Featured Question with Forrest Fenn and The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt: Bring Some Hot Dogs Please

treasure hunt thrill of the chaseDear Mr Fenn,

The blogs are so full of ambiguities, obscurities, insignificancies, opacities, and vague nesses that I don’t know what to believe anymore. Someone said that you said you were not going to attend the Fennboree Festival next month. It makes a difference to me and if you are going I need to make some plans. So I’ll ask you right out, are you going or not? Please tell me straight and don’t give me one of your dance-around-the-mulberry-bush answers.

Thanks,  Bette LaFann


Bette, is that your real name or your stage name? There was a lady in a carnival when I was a kid, and her name was something LaFann. She wore huge ring ear rings with a live canary swinging in each one. That was pretty wild for 1940. The way you talk makes me think you might be that woman’s granddaughter, are you?

I never said I wasn’t going to the festival, and I fully intend to attend with Shiloh and Lacee as my designated drivers. How else can I see the bearded Desertphile and other such characters? If you come will you please bring hot dogs, buns, mustard, dill relish, sauerkraut, salt and Pepper and Tabasco? f



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138 Responses

  1. Jenny Kile says:

    Thanks for the Q/A Bette and Forrest! Fennboree is going to be a great time.

    I’m not sure what I’m bringing yet….. but I’ll think of something by then…:) I can’t wait to meet many of the searchers…

  2. pdenver says:

    Thank you, Jenny, Bette, and Mr. Fenn for the “Featured Question.” Gosh, how I wish I could go.

  3. Iron Will says:

    I know what I have to bring already 🙁 I created a monster last year. 😛

  4. WyMustIGo says:

    Forrest, you in charge of the Grapette?

  5. Geydelkon says:

    I am still thinking of what I should bring. Maybe a tasty cake.


  6. WyMustIGo says:

    I was going to bring a bunch of bracelet copies, hand them out, and see how long it takes Forrest to notice everyone has a copy of his bracelet 😉 Now, I just hope I can go, I am a last minute person.

  7. Jdiggins says:

    Live canaries? …ring ear rings…
    That’s two rings….
    Shiloh! Yippee! He’s so bloody handsome, can’t wait to see them together. Hope I get to meet lacee too! Hope I can go….

    • pdenver says:

      Canaries are yellow, sometimes can find them orange or red. Also, sing beautifully. Nice catch with the two rings, rather than saying hoop. Maybe, “can Aries”? Aries is the Cardinal sign of Fire.

      • pdenver says:

        “Designated drivers”…”assigned,” or, “a sign”?

      • Jdiggins says:

        The irony of sitting by a chimney in the summer.

      • pdenver says:

        An amphitheater in Yellowstone?


        Their songs…rings/hear/listen…opera…amphitheater.

        Two rings…to marry/wed…I think there’s falls or something like this that may suggest an area in Yellowstone; unsure.

        • SL says:

          Two ring circus. Jumping thru fire hoops?

          Barnum Brown = Tyranannosaurus rex.

          The flyer has a connection with a ‘Barnum.”


          • pdenver says:

            This is interesting, my friend. I hadn’t thought of Barnum Brown. In regards to a connection with a Barnum, I wonder which one.

  8. The Wolf says:

    So in other words, we can Bette la Farm on this? 😉

  9. hallowmasmike says:

    I’m not sure the photographer likes hot dogs…they don’t look cooked.
    Anyway, I wish someone would consider shifting the Fennboree dates each year. June is too tough a month for me to go…and I like hot dogs once in a while.

    • JC1117 says:

      I wish I could go too, Hallowmasmike.

      I have a lot of work to do for the next 2-3 months…unfortunately.

      Fennboree does look like a lot of fun. Any time spent in the mountains is great by me.

      And there’s more wrong with those “hot” dogs than not being cooked…lettuce be serious. 🙂

      I think Forrest has the right idea with all those proper toppings…especially if that mustard is a course-grind Brown mustard with horseradish.

      Hot dog!


  10. Daniel A says:

    Wish I could go….I’m sure it will be a good time for all.

  11. Sparrow says:

    That’s so funny. I recently asked Elton John if he was going to Fennboree. And I said just like above, “please tell me straight, and don’t give me on of your dance around the mulberry bush answers”.

