Six Questions with Forrest Fenn and The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt

forrest fenn lost treasureForrest Fenn has awakened the adventurer inside thousands of people across the world by offering a dare to find his million dollar treasure chest hidden somewhere in the Rockies. The decision to take Forrest up on his dare is each person’s choice and theirs alone. It’s known the discovery of the 10x10x5 bronze 1150AD box filled with gold and other incredible artifacts won’t be a simple task. What is also known, though, is the final opening of the chest’s lid will be beyond extraordinary and worth the effort.

One has to wonder, who will find it, when, or how? These questions Forrest might not even be able to answer. He can only answer Where it will be found. He created a wonderful mystery for himself as much as for all of us. I thank Forrest so sincerely for this mystery; this chase of a lifetime. Each of us come to the Chase differently, but for those who let the Chase work it’s magic, we will all come out of it with treasures of some sort.

The quote in a book about Duveen; “They never knew it was the chase they sought and not the quarry”, which Forrest shared in the first Six Questions I ever asked him, five years ago, resonates still.

Thank you, Forrest, for taking time to answer the following Six Questions, and all Six Questions before. Your encouragement to dream is the spark for so many fires.


  • thrill of the chase treasure hunt book

    The Thrill of the Chase treasure hunt book

    1Q) Even today, after more than six years of people searching, and after all the news coverage, articles, and stories written about your secreted treasure, some people are just learning about your Thrill of the Chase treasure hunt and getting involved. It continues to inspire. Do you have any advice for these new people? How should they begin the search six years after so many others? Do you feel they are at any disadvantage?

No, fresh eyes and new thinking might provoke a winning idea. I would advise new searchers to look for the clues in my poem and try to marry them to a place on a map. It seems like the longer one thinks about the search the more they complicate the problem.


  • 2Q) Many people wonder about the autobiography sealed in the chest. Although tiny in size, it is sure to be an immense pleasure to read. Will there be any surprises for the reader?

About 1990 or so, I learned that my daughters (now ages 56 and 57) didn’t know who Clark Gable was. I was shocked and that’s when I decided to record my family history (my autobiography). I wanted them to know as much as I could remember about my life and the events that largely shaped who I am today, and them, and theirs, in turn. I didn’t have a computer so for several years I jotted remembrances in pencil on a yellow pad, starting with an incident that happened when I was about one. Yes, I remember it vividly. I don’t think my story would be interesting to the average reader.

  • Also, since talking about books, how is your book called ‘Closet Stories of Taos’ coming along? The title suggests information for the book would be difficult to discover. How did you come by the information? Can you share something interesting now?

I have largely retired from book writing, although I have three more in my computer, all over half finished. But my calendar is running out of pages and I am not distressed by realizing that no shelf will hold any of those books.
The one I like best is Closet Stories of Taos. It’s a gossip book about the artists and characters who lived in that little town at the turn into the 20th century; Doughbelly Price. Mace McHorse, Long John Dunn, Teresita Ferguson, Arthur Manby, and the artists.

During my gallery days I purchased the estates of several early Taos artists, and acquired the personal papers of a few more. Therein I learned the juicy flavors that make that book so interesting. I tell the story about Long John Dunn (very few people know that wasn’t his real name). Everyone loved him although he killed two men in Texas. He was on trial for cattle rustling but jumped through a window and on the first horse he saw. And he picked up a rope that was lying on the ground, and made good his escape through a thunderstorm of bullets and bad language. He said he was miles down the road before he realized there was a horse tied to the rope he picked up.


  • 3Q) I’m wondering if you could create a day, what would it be filled with? Is there something you wanted to explore but the opportunity never presented itself to fully take hold of? And then I’m wondering if you would be willing to share what a day in your life is like now? Do you wish it to be different in anyway or do you feel the contentment of a life being well lived?

Jenny, I must laugh at the question. My answer begs you to give me forty more years of life and see what happens. My 86 years of experiences have filled my mind with many things I would like to do. There is so much to be learned by failing, and I may be the world’s leading authority on that subject. My days now are filled with tending to domestic chores, an occasional lunch with friends, and compensating.

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Poem and Map of the Rockies where Forrest Fenn’s Treasure is Hidden

  • 4Q) I’ve heard our adorable Little Girl from India decided to start writing a Little Kid from Peñasco. They are fully enjoying and excitedly exploring areas they feel your treasure poem could lead to. They’ve researched via maps, history books, and the internet. However, since she has been told she can’t get closer than two clues to the treasure, she’s planning a trip to not only personally meet the Little Kid from Peñasco, but to search the Rockies for your treasure. How do you imagine their search will go? Can she now find the treasure?

Some of those kids from Peñasco are very bright. The treasure will be found by someone who followed the clues to the location. To me, that is the only plausible recipe.


  • 5Q) The following quote inspires me to do more and to realize each moment of the day spent is an investment into what we leave behind; ‘The Goal isn’t to live forever but to create something that will’. You’re living a grand life, and have created things which will live on when gone. Besides the Chase, which I know fills hearts around the world, what are some other investments made in your life which offer warm smiles to you now, knowing they were worthwhile and will live on too?

