Tarry Scant

This may be the most important part of the entire poem.

A quick stop at dictionary.com gives us the definition of tarry scant. To paraphrase, don’t linger and wait around. Secure the treasure and get the heck out of there ASAP.

Let’s be honest – there are a lot of dangers in the chase. Altitude, wild animals, rough and unfamiliar terrain come to mind. But as usual, man is the most dangerous game.

Throughout history, MANY people have been murdered for far, far less money. Gold specifically seems to leave a long trail of deaths as greed does strange things to people.

There is a famous saying that has been, sadly, misquoted to the point that its original meaning has been lost. It should read:

The lack of money is the root of all evil”

In other words, if someone knows that you have the treasure, they may do something desperate to take it from you. My advice is to act like an innocent hiker, fisherman, or tourist. I wouldn’t tell anyone I am looking for the treasure, and if I found it, I would shut up, put my head down and rush to a safe haven. Be sure to take a backpack large enough to carry a 10x10x6 inch chest that weighs over 40 pounds.

That, I believe, is the best advice Forrest Fenn or I can give, and that is why I call it the most important part of the poem. Safety first. Dead men spend no treasure.

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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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Gypsy Magic

On pages 42-43 of The Thrill of the Chase, Forrest Fenn describes watching gypsies party near the railroad tracks when he was a child.

Maybe I’m off base here, but there is something about this story that doesn’t seem right. It isn’t actually a story per se. So, is it a clue? If so, what in the world could it mean?

Could railroad tracks be part of the chase? At one time I worked out a failed solution that involved the town of Emigrant, MT – a former railroad town. I thought “heavy loads” might refer to the loads a train would carry. That theory didn’t pan out, but could there be something to the idea? I suppose it could

Could there be a place in one of the four states named after gypsies? I haven’t looked yet.

Maybe it’s just a story that he wanted to include. Maybe it was a more important memory than it seems.

Only FF knows…

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Helicopter???

I’m not sure if there’s anything to this one or not…After a while you start seeing clues everyplace, whether they are there or not…

I noticed in The Thrill of the Chase that there are three separate mentions of the word ‘helicopter’

On page 50, FF talks about a “helicopter-looking thing” that his brother had built.
On page 90 he talks about a helicopter picking him up in Vietnam.
On page 67 he talks about a car’s fan “making noises like a helicopter”

Now is this just a coincidence? Probably. Maybe a pilot would naturally refer to helicopters in his normal speech.

I’m not sure if this is really a clue, and if it is I don’t know what it might mean. Did he take a helicopter to hide the treasure? He doesn’t mention that he flies them. I can’t imagine that he would hire a pilot to fly him to drop off the treasure. The pilot would surely put 2 and 2 together later.

Is there some place in one of the four states that is named after a helicopter or something related to helicopters? I haven’t checked.

My, how the mind can work overtime when we try to solve a puzzle.

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