Sweetpea’s Adventure Part Two…

This is Part Two of a two part story. If you’d like to read Part One, Click HERE

BY Sweetpea


The Blaze

THE BLAZE! It’s much more impressive from google earth

And now,   the rest of the story….
As my search continues, the last clue I had to solve was “in the wood”.
 In my opinion, brave was the metaphor Forrest was using for the corner markers put in place by the surveyors. Again, when I read the field notes regarding Corner marker #7 the surveyor wrote that he replaced the old wooden post marking this corner with a stone, which he then marked with all the claim numbers that share this corner.  So on this stone, this surveyor marked 1-5007, 1-62, and 7-5627, and of course an X on the top of the stone, according to his field notes. Of course, this must be it!

my search partners

My two precious wolf-dogs Ringo and Lilly, oh and my mom and her husband.

Brave AND In the Wood!!

So,  off I went, in search of said marker, and I went RIGHT TO IT!

There it was!

And as described in the field notes 2 piles of stones alongside.
And to my surprise, sitting right on top of one of the piles, was an old wooden post!

If this was the post that originally marked this corner, that meant that post would have just been sitting there on that pile of rocks for around 115 years. My first thought was that post should have been long gone by now.  Also this post was a 4×4 not a 6×6 as was written in the field notes.

miss Ford

Miss Ford

Could someone else have put that post there more recently?…

Maybe so! 
But, move stones and dig,  treasure find did I not! Move stone marker and look beneath it, and maybe dig a little… nada. Look in other stone pile, while I’m here… nope, not there either.
Well, …poop!

Then I looked at the stone again, and noticed something was not right about it.  It was mismarked. It had a 1-5007 on it, and it had a 7-5627 on it and it had an X on top.  But no 1-62,  no instead it had an 11-44 marked on it instead. It was obvious too, that the 11-44 inscription was much more recent than the others.  What the H E double toothpicks is goin’ on here?!

The #44 claim does not share this corner with these claims. 
Could this be a clue?

What was it that Forrest said…..oh yeah,  
 Maybe he switched the markers because this one had become….. thinking,…… thinking,…. AHA!

So, I thought OK,…

I need to go to the #11 corner marker on the number #44 claim.
Where is it?…
Oh that’s interesting, ….   It’s only 250ft.  off of Jardine road!
But before I went down there

I consulted my battered and bruised TTOTC book, looking for the word switch.  Turns out he uses it 5 times in the book.  That seemed like a lot of times to use the word switch to me! But maybe I was biased at the time.

So, off I went,


I thought I would look for the switched marker.  It should have a 1-62 on it, right?  Should it be a stone or a post…..I don’t know,  … ahh, look for either!    Look for an aluminum marker perhaps…. Wait what’s that over there?  Why it’s an old post!  Oh and look, there’s an aluminum marker on it!! How strange is that?
I could barely see there was writing on  the crude marker, but after I spit on it and rubbed it, I could then  make out the numbers on it.
 And can you believe it, there was a number 62 on it!

At this point I’m no longer feeling confident, just eerie.

Plain ole me

Plain ole me

This whole thing is beginning to feel strange.
OK, what am I supposed to do now?         Dig here?!
 Well, I admit that I did.
And if any of you want to go there and dig some more, you won’t need a SHOVEL,  because my pick-axe is right there next to the post, where treasure find did I not!
But if any of you do, just know this, after hounding Forrest for a response and or his mercy regarding my search….he finally did respond.

“I know not what you speak of.”     ……..       was all he said.



Sweetpea’s Adventure…

Submitted June 2014
by Sweetpea


This to me was where Mammoth Hot Springs flows into the Gardiner River.  

Take it (the river)  in the canyon down.  Gardiner Canyon. 

Not to far but too far to walk.  It’s about 6 miles.

 Put in below the Home of Brown.  The Gardiner River flows into the Yellowstone River.  About a mile upstream is Bear Creek.  This is where Bear Creek Gulch is which I’m sure most of you know, Joe Brown discovered gold in 1866. Joe Brown had a home cabin up there. You can still see the remains of it today.

From there it’s no place for the meek 
True that. Steep.

There’ll be no paddle up your creek
This was an important clue to me.  Up your creek! Go up the creek. Go up Bear Creek,

Below the Home of Brown
If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,  
My blaze was a big hydraulic mining scar that is still very visible today. Primarily because where they were blasting, the hillside was mostly  SAND. If you want to see the blaze, you can see it easily from google earth,  and it looks just like an arrow pointing down. The very top of the blaze is on the Brown mining Claim, which is owned by the Gallatin National Forrest.  It’s legal to look for and take gold from a publicly owned mining claim.

Heavy loads = Heavy lodes, they did lode mining in there.

Water High = high pressure water; hydraulic mining, they did that there too.

Look quickly down your quest to cease
I was standing at the top of the blaze, and I walked down and looked downstream.  Then I found a stone claim marker that someone had put pink blaze tape around.  The claim marker looked just like a crudely made TOMBSTONE!


Dal, please download the picture I sent you. It’s of me and the claim marker.  It had the number 5627 on it, which is the survey number of the Brown mining claim.

This survey was done in 1899! What a cool thing to find!

Continuing down the creek,  I found more of these markers with pink blaze tape around them.  Finally, the last feature that had been blazed with the tape,  was a standing dead tree.  It was a bearing tree for a corner marker.  What to me  was fascinating,  is this tree was marked with survey number 5629, and you could still just barely read it,  this tree was stamped in 1899! How cool is that?

Now hear me all and listen good, Your effort will be worth the cold
You have to cross the creek.

If you are brave
to me this was a metaphor for the stone markers.
He used brave in his book in reference to brave dead people and also mentions their grave markers.

In the wood
This is the clue I thought I had, it’s kind of funny, but I thought very Forrestesque! Is that a word? According to the field notes from the original survey, one of the stone markers REPLACED an old wooden marker. In other words, the wooden marked was REPLACED by a newer model!  or so I thought.

There were so many other hint like features up there as well. 
Off of Jardine road there is a little lake called Bitty Lake.
 Right next to the Brown claim is the Gardiner claim.  On the Gardiner claim is a cabin, you can see from  the Jardine road. Miss Ford and the gypsy wagon are up there. (an old baby blue Ford country sedan, next to a horse drawn wagon with RUBBER TIRES!) sound familiar?

I have so much more to share, if there is interest I’d love to do so, but I know this post is getting awfully long.  
So what do you think? By the way, my whole family thinks I’m crazy!


This is Part One of a two part story. If you’d like to read Part Two, click HERE