Featured Question and Weekly Words: Mud

thrill of the chase forrest fennDear Forrest,

You have said in the cold months to wait for the snow to melt and the mud to dry. Considering much of the Rockies are subject to random and frequent bouts of precipitation, when is the mud ever dry? ~Thanks, I’m Inohury

Ha, elementary question my dear Inohury.

A friend’s six year-old daughter told me that mud can never dry because if it did it wouldn’t be mud anymore.

Please don’t ask me to argue the point. f


The above Featured Question is also Weekly Words from Forrest for June 24th, 2016. The complete list is here:

Weekly Words From Forrest Fenn

and the link to Featured Questions is here:

Featured Questions (category)


Best of luck with The Thrill of the Chase and all that you seek! Enjoy Life’s Adventures!

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79 Responses

  1. Chesney says:

    Thank you Mr. Fenn, Ms. Kile, and Inonury!

  2. Dan says:

    Excellent answer! I will have to use that line on someone sometime! Thanks for posting these Ms. Kile, and thanks for answering Mr. Fenn!

  3. 23kachinas says:

    Kids can say smart things…I wonder if they think we are dum?

    • Anna says:

      Mud could be a NA reference to grizzly bear…that’s probably irrelevant. Maybe mud is Adobe – wait until the snow clears off NM or CO where adobe’s are present. SiX see the X or si(yes) X; FX, etc.

  4. Strawshadow says:

    Thank you Inohury, Jenny and Mr.Fenn,
    .No need to harry the situation.

  5. JC1117 says:

    Kids have the best logic. It’s simple and goes straight to the heart of the matter. It’s easy to see why Forrest said to ask one. 🙂


    Just recently I was driving with my wife and 2 (of 3) kids. My 4-year-old daughter said, “Dad is getting more and more gray hairs on his head. He could die any minute”. 🙂

    She had no idea that what she said was “funny”. She was just merely stating the truth as she saw it.

    And after all…her simple realization commands solemn reflection.

    Laugh or cry, man. Laugh or cry.

    Thanks again, Forrest and Jenny and…Inohury?

    Sorry. I don’t mean to be disrespectful.

    Thanks, Inohury.

  6. Inohury says:

    Thank you Jenny, and thank you, my dear Forrest! Elementary answer, as well.
    You are a great man, Mr. Fenn, don’t ask me to argue the point. I

  7. Bailey says:

    Thanks Jenny and Mr. Fenn. I hate to be a old stick in the mud, but this this featured question is as clear as mud to me. I’ll have to have a few toddies tonight and try and figure this one out. Here’s mud in your eye.

  8. Diggin gypsy says:

    Reallyyyyyyyy And yet again another great question NOT!!!! Who cares about mud get your mud boots on . The weekly questions are getting worse by the week .

    • Jeremy P. says:

      Maybe he can’t answer your question because you’re too close to finding it 😉

    • Ramona says:

      Agree Diggin. We need a mud wrestling event. Searchers vs Fenn, then maybe we can wrassle some real answers out o him. But then not everyone plays nice and it’s liable to turn into mud slinging. On second thought I’ll stick with the Weekly Words maybe we’re just all stuck in the mud. I don’t know but if I get mud on face, I’m going to just enjoy the free mud facial. Okay too much talk about mud now. Who wants to make mud pies?

    • crow says:

      Hi Diggin, Who cares about mud? Well, I do and always have. For me without much balance and physical abilities, mud can act like quicksand and take me in and not let go. It is like some slick creature that grabs my boots and pulls me in – deeper and deeper.

  9. Iron Will says:

    I might have cleared away the mud, and if so… thank you for that compliment.

  10. 23kachinas says:

    As I have gone to get coffee,
    And with my bike helmet on,
    I can not argue any points,
    And get to work in no hurry.

    I’m too tired from my conference this weak.


  11. DPT says:

    Thanks Jenny and Forrest. Argue has a root word of chatter. And point root word means prick. I know there is a term in geology called chatter marks. They where made when glaciers started to recede and left chatter marks in the rocks. Usually at the end of glaciers or terminal moraines. Hmmm, very interesting.

  12. MUD+HAP (first letter of each sentence) = Duh Map…………..solved!! You’re welcome.

  13. Ramona says:

    P.S. I forgot to say thank you Jenny for the Weekly Words and Featured Questions. Thank you Mr. Fenn for always keeping it interesting. And thank you Inohury for asking your question.

  14. Onuat says:

    From the mouth,s of babe,s.
    My most embarrassing moment was when my in-laws invited us over for dinner and while at the dinner table my five year old just blurted out,” grandma,you look like a cow”. Got us all by surprise. I just wanted to die. In the next month all the skin hanging under her chin was gone. Tuck at its best. 🙂
    Thanks Forrest for another Friday gathering.

  15. anna says:

    Mr Fenn & Jenny, thank you. Your Friday remarks are a welcome reminder of continued interest in-all-who actively follow ttotc. I’m typically clueless about intended meanings here and appreciate others comments too. Let’s hope the mud clears, and rivers are fishable soon. When you were a teenager Mr. Fenn, would you have been guiding by this time in June? Such a wonderful family history filled with memories which have inspired so many others to make their own memories.