Thanks for that Jenny. My family has been my biggest investment and has brought the most important rewards. My memory is filled with little pleasures that are renewed every time I think of them. I remember when my two daughters were about 12 and 13. They were doing little irritating things that kids that age do. One was staying up too late, and another was talking on the phone too much. Our home phone was also our business phone, and we had only one line. So one day I called them together for a meeting. I told them that I was proud of the way they were conducting themselves. I said, “Because you are so responsible your mother and I have decided to let you make all of the decisions related to your personal life. But if we discover that you can’t handle those responsibilities we will continue making decisions for you.” It was so funny, because they seemed to grow up overnight. They stopped doing most of the things that were irritating to me. I guess all families have similar stories.

Plus, some learned people will diss me for saying this, but I believe not having much of a education gave me an advantage in some important ways. Not knowing what I was doing forced me to learn fast, and to not test the depth of the water with both feet. A few very important breaks luckily came to me accidentally.

The military taught me discipline, gave me purpose, and demanded a good work code. Being a fighter pilot taught me to think fast and to depend on myself because most of the time there no one else was around. Owning a retail business taught me to hire people who were smarter than I was, and then sit down and leave them alone.

My assets are not unique to me but I was savvy enough to take advantage of what I had: imagination and guts, an awesome twosome. I had the ability to make important decisions right now and the wisdom to change them just as fast if necessary. And I was willing to hustle hard. One of my rules was, “Show me a man who owns a business and works an eight hour day, and I’ll show you a failure.”


  • 6Q) After each year’s questions, I begin to think ‘oh maybe I should have asked that one instead’ or ‘I wonder if you would have rather answered something else.’ So my last question now is to ask ‘is there a question you would like me to ask, and then will you answer it? I’m always just so honored to share your words and I don’t want to limit any you might want to share with everyone.

Jenny, you are a dichotomy in its greatest moment, and an aberration also. Your mind is always seeking and planning alternatives. Reminds me of the reporter who asked, “Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the show.” I have studied your web site and seen how you are so in control. I have spent hours with you and your husband, and have noticed how well you use understatement to your advantage. I think you are baiting me with your question, but I will answer it anyway. I see a rare opportunity so I must give this question a lot of thought.

Hmmm. OK:

Forrest, You seem to have a lot of confidence and believe you can do anything. Do you think you could have been good artist?

Answer: NO.


Thank you Forrest. Not only have you made February 4th such a special day for the last 5 years, but you continue to make every day special through your gift of the Chase. Words really can’t express my gratitude. I love this Chase, and others. They are such a part of my life.

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My Treasured Chamisa (twisted old San Lazaro wood) in center

You mention the time we visited San Lazaro with you. I’m not sure if you remember the piece of Chamisa I picked up while there (shown right). Both you and my husband laughed at the things I was ‘collecting’- debris to most, but treasures to me. That piece of twisted old wood sits on top my office desk with other things I treasure. I realize their worth comes only from my heart. Isn’t it amazing how they can be priceless and worthless at the same time.

I often wonder, what my little Chamisa might be thinking…..does it know how much it is treasured? It must, because when I looked up at it one day it offered this answer to me…….

Like Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so Treasure is in the heart of the searcher.

Thanks again for bringing so many different kinds of ‘treasures’ into the hearts of searchers, Forrest.


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204 Responses

  1. astree says:

    Thanks, Forrest and Jenny. Happy 2/4

  2. OH! says:

    I have always felt that the six questions with Forrest is the start of a new year in hunting for his elusive treasure. Think safety and good luck to all.

  3. E.C. Waters says:

    Well… chamisa is likely Rio Chama. But the references to chess, that board game and the books… Xiangqi?

  4. Jake Faulker says:

    Thanks Jenny & Forrest,
    Great questions & answers.
    Just a little more insight to keep the fire burning bright.
    I am happily married to a map & there is no divorce in sight.

  5. Forrest Fenn says:

    Sometimes you prod me to recall things about myself that I thought were forgotten. When I’m alone I like to just sit and think, and remember. My memory is not as good as it used to be, but at least I can’t complain about the company.

    • pdenver says:

      I wish you would share the memory you had when you were around one year old.

      Thank you Jenny and Mr. Fenn for this year’s “Six Questions with Forrest Fenn.”

      • Jenny Kile says:

        pdenver, YES…. I would love to know that too…..

        Plus, thank you all for visiting the site and making this such a fun segment to do….

        • pdenver says:

          Hello Jenny. You provide a wonderful website where one wishes to return to. Many thanks goes out to you for doing so.

        • Lia says:

          Jenny, the excellence of your website reflects who you are! You and Forrest make an outstanding team. My thanks to you both for interesting content and sooo much fun learning.

        • Connie says:

          You wasted that last question, Jenny, you should have followed up with “what happened when you were one”

    • Jenny Kile says:

      Thanks again for your time in answering the questions Forrest. So special.

      And you are true….I never would complain about that company either…

    • Lou Lee Belle says:

      I just Love your little tid bits! I am still learning from you. Wishing you warm wishes! Your friend forever, Lou Lee Belle…….chased by bears in jellystone park….and lived to tell the tale…..

    • Passenger says:

      Hi Forrest…. “I like to just sit and think” -f

      I understand you completely, but sir I heard you’ve actually been sitting, thinking, playing cards and drawing art? Is it all too much multitasking? ha.


