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.
Forrest Fenn has established a few clues that were not found in the poem or the book “The Thrill of the Chase.”
– The treasure is at least 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe, NM.
– The treasure is not associated with a building or structure. Somehow I took this to mean the home of Brown is not a building or structure but I may have taken this clue too far
– The treasure is not in a cemetery
– The treasure is more than 7500 feet above sea level
– The treasure is in either NM, CO, WY, or MT – specifically in the regions depicted in the official map
My understanding is that the treasure is not buried under ground – it is supposed to be exposed to snow and rain. I’m not 100% clear on this.
I always meant to visit Yellowstone National Park. I never went until I read about Forrest Fenn and his treasure. I know I’m not the only one that was inspired by FF to get off the sofa and onto the chase. I am sure many people have visited YS while on the hunt for FF’s treasure.
YS officials should be thankful and acknowledge the contribution FF has made to their park.
I spent a lot of money on the chase. I spent a lot on gas, car rental, a book, restaurants and motels during my hunt. It was good for the economy.
Since you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you like the show “The Curse of Oak Island” as I do. If not, you ought to check it out. It airs on The History Channel – check your tv listings. It details the current efforts to solve one of the most legendary treasure hunts of all time. Just search for Oak Island on the internet if you aren’t already aware of this one.
Anyway, even though I have strongly advocated secrecy and anonymity when dealing with the Forrest Fenn treasure, not everyone agrees with me.
I have to admit: the search could make a heck of a reality tv show.
For those unaware, it turns out that most of reality tv is scripted and/or planned out ahead of time.
If I were to develop a show based on Fenn treasure, I would wait until the treasure is found, and make sure to keep the find a secret. Then I would film a number of episodes where we search in different areas that seem to have potential, but do not hold the treasure. The grand finale would be a staged re-enactment of the big discovery.
Imagine the possibilities!
So if you find the hidden treasure chest and want to be on tv, keep this in mind. And yes, I’d be interested getting involved.
For the record, I’m not suggesting that “The Curse of Oak Island” ends with discovery of the treasure or that they have already found a treasure or anything else.
Good luck, be safe and keep me posted of your adventures!