The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt and Random Words from Forrest Fenn

treasure huntWe all loved ‘Weekly Words’ from Forrest Fenn as they were such a special gift of encouragement for The Thrill of the Chase treasure hunt.

The full, now completed, list can be accessed here: Weekly Words from Forrest Fenn.  This list was continually updated during the last year and a link to it was posted with each new words given.

When I updated last week’s words to it though, I felt such a strong feeling of sincere gratitude for them all, and for the time Forrest had given to provide them to us.  The Thrill of the Chase is such an amazing treasure hunt. One of a kind.  Unique.  (read about Unique here:chatting with Forrest Fenn: his office)

Obviously, seen from content of my site, I work on other treasure hunts.  I love the challenge they give.  There are some, like for example the Beale Ciphers or RLC, of which the passing of time has caused difficulties and gaps for learning certain truths about them.  Legends have formed around the treasure hunts, and so it is hard to recognize what is fact, and what is fiction.

This isn’t the case with The Thrill of Chase. The best thing I love about Forrest’s Treasure Poem is it is in the Present. The NOW.  We are so lucky to have the opportunity to search for an extraordinary treasure while it is young and fresh.  Sure there are lots of questions, lots to wonder about, but I’ve never questioned whether there is a hidden 10×10 bronze chest filled with incredible treasures to find ‘somewhere in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa fe’.  WOW.  So exciting.  So fortunate. So thankful for the adventure.  Thank you Forrest Fenn.

So then to be able to share these RANDOM words, which will not be weekly words, and it is unknown if others will be forthcoming, fills me with ever more gratitude for The Thrill of the Chase.

Random Words from Forrest Fenn:

*If you don’t know where it is, go back to the first clue.f


Best of luck with all that you seek.  Treasure the Adventure.  Always.


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90 Responses

  1. Jenny Kile says:

    Thank you for the Chase, Forrest! Always.

    • Twingem says:

      Yes, and thank you Jenny too!

      • Hunny says:

        Thank you Forrest and Jenny!
        Forrest, words can’t even express how grateful I am for this quest! I literally have had more fun, learned more, made memories, and grown more than ever before! Thank you for all the time you’ve put into this chase (15 years is a long time!) and continue to put in by providing these little tidbits!
        Jenny, thank you for everything you do so we can have an avenue to hear Forrest’s words uncorrupted by others interpretations. I’m sure there is a lot of time and headaches involved. But it’s greatly appreciated!

    • I knew we couldn’t live without it.

  2. Chesney says:

    Nice one Mr. Fenn, and thank you both for this Ms. Kile!

  3. Kedar's Mom says:

    : ) Amazing….

  4. Iron will says:

    Forrest you sly fox, I like how you worded these random words 😁

    • Hunny says:

      Hey IW,
      I’ve been meaning to ask you, how’s your mouth? Are you finally starting to heal up? I’ve never experienced dry socket but it makes my knees fell all wonky just thinking about it. Hope the “trauma and drama” are about over for ya. 😳😁😄

      • Iron Will says:

        Well… guys at work say I need one pulled every 2 weeks to keep me shut up 😛
        The hole hasn’t sealed, but the the dry socket underneath has… it’s just an irritating pain now in the gum line. Thanks for asking.

  5. Presby says:

    Bubba’s back! 🙂

  6. pdenver says:

    What a surprise, indeed! You’ve brightened our Fridays once more, Jenny and Mr. Fenn. Thank you.

  7. C.M.R. says:

    Huh. Back to the first clue in the poem, or back to the location of the first clue?

  8. Lou Lee Belle says:

    Hi Forrest! Happy New Year! I will be back on the search come spring. I will be starting over at the beginning! Thanks Jenny! Best Wishes everyone.

  9. Fenngshui says:

    Alas….What is the first clue?

  10. JL says:

    Although some seem excited, I just don’t know if I can handle another year.
    *If you don’t know where it is, go back to the first clue.f so at 7 years we are to start over which means the clues are continuous, they have become an exercise in futility. Say you take this to mean you don’t even now what the first clue is, what should one do? I would guess go back to the book and look for a hint that will help you with the first clue.

    Must be an echo in here

  11. JL says:

    and the picture is off if the poem is a radio dial i guess the bottom one would work but it looks nothing like a back button on my keyboard

  12. 23kachinas says:

    – 2 outside. Brrr…

  13. astree says:

    Thanks, Jenny and Forrest. Jenny, I agree with your point about this hunt being in the present. There are other hunts in the present, they are exciting, too. I think that Forrest’s interaction with the hunters, the challenge of finding the treasure location that is hidden in a pome ( not many pages of a puzzle book ), and the size and mystique of the treasure add to its draw.

    Begin it ….

