Featured Questions, Weekly Words, and Forrest Fenn Note

notepadHi all. I wanted to take time to share a brief note.

Forrest has been told to back away from his computer for medical reasons. That means he will not be responding to very many emails in the future.

As many of you know, I received a list of ‘Weekly Words’ from Forrest a few months ago. I have many more to share and will continue to do this on every Friday.

Forrest has said he will continue to answer Questions or offer Words to me when he can, but not as regularly. (AND I should add, if I post Words NOT from the original list, I’ll state that within the post)

As of now though, and now that Forrest is 86, I think we should give him some space. He has earned it.


Best of luck with The Thrill of the Chase  and all that you seek.  And ALWAYS Treasure the Adventure! ~jenny




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131 Responses

  1. Mark J says:

    Thanks for the update Jenny. Maybe Forrest should do like the rest of us and search for a treasure somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe.

  2. Kedar's Mom says:

    Thanks for the update Jenny. Peace be with you and your family Forrest. (((hugs)))

  3. pdenver says:

    Hello Jenny. Thank you so much for this important information. I greatly appreciate it. Please take good care of yourself, Mr. Fenn. I’ll be thinking of you and saying prayers. Big hug.

    • astree says:

      After three plus years of studying his poem, I believe one thing Forrest tells us is that it was a great adventure for him to hide the treasure…. in addition to the creation of his magnum opus, the poem. Forrest has made an extremely rare and unique (albeit hidden) mark in this world with his puzzle. His regular interactions added another dimension to an already exciting challenge; that challenge remains as part of Forrest, for us, as he cuts back on his participation. He really has given so much of himself. I think his wit and deep humanity come across when he writes and speaks.

  4. JBL says:

    Thank you for your post. I’m a newby and am actually in the airport heading out for my first and probably only search. I had emailed Forrest telling him that I appreciated his treasure hunt so much, because it kept me occupied while I was sick in bed for a month.

    I pray you feel better Forrest !

  5. Chesney says:

    Dear Mr. Fenn,
    I hope you are doing well. Thank you for all of the hints you have offered searchers to finding Indulgence! Take care of yourself, Sir.

  6. Jdiggins says:

    Through tears, this I write,
    I owe it all to you, forrest fenn.
    For my dreams I will fight,
    Because you taught me to live again.

    I will try to be less than selfish in my sorrow, as it is not just myself with tears, I am certain.
    Please take care forrest. You are ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers for good health and comfort. May peace be with you and your loved ones.
    PS: (uncontrollable selfish note):
    PLEASE GET BETTER! 🙂 (the Chase wouldn’t be the same without you.)

    • Jdiggins says:

      And, THANK YOU for everything!
      You too, jenny! 🙂

    • pdenver says:

      Hello Jdiggins. You’re not alone. I feel as if I’ve gone through a box of tissues already. I’ve always looked to see if he would post something.

      • Jdiggins says:

        You are very sweet, pd. 🙂

      • pdenver says:

        Sorry, my mind is in a daze and didn’t complete my thoughts. Hate to see someone’s health affecting them. I’ve always looked forward seeing if he posted something on the blogs. It was fun to see what was in his mind. What was he trying to tell us? So many times I’ve laughed in thought and with my thoughts trying to figure them out, as I’m sure many of you have. Gosh, how I hope this isn’t serious.

    • Chesney says:

      I second the tears part Jdiggins! 🙁 Well said!

    • spallies says:

      I wasn’t going to cry…

      But then I saw a rainbow
      Appear upon my screen

      Reflecting in the glow
      With hints of blue and green

      Its beauty did intrigue me
      And what had brought it here

      I wiped my eyes to better see
      And saw it was a tear…

      Take care Forrest

  7. SL says:

    I have once again discovered the joys of freedom. I am ever grateful for….. Forrest Fenn.


  8. rose says:

    Mr. Fenn, I also wanted to say that “I have also incorporated daily prayers for you and your family. Prayer, is a very powerful tool, I believe, in the world we live in. I also wanted to thank u for the chase, your story and the chase is what got me out again… As a child, I had a vivid imagination, and i created ”home made” toys, the chase brought that back for me, I wanted to tell you happy birthday last week , but I hesitated because of the ”back lash” and insults, and also other reasons… People hear on the chase, seem to be obsessed with me, so it seems, (things I say)… wonder why???? Anyway, your good deeds go unseen, I understand you very well, and others, too, thank you, thank you, you truly are a good man…..God bless you and your family, hopefully someday, I could show u something real special that I have for you to see. Take care

  9. Mike Forni says:

    Master Fenn –

    Take care thyself.

    Flutterby when you can and don’t let those Biddies boss you around.

