Forrest Fenn Deserves an Award

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.

Hooray!

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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Map and Satellite View Combo

If you simply use a map – whether online or on paper, you might find what looks like a great solution to the puzzle.

Unfortunately, some of these places work better in theory than in practice.

Sometimes you may get to a location and immediately know that it looks all wrong. I’m still assuming that the place will be at least a certain distance from regular foot traffic and also from raging flood waters that will occur from time to time.

If you check out your potential search area on a satellite view first, you may save yourself time, effort, fuel and money. All resources that are limited and could be better spent searching other locations.

That’s all for now

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Welcome Forrest Fenn Treasure Hunters!

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Welcome to the new Blog of Insanity! Now devoted to my crazy thoughts on the search for the Forrest Fenn treasure – and The Thrill of the Chase.

Here you can read my opinions, guesses, interpretations, and experiences chasing the dream. You’ll also have to put up with my other, unrelated blog posts.

I took a shot at the hidden treasure. I didn’t find it and it cost a lot of money and energy. Since I live in Florida and we know the treasure chest is in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, or New Mexico, it just isn’t realistic for me to be a full-time searcher.

If you haven’t bought Forrest Fenn’s book The Thrill of the Chase yet, it is a must-have tool for the chase. Get it here:

For those of you who don’t know already, Forrest Fenn is a multimillionaire art dealer. For his own personal reasons, he decided to hide a treasure chest full of gold, jewels, and other valuable items. He wrote a poem containing clues to help you find the treasure. He also wrote and published a book, The Thrill of the Chase, which contains subtle clues to help searcherers find the hidden treasure.