Who Will Find the Treasure of Forrest Fenn?

the thrill of the chaseThe Thrill of the Chase has inspired so many people across the world to not only get out and explore the outdoors, but also to explore what beautiful hopes and dreams might lay dormant within ourselves.

The challenge to find Forrest Fenn’s million-dollar treasure chest hidden in the Rockies has awakened us to The Thrill of the Chase- not only the Chase for Fenn’s Treasure, but for some, also the Thrills of our own Chases and Extraordinary Journeys.

We have prodded and begged Forrest for answers to questions. We have scrutinized words he has spoken. And we have endlessly analyzed photos and anything else related to what he does. He has said, though, the poem (within the book) is all we need to find the secreted treasure (not saying there aren’t hints in other things).

So much given and so much hidden in a poem of 24 lines. The power of it all. It is uniquely legendary. Whenever I think about the Treasure Chest, I feel so fortunate to be part of this amazing dare at its beginning moments. Forrest has offered us all the ability to Live, truly live, in history being made.

poem-and-mapIf not found, years from now tales around campfires or kitchen tables might begin with,

There was this guy from Santa Fe, Forrest Fenn, who hid a bronze chest filled with gold and other incredible relics. He left a poem leading to its location. But ONLY if you can figure out the meaning behind the lines of the Poem, and thoughts of the man who wrote it at the time, can you discover the treasure’s hiding spot.’

It might continue:

Thousands upon thousands have searched to no conclusion……but yet some of these adventurers had found wealth in so many other ways, that the actual value given from the hidden treasure is now immeasurable. It is beyond a defined worth; like all great things are. It is there yet to be found. And the only question remaining to be asked is, Who might find it?’

I suppose that is the ultimate question. In the first Six Questions I ever asked Forrest (such treasure to me now), he had shared a bit of Who he hoped might find it.

He said: “I hope it is by some deserving person who is emotionally involved and has been rewarded by the other mountain thrills that come with the chase.”

And in the same Six Questions, he commented,

“The person who finds the treasure will have studied the poem over and over, and thought, and analyzed and moved with confidence. Nothing about it will be accidental. T.S. Eliot said:

We shall not cease from our exploration
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”

I also love Forrest’s words in his book, Too Far To Walk; He writes in regards to his Treasure Hunt, “A dare went out to everyone who possessed a sense of wanderlust; study the clues in the book and thread a tract through the wiles of nature and circumstance to the treasure. If you can find it, you can have it.”

The journey is as much the treasure as finding the actual chest of gold. And how awesome to be on this journey with such a ‘treasured bunch’.

Now, after all this time of the treasure being sought for (six years), which really is not a long time compared to many other frames of passing, do we hold any additional thoughts on ‘Who might find it?’

What an exciting Question to ponder and to realize it could be any one of us willing to take and continue on his dare.

I wonder who you all (not in specific names) think might find it? What is required? What is an advantage to have? What type of personality? Etc….

 

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

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103 Responses

  1. Iron Will says:

    It will be someone with a steely resolve, or at least I think so. 😛

  2. pdenver says:

    Someone who thinks like Mr. Fenn. I would love to say I wear the smile of the finder.

  3. Twingem says:

    Great post, Jenny. I think the person who finds the chest will be (drum roll)….

    Loyal, humorous/silly, passionate, in love with nature (both mother nature and human nature), tenacious as hell, a rule maker vs. rule breaker, curious, highly imaginative but Spock-ish too. Able to seamlessly transition between micro and macro. A research hound for sure. Won’t brag much but will feel satisfied with the hard work of the solve. Able to keep a secret. Highly intuitive. Sees what is invisible to many. Someone who has had a tough life but managed to stay hopeful through adversity.

    I think it will be someone who has always been a bit restless, frequently dancing on life’s sharp edges – sometimes by choice – who has always known their potential had yet to be tapped. This dare, the chase, will ignite that person in a way that astounds even herself. 😉

    Tomorrow sounds like the perfect day for her to find it!

    • Timberwolf says:

      Twingem,
      Tomorrow never comes… cause at the stroke of midnight it becomes today. So tomorrow is always tomorrow, yesterday is always yesterday, and today will always be… TODAY!

      Today, sounds like the perfect day for him to find it!

      –TW

  4. Helen says:

    Great question, Jenny!

    It’s a fun game to match the “treasure” to the finder. Many times, the two fit together quite nicely.

    Masquerade was ultimately logical and precise, and was really “found” by schoolteachers.

    The Rosetta Stone was graphic, linguistic and again – precise, and Champollion would fit perfectly as the imagined decoder.

    Howard Carter was everyone’s image of the doggedly determined archaeologist, the right man to locate a treasure that could have literally been hidden anywhere in the Valley of the Kings.