  16. SL says:

    Early 50’s and the family is off to see some of the beautiful wonders in Seattle, Washington in our brand new Plymouth. Sweet!

    After a few hours, this little one, (me), asks: ” Dad where are we going?” “Well, dear, we’re going to Seattle!” I thought about it for a bit and then replied: “Well, Dad I sure do hope Attle’s home after all this.”

  17. DPT says:

    Forrest called a searcher with a question on weekly words a couple months back Madam. Now he calls Inohurry dear. Yet he doesn’t know if the searchers are a man or woman. Why does he use the terms dear and madam? Interesting also is that the root word for mud is mudd as in the Mother of Vinegar. Mother, very interesting indeed??? Hmmmm

  18. JohnR says:

    Just got out of work… Ouch. Seems like the jokes on us.

    • pdenver says:

      Hello Mindy. It is true, there is no “r.” When one listens, they’ll hear “noir,” meaning black in French. Also, did you notice in the name and in Mr. Fenn’s response, there are other missing letters? There are no “I, M, and N.” In this post, “elementary” caught my eye. Still trying to figure out “point.” Perhaps a direction or peak? In Spanish, Negra means black. I don’t know if there are many Spanish names in the four states, but I would assume there are many in New Mexico. One I found is Sierra Negra. Is this a good spot to check? I have no idea. I really don’t know much of New Mexico.

    • No “n” In no hury. Sumbody is taking their sweet time

      • Chesney says:

        Perhaps, they are a little leary of the centrifuge! 🙂

      • Chesney says:

        There is always the possibility that the finder, is not ready for it to end! The thrill is in the chase! !!!!!

        • Inde says:

          Or maybe the finder is in a quandary over how others will react when the chase comes to an end? Just a thought.

          • Ellen says:

            Chesney and Inde…barring life’s obstacles, I can only guess the finder will move forward when they can or, who knows, even ASAP.

            As for any other concerns…as in life…it is all in how we choose to live our lives…if with honestly, respect and humility, etc. then, that will have an effect on how others react sometimes.

            • Crowfeast says:

              Not in a hurry could mean that it is recognized that it takes time (after all I thought the chest is not in a hurry). To solve is one thing; to retrieve could be another. Perhaps others’ reactions could be interfering. Everything it good time. The solution might require patience. Besides, things that take work usually take time, too.

    • Previous week “sedan” get off your seat

  19. Mark J says:

    Children have such wonderful perspectives

  20. William says:

    A duck is a duck!
    So maybe wood is what it is and not an anology of something else? Maybe the question and answer is simply just straight logic and that’s what is needed to finish the poem IMO

  21. GEYDELKON says:

    This brings back memories. My first job while in high school was working at Flynns nursery in Alamogordo. He always called me “mud”. I never knew what it meant until years later. Too funny. Thanks.

  22. Friend says:

    6 this year old has some insight, I’ll run the poem again past my son . 😀
    Mud is made of water and earth. To dry it out you need air. That’s leaves fire, hot….

  23. Twingem says:

    Is the chase 6 years old now?

  24. Perhaps we should focus on the missing “X” instead of these phantom clues and hints.

  25. Snider says:

    Thanks Jenny
    Thanks inohury
    I have found sometimes in life the hardest questions to ask, are the ones you already have the answers for.
    Sincere apologies
    I hope they are excepted.
    I miss the boiled water from the creek.
    I was born 100 years to late.
    Please don’t argue that fact.
    If I was born before they invented superglue I would be happy with that.

  26. Spade says:

    Sounds to me “I’m Inohury that you need to put a fire under it. From reading this post and the last post it appears you need to drive your white minivan to the chest and look a round in the mud.

  27. Jeremy P. says:

    One thing is certain. If you’re having an adventure, and there’s no mud involved, you’re not doing it right.

  28. Passenger says:

    6th Clue. If the end is ever drawing nigh, it can’t ever be the end.


    • JC1117 says:

      Good c all, Passenger. The possibilities are Infinite.

    • Jeff Street says:

      IMO I solved the poem months ago and then I just got carried away and crossed a line.That line is not who I am and for that I apologize to all. I wish the best to whoever finds the ending to this amazing story. For me it’s just to far to walk now…

  29. Onuat says:

    Six years since June 24th 2010 when he started mudding the thoughts of people.
    So the stirring continues as more moisture is added.Punctuation my dear Inohury. 🙂

  30. astree says:

    “A friend’s six year-old daughter told me that mud can never dry because if it did it wouldn’t be mud anymore. ”

    Although, on a trip to the Smithsonian yesterday, we ran across this:


  31. Jdiggins says:

    I just love these weekly words, and everyone’s comments! I thought I had made a comment the other day, but I guess it didn’t go through. My thought was that if you’re going to be waiting for the mud to dry, you’ll be waiting a very long time! Plan accordingly.
    Can’t wait for my vacation! 🙂

  32. Inohury says:

    I shall have to up my pace and change my name.
    It’s time to up the ante in this game.
    Some brights minds coming together.
    No wonder it feels like a fire being lit on my back side.
    Time to take a ride…

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