  6. JDA says:

    I noted that Jenny did not ask one of her usual questions:

    -3Q) It seems I ask it every year during these Six Questions, but it is such a curiosity that I have to do so again. Do you feel anyone is getting closer? Do you feel you will get to congratulate the finder of your treasure within the next few years, or do you have a sense it will remain hidden for many more? Can you say?”

    I wonder why she did not ask it this year, and if she had, what the answer would have been? Just wondering. JDA

    • pdenver says:

      Hello JDA. Perhaps the question one might ask is why Mr. Fenn hadn’t considered that a question that she might have asked knowing each of us would want to know. He also had the option to consider this. Then again, it is the Chase and he makes us wonder the so many possibilities without him saying a word. 🙂

  7. 23kachinas says:

    Thank you for the 2/4 Q & A. Getting my ongoing Feducation is one of the best things about the Chase. The Ivory Towers have their upside too, so I’m ok to learn from both worlds.

    • JC1117 says:

      I agree, 23Kachinas.

      Life…everywhere you go…is a great venue for Learning.

      And Art is a great Tool for Teaching.

      Forrest has brought them both together so eloquently.

      If The Chase had a Super Bowl LI commercial on television tomorrow…I imagine it might go a little something like this…

      Female actor: “Hey! Your Art got in MY Life!”

      Male actor: “No. Your Life got MY Art!”

      Narrator: Forrest Fenn’s Thrill Of The Chase…where Art meets Life…two Great Things that go Great Together!


      Quite a Feducation…in deed!

      Although I might “artfully dodge’ using the word Feducation…and use the word Fennducation instead…if you don’t mind me saying so. It means more to me that way.

      Thank You Both, Jenny and Forrest…again…for the Fennducation. Always a Thrill!

  8. Jeremy P. says:

    Too long; didn’t read version:

    Forrest isn’t a good artist. He’s a great artist!

    Deeper waters:

    Of course art presents in many different ways, and definitions of art are plentiful. I’m sure Forrest knows this and is just being modest when he says he couldn’t have been a good artist.

    What art is and is not has been argued as far back as human thought. For example, Plato thought that art mimics physical objects, which themselves mimic an Ideal Form. So, for Plato, art is a copy of a copy of the Ideal, thus doubly inferior to the Real Thing. Later theorists would upgrade this idea to include that a good artist is copying the Ideal directly, so the best artists make the best copies. Obviously, there’s some issues with this, because when I use a copy machine at work, it is not generally thought that I am creating great works of art. Aesthetics is usually part of the conversation, as well, but beauty is found in nature and nature is not typically considered art. Plus, some art is intentionally ugly, and meant to evoke a strong repulsion. This leads to the idea that art is expressive. Art represents an intention or feeling of the artist passed on to the viewer (as Tolstoy called it, the “contagion of feeling”). Certainly, this is true. And then there’s some more boring definitions of art that focus on formal relationships of elements in the art and structure. Formalism, boring. Then, of course, you have all the varieties of works of art: painting, music, poetry, and the like.

    Philosophers even fight over the “right” way to interpret a painting of a pair of worn-out shoes, by Van Gogh:

    Paul Gauguin, an artist who shared a room with Van Gogh, asked him once about those old shoes he kept, and the still life painting he made of them. Van Gogh told him a fantastic story of a forty-day journey he took while wearing those shoes, in which he saw a vision of the “resurrected Christ”. “And I, Vincent, I painted him,” referring directly to the shoes. How do you reconcile *that* with a traditional definition of art?

    The point is, defining art is hard. Every definition falls short. Wittgenstein argues that merely trying to define art exerts a stifling influence on creativity, because the phenomena of art is too diverse to unify, and I believe he’s right.

    Nevertheless, here’s three really, really basic things I think we can attribute to artists:

    * The artist creates.

    * The artist inspires people and evokes emotions in them.

    * The artist is prolific.

    Forrest Fenn does all of these things, absolutely. He’s also really, really good at it, in fact, great at it! I don’t think anyone but him would come to a different conclusion. You may have heard the expression, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life,” from Oscar Wilde. I’ve always held a slightly different view. Life *is* art. In a life well-lived, you can’t help but create, inspire others, and fill it up with these works of “art”.

    Forrest Fenn is the Ideal Form of a life well-lived, even if he’s too modest to acknowledge it.

    • pdenver says:

      Excellent, Jeremy P.! I concur in what has been stated.

    • Jenny Kile says:

      What an awesome comment, Jeremy! Thanks for sharing that. I agree.

    • Strawshadow says:

      Excellent Jeremy, in reality, you have expressed a figment of my imagination. Your spirited mojo has transcended me back in a time twisted with native roots. Thank you.

    • Jeremy P. says:

      The above is sincere, this is just me playing games:

      For fun, another definition of “artist” would be “those who paint”. Coincidentally, this name “Pikuria”, is the one given by Don Juan de Oñate to the Picuris Pueblo, near Peñasco, New Mexico, which is apparently where TLGFI’s pen pal lives. 🙂

    • Afana says:

      Jeremy P. Very well said, and thought provoking. Look forward to your favorite story in Dals contest.