    Keep your smile at your doorstep and the rainbow at your feet.

    Wishing You the Best My Friend.

    And don’t forget, The Chase will Always LIVE!

    Your Pal,

  10. silentfly says:

    Mr. Fenn you should listen to the Doc I think. I think you’ve been burning that candle at both ends for a long time. Thank you for teaching me all that you have. Even great teachers need to take some time to go throw a bobber in the water and relax a bit. My mom always put a little sugar in my medicine to make it taste a little better.

    With love, Chad

  11. Jeremy P. says:

    “Be mindful of nature and your health, but not in that order.”

    Please take care of yourself, sir. From all of us, thank you for the thrills of a lifetime!

  12. astree says:

    Take care Forrest. Your regular interaction has definitely made this extremely enjoyable; the puzzle has plenty to carry us for a while. And …. if you’re reading this, don’t tell the doctor.

  13. Onuat says:

    Prayers coming your way,Forrest. 🙏🏾🙏🏾
    Get well soon. God Bless. 😔
    Thank you Jenny for the update.

  14. ClueMaster says:

    Our prayers are with you Mr Fenn. We wish you health and comfort.
    May Pease be with Ms. Fenn and the rest of your family.

  15. HeadedDown says:

    Hello Mr. Fenn,
    I wanted to say thank you for the chase, the treasure, and the interactions. I hope all is well, and you’ve made many many people happy with your fantastic idea. Thanks again!
    Thank you very much,

  16. Friend says:

    Thank you for the update Jenny.
    I will be sending you well wishes and hope that you continue to be strong in mind, body, and spirit.
    You are an amazing man that has offered hope to many, including me. Thanks for the chase and the endless adventures.
    Your pen pal, friend.

  17. Mike W says:

    Dear Mr Fenn,
    You’ve offered us all so much with the Chase, and in my mind you’ve practically bared your soul in your book and poem – I feel I have rather come to know you. I hope you can rest, and save your strength for your family. Take care of yourself, other things will take care of themselves. Very best wishes to you and yours. If you must travel, go in peace, and know we will miss you over here.
    Much love,
    Mike W

  18. Lou Lee Belle says:

    Forrest. You and your treasure hunt has kept me going through some difficult times. I know many others who feel this way too. Of course I learned so much about the west! And thank you for your suggestion to check out places! Thank you for your kind words. That helped me see through your wise eyes. I want you to know that I am now fascinated with geography! Something I disliked in school! Learning learning everyday. Well Goofy banned me! After years of contributing to the chase. So I guess we’ll I am pulling back now. Except I am searching again soon! I feel now more than ever I might have the location. That my friend would be a dream come true. Love and we’ll wishes to you my friend, Lou Lee Belle: Chased by Bears in Jellystone park And lived to tell the tale.

  19. Iron Will says:

    I’ll have to find someone else to pester in emails then 🙁

  20. Ramona says:

    Sad news, many tears. Take care of yourself Forrest and enjoy your family. Always in my prayers and thank you for sharing all that you have and awakening the trill of the chase in so many of us. Thank you Jenny for keeping us in the know.

  21. Joe Sparrow says:

    Forrest— If you’re cutting back you may not read this. But I really pray that all is well, and that your health improves. I am truly thankful that I heard about your poiem and the search. It has truly been an inspiration to me. I will most definitely keep you in my prayers.

  22. Craig Comeaux says:

    Hi Forrest,
    Thank you for your writings and creating such an intriguing poem.
    As a Boy Scout in the seventies I lost track of time while backpacking, fishing, canoeing in the Sierras.
    This summer my family spent two weeks in Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. I found my treasure in my daughters face as she pulled in Brown trout on the Madison
    As I was hiking the trails with my bear spray, sheath knife and walking stick, I truly felt like a kid again. Thank you again Forrest!
    We will be praying for your rest and greatest health ahead.
    Best regards,
    Craig C ( Grass Valley, CA )
    “Walks With Big Stick”

  23. Plato ll says:

    Forrest, my family and I wish you well and thank you for this unique thrill of the chase. Keep writing down your memories, including your most recent ones. The chase has been a real education, and most of all, it gets one out to experience all that nature has to offer. Thank you! The best to you and your family.

