Subtle Clues in Forrest Fenn’s The Thrill of the Chase
After working on any treasure hunt for a while, it’s nice to go back to the beginning and take a fresh look at things again. I’ve done this recently with the Forrest Fenn’s treasure hunt. I’ll call the overview I did- spring cleaning of the Fenn treasure mind- since spring is just around the corner and I was able to toss quite a few details and various ideas that I had collected over the months away.
In doing this, I was able to consider things without being bogged down by superfluous clutter. One of the items I considered again from anew was the sentence, ‘There are also subtle clues sprinkled in the stories.’ This is written right after the Forrest Fenn’s poem given in The Thrill of the Chase book.
In early interviews, and even now, Forrest continues to advise us to read the poem, read the book, and then read the poem again. And to do this several times. It seems Forrest must feel these ‘subtle clues sprinkled in the stories’ will be helpful for understanding his poem. He actually does state this in a radio show episode on As It Happens.
So I wondered, what could these subtle clues be or how might they be exactly given or found? How could they help? Is Forrest known to have said anything on this? One statement by Forrest comes to mind. It’s as follows:
“All of the information you need to find the treasure is in the poem. The chapters in my book have very subtle hints but are not deliberately placed to aid the seeker.”
Okay, so the fact that he says they are not ‘deliberately placed’ seems to provide a little more information. For me, this might help me in further spring cleaning out one definition for the word ‘Subtle’; the one being ‘clever and crafty.’ If the ‘subtle clues’ were ‘clever or crafty clues’, I would consider them to be ‘deliberate’ too.
For instance, maybe I can toss out the following thought I had once too. In the chapter entitled, My War for Me, page 76, Forrest writes, ‘a curiosity to wonder about, like the Lincoln Memorial.’ Well, this caused me to be curious about the Lincoln Memorial. In doing research, I found it interesting the exterior marble used for the Lincoln Memorial comes from the Yule marble quarry in Marble, Colorado. Another fascinating tidbit is that the marble for the Unknown Soldier Tomb also comes from there. It’s a special marble.
With Forrest telling the story about the ‘graves of the unknown soldiers’(French Soldiers) in the My War for Me chapter as well, I liked the thought that this might be a ‘subtle clue’ towards Marble, Colorado. Additional support, like the fact he played ‘marble’s’ is written in the book, the poem line ‘heavy loads’ could refer to quarried marble, and his humorous scrapbook on ‘shower marble’, made me like it a little more.
But is the line about the Lincoln Memorial actually one of the subtle clues for finding the treasure and hint to Marble, Colorado?
If something like this is a clue, it seems to me like it would be ‘deliberately placed’ there, making it definitely not a clue then. But what if it is just ‘cleverly or subtly placed’ there? Is there a difference?
What I do know is my mind is filling up with lots of new ideas since tossing out some old ones. And I know I need to keep thinking about what Forrest means by ‘subtle clues sprinkled in the stories’. He seems to think we can find these. What do you think?
Best of luck with whatever you seek!
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