    • Brad Hartliep says:

      I disagree with Plato. Art – at least Great Art – is rarely inferior to the real thing. It’s never greater than the real thing – at least not physically – for example, a painting of the majestic Cliff Dwellings at Mesa Verde can never compare to actually standing in the bottom of the canyon looking up at them .. but a huge painting hanging in the Smithsonian of an Old Hisatsinom curled up in a Blanket against the night cold transcends anything we can get from standing there today .. Good Art brings things to life and let’s us see from a different perspective ..

  9. Iron Will says:

    Sooo… he’s alluding that someone knows where the treasure is. Why am I not surprised? 😛

  10. Strawshadow says:

    Thank you Jenny and Mr. Fenn,
    When you ask yourself a question the answer you receive will never be the one expected.

  11. GEYDELKON says:

    Have a great day everyone. I like that it is getting warmer.

  12. nmc says:

    Odd that refers to himself as lacking an education. Being self-taught probably makes him better educated than most. He was able to focus all his efforts on things he found interesting, and as a result has a nicely rounded, eclectic education. A true academic would appreciate that.

  13. Madesquare says:

    You won’t convince me that you aren’t the greatest 21st Century practitioner of the art of treasure hiding, so far…

  14. JDA says:

    Please note the tense of Forrest’s quote, ” The treasure will be found by someone who followed the clues to the location. To me, that is the only plausible recipe.” “Followed = past tense, not future tense. The first of the sentence is future tense – will be found…then he changes tense to past tense – followed – VERY INTERESTING! Has someone found the correct location, but has not yet found the treasure? Sounds that way to me. JDA

  15. BW says:

    Love the Q& A. Now I am asking myself “what is my first childhood memory?”

    • astree says:

      Were you able to find that first memory, BW?

      Mine is standing (barely) in my grandparents living room in WV, next to the couch (maybe holding onto it). I was just learning to walk. The most vivid part was the plush blue-green carpet, because I was mostly looking down at it. The entire memory is only a few seconds long, and comes to me periodically.

      Anyone else?

      • Spallies says:

        Hi Astree,
        I am not exactly sure how old I was but probable one or two from the house we were living in… I got out of my bed in the middle of the night (don’t remember that part) and was standing at a low window in my room I shared with my two sisters. I do remember my face pressed against the cold glass as I stared at a star for a long time. I squinted and crossed my eyes and the star turned into beautiful blurry shapes 🙂 I think it might have been the first time I really looked at a star because I remember being pretty amazed by it and my ability to change its shape with my eyes 🙂
        Anyone Else?

        • Jdiggins says:

          That’s too cute spallies, I could totally see you doing that! Mine, I was laying on my back on a counter or couch or something, the TV was on, my oldest (now late) brother was standing over me laughing and I was kicking him with my braced feet. Think he just finished changing my diaper!

        • JC1117 says:

          Hello, All.

          My earliest memory was playing in the backyard at home in Santa Rosa, CA. There was an ornamental goldfish pond back in the left corner of the yard…in a sort of little grotto. I think it had a lattice and vines growing over it which gave me the impression that it was enclosed. I loved going back there to watch the fish swim around with…what seemed like…our GIANT dalmatian. LOL! That dog and I really saw eye-to-eye.
          Around the same time-frame…or likely earlier…I remember sitting on the beach…fully clothed…and scooping the sand with my hands attempting to bury myself in the sand.

          …and I’ve had true grit ever since. 🙂

          Meaning…sand in my underwear.

          • JC1117 says:

            Thanks for the reminder, BW.

            Where are my manners?

            I swear I have a block of wood for a brain sometimes.


            (My name is JC1117…and I am a story-holic.) 🙂

            Anyone else care to share?

            • jl says:

              Ok but please be kind to my tenacity, this memory dates to around age 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 and I know this because of one that I can create an actual timeline from.

              My father had an old truck he used to haul pulp wood to the mill. One day it was parked beside the house and I decided I could run under the back end of it which I promptly tried and busted my lower lip on the frame, a day later thinking there was something wrong in my execution I tried it again with the same results. That was enough for me to realize my logic was a little taller then a had anticipated.

          • Seannm says:


            Howarth Park, holds many of my childhood memories.


        • WiseOne says:

          I remember sneaking out of bed one Christmas night to see if Santa had brought me any presents. I don’t know how old I was, but I was excited to see that he had come and brought me a Tiny Tears doll. She was in an open pink suitcase. Also I saw a pink plastic bathtub that had metal legs and a little wooden playpen that had a colored wooden beads on the side. The rest of the presents were wrapped so I couldn’t see what they were. I also remember feeling a little naughty the next morning when I went in the living room to open my gifts. 😉

      • astree says:

        Thanks, good ones. The crossed eyes and star were really interesting elements, and also internal (amazed) part. Jdiggins, that must have been pretty early.

        • astree says:


          I’m now seeing your memory below. Fantastic, relative to the money available at that time (do you still have the purse? I got a “Flipper” watch at about 5, from a grandparent, but got it fixed and gave it to a dolphin-loving friend some years ago). Ours both involved grandparents. I’m going to read the other posts below.