  24. DRT says:

    I think it would be a good thing that Forrest changes gears a little. His chase has become the catalyst for adventure for so many of us, creating priceless memories. Memories that would have never happened if not for him. I’m so thankful for that.
    It has to be hard to deal with so many people in such a personal manner, it has to be tiring. I agree with the idea of him wetting a line from time-to-time. Resting on his laurels and grinning to himself. I just hope he keeps throwing a few grains of wisdom our way every once in a awhile. 😉

  25. rose says:

    A belated Birthday Wish!!
    Before I formed thee in thy belly, I knew thee (Jeremiah 1;5)
    unique as a fingerprint, none like any other, Our Father made thee
    He placed a seal over your heart, like a seal over your arm; for love is
    as strong as death, it’s jealousy unyielding as the grave; Its flashes are
    flashes of (forrest) fire, The very flame of the Lord. Many waters cannot
    quench love, Nor will rivers quench it; if a man were to give all his riches
    of his house for love, it would utterly be despised (song of Solomon 8;6)
    Thy path, thy walk, thou teaches many to walk uncharted territory, finding
    precious gems, hidden deep inside of themselves.
    Listen good, maybe thou art thy teacher, maybe thou art thy student
    God’s riches never cease, and our path today continues onward bound to
    the next level of infinity…. Happy belated birthday, Forrest, and may God continue to
    bless you, yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever more!!!

  26. Michael says:

    Hello Mr Fenn,

    i’m sorry to hear about your health and needing to pull away from The Chase. But happy to hear you are getting the rest and spending more time with family and loved ones. I know first hand, even in your 80’s, you are one tuff dude!

    Be well Mr Fenn,


  27. jmbguidry says:

    Forrest, a big thank you and hug. In my memories from here till the end of time.

  28. Steven R. says:


    May God continue to Bless You and Your Family. You have Blessed mine and thousands of others, as well. I will be voting for you as Time Magazine’s Man of the Year. A well deserved Title.

    God Bless,


  29. nmc says:

    I’m sorry to say I wasn’t one of the lucky few who Mr. Fenn corresponded with, but I did enjoy forwarding short (I hope) updates on my progress. I imagine even those take their toll when everyone is doing it. All the best, sir, and hope we still hear from you on occasion.

  30. JDA says:

    My Dearest Forest;
    I have just returned from my eighth trip to Wyoming in search of your elusive Treasure. We did not find it, but we have not given up hope. We saw 3 Ewes and a young Rocky Mountain Sheep near our search site. Coming home we saw a beautiful Mountain Goat, cross over a guard rail, across the road behind us and scamper up a 45 degree hill. All sights I would not of seen had it not been for your Chase. Your dream to get folks out into the wilds of the Rockies has been fulfilled!

    Take a break, bring back your health fueled by the hopes and prayers by thousands of well-wishers, including me. Said with a tear or two on my cheek.

    Godspeed, and TRY to STAY SAFE and healthy

    A FENN-atic

  31. Covert One says:

    Be well Forrest – please know you are in our prayers.

  32. The Lone Aspen says:

    Best Wishes and Prayers Forrest,
    I will not be so bold as to assume that you are like me – Hardheaded with rocks in my head(per my Mom)!!!
    I am at a place now that is distinct from when I was younger.
    Age has a way of mellowing the spirit but not the desire, until the health issues change the game!
    Take care of Yourself My Friend,
    Best Regards,
    Hope to Meet You One Day Soon When You Are Doing Better

  33. Bob says:

    You speak as though you have worn yourself out with life and adventures! Pull yourself together young man! You’ve got another 15yrs of rest ahead.

  34. JC1117 says:

    This isn’t good…at all. Please rest up, Forrest. When I’m tired and feeling down I try to sleep it off. That sometimes takes a few days…sometimes longer. I know it must be even harder at your age.

    I, for one, appreciate all you’ve done. After all…this is Your Creation. Hang tough. I look forward to whatever words you can share with us.

    (Psst…after Peggy is asleep. Shhh…did I type that out loud?) 🙂

    Thank You, Sir!

  35. Casey says:

    Thank you Forrest for the Chase. We have really enjoyed getting to know you.
    Casey and Brenda

  36. Jordan says:

    It’s been a great ride and I’m so glad I found the chase and started taking vacations in the Rockies every year. I had no idea there was so much land left in this country with no people on it. Thank You Mr. Fenn.

  37. Anna says:

    My experience with 13 yr old sons tells me you are in a growth spurt. 13 hours of sleep per day and 33 cheeseburgers later, you’ll be an inch taller:-)

    On a serious note my friend…take good care, rest, recharge your soul. We are here waiting for you and appreciate You!

  38. JL says:

    Mr. Fenn I am sorry to hear that you have a hitch in your step. If you would like I can pick you up for a little fishing trip to your favorite spot, it will put a zip in your step and a song in your heart…..

  39. Passenger says:

    Thank you Forrest..


  40. Buckeye Bob says:

    The Thrill of the Chase has renewed and reinvigorated many lives.
    Thank you Forrest.

