A Link of Interest…

From time to time I will add info found on the net from others that we find interesting.  I will provide a link and make a comment or two.  Find these under links in the sidebar and make your own comments.  This site linked below is informative, worth reading, but I think a few things might mislead a researcher I am going to point them out.

The second book Too Far to Walk does not give any more clues.  Save your money unless you like to read Forrest Fenn; which I do.  The map is on the insert and it doesn’t have Canada on it.  Forrest already told us it is in one of four states; New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, or Montana.

Credit businessinsider.com

At this link, there is a map and it has a red line drawn over these states if that red box is supposed to be enclosing the chest it is of help as it rules out areas in all the states.  I would like to know about that because it rules out areas I have thought to look.   I don’t believe the red box on the map means anything dealing with the treasure.  Forrest, at his book signing in Santa Fe, told those present that there were no clues in the book other than said map.

Just to clear something up when I say “we” on occasion; I am talking about the Boise-Think-Tank.

I might also mean my dog, Billybobs, who would be that mouse in your pocket kind of thing.  No offense Billy.

Here is the link, enjoy.



Forrest Fenn’s Treasure…Ideas New and Old

Time goes so quickly and I find myself studying up for the next big adventure – Spring is just around the corner!  My biggest problem is picking out the next place to look for the elusive treasure.  So in keeping with the spirit of the blog, I thought I would write down some of my ideas on where to go and share them with you here.

First, let’s start with the old ideas.  Lamar Valley in Yellowstone is home to bears, browns and the Lamar Canyon.  High water and heavy loads just down from the Lamar Ranger Station which was once home to famous Park Ranger Brown. Depending on the direction you take to get there you may pass Soda Butte, a place where waters halted. This valley, along with many buffalo, was also the roaming area of the now deceased wolf named Blaze.

It was in this valley where I discovered the “immaculate impression” inside a cottonwood tree which I once believe held the treasure.  Anyone interested in this area might care to check out the first podcast or some of my first blogs to get familiar with that tale.

The next searches were in and around Gardiner, Montana; a small town just outside the Roosevelt Arch at the north gate of  Yellowstone.  This is where President Roosevelt gave a rousing speech in 1903.  Notice the inscription on the top.  Keep that in mind when anyone gives you a bad time for looking around for the treasure.


“For the benefit and enjoyment of the people”

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Capt Pappy’s Podcast: Who’s in who’s out? Don’t get left out.

So here we are in the third week of January,  a week known to be the worse for people with seasonal depression.  The weather here (Boise) is arctic like with snow on the streets now for over three weeks.  Most people stay home and have little sun to warm their hearts.  So what to do?

Take loads of vitamin D, stay warm, build a fire and listen to a good blog.  How about a blog committed to sharing all ideas on the Forrest Fenn treasure.  Perfect, let’s get stimulated, I mean revved up, juices running and dreams a dreaming.  I will start us off.  I believe Pebble Creek is a good place to revisit.  It is magical with many good secret places and several waterfalls.

Great hiding places
Water high and deep

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The Best Places Ever For Forrest Fenn’s Treasure

IMAG0298 (1).jpgThis summer is filled with journeys to the best places I ever looked for Forrest’s treasure, in fact, I was positive I had solve the poem.  A waterfall stopped me from getting around the corner on my first trip up Pebble Creek.  The water was too fast and high on my first and second attempt to go up a waterfall on Pebble Creek in the Yellowstone.  As I returned from trip two back to my camping spot I was sure I was just 200 feet from Finn’s treasure.  I just couldn’t get around a corner in a box canyon so narrow and water high that I was forced to plan to come back later in the year.  Certain I was one of few who got within 200 feet of the treasure I was already planing my next trip.  On my way out of the canyon I had campers asking if I had seen the bear that came by the camp site.  I answer no and I was glad I had not seen the bear as a box canyon might not be a good place to meet any bear or big cat.  There were a few bear prints on the creek but no other signs.  Later in August when the Boise think tank came back to Pebble Creek I was glad to get the extra support.  A good friend and think tank member named Kendrick came along and because he is as big as most black bears his presidency is greatly appreciated.  He was very busy in and out of caves, waterfalls and found a few blazes.

Kendrick found one section that had the blazeyest blaze a treasure hunter could ever ask for,  it was thirty feet high and a beautiful  purple in color.  We both got really excited when we saw a sulfur -yellow-colored creek with clear sparkling water running over it just before falling about ten feet.  This fall looked on fire when the sun hit it with a bright yellow color and the clear water causing a flickering effect.  This canyon is very cool with its steep cliffs of limestone and many small crevasses and caves.  There were also many fossils in the limestone.  Treasures old and new?

Pebble Creek is a well kept secret.  In a park such as Yellowstone getting a campsite is very difficult and many wait a year to get a reservation.  Pebble Creek is a first come campsite and most early mornings it has a few open sites.  I camp outside the park in a National Forest campsite just north of Cooke and then drive to Pebble Creek about 6:30 am.  There you go some insider info, hope it is handy in your future.  Here is how I got there using the poem.IMG_20160620_164444682.jpg

Camp site just outside north gate Yellowstone.    Can you see Billybobs?


