Treasure Quest…Part Three

Treasure Quest
Part 3 – The Blaze
By Lana

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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Treasure Quest…Part Two

Dubious Quest
Part 2 – The Books and the Poem
By Lana

Forrest Fenn University: Clues Found in Important Literature:
After reading TTOTC a few times, it becomes quite clear to me that Forrest’s soul has been bruised by not attending college.  He mentions both he and his own father thinking he’s not smart enough to attend.  He comments about praying for mediocre grades and not even getting those.  He mentions the pain of having to abruptly leave Texas A & M and crying under a tree in a pasture of cattle, a life altering moment.  Even though he prevails and is very successful in later life, with his father on the banco, complimenting him on his sale of an expensive art piece that is worth more than his father’s house, Forrest still seems to be hurt by, and tries to make up for, those lost college years by reading old literature in college curriculums.  Forrest sites numerous books he purchased at Borders under the chapter “Important Literature.”  He’s gently telling us there’s important works to be read as well as some clues perhaps.  This is kind of cool as you don’t need a bunch of money to find clues just head to the library and read the classics.

One big huge hint in the TTOTC book: In one of his interviews, Forrest said there are clues in the “chapters” of his book.  Chapters???  The first chapter of TTOTC is “Important Literature”.  It is these individual books he mentions where I gained the most clues to back up my poem solve.  In addition, in one interview with school aged children, a student asks how many clues are in the book (meaning a generic book, any book, and not specifically TTOTC, I think the generic word “book” means all the books mentioned in Important literature).  Forrest respond with something like “one, or no maybe two”.  This makes sense after you read all the books he mentions.  There may be one or two clues in each of the books he mentions in TTOTC.

Forrest says, TTOTC p133, “There are also other subtle clues sprinkled in the stories.” I believe Mr. Fenn is referring to the “stories” such as For Whom The Bells Toll, and The Great Gatsby, as mentioned in his TTOTC book and other books.  A definition of the word story is “history”.  I believe he would like us to go out and research on our own and find out about the past to educate us (without us having to go to college), to learn about the present.  I believe there are also other books with clues, Journal of a Trapper, Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Eric Sloane’s Eighty (which actually also refers to Robert Redford’s book).

Fenn wants to remember the history behind the heritage.  He doesn’t want the history to go meaningless and soon forgotten as time passes on, just like the soldiers tombstones by the waterfall in TTOTC. As soon as I felt this from reading TTOTC,  I searched for and thought I found my first clue with Robert Redford.  TOTC p11: “If Robert Redford had ever written anything he probably could have done it better than the guy who wrote that Gatsby book”.

Well actually, Robert Redford did indeed write one book titled The Outlaw Trail; A Journey Through Time and it’s right up Fenn’s alley with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, their routes, get-a-ways, hide outs, etc.  I think I found 2 hints in that book.  The book front panel reads “the key to the future may well lie in the past”. Forrest says “there are only a few in tight focus with a word that is “key”.  To me, that is another well said hint.  They Key or the Quest to the future may well lie in the past Vision Quests.

Robert Redford’s The Outlaw Trail Book Clue #1:
TTOTC p131-132, “So I wrote a poem containing 9 clues that if followed precisely, will lead to the end of my rainbow and the treasure:”

In Robert Redford’s Outlaw Trail book on p 152, “…we passed through Sheep Creek Canyon, a paradise that appears suddenly and looks like what one expects to find at the end of the rainbow.”

After reading Redford’s book, it’s clear that he has a vested interest in the history of the past, just like Fenn.  Redford speaks of knowledge going extinct as the people who once knew the information grow old and pass away.  Redford’s way of keeping this knowledge alive is his Outlaw Trail book.  Forrest’s way is through his treasure hunt. Kindred spirits I feel, the two of them.

In these quotes, both Fenn and Redford are referring to the end of a rainbow.  Redford pairs the end of the rainbow with “Sheep Creek Canyon.”  My interpretation of his Sheep Creek Canyon that Fenn is possibly revealing in this clue, is the largest concentration of bighorn sheep in the US resides in Whiskey Basin, along Torrey Creek, in Dubois, WY.

The Wind River is rich in history.  Butch Cassidy owned a horse ranch in Dubois (pronounced dewboyce) and went to Welty’s general goods store, a historic building which is still open to this day. Bridger passed through here.  There were mountain men rendezvous in this Wind River area, Russell Osborne also passed through here, and more.