  41. Bailey says:

    Thanks for the update Jenny and Mr. Fenn. So the decorated veteran who fought a war faster than the speed of sound, was a world class fly fishing guide as a boy, once slipped past the Iron Curtain to take Nicoli Fechin’s remains back to Russia, was stationed in Germany with nuclear missles strapped under his wings, achieved success as an art and antiquities dealer, travelled and explored the world as an amateur archeologist, hid a treasure chest in the mountains, and raised a great family: that guy wants to take a break from the treasure hunt. Sounds perfect. I take breaks from the Chase periodically. Very healthy. I always come back to it though. So fun. Please chime in when you feel like it Mr. Fenn. It’s is always great to hear from you.

    • Buckeye Bob says:

      Forrest also helped keep together two different Clovis finds so that they can be studies as whole units rather than be separated.
      And he himself found something that showed that ancient Native Americans were doing something long before previously known.

      I’m reminded of the old movie ‘The Ghost And Mrs. Muir (worth seeing).
      I wish our youth could catch this fire for life and worth.

  42. WiseOne says:

    Get Better, Forrest. 🙂
    You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  43. 5-leaf blaze says:

    I think he’s given enough clues and helped all he could. People really are on their own.

  44. Carolyn says:

    Thank you Jenny! Forrest, I will miss your wise words. Prayers for better health!

  45. a says:

    mr fenn please do a lot of deep breathing exercises. this will help to put more oxygen in your body and it will strenghten your internal organs.

    take care,

  46. Slippery Jim says:

    I hope you can join us here again soon, Forrest. Till then, follow doctor’s orders and be well.

  47. Strawshadow says:

    Thanks Jenny,
    Mr. Fenn has been flying hard for a long time, probably a good idea to land for a breather. With Flywater by your side I’m sure your in good spirits. Lots of Thank Yous and prayers aimed your way Sir.

  48. Steve A says:

    It has been an absloute thrill chasing after the riches that are found while venturing out in nature. Here’s hoping for early snows in the Rockies so we ALL can take a break, stay warm & safe and enjoy looking forward to renewed searches in 2017. Thank you for not giving the box away as a door prize! 😀


    • Spade says:

      Forrest, perhaps all your wants in life will soon be complete, but just remember to take it easy, and no more monkeying around. In the mean time stay home and watch some good cartoons.

      Doctors orders.

  49. Jdiggins says:

    I don’t trust Dr’s. They are always wrong. They mean well, but sometimes the human body is like a treasure quest…where could the ailment be? Often, just like us searchers, as they are human, a Dr. Merely relies on educated guesses and process’ of elimination.
    I look for age in a physician, then I’m not the guinea.
    That said,
    Forrest, you know your body best. Be happy, and enjoy your time, however that may be. I know you don’t like laying in bed…neither do i!
    Feel good, and know you are, and will always be loved by many!:-)

    • Washaufizzi says:

      They are only right 85% of the time. That is why they are still practicing. God Bless you Forrest. Prayers going up for you.

  50. Brooke says:

    Thank you for giving me and all a reason to search the beautiful Rocky Mountains. I would have never done it without this hunt. Hoping for you to get better and keeping you and your family in prayers.

  51. Forrest Fenn says:

    Please don’t count me out yet. I’m just easing back a bit and walking much more than sitting. It was a needed change and the effects are already being felt. Tesuque dug a mushroom and ate it without knowing the rules. The resulting seizure lasted a few hours, but now she’s back to chasing chipmunks again. Hopefully she learned from the experience. f

    • Mark J says:

      Glad to hear from you sir! Walking and enjoying clean air are good medicine.

      Mushrooms have been bad here in Indiana. For those that don’t know, don’t run over them with your mower. It scatters them and if you have pets can or small children that play in the yard it can increase the risks. Best to pick them wearing latex gloves or using a plastic bag and dispose of them and wash afterwards.

    • Chesney says:

      Change is good, Sir. You need a break, you have been quite busy with the weekly words since you started them last year. We are not “counting you out”, just try to keep “puppy face” away from the shrooms! 🙂

    • Mike Forni says:

      Glad to have you back Brother Fenn!!! You put a smile back on my face! 🙂

    • Raven says:

      Anyone counting Forrest Fenn out clearly doesn’t know how to count. Taking a break when needed is the sign of maturity, not age, even for a 13 year old young man inhabiting an 86 year old body. Glad to hear that your pup is doing well after her fungus encounter. Thanks for your update.

    • JL says:

      I never counted you out Forrest glad you are moving around take some leisurely walks and enjoy the sunrise and sunset. Now Tesuque could not possibly know the rules of high society or maybe she didn’t eat a mushroom and it was just the digging that cauxed the seizure. I am sure the chipmunks enjoyed their few hours of play time at Tesuque’s expense.

