The place to “begin it” is not far from the northeast gate of YNP. Capt. Kidd hung out on Gardener Island but if he were in Gardener he could go into YNP any day of the year. Those who have read Fenn’s book will know about his “Captain Kidd” dream. Silver Gate is near Warm Springs and close to Soda Butte. The sign at Soda Butte describes how Soda Butte was once prolific but now has all but stopped– “Where warm waters halt.” On the first page I pointed out that each clue has three references. Here are the three for the starting point: Mammoth Hot Springs, Warm Springs and Soda Butte. Soda Butte is “far but too far to walk ” from the home of Brown (the Lamar Ranger Station.) Next time I will reveal the “blaze.”
This is the first of a set of answers to the poem that will lead to the very place that Forrest selected for his treasure. The poem has three rhyming lines per verse. It is a triplet. The main clues all refer to three things that identify the place to find the treasure.
Brown is the key needed to put the clues together. Only three verses are needed to find the treasure the other three verses just distract from the treasure’s location.
Here are the three references to the “key” Brown. Arthur Brown is a famous artist who’s only surviving water color of Yellowstone is of Mammoth Hot Springs. Gary A. Brown was a ranger and Assistant Director of Yellowstone National Park and he grew up in a cabin on the Lamar River. The cabin is shown in National Geographic and titled the Brown home. It is now the Lamar Ranger Research Station. The third reference is the Lamar Valley known by many rangers as Brown Valley for its many bears. If all goes well my next post will reveal which gate to enter to “Begin it.”