  14. waterhigh says:

    But I want more, sir …. Fridays won’t be the same.

  15. Serious Attempt:
    If you don’t know where it is, go back to the first clue.f

    1st Stanza
    1. “As I have gone alone in there
    2. and with my treasures bold,”

    Sure you COULD argue, but first line = first clue.
    AND we read that the “treasure” IS “in there”.
    IF “first clue” = “in there” THEN “go back in there” results
    Remove “If you don’t know where it is,” since nobody has the tc yet
    Conclusion: Fenn wants someone to go back in there

    ALSO, treasure = “right spot” – learned last week

    Ω Is this not a strong argument for an Omega at the beginning and end of the poem?
    “So the last shall be first, and the first last” (Matthew 20:16)
    Perhaps Fenn sees himself as the double loser, the Omega male who has overcome all odds to win the end game.
    Bottom Line: We are looking for the Omegas, visually and symbolically at both ends. Ω

    • Point Foot says:

      Insightful thinking DeCall Thomas. I believe many on this forum will be going back in there come spring/summer. I know I will be.

    • Kedar's Mom says:

      Anyone can get lucky. But it takes mettle enough to strike the trail, and enough confidence in a maverick to know that the treasure is really “there” for the taking. ; )

      • Point Foot says:

        I agree. I believe the one who does solve this thing isn’t going to solve it all correctly on the first attempt and probably not the second or third. They will have to have the passion and drive to try again and again and return to where they’ve been to eventually get it all right and reach the ever elusive “right spot.” Maybe that’s what his words mean. Maybe he knows someone among us has come within striking distance. Considering someone was within 200 ft years ago and hasn’t found it I wonder if this person is more aware? Who among us knows where they need to return to?

        • Point Foot says:

          The words also apply to the rest of us who have searched in the wrong spot and need to go back to the first clue and start over again because we didn’t solve the first clue and therefore can’t move on to the next one. The words in that sense are universally applicable to each and every one of us. Thank you Forrest and Jenny and especially Forrest for the profound words of wisdom.

        • Kedar's Mom says:

          I do, but Forrest suggests to keep silent and now is not a good time to retrieve. I am unable to post over at HOD for that reason.

  16. Strawshadow says:

    Thanks Jenny and Mr. Fenn,
    What a random surprise! When you least expect it, its back to square one.

  17. Mea says:

    You’ve got to always go back in time if you want to move forward. Snoop Dogg

  18. jackson says:

    okee dokee

  19. Ramona says:

    Lucky for me I know where it is so no going back to the first clue for me. Haha, I know, I know, but someone was going to say it so I did first. Wait what is “it” again? Thanks for the random words Forrest and Jenny. Also thank you Jenny for all you do and keeping us connected. Well this Friday was saved,

  20. lost says:

    Someone is at the “blaze” and don’t know where to go from there, I believe you begin it wwwh but after you reach the blaze you are to quickly look down your quest to cease, which means the poem is your quest you want to finish right? So look back to the beginning of the poem while you’re at the blaze and it will be, As I’ve gone alone in there, if you begin it wwwh you’ll have to go back to the beginning of the poem or else the first four sentences mean nothing.

  21. DeeepThnkr says:

    “It” is a deep subject and not for the week(lame) of heart. Where you start is where you end and at the center everlasting peace awaits.
    Forrest I have found the resolve needed to be quick and wise, like an owl, brave and in the wood was genius!!! Some people say I sound like I put too much starch in my collar but I’m not as bad as Lil India. She once wrote to me, she said “Hi, it’s me” Maybe it wasn’t needed but I sure felt more centered and healthy.
    Thank you Forrest for the one year chase, I thought you would outsmart me for awhile. Last hurdle is getting that title.

    • Point Foot says:

      I am of the same mind. I’m looking forward to spring and the snow melt but enjoying every moment till then. Thank you Forrest and Jenny! I was sad when there were no words this morning and I lit up when I finally saw it.

    • astree says:


      Forrest is aiding searchers with getting started on the first clue and how to begin it.

  22. Wendell Smith says:

    Yes….Thank you Jenny! I wanted to send Forrest some pictures but the Santa Fe Trading CO contact format won’t allow me to attach. Do you know of another email that I can use?
    Thank you, Wendell

  23. Lia says:

    Thanks Mr. Fenn! Those of us who are brave enough to stay in the game will be contemplating the A in square one, and then questioning wwwh. If I ever find my way to Santa Fe, may I buy you lunch to say thanks for some terrific adventures?

    By the way, YaShaWa posted an interesting response related to your Egyptian scarab cartouche.

  24. ROLL TIDE says:

    “My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-b####.”

    –Jack Nicholson–

    How can you have any pudding, if you can’t eat your meat?

