FF has said that if he revealed the location of the Home of Brown, someone could walk right to the treasure. So this is obviously a key clue.
Many people have noted that Brown is capitalized in the poem, so it must be a person or place. Others say that FF ignores or intentionally manipulates rules of grammar as he sees fit, so capitalization is a non-issue.
Brown could refer to brown trout. Forest Fenn is known to be an avid fisherman, specifically enjoying fly fishing for trout. Brown could refer to the brown bear or grizzly. As far as I can tell, neither would be capitalized if proper grammar was enforced.
So what else could it be? At one point, I thought it might be a proper name for a specific trout – like a record sized fish.
Then I found a spot that I had driven past numerous times – the Joe Brown trailhead. I hiked the trail, all the while looking for some type of blaze. This trail just keeps going up, up up. If you “put in” you might be starting the trail. The trailhead is the start of the trail and it is certainly below this trail in terms of altitude.
I didn’t find the treasure there, but it was a heck of a hike. Who knows – maybe I just missed it. I looked pretty hard for trees with some kind of marking but didn’t see any. The only sign I saw on the trail was right near the start. I looked around it, but there was no treasure. It wouldn’t have made sense as a place for his eternal resting place anyway – too close to the road.
I saw some rocks with orange colors. I looked around many of them but found no treasure.
To be continued in part 2!