    Indiana Jones is for movies. He can be left out of the discussion.

    Shipwrecks are found by those who are able to cope with the dull, plodding search that is necessary and suited to this form of treasure hunting.

    The hunt fits the finder like a good hat.

    Right now, nobody knows the true nature of Forrest’s treasure hunt “hat”. Is it precise? Mathematical? Logical? without even knowing what the hat looks like, it’s difficult to say who will fit into it. Let’s hope that person appears soon 🙂

    Helen

  5. Jenny Kile says:

    Oh I love these answers and thoughts all…… thank you for them…. You are a treasured bunch….

  6. JDA says:

    Who will find the treasure? In my opinion, which with it and a dollar might buy you a cup of coffee, will be a person of slightly above average intelligence, but with a very unique ability to think logically, while at the same time has an unbounded imagination. This person will be able to logically take one step at a time, look at each sentence of the poem, and with imagination see the vast number of possibilities represented by those words, and then be able to select from the many possibilities, the one answer that Forrest intended…and then go on to the next sentence.

    This person will ultimately have to learn from his/her mistakes. It will not be found with a single trip. It will take several. Each trip to his/her general search area will disclose facts that were not apparent at first glance, but will present themselves for evaluation by this special searcher.

    Not easily discouraged, this special searcher will be tenacious in his/her search. A search that includes every line in the poem, as well as every feature in the chosen landscape where the poem had directed the searcher to go.

    Will the searcher be proud of his/her accomplishment? Well, yes and no. An inner pride will glow, but not in a boastful way. As Forrest once said, the victor will ask, “What took me so long?”

    Who am I describing? Heck if I know, but I hope to meet that person some day, and shake his/her hand. JDA

    • Spoon says:

      Well said, JD. I like your rendition very much. I hope whoever finds it fits your description. And I’ll bet he or she would enjoy shaking your hand as well.

    • Mea says:

      I like JD’s reply too, particularly about Logic and Imagination. Imagination we get for free, it’s our natural child-state, our Beginner Mind. Logic takes work and practice, and doesn’t come for free. But even if you have a good command of logic, you’ll likely need to be able to sometimes “switch it off” and allow imagination to roam free. Some people have logic but may not have access to that switch. Many people seemingly hunt only with their imaginations. The finder may have an ability to do both.

  7. ROLL TIDE says:

    The person who solves the poem and finds the treasure, will be someone who sees a little of themselves in the mirror that Forrest has presented for all of us to gaze into.

  8. Nate Beck says:

    I found it!!! I gots it right here in my lap, counting the coins and jewels and what not. This is great…..just kidding. But, no doubt this will be some lucky soul..eventually…soon..will it be you….?

  9. Mindy says:

    I’ve already found so many treasures in life. My family, my memories, even my Asperger’s I sometimes consider a treasure.
    The person who finds it will not give up despite opposition. The person that will find it will have read the poem over and over and found OUT what comes out and what goes in.
    The person who finds it will not dismiss anyone’s information without thinking it through first.
    The person who finds it, will know many place names, and what they were called in the past.

    And mostly, the person who finds it will know word meanings, and grammar. They will have analyzed Forrest as Freud would, catching every slip of the pen, every slip of the tongue, and knowing what those errors mean.

    IMO

    • litterateOne says:

      Mindy,

      You didn’t say anything about rubbing oil or burning pages nor about mirrors and hidden mountains in pictures?

      LitterateOne

      • mindy says:

        Oh, they will have connected the pictures, no doubt. But first they have to understand the words, and grammatically how each word is used in a key sentence.

        • GEYDELKON says:

          Mindy, you have read my interpretation of words. Isn’t the chase such a thrill. To me, its like when I go the airport and head home from my short trip.

  10. Jacob says:

    I would like to think that person would be a bit like… me. I am a single dad and from the Midwest and have taken 4 trips to my location and have uncovered too much to be coincidence. I have always been very creative and off the wall, even as a child. My dad took our family in the mountains of Montana every summer as a boy, those adventures are what spurred my interest in the chase. I get restless working my office job, I think about running back out west every weekend just to search one more time. I feel my creativity and imagination are lost to processes and procedures in my everyday work. I have studied the poem over and over, looked at maps, thought about the big picture and every location. I’ve thought about the various meanings of words, statements. I have obsessed over it, I’ll be honest, for 2 years almost. I have been absolutely stumped and then have been blown away by the facts. But alas, if I am right then I must wait for the specified time to retrieve it. I must be wise and follow the message that Mr. Fenn is telling us in his poem. And if you get to the blaze, I’m sorry… I deconstructed the pyramid of rocks that was there. I’ve been knocked down a lot in life, but I have found the humor in every situation. I knew I was better than what others have decided for me. I’ve been ridiculed for going and searching for indulgence… but I cannot shake the feeling I am onto it. Oh well, this is all in my humble and (wrong at least 4 times) opinion. Have a great night and God bless! 🙂