    • Jdiggins says:

      I think Tesuque needs to run with the chipmunks more, wish she had a headcam! Glad she’s ok, darn cepe’s toe!
      I wouldn’t count me out yet either! 🙂
      As for counting you out…never! You are the thrill! 🙂

    • pdenver says:

      Thank you for giving us a moment of your time to let us know how you are doing. Glad to hear your health is improving and Tesuque is chasing chipmunks.

    • inthechaseto says:

      So very happy to hear that good news……..about both you and little Tesque. We’ll never give up on you.

    • Thomas says:

      The poem has been solved!!! My spot was wrong, I was 110% sure too but was 110% wrong. The question is, did I come out of their with something to treasure? Yes, yes I did, my memory of that crazy adventure with two friends from Missouri to New Mexico. THE REAL SOLVE; ” As I have gone alone in there and with my treasure’s bold, I can keep my secret where, and hint of riches new and old”. ( The first four sentences mean, THOUGHT’S and DREAMS.) “Begin it where warm waters halt and take it in the canyon down, not far, but too far to walk, put in below the home of Brown”. ( The next four sentences mean, HEART and SOUL.) ” From there it’s no place for the meek, the end is ever drawing nigh; there’ll be no paddle up your creek, just heavy loads and water high. (The meaning for this, one word DEATH.) “If you’ve been wise and found the blaze, look quickly down your quest to cease, but tarry scent and marvel gase, just take the chest and go in peace”. ( meaning, This part means to look at YOURSELF and EXCEPT WHO YOU ARE.) ” So why is it I must go and leave my trove for all to seek? The answer I already know, I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak”. ( This part Forest tells you why he had to lie to you about a treasure chest, it’s because he could tell you till he’s blue in the face to go out and enjoy LIFE and LIVE LIFE, but would you of, if he didn’t sweeten the pot? ) “So hear me all and listen good, your effect will be worth the cold, if you are brave and in the wood, I give you title to the gold”. ( This means, just hear him out before you judge him, listen, you and your family getting out and enjoying life and living it, is worth the cold hearted lie he has told us. I call it a lie because Forest does to! If you have seen Pinocchio fary god mother said; BE BRAVE MY LITTLE PINOCCHIO BE BRAVE.) Yes, their iis a treasure out their for all of us, go out LIVE LIFE, it’s to short, Fenn is still alright in my book!!! Thanks ( please Forrest Fenn reply to this.

      • Chesney says:

        Are you drunk or high Thomas? There is sumpin wong wif you! Boy aint right!!!!

        • Thomas says:

          Yes just a dumb country boy here! Thanks for pointing that out. Am not on here everyday like people like you, think about yourself just waiting for Fenn to tell you where he hid his treasure, is that why your here? Hope you get some laughs with your comment it was a good one.😂 I’m out everyday with my family living life, I have five boys and one little girl, and treasure every minute. ( Don’t drink or get high)

    • Slippery Jim says:

      Good News!

    • litterateOne says:


      Hope she had a nice trip 🙂


    • The Wolf says:

      Mr. Fenn,
      I think Tesuque is more like you than you think. She probably only needed a little positive engagement. Now if Tesuque is anything like my dog Lucky, that chipmunk chasing is only a good will gesture. Dogs like my Lucky takes things to heart and he makes his own rules when his master doesn’t take him for walks.

      I remember when I failed to see the warning signs and I took Lucky for granted, the next mushroom he ate was so large, the remnants were covered by a mushroom cloud. Those darn principle based dogs can really kick an owner in the butt. Hopefully you and Tesque will see eye to eye.

    • Onuat says:

      Good to hear all is well,Forrest.

    • cynthia says:

      Forrest, So happy to hear you are spending more time walking…let me know when you want to go hiking in the mountains north of Santa Fe, and dig those holes!

      • cynthia says:

        PS. Forgot to mention I’m so happy to hear Tesuque made it after her mushroom encounter. Dang dogs…they like to eat the nasty stuff whether it’s good for them or not! Molly finds various animal scat a delicacy…go figure.

    • a says:

      mr fenn please hid my advice, do slow, long and deep exercises. this will put more oxygen in your body and will
      massage and strengten your internal organs not to mention you can do this even while sitting down or lying down.

    • astree says:

      have a care forrets

    • Carolyn says:

      Omg Forrest! That could have been bad. Glad she is better now. Keep walking and stay happy! That would make me happy!

    • Anna says:

      Great news Mr. Fenn…glad you are doing well.

