Featured Question with Forrest and The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt: Ten Cent Yo Yo

forrest fenn thrill of the chase treasure huntMr. Fenn, You have been down the road a few miles farther than me, and I would like to know what you think of yourself. Do you think you are in an enviable position right now?  Thanks, No Where But


Well, Mr. But, with a name like yours your road may be muddy in spots.

The word enviable has wide parameters.

You might say Georgia O’Keefe was in an enviable position in one respect.

When she bought something for about $100 or less she usually paid by check rather than a credit card. Many merchants would keep the check as an investment rather than cash it, because her signature was worth more than the amount on the check. That meant she lived a big part of her life getting things for free. That was especially true when she bought art supplies.

If I wrote a check for a 10 cent yoyo, they’d cash it. f



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



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101 Responses

  1. pdenver says:

    Mr. Fenn! I really doubt this would be true! Thank you, Jenny, No Where But, and Mr. Fenn, for the “Featured Question.” I’m still giggling.

  2. JDA says:

    Mr. Fenn; I certainly would pay more than ten cents for your autograph. Maybe at Fennboree this year you will sign my copies of TTOTC and TFTW – I will pay whatever you ask. 🙂 JDA

  3. Sparrow says:

    Thank you Forrest and Jenny.

  4. Jake Faulker says:

    Thanks Jenny & Forrest for the visual that’s stuck in my head now.
    It’s O’Keeffe.
    Not to crazy for her style of art but obviously many were & are.

    • Point Foot says:

      This chase just keeps getting more and more interesting. I remember rumors of a diamond and now an O’Keefe?

      I patiently wait for the snow to flee … when will that be?
      Alas I must wait before I can see.
      Where my new map will lead me to be.

      Blessings to all and treasure the adventure.

  5. Forrest Fenn says:

    Just remembered that I forgot to answer the question. Sorry bout that. f

  6. Trailrunner33 says:

    Jenny, I’m curiois, was it you or Forrest that chose the yo-to picture?

    • Stonerolledaway says:

      My eyes switch back and forth from a yo-yo to a picture of the sun and moon to Billy Crystal’s Mike of Monsters, Inc.

  7. Mark J says:

    Too funny

  8. Jenny Kile says:

    This one made me laugh….. and yet offers quite a different perspective not often thought about!

    • BW says:

      Jenny I laughed too. Because I feel just like a yoyo in motion on this chase. I’ve got it, no I haven’t, yes I have, no I haven’t ……yoyo up, yoyo down ,,,,,,,,,anybody else feel this way?

  9. Iceman says:

    Is f trying to tell someone they have some yo-yo ideas? Why do I feel like I just got called into Viper’s office for doing a flyby on the tower? Ok no more flybys.

  10. mr. forrest ,your so funny,you crack me up.

  11. JC1117 says:

    Hello, All. I mean…Yo Yo Yo!


    Another Question and Answer. Now…what to make of it.

    Thank You, Forrest and Jenny…and No Where But?

    Speaking of Auto-graphs and Yo-yos…


  12. Jake says:

    So my mind immediately went to the chest and its contents… with ff’s name attached to it, and the whole chase now a worldwide search… the chest and the gold are worth much more than it’s monetary value now. The finder could possibly keep the gold and get everything else for free in life because of their newfound status as the solver of the chase. Hmm… is he saying to hold onto the gold and not to get rid of it for $$? I thinks so… but will see very soon. 🙂

    • Iceman says:

      Good observation Jake. You may be correct. I need more time to process this. Maybe I’ll go hit some golf balls.

  13. Iceman says:

    Wait a minute. Is there a Georgia O’Keefe in the treasure chest?????
    Nooooo … can’t be. Nooooo. No way.

  14. Bailey says:

    Wait a minute. I left my copy of “The Thrill of the Chase” in a motel out West a few years ago, but I’m pretty sure I remember that Mr. Fenn used to make his own yoyos and marbles and sell them to the non-yoyo-making & non-marble-making kids. Thanks for the Featured Question Jenny and Mr. Fenn.

  15. Jdiggins says:

    Thundercats… Ho!
    Transform to sponge….absorb meaning…report back…

  16. Sandy says:

    Maybe someone needs to go a few miles further down the road…thru a mud puddle or two.

  17. Jeremy P. says:

    This one’s pretty good 🙂

  18. Iceman says:

    You know what? Things are moving too fast. I need to get out of this cockpit for a while. I don’t even know what side is up. Has anyone seen an aircraft carrier around here?

  19. Sambo says:

    Just wondering if a pick axe and half a shovel would help me, Mr. Fenn??

  20. lifesablaze says:

    “It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.”
    ― Jalaluddin Rumi

  21. lifesablaze says:


    “You don’t write melodies, you find them…If you find the beginning of a good song, and if your fingers do not stray, the melody should come out of hiding in a short time.” – Hoagy Carhmichael

    • pdenver says:

      I’ve never heard this version before. Thank you for the link, lifesablaze.

    • JC1117 says:

      Thanks, Lifesablaze.

      I didn’t know that Hoagy wrote that song. That’s a great song…and a great name!