    Elton said “My dear man, it would be impossible for me to give you any answer straight, but I can tell you that I will not be attending Fennboree”.

  12. pdenver says:

    No catsup?

  13. Man I love me some hot dogs and you can see Desertphile right here

  14. 23kachinas says:

    Good news and A Goodnight in Fennand.

  15. Jdiggins says:

    The works.
    Rest easy forrest, that’s alotta spice.
    Thanks for everything. 🙂
    Until next time…

  16. nmc says:

    Someone should bring curry sauce. It’s delicious on wurst.

  17. Snyder says:

    Absolutely coming to the festival.
    But my festival will be just the company of myself and my brother. In the peace and quiet of the wilderness. My party will be over before June. I would like to attend fennboree, but my wallet told me I can not do both. And at this point in my chase career I think it is more important for me to Find indulgence.
    Everyone have fun eating all that good food, and enjoying everyone’s company.
    Forrest if you really want some hot dogs I will bring them. But we will have to sit by the fire and widdle our own roasting sticks. Are you sure you want to spend that much time with me?
    Ya that’s what I thought.

    • Ramona says:

      Hahaha, that’s funny. No offense intended just made me giggle.

      an act or instance of urinating

      • Strawshadow says:

        And now the new rage is Beer made from urine. They say you can’t tell the difference. Which makes me wonder why Mr. Fenn didn’t use the adjective deception when describing the blogs. With so much “barking” going around its hard to taste the dog no matter how you dress it up. Guess I’m just old fashioned but a good old American hot dog washed down with a good old refreshing American beer adds an honest flavor that touches more than just the palate.

  18. Crow says:

    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. I’m not able to attend – too far away. Besides, food is not my friend these days. Anxious to see the pics later in June.

  19. DPT says:

    Thanks Forrest and Jenny.

    La Fann- means a topographic region of marshy or boggy area and today’s English translation of Fann is Fenn!! That’s very interesting!

    Also vague is nebulous like how you described Graceilla and nesses is a headland or cape which is a strip of land that projects out into the water. That is like a box with three sides of water. Only one way in or out on land.

  20. Jonsey1 says:

    There’s enough nitrates in that response to flare up my tinnitus half way across the country.

  21. Lifesablaze says:

    Bread pudding 😄

  22. pdenver says:

    You’ve asked, ‘How else can I see the bearded Desertphile and other such characters?’ The answer you already know, is to drive yourself. Many things to think about with this “Featured Question.”

  23. BW says:

    That is the weekend of my grandson’s graduation. For a brief moment it was a toss-up, Desertphile, grandson. 🙂 Sorry Dp, but grandson won. Y’all have fun.

  24. JDA says:

    I am afraid I am in the “I’m not sure yet category”. I hope to attend, but a couple of things need to fall into place first. If I can attend, it will be nice meeting some of the folks I now consider my search friends. JDA

  25. DPT says:

    After reading again I get the sense that Forrest is describing someone or something.

    The lady worked in Carnival on the stage. Terra. She is the Grandmother. Just like Grandmotherly Forrest states in TTOTC. Live canaries in big rings. Scales of balance? Lady Justice? Fortuna?
    Designated driver is a chauffeuer or Stoker. A stoke is a tree stump it is also a pole with a bell suspended on it. The Mother or Mater is tree trunk. Terra Mater is Mother Earth. Another name is Natura and her mother is Themis which means put in a place.
    Mother Nature Gaia- grandmotherly, first greek God created out of chaos, from her works all life sprang and unto mother earth all living things must return after their allotment span of life is over. Live in balance with Mother Nature and health and healing are yours, Violate the laws and get out of balance and pay the price of suffering and disease.

    Bette, from Queen Elizabeth the II. She was the first to use the name. <eans oath of God.

    Or is Forrest describing a place? One with two loop like ear rings with yellow canaries.
    Pepper and Tabasco capitalized for no reason. They mean pungent and hot. Like hot springs with pungent smell. Sounds like Yellowstone to me??

