Featured Question with Forrest Fenn and The Thrill of the Chase

the thrill of the chase forrest fenn

Forrest and his Mom

Hi Forrest, Since posting the Six Questions(2/4/2017), I’ve heard many are wondering and so am I; ‘What was the incident you remember when you were just one year old? Would you be willing to share this with us all? Thanks ~jenny

Sure Jenny,
My mom had a rub board on which she scrubbed our dirty clothes. It was before we had a washing machine. That work was done in what we called the “wash room,” and it was outside our house by the garage.

There was a small wooden stool in there also. It was about 7” high, and my mom used it sometimes when hanging wet clothes on the line. One time she saw me struggling to get on the stool so she lifted me on it and I giggled.

I remember all of that very distinctively. f


*REMINDER:  Tomorrow (2/19/2017) is the last day to enter Dal’s Contest on choosing your favorite story from Forrest Fenn’s Too Far To Walk book.  More information here: Contest Details


The above question was a follow-up from the six questions posted on 2/4/2017.  Other Six Questions from previous years are linked below:

Six Question with Forrest Fenn: Over Five Years of The Thrill of the Chase  (Six questions and answers/ Feb. 4th, 2016)

Six Questions Yet Again with Forrest Fenn: Always a Treasure  (Six questions and answers/ Feb. 4th, 2015)

Six Questions More with Forrest Fenn  (Six questions and answers/ Feb. 4th, 2014)

Six Questions with Forrest Fenn: Author of The Thrill of the Chase  (Six questions and answers/ Feb. 4th, 2013)


And one more thing:  I know many shared first memories in comments below the Six Questions.  They were an added joy to read.   Please feel free to share here too.  As of now, but I continue to search my memory (and it’s such a treasure to take time to do it- thank you Forrest for inspiring such an activity),  one of my first memories is sitting in front of my dad on the tractor seat between his legs. He would often take me with him when he went to the fields and I would just sit there and ride along as he harrowed or whatnot.  We kept each other company.


Best of luck with the Thrill of the Chase and all that you seek! Treasure the Adventure!


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31 Responses

  1. Focused says:

    Thank you Jenny and Forrest for this question and answer…. and thank you Jenny for everything you do.. I love your stories… my favorite is about medicine rock. A trip there would be magical in its self..
    Take care… until next time.. see ya my friend

  2. Onuat says:

    Made me giggle.

  3. SL says:

    A lot of love in this picture.


  4. jl says:

    F should have taken his own advice and just put one foot on top of the other, it was nice of his mom to help.

  5. nmc says:

    Brought back memories of our first washing machine. The kind that you had to feed the clothes through some rollers to squeeze out the excess water. I used to love helping until I got my arm caught up in a sheet and it got pinned between the rollers. No damage to the washing machine, thankfully. Or my arm.

  6. Spallies says:

    Thank you for sharing Forrest, your mother helped you climb your first big mountain! I bet you looked back down as you were giggling 🙂

  7. Buckeye Bob says:

    I remember when my mom got out the washboard and rollers. Our washing machine broke and she couldn’t wait for the repair man. I was around 5.
    That wasn’t my first memory, but it was the first time I was fascinated by the mechanics of how something works, and my first realization of how people use our brains to make life better.

  8. pdenver says:

    Oh my gosh, what a precious moment! Thank you so much for answering Jenny’s question, Mr. Fenn.

  9. C.M.R. says:

    Still 3′ of snow above 5000′ in the Rockies, trust me I know.

  10. Sparrow says:

    Thanks for sharing that with us Forrest. And thanks Jenny.

  11. GGGGGusGuy says:

    Thanks Jenny and Mr Fenn your memory amazes me . I have a hard time remembering what I ate for breakfast

  12. JC1117 says:

    That’s a great memory…being lifted up by Mom. That’s one of those teary-eyed memories.

    Loving Mothers are the Best!

    Kindness rules the day…and Love Rules the World.


    Great People lead by example.

    Thanks for sharing those things, Forrest and Jenny.

  13. Ramona says:

    Thanks Jenny for asking Forrest that question for all of us. Thanks Forrest for your lovely answer.

  14. JDA says:

    A nice memory Forrest – Thanks to you and Jenny for posting it. Thanks for the thoughts, and the memories. JDA

  15. Strawshadow says:

    Thanks Jenny and Mr. Fenn,
    Mr. Fenn and his Mother, Jenny and her Father, both moments to remember and cherish.

  16. BW says:

    When I read Mr. Fenn’s answer, I think of the distance man has traveled in his 86 years; from a rub board to a washing that has so many lights on the control panel it looks like a cockpit panel. My mother and daughter bore the same number of children. As did Mr. Fenn’s mother, my mother used a rub board. My daughter has 2 washers and 2 dryers and thinks she could never keep the clothes clean without both sets! Sometimes I wonder! What does the future hold?

  17. Jdiggins says:

    Such a beautiful memory, a beautiful picture. Thanks for sharing it with us. Gosh, why does life have to be so swift?

  18. Jake Faulker says:

    “wash room,”
    You have a transient sense of humor.
    You can’t wash all day unless this is the spot.

  19. Chase Fan says:

    Jenny, thanks for sharing Forrest’s answer with us. And thanks for sharing your memory of riding on the tractor with your dad. It reminded me of a memory of my grandfather (pap). It wasn’t my earliest memory because I was big enough to sit behind him on one of the fenders over the big back wheels. He just said to hang on tight & we would take off down the dirt road along the edge of the field to look for wildlife at the end of the day as dusk was setting in. It’s a great memory. Thanks for reminding me.

  20. mama used a wash board and boiled the clothes in a big iron pot too,them wash boards are rough on the knuckles.

  21. randawg says:

    I can’t remember anything earlier than about age 4 or 5. I wonder how Forrest knew he was one year old. Maybe he and his mom reminisced about it at some point and she told him?

  22. Lyzee says:

    Well my earliest memory is when we lived on 2nd side street and it had an incline to bottom street. It was a dead end and we lived at the top side and my aunt lived at the top. I was playing with a big ball and it started rolling down the road …. all the relatives were sitting in the front yards and they all started screaming “get her, get her, she’s running to the road”. I remember someone grabbing me and someone chasing the ball and everyone screaming. Later, I lived up street on bottom street when I was in a coma from an overdose of phenobarbitol at 15 mo’s old. So I know I was around a year old when that above remembered ball event happened. I have other memories from living on the 2nd side road when I was around one yr old. Most people do not remember that far back, but some do …..wonder why … one of life’s mysteries.

  23. Lyzee says:


    I often think of how far we have come since washboards etc.. One ringy dingy, two ringy dingy (we were one short then two long rings party line) to now with computers and cell phones. From the first tv’s and the first color tv that I had to go to a family friends house to watch “The Flintstones” on ….. the whole family went in the early evening to watch. Playing in the creek while my dad washed the car that we didn’t have until I was 12. Eventually little by little life changed and we had to change with it. Most of it was a change for the good.


    Place Safety First

    • Strawshadow says:

      As Jack Johnson pointed out “Where’d all the good people go”. Perhaps they will return after searching.

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