      I swear my name should be Hoagy…sometimes…like when I’m being a ham…or a real cheese…and that’s not to mention my buns…which I won’t…uhhh…mention…

      …except to say that they didn’t always look like sesame seed buns. A little word of advice…DO NOT sit on the cactuses. (cacti?) Even though it may seem like a good idea at the time. :/

      Trust me. Sesame seed buns only look good on Big Mac.

  22. lifesablaze says:

    I guess I’m on a quote roll… “God told me if I painted it enough, I could have it” – Georgia O’Keeffe.

  23. 23kachinas says:

    Can you refer me to a tutorial on the difference between checks, credit cards and cash? Everything I touch disappears instantly without a trace.

  24. Jonsey1 says:

    I sense that several senses of “endorsement” may apply to the bottom line of this hidden gem, amongst others. Just a hunch…but you can quote me on that. Lol.

  25. Jonsey1 says:

    …not that F might be on the edge of his seat waiting on endorsement of any kind or anything. Id sure take a yo-yo if he was though.

  26. Strawshadow says:

    The greatest things in life are free, the price of envy is a cost most dear.

  27. Afana says:

    Mr. Fenn, you know as well as I, that when the TC is found everything Fenn will be jacked up in value, because some people will realize you presented the ultimate course in psychology and So much more. Do Jenny and Dal realize what they have within there blogs. Value? watch n see.

  28. Thanks f
    My prayers go out to you and your family, God bless…

  29. Belle says:

    Georgia O Keefe was quite a lady!

  30. lifesablaze says:

    Have brushes. Will travel.

  31. lifesablaze says:

    “But… the Sun is eclipsed by the Moon.” Pink Floyd

    What do you think of yourself??? My name is Mud but, God willing, I volunteer to take the look out watch. The views hear are contained by a wide parameter. But, I’m focused on something off the side. It will take me 1299 792 458 seconds to get there. X’s 10.

  32. Kedar's Mom says:

    Checks are great. I found a 1920 check from leadville, co signed by charles h pallen for $92.73. Wonder what that would be in today’s money. The check has a painted bird and little sun on it, signed by the artist but I can’t read the name.

  33. SL says:

    Hoping that some ‘s dark ‘envy’ won’t have any residual effects in relationship to the outcome.

  34. Lyzee says:

    I interpret that f did answer the question … he doesn’t deem his position in life enviable if no one sees his autograph worth keeping for even the loss of 10 cents.


  35. Jdiggins says:

    Maybe it’s time to share

  36. Kedar's mom's kid says:

    (Kedar’s Mom) hey mom can we go get the treasure now please🤔😊

  37. ace 340 says:

    Come on sun, shine. g

  38. ace 340 says:

    Of all the things Forrest , Jenny and Dal have given us, like unlocking confidence, imagination and knowledge. The greatest may be. Where we, each and every one of us, has a place to belong. A feeling some may not get in every day life. I wish we could all be there when it goes down, but as we all know. There can be only one, highlanders. g

    • Passenger says:

      Actually (I’ll say it again).. the smartest thing folks could do is team up. Yes, there may be NDA’s and other details involved… but ultimately more brainpower and better chances of success. There’s plenty of reward to go around. Let’s face it, although most know this intuitively, there is fear-factor that keeps most from engaging in this pursuit. But that fear may cost you.

      Just my opinion Ace, but what do I know? 🙂

  39. ace 340 says:

    Don’t want to get too sentimental, but here is one from, who I like to refer to as, the littlest firecracker.


  40. tighterfocus says:

    Every time FF mentions anything related to a dime — or ten cents –, I see this as a teeny little hint.
    Not much, and it probably wouldn’t help anyone who didn’t already have most of a correct solve. But
    I’m glad FF is (apparently) enjoying this hunt.

  41. Snyder says:

    Well Know Were But,
    Since Forrest claimed to not answer your question, I WILL.
    I am in a very enviable position.
    The days have turned into weeks, weeks have turned into months, and months into a year. Almost time to start up were I left off.
    Oh crap, I lever left off.

  42. Iceman says:

    Is it just me or does that yoyo look like a Segway? BTW, I don’t think the $45M Georgie O’Keefe is in the treasure chest. I’m looking at it right now… at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I got an idea … I think I’m going to go paint me a BMW.

  43. Snyder says:

    Let’s just keep in mind that Forrest did not write a check for 10 cents.
    He wrote out a check for a ten cent yoyo.
    He then says they would cash it.
    Well no s!?: Sherlock his check was wrote out for an unbelievable amount,
    That anyone would cash.
    I like the KISS RULE, and it always seems to work for me.

  44. Jeremy P. says:

    I was thinking today about how $2 betting tickets on the Triple Crown races are worth more as a set than the payoff on any single ticket. Savvy betters know not to cash their ticket in if they win at the Derby, because the horse may go on to win the other races too. I can only imagine what a set of framed $2 tickets are worth for American Pharaoh, who won the first Grand Slam ever, all four races! I think a payout on a $2 Derby ticket is usually, maybe, $20. But a set of bets, framed, on American Pharaoh all the way is worth way more than the $80 face value.

    Anyways, that’s what I was thinking about today.

  45. WoodyBogg says:

    Forrest Fenn Your Funny!! Who are They??

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