    • The Wolf says:

      Capital PT = PT Barnum = circus. Stoker=poker. His fireplace poker had a rodeo clown. Clowns = circus. No catsup after making a big deal of it? Catsup=cats up = Flying Tigers (check out his jacket in the early SBs)/ Tigers=circus. Rings = Three ring circus. Well you can keep going from there…

      • DPT says:

        Great thoughts Wolf! Well done. Yes , I have come across a lot of references to Circus or Carnival also like the trapeze artists in buffalo Cody story. And page 50-51 the kid is pointing a finger at his head like shooting himself. Acting like a clown and in the story it talks about a Chinese fire drill.

    • pdenver says:

      Hello DPT. I just pulled out my Yellowstone map to verify, and, indeed, there are two loops in the park. Your comment about the stoke being a pole with a bell suspended brings to mind one of Mr. Fenn’s scrapbooks.

    • BradHartliep says:

      Tabasco is a proper name .. a state in Mexico and a copyrighted product name .. it should always be capitalized ..

      • DPT says:

        Brad, tabasco is also a pepper that is not capitalized. the tabasco pepper is a variety of chili pepper. Capsicum frutescens. Capsicum root word is box.
        Forrest does not say sauce so most likely referring to the state if capitalized or is wrongly capitalized.
        Look up tabasco in Wikipedia and then naming category.
        “The initial letter of tabasco is rendered in lowercase when referring to the botanical variety”

      • Zaphod73491 says:

        Agree, Brad! But pepper capitalized is still out of place and I don’t think it was accidental.

        • Buckeye Bob says:

          Latin for pepper is Piper.

          “a : either of two pungent products from the fruit of an Indian plant (Piper nigrum) that are used chiefly as condiments: (1) : black pepper (2) : white pepper”

    • BW says:

      Hearsay is not admissible in court. She wants the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Mr. Fenn, you are now obligated to attend.

    • SL says:


      Wouldn’t dismiss that capitalized “P” – P epper / SpringCanyon, in New Mexico are nearby Holloman Air Force Base:


      Interesting to note is another nearby area, “Alamogordo, N.M.” which was the City nearest the first explosion of an atomic bomb.


      • pdenver says:

        Hello SL. I’m trying to make the connection of Pepper with Spring Canyon. I find the link you’ve provided interesting, in regards to Mr. Fenn’s comment about “atomic” in a previous “Featured Question.” While looking at the link, I had thought about Mr. Fenn flying his jet and wished we all could have witnessed him doing so. Not necessarily during war, but just to see him flying maneuvers. I’m pretty sure there’s programs out there that may allow him to do so, but not positive. I’m sure he is/was one heck of a pilot and it would have been nice to witness.

        • SL says:


          My parents took us to see the perfection of air maneuvers provided by the “Blue Angels”, annually. Words can not begin to express the feelings of exhilaration and wonder. (Been in love with flight and the sky ever since). Witnessing the flying expertise of the Flyer Fenn first hand? One could hopefully, rely on imagination.

          The Flyer Fenn? A bounty of memories untold

          • pdenver says:

            It’s been many years since I saw either of the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds perform. What they do is amazing. I find when they’re in tight formation at such speeds quite speechless. They certainly know what they’re doing. Several years ago, there was a fly over at the stadium in Denver, and one of the jets flew, what I considered low, over our house. The rumble and the sheer power just makes me say, “Wow!” Each time my family and I hear an approaching military jet, we always run out of the house to see if we can catch a glance of it. I think the neighbors may think we’re nuts, but over the years, I think they’ve gotten use to it. 🙂

            I would love to know of all of his memories. I think, as many do, that he’s quite an amazing person.

            • JC1117 says:

              Hello, Pdenver and SL.

              I agree. I would love to watch The Flyer fly.

              The closest I’ve ever been to a fighter jet flying past is about 500 feet. The sound and pressure hits you like a wall.
              I was out in the desert looking for meteorites…pretty far from “civilization”.
              I had never been that close to a jet before…and right when it happened all I could do was laugh out loud…maniacally.

              It was awesome. You had to be there.

              I reckon the only thing better than my vantage at that moment would be the Pilot’s view.


