River’s Edge

Ooooh, ick.

(From Yahoo)  Man finds stash of cash in river.   Story here.

Dog walking might pay, but I’d really rather find Forrest Fenn‘s hidden treasure chest —-

—-  Gold nuggets and emeralds don’t get soggy.

Forrest Fenn's Treasure Chest

Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Chest

Dating Oldest Known Petroglyphs in North America

English: Caveman stick figure.

English: Caveman stick figure. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

14,800 years ago ….

Click this  —-   Dating Oldest Known Petroglyphs in North America.

—–    Maybe Mr. Fenn has underestimated how long it will take for his treasure chest to be found.        Ü

Forrest Fenn's Treasure Chest

Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Chest

Link to Toby Younis’ Taping of Fenn Book Signing

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In case you missed this on Dal or Stephanie’s blog, here is the link to see the Forrest Fenn book signing last Saturday at the Moby Dickens in Taos—-

Event video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/JXupxL4ovmY

 

Thanks to Toby for his excellent work!

Too Far to Walk

Marooned Without a Compass Day: Learning Directions, Maps and How to Use a Compass

English: Compass rose, 8 points (text labels i...

English: Compass rose, 8 points (text labels in English) Italiano: Rosa dei venti a 8 punte (etichette di testo in inglese) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What I didn’t learn in school—

Marooned Without a Compass Day: Learning Directions, Maps and How to Use a Compass.

 

Glad for the explanations on GPS coordinates, etc. over on Stephanie’s Chase Chat.  Thank you all.

 

 

And just for fun, treasure seekers, click on the link below  …..

Aaaargh!

http://wingnutstockimages.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/create-an-authentic-looking-pirate-treasure-map/

Pyle's 20th century illustration of a marooned...

Pyle’s 20th century illustration of a marooned pirate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adventurers

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borrowed from Kelly @flateleven—Thank you.

Me to Mr Waterhigh:  please, please, please, ….

I think once he’s done with his day job we could hit the road. If it’s not too cold.  And I’ve got this puzzle solved, with confidence.

Forrest Fenn's Treasure Chest

Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Chest

Dinosaur for Sale

Forrest Fenn's Treasure Chest

Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Chest

 

 

 

Wondering what to do if you find Fenn’s treasure chest? Just a thought, if you have room in your basement? barn? museum?
Myself? I’d keep the jewels. Just what is a coat bracelet, I wonder?

Trowels and Trenches

I need to borrow £600,000.

Or AU$1,006,629.

Don’t worry, I’m good for it.

Mark the 27th of November in your calendars everyone. That is the day that Misty, a Diplodocus longus dinosaur goes up for auction at the Summer Place auction house in Billingshurst, England. The 18m long and 6m high dinosaur is estimated to sell for somewhere between £400,000- 600,000 and is one of only a handful of Diplodocus’ in the world. In fact the bones of the Diplodocus are so rare that even London’s Natural History Museum displays a plaster cast that is based on two separate skeletons.

MistyIt took a team nine weeks to excavate Misty, after the fluke discovery of the female specimen outside of the Dana Quarry in Wyoming. Famed dinosaur hunter Raimund Albersdoerfer was undertaking an excavation in the quarry when he sent his sons to investigate the area, not expecting them to…

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West Yellowstone & Up the Gallatin (Part IV)

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In the morning, the first item on my agenda was to find Dal’s cache in the woods.  His GPS coordinates were of no use to me, but fortunately his instructions were clear, and if precisely followed would lead me to the stash with confidence.  It also didn’t hurt that I’d seen the photos on his blog.  IMG_0336

I’d brought a set of ‘important bear info’ playing cards to leave in the tub.  To make room, I had to choose between a black thing and electric tape.  I took the tape.  IMG_0338Good to go.

The rest of the morning was spent driving down the Madison and checking out the earthquake damage.  I’d been there the day it happened and again when I was ten.  (See Terremoto entry.)IMG_0366

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The Hebgen Lake Dam and fishing access was closed for construction/repairs.

Possibility of water high?!

Possibility of water high?!

Surprising how the rocky scars still look fresh.  In fact, across from the Earthquake Visitor’s Center (also CLOSED), I saw an omega blaze and looked quickly down.

OMG!  The Omega?

OMG! The Omega?

Okay, between me and the hidden treasure chest was a rushing river, boulders, and a steep ravine.  Hmm.  I’ll come up from below, I thought.  IMG_0431I drove down to where the valley opened up.  A longer hike than I’d be doing alone in the heat.  Maybe not ever.

I turned around and drove back up the ‘hill’.   Now, there were  2 empty cars parked along the road.  For a moment I panicked and thought they were just ahead of me on the chase.  I parked and started hiking down the slippery slope across from my blaze.  And then I saw them.

It turned out, they were ‘just’ fishing.

IMG_0454I had some time to think there on the slide.  The more I gazed across the river, the more I realized that spot was just not possible to reach safely.  Not for a child, a person of eighty, or even one approaching 60.  Anyone in between, go for it.  You have my blessing.  Go in peace.

Instead of heading north, I went back into West Yellowstone for bear spray, just in case I got brave enough to get in the wood.  And, just to remind myself of the vertical factor this winter while I’m poring over maps, I picked up a 3-D molded plastic version map of the area.  I think we still have a Denver/Rockies one from 28 years ago.
I inquired of the volunteers at tourist info as to where Watkins Creek was.  In addition to printing me a map,  they mentioned  a $6k per week Firehole.  I started out for it, but the tarred road was scant. IMG_0473 I made it a bit past the nice boat launch/campground before I was jarred into turning around. Clearly the movie stars they’d mentioned must fly in.IMG_0474
I only had 6.7 more miles of gravelly washboard to go.  If Mr. W gets that pickup, we’ll try it next year.  Plus, that will give me an extra year to get into shape to reach those aptly (?) named lakes above there. *** Is there an air ambulance available for the over-confident? she wonders.

After lunch, I headed up Highway 191, the Gallatin River valley, to the Soldier’s Chapel.  I’d recently read The Bloody Bozeman, and have to agree with the person who mentioned that Bozeman ought to be named Story.  Bozeman was rather reckless with other people’s lives.

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I headed south to where I’d made a reservation for the night.  A welcome thunderstorm passed through that night and drenched the area.  Helpful to those battling a fire or two.  IMG_0345 I planned to attend the chapel service Sunday morning, and then, if I was really brave, I just might have (probably not), ridden the ski lift/tram up Lone Mountain before heading to parts north.
But, there was an email waiting for me.  From Forrest Fenn.
***  If I had kept up with Dal’s blog the day I was packing, I would have realized that a couple of fearless, and healthy, searchers had made the trek up the mountain to not just Lower Coffin Lake, but the Upper one as well.  So, maybe we don’t need that pick-up truck. . . .