A New Contest…

Winter is still upon us…

Here is a contest to help us imagine greener pastures and softer breezes…


Pick out your favorite story, of the 49 stories (48 plus the preface) in “too far to walk” and then tell us, in 200 words or less why it is your favorite.

Winner gets a lovely, limited edition, 24×30, beautifully printed map of the treasure area. This is a large version of the map in the back of TFTW. It is suitable for framing, numbered (6 of 250), comes with a certificate and a story about Forrest’s compass and is signed by Forrest. These maps sold for $100 when first produced a couple of years ago.They are no longer for sale.

There are very few of these maps to give out. I only have three left and I plan to keep one for myself.

One entry per person
Must be 200 words or less
Must be on the topic of “My Favorite Story From TFTW”
Must be emailed to:
With the subject line “My favorite story”
Include your blog name (not counted as one of the 200 allowed words)
Entries must be received by dal before the contest closes
Contest closes 11pm (Santa Fe time), February 19th, 2017

Entries will be posted on a page linked at the bottom of this page.
Entries will be judged based on originality, imagination and story-telling
Judging will occur as soon as practical after the contest ends.

Below is an example of an entry in less than 200 words.


Nowhere, in my mind, does Forrest appear more gracious, more memorable, than in his mindful preface.

He starts this book not by trumpeting the 48 great stories we are about to snuggle up with, but rather, by touting the book’s short-comings.

In the preface he hints of what’s sadly missing from his list of stories….what he wishes he could have told us, but had to leave out.

Forrest confesses that he has not included a story about his dear mother who shared food with the homeless, nor another about meeting the wife of a brilliant and stouthearted German officer who tried to stop Hitler, and finally, he hints of an exciting chase while searching for gangsters in Naples. But, Forrest admits, none of those stories are in the book.

Forrest clearly has more stories to share. Stories no one else but Forrest can ever tell because no one else alive was there.

They say that we do not die at death, instead we live as long as the last person to have known us is still alive to tell stories about us.

I hope that stories about the chase for Forrest’s gold can continue forever.

by dal



Now it’s your turn…


“The Lure” by Tomas Leach…

Over about a year and a half ending in in the summer of 2016, filmmaker Tomas Leach created his salute to trove hider Forrest Fenn and the dedicated searchers who have sought his 10×10 beguiling bronze box.

DOC NYC is New York’s annual Film Festival, the largest documentary film festival in the known universe. This year it ran for seven days in November and exhibited scores of storytelling pictures from filmmaking teams all over the world. One of the selections was from the gifted director Tomas Leach of Moxie Films, entitled The Lure.

The Lure is a feature length film about Forrest and the searchers who look for his 10×10 bronze box.  I have not seen The Lure but those who have, often leave enticing reviews…like this one by Nathanael Hood from the Unseen Films blog:

Nathanael Hood is hooked by THE LURE (2016) DOC NYC 2016

It’s a pity that Werner Herzog didn’t make a film about the Fenn Treasure, a 10-inch by 10-inch, 42 pound chest containing over a million dollars of gold and jewels buried somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Hidden by art dealer and ex-Air Force pilot Forrest Fenn after a near-fatal bout with cancer in 1988, countless treasure seekers have devoted their lives to locating it (a handful of them going missing in the process). The only clues to its location are in a cryptic poem at the end of his book The Thrill of the Chase. This story contains all the earmarks of a Herzog masterpiece: man battling nature, the struggle of impossible dreams, a cast of eccentric loners. But thankfully the Fenn Treasure has been relegated to the care of fellow documentarian Tomas Leach. The resulting film The Lure is marvelous, equal parts tone poem and decentralized detective thriller. He never once tries to wheedle the location of the treasure from Fenn; he doesn’t even linger on the poem and its possible hints. Leach is interested first and foremost on the allure of the unobtainable. He introduces us to a handful of obsessed treasure hunters: an ex-computer programmer who abandoned his suffocating corporate life in California to become a cowboy; an ex-police officer who found new purpose in life through the hunt after a terrible injury forced her premature retirement; two young women completely out of their element with dreams of nice apartments and guest appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show; and a whole host of assorted wanderers, dreamers, and run-of-the-mill hobbyists. Crucially, Leach doesn’t identify their names until an end credits montage, transforming them from ordinary people into near mythological archetypes. Leach makes a point to similarly mythologize the surrounding wilderness. Replete with sweeping cinematography that would give the likes of John Ford and Ansel Adams pause, The Lure ranks among the most achingly gorgeous films of 2016, documentary or otherwise. The murky, enchanting score by indie rock band Calexico—they previously scored John Michael McDonagh’s irascible buddy-cop comedy The Guard (2011)—further enhances the film into the realm of meditative reflection. Even as it records various treasure-seekers decoding the poem’s clues like monks pouring over Nostradamus, the film never loses the wistful sense that finding the Fenn Treasure would be only a happy accident. Somewhere the treasure exists. And every day its legend swells into something as immortal and timeless as the Rockies themselves. That in itself is worth more to more people than a mere handful of gold ever could.

Okay…I’m drooling now…
This film sounds pretty darn good…
If you’d like to see a clip from The Lure check out the films website:


If you’d like to know more about Tomas Leach and Moxie Pictures look here:


I have no idea where it will be showing next. Perhaps in a theatre near you or on a cable channel near all of us…
If you find out where it’s going to be playing let us all know…



Scrapbook One Hundred Sixty One…





Here is a story from the 1941 Alaska Miner..
So what do you think?
Can a porcupine actually throw his quills or not??

A porky swats with his tail, and it stands to reason that if some quills find their mark other quills would fly, caused by the sudden stop of the said tail. The skin of a porcupine is not attached to the animal’s flesh in the same way that a banana is not attached to the peeling, which means the quills are loosely hanging in the skin. Now, that’s everything I know on that subject and it graphically explains why bananas can be so dangerous. f


Scrapbook One Hundred Sixty…




Hello Forrest,

I hope this email finds you well and ready for winter!

I’m delighted to say our film ‘The Lure’ about your magical hunt will have it’s world premiere in New York in November.

Here’s a link to the festival:

And to the film’s site, with a short teaser trailer:

The film couldn’t have been made without your support and contribution, so I’m thrilled to be able to share it with the world.

We’ll be doing a tour of the south west at some point, so I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, feel free to share.

Thanks once again,