          Here is some info on one of the studies done on this subject:

          “Most adults remember little before their third or fourth birthdays, and the thinking has been that prior to this age children do not have the cognitive or language skills to process and store events as memories”

          A sideshoot of this, is that recurring dream that started when you were a kid, and kept having for years.

      • Lia says:

        My first memory than I can recollect… 2 years old in a hospital bed. Just remember the crib rails and sterile appearance of the room with lights on all night. Apparently, there for testing because of bouts of crying. In the end, nothing wrong with me. Doctor informed my parents that I was smarter than they were and simply throwing fits because my baby sister was receiving affection/attention previously given to me. LOL!

    • BW says:

      The closest I can come to dating my first childhood memory would be less than 4 yrs old.
      It is Christmas and the family goes to visit my widowed “pappa” (grandfather.) Astree, as you mentioned I have only an eye blink of memory. Pappa walks up to me and hands me a brand new shiny red vinyl purse! It’ s strap was long enough to hang over my shoulder. I had hit the big time! Please know this was during a time when houses were 3/4 rooms, made of wooden planks with no insulation and the bathroom slid out from under the bed at night (figure that one out.) So for him to have splurged and bought me a red purse, that was a time to be remembered.

    • pdenver says:

      The one that comes to mind is when I was two years old. I was standing in my playpen while my mother was ironing nearby. A small black and white television was on. I remember my mother stopping what she was doing and suddenly began crying. It seemed to come from deep inside of her. Years later, I mentioned this memory of mine to her and she had remembered precisely what happened. She explained to me that it was the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated and she had just heard the news.

      Anyone else?

      • nmc says:

        My dad brought me with him to visit a friend at one of the locks at the Welland Canal. While he was chatting, I made my way to the edge of the lock and crawled atop the rounded, metal edge that was used for ropes to slide along. I remember peering down into the lock, getting a good look at the water some distance below; when suddenly a pair of hands snatched me from behind, scaring the beejezus out of me.

    • Strawshadow says:

      Mr. Fenn’s first memory was probably a recipe for a brainstorm, I take comfort knowing it was less crude than mine.

  16. Twingem says:

    Thank you so much Jenny and Forrest. Appreciate every gem.

  17. ROLL TIDE says:

    marry = league, muddled, prosperous, rich, seal, sew, string, tack, twin, valid, yes, pleased, husband, follow, double, anchor(put in), why, twist, tie together, rope, make a knot, line up, just, gang, exactly, drop anchor(put in), braid, become partners, take in, lock, knot, give.

    a place on a map…tack.

    marry = fix.

  18. ROLL TIDE says:

    “The blueprint is challenging so the treasure may be found by the one who is best able to adjust.” (paraphrased)

    adjust = fix.

    @JDA… “The treasure WILL BE FOUND…” because someone has “followed the clues to the location.”

    Someone has found the location but, hasn’t found the treasure ?

    • JDA says:

      It makes sense to me. Invert the sentence. – “Someone followed the clues to the location and WILL find the treasure (soon).” (sic) Suppose YOU followed the clues to the general area that the TC is located, but didn’t find it. You were close, but failed to find it……you go back and look in a slightly different area – TA DAH – there it is. Lucky YOU! JDA

    • astree says:

      The statement seems slippery, because it can taken as mentioned above, or with the addition of the everyday speech shortcuts “The treasure will be found by someone who (will have) followed the clues to the location. “

      • pdenver says:

        Hello astree. I concur, this may be a very good possibility that it should be read as such. This is how I read it. When others pointed how it could have been read the other way, I could see their point, too.

  19. ROLL TIDE says:

    tack = fix.

  20. Muset says:

    Thank you so much Jenny and Forrest. Those were great questions and answers.

  21. Spallies says:

    “The treasure WILL BE FOUND…” = “The Treasure, Will B found!”

    Will what is your last name again???? Why is he always talking to you!!!! 🙂

    Thank you Forrest and Jenny for the questions and answers…

    • Spallies says:

      Jenny I forgot to say how much I enjoyed your little write up about your treasures on your shelf… What game board is that up on top of the books?

      • Jenny Kile says:

        Thanks Spallies, as you might know, I collect old games…that one is The Knight’s Journey, Parker Brothers, 1928. The knights on the shelf are the game pieces to it. It was a special find.

    • Iron Will says:

      lol Spallies you dog you! (get it?) 😛 I think he’s alluding that someone has solved the poem but not retrieved the treasure though, with question number 4. As far as the “Will B”, I’ve noticed that you could make every instance of will fit me in some odd way if a person really needed to. Funny that my middle name is Brian though.

  22. Carolyn says:

    Thank you very much Jenny and Forrest for doing the question s and answers. We really enjoy them!

  23. ROLL TIDE says:

    I have a sneaky feeling things are going to heat up this year.
    Iron Will, when are you going again, May ?

    I’m going to delay my next trip until after you give it your best shot. We aren’t searching in the same area anyhow.

    Wonder how many other willies are searching for this ol’ thang ? hmmm…

  24. HeadedDown says:

    Mr. Fenn if you don’t think you’re a good artist, then why would you want us to discover your art? I’m sure you’re a fine artist. Fine indeed. Maybe it’s just your medium. “NO”?

  25. ROLL TIDE says:


    There’s actually a 100% chance we are looking in the same state and a 100% chance we are looking in different areas.

