This will be brief. The purpose here is to clear some things up and give my small audience reason to keep the faith. Some doubt has been expressed over the number of trips searchers have taken. I want to explain my claim because I at worst exaggerate but I don’t mislead. At last year’s Fennboree one of the writers asked me how many trips I have taken. He loaded the question by saying some searchers were claiming as many as several hundred. Well nothing was clear and the question wasn’t exact enough to matter much. I should of asked what counts as a trip.
OK, is it the number of trips to an area but not boots on the ground? Is one trip only counted by times the searcher goes out and then returns home? If you go to two states in one trip is that two trips? Is it a new trip for every boots on the ground. This goes on and on like the where warm waters halt. Truly if these websites lose their audience it will be because of this this garbage and complications of every word and at every turn.
What counts is experience right! If a person wanted to know who has experience they could go to someone who has driven in all four States but never went boots on the ground or some one in one State who has walked the area for years? I answered the question base on times I gave my walked from my car and back again. Each search lasted any where from an hour to half a day and sometimes a full day. I count the to times alone after a night of cramping from the hike the day before. The nights I was afraid to go alone up Sphinx Creek knowing a mama bear was waiting some where I would be. I count the times I was foolish and went into really tough situations. I would go a great distance from New Mexico through Wyoming to Billings so I could enter the park at Gardiner in early Spring. This question is like asking who’s the lead searcher. People want to order us putting us in ordinal categories. Can’t find the treasure so these types need to be rewarded for something. Respect everyone listen to their stories or risk missing that one special clue.
Now with that said, When I go on a hunt it is boots on the ground no matter if it is an old place or a new one. My trips were for one to two weeks long. I have a great friend who has a cabin at Hebgen Lake . I moved to Boise to be closer to my target area and bought an old GMC XL which is my home away from home. I have looked in all four states and I count every boots on the ground. I started about November 2011 and had my first trip to Yellowstone on April 1 2012. Every mile I walked is what counts and the beauty of the land plus the adventure is what made my life fuller.
This happens every year about this time. I think I can walk right to the treasure I even think the chest is in that 12″ x 12″ area that’s been talked about. So I have some big news but I have to wait. I will say for now if your solve isn’t super simple and if it does’t fit Forrest life your not looking where I am looking. If your solve uses anything but the poem and book your not looking where I am. There is a keyword and wise is also very important. Ok , after I go and check I will tell all and I will share as always. Just know I am trying to be honest but exaggerations do happen. 9 Years 5 or more trips a year at least 5 boots on the ground each time is 225 boot-trips and many miles.
Hang in there read the poem and the book. Try to understand Forrest and his life and simplify, simplify. Many of you went to the chest but it is underground or under something and that is why no one has found the treasure. Where it is is in the poem. The blaze is a mountain man wisdom thing.
Forrest explains in TTOTC wise as mountain man wise. John the man who hid from his enemies by interring a beaver lodge was wise indeed. At this time the treasure is found. I’m putting out the last post I was working on. Enjoy.