Forrest Fenn, Capt Kidd, Gardiner Inland, Capt Pappy, Edwards Inland and two Dead Boats

Hebgen lake early in the morning , hey wait for me!

Begin it near Madison Junction and take it (the Madison River) down the canyon about 15 miles past the old West Yellowstone Dump, Brown’s Camp, and Baker’s hole over the bridge and turn left on Rainbow Road below the home of Brown. Stay left onto Horse Butte Road and go down to last stop at Edwards Peninsula. Note that the old bitty from the book is my blaze. She can be seen on Google Earth on Edwards Island as an exact mirror image. The image also looks like a white blaze on the face of a cow. Bessie from the book? The South Fork of the Madison comes into the lake here as cold water.

We found two old fishing boats here buried halfway in the ground. the words “don’t dig” came quickly to mind so we did not dig but I wanted to dig believe me.

Richard’s spring well is around here and that could be the cold we are looking for along with white aspen trees and wise owls. I really was excited to look there but all I found was that the fishing is great due to the addition of cold South Fork of the Madison water. The view alone was worth the trip.

Mountain in all directions.

I won’t bore you with the rest of my solve as I have moved on to a much better solve. Next time the best solve yet and the greatest people I have had the pleasure to party with at the Fennborrie in West Yellowstone. Oh and to my friend in West Virginia I sent Larry to look on your creek as I could not get there these last two trips. It has been a wonderful and hectic journey which gave me no time to go there but it has been covered and I will try to go myself in the next two weeks. I will not forget.

the boats were old 1950’s fishing boats. There seems to have been an old road and maybe some corrals out on the tip of the island. We saw plenty of wildlife but no bears. The best encounter was with four bison three of which had calves and the fourth was calving as we watched.

In my mind I could imagine how Forrest might pretend he was Capt. Kidd on Gardiner Inland swash buckling his way through the trees swimming in the lake and catching some amazing stringers of rainbow and brown. If Mr Fenn didn’t look for arrow heads and semiprecious stones here then he miss out as it is just across the way from the above picture of Hebgen Lake and across from his mom’s RV park.

Dig? Don’t dig. Ugh! Don’t need tools soooo don’t dig.

My best find in all the years I have been looking was the time I shared at the meetup in West Yellowstone. Everyone showed respect for each other and almost everyone shared their ideas. The searcher were some of the most interesting people I have ever met. They came form Germany, Canada, Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico, Indiana and Idaho. These people where active, bright, movers and shakers. Food was good company amazing and the hole thing was up beat. Thank you guys so much! Forrest Fenn bought all that attended a drink and we all toasted Forrest and a searcher from Florida bought my table dinner. Wow, what a treasure the meetup was.

Now I have to wait for rivers to settle so I have a couple of weeks, but instead of waiting here in Boise I plan to attend the meetup in Santa Fe. They have their work cut out for them if they hope to compete with the warm welcoming experience I had in West Yellowstone and I hope for the best.

Well as always I hope you find something helpful to your search; be safe, take bear spray, and don’t pet the bison.

Where’s the Captain where’s he been: Treasure Island with Capt. Kidd

Where is Capt. Pappy ?
Look Capt. Kidd

If you have been following me here is a poem for you. Can you find the stories in this Ode to the Rainbow? Is it over is the he end is neigh, just one more adventure then I will decide.

First, I could not setup the trips as it would have been unethical to miss lead my readers. I knew of one place that I felt was the site where Forrest hide his treasure so how could I take people where I felt there was no hope of finding the chest. I have been to West Yellowstone three times for ten days in total, all the time thinking I have the solve. I’ll be there once again coming the week end of June 14 -16. I’ll be glad to meet searchers on my way. After that going to tell all I know at the Fennboree in June . I may not know much but after all these years I hope I can contribute to the search. Hope to be in my home state New Mexico in July for that gathering and then in Colorado and Wolf Creek Pass looking for a gold ring. I have no idea how this Ode will be accepted just wrote it down for reminiscing in my old age.

Ode to the Rainbow

Old Faithful down Grand Canyon Yellowstone

below Artist Point Brown’s painting site

Turkey Creek Up Bear Gulch to Brown’s home

Riches new and old Joe Brown’s gold strike

Jardine ghost town spirits Lava Creek Falls

Joe Brown’s put-in up from Sphinx Creek

Box cars Yankee Jim poacher bear malls

News Man dreams to sail longest creek

President Gardner’s Gate Union Pacific Watkin’s Ranch

Miner Creek campground graffiti in aspen trees

Three seasons twenty-three searches still no chance

Not nary one blaze and no quest to cease

Silver Gate to Soda Butte Lamar Valley Pebble Creek

Ice Box Canyon Bear Trap up Cache Immaculate Impression

below Lamar Ranger Station Rose Creek Slough Creek

Two seasons ten days and fourteen sessions

South Fork Shoshone to Cabin Creek cave by Cody

Deer Creek rock lightening thunder volts dangerous trail

Dead horse dead deer nest in my boot my dog Billy

Museum pow wow Cathedral water falls Viking tail

Back to Gardiner elk burger Yellowstone River teepee rings

Arrow head fire rings Devil’s Slide old dump Bridge’s cabin

Labyrinth thundering grouse foot soak at Corwin Springs

Two seasons six trips bear proof Yukon to go camping in

Out West Gate down from the canyon past Baker’s Hole

Old dump bear view Camp Brown new airport Madison

South Fork South Arm observation point where aspens grow

White rock Rumbaugh Ridge duck blind deer on the run

Horse Butte lookout web cam Edwards Peninsula bison calves

Rainbow road white aspen two pirate boats owl and osprey

Mouse deer elk near the road baby elk hiding and acting brave

Romsett Beach Island big brown’s dancing rainbows birds of prey

Continental divide Watkins Creek Firehole Ranch old airport

Union Railroad VOR blaze by the creek a cat’s lair

Old back roads rainbow point Richard`s Spring big toe fort

Nine looks two seasons total 53 expeditions and eighth year

Fire works fallen trees camping out alone sometimes side kick

Study all winter book signing in Spring Fennboree get out again 

Moose sticks on my head bear get real big camera by a salt lick

Ice machine Wolf Creek French treasure Wise Owl fly- in

Just one more place one more adventure fills life worth living

Some have died or quit some go farther than an old man

Take my chances didn’t back off just jumped in

Got lost in the “Chase” found an adventure need a new plan

Billybobs sniffing out treasure South Fork Madison

Looking east up the Madison
Looking west into Hebgen Lake
Two hundred years from now at the end of the “Rainbow”

Next time I’ll give it my best guess and tell exactly where I’ve been.

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