOld
I can keep my secret wheRe
And Hint Of Riches New aNd old
–note the “horn” downward on the 20th line, and the “Horn” from left to right on the fourth line of the poem.
I noticed also at that time that the Wind River and the Big Horn River in Wyoming are actually one continuous river with a “wedding of the waters” in the middle. This continuous river forms an L shape towards the left when viewed from above on Google.
Then I noticed that the sentence “Begin it where warm waters halt” had (26) letters in it. This sentence was the first sentence just UNDER the first stanza. The sentence has (26) letters and is right under the acrostic “HORN” in the 4th sentence. The other “HORN” on the (20th) letter from left downward meets this sentence. You then have a sentence with 26 letters just below an acrostic, which then connects with another acrostic on the 20th line. I noticed that the Big Horn and Wind Rivers follow highway 20 south to highway 26 across towards the West: 20
BEGIN IT WHERE WARM WATERS HALT (26 LETTERS) V HWY 20 SOUTH CONNECTS WITH 26 WEST.
This was just too much of a coincidence for me. I immediately thought the treasure was in Wyoming. Here was my understanding of the poem (at that time) after this discovery:
“Begin it where warm waters halt”—-the amount of letters point to highway 26—and thus to THERMOPOLIS which is an ideal location for warm waters to halt. I had noticed while googling Thermopolis that the population was 3,009 people in 2010. Forrest had spoken of the Chest lasting into the future, and had used the year 3009. Again, I found this to be an amazing coincidence, as Forrest very likely had hidden the treasure in 2010.
“And take it in the Canyon Down”—-follow highway 20 down to highway 26 junction.
“Not far, but too far to walk”—a short drive.
“Put in below the home of Brown”. Fort Brown was once Fort Washakie. Highway 26 travels through this area. Perhaps “putting in” at Landers was a good idea since the Crow Reservation is located just northwest of there.
As you go west, you head into the Crow Reservation. “From there it’s no place for the meek”. Of course, only “braves” would be in a Reservation, not the “meek”.
“The End is ever drawing nigh”. I never did completely figure it out, but I thought this might be an anagram of “Wind River Range” or something akin to that, as that Range draws closer and closer as you drive west. It is continually nearing in the west as you drive towards it.
“There’ll be no paddle up your creek”. When you drive west on Highway 26 you eventually meet a small road, which heads “UP” or “North”. It is East Fork Road:
AnD leave my trove for all to seek
The Answer I already know
I’ve d One it tired and now I’m weak
So hea R me all and listen good
Your ef Fort will be worth the cold
If you ar E brave and in the wood –note the progressive acrostic that spells “EF ROAD”.
You will not need a paddle here on East Fork Road—-you have to drive.
“Just Heavy Loads and Water High”—It may have been an old logging road so that would explain the “heavy loads”—and of course the “water high” is the Wind River.
“If you’ve been wise and found the Blaze” Please notice that East Ford Road heads into (2) Y’s as it travels along. Could this be why Forrest mentions Yazzie Yarnell?
Also, note that a lightning shaped feature of topography is located right at this area—-could this be “The Blaze”?
“Look quickly down your quest to cease”
If we look quickly south from this “Blaze” we find a large “B” in the road. Is the Treasure buried very close to this? It’s also important to note that right where this lightning shaped blaze it there is a draw called “Harvey Draw”. Remember that Forrest actually won the bracelet from someone named “Harvey”. I would also point out that the name Harvey means “blazing”.
Here is the area directly south of the “Blaze”—- there is a “B” in the road.
“But tarry scant with marvel gaze”
Do not stay in the area very long. This road could have cross traffic, and people could be in the area.
“Just take the chest and go in peace”
South of “Harvey Draw” is another draw called “Pease Draw”—after we locate the chest should we exist in “Pease”?
“So why is it that I should go” –so “Y” is where we should be headed. Note that “Wiggins Fork” forms a “Y”—and just north of this by the way is Gerry Spence’s Law School. Another important consideration.
“And leave my trove for all to seek
The answers I already know
I’ve done it tired and now I’m weak”
References that the Treasure was not far from the car Forrest was driving. He is old now and “weak” so he did not travel far when hiding the treasure.
“So hear me all and listen good
Your effort will be worth the cold”
This far north in Wyoming and at this altitude it is cold. But it will be worth the effort to make the journey.
“If you are brave and in the wood”
Please note that I believe where the treasure is hid is RIGHT on the border of the Crow Reservation, and the outskirts of DUBOIS, which, in French, means “the wood”. You will thus be BOTH Brave and “in the wood” at the same time if you are on a border.
Though I did not have the exact coordinates, I believed the treasure to be just opposite of the letter B in the group of trees across the Wind River just to the West. And of course by finding the treasure the last line of the poem applies “I give you title to the Gold”.
I do want to mention that I share this “solve” because I thought it was a good one at the time. I no longer believe that the Treasure is hidden in this location. But it does show the amount of coincidence that can lead to a “solve”. So many factors can “seem” to fall into place that we really begin to believe we have solved it. I certainly did at the time.