  11. Mike W says:

    Can I just say, you all write such inspiring stuff. I love it. I am sure you’re writing at least a little bit about yourselves, and yet I can identify with you all quite strongly. Even with Iron Will who seems a little too sure for his own good 🙂 We must all be soul brothers and sisters somehow. Good luck to us all!! I’d like to think the finder could somehow recognise everyone’s efforts. I wonder how that could work.

  12. SL says:

    I imagine that The Flyer has a deep appreciation as well as quite a creative gift in matters related to Botany. Robert Brown and his theory, ‘ Brownian Motion’, might be of particular interest to Forrest? (The random motion of particles suspended in a fluid….. liquid or gas resulting from their collision with the quick atoms or molecules in the gas or liquid).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brownian_motion#/media/File:Brownian_motion_large.gif

    One more, IMHO, fascinating doors that he has invited us to walk thru!

    SL

  13. djjmciv says:

    OR
    If not found, years from now tales around campfires or kitchen tables might begin with,
    “Yeah, pretty sure it was all a hoax”
    Future generations (millennials) will look at all the failures, deaths, people getting lost and say, “Why bother? Rather go to South Beach/Vegas/etc.” The believers will die off. Fenn dream will be lost in the wood.
    Just another possibility.

    • Iron Will says:

      That scenario will not occur. The reason it will not occur is because there are two human beings who know that it is going to be found soon enough.

      One of them is named Forrest Fenn.
      The other is known as … Castus.

      • Mike W says:

        I don’t know why, but that name reminds me of a pear-shaped cactus.

      • Jacob says:

        IMHO iron will, you cannot be this sure of yourself unless you found the X. Otherwise it’s hard to realize the blaze…But this is only if my theory is correct. I should’ve had it this year but went too early. Lol. Oh boy, I sound crazy! Good luck to you and your search.

        • Iron Will says:

          You don’t sound crazy Jacob. And yes, I found the X . Anyone at home on their computer with the right map can find the X as well. I know what the Blaze is too…oh….and it’s not the X. I wish you the best of luck within the next 5 months. 😉

          • Jacob says:

            Iron will, I suppose our X’s are not one in the same then. Good luck and don’t forget me if you find it! Lol. 🙂

          • Fenngshui says:

            One question, “What’s the hold up Iron Will?”. I mean, why wait? Does something have to happen before you are confident? Just curious.

            • Iron Will says:

              I’m looking through a four dimensional lens. I want to be aesthetically ready for the spotlight. And a Spring timeline will allow for that. Some people would not care to try and improve their “look”, before being placed in front of national cameras. Because I’m planning something on a larger scale than my “10 minutes of fame”, I cannot afford to be one of those people.

              • Fenngshui says:

                Thanks for the reply. Take the advice of Mr. Fenn himself, ignore those that deflate your self esteem. You should not worry about the aesthetic view in the mirror, it’s what the mirror cannot see that is important. Best of Luck! 🙂

  14. SL says:

    Seneca, and possibly Old Moses in New Mexico –

    SL

  15. astree says:

    .
    Fantastic questions, Jenny. They remind us what this chase is about.
    I believe that the finder will need to be open-minded, willing to explore many possible approaches, and be strongly determined. That person must deeply believe that the treasure is out there, and that the poem holds the solution. Without this foundation, I don’t see how anyone could continue forward and persevere through set-backs that are bound to occur.
    Thank-you, Forrest, for the chase of a lifetime.

  16. HeadedDown says:

    That is a good question.  So here goes my idea of the type of person who will find it.

    I think the person who will find this will have the personality of a searcher who started from the beginning and has been searching everyday since they got the email.

    I think this type of person will have the moxy to hike to the middle of nowhere just to be tracked by starving coyotes. And feel proud for doing it.

    They will have the discipline to pick cow dung from their boots in a crap motel without a second thought. Wash their hands. Then eat the Dominos pizza.

    They will be the type of person who can hustle a bit to change a tresspassing charge to smiles, coffee and donuts.

    The finder will have the spontaneity to catch the red eye back to look again.

    They will thoroughly enjoy the risk, the thrill, the adventure, the ups and the downs, and the cost. And in the end they will, most importantly, be the type of person who knows all that already.