    Good luck to ya lil’ brother.

  26. ROLL TIDE says:

    For those who were commenting about his use of “little fire”, sorry, I don’t recall where that discussion took place.

    A little fire is a spark. A very fruitful little word.

  27. jonsey1 says:

    Eric Sloane, NA
    Forrest Fenn, NO?
    made me smile…

    • pdenver says:

      Yes, his “NO” response has given many a smile because we all know he’s a very talented gentleman and can do anything if he puts his mind to it.

  28. Waterhigh says:

    Jenny, you have such a warm way of communicating. Thanks for keeping us in touch with Forrest, who continues to fascinate and tantalize. Happy February to you both.

  29. jl says:

    Thank you, Forrest and Jenny. I must say these are the best of the 6 questions with FF yet.

  30. jl says:

    I had a thought……………The adorable Little Girl from India and the Little Kid from Peñasco hooked up and are searching the Rocky Mountains, Which one is closer to the treasure?

  31. Helen says:

    I suspect that Forrest’s question and answer to Q6 are an example of the sort of thing we need to be watching out for in the poem. We read it quickly and assume it is related to the conventional “art”, but he chooses the word “confidence” in the first sentence. Confidence – artist. We know “confidence artists” as “con artists” but we don’t think about where the word “con” comes from, so we don’t notice it here.

    So the question is possibly – are you a confidence artist?

    Forrest replies with an emphatic NO.


  32. Jdiggins says:

    Thank you Jenny and forrest! I can’t believe I’m heading into my fourth year of this!

    This set of questions brings this to mind…

  33. SL says:

    I might have been 2 or 3 years old. I was looking out of a window in my parents room. My Mother asked me why I was looking up, and I remember telling her that I was homesick for the sky.


  34. BW says:

    I love reading everyone’s childhood memories.

  35. pdenver says:

    I am truly grateful to read everyone’s childhood memories. They truly are such precious moments. Thank you for sharing them.

    • Spallies says:

      Yes, I have enjoyed reading everyone’s memories!!! Would like to hear about Forrest’s that he remembers vividly when he was one… Also would like to hear what John Long Dunns real name is and how he really escaped. I read last night that he used a smuggled file to cut off his shackles and jumped into the raging river after killing his brother in law for abusing his sister… Maybe he escaped twice 🙂

    • JDA says:

      My first “real” memory is one of elation when I had developed enough motor skills to get ALL of the Cherrios out of my bowl with my spoon, and not having to push them onto the spoon with my fingers. Silly isn’t it? JDA

  36. Jdiggins says:

    Me too! These are all a really great read!!! Thx all for sharing! I have another…the one above was in San Jose so I was less than 18 months old, and wearing braces meant I was already a toddler…. The one to follow was shortly after, though we moved to Golden, CO. A small house, the kitchen was super small right next to the living room but separate, kind of like a kitchenette. The stove was an old white one…50’sish. On the little black and white TV in the living room, my dad sat in front of it, watching what I guess might have been a war movie. There was a pilot, he had just been shot at in the air, a bullet got his elbow and it was gushing blood. I went to the kitchen where mommy was making peanut butter cookies. I looked at the bowl of dough she was mixing, and it looked just like that bleeding pilots elbow…to me….vivid as can be!

  37. Onuat says:

    SB 107 on Dal,s. “Yellow pad”.
    A horse at each end of the rope? A bridge being built perhaps. 🙂
    Thanks for the 6Q,s,Jenny. Always fun.
    Forrest, I like it when it’s cold outside because it makes you sit there and dream up more ways to get us thinking. Thanks again for dropping in.

  38. Crow says:

    I agree with f, this is a fantastic blog. I enjoy reading about a few of the puzzles. There is just enough to give hope of keeping up! Nice set of 6 this year.

  39. Ms. Girl says:

    I remember sitting on the grass at my grandmother’s house with her Mother, my Great Grandma Pearla; she had a twin sister named Pink. My Great Grandma made a bracelet out of corn seed on my tiny little wrist, I had to have been about 2 or 3 years old. I still have that bracelet put up in my old keepsake jewelry box. I will treasure it forever….. I loved my Granny’s Mother so much. She and my Mama’s Mother passed away many years ago and my Mother is 81 now so my regular Granny and Great Grandmother mean the world to me and no one can ever take those memories from me. I remember being that little and my Pa on my Mama’s side her Father, pouring coffee in his saucer and drinking out of it to cool it down! That was odd to me as a little child it was so unusual. All of those old ways stick with us as children and it makes for some great stories and wonderful treasures in our hearts and minds. Thanks Jenny and Forrest Letting us delve into those old stored up tales locked away and put a smile on our faces again. Ms. Girl

  40. Twingem says:

    This thread has made me want to remember the day I first entered the Chase. In end of November/December 2015, there was a TV spot on the c
    Chase that I saw that started me on my Journey. Not sure if it was a morning show or evening show, but I know that shortly after seeing the spot, I ordered both TTOTC and TFTW. I waited for my shipment to arrive with great anticipation. Funny thing is when I opened my mailbox on 12/14/15, I found an opened and empty box…no book inside. My first thought was that perhaps this was intended….perhaps finding my lost books WAS the heart of the Chase!!!

