When I read “The Thrill Of The Chase” I came away thinking that a passage about trains was important. I suppose it was nothing more than a hunch with no real basis. We know Fenn has links to Santa Fe, and of course the Santa Fe Railroad was one of the better known railroads in the US. In fact, if you encounter BNSF, which is still active today, the letters stand for Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

At the time, I thought the words in the poem ‘heavy loads’ could possibly refer to a train yard or station. After all, freight trains would carry heavy loads of various types of freight. It’s probably a stretch and I’ve since moved away from that thought.

Then I learned that in Britain, a ‘halt’ could mean a minor railway stop without buildings.

Could such a rail stop be a clue or a landmark on your journey to the treasure? Could rails, a train yard or something else related to locomotives be involved?

I kind of doubt it. But it’s a thought. The more ideas we can eliminate, the fewer wild goose chases we will have left to go on.

Would you believe that ‘down’ is part of rail-related terminology? ‘The down line’ is “of or relating to a train or trains from a more important place or one regarded as higher.”

Now if you can make any sense of that either you’re a genius or you’re really stretching it to find a connection.

OK – more crazy wordplay-related posts to come!

Forrest Fenn Wordsmith

Forrest Fenn took years to finish his poem. Not because it is long – because he chose his words very carefully. I can only imagine he changed the wording many times to make it more difficult to solve the puzzle.

I’ll assume that some of the words have double meanings. Some of them are probably really obscure. Others may be antiquated and no longer used in common speech.

I haven’t written a post in a while, but today I’ll start a series with some odd alternate definitions for words in the poem. I’m going to pick words in no particular order to make it more interesting.

I don’t guarantee that any of these meanings were what Fenn intended, and I sure don’t claim that you can use these ideas to solve the poem. I think the best case scenario here is that it might help you to think of things differently. Good luck!

Let’s start small. Some of you may know this, but I didn’t

Far means on the right side
Nigh means on the left side

As the poem reads, these definitions don’t really seem to help of make sense. But I think it’s neat to learn these alternate meanings, and the fact that both right and left appear is kind of interesting.

More to come soon!

Cooper’s El Vado Ranch on the Chama River

Forrest Fenn once stated something to the effect that if you could deduce The Home of Brown, you would walk right to the treasure.

We’ve tried pretty hard to figure out the ‘home of brown.’

We all know that Forrest Fenn is a fan of fishing for trout. Of course some fish are called brown trout. What if “brown” was the name of a specific trout – like a brown trout – that held a record for size?

The largest brown trout caught in New Mexico was caught at Cooper’s El Vado Ranch. It is stuffed and on display there.

If that is the home of brown in question, one might think the swinging bridge that runs over the Chama River on the property could be the notorious “no place for the meek.” You might “put in” the river by launching a boat. You might follow the many, many twists and turns of the river from there and feel like the end is ever nigh.

Although I have been to Cooper’s El Vado Ranch, I didn’t launch a boat in the river and go downstream. If you ever try this route, let me know how it goes. Especially if you find the treasure!!!

Did Forrest Fenn Say too Much?

Recently I watched a short video featuring Forrest Fenn. At the end he states that he said something during the interview that he wishes he hadn’t said.

I am going to take a wild guess at what he wishes he hadn’t said. He mentions that the treasure is in a place where you can smell pinyon.

According to the sometimes-reliable internet, this plant can be found in New Mexico and Colorado, but not Wyoming or Montana. That’s IF I’m reading the info about pinyon properly – and that’s a big IF.

So does this narrow things down even further to only New Mexico or Colorado? Who knows? That line may not even be the one he regrets saying.

You can see the video below.