The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt: Six Questions with Illinoisghost

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Our first of many to come Six Questions with Searchers on TTOTC:

Six Questions with Illinoisghost on The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt.

We each are creating our own stories and adventures by taking Forrest Fenn up on his dare to find his lost treasure chest.  Who will find it?  At this point no one knows, and it could by any one of us!  How exciting to be part of a million dollar treasure hunt in its get go.

I want to thank Illinoisghost for the following answers to the Six Questions.  You are welcome to answer them as well! (more information on that here).

I have to smile at how he learned about the treasure hunt.  What a surprise it had to have been when just casually glancing through websites.  What an awesome treasure hunt gift we all have been given.  (And I love the answer to #4!)


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

treasure hunting thrill of the chaseAugust 2011, I was just browsing the web looking for some places I might be interested in taking my metal detector. I stumbled across Fenn’s treasure and thought to myself ” wow! I’d love to find that ”


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

Originally one of my daughters wanted us to search for it but she quickly lost interest. As for me, like many others I quickly came up with a solution and off I went to strike it rich. Lol..
P.S. Still Searching


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

The journey and adventure


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

I would think it was the not finding of the chest, but it’s not. I’ve proved at least 10,000 places it’s not. So I have to say it’s the time I’m not searching…


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

Omg, I am able to think of so many things at the moment. One, would be a necklace with a silver fox fetish on it, but the most unique item was a map.


  • 6) What more would you like to say?

Thank you to Forrest for the adventure…


Questions answered by Illinoisghost, who has a website, which looks oh so cool and interesting!  I am wanting to do another Six Questions with Illinoisghost about that! 


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

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21 Responses

  1. Jenny Kile says:

    Thanks again Illinoisghost! I really enjoyed reading your answers. The ‘Bird’ is awesome too…. such memories being created!


  2. jl says:

    You Rock IG. You are an urban legend.

  3. SL says:

    Thanks, Illinoisghost! – Have been rooting for you.


  4. Forrest Fenn says:

    You have a nice website Illinoisghost. Thanks for posting on Jenny’s. f

  5. Thanks everyone, I look forward to reading your six questions as well and thank you Forrest, it has been fun

  6. thrillchaser says:

    Looks like Eagle Rock, neat. What was the map of?

  7. Strawshadow says:

    Illinois Ghost,
    Nicely done! Your positive outlook, enthusiasm and determination are very impressive attributes. If I had to guess it blossoms from the company you keep. The searching community is lucky to have you and luckier that you live in Illinois. Thanks for the write up.

  8. Jeremy P. says:

    You’re probably the most prolific searcher I know. I recall that you told me once how many searches that you’ve been on, it was an impressive amount, and that you go any chance you get a three-day weekend.

    I think I said something like I don’t know if I should admire your dedication, or counsel you to try every other three-day weekend instead.

    I can definitely say that I admire your dedication.

    • Thank you, this next trip will be 103. Been spending all day changing coolant hoses on this van, so I can use it on this upcoming trip. Started leaking on the trip last weekend about 80 miles out and my wife and I had to turn around and go change vehicles.

  9. Iron Will says:

    Likewise about your blog site Illinois, I enjoyed reading some of your posts there 😛

  10. sorry everyone
    I failed to introduce my wife, her name is Kim and she’s great, means the world to me.

  11. GEYDELKON says:

    Sir, I really enjoyed your answers and your website. Best of luck to you and your wife.

  12. GEYDELKON says:

    Sir, I really enjoyed your answers and your website. Best of luck to you and your wife.

  13. Jdiggins says:

    I totally see the bird. Love reading your stuff Illinois! Thanks! 🙂

  14. Jenny Kile says:

    I wanted to thank all of you who have sent in answers to the new Six Questions segment! I’m so loving them and can’t wait to share them all. However, to not overwhelm, I’ll be spacing them out, and posting 1 every few days or so…..

    Thank you all! Such a great community we have with the Chase!…

  15. Mindy says:

    Illinois, you’re a class act. I love your spirit and determination. You are one who definitely deserves to find it. May the luck of Irish Leprechans guide you to the end of that elusive rainbow!

  16. HappyThoth says:

    i’m very late with this reply, but better late than never. I enjoyed your submission.. and I have to say, I am so glad that Jenny did this special format to engage us treasure hunters in a way that lets us get to know each other a bit. I look forward to more from you sir.

  17. The 👻 from Illinois is really a hub to the treasure.

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