Getting specific to my location now:

Near Dubois, there are 2 “warm” creeks that “halt” or slow down and change direction as they flow into the Wind River, hence warm waters, plural.

1. Warm Springs Creek, near DuNoir
2. Little Warm Springs Creek, in Dubois, across from the KOA

Remember the chapter No Place for Biddies?  On page 20 it reads: “the tall one was the best excuse I can think of for zero population growth.”  So too, was Dubois, as in ten years the population climbed a remarkable 9 people!  Population 971 at 2010 census and just a mere 962 at the 2000 census. Wyoming as a state hasn’t grown much either. Is Forrest hinting to a place where there is zero population growth?  Perhaps…

Catcher in the Rye Clue: p 12 of TTOC Fenn says, “I found the area I was looking for and pulled out “Catcher in the Rye.” Beginning of Chapter 2, p10 which is in the beginning of the book Salinger writes…”he showed us this beat-up old Navajo blanket…bought off some Indian in Yellowstone Park.”  This totally stood out to me, and upon first impression I thought he was directing you to Yellowstone Park, but no, he isn’t.  He’s saying “some Indian in Yellowstone Park.”  The Shoshone Tukudeka were known to be the majority inhabitants of Yellowstone, not the Navajo.  That was just a red herring using that tribe.  The Crow were in Yellowstone too, but not like the Tukudeka.  In the book “Journal of a Trapper”, Russel Osborn refers to seeing the Sheepeaters in Yellowstone and they were well dressed and had beautifully crafted bows made of sheep horn.  So the Sheepeaters specifically, were the primary inhabitants of the park.

Fenn took this book out of the trash and back on his shelf.  I thought that Fenn was telling us that book was important.

Hopalong Cassidy is mentioned in TTOTC.  Hopalong Cassidy is also mentioned at the end of the Great Gatsby.  Coincidence?  No not when it’s mentioned twice.  That’s a clue!  He wants us to look up something about Hopalong Cassidy!  I looked up the episodes that aired on TV and there’s one called Hills of Old Wyoming that was made April 16, 1937.  The stamp on the chapter that mentions Hopalong Cassidy is April 15, 1936.  Exactly a year and a day apart.  In the Hills of Old Wyoming film it mentions, an Indian Reservation in Wyoming.  There is only one reservation in Wyoming for the Shoshone Tukudeka, The Wind River Indian Reservation.

More importantly, In the first thick, Hopalong Cassidy book by Clarence Mulford, there are a couple references to the Wind River, ‘Ol Wind River Country, one of the mountain ranges in Dubois, WY.  In Journal of a trapper, the Wind River is referred to on numerous occasions.  In Lewis and Clark, they also mention Dubois, it’s in another state, not Wyoming, but hey, it’s mentioned, and you have to know your locations in further detail to figure that out.

In the For Whom the Bell Tolls book, on page 3, “I would like to have it hidden in utmost security at a distance no greater than half an hour from the bridge, if that is possible.”  There is a bridge on Torrey Creek to get to Ring Lake Ranch.  There’s actually a couple bridges.  “That is simple, the old man said.  But now we must climb a little to get there” in other words, up the mountain. “He leaned over and put the pack onto his shoulders.” and “How do we go?”  “We climb”…bending under the weight of the packs, sweating, they climbed steadily in the pine forest that covered the mountainside.”  This sounds like Fenn climbing with his backpack full of treasure and box.  There’s also on page 2 “You cannot see the bridge from here”, “No, said the old man”.  So maybe you can’t see the bridge from the treasure location.

Ok, I believe I found one more huge clue that I only found after BOTG.  It is in A Farewell to Arms which Forrest mentions in TTOTC as a description, but incorrectly labels the description of the story with the title For Whom The Bell Tolls.  He describes For Whom The Bell Tolls as an ambulance driver in love with a nurse, but this is not that book, it’s A Farewell to Arms.
In the book there are several references to posts.  Weird?!  Fenn it too sharp for this to be a mistake.  It’s a hint.  On page 14, “That day I visited the posts in the mountains and was back in town late in the afternoon”.  Didn’t Forrest hide the treasure in an afternoon?  Posts?  There are several mentions of “parking below the posts” in this book. Did you know that there are posts on the mountainside denoting the location of most of the petroglyphs as markers to their location?  What?!  Yep!  The only way you would know that is if you had boots on the ground.  I snapped a picture of a post near Torrey Creek that marks a petroglyph area.  There are also a few telephone posts. On page 2 of For Whom the Bell Tolls “Where is the next post?  Below the bridge.”  OMG coincidence?! I tended to think Fenn pointed us to this book on purpose.