    I called the bookstore and advised that Box had been robbed in transit, and that I really had hoped to have the books as a Christmas present….to myself 😁 The gentleman on the phone was so nice and wanted to ensure I received the books in time for Christmas.

    My new box arrived on December 21, 2015. Christmas was saved and I read both books within a day. Each word, each sentence, each story, and each photo pulled me effortless through both books.

    Looking back, before the books arrived, I’d narrowed the area down to one location that I quickly ruled out after a weekend trip to explore; and to a second location that I’ve never left since December 2015. And 14 trips later to that general location, it’s now less about chasing Chase and more about enjoying. I’ve taken y twins there on fabulous adventures and found a place to heal old wounds and learn to trust again.

    Anyway, my memory fails me when it comes to the TV spot that started my engines on this journey. Any help to figure out TTOTC TV spots in Nov/Dec 2015 would be deeply appreciated.

    • pdenver says:

      Hello Twingem. I’m not sure if it will help, but did you check Dal’s website under “Media Coverage”? Perhaps you might find what you’re looking for there by comparing the date you’ve provided.

      • Twingem says:

        I forgot about that section on Dal’s site. Thank you pt!

        • Twingem says:

          Hi Pd, thank you! I found it. Nov 25th, 2015. Forrest and Amy Swiltzer were featured Denver Fox 31 news spot. Amazing how four minutes has changed my life so much for the better. I suppose I was ready for the journey and Chase finally!

          Thanks again.

          • pdenver says:

            You’re welcome, Twingem. I was watching “The Today Show” and they were talking about someone/people having to be rescued from the river in Yellowstone. Briefly talked about Mr. Fenn and his treasure chest and I was curious. Now I’m hooked and having the time of my life. 🙂

    • BW says:

      Twingem, aren’t you glad you ordered them. They are gifts that keep on giving……each time they are read a new and interesting tidbit is discovered.

      • Twingem says:

        Yes, indeed! I’ve read both books hundreds of time, not kidding. Still enjoy each time I read.

        • Twingem says:

          So my books are so well worn, and recently tripped over my cat, Baxter, who is quite a character, and my books went flying down the stairs. Luckily I din’t. It may be time to order my third set of books after the recent explosion of pages… now my books are week worn and held together by a rubber band.

    • ace 340 says:

      I read TTOTC one time slowly and methodically and took notes on anything that jumped out at me. No song has ever stuck in my head like these stories. Well, maybe Rockin’ Robin. Catchy tune. I’ve gone back to my notes hundreds of times, but listening to you all maybe its worth another read. It will have to wait, TFTW arrived a few days ago. Hesitant to start though. I know the journey TTOTC took me on. But I would not trade it for anything. Like FF once said ” No time spent in thought is ever wasted. Here we go again.🙂

      • pdenver says:

        Hello ace340. Thank you for the link. You had me going down “Memory Lane.” I remember being in the 7th grade and we had a Sock Hop dance. I wore a poodle skirt, white blouse, bobby socks, saddle shoes and hair up in a pony tail. There was a dance competition and I won. Still have the “Cruisin’ 1958” album and a few 45’s I received doing so. Still bring them out and dance to them. Gosh, those were fun times!

  41. Bailey says:

    Thanks Jenny and Mr. Fenn. I just ordered a copy of “Long John Dunn” by Max Evans. Stories of the lives of those colorful Western guys and gals are great because they seem like they should be in the fiction section. But they actually happened.

  42. ROLL TIDE says:

    Red-eye gravy with a twist of “ketchup” and coffee stirred in, and sopped with a biscuit from a saucer before headed off to school. Cooked on a wood stove in a house converted from an old barn with cardboard for insulation and no indoor plumbing.

    Not my earliest memory but, still one of my very favorites.

  43. Buckeye Bob says:

    This finally shows up for me on Feb 6, sometime after 4:00 ?

    I’m sure it’s not on your end, Jenny. Probably some broken link between you and me.
    But darn it all to heck, anyways!
    (Now I’ll read it, lol)

  44. pdenver says:

    Oh my gosh, Jenny! I just paid attention to the “Featured Photo Comment” and I can’t stop giggling. I’ve felt the exact same way! Can’t wait to read the others. Thank you! 🙂

    • pdenver says:

      Thank you for sharing this, Mr. Fenn! 🙂

    • ROLL TIDE says:


      That’s a cartoon by Gary Larson. I’d recognize his work from anywhere.
      He does ‘The Far Side’.

      My favorite cartoonist of all-time.

      • pdenver says:

        Thank you, ROLL TIDE. It’s been a while since I’ve looked at the funnies. I usually read “The Peanuts,” and “Mother Goose and Grimm,” and a couple others that I can’t remember the title to, before going to the puzzles.

    • Strawshadow says:

      It just won’t fit, Τέχνη γραμματική

  45. Lia says:

    Jenny, your treasured Chamisa led me to a bit of research. Thought you would enjoy it’s tie to Eric Sloane…

  46. BW says:

    I believe this is what Mr. Fenn has in mind for children!

    Looks like fun for adults also!