    • spallies says:

      Anyone else get “All OK FF” from this comment from Forrest on August 31st? Or is my imagination getting carried away again 🙂

  52. Joe Sparrow says:

    I knew we could count on you to recover quickly. Take a walk, take a nap, catch some Z’s. A good
    nap never hurt anyone. 🙂 The image of your pup eating that mushroom makes me shiver–glad to
    here the pup’s OK. I hope you’ll be able to continue with the question/answer with Jenny on Fridays—
    but your health definitely comes first. Great to see you post on the blog!

  53. Snider says:

    Dear Forrest
    I’m happy to hear that you are out and about.
    More time outside, with your dog, will keep your spirits high.
    You keep looking up, and I will keep looking down.
    On my next trip I will hit a home run, and knock this ball clear out of town.
    Yes, I know it is time to quit monkeying around.
    My prayers and sincer thank you’s are sent to you, and your loved ones.
    Forever friends, HAS

  54. SL says:


    Life’s good; even better knowing you’re out in the sunshine!



  55. Timberwolf says:


    Take it easy my friend. No one is counting you out, but you need to start getting out more… and away from you texting machine. A famous person once said something similar to that if I remember correctly.

    Doctor, heal thyself!


  56. Thomas says:

    ugust 31, 2016 at 7:39 pm
    The poem has been solved!!! My spot was wrong, I was 110% sure too but was 110% wrong. The question is, did I come out of their with something to treasure? Yes, yes I did, my memory of that crazy adventure with two friends from Missouri to New Mexico. THE REAL SOLVE; ” As I have gone alone in there and with my treasure’s bold, I can keep my secret where, and hint of riches new and old”. ( The first four sentences mean, THOUGHT’S and DREAMS.) “Begin it where warm waters halt and take it in the canyon down, not far, but too far to walk, put in below the home of Brown”. ( The next four sentences mean, HEART and SOUL.) ” From there it’s no place for the meek, the end is ever drawing nigh; there’ll be no paddle up your creek, just heavy loads and water high. (The meaning for this, one word DEATH.) “If you’ve been wise and found the blaze, look quickly down your quest to cease, but tarry scent and marvel gase, just take the chest and go in peace”. ( meaning, This part means to look at YOURSELF and EXCEPT WHO YOU ARE.) ” So why is it I must go and leave my trove for all to seek? The answer I already know, I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak”. ( This part Forest tells you why he had to lie to you about a treasure chest, it’s because he could tell you till he’s blue in the face to go out and enjoy LIFE and LIVE LIFE, but would you of, if he didn’t sweeten the pot? ) “So hear me all and listen good, your effect will be worth the cold, if you are brave and in the wood, I give you title to the gold”. ( This means, just hear him out before you judge him, listen, you and your family getting out and enjoying life and living it, is worth the cold hearted lie he has told us. I call it a lie because Forest does to! If you have seen Pinocchio fary god mother said; BE BRAVE MY LITTLE PINOCCHIO BE BRAVE.) Yes, their iis a treasure out their for all of us, go out LIVE LIFE, it’s to short, Fenn is still alright in my book!!! Thanks

    • Mike Forni says:


      I politely ask that you not state, represent or insuate in any way that the treasure chest is not real or hidden in the mountains north of Sante Fe. Most of us on this website are mature, grown adults (myself 46). Please focus on finding the treasure and enjoying the Chase. It is REAL MY FRIEND!! And it’s still out there for the taking!!! Embrace the Chase and keep your eye on ball.


      • Chesney says:

        Mike- Would Mr. Fenn make this his legacy…. the biggest hoax of the century? He double hockey stick NO!!!!!

        • Mike Forni says:


          At the end of Forrest Fenn’s rainbow is a beautiful, meaningful lesson. The treasure chest Is the exclamation mark to the Poem and Fenn’s imaginative Art. I don’t think, believe, wish or hope the treasure chest is real. I “KNOW” THE TREASURE CHEST iS REAL! Happy Hunting my friend. 🙂

          I am going to bed.

  57. Chase Fan says:

    So glad you’ll still be checking in from time to time. Also glad to hear Tesuque recovered from his mushroom encounter!
    Continued well wishes for you both.

  58. Lou Lee Belle says:

    Glad you both are feeling better! Yay

  59. Belle says:

    Dogs are family, too. Forrest, I am happy to hear that report. Keep moving and limit computer time. A lesson for me, too.