              • pdenver says:

                WOW! What a video! Thank you so much, JC1117! Each time the pilot flew upside down, I giggled. To see how close they flew in formation, it looked as if the wing was going to hit the canopy. When the two flew inverted, that was amazing to see from the pilot’s view. I give those pilots a big round of applause for their expertise. It truly is amazing. Once again, thank you!

  26. pdenver says:

    Still continue to look at different things, and I see a circus theme in regards to LaFann. The only two I can think of is Ringling Brothers, and The Shriner’s. I’m going to go with Ringling Brothers and what they’re known as. With “The Greatest Show on Earth,” I’m reminded of something that is visible from space:


  27. Iceman says:

    Keep it simple. Look at the title. This is a request. Its acquestion. Are the “hot dogs” of the Chase and the circus characters on the blogs going to be at Fennborree or not? Viper wants to know. Me? Let me see how much fuel I have left first. I think Mrs Iceman will make the final call. In the mean time, let me see if Maverick can make it too. Goose is well unavailable. It was never about the Top Gun trophy, it was always about the mig. Maverick gets the mig.

    • Iceman says:

      And the picture … he wants to see guys and girls. Wants to see the faces that map to aliases. You will need lettuce, you know … the green stuff. Maybe a poker game?

    • Iceman says:

      I’m in. My trip to Fennboree has been cleared by the Defense Dept (Mrs. Iceman) and there’s a good chance that the entire Top Gun team will be there, including Maverick. Everyone is very excited to meet Forrest Fenn and all the searchers in the Chase.

      • Iceman says:

        I have completed reservations for my wife and I arriving in Santa Fe the 8th leaving the 11th and will be attending Fennboree on the 9th and 10th of June. I will be staying at the DoubleTree.

    • Iceman says:

      Maybe I can pull Goose out of cold storage. He likes parties.

    • Iceman says:

      Is it just me or do you sometimes see days go by before you understand f’s posts? That crinkled brown paper bag looks sinister to me. The weaving of condiments is no accident either.

    • Iceman says:

      My Bette is singing in Nashville that week and wont be able to attend Fennboree. Sorry. She looks and acts like a younger version of the Mrs. She could be my granddaughter, but she’s not.

  28. SL says:

    The bottom right bun stands out. A designer bun!

    Can’t wait to read about good times shared at Fennboree 2017.


    • pdenver says:

      It sure looks that way, SL. I’ve never seen anything like it. I can only giggle about this “Featured Question,” because on my way home from where my family and I were at yesterday, I kept seeing hot dogs at convenience gas stations. One place, they were golden and rolling on the heater, the other, a gentleman was sitting down, eating a couple. After I saw this, I was dying to have some. Then the “Featured Question” came along. Gosh, I had to put some on this evening’s grocery list. Nothing like a hot dog with spicy mustard and onions. Yum!

      • SL says:

        LOL, You too??


        • pdenver says:

          I’m glad I’m not the only one! 🙂

          • SL says:


            Are we the only ones who find that lower right bun….unusual? LOL
            Sort of reminds me of the head of a duck or a goose on the tip of it. In addition, it appears the hot dog itself has some type of pattern/ grid on top.

            Do you see this as well?

            • pdenver says:

              Might I remind you, the hot dogs were bought last night, but I haven’t eaten one yet. I might get real hungry looking. LOL

              • pdenver says:

                I looked at the hot dog and bun, and I see some patterns, although, I’m not sure if I’m seeing the head of a duck.

  29. Strawshadow says:

    Thanks Jenny, Bette LaFann and Forrest,
    Here I am going Nuts in May and your planning on a big splash with a couple of “top shelf” hot dogs in June. Some how the picture just don’t match the painting. Maybe its the Lowensenf extra that has my chop stix crossed. Or the Fanny of fame who’s knocking the game. Either way, if the Eagle’s the ace and birdies are two, then a mulligan is also a mix in the stew. With Desertphile aboard, babes and a bash its all about characters, closeness and spittle.

  30. Buckeye Bob says:

    Think astringents, folks.
    As in tin plate steel (tin has astringent properties) and the chest that can last a thousand years or more.
    As in no mold or mildew.
    This is something I’ve been pretty certain about for months. I posted several comments but most people seemed to be insistent that the chest has a wood interior. Probably because it looks like there’s a grain to it. But metal plates have a grain too, and tarnish would very likely bring out such a grain to the view.