  47. Buckeye Bob says:

    The last, number 6, is a little strange.
    Forrest obviously gives it a lot of special attention.
    And he concludes it with his answer to his own question of choice:

    “Forrest, You seem to have a lot of confidence and believe you can do anything. Do you think you could have been good artist?

    Answer: NO.”

    There’s no “a” before “good artist”.
    Is that supposed to be like:
    “Do you think you could have been (name or reference)?

    Or just a typo?

  48. Ramona says:

    You mean like who’s “good artist”? Also maybe he doesn’t think he would be a good artist because he knows he would. If he believes he can do anything than he knows he would be “a” good artist. We know he’s an exceptional writer so typo, maybe, probably not.

    • Kedar's Mom says:

      Kedar’s Mom on February 7, 2017 at 11:17 am said:
      Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      Hola Ramona!
      I tried to comment/reply at HOD but now they are always moderating my posts.
      What’s on your hook? I once made a doily that took over 80 hours to make. Got a grand championship with it.
      PS…good idea to ask for gloves. : )

    • Buckeye Bob says:

      yeah, probably not. Especially because ff gave it special attention.
      And I don’t see “good artist” as being D.B. Cooper, since he was a criminal. But that depends on what exactly “good” means, and “artist” too.

      That leaves me wondering, but not wandering.

  49. 23kachinas says:

    As NO to being “con artist”

    • Buckeye Bob says:

      Ahh, so “good” AT IT as in a confidence man. Gotcha.
      So it could refer to D. B. Cooper after all. I get it now.
      You made me twist my brain. I think I have a new wrinkle.

  50. Sparrow says:

    Thank you Forrest and Jenny.

  51. aMp says:

    I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row.
    I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.
    Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I’m bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge.
    I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don’t perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat 400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me.
    I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.
    I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven. I breed prizewinning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis.
    But I have not yet found Forrest Fenn’s hidden gold.

  52. Madesquare says:

    My awesome twosome is that I have the patience of the dead and I can whistle like an angel…

  53. Passenger says:

    ” at least I can’t complain about the company”

    I spit up my cup of tea when I read this.


  54. pdenver says:

    Enjoyed your “Featured Photo,” IllinoisGhost. Noticed the hats. 🙂

  55. ROLL TIDE says:


    As funny as that was, for those of us who’ve never read it before…
    as nmc has pointed out, you should probably give credit to the original author.

    Otherwise, it might be construed as plagiarism and could cause problems.

    Unless of course, your name would be Hugh Gallagher.

  56. Snider says:

    I know I am a little slow hear so bear with me.
    Thank you Forrest for all the fear, hate, ethics, dread, moralities, passion, honesty, subterfuge, truth and a bunch of the other things I can’t even remember any more.
    Thank you Jenny
    “What we’ve learned is that you should always tell the truth, but you should not always tell ALL of the truth.”
    Lesson is learned!

  57. pdenver says:

    Enjoyed your “Featured Photo,” Eliza M.

  58. C.M.R. says:

    The snow is melting fast, won’t be too far to resumption now.

  59. Brad Hartliep says:

    Sorry I couldn’t help staying away. It/s been like Mary Hartmann Mary Hartmann over at channel WDAL. Hope you run faster than PAX CMR – I’m already three days overdue for my first day on the water ..

    • Passenger says:

      Brad.. where/what thread exactly on Dal’s blog?


      • Passenger says:

        Sorry — I thought there was an announcement / commotion going on over there.

        Brad… you plan to act very soon? Are you bringing cocktails?


        • Brad Hartliep says:

          No just the general “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” poker tournament that’s been going on over the last couple weeks .. I haven’t had a good laugh like that since the last broo-ha-ha over there .. unfortunately my liver says I’m not allowed to touch cocktails, but if you bring the fruit I’ll grape press ..

  60. thomas says:

    Jenny, if here look on your messages

  61. thomas says:

    This is over

  62. C.M.R. says:

    Picture of the chest? Anyone could do a picture of the chest. Better, a photo of the bracelet in your hand?

  63. Chesney says:

    Riddle me this and Riddle me that, Where is Fenn’s Treasure At?

  64. C.M.R. says:

    That my friend, is the million dollar question. Somewhere in or near the blaze, if I had to guess.

  65. Passenger says:

    CMR — I found your absentee owner (- or what I think you were talking about). He listed an address in Texas. Alice has nothing to do with it… unless you mean a cold line up.

    As for where the chest is? The area is known. the clock is ticking.

    It will take a team to beat those on the ground.

    You keyed me in a while back — and I’m grateful. It justifies an olive branch. If you’re interested, email me:

  66. aardvarkbark says:

    What’s the over/under on the number of future “6 Questions”? I just learned of this search. I’m enthused that after six years, no one has found it. I’m equally troubled that after six years, no one has found it. Does this suggest that it takes at least six years of exploring to find it, or that it simply takes a totally new way of thinking about it? Why would someone 10, 50, 100 years from now think about the poem any differently than the 10s of thousands who have already contemplated it. Sadly, if Google and Amazon have their way, humanity will be dependent upon cylindrical shaped table top devices for all answers, and the ability for deduction, interpretation and imagination will be bred out of our species. I figure if it’s not found soon, it will only be found by someone blindly stumbling upon it.

  67. Sue says:

    Did you leave a shovel for us Forrest?

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