Featured Question with Forrest and The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt: Having Fun

thrill of the chase treasure huntForrest,

There is so much going on in the chase and on the blogs and it will increase now that spring is here. Will you share with us some of the things you have learned from treasure hunters over the last 7 years?  ~Freddie Max


Thanks Freddie,

I’ve learned that a lot of people are having fun discovering areas they never thought they would see. I did not expect that so many whole families would be in the search. A lot of searchers say they know exactly where the treasure is, but no one has told me where, or offered proof. I guess that is to be expected. f


Best of luck with all that you seek!  Always Treasure the Adventure!



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39 Responses

  1. pdenver says:

    Thank you, Jenny, Freddie Max, and Mr. Fenn for today’s “Featured Question.” I would imagine many are having fun, too. I know I am. 🙂

  2. JDA says:

    SPRING is fast approaching. Hope that the snow melts soon and then we shall truly be able to see SPRING! Come on SPRING! JDA

    • Joe says:

      Yes, JDA, the next couple of weeks are very promising for finishing off most snow below 8,000′ for the northern US Rockies. I monitor pertinent SNOTEL sensors, and another good source is here: http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/earth/; just download the latest daily kmz file (I prefer the overlay files) and drag it to Google Earth. I usually wait a couple extra weeks so the all-important nooks and crannies are devoid of snow and most of the run-off mud has dried.

      Best of luck to you and all searchers. Stay safe and sane, and keep common sense and bear spray handy.

  3. HeadedDown says:

    Since no one has told him, then why not give an update on whether searchers are getting closer? Thanks great post in a long string of wonderful posts this week.

    • Brad Hartliep says:

      I think that might be a mistake, as it doesn’t really help solve any of the clues Poetica ..

      In early 2015, I spent 6 weeks, 12-16 hours every day, reading through thousands and thousands and thousands of blogs posted over the previous 3 years (I never did find any earlier), and almost everybody was absolutely convinced of their interpretations of the poem, and almost all of them remained in exactly the same place, month after month, year after year, never (or rarely) willing to significantly change or rethink their interpretations – (i.e: wwh HAS to be this thing; hob HAS to be that thing, Bronze Beauty HAS to be in Yellowstone; or it HAS to be in New Mexico, or it HAS to be in the Rio Grande Canyon, etc, ad infinitum .. ) – and every time, they came back unsuccessful and it was the exact same excuse – “I didn’t find it, but .. I KNOW I’m right! – I just have to shift 500 feet this way or that way, because I misread item A to be xxx clue and it’s actually item B.”, or, “I missed a turn. I thought it meant this over here, but it actually means this over here, 200 feet in the opposite direction. Because it HAS to. I see it now – now that I’ve had time to think and reread my notes and look over the Map again – but I didn’t see it then, because I was too focused on so and so and not on such and such. Next time, I’ve got it for sure.” ..

      Some People have been stuck on their “one grand solution” for several years now – possibly hundreds of miles from the treasure – but they are “too invested now” to change to someplace new — and they are Absolutely Convinced that Forrest is “hinting at them” and “they” were one of the (1 or 2) really lucky people that have been within 500 feet .. or 200 feet .. YET THERE ARE 30,000-plus possible searchers that Forrest could have been talking about ..

      Telling people that “someone’s been close” or “some people are getting closer” or “looks like someone possibly figured out clue 5 and 6” is only going to cause piercing hearts and pie-eyed panic and doing stupid things without thinking and rushing out unprepared and getting into dangerous, deadly situations .. it isn’t going to actually help anyone figure out that their guess is wrong and to sit down and go back to square one ..

      One Death and Two Little Girls spending the rest of their childhood without a Father is already too much to bear. We don’t need it repeated times 70 ..


  4. Muset says:

    Well that answer doesn’t work well with my solve..

    But I actually don’t have time to deal with finding it this next trip because my mother is making her annual visit to Victoria on the day after we dig, so I have a plane to catch or I’m in trouble.

  5. ROLL TIDE says:

    A lot of searchers say they know exactly where the treasure is, but . . . no one has . . . offered proof.

    ya shore got that right !

    Now, what is to be expected, searchers saying that ? Or are you expecting someone to tell you exactly where it is and offer proof ?

    You’re sly f, it had to be asked.

    • Iceman says:

      Right on Roll Tide. You caught it. His wording is deceptive. Read and interpret the logic carefully. For this to be a true statement only one need be true. Even if the location someone gave him has a tiny flaw, it’s probably close enough to find it. Maybe a tiny flaw was to be expected anyway. Mr Fenn is a sly fox … a wiley coyote. But I wouldn’t want it to be any other way. That’s what makes the Chase so much fun.