  25. HeadedDown says:

    You don’t know you don’t know till you look. So pull the lever and watch the pretty lights, maybe you’ll hit that jackpot. Eventually. 🙂

  26. Jake Faulker says:

    There’s nothing random about these words.
    I get it, eventually.
    The 1st clue has something in common where the treasure is.
    It’s a great way to get cleaned up.

  27. JDA says:

    I look at the site early this AM, and no post from Forrest – I was sad.

    Got an email from a fellow searcher a few minutes ago, and was told that there was a post.

    Y E A – MADE MY DAY!!! Thanks Forrest and Jenny. JDA

  28. BW says:

    Happy days are here again!

    • JC1117 says:

      Eeyyyyyyy, BW. (You need to read that with the accent of the Fonz…from Happy Days.)

      Happy Days ARE here, again!

      I was also disappointed when I woke this morning to see it was all TRUE…no new Weekly Words. 🙁

      But later I saw that Jenny had posted something new…and I got all excited!

      Sure enough…new words from Forrest!

      Thank you, Jenny and Forrest. It’s nice to see a good thing not ending.

      And…IMO…The Fonz should have been named The Fenz.

      He’d naturally be a lot cooler that way… 🙂

  29. Geoff Idaho says:

    Perhaps it is like riding a bicycle.
    “Have flashlight, will travel”

  30. mr. forrest, are you sick,do you need your kidney ok,do you need another one,If I match,you can have one of mine.I worry about you,right now ,I’m sad,ready to cry.I care,I really care.are you getting weaker,so dr. says cut back and relax or you’ll be gone.I don’t want you to be gone.Please take care of you and ms. peggy,I love you .thanks jenny,so no more jenny ,no more mr. forrest ,no more dal,is this the end of the thrill of the chase.where you begin,you always come back to begin.this way ,that way,you still come back to begin.start/end, have to start to you all out there,it was fun.

    • pdenver says:

      Hello Virginia Diane. We know not what the reasons are, but I do not believe it’s as critical as you may believe. His above statement has always been important from the very beginning. The Chase continues and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy it.

      • Crow says:

        Perhaps he choses to be quiet until spring like everyone else. The snow looks great and creates the desire to huddle under the covers until spring. The best part about the wait is knowing that the crocuses will peek out of the snow–in a few months! 🙂 Enjoy the rest of winter to re-engerize for spring and summer.

        • Lia says:

          Crow, thanks for teasing out a memory where purple crocus and yellow buttercups reach through a snowy meadow to announce spring. For a few months yet, that’s a distant dream as snow blankets the Rockies. It’s cold❄️❄️❄️

    • JC1117 says:

      Great thoughts, Virginia…and I agree with you.

      I hope Forrest and Peggy are healthy and happy.

      Speaking of Love and going back to the beginning I am reminded of Bill Murray’s speech when he accepted the Mark Twain Award…

      “There’s Love. It’s what we came with…and what we go with.”


      • pdenver says:

        Great clip, JC1117. Thank you for sharing. I concur with Virginia Diane and your thoughts for good health and happiness to Mr. and Mrs. Fenn.

  31. mr. forrest,in your poem,I think you are talking about your mother,you loved her so much. if not then I think you are talking about the internet,,and everything that goes with it.

  32. I am one in a million,a novel,The thrill of the chase,or footballs,john Elway. the denver broncos

  33. Did you guys know that Denver is not only known as the mile high city,but is also known as the brown cloud.

    • pdenver says:

      Hello Virginia Diane. I believe Denver isn’t known as the “Brown Cloud”, but for having an occasional “brown cloud” because of the temperature inversions we get due to the mountains and the dust particles captured by such means.

      • oh says:

        Those dust particles would be smog pdenver and Denver has always had a problem since I can remember. Brown cloud fits.

        • pdenver says:

          Hello oh. Not all are emissions related, but I do concur. The mountains and temperature inversions puts us in such conditions, no matter what is in the air. Been here since 1977 and I’ve seen my share.

          • JC1117 says:

            Hello, All.

            If you’re talking about inversions and smog then Salt Lake City is clearly the hands down…(or hands-holding-a-handkerchief-over-the-mouth-and-nose)…”winner”.

            It gets really bad here sometimes in the winter months.

            I think Denver’s air isn’t quite as bad or as frequent because they’re a couple thousand feet higher…so the air moves a little more.

            It’s those larger populations at higher altitude trying to keep warm in the winter.

      • yes it is because I looked it up on the computer,what your saying is why I saw it called the brown cloud.

  34. Onuat says:

    Know where it is….hmmmm. Back to the first clue.
    Mysterious writings, it is,Jenny. Awesome. 🙂

  35. Spallies says:


  36. LitterateOne says:


    If you don’t understand it, you wont find it.