    This quest is chocked full of education, me thinks, maty.

    I’m hoping to finally be on my way tomorrow. It’s been one thing after another to hold me back. Car is in the shop as we speak.

    Maybe this 3 ring circus will become a 2 ring circus with singing canaries soon.

    Or maybe I’m all wrong. There’s that too. But soon to know.

  31. Strawshadow says:

    pdenver, in simple terms, people tend to believe what they want, we all like to see ourselves in a positive light. Like the Pollyanna effect, always see the bright side of things, think positive. A good salesman will lead you in a direction that will allow you to make a positive observation. I think you and SL are both beautiful, even though each of you might have different ideas on how I mean it. Hope that makes sense, you now know I’m no psychiatrist or writer but a good ole American hot dog as described is much more appealing than one pictured with expensive wrappings. Yet both are simply hot dogs and I’m usually good for about one and a half after a wet spring day on the slopes.

    • Passenger says:

      Hmmmm… Although not a hot dog anymore, I haven’t abandoned the slopes myself. But I do love the less-populated resorts.

      What’s your favorite spot?

  32. randawg says:

    Mmmm, ….Cryptic…

  33. Jake Faulker says:

    I will have to wait for the next circus.
    Bring your Calcium Carbonate.

  34. Jdiggins says:

    Mmmmmmm those hot dogs look yummy!

  35. Mindy says:

    We are really looking forward to Fennboree this year. James and I plan to fly into SLC and drive down through a little of WY and CO before making our way into NM.

    The only hot dog I love is Tesuque. 🙂

  36. Mindy says:

    “Bearded Desert lover.” That must be Moses!

  37. C.M.R. says:

    If I promise to find the chest and bring it to Fennboree, do I still have to bring condiments?

  38. Quakrspecl says:

    As 5Girls noted:
    Bette LaFann = Bet He Laffun.

  39. Jdiggins says:

    My clicker isn’t clickin

  40. Point Foot says:

    The two items in the picture that he leaves out in the description are lettuce ketchup. How about simply “Let us catch up” at Fennboree.

    I think he is looking forward to seeing those of us who can make it!

    I would love to be able to make it to meet and share stories with many of people behind the names on the forums. And meeting Forrest would be a real treat.

    After looking at those dates I just don’t think I will be able to swing that, but you never know for sure until you know for sure.

    In any event I am sure all will have a great time!

  41. Jdiggins says:

    Cats outta the bag.

  42. Mindy says:

    Bette, you might want to start shopping for that dill relish. It’s hard to find!

  43. The Wolf says:

    So, I cooked up some hot dogs last night and topped them with some celery salt, various peppers, and tobacco sauce and a few jalapeño peppers. I even made a special one with 3 franks called”The Triple.” Mrs. Wolf was appalled and asked, “What did you call that thing?”
    I said its “The Triple”, she still had a puzzled look on her face, so I spelled it out T-R-I-P-L-E.

    Well, after just one bite, the family yelled, “You’re outta of here! You are not allowed in the kitchen again! Geez can’t get no respect. But hey, I can think of worse things that being banned from the kitchen! 😉

  44. pdenver says:


  45. I’m in, one way or the other. It’ll be great to put some faces to some names and meet Mr. Fenn! With all the comment banter I’m sure there’s a few slaps to be had by some, but I can take it. Nothing like a good fire, covered hot dogs, and maybe a friendly card game.

  46. Thomas says:

    In 1806 Private ……… of the Lewis & Clark expedition, a man of uncommon size and fortitude, fell ill. The ailment was mysterious, an unidentified affliction, which made it very difficult for him to ………or perform his duties. As ………sickness became nearly impossible to bear, the crew attempted several ……….

    most likely ……………pills sent along with the expedition for just such an extremity.

    Those……. known by the Captains and crew members as ……..

    were the invention of Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of the foremost American medical minds of the time. They produced the intended effect, but …….. did not heal. His pains became worse, if anything. He could not stand, nor walk, nor paddle. Finally as the Corps rested at ……, it was decided to try a Native American remedy.