Flywater book, the old version refers to Warm Springs Creek several times, one that’s in Idaho.  The new version of the book mentions the Wind River.  Put the two together and there is a Warm Springs Creek on the Wind River.

Now Let’s get to THE POEM!

Begin it where warm waters halt (#1)
There are two Warm Spring Creeks that empty into the Wind River in Dubois.  Where they enter the Wind River their warm waters “halt” or slow down and change course or direction.  The Warm Springs Creek that is the most DOWNRIVER empties into the Wind River by the KOA in Dubois. That is my starting spot, the KOA in Dubois.  Mile zero.

And take it in the canyon down, (#2)
Go down the Wind River canyon, downstream, literally which is East slightly South.
Not far, but too far to walk. (#3) (drive)
In his book TFTW, Forrest says 10 miles is too far to walk.  The distance where the Little Warm Spring Creek at the KOA in Dubois meets the Wind River until you drive to the HOB on government owned land (Fish and Game), which is directly in the middle of Ring and Trail Lakes (south) on Torrey Creek at the location of the petroglyphs is about 9.6 miles, so just under 10 miles.

Put in below the home of Brown.
“Put in”, reminds me of putting in boat.  Right at this location at the middle of Ring Lake on the flat road, there is indeed a boat launch!  There’s actually about 3 boat launches.  So park your car there and “put in” time and effort!

    I believe the HOB to be the brown skinned Sheepeaters.  The word Brown is capitalized which means it could be a personal, proper noun.  In the book, For Whom the Bells Toll, JD Salinger refers to a brown skinned character numerous times in the same paragraph, so many times in such a small area on the page, that it stood out to me like beacon.   Page 10, top.

There was a large ancient Sheepeater camp recently discovered  by Rich Adams somewhere upstream on Torrey Creek at elevation 11,000 feet called High Rise Village.  This might be the “home of Brown”. Or maybe the petroglyph site is HOB.  I went with the petroglyphs as it fits my Quest theme.

From here it’s no place for the meek, (#5)
In the Hopalong Cassidy book, there is reference to Mary Meeker.  She was Hopalong’s love interest.  She was caught during a cowboy fight and twice it mentioned that “it was no place for her” up on the mountain side.  Coincidence?  Not sure, but it goes with my theory that you have to leave the creek after you put in and go up the mountain side.  In addition, Page 128 of TTOTC “I faced an uphill battle”….”looking for answers”.

The end is ever drawing nigh; (#6)
The boundary/end of the Fish and Game land is right here.  There’s a fence at the head of Ring Lake, traveling west from the road, that marks the boundary.  Start here, near the boat ramp and travel up the hillside.  The glyphs are also on rocks that are not feasible to move and many are about 500’ from the road AND they have lasted for more than 3000 years! Perfect for a blaze!  The end is ever drawing nigh!  Woot woot!

There’ll be no paddle up your creek,(#7)
Don’t go up the creek.

Just heavy loads and water high.
Previously dismissed in Part 1: Heavy loads could refer to the big boulders deposited along the moraine and creek as the ancient glacier melted and/or his heavy treasure. Water high either just refers to water upstream that’s at a higher elevation or it also has spiritual connotation.  Some of the Tukudeka spirits are water spirits or deities.

By Lana
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Treasure Quest…Part One

Treasure Quest
Part 1 – The Keyword, Theme and the Poem
By Lana

In order to understand where I believed the treasure was hidden, one must first learn of the Shoshone Tukudeka (Sheepeaters also found spelled as Tukadika and Tukudika).  These are the American Indians who inhabited the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and beyond.  More specifically, you must learn of their Vision Quests. After I try to convince you of my theme, I’ll then attempt to marry the information to the poem, “the book” and the map.

This solve, I believe, answers all the ATF quotes from Fenn’s interviews.  I can’t find one example where it doesn’t fit.

