Part 3 – The Blaze
If you’ve made it this far, then yes, the blaze needs its own very section and lots of pictures too! I first thought the blaze was this amazing spire. You can see it on a topo map as a circle. I think it’s too far for Fenn to walk with a heavy pack and one has to walk on talus to get there which I think is too difficult, so I ruled it out. It’s got great views though. I even talked to Tom Lucas, western artist and found out he was painting a picture of it! I had to buy it…..now the painting is in our study 🙂 greeting guests, just begging for the story of the treasure hunt to be told.
Since then I got a lot smarter, or so I thought. Still dealing with the Vision Quest theme here and more importantly the PETROGLYPHS! I’m sure you have read about the Rosetta Stone from his TOTC book AND mention of the Rosetta Stone in a couple of his interviews? If you need a refresher here goes.
The Rosetta Stone
1. It is made out of granodiorite which is an igneous rock that is like granite and can be pink or black or white. The Rosetta stone has a streak of pink running through it. Among others, there is a ton of pink and black granite like rock at Torrey Creek at Ring and Trail lakes.
2. It was discovered by a french soldier (like the french soldiers name on the grave Forrest tripped over at the waterfall). On page 94 of TTOTC “A French name and rank was followed by arcing English words across the top.” Arcing like the complete Rosetta Stone. The RS discovered by the French but displayed in a museum by the British. On page 96 of TTOTC Forrest says he was “drawn to that place” and “my body was already tired”. Page 106 of TTOTC “a bunch of fairies dancing around a rock, if you can believe I’d come to that.” Fairy: an imaginary magical creature who has the form of a tiny human being. Like a Tukudeka shamen (Tukudekawere known to be smaller in stature) or spiritual creature, anthropomorph as seen during a vision quest, I thought.
3. Two scholars, Edward D CLARK and WILLIAM R Hamilton examined the Rosetta Stone a similarity to Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. Searching or Looking for William and Clark anyone?
4. As wikipedia puts the Rosetta Stone “It proved to be the key to deciphering Egyptian hyroglyphs.” Glyphs as in petroglyphs? Pictures that mean words and tell a story? I thought so.
5. The RS was found broken. The original stone would have had a rounded top (like the French soldiers grave) and according to Wikipedia “there would probably have been a scene depicting the king being presented to the gods, topped with a winged disc”
Ok I tried to find a petroglyph that looked most like the stone and I came up with this that is about 500 feet from the road. Compare the complete Rosetta Stone and the glyph I found to somewhat match it, and tell me honestly, what you think.
I see a winged anthropomorph of an owl and also a king or a shamen on top on it that appears strikingly similar to the wikipedia description of what the Rosetta stone might have looked like before being broken. Pretty darn close…..
6. Check out this next picture of a petroglyph and you will see a woman pointing at a glyph. This pic is used by the museums to promote their local glyphs and guides of the glyphs. Do you see how she is wearing a hat, has a stick and is facing left? OK, so now look directly below where her stick is pointing on the waist of the image of the person on the glyph. There is a weiner dog on the Shaman’s waist, like a belt, with round feet also facing left. She’s pointing to the weiner dogs ear!
Now look at the mandrake photo. A guy in a hat, pointing to the left with a stick and a weiner dog…crazy eh? I thought I was so onto something LOL! Even the Egyptian kings were pictured with staffs aka sticks!
I thought I was so onto something LOL! Even the Egyptian kings were pictured with staffs aka sticks!
Don’t forget, there’s also Skippy holding a rock very similar in shape and size to the Rosetta Stone on page 56 of TTOTC.
7. I thought about this for a long time and then I reread the chapters where it says to touch art, George Washington on the nose. Petroglyphs used to be called Rock “Art”……Page 111 of TTOTC “It’s an Indian” and “It’s an art”….and “cold to the touch”. On page 112 “by touching it I could imagine, in some small way, that I was also part of that company.” Page 113 “why I wanted students to touch George Washington….In doing so the painting (art) might provide another dimension (like a vision quest), one that is not available to the eyes (as in vision) alone.” Then I looked back at the picture of the petroglyph above that looks like the Rosetta Stone with the lady pointing with the stick and noticed that if you followed the crack on the Petroglyph down on the right hand side of the rock, just below and to the left of the lady’s right knee (with grass growing out of hole) on the pictures above there was a stone that was about 12″ tall and 6” wide that if it pulled out like a drawer would have a secret compartment (now I’m really imagining like Indiana Jones) where the treasure could fit on it’s side! Also the description of the Rosetta Stone by wikipedia says it has a “diagonal break at the bottom right of the stone”. The crack shadow also looks like a horizontal key shape.
8. That glyph, my blaze theory, is almost exactly 500 feet from the road! Tea with Olga chapter “sacred old mountain” and “aspen groves” and “aromas of sage and juniper” and “chipmunks scurried all around” (tons of chipmunks along Torrey Creek) and in Flywater chapter “there were many moments to remember like the time I sat under a tree on the …River and watched the osprey dive for fish”. There are many osprey nests on Torrey Creek See the picture below and find a nest in a tree top and also in a rock cave. On page 125 “moose and a calf that just came out of the tall pines to feed on the water grasses downstream”, there are moose in Whiskey Basin….
Um yea…so this is where I drop the hunt and give up. I went and searched this glyph and the surrounding area a few times with my family with no such luck finding Fenn’s cleverly concealed blaze nor chest. The chest continues to elude discovery. I think I’m an expert in locating most of the glyphs along Torrey Creek now – LOL. I’ve got a lot of pictures of amazing petroglyphs on my phone and amazing memories that mark these last 3 years.
I’ve seen many, many animals and I’ve learned about the history of this area and of the Tukudeka people. For this quest I am very thankful for Forrest’s clever puzzle poem, the thrill of the chase, for the blogs, the people who continue to dedicate themselves to this quest, all the people I’ve met en route, and for all my wonderful experiences.
So, after 3 years of searching and countless hours dedicated to the search, and since I couldn’t find the chest along Torrey Creek, at the Vision Quest site, I can finally come forth and admit that yes, this solve is most likely wrong. So I’m throwing in my hat. By typing up all of this, I hope in some small way, I can help contribute by perhaps tipping off someone to get them thinking of something new perhaps to find that darn chest for Forrest, so he has closure.
If you would like to chat about this particular treasure solve, email lana at busybeedogs dot com as I’m no longer dedicated to the blog in my decision to bow out of the search. Thank you for taking time to read this and good luck in your “quest” to find Fenn’s Treasure.
– by Lana, blog handle, thrillseekeranimallover, over and out of the hunt as I’VE done it tired and now I’M weak.
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