Featured Question with Forrest Fenn on The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt: Who Knew?

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The Hidden Treasure Chest

Dear Forrest,

In your book you mention ‘two can keep a secret if one of them is dead‘. Did someone else know the place you hid your Treasure Chest?  ~ Carolyn


No, just me.  f



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109 Responses

  1. Diggin gypsy says:

    Good question Carolyn

  2. Jenny Kile says:

    It was a great Question. Thanks Carolyn.

  3. John C. Greco says:

    Another one, short and too the point… I should ask him why did he use a lower case”f” on all answers but mine?

  4. Buckeye Bob says:

    Thank you Caroline,
    and thank you Forrest.

  5. JDA says:

    “Did someone else know the place you hid your Treasure Chest?” ~ is different than asking ” Did someone else know”OF” the place you hid your Treasure Chest? ~ I am sure that more than one person in Forrest’s life knows “OF” the place, but that they do NOT know that it was this place that he his it – JMO – JDA

    • cynthia says:

      JDA, I totally agree with you. Here is a copy and paste comment by Tom Terrific from Dal’s blog: “… In November of 2013 an Emmy Award winning film crew called http://www.moonshots productions.com were hired by “Animal Planet Network” to film a pilot series of reality actors for a possible long term production based on Treasure Hunting. My brother and I were selected along with 3 other members of our group, a young couple who were already actors and my wife who is also a native New Mexican. Eric Hartman ehartman@moonshot-productions.com and his assistant Dave, film crew were all part of the http://www.moomshots.com who interviewed Forrest in November, 2013, Forrest told them “His father would know where he hid the treasure.” Eric and Dave told us what ff had said to them on that following November day in 2013 just prior to our filming.”

      • cynthia says:

        I posted this to support what JDA said about the two different meanings. When Forest told the film crew his father would know where he hid the treasure, imo, that means Ff’s father had also been to the spot where ff eventually chose to hide it.

      • JDA says:

        Thanks Cynthia – Sure makes sense huh? – JDA

      • Jeremy P. says:

        Or, from his book, “Now I feel that my father is sitting on the edge of a cloud somewhere watching.” So, of course he would know, if he’s watching over Forrest. Doesn’t necessarily mean he’s been there in person.

  6. pdenver says:

    Thank you, Caroline, Jenny, and Mr. Fenn for the “Featured Question”.

  7. Spallies says:

    Thanks to the whole crew for another great question!!! Not so sure I like the answer though???

  8. Lou Lee says:

    Great question and surprising answer!

  9. Sparrow says:

    Forrest’s Guardian Angel knows where it’s hid. lol

  10. Sparrow says:

    “where it’s hidden”–correction

  11. Jdiggins says:

    Too bad she used did instead of does.
    Thanks Jenny and forrest!
    And Carolyn. 🙂

  12. dejoka says:

    In the end only the dead will hold the secrets.


  13. Twingem says:

    How about present tense…does someone, other than Forrest Fenn and who is alive today, know the location the chest?

    • Dampenedmyth says:

      Pretty sure we won’t get an answer to that question. Thank you Forrest for keeping us engaged. I for one am having a hard time waiting till my next trip. It’s invigorating being out there and I miss it. But alas I must continue to wait…

      • Twingem says:

        Tis the season of miracles! Ya just never know if you don’t ask for one.

        And thank you Dampenedmyth! I need a reminder that I do believe that miracles are possible…every day and not just in holiday seasons. I’d lost sight of that lately.

        Forrest and Jenny thank you as always! Carolyn, you too.

    • Iceman says:

      Does someone else know … just me.

  14. Carolyn says:

    You’re welcome everyone. I was just wondering the question to see if he was there at the location with someone and now they have passed away or is it just a saying. Thank you Jenny for asking him and thank you Forrest for answering and Merry Christmas to all!

    • JC1117 says:

      That was a good question, Carolyn.

      Like Jdiggins and Twingem mentioned it might have been even better to clarify the past and present tenses in your question. Oh well. Forrest might not have answered the question if you asked it any other way. 🙂

      But…after all…Forrest DID say that he went ALONE in there…right at the beginning of The Poem. It was a good question to clarify if anyone else knew the location at that time.

      Btw, is your birthday in December…which may have inspired your mom or dad to name you Carolyn?

      I can hear Nat King Cole singing Caroling, Caroling in my head. He sings a wonderful version of that song with lots of bells ringing.

      My younger sister Natalie got her name for that very reason…being born a few days before Christmas.

      Thank You, Jenny and Forrest…and Caroling…I mean Carolyn. 🙂

      I Love the Reason for the Season…

  15. Buckeye Bob says:

    I don’t think Forrest would have put such a burden as knowing the location on anyone else. That’s a “heavy load”.

  16. Ramona says:

    Thank you. r

    • Ramona says:

      Just kidding. I was trying to copy Forrest. You know, short answer, small initial. But try as I may, it’s not the same. So what I really want to say is thank you to Jenny, Carolyn, and Forrest.

      • BW says:

        Ramona, don’t you think most times a thank you is sufficient. I have noticed, “people pleasers (I include myself in that group) go overboard. Doing so deprives the person the joy of giving.

  17. Strawshadow says:

    Thank you Carolyn, Jenny and Forrest,
    Where is not the place in question.

  18. WoodyBogg says:

    Just Me ? Hmmm

  19. Iceman says:

    “Just Me” meaning … my opinion, my perspective, my thoughts. My opinion.

    • DPT says:

      Iceman, you nailed it. Just me. My war for Me, an important Memoir.

