The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt and Six Questions with Michael Showalter

treasure hunt bookTenth 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?

I first heard about the Forrest Fenn treasure hunt on November 18, 2015 on the TV show “Expedition Unknown.” Later I realized someone before had asked me if I was following the hunt.


2) What inspired you to become involved and begin searching?

I felt a good understanding of the poem during the first read, and had faith that I could solve the riddle.


3) What is your most favorite part about the Treasure Hunt so far?

The excitement of possibly finding such a treasure, and not seeing any of my key clues posted on-line.


4) What is your least favorite part about the Treasure Hunt so far?

Not having expenses to travel, and waiting another year to go back.


5) What is the best or most unique thing you found while searching for Forrest Fenn’s treasure chest?

Saw a nice piece of white crystalline chert near the geographical spot the poem leads me.


6) What more would you like to say?

I went to the spot during the Summer of 2015, its size is about an acre, and I had to leave without searching. I have quit looking for alternative solutions, and believe the spot is correct.


Thanks Michael for your answers!   I, and so many other searchers are truly learning more about searchers looking for Forrest’s Treasure Chest of Gold!

Please, for any searchers who haven’t submitted answers, you can learn how to so here: Six Questions with Searchers.   Best of luck with your spot.  Hope you get soon!


Also, check out the few edits made to Six Questions with Jeremy Parnell.  I forgot to add his ‘Website’, which is this:

and his answer to #6 was actually supposed to be:

“Thank you, so very much! Like most people, I always thought that if I met a genie and they granted me three wishes, I’d use the last wish to wish for more. I also like hanging out at Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” threads, so please feel free to AMA me in the comments below (which would be here). I promise to give a thoughtful and honest answer to whatever you ask.”

Thanks again! : )


OK…. I think I got it this time….:)



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5 Responses

  1. Sparrow says:


    Thanks for sharing. I have to say though, if I was SURE the treasure was within a one acre area I’d find a way to get back there very quickly. The question is do you really believe it’s there? I’ve shared this before, but will do so again. A church in Texas had a prayer meeting outside to pray for rain because there had been a drought for months. 100 people came to the meeting, but only one 10 year old girl brought an umbrella with her.

    I think if we really believe we are SURE we will show it by our actions. I just wanted to share that. Thanks for what you shared though–it’s always great to see what other searchers are thinking and doing.

  2. pdenver says:

    Hello Michael. I enjoyed your answers to the questions. I hope you’ll find a way to get back to your spot as soon as possible.

  3. Twingem says:

    Hi Michael, I like your responses. Thanks for taking the time to share. One question. Since you heard of the chase November 2015, did you mean to say you went to the spot summer 2016?

    Sparrow, I tend to believe what people tell me unless I have good reason to believe otherwise. Take my situation, for example. I have some physical and financial issues that make it difficult to get to my location without substantial risk. Although I’ve gone to my location alone before, it was in the fall when the roads were not nearly as likely to keep me for days with no help. I had provisions and back up person to call for help after a designated check in time. The two people I trust the most in this world are my kids. Between school and brand new jobs, timing is tough now. I’ve got family flying in soon for high school graduation and feel a bit overwhelmed. The other person I would trust to go with me lives across the country caring for her 94 year old father. It is hard for her to leave him for any amount of time much less a week or two.

    None of this changes the certainty of the location of the treasure. But it does change when I plan to go retrieve it. I believe Forrest once said something close to….don’t be impatient. The treasure isn’t.

    Good luck to you Michael, Sparrow, and all.

  4. Sparrow says:


    Thanks for your post. I didn’t mean to be harsh to Michael. But can you imagine Christopher Columbus saying “I went to the spot during the Summer of 1492, and we saw the outline of what looked like land, but I had to leave without searching further. I have quit looking for alternative routes, and believe the spot is correct.”

    I’m sorry, but if you are sure you found it, you WILL find a way to get back there quickly to confirm it. I don’t have any money either. I’m not sure though—-but I can tell you this—if I was CERTAIN of where the treasure was I would BORROW the money, or hitchhike if I had to to arrive at the location. That’s just me though—so again—-didn’t mean to be harsh.

  5. Twingem says:

    No worries. I was simply offering another perspective too. I understand that the big picture is different for all. And the details in each picture are beautifully different too. It’s fun to study them all.

    Cheers to the chase and you all!

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