Make Merry While Ye May

So, we’re not throwing bedrolls in the back of the pick-up in December and heading out to search for Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure, but we are enjoying the season.

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Mr. W and his snow kitten.

We might not be decorating the the extent that my great-great-grandmother did, . . .

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Hidden gems. Wait. Is that a Prussian soldier on the wall?

Merry Christmas and All the Best in the New Year!

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History 109 (Portal Revisited)

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East Palace

On a quiet Sunday afternoon, I finally strolled over to find Dorothy McKibbin’s obscure office space.

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(And found another interesting gallery nearby.)

 

 

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In a previous post, I mentioned Sheinkin’s excellent hx books

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And for an exciting historical fiction read regarding the Norwegian episode of the race, read The Saboteur, by Andrew Gross.

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And Fennboree 2018 Begins!

 

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BoomerGirl wins the Fenn Trivia Contest

BoomerGirl also brought a boat-load of bananas and is rocking her new hair.

Wisconsin Mike brought his kids (his daughter won the kid’s trivia contest) and oversaw an experiment in crowd-sourcing the clues. Results to be announced tomorrow. Participation may have been intentionally vague, although several searchers have a high level of confidence in their solves.

Joe & Joe, Jr.

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Joe and Joe, Jr. from Ohio are tight-lipped about where the treas ure is, but I like the treasure hanging around Junior’s neck: a frog forged by his dad that bears an unusually strong resemblance to Forrest’s creations.

 

Thank you, Connie, for organizing the events this weekend. And best wishes to Vicki from Kentucky who’s been armchair searching since 2013, but on this, her first BOTG search, suffered altitude sickness and has visited a local oxygen bar for relief.

Colorado Bob and the Red-Head head up a 4-generation search team. Great-grandson Hunter has been on 2 of their 18+ searches.  Ken from Georgia is on his 21st trip to the Rockies. Lots more searchers present that I didn’t get to speak with. Good-luck everyone!

A lot of journalists covered tonight’s kick-off: Toby, of course, and free-lancer Lucy, Sheila of The Daily Mail online, Miranda and her photographer Annie from Esquire Britain.

As Forrest’s father said, “The banana train only goes around once.”

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December 18th, 1888 Discovery by Richard Wetherill

Nice write-up over at ARTLVRK. Thought I’d share. It’s on my bucket list.

On the 18th of December 1888, Richard Wetherill, explorer, guide and excavator to-be, along with his friend Charlie Mason, both cowboys from Mancos, found Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde after noticing the ruins from the top of the highland. Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling in North America, its structure built by the Ancient […]

via Cliff Palace and the Ancient Pueblo People — A R T L▼R K

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A different pueblo, taken by someone close awhile back.

Of Fools and Gold

Reblogged:  Another occasional searcher story. “… star-filled night”, etc.

Lies Jack Kerouac told Me

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It all started with a book, Coronado’s Children, that recounted (alleged) tales of forgotten treasures in the wilds of west Texas. I first came across it at an early age – maybe eight or nine. And I was immediately hooked, poring over old road maps, drawing anally-precise little Xs on the most likely locations of the concealed bullion and mislaid bags of stolen bank loot. From the sound of it, these riches were stashed in every hollow tree stump and under every rock pile in the region. So I began to scrimp and save, buying a cheap metal detector a few years later. Mail order, no less. I may have wet myself when it finally arrived; bright red control box and coil, a pair of adjustable dials to fine-tune for precise depths and metals (coins, nuggets, ingots), the detection meter with its bouncing needle – it was…

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