Water High as a Hint/Clue

The photo of Forrest Fenn looking over the contents of the found treasure chest shows, in my opinion, silty sand around the rim of the open box. Like what you’d expect if it had sat in a river bed for ten years or so.

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Intrepid

A line from the poem includes “There’ll be no paddle up your creek, just heavy loads and water high.”  I’ve used Water High as my screen name, I chose it quickly when setting up this (my first) web site.

After that, during my endless investigations while trying to solve the clues in the poem, I learned that navigable waters are public property, even when they flow through private property. Definitions of such are subjects of interminable legal battles, such as the recently-overturned claim by the EPA that if a rainstorm leaves a puddle, it falls under their jurisdiction as a waters of the USA, blah, blah, blah.

What piqued my interest was how the edge of the river is determined. The river is deemed “public” land, up to the “high water mark.”  Relevant, yes?

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A beach with water lines

I imagine the chest was in a river bed, somewhere below the high water mark, making it legally on public land.

Verification? May be never, may be soon.

From another poem, once carved in stone in Wisconsin:

It may be never, it may be soon,

But I hope that it will be one afternoon.

I’ll hear a step on the creaking stair.

I’ll open the door, and you’ll be there.

 

 

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UPDATE– It’s Wyoming.

It’s a start. A new message from Forrest Fenn reveals the treasure was hidden and found in Wyoming. That was my first solve.

Can’t wait to learn more someday.

The message below is posted on Dal’s site:  The Thrill of the Chase.

 

SUBMITTED June 6th, 2020 by Forrest The treasure has been found It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than 10 years ago. I do not know the person who found it, but the poem…

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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.]

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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.

 

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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

Gold is Where You Find It

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What began as a birthday gift from Mr. W in late 2018, has kinda taken over. Coolest invention, that Flow Hive, or so I remarked, and Voila! It appeared.

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Some (entire) assembly required.

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So, after a two-day bee-keeping class, lots of reading, and acquiring the appropriate protective wear, (I convinced my doctor that maybe I should have an Epi pen because it’s a long way to a hospital), I ordered my bees.

And, yes, there was a certain amount of trepidation as I drove home with twenty thousand in the back seat.  Brave…

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Photo by Mustafa Eissa on Pexels.com

After a cold, wet spring, they took off. Gangbusters. Prairie blossoms galore.

Bountiful.  More honey than the bees needed. Where to put said treasure?

Beg, borrow and seal any available bottles.

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(Those cute little jars fit in the box my children made for me for Christmas. (See next photo of exotic colored woods. They are nowhere large enough, but I will keep some of each vintage in that treasure box.)

Next, drain and strain, and there you go.

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The new gold standard?

[Maybe I can trade it for toilet paper in these unusual times.]

 

 

 

 

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…

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Gold

Gold is where you find it.                 In a poem.                        After a snow.

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From —

              The Spell of the Yukon

by Robert Service

There’s gold, and it’s haunting and haunting;

It’s luring me on as of old;

Yet it isn’t the gold that I’m wanting

So much as just finding the gold.

 

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.
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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

Nothing in the Rulebook joins judging panel for Adventure Writers Competition

Son of a son of a sailorWouldn’t it be beyond cool if one of the Fenn treasure hunters won this writing contest?

Oh, the tales they could tell.

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vagabond-images-climate-change Adventure is out there as Nothing in the Rulebook joins forces with Adventure Writer’s competition. Photo credit: Mike Dodson/Vagabond Images

Creative collective Nothing in the Rulebook will thus year join the judging panel of the annual Adventure Writer’s writing competition, a contest widely known for being the only pure adventure writing competition available to writers today.

With a US$1,000 prize up for grabs, writers have until the 30 April 2019 to submit their work to the contest, before the founders of Nothing in the Rulebook will join the Adventure Writers judging panel to sift through entries and pick out a winner, who will be announced on 5 October at the Clive Cussler Collector’s Society convention.

Announcing the news, Nothing in the Rulebook’s Professor Wu said: “we’re delighted to be teaming up with the fabulous team behind the Adventure Writers competition and looking forward to seeking out some exciting…

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Another Searcher in Need of a Hand: A “Go Fund Me” For Charissa… — Thrill Of The Chase

October 2018 by an anonymous friend Good Evening Everyone. Many people have asked how to donate (in smaller amounts) to Charissa and Marti. I spoke to Marti, and with her blessing, we created a GoFundMe for her and her sister. We discussed all the ways we can raise money for her, but those country…

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Diggin Gypsy’s sister was devastated by Hurricane Michael. More information HERE.