  60. JDA says:

    Dearest Forrest;
    My heart lightened a thousand pounds when I read your post above. I am SOOOOO glad that you and Tesuque are getting out in the sunshine, and that you are already feeling the benefits of getting away from the computer.
    HAPPY hunting to Tesuque – chase those chipmunks girl!!!
    Forrest, if eating a “room” or two will brighten your day – give it a try – JUST JOKING!!!
    Let the thousands of prayers and well-wishes from us “Searchers” seep into your soul and rejuvenate you back into the 13 year old that you are at heart.
    A FENN-atic

  61. lifesablaze says:

    The man knows his stuff, for sure. 13 years old….Tipareth…Beauty/Balance/Spirituality/The Son of God….All spiritual energy from the source must pass through Tipareth to become physical and all returning physical energy must pass through likewise to become spiritual. A way prepared.

    • Joe Sparrow says:

      I believe the correct spelling is Tiphareth. Being an inquisitive soul, I googled Tipareth. I had not heard
      of this before. You sure can learn a lot of things while searching for a million bucks. 🙂

  62. JohnR says:

    That’s a great update Mr. Fenn. Glad to hear the walking is helping. Now if I could only get ya to answer my email. 🙂 nah just kidding. Thanks again. And thanks Jenny!

  63. Strawshadow says:

    Comforting words and a peaceful thought for both of you. Don’t forget the sunscreen and a hat, the degree of intensity varies through out the day.

  64. sally2fleming says:

    Dear Forest
    Glad your getting some much needed R and R, and glad Tesque survived the afwul mushroom ordeal.
    We have had record breaking rainfall this month here in Arkansas. My two small Beagle dogs Sally and Lucy have been with their noses to ground under the fresh cut grass eating some kind of worms, the worms have a hard shelled head as i can hear the crunch when the dogs chew one, I got one out of Lucys mouth before she could swallow the whole thing, crunch head was gone but little worm body was small short and black and white stripe
    looking. The dogs are enjoying the delicasee so much they both have red irritated spots under their noses from scavenging for the little critters.
    I bet they would make good fish bait.

  65. Thomas says:

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    Experiencing Seventeen Dollars a Square Inch by Forrest Fenn
    Posted on July 22, 2014 by Jenny Kile
    seventeen dollars a square inch by forrest fennOn the inside dust jacket of Seventeen Dollars a Square Inch by Forrest Fenn reads, “This book is not a biography of Eric Sloane; rather, it is almost a recorded conversation between two friends who shared a common interest and the love of simple things and simpler times.”

    And as the book is not so much a biography, this article is not so much a review; rather it is an account of what I sensed by relishing each page. There is a subtle, but powerful undercurrent to read more than the mere ink sprawled across the pages. I also realized it was this depth that I had been experiencing in many of Forrest’s writings. And still do.

    Throughout the book, Forrest warmly writes about his special friendship with Eric Sloane. The numerous and exceptional works by Sloane that illustrate the pages makes a reader feel he is perusing a museum filled with priceless art. This is a delightful visual stroll as each image lures the viewer into a timeless world of its own.

    But if enticement by this ramble isn’t enough to impart an appreciation, the thoughts expressed between these two friends surely are. I think they bring life into a special focus; one that presents another piece of priceless art. Painted from words of the book, an immense picture of the quest for awareness is seen.

    This quest for awareness, and the contentment it brings, is what I realized I had been noticing when reading other stories written by Forrest. I struggled with understanding why reading, say for example, Too Far to Walk, I had such the strong impulse of ‘stop wasting time and live life’ sentiment. The reason became obvious to me after reading the following words found in Seventeen Dollars a Square Inch. The words of:

    ‘How many stories and dreams are in there that we will never know about?’

    The above question was asked while Forrest and Eric were chatting about the wonders of life and questioning what hidden, forgotten, but still worthy items were secretly resting inside an old barn Eric had painted. I thought, ‘YES! I want to know that too!’ And I recognized the insides of this old barn were also being related to the heart and minds inside each of us.

    ‘How many stories and dreams are in you that you or others don’t even know about?’

    By listening in on this precious conversation, the desire to explore was being awakened within me yet more. Even if I heard only the surface of what was being spoken between these two wise hearts of Forrest and Eric (and I’m not so bold to say I know all that was being expressed), the curious nature of me was stirred. It’s the same feeling I receive reading The Thrill of the Chase, and I believe one of the true purposes for Forrest creating the poem and hunt for the treasure chest.

    640px-The_Moment_Carter_Opens_the_TombI imagine it something similar to the story of discovering King Tut’s Tomb. For years Carnarvon and Carter searched for lost tombs and treasures of Kings. Finally, right before giving up dreams of a find, excavations revealed steps to what was hoped to be the historical tomb.

    A small hole chiseled out of the top left corner of the doorway allowed a glimpse into what time had left waiting to be remembered. The moment of discovery is now famous:

    “Can you see anything?” Carnarvon asked

    “Yes, Wonderful things!” Carter replied.