    Even Dr. Rush had to admit that one treatment in particular was very effective. An impromptu sweat was designed for………..,with a pit dug 2 foot in the ground as deep as a man’s are can reach, then filled with hot rocks, and a temporary enclosed shelter constructed around it………….was set inside (nude) and served a strong drought of Horse Mint tea and sweatgrass and other herbs to breath in , anotherNative Americans home remedies . Within hours he felt better, and inside of two weeks it was declared that he was cured.

    There is nothing so very surprising about that. Why shouldn’t a remedy and practice, which was nearly universal among the indigenous peoples.

  47. SL says:



    Good to know that Private Bratton found some relief, and was eventually aided by the sweat lodge remedy developed by the Native Americans. (Seems those ‘Thunder Clappers’ were no match for ‘Grandfather’s Rocks’).



  48. lifesablaze says:

    I am following the Spice Route and soon will be to India. I will further my journey until I reach the G Br altar. From there it is a great exploration across a vast ocean under a blanket of stars. The bow is my compass. Distant shores await with the promise of fortune delivered.

  49. never been,wish i could go.wish you all much fun.my bet is on kelly fenn,shes a brown fenn,mr. forrest where is that whatchamacallit.the dohickey,thingamabob.tell me oh wise sir,where is the treasure,it isn’t here or there,you fools,its in Heaven.love ya mr. forrest,take care of you and ms. peggy.you know your not thought of because of a treasure,its all because of love,compassion.you have a beautiful family.shilohs family farm looks just beautiful,it will all grow back,thats the thing about life,your born,die,then your soul,spirit goes to the next life,heaven or hell,you get to choose,jesus or satan.then i will live forever in heaven, when I die,got to die to self and live life right, for god.love to all the gang on w.w.w.. laptops.computors,blogs,this your answer you looking for mr. forrest,as this is where we all whisper,gossip,answer,talk.Dal i think your still mr. forrest spy.inspector gadget.isn’t your wifes last name maven.

    • pdenver says:

      Hello Virginia Diane. I believe everyone should have their opinion, but I truly believe Dal is not Mr. Fenn’s spy/Inspector Gadget. This is an opinion, offered as a thought.

  50. Ramona says:

    So many think Forrest is speaking to them and so many want to buddy up to him. It will be interesting to see how many hot dogs Forrest is offered at Fennboree. I can see it now, people are making their shopping list and it looks like:

    1 pkg hot dogs for me & my family
    1 pkg hot dogs to share with everyone
    1 pkg hot dogs for Forrest

    You know, just in case Bette LaFann doesn’t follow through. Hahaha…

  51. OH! says:

    Thank you Bette LaFann & Forest. If anybody wants to make a real hit with some homemade sauerkraut, look up recipes for Jalapeno Cilantro Sauerkraut, you’ll be put up on a pedestal.
    It’s rich in probiotics, amazing for digestion and bursting with flavor, especially on Hot Dogs.
    There are some great Instructions online of the process….

  52. BW says:

    Looking forward to seeing pictures, videos of Fennboree. I will partake of a Nathan dog, smothered with sauerkraut and a swirl of mustard and pretend I was there with all of you.

    Have fun!

  53. BLaFann says:

    Thank you so much for answering my question Forrest. I did have a relative that joined the circus but I have no idea about her. In grade school I was known as Bette Laughing, I always got the last laugh! We are looking forward to Fennboree. Bette, blafann@cox.net

  54. Lou Lee Belle says:

    I like to eat those natural chicken organic hot dogs. I buy the natural buns too. I put mustard and ketchup and onions on it! And hold the lettuce. I am thinking of going to the FB. I’m trying to decide…..go find treasure or go to FB?

  55. Madesquare says:

    Seems like a Fann dance to me-

  56. pdenver says:

    P.T. Barnum…Circus…Cirque (Latin…Circus)

  57. Lugnutz says:

    The actress Fenn is remembering and referencing would be Ann Francis. Does that help anyone with a hint? That was the early 50s as opposed to the 40s. The birds were Budgies, the common small parakeets. It is possible that someone else wore these earnings and before Ann Francis. I am just providing what I know. Google Ann Francis Parakeet or budgie earrings for the visual.


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