      As I go Alone in there with My treasures Bold. If searchers aren’t connected with the first clue of being Vain, look again! You gotta love the Vane, did I say Vain? or is it the weather Vane in the story about Eric Sloane? Or the Vane on the bombs in the map?

      Vain is Me, Myself and I.

  20. Iceman says:

    The Thrill of the Chase => The Crest of the Hill => Hillcrest

    • DPT says:

      Iceman, could be. I have often thought of the hillcrest for a possible place of the chest. But we need to nail down the first clue to get there or it will be expensive folly-paraphrase.

      Did you know Vain is to be foolish?

      Vain is hollow. Your first clue is Vain/hollow. Now find the right hollow where the wwh.

    • Iceman says:

      I am not suggesting the treasure is at Hillcrest Cemetery, but maybe at the crest of a hill. Don’t be digging up cemeteries. It ain’t there. My opinion.

  21. Crimsonblaze says:

    Holler if you a redneck, you still gotta know if it’s the left V or the right V.

  22. aeromancy b says:

    Thanks to all of you, for the new “Who Knews.” This is good to know – he was alone. Nice work, Carolyn, the go to, when. Ya know, you’re quite the scriver and I could use a getaway driver. So, I’m layin’ it on the table: “What days are you available?” There’s time to spare, but I’m almost there – just working on the all the whys. Although I’m not entirely sure, I think it has something to do with flies. So my dear canny lass, we can’t leave fast, but rest assured, the job pays well. We won’t head west, until we’ve honored the Quest, and chances are I can work around your schedule.

  23. Iceman says:

    Who knew => know weh => know Yahweh => know God

  24. Valerie says:

    Well done Iceman

  25. Cajun Shipmate says:

    Maybe the other person didn’t need to know because they where already there?

  26. Chesney says:

    Well, if both of them knew and were dead, then the secret place would never be revealed! Thank you Mr. Fenn, Ms. Kile, and Carolyn! Merry Christmas to you all! Happy Holidays!

  27. Buckeye Bob says:

    Just a point of interest here.
    But initially Forrest planned on being the dead one, right?
    If that’s right, why would he not want the finder, the only other one to know the location, to share said location?

  28. Chesney says:

    There is no doubt in my mind that he thought of everything. He realized it was possible that the treasure chest would not be found before he was no longer with us. As for the revelation of the said spot, not sure it really is a Good Idea for the finder to disclose that information.

    • Buckeye Bob says:

      That seems like the wise course.

    • JC1117 says:

      Hello, Chesney and Bob.

      Forrest certainly said that he thought of everything. I even remember a video interview in his home where Forrest even described the personality of the eventual finder. I think it was during the interview with Todd Loveto…but I’m not certain.

      I’ve tried to find the video on YouTube for the last hour or so without success. That’s all part of The Thrill of the Chase…I reckon. Maybe somebody else can recall the interview and post a link…or maybe it simply vanished off the interwebs.

      • Pen Ghost says:

        That would be interesting. Hope you find the interview link.

        • JC1117 says:

          Hi, Pen Ghost.

          I did find this clip of a radio interview Forrest had with Lorene Mills in 2011. The video starts right where Forrest says it…


          I could swear Forrest said a similar thing…but differently…in the interview with Todd in his home.

          • Pen Ghost says:

            Interesting. It is interesting how far back in time he said the things that he has repeated over and over since. I wonder if he still feels the same about the type of person who would find it. Would they announce it or not?

            • JC1117 says:

              I take Forrest at his word. This is his creation. He knows all the whys (wise?), whos, wheres, whats, whens and hows. (WWWWWH?)

              It would be silly to say that Forrest “obviously knows something.” LOL!

              The point is…he knows exactly what he says and why he says it. I think his verbal “mistakes” are very few and far between…if any.

              If I ever found his Treasure I’d say give me a bullhorn…LOL…and maybe a Indiana Jones style bullwhip…just for fun. 🙂

              Of course…I wouldn’t tell anyone until after I told Forrest. If the treasure is found while he’s alive I’m sure he has a way that he’d like things to go. The finder would have to be a fool not to honor Forrest’s wishes regarding such.

            • Iceman says:

              No worries, f will announce it.

  29. Courtney says:

    I’d take it back to him and say “here you go, now what?” Then I would ask to try on those zebra boots and go have a toddy at “the pink.” I think he is simply saying that nobody knows where it was hidden when he hid it but the forecast has changed. Good question Carolyn, a lovely name you have!

  30. Crimsonblaze says:

    But but does someone else know the place where the treasure is hid. That would have been a better way to phrase it in my tiny opinion.

  31. Dampenedmyth says:

    I feel a lot of us believe we know the place where the treasure is hidden. What would it take for someone to know for sure? And would anyone else likely believe them? Highly doubtful. So we are at an impasse until someone retrieves it. And until then I like many of us will continue pushing forward in my personal quest.

  32. Jdiggins says:

    The environment. Indeed. Makes perfect sense. I knew I hated litter and loved iron eyes for some reason.
    The best cause. Save the earth. Save the children who can save the earth.
    Educate. Inspire. Involve.

    • Lifesablaze says:

      The Me is within each of us. Think of it as a meme of sorts. It has an over reaching and recognizable pattern but each one of us has our own way of making it spin.

      Also, schools like Evergreen encourage the unique spin of the student. Creative education.

      A ‘just me’ would be one who has fully developed their individual meme to the point of self government…which implies all kinds of creative potentials. ☀️

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