Swag : Stuff We All Get

Not everyone got the same thing. Door prizes. This was mine. Love it.

Poster signed by Fenn

It’s going in the map chest Mr. W altered for me to store my arrowhead collection in.

I would love to have chosen the signed book, Seventeen Dollars a Square Inch, about artist/renaissance man Eric Sloane, but my number was called too late for that gem, or Copper Dan’s magnificent art pieces.

Much appreciation to those whose efforts made the event possible. I was looking for closure in the form of the true solution to the clues in the poem, but that’s not looking likely at this point.

All in all, what a great Finale. Rest in peace, Forrest Fenn.

2020 Event in West Yellowstone

 

Finale = the close or end of something (Merriam Webster.)

Forrest Fenn always had a way with words.

 

Getting There —

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West Yellowstone —

Searchers (not “finders”) gathered for a weekend of fun.

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Picnic in the Park
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Going Home —

Paradise Valley/Yellowstone River

Not until we were well on our way home, just ahead of the massive snow storm, did we hear the news of Fenn’s passing. 

One treasure found. One treasure lost.

Old Santa Fe Trail

Happy fishing, Forrest.

Too Many Barbaras

Pirates

So far, I hear,  23 people have claimed to be the treasure finder in communication with Forrest Fenn. One of them apparently has such strong feelings that the chest belongs to her that she filed a lawsuit.  Her name is Barbara (not Karen) and is from the Midwest.

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Back in 2014, when I did some Q & A with Forrest for this blog, he said he’d take me to his San Lazaro pueblo, his archeological dig.  But, by the time I made my next trip to New Mexico, for a book signing event, it didn’t get arranged.

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[NOT San Lazaro]

I always wondered why.  [By then Cynthia and Jenny K (and Dal, of course) were the direct line of communication from Fenn to the searchers. No problem. Forrest always told me I was too far away.]

Book Signing at La Fonda

Through the gossip mill–yes, there are a lot of rumors out in the searcher community–I thought I might have learned the reason for the “Chill” of the Chase.

 

Swallowtail on Ironweed

Another Barbara.

Also from the Midwest.

Who may or may not have been kinda stalking Forrest.

 

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I sure hate to think that I missed out on the experience because of some other Barbara’s misbehavior.

They’re giving Karens, I mean, Barbaras, a bad name.

And Brians.  And Davids.  Click here.

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Warning!

Peace.

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Forrest Got His Bracelet Back

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Photographic images verifying that the chest was found and the turquoise and silver bracelet is on Forrest Fenn’s wrist again. The LINK.

Book Signing at La Fonda

The bracelet is unique in that the beads are mounted flat. A lot of history there.

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Again, congratulations to the finder of the chest!

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Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Chest

My Favorite Thing Contest… — Thrill Of The Chase

This sounds like fun.  Thanks Forrest and Dal!

“Raindrops on roses….”

 

Share Your Favorite Thing With The Blog Take a photo of it and write a caption in 20 words or less that explains what it is. Your favorite thing must not be alive.. No pets or children or spouses or plants…nothing alive… Submit your photo and caption along with your blog name via email to…

via My Favorite Thing Contest… — Thrill Of The Chase

Fennboree Five (?)

 

 

2019’s Fennboree

  • will be July 5-7th at Hyde (as in Hide?) Memorial State Park just north of Santa Fe.
  • Friday night campfire and hot dog roast at Site # 47.
  • Saturday pot luck at Shelter # 2.
  • More info here.

66,000 Links North of Santa Fe

66,000 Links North of Santa Fe

Last year’s camping was canceled due to the forest fires, but the Fennboree events were held in town. More on that here and here.

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Good times.

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Good company.

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Good luck!

Douglas Preston discusses —“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.”*… — (Roughly) Daily

Forrest Fenn’s friend Douglas Preston’s novel comes true??? Thought I’d share this since I read a few of his books while under the influence, hoping for hints, if not outright clues, as to where the Fenn treasure is hidden, not necessarily buried. ; )

 

A record of the most significant event in the history of life on Earth, the fossil evidence of the almost-instant extinction of most life on the planet: “The Day the Dinosaurs Died” (Plus- Cope)

via “Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.”*… — (Roughly) Daily

4 Days, $4,000? [UPDATED]

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Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

If donations for Jamie Jordan (aka JDiggins), who lost her home and business in the Mendocino fire, reach $26,255.72 by August 31, Forrest Fenn will donate an additional $10,000.

Some of the 60 prizes in the raffle drawing are pictured below.

Updates here and here and other sites.

Big thanks to this big-hearted community!

UPDATE: THEY MADE IT!!!

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Forrest Fenn Turns 88 Today

To the man who hid a treasure chest in the Rockies:

Happy Birthday, Forrest!

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 5 years since a birthday wish for Forrest turned into an invitation to visit his place in Santa Fe. Fascinating man. Astounding collections. I treasure the memory.

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Another Way to Help Out JDiggins

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Forrest Fenn has donated the original artwork of The Dancing Gypsies from p. 43 of The Thrill of the Chase. A silent auction is being conducted on Cynthia’s blog.

And, there is this post today from forum:hint of riches. QUOTED–

This is HUGE
Please, everyone listen with big ears (to quote Forrest).

As of today we have raised $16,255.72 to help Jamie Jordan, who lost her home and business in the terrible Mendocino Fire. If we can get enough donations to raise that figure to $26,255.72 by August 31, Forrest will donate $10,000 to Jamie. That will give us $36,255.72. WOW!

Please help us spread this word around the search community because we need everybody’s help.
Here is the paypal: https://www.paypal.me/JJDiggins

For updates on the September 6th drawing to benefit Jamie, who lost her home in the Mendocino fire, click this.

 

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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