This doe came to say howdy.

I began it where warm waters halt (Warm Springs halts when it enters Pebble Creek) .  I then took it in the canyon down.  Really I went down highway 212 and turned into the Pebble Creek Campsite which is just up from the Lamar Research Center.  Lamar Research Center was once the home of Ranger Brown a one time head ranger in the Yellowstone.  From there it is NOT FOR THE MEEK.  The beariest bear campsite in the Yellowstone Pebble Creek is a great area to look for bears.  Later this very day I counted nine bears as I drove through the east part of the park.  Three mothers each with two cubs. I digress.  So I went up the creek found many blazes and got wet in the cold water several times but did not find the trove.

On the way back home on the third trip to Pebble Stone I though of the best solve ever.  In the last few years I loved the idea of Forrest referring to the story of another adventurer named Ransome whom you can read about in several of my earlier blogs.  In Ransome’s story he was brave by being in the wood (boat) while going through Yankee Jim Canyon on the Yellowstone river.  There is a place that was once called Joe Brown’s Put-in just below Joe Brown’s ranch and  WWH just above at Corwin Springs.  I looked for three years and at least 15 trips in many areas around Gardiner with no luck.  I did find a geo-cash but that is not much of a prize when you have the chest in mind.

My latest trip is tied to another great story maybe better than the true story.  Really
I have a hard time believing that even Finn would not love being connected to Wahb.  Who is Wahb, ask Fenn he’ll know.  Fenn is connected to the Wild Bill Cody Center who had two of its curators go out to walk some of the areas Wahb the Grizzly Bear lived his life.  Interestingly Wahb in his old age decided to take his own life when he had “done it and became tired.”  Yep Wahb the Wild Bill Cody Center and the Yellowstone have a few things in common with Forrest Fenn.  That is, both know about a very strange and beautiful place called Death Gulch and where Wahb ended his life.  Wahb was old and hurting.  The hot springs no longer work to sooth his aching body so he went to where he could sleep and never wake, Death Gulch.   The top photo is one taken with me in the gulch.

Buy the book from the Wild Bill Cody Center Fenn would like that.

You want to get spooked Death Gulch is the place to go.  Huge boulders made of quarts that look like swiss cheese with round holes cut by acid water,  oily tar seeping up through puddles along the creek,  dead trees standing like centennials, chard black from sulfuric acid drifting in the air and the bubbling waters of the hot springs changing from blue to a murky green.  No chest but an adventure not soon forgotten.



Do you see a chest?

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Six years and Forrest Fenn’s Poem is Clearer Than Ever

Do Not Touch

Ouch!  $1000 dollar fine for helping a baby bisson was paid by some visitors of the Yellowstone.  The tourist though they were helping an abandoned calf as they took the baby to the ranger station.  But you don’t touch the animals as human scent on a wild animal can be a death sentence as it was for this unfortunate calf.   Add this to your book of no no’s with no digging and don’t go where a 80 year old man can’t go and you should be alright in the Park.

Speaking of the Yellowstone it got rocked by an earthquake a week or so ago.  It was a 4.6  so said an unofficial native to the area.  Well  no landslides and the roads are open so  no harm.  I don’t worry about geology in the Yellowstone the doomsday volcano isn’t avoidable so I spend my time making my bear spray holster for quick draw because I do respect their power and they are a real danger.  I go alone just like Fenn did and I believe he went in September when the bears were probably a problem even for him.

I have officially given up on the treasure being in Yankee Jim Canyon.  I don’t think it is near Joe Brown’s gold claim either.  The artist Brown who painted Mammoth Springs doesn’t show me anything encouraging  nor the Ranger Museum started by Ranger Brown nor his home in the Lamar Valley where Ranger Brown grew up.  Bears in the Lamar Valley sometimes called Brown Valley for their sake is not where to put in.  I have change my mind  and have interpreted the poem in a new way.  The following is a new approach and it is leading me to a different location.

In keeping with my attempt to make this web site viable I will discuss a new way of thinking about the poem. Fenn said he wrote it like an architect would design a building and so he did.  Don’t get me wrong the poem is straightforward but the beauty is in the details in other words if you know where to start it is simple so says Forrest.  Where is where to start?  That is in the architecture.   So where to begin is somewhere in the Rocky Mountains but not where there is a Brown it is where there are a lot of Browns;  Brown family name, Brown Trout, Brown Bears, Brown Valley and of  course the Home of Brown.7yp

This photo was taken by me but one from a different angle was taken and placed in a National  Geographic.  That picture was entitled The Home of Brown.  The one time head ranger of the Yellowstone grew up here in this cabin.  His name Ranger Brown its location in the Lamar Valley sometimes referred to as the Valley of the Brown because of all the bears in this area.  But before you guess I think the treasure is around here think again I gave this area up almost 5 years ago.

If my readers wish to guess where I am going next there are hints in my earlier writings.  Stay tuned as they say as I am going to find out if I have solved the poem this time.  If I can’t find it I will give my readers a chance to look but it is not for the meek.  Meek is also one of the many features in Forrest architecture.  Keep searching and enjoy the thrill.