The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt and Six Questions with Randawg

treasure hunt in rockiesThis is the nineteenth in a series on Six Questions with Searchers of The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt by Forrest Fenn. Questions are asked and then answered by those who are enjoying Forrest’s dare!

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Six Questions with Randawg

1)When did you first hear and learn about the Treasure Hunt?

A friend and co-worker told me about it on Friday May 6th 2016 at around 11:45 am (during our lunch break). He said that a man had died looking for a treasure hidden by some crazy rich guy in New Mexico. I remember the date because I somehow felt it might be important to me some day. 😉


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

Because I was working for an ungrateful middle aged millionaire with a bunch of unhappy co-workers at a job I had grown tired of and my life had become a boring routine. And I felt that I needed some excitement and adventure. Who hasn’t dreamed of finding a lost treasure map and searching for hidden gold? …And of course the chance of becoming financially independent.

“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray


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

Meeting nice people, and seeing the animals and wild beauty of the Rockies. Also the camaraderie of the search community. And discovering that whether you find the chest or not there are other alternatives to sitting in a building all day making someone else wealthy(er).


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

Probably traffic tickets. Or when you have to slam on the brakes because a semi truck decides to pass another truck on a steep grade at 25 mph. And when I fell asleep at the wheel and almost crashed the rental car I was driving. Oh, and not finding Indulgence. (…Yet!).


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

Late one foggy moonless night on a deserted mountain road in the Rockies I had to slowly zigzag through dozens of elk that were casually strolling along the roadway. Many were startled and froze in place staring at me, I could have rolled down my window and touched them! It was very surreal. Also I found what I believe to be an important location where one of the pics was taken in TToTC.


6) What more would you like to say?

I want to thank Mr Forrest Fenn for providing the Chase, which has made me reevaluate my life, and has allowed me to see that there is a great big world out there beyond my cubicle. And for giving me the courage to go out and explore America’s natural wonders for myself.

After all, that’s what this treasure hunt is really all about isn’t it?



Thanks so much for sharing, Randawg.  So very true about ‘who doesn’t dream of finding treasure?’  What a great opportunity we have to Chase after one of the best hidden treasures of all time!

Best of luck to all that you seek!  Treasure the Adventure!

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16 Responses

  1. Chesney says:

    Best of Luck, Never Stop Searching!

  2. Kedar's Mom says:

    Lol, those uphill trucker passing trucker at 25mph are the worst. 😂

  3. pdenver says:

    Hello Randawg. I enjoyed your answers. The fourth question and answer…Holy Cow! Seeing the elk that close and nearly being able to touch them, I’m envious. I keep telling my family members one of the things on my Bucket List is to slap an elk on it’s behind. I’m sure it would be the last one on my list and the last thing I do on Earth, too. 🙂 It’s been something we giggle about and we all know I really won’t do it, but each time I see them, I must admit I’m tempted. 🙂

    • pdenver says:

      Note to everyone: Please do not attempt trying to do this. It is something no one should do. It is something my family and I tease about only.

      • crimsonblazeblog says:

        I was close enuff to touch one’s belly once, I didn’t because I figured it would kick the dickens out of me.

        • pdenver says:

          Wow, crimsonblazeblog! I’ve been quite close to them, but not close enough to have done that. This makes me think of a time many years ago when some Rocky Mountain goats were coming down from a hill. One of them came right up to my window and I fed it some Smarties. My husband offered an apple and it didn’t want any part of it. When we came back down the mountain we saw one of the DOW traps and saw they baited it with an apple. Smart goat! 🙂

          • Pen Ghost says:

            Came across a mountain lion who brought its feast to my tent after jacking the Kentucky Fried chicken in orange sauce from another camper. The purring and crunching outside my thin canvas is something I’ll never forget and don’t eat fast food in the wilderness!

            • pdenver says:

              Hello Pen Ghost. That’s a bit scary. One can bring food into the wilderness, but have to be responsible by putting it back into the vehicle with windows and doors locked and food covered.

  4. crimsonblazeblog says:

    An apple eh, I would have baited it with some purple and white flowers. Once bitten twice shy they say.

    • pdenver says:

      Hello crimsonblazeblog. I’m a little confused. It’s true that the DOW baited their traps with apples. I’m going to guess they were trying to capture one so that they could check them out and maybe collar them. I’m not sure if you’ve been to Rocky Mountain National Park, but some of the cow elk are radio collared.

  5. Strawshadow says:

    Thanks for sharing randawg, and yes that’s what it’s all about.

  6. Pointfoot says:

    I loved reading your answers Randawg! And I agree with you. Treasures await us. All we have to do is be willing to open our eyes and take the steps.

  7. Carolyn says:

    I can relate Randawg! Good times in the woods. Curious to which picture you were referring to.

    • randawg says:

      Sorry Carolyn. In my first draft I explained all about it and then decided that I don’t want to reveal what I found just yet.

  8. Sparrow says:

    Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Jdiggins says:

    The elk are certainly amazing, aren’t they!
    Thanks Randawg!
    Thanks Jenny!

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