Grey Owl – No Fenn Treasure There

OK, here’s my logic on one failed attempt involving the clues that Forrest Fenn gave us in The Thrill of the Chase poem.

– I started near the north entrance of Yellowstone. In another post we covered the connection of Mammoth Hot Springs and the nearby army base. I was guessing this may be Where Warm Waters Halt.
– I moved into the Black Canyon of Yellowstone north of the park, in Montana
– Moving along the Yellowstone River, you can ‘put in’ below the Joe Brown Trailhead (home of Brown?) and continue to move north with the river. Yes, the river runs northward.
– Along the river you may encounter high waters. You may also find heavy loads in a few places – such as Point of Rocks, a fishing spot. OR you may look to the town of Emigrant, MT – a former railroad town. Heavy loads may have been carried on the railroad.
– Then the blaze we are looking for would be found if you are wise. We’ve all heard of the “wise old owl.” This could mean the Grey Owl fishing area. Right inside the Grey Owl area, you’ll find a cement panel on the ground containing a poem dedicated to “Mark.” No last name. Was this actually a mark as in marking the spot? The poem was not unlike the one on the tomb of the French Soldier in “The Thrill of the Chase.” I should have taken a photo or written down the poem. All I can remember is part of the final line – something like ‘only god knows.’

Could this be the blaze? I say no. The area just didn’t seem right. It was pretty small and there was a lot of standing water – indicating it was prone to flooding. As I said before, I don’t think Forrest Fenn would want his body to be a washed away in a flood or be so close to hikers and fishermen. But to be sure, I scoured it anyway.

At one point I found a hollow tree, with a mark in the bark (a blaze) that resembled a hand with one finger pointing to the hole in the tree. I climbed up and looked inside the tree, but there was no treasure chest. And who would want to spend eternity in a hollow tree? At one point I thought “in the wood” meant inside a hollow tree, but now that doesn’t make sense.

In Grey Owl I found a box for an unrelated geocaching club, as well as a plastic yellow easter egg with a Three Musketeers bar inside. I left them as they were. I also found some kind of monument to Grumpy, which I perceived to be a hunting dog as the monument consisted of shotgun shells by a concrete tablet.

There is suggestion that you may need to cross a river or creek to get the treasure. Because the river was so high and fast in June 2014, I was only able to get part way across to a small island, using some fallen logs. You may want to go there and cross more of the river when the water calms, but I’ll be shocked if that leads to the treasure.

So in conclusion, I think this was the wrong solution and place.

But who the heck knows? Only FF…

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The Blaze – Part 1

So what is a blaze? It was easy enough to look up on dictionary.com. The most sensible definition is as follows:

“A spot or mark made on a tree, as by painting or notching or by chipping away a piece of the bark, to indicate a trail or boundary.”

If you’re out in the wilderness, this one makes perfect sense. You could take it another step and look for marks on a rock as well. I say this after noting the huge number of fallen trees in the Yellowstone area. If Forrest Fenn placed a blaze on a tree, there is a good chance it may have fallen in a storm or due to another reason.

If you’re in a national or state park with trails, you will see lots of signs marking the trail. Those signs are also known as blazes. If you’re in a forest, you might start looking at trees for some kind of engraving or paint.

As of now, something like this make the most sense to me. Of course, that may be a bad sign.

I suppose it could be something like an orange, red, or yellow object – possibly shaped like a flame. The mountains often have such colors on them. I haven’t researched, but I assume it has something to do with the minerals and metals in them.

It could have something to do with the sun, but I doubt it since the sun moves and may only create a phenomena at certain points in a day or at certain times of year

It turns out that FF has sent some photos of trees with blazes such as the letter F or a person, so maybe that is the meaning of blaze.

Again, only FF knows…

We’ll talk more about it in part 2 or part II or part two

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The Blaze – Part 2

Now that we know what a blaze may or not be, let’s talk about what this specific blaze might be – if Forrest Fenn placed it himself. You might think he’d use a symbol that has some relevance to himself and the chase.

Here are a few reasonable guesses:

FF states in the book that he enjoys drawing frogs and dragonflies
At the end of the book there are two Omega signs, or upside-down horseshoes
He may have used his initials, FF or one F
The poem says “If you’ve been wise and found the blaze” so maybe it is an owl
The book has a picture of a sign for FF’s art gallery. It’s not impossible that he could have hung a sign like that on a tree

The above are reasonable guesses. The below are unreasonable guesses.

There are a lot of adages in the book, especially in the chapter Dancing with the Millenium. He may have posted one on sign on a tree

Maybe it is simply a trail marker

The book talks about a grave marker that he found during his days flying in the Vietnam War. The marker contained a poem. Maybe the blaze is a similar marker containing a poem or other words of wisdom.

As we always say, only FF knows…

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