    • Point Foot says:

      I’ve come to realize I didn’t understand it on my last eight trips though each time I thought I did in the moment.

  37. Bailey says:

    Thanks Jenny and Mr. Fenn. Something to think about as we hunker down here on the East Coast. Man, it is cold! Comon Spring.

  38. Joe says:

    Hmmm, reading these Random Words with furrowed brow…

  39. Lost says:

    I began my quest wwwh, but I don’t believe it’s the first clue, Warm Springs Montana is where I think Forrest is talking about, look this town up. Take Interstate 90 following the Clark Fork River through the canyon down, between the towns Deerlodge and Drummond is known as the home of the Brown for the Brown Trout in that area, look this up in the Montana fish report, below this area is the town Bearmouth, I turned here because it’s the entrance to the Garnet Ghost Town, no place for the meek. This valley is known for the heavy loads of rock left there thousands of years ago by ancient seas, on into this valley next to the road is a sign that says secret gulch and finn gulch, look on Google map you will see. To me this is a marker ( maybe the blaze ) this is where I am stuck, I looked down my quest to cease to the beginning of the poem which brings me back to As I’ve gone alone in there. I don’t need anyone to tell me I’m in the wrong place because it probably is, just need someone ( sense it’s winter and cold outside ) to just take the time to look and give some options. I’ll take good or bad, think you

  40. Mountain Ash says:


  41. astree says:

    I may have missed the details of the random words. It seems that these are not from the same list that Jenny received late 2015 (which have been put aside?), but are now being given fresh from Forrest and posted within a few days? Is that correct?

    • Buckeye Bob says:

      Astree, it seems so. But it’s hard to tell if any were put aside, if Forrest had another set of things to post over time that he knew would make up the difference (and add up to a year between them).

  42. ROLL TIDE says:


    That would be my take on it.

    “…it is unknown if others will be forthcoming…” seems to indicate that this is a turning point.
    And someone needs to wear a smile back to the first clue, the right spot.
    Who’s on Third ?

    • astree says:

      Thanks, Buckeye Bob and Roll Tide. It will be interesting to see if the words are more related to on-going chase activities and forum discussions.

  43. Jake says:

    Weekly words are over. Whew. Now just a few months… in other news… for Christmas I got the book “too far to walk”. Great stories in it. They are so personal they pull you right into them. The major clue is a good one, everyone has a chance to see it if they look, all IMHO of course. **Question for all- what was your favorite chapter in TFTW? Mine was regarding his art collecting friends who took a painting with them to a show and the plane ended up crashing…my heart sank and I could almost feel the sorrow Mr. Fenn must’ve felt at that time. Total strangers but for a moment, I mourned their passing as well… amazing how a story can bring strangers together like that. But on another, more positive note… I also received an Indiana Jones Temple of Doom hat! I have promised my mother to wear it when I go to search this spring. If I locate indulgence this time it will be my lucky treasure hunting hat when I make this “hobby” my full time passion someday… what can be better than spending your days searching for lost history?? Good luck to all in 2017!!

  44. MartinS says:

    Working on it. 🙂

  45. Jdiggins says:

    Watch the fish wiggle wiggle.
    Laughing so hard I’m getting a toothache!
    Ha! 🙂 😉 🙂

  46. JCM says:

    Is it possible that f is pointing out what the first clue in the poem is with this comment?

  47. Lugnutz says:

    In the forest the Bloodroot blooms first followed by Dutchman’s Breeches and then May Apple. The forest unlike people can be relied upon. The May Apple never says This year I shall be first!

  48. Brad Hartliep says:

    BTW: Very sneaky Kung Fu Master Gets Mail . .. . My ute can’t wait until the snow on Gate’s Pass clears ..


  49. Mike Forni says:

    Just some random thoughts —

    One treasurer hunter had a theory that “asi” (which is “so” in Spanish) was the key word. However, if you break up the sentence beginning with “As I have” into “A si have”. You can get to the word “si”. “Si” is “yes” in Spanish.

    Now do me a favor. Say “Y” don’t pronounce “Y” but say “Y” and then say “es” and then do faster and faster. You will hear the word “Wise” appear.

    Now, In TTOTC, Fenn has a Chapter YS , which can also be pronounced as Wise (under same method above) —

    Now look:

    YS = Yellowstone
    Si = Yes = YS = Yellowstone
    Wise = YS = Yellowstone
    Why is = YS = Yellowstone (YS is “it”)

    I hope this helps someone!

  50. Iceman says:

    And if you don’t know where the first clue is, pay more attention to the map.

  51. Iceman says:

    If you are not using the tools of a writer, you will not find the treasure.

  52. Iceman says:

    Believe it or not, but the first hint (not the first clue mind you) is the word “The”. You can take that to the bank.

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