I believe Forrest has referenced Vision Quests several times in his poem. It is for these many references that I chose “Quest” as my keyword and theme of the poem.  As you read the following, take a pen and paper and see if you can spot the similarities in Fenn’s poem.  How many did you get?  Do you agree or disagree with what I’ve found?

From the four book sources mentioned below, I gathered that a Vision Quest for the Shoshone is a religious journey especially for shamen but often for brave young men, and women who went alone to connect with the spirits in search of power and/or answers. First, the participant would usually go alone and bathe in a stream or river, then often paint themselves with red pigment and sit in cedar smoke.  Next, the seeker often sat with his/her back to the rocks, perhaps with a fire, facing the river or lake, typically looking in an Eastern direction.  Once there in front of the rocks, the Tukudeka would then fast and sleep, wrapped in a blanket for one or several days awaiting a visit/vision from the spirits.

It is said that the spirit creatures could be heard pecking on the rocks, but when a visitor arrived, the spirits quickly stopped and left.  During the Vision Quest, the seeker was visited from one of these little spirit people who led them on a journey directly into the surfaces of the rock through cracks in the rocks surfaces, holes or crevices that seemed impassable.  This is why some of the petroglyphs have people’s/shamen’s arms and legs disappearing into rock cracks.  Once inside the rock spirit world, the brave vision seeker would meet other creatures that seemed to be an animal but then composed of both animal and human parts such as an owl with human arms.  These part animal, part humans are otherwise known as anthropomorphs.

During the vision, other odd, strange forms were encountered.  This is when the vision or the power and answers were made available to the participant. Alone, and supposedly inside the confines of the rocks, the brave seeker would have to fend for him/her self in this unfamiliar, strange, frightening, spirit world.  When the Vision Quest was over and the power/answers were gained, the seeker would return through the rocks, and begin creating a petroglyph.  This drawing served to record the memory of the journey.  Some of the petroglyphs I continue to refer to throughout, were incised upwards of 3,000 years ago.  Usually there was no talk of the VQ to other people, the details of a Vision Quest were kept a secret.

Key Word and Theme: “Quest” as in Vision Quest and from Fenn’s poem “your quest to cease” and all references to the word “it” I believe refer to the quest or the journey.    I have outlined the similarities of VQ’s to Forrest’s poem below.

The information on the Vision Quests was taken from several books:
Mountain Spirit, The Sheep Eater Indians of Yellowstone by Lawrence Lowendorf and Nancy Medaris Stone
Ancient Visions Petroglyphs of the Wind River and Bighorn Country by Julie Frances and Lawrence Lowendorf
Plains Indian Rock Art by James Keyser and Michael Klassen
Crow Rock Art in the Bighorn Basin: Petroglyphs at No Water, WY, by James Keyser and George Poetschat.

TTOTC page 145, Forrest:  “Now as I look back with the vision…” Ha!  Vision Quest!
References of a possible Vision Quest in Forrest’s Poem:

As I have gone alone in there (Forrest by himself alone in the VQ) TTOTC page 124 “Most are conjured up by the reverential spirits and are reserved for times when we happen upon the solitude of just ourselves”.

I can keep my secret where (usually VQ info is kept a secret but images are recorded as glyphs, drawings on rocks)

Hint of riches new and old (petroglyphs, experiences, memories, perhaps ff found artifacts, as well as a reference to the old and new riches in his treasure chest)

Begin IT and Take IT = IT refers to the Quest

Put in below the home of Brown
Dictionary definition of Brown = “dark, sun tanned skin”, capitalized as it relates to a proper noun referring to a nickname for the Shoshone people.  Definition of home = “a place of origin”, “one’s own country”, “in harmony with the surroundings”, “a family living together”, “a place where something normally or naturally lives or is located”, “was born and grew up”.  It is well documented that the Shoshone Tukudeka who have dark, sun tanned skin, lived in the glacier valley where the petroglyphs are located, named and described in further detail below, migrating up and down this glacier formed valley, following the resources of the plant life and wild game that each season offered.

Does this migration following resources sound like the definition of Geography? Geography Definition: the study of human activity as it affects and is affected by the physical features of the earth, including the distribution of populations and resources, and land use.

