Time is speeding up as winter thaw opens the trails to Forrest Fenn’s Treasure once again. A draft of what will be my best guess to Fenn’s end of the rainbow is in wait but not for long. An ever growing number of searchers seem to be closing in on the whereabouts of Fenn’s special place and Forrest himself has hinted that the end is growing near.
I saw some hunters on my last trip but we were all in cognito. No welcoming waves as we drove by one anothers cars and trucks. I had to wait my turn on occasion to look amongst some possible blazed trees. Now as we get ready to hunt again I read blogs that suggest that lots of people are looking in the same places.
So my mind drifts off as I imagine the perfect treasure hunt, to the best times, when I dredge for gold and explored beautiful mountain streams for a glimpse of something gold. The best moments where after the day had ended. Diner cooking on a campfire along with hot coffee and tales of the days endeavors. Chatting with new acquaintances as we soak our feet in the Corin Hot Springs while watching the sun paint the sky for the last time till morning arrives. Sharing stories that sound like the fishing yarns my friends and I would embellish to tease each other. One boasting of a secret hole where the biggest fish always got away. Just the idea of sharing the porch overlooking the Yellowstone river as it runs through the canyon below while I sip a well deserved brew accompanied by my favorite elk burger with fellow explores, gives me a warm feeling. Only one person will be first to the treasure but the chase is for all of us. Soon I will be on the hunt just another dog in the chase but I’ll be dreaming of the perfect hunt and hoping to run with the pack, howl at the moon and share our thrill of the chase.
Those of you who are looking this spring and wish to share a story or two feel free to comment. Just like the pioneers and trappers before we might gather in the spirit of the “Rendezvous ” of old. Keep an eye on the weather for April could be the beginning of the end of the chase. Use this opportunity to communicate and set up a chance to exchange ideas and stories. Stay tuned for my best guess of where the treasure is and add your own ideas. Take a deep drink of Forrest Fenn’s thrill of the chase and let it nourish your Inner ana Jones.