    Through the breach Carter saw golden relics and a sealed doorway for the unearthing of many more amazing treasures. I can only imagine the excitement. But I can also connect this to the awareness that is being stirred in the hearts and minds of all those who have taken a glimpse through their doors by reading The Thrill of the Chase.

    How wonderful it is to be able to browse comments here or on Dal’s blog, and read about others who are discussing the hunt, and see that dreams and adventures are being lived and enjoyed. Sure there are the ups and downs, mistakes being made, but one can witness an awareness of life being sought for. The treasure awaits and beckons us all on.

    Worth mentioning here are the following words of Sloane written within the book of topic:

    “Present day life presents a poverty of awareness for so much is done for us by science and machinery that we are ceasing to enjoy the awareness of living. In the city we flip a switch and light arrives without the knowledge of its origin; we turn a faucet and water flows without our knowing from whence it came. We wear clothing without knowing where the material came from………..The joy and satisfaction of doing things for ourselves is almost a lost art. It has been my life’s work to bring back awareness for those who have taken life for granted, looking at the sky without seeing it, looking at the land without feeling its mood and enjoying its heritage.” (Sloane also shares some of this belief in his book, ‘Once Upon a Time’).

    I believe regaining this lost awareness is definitely part of The Thrill of the Chase as well. It is one of the treasures which can be found by everyone, and I feel the hunt is one of the ways Forrest chose to bring back awareness, like his friend Sloane did through his works.

    I actually believe it is part of many treasure hunts. The Maranatha Puzzle author used a similar example to explain the questioning from searchers of; ‘Why do I have search for the ‘Key’? You found it and know it, can’t you just tell me what it is?’ Duncan Burden answered this by relating a story of planting, nurturing, and growing potato plants, to then be able to pick, clean, cut, and cook delicious french fries. It was then asked who savored the french fry more? The person who was merely given one? or the person who actually took an active role in creating it?

    It’s obvious discovery for and of one self is a journey worth traveling, encouraged, and of immense value. I’ll keep widening the door to see and become more aware of the world and all treasures around me. I know many will continue to do the same.

    I feel the books written by Forrest (and other treasure creators), offer the awakening and the glimpse into what time has left for us to discover and remember.

    The authors are there to give the chisel and ask,

    ‘Can you see anything?’

    And it is our decision, and only ours, to choose to look and say, ‘Yes, wonderful things!’

    Thanks to all those who stir the hearts and minds inside these old barns of ours. Wonderful things are being seen.

    And for those of you who aren’t so interested in the above and only want to know if there were any possible clues to the treasure chest in the book Seventeen Dollars a Square Inch, Forrest does mention that the color Brown is a neglected and forgotten color. Perhaps the Home of Brown is some old and forgotten barn or cabin. And if it is, be sure to pause, and wonder about ‘what stories and dreams are lost in there’. 🙂This is what I’m taking abut

  66. Mike Forni says:

    Nice Thomas! Good Job!

  67. Thank you, Mr. Fenn. My family and I continue to enjoy the thrill of the chase. I much appreciate your craftsmanship and your humor. You have inspired us to enjoy many great adventures together and we hope to present you with a bracelet soon.

    • Snider says:

      Present who,with what????
      Remember sumbody has to find the gold first.
      Time is slowly ticking by, but I have my final trip planned soon.
      Black Bart still has some steps to take. And they will be some, long, hard, heavy ones.
      Let’s pray for good weather, and good health for everyone.

      • SD says:

        Time races like molasses in a January blizzard. Mr.Fenn, very happy you are taking time to walk with your pupper and I hope she has recovered completely. Praying for strength, health, sun-shine and clear skies for you, and all, with warm regards.

      • ace 340 says:

        midge blue dun.

  68. ace 340 says:

    Of course the chest is real. People I have searched with say they can feel it. Although at different distances. With so many people thinking about it, It has a presence all its own. I can feel it from here. g

  69. Andrew Jef says:

    Mr. Fenn,
    Thank you for everything . . . for the books, the knowledge, the experiences, and
    the memories you have produced. I have made two exciting, interesting, and
    memorable search trips into the Rockies, and am planning another one. On
    behalf of myself and countless thousands of others, a warm, heartfelt “Thank
    you so much . . . and we hope you stay happy and healthy for a long, long time”.
    Best regards, Andrew Jef (perhaps in “the 300 ft. club”?)

  70. Timberwolf says:

    You changed the pic for Will. That was very nice of you. GB.


  71. ace 340 says:

    Its a difficult think. Makes my spine itch. Kinda like this one.


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