Six Questions with Cynthia Meachum: Author of Chasing Fenn’s Treasure
Cynthia Meachum has been searching earnestly for Forrest Fenn’s treasure since 2013 and has recently published an incredible account of her adventures in ‘Chasing Fenn’s Treasure’. Cynthia’s book offers compelling details, thoughts, ideas, and facts about Forrest Fenn’s treasure hunt. It’s a must read for anyone actively hunting for Forrest’s hidden treasure chest.
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to ask Cynthia the following Six Questions. While reading her book it was clear she has whole heartily taken Forrest up on his dare to find his treasure. Chasing Fenn’s Treasure provides persuasive interpretations and unique insights on the poem, and so I’m excited to hear what more she might have to say! Enjoy!
(PLUS, MW is hosting a GiveAway for a free copy of Chasing Fenn’s Treasure by Cynthia Meachum. See details below)
Six Questions with Cynthia
- 1Q) Forrest Fenn’s treasure hunt is such an extraordinary challenge. When you first became aware of it, what went through your mind? How would you say your thoughts about the treasure and your search have changed since first learning about it? And what was your inspiration for writing Chasing Fenn’s Treasure?
At first I thought, “How hard can this be?” I mean solving the poem and finding Fenn’s treasure chest. (I’m smiling at myself as I write this.) Now I understand the difficulty and complexity of solving the poem, which is paramount in finding the treasure. Searching became more about the adventure than finding the trove. I wrote the book so others who cannot search boots-on-the-ground for whatever reason can still go vicariously through my stories. My parents live in an elderly community… the book was originally designed for them. Then I decided to add additional Fenn information for anyone newish to the Chase or for those who don’t have time to keep up reading the various blogs.
- 2Q) Chasing Fenn’s Treasure shares compelling solves, ideas and details for the finding of Forrest’s secreted bronze treasure chest. Not to mention it includes countless awe-inspiring snapshots of the places you’ve searched in New Mexico. Can you share why you feel so strongly it is in New Mexico? Do you ever consider one of the other states (Colorado, Montana, or Wyoming) for Forrest’s treasure to be hidden in?
For awhile I thought Forrest hid the treasure chest near Santa Fe to give back to the community … to the place he chose to move to after retiring from the military… to the place where he “wanted the world to stop and let him out.” (quote from The Everlasting Forrest Fenn in California Sunday Magazine.)
About 6 months ago, I decided to broaden my search area and go where the poem takes me… and that is Montana, or maybe Wyoming, or possibly Colorado.
- 3Q) Thousands have searched for Forrest Fenn’s treasure, and yet it remains undiscovered. It’s been said the first clue is vital and one of most difficult clues to determine. Why do you feel that is? Do you feel ‘Where Warm Waters Halt’ is only to be confirmed once the treasure is found? Or do you feel the poem might hold a confirmation or hint for the first clue in some way?
These are great questions… unfortunately I don’t have any answers. IMO, I think Forrest had to make the first clue/ the starting place extremely cryptic, so the treasure chest would remain hidden for many years, even centuries. I think the poem does indeed hold a hint to where warm waters halt but the only way we will know it’s the right solution is to find the treasure chest.
- 4Q) Many times in your book you mention discovering treasures of a different kind while out exploring the mountains north of Santa Fe. What would you say are some of the best treasures you have experienced or discovered while searching for Forrest’s treasure? Do you feel you would have found these treasures if not for the hunt?
So far, I’ve never found any tangible objects that are really cool like other searchers have shared with us. But I have discovered new hiking trails and the vistas along the way including my favorites Hamilton Mesa in the Pecos Wilderness and Bull Spring Meadow near Taos Canyon. A few life-time friendships have been forged as well. None of these would have happened without Forrest and the Chase.
- 5Q) Like others, you’ve been so fortunate to chat face to face with Forrest numerous times over the last few years, and have gotten to know him and his expressions more. Do you ever get the sense he wants the treasure to be found and the hunt be over? Or do you feel he would rather pass feeling his treasure will remain hidden for years to come for people to Chase?
I don’t know the answer to this question. At the Q&A after The Lure screening, I thought he gave out hints I’d never heard before, thereby wanting the treasure to be found in his lifetime. However, maybe that was just me optimistically hoping that was the case. Forrest has such a poker face most times I seldom sense I can read his mind. Unless he rolls his eyes…
- 6Q) Your passion for the search is apparent. It seems the quote you included in your book, “The mountains are calling and I “must go”…(by John Muir), relates not only to Forrest, but to you. I wonder, what do you enjoy when the mountains aren’t calling or not hunting for the treasure, and what did you do before? How do you think you will feel if it ever is found (either by you or someone else)?
I’ve had the John Muir quote taped to my desk for 40 years, so the mountains have been calling me most of my adult life. Before Forrest hid the treasure, I was actively backpacking, hiking, camping, and skiing/ snowboarding. Then I got old… now I settle for hiking and camping. But when I’m not in the mountains, I love to ride bikes, either on the Albuquerque bike trail along the river, or on my mountain bike in the Sandia foothills. Whether I find the treasure or I hear someone else finds it, my heart will palpitate wildly, followed by streams of tears running down my face, either from relief I solved the poem, or from the devastation that will consume me knowing this awesome adventure-of-a-lifetime is over! Fini…
Thank you, Jenny, for allowing me to be a part of your wonderful blog. I truly appreciate all your kindness and all you’ve done to promote Forrest and the searchers.
Thanks Cynthia! Such genuine and heartfelt answers. Perfect!
I’m sure many will be in turmoil if or when Forrest’s treasure is found. You describe the possible scenario and emotions well. And I had to smile at your answer to Q2. I too have kept an open mind to ‘where’ the poem leads a searcher and haven’t been fixated on any one state. I see potential in them all. But isn’t that the beauty of Forrest’s challenge to explore wide and far. We must trust the answers will come.
Again, I want to say thank you for sharing not only here, but in your book as well. Your delightful travels and experiences while searching for Forrest’s treasure are inspiring. It’s obvious treasures of numerous kinds are found when daring enough to seek.
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