  6. DelaYah says:

    Well, at least it’s been a thrill of an adventure.

  7. Sparrow says:

    Thank you Forrest and Jenny.

  8. Strawshadow says:

    Thanks Admin, Freddie and Mr. Fenn,
    Where do I begin? Let’s just say luck didn’t show up until halfway through this well heeled endeavor. I would expect, with all the whole families rooting around, you must be thrilled that no one has offered proof where the treasure lies, just my guess.

  9. Zaphod73941 says:

    Love the sunrise shot of the Diving Board at Glacier Point with Half Dome in the background!

  10. pdenver says:

    Happy Easter, everyone.

  11. Jdiggins says:

    I’m having the time of my life forrest. I keep good notes too. Thanks forrest and Jenny! 🙂

  12. Madesquare says:

    I always said I’d quit when it stopped being fun, and I never did-

  13. Jeremy P. says:

    He seems to be enjoying himself, as well, so that’s good!

  14. Geydelkon says:

    I, need to talk less. Silence is golden,

  15. (At the Top) says:

    Bummer…there went my solve…

  16. Bailey says:

    Thanks Jenny and Mr. Fenn. Boy this post really took the wind outta my sails. Got to thinking though. “No one” means zero, but it could also mean 2, 3, etc. I hope he is just having fun with us and having fun with English language too. Happy Easter everybody.

  17. Bailey says:

    “No one has told me where.” Didn’t Odysseus tell the Cyclops his name was “no one” as part of his escape plan? Maybe somebody named Odysseus knows were it is.

    • The Wolf says:

      Bailey you are a sharp cookie. I believe it was “no man” but well done none the less! Further,”Early the next morning, Odysseus tied each of his men to the belly of one of the giant sheep. When Cyclops awoke and led the sheep out of the cave, he felt the back of each sheep to make sure no one was on them. Feeling nothing, Cyclops allowed each sheep to pass out of the cave, carrying with it one of Odysseus’ crew tied to its belly. Odysseus himself grabbed onto the fleece of the last sheep’s belly, and escaped through the mouth of the cave.”

      I wonder if Eric Sloane wrote about that technique in his Camouflage book?

  18. Onuat says:

    Proof one of two. 😄

  19. Jake Faulker says:

    All who told him where, it’s not there.
    Sorry for all you searches that did so, but glad for the ones that didn’t.


    • Lia says:

      Perhaps some one ‘showed’ him where, rather than told him, but didn’t prove it.

      • Lia says:

        At some point, most searchers will be grateful for the adventure, will call it quits, move on, and wish others the best. It would be nice for someone to find it in ff’s lifetime on earth so he could share the joy.

  20. Iron Will says:

    Yes Jake, I can imagine how they must feel. Their first inclination is to look for a reason to keep believing that the words don’t say what they clearly do. Even though I did not say anything to him on my location, I tried to reason the same as them. But I cannot accept my thinking any longer without a reason to continue trying. So in the next two weeks I will write up my last trip and all of the information I have garnered. The full comment you can find on Dal’s on Odds and Ends About Fenns Treasure Hunt, and I hope it helps someone…

  21. LitterateOne says:


    A foolish man claims victory, and then seeks proof. A wise man claims proof, and then seeks victory.


  22. Indy says:

    I hope everyone had a glorious Easter and took time to really cherish their families and everything they do. He is risen, just as he said, amen. (IMO of course, so not to offend).

  23. Jake says:

    Seems to me like this reaffirms the fact that he wants something back out of the box as proof it’s been found. Also, anyone who emails their exact solve is risking someone else finding it… just my opinion, although I have to admit, I’ve emailed him a couple times with no response. I’ve heard a few people have thought they would find it lately… Thomas or Diggin Gypsy are two that seemed stoked about it lately. Any luck yet anyone, or would you care to share?
    Best of luck to all who seek adventure! 🙂

  24. C.M.R. says:

    Well, after ff’s comments here, and his other comment of no subterfuge from him, it is probably time for me to wrap it up. Had he said “nobody has told me where, or offered proof. Different story. I don’t have the courage to start all over again.

  25. Inohury says:

    If I could just slow down I could’ve spoken of the twins, among others.
    And the hollow sounds along the shore…I smelled the roses, just forgot to share all the fragrance…now if I could just find Sam Snead…

  26. Passenger says:

    This is fun exercise that I think everyone can play:

    “–I’ve learned that a lot of people are having fun”

    So what is half of “fun”?

    “–who are deeply into maps and geography, and they are having a lot of fun.”

    First guess: Fan (u is half of a, in Fenn’s fonts)

    Any other guesses?


  27. Jdiggins says:

    Great picture. 🙂

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