From here it’s no place for the meek
It = referring to the quest again.  Meek = lacking spirit and courage.  Participants in the VQ’s had to have courage and spirit and also believe in spirits or deities. In addition, perhaps the quest is taking us to a place that now requires a short hike uphill or it’s in a location that would discourage most meek, feeble, physically out of shape, seekers.

The end is ever drawing nigh
Ever: as in “always, at any time, increasingly, constantly”.  Drawing =  “an outline or sketch made by using a series of lines” just like a petroglyph.  Nigh = “coming closer, sure to happen” as well as “on the left side of a river when looking downstream.”  Put these all together and on the left side of the creek when looking downstream, from below the HOB, there’s petroglyph drawings along the creek side.

There is no paddle up your creek (don’t go up the creek, get out and search up from the creek on the hill side)  If Fenn would have used “up from your creek” it would be more obvious, however it would add another syllable to the line making the stanza not match the other prose.  I believe he meant this to be able to be deciphered both ways.  Up from your creek is perhaps where the treasure is located, and simply up your creek is where there is no paddle, or don’t bother going up there.

Just heavy loads and water high
Just: meaning ff is dismissing the heavy loads and water high as they are insignificant.  Heavy loads are the boulders dropped by the terminal moraine of the glacier. Water high simply means the water upstream, as it flows from a higher to lower elevation.  There is a waterfall upstream.  Definition of  High: “upwards in elevation, altitude or simply upriver”.  High also means “of a high reverence as in a religious figure a high priest or shaman”.

If you’ve been wise and found the blaze
Wise: a word associated with owls.  Also, the below mentioned valley has the highest concentration of owl human anthropomorphic petroglyphs in the world. Wise is a word associated with being smart from former knowledge. Found – “looking among more than just one” (there’s more than a few petroglyphs), also to find as in to find your answers as you see your vision. This sentence is past tense making me believe you can figure out the blaze before hitting the trail.

Your quest to cease (Yay!  My keyword that I am in tight focus with!)

But tarry scant with marvel gaze
Tarry Scant: don’t stay long there may be others nearby or it’s in a kinds of sketchy location. Marvel Gaze as in use your eyes to see (as in vision) as well as drooling over the treasure.

Go in peace
After you have found your answers and power by gaining insight from the spirits on the quest.

So why is it that I must go
Forrest is perhaps questioning and seeking answers to questions about his life on his Vision Quest.

The answers I already know
He’s already had the vision and is satisfied with life’s answers.

I’ve done it tired and now I’m weak
After fasting for several days as if on a VQ, he’s weak.  He’s maybe also weak from climbing up to secret the treasure and weak from the cancer strain.  The type of sandstone that is in this valley is Tensleep and if I were tired it would make me want to go to sleep, to Tensleep.

So hear me all and listen good,
Listen to the spirits pecking the petroglyphs, or the ring sound of Ring Lake and listen to what he has to say next in the poem.

Your effort will be worth the cold
Cold from low body heat from bathing in the cold lakes and only having a blanket. A lack of normal human emotion or friendliness from the spirits.  Also cold means “far off the mark” which represents all former attempts to solve the poem. He also needed a word to rhyme with gold and this one fits the bill more than any other rhyming word.

If you are brave and in the wood
I believe he is really emphasizing this part by saying “hear me all and listed good” .  Brave like an indian warrior seeking a VQ despite meeting unknown spirits.  The style of petroglyphs, with their unique interior lines is “Dinwoody” tradition, which could be considered a form of being “in the wood”.

Ok, I hope I provided enough to convince you on the Quest, particularly, Vision Quest theme.  So how did I come up with my location?  Well, since ff uses “wise” and also “in the wood” I took that as an owl and Dinwoody.  Wise can also mean like a shaman on a VQ.  If you look at all the vision quest sites of the Shoshone where there are glyphs/drawings the greatest concentrations of owl glyphs at above 5K feet, they are along Torrey Creek, near the quaint old west town of Dubois, WY.  Some are by Dinwoody Lake but that is on reservation land, so that rules that out as it’s not publicly owned.  Lander has a few glyphs but not particularly ones of owls.  There are also some near Thermopolis, but I don’t feel all the pieces fit. So now I’ve got my location for Torrey Creek glyphs near Ring and Trail Lakes near the town of Dubois, a french word, when translated means “in the wood”.

By Lana
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