Featured Question with Forrest: Talking in Circles?

circlesHi Forrest,
You once said you walked the 92 miles from West Yellowstone to Bozeman to just experience it. Obviously you were much younger than you were when you hid the treasure. Too far to walk means different things at different ages so I was wondering if you would be so bold as to give an estimate of how far you walked to hide the treasure after leaving your car: was it >10miles, between 5 and 10 miles, between 1 and 5 miles, or less than 1 mile?   ~Thanks, Ron


Ron, your question sounds like a travelogue, but I’ll answer it. No, I don’t want to be that bold. But I will say that I walked less than a few miles if that will help. I just looked “few” up and one definition is “scant.” Why do I sound like I’m talking in circles? f



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33 Responses

  1. Jenny Kile says:


  2. JCM says:

    So if a few is defined as one to three and f walked less than a few… then anywhere from less than a mile to a little over two miles from car to that very special spot.

    Then there is this line from Scrapbook 90 on Dal’s blog:

    “save for a scant few guys like me”.

    I think f thoroughly enjoys messing with our heads!

  3. E* says:

    Forrest – OK,…thanks for that walking distance estimate,…but how many miles had you “done it tired” on your horse, first? 🙂

  4. germanguy says:


    I just love your rhythm. It’s always stays on course. 🙂

  5. Mark J says:

    No need to repeat yourself on my behalf 🙂

  6. The Thrill says:

    I don’t think Forrest is messing with our heads, I think we just don’t understand the answer.

    • Mark J says:

      Do you think he knows that we do not know, or that we know that he knows that we do not know, or maybe he knows that we know that he knows that we do not know……wait…..what was the question?

  7. lia20 says:

    Whether we understand the answer or not is a moot point if “she” knows that she knows and Forrest knows that she knows. The better question for the peanut gallery is, does “she” know the distance she must go to tarry scant while she gazes. We should quit dissecting ff’s statements and finish solving. Right??

    • Ellen says:

      lia20 – Sounds like really good advice for all (she’s and he’s) in preparation for the 2015 hunt season. Perhaps if “she” has gotten that far in the poem (if that is really true) she will work her darndest to cross over the finish line.

    • Kathryn says:

      Even if she knew that distance, there is still much more to go. Look quickly down is not what it seems. My question is: If an 80-year-old man can get to the place, can an 80-year-old man retrieve the chest?

      • Seeker says:

        Kathryn… a 79-80 year old man hid the chest… seems to me the answer would be, Yes. It may just take two trips back to the car.

      • 42 says:

        Kathryn, that’s a really good question. I’m not sure the person will know until he/she is upon the chest what is required to retrieve it. It could be just sitting on a bank or ledge, or it coud be cantilevered, or the knotted rope reference may be necessary to pull it out of hiding. or you may need a rope to walk down a small ledge. Perhaps there is no ledge to stand on while retrieving and an 18 ft rope is necessary with knots to hold on. Has anyone mined that answer out of the poem? I’m not too worried since I have no plans to search this winter, and lots of time to work out solve.

        • kathryn says:

          Thanks for the thoughts. The reference look quickly down is in need of study because it is not visible by the eyes. Your reference with the rope also makes note of the importance of touch as in “feeling George Washington”. Look can mean to examine, survey, or scan. I also wonder about brave _ could brave mean strong physically. I am done with the chase. I got to the look down part and am not physically able to finish. Once the wwwh is found the distance to hob is 8 to10 miles. Hob can only be found in person at the location. If you search next year, you will laugh when you see the hob. The blaze takes more time, but is obvious. You will need to follow the poem because the blaze is clearly seen from a particular angle. Plan for a couple of weeks at the spot.

  8. The Thrill says:

    Well clearly SHE must have a good idea and I would bet to say that SHE must be closer than the 500 feet from the last searcher that ( I believe ) was a man! So I am so confused and I’m still stuck on WWWH.

  9. locolobo says:

    Good one , Forrest.!! I really like your definitions.

    LOL!! How do you know where the edge is if you don’t go look??

    What happens when you get to close to the edge??,,,,sometimes you slip 🙂 !! Then one must scramble quickly in order to maintain a positive attitude!! .:)

  10. charlie says:

    e*, I think you’re right

  11. jdiggins says:

    Because although some think they are paying attention, they are actually trying to squeeze a square peg into a round hole. Dictionary. Google. Read the poem, read the poem, read the poem, etc…..
    I, am one of the “some”. 🙂 (sometimes)

  12. lia20 says:

    Thanks JWayne, I’ll be mad more often

  13. colokidd says:

    Ummm, “I’m talking in circles”. Sounds like my spot.

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