This is the story I would love to be true. Forrest read about one famous hunter, trapper, explorer and one hell of an athlete. Ran naked for his life from a tribe of Blackfoot before hiding in a Beaver Lodge. Colter started out with Louis and Clark he is considered the first mountain man and best known for being the first European to visit the Yellowstone. He found Colter’s Hell which is near Cody. Many people didn’t believe his tales. For me this is the best story about a boy checking out a beaver lodge like his hero did. Might be where John Colter hid . Now at twelve Forrest goes in there alone.

From there I saw fishermen, sage and pine a few cottonwoods ; a swimming hole and a place to hang out. I saw a river and a creek a marsh and in the distance the notch in the caldera called Madison Canyon to Madison Junction. And I see Beaver Meadows a treasure of pelts for John Colter a treasure put back from Forrest. Everything comes back to where it started treasures new replaces treasures old.

That’s my story and I am sticking to it. The real solve doesn’t have to be this one but this one is a great story and a great ending

Author: captpappy

Teacher, counselor, therapist, coach and a treasure hunter with 40 years of teaching and coaching people from kindergarten to sports professionals. Helping people achieve their goals is what I do. I taught K-12 and university level in Physical Education, Biology, life skills, and transitions. I have a Masters in Social Work with a mental health concentration and worked with families, adolescents, and chemically dependent groups. Treasure hunting is my new passion for the last eight years.


  1. Wow! I could totally see this being the solve. If not on the Madison somewhere else in a beaver dam. I’ve read your stuff off and on and even though you didn’t find the treasure (or did you?) you have always come across as a guy that I would call a top 3 searcher with legitimate chance of getting it right. You have covered the ground and put the work in. I hope you are proud of that and ready to apply it to whatever adventure is next in life. (if it’s not spending the treasure???)


    1. Wow , thank you so much I felt so wonderful reading this. Yes it is the chase that is what it was all about. Now lets all wait for are next grand design.


  2. While I don’t agree it’s there up north, I am now wondering if I have seen any beaver dams that I just walked by here in New Mexico BOTGs???


    1. Thank you. I don’t claim anything just that I’m hoping for a great ending as we all do. Anyway I hear there is a meet up in West Yellowstone at 6:00 pm. Also their is a vlog from NEO who showed a beaver lodge at Beaver Lake in Wyoming. He was going over with his gold detector but the film stops. Later I could only find it on my history. Was that your Lake. I believe the five dollar bill points out the treasure. You knew that the nick name for a five its a Finn. Its the Finn treasure in a beaver bank.. Yes Finn is not his name Fenn is his name . Just saying


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