The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt and Six Questions with Iron Will
Sixth in a series on Six Questions with searchers of the Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt. Questions are asked and then answered by those who are enjoying Forrest Fenn’s dare! (Read how you can participate)
- 1)When did you first hear and learn about the Treasure Hunt?
In September 2014 I was browsing YouTube for updated Beale Ciphers videos. I felt something missing inside of me and wanted to give that code another shot. Going after such a lofty goal is tantamount to chasing one’s dreams. However, I did not get far in it upon noticing Terri Fenn’s video, Forrest Fenn’s Hidden Treasure. I’d never heard of it and decided to give it a looksee. And looking back, I am so glad I did.
- 2)What inspired you to become involved and begin searching?
This world has become so negative. In 47 years, I have watched it socially deconstruct. People have become softer and weaker in many aspects, including the power of hope and self-conviction. Instead of being honest (one of the true bastions of good morals), the world has turned to lying and alternative facts. Today, when people do not succeed at something, rather than admit they were wrong and try to turn that failure around, they choose attack and bring down those who are holding onto those ideal virtues of Hope and Belief in an effort to bring them down to their level. In reference to treasure hunting, it happened to Thomas J. Beale. They made him out to be a hoax, destroying his legacy that could have been written another way had someone found his gold and silver pots. If his gold is found, he will be vindicated by the few who care in that moment, but for the 190 + years he was a fraud and a hoax. That’s over seven generations of life that lived and died, having him labelled a fraud.
After researching Forrest’s information available, I immediately recognized that those very people were trying to do the exact same thing to his legacy. But for me it was personal. At age 10, my mother started teaching me how to solve cryptic riddles or scavenger hunts due to my infatuation with the Riddler of Batman and Robin. When I read Forrest’s poem that matched her style and noticing he was a combat veteran like myself, I knew that I could not let the world do that to him too. Perhaps, I am uniquely qualified to solve his poem, perhaps not. But I believe in myself and I believe in hope. Together, they forge what drives me inside of my dreams, and because of that… I had to try and help.
- 3)What is your most favorite part about the Treasure Hunt so far?
Meeting the searchers at Fennboree 2016. They were all warm and inviting people. We had such a grand time during those two days. Incredible food, people going out of their way to offer ideas on the Chase, or extend hospitality to anyone who showed. Turns out as I was searching for Forrest’s treasure, during the meet and greet, he was searching to meet me. I asked Dal, “Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around??” I even camped out next door to a wonderful Aussie couple, Peter and his wife, who happened to be in Hyde Park. I think I spent more time with them than searchers! They are around 0:34 in the following video:
- 4)What is your least favorite part about the Treasure Hunt so far?
Sunday morning at Fennboree, when I awoke and realized that most were gone and the rest were leaving that morning. I drove around depressed in Santa Fe the rest of that day. To have that much friendly social interaction, and then gone, was like coming down off a drugged high, not that I know anything about that.
5)What is the best or most unique thing you found while searching for Forrest Fenn’s treasure chest?
I found a 500 lb “Yellow Stone” at the area of my wrong solution in West Yellowstone. It had a hairline crack all the way around the center of it. This led me to believe that Forrest could have split it open, cored out a hole inside, inserted the chest and epoxied it back together. As it sits there in two pieces, I believe you can see how determined I was to pursue all possibilities. I hope one day, to see about replacing that rock for them.
- 6) What more would you like to say?
I’d like to thank Forrest for helping me find…me again… after all these years. And if you’re still trying to find you, then I may post a motivational video on Dal’s in the coming week to help in your efforts. It’s helped me to be a more determined person.
Keep the Stories coming! Lots more yet to share! Thanks all!