  17. ACE says:

    Excellent question Jenny. The answer I think is now over 100,000 and many armchair searchers that are waiting their turn. Although not the tangible item that we all seek, we have all found something at the vanishing point of our solutions. Whether it is lifting that last rock or searching in that hollowed out tree, all that seek more than just the tangible has discovered the true Forrest Fenn Treasure. IMO

  18. ROLL TIDE says:

    ” You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
    – John Bunyan –

  19. ACE says:

    Now as for the tangible, All you need is the poem and a good map. Oh yeah, and it wouldn’t hurt to understand the man behind the mystery. Here is just a bit of my story: I thought I had it all figured out rather quickly in just a few hours to be exact. I have now searched my area 7times taking me from my Indiana home four times. Twice with my son(of a healthy 25) through 3 foot of snow, once with my wife, and the rest alone. I will say that my starting point has changed tremendously and my ending point was let’s say just the playground to the true answer. Most points in between stayed the same. I made one critical error and imaginative critical error which led me astray. It was a line in the poem that I tried to get fancy with and may have caused me this year’s resolve. Maybe eight is a lucky number most likely will not know till next year. No regrets and have enjoyed every breath of it.
    Happy hunting! AIMO
    P.S. TTOTC resolved many of my inhibitions!

    • ROLL TIDE says:

      ACE ,
      Good morning. I’m curious, you say your “starting point” has changed. And that most points in between there and your end point remained the same.
      My question would be, do each of your starting points still take you to the same end point ?
      I am in no way being critical, I’m just curious as to if different starting points lead you to the same end point ?
      In my solve, nothing has changed from day one , other than the end point.
      I only question this because I am fascinated by the many ways that the poem appears to work for each of us.
      Thank you, and have a great day.

      • ACE says:

        I know it seems confusing but best way to understand that the middle did not have to change is to just understand where to begin. To me it helped me understand the end point. Sorry I cannot elaborate more but as I have always stated here and on dals site, I will not discuss my solve. AIMO
        Happy Hunting!

        • ACE says:

          P.S. my end point has been tweaked a bit as well.

        • ROLL TIDE says:

          ACE ,
          Thank you for the reply. I actually understand what you are saying, as I have at least three interpretations of the poem, all leading to the same end-point.
          And, I didn’t mean to infer that I was asking you to detail your solve.
          I too, have not and will not, publicly discuss my solve either.

          • ACE says:

            Wow! You are in a curious predicament. And there was zero offense taken I just state that often to let people know. It is just my twisted humor if you know what I mean.

  20. ROLL TIDE says:

    Jenny ,
    My password doesn’t allow me to access the Rainy Street Stories ? Maybe I used a different password for this site, if you could confirm by email ?

    • ROLL TIDE says:

      hmmm . . . Rainy Street Stories disappeared . . .
      Just when I almost had that mystery solved ! 🙂

    • Jenny Kile says:

      The Rainy Street Stories Post is an exclusive early access for Newsletter Subscribers…..from the newsletter they click and read the whole story….but I do plan on making it public soon….It is an Excellent Book….(which you can get on Amazon)…

      Oh…but you all who make and read comments are special too….so the password is ‘newsletter’…..:)…. enjoy!

  21. JL says:

    Does anyone know whats up with the password protected stories? Where do you get the password and why is it protected?

    The searcher who finds f treasure will be blessed for sure, have lots of determination and believe if there is a path one must go down they can find it, they will also be able to walk away from anything that doesn’t seem right. In essence, they will have a lot of confidence in their abilities.

    I wasn’t going to post the latter, do to the fact I don’t like to stereotype anyone. I just wanted directions on how to read the protected story. and thought I would add that hoping my effort would be worth the cold.

  22. BW says:

    The person will be like a dog on a bone, never giving up until one or the other ceases to exist.

    • ROLL TIDE says:

      BW ,
      What the heck does college football have to do with this ??? 🙂

      • JC1117 says:

        Yeah, BW.

        What does male pubescence have to do with this? 🙂

        Did I type that out loud?

        (Please feel free to delete any of my comments. I swear…sometimes I should just keep my foot in my mouth and my typing fingers to myself.)

        • ROLL TIDE says:

          JC1117 ,
          🙂 I ain’t even going there, other than to say that . . . prime, virility, fruitfulness, generative capacity, manhood, pelt, potency, productiveness, prolificacy, refinement, strength, aurora, start (number-one), and sunrise . . . are all synonymous with pubescence.
          Oh wait, there I go talking about THE college-football team again . . . 🙂

      • Lia says:

        Roll tide, BW:
        Mac Brown’s Texas longhorns and A&M make an appearance in the poem. No joke. I may never recover “indulgence” but someday I may be famous for solving the poem.

        • ROLL TIDE says:

          Lia ,
          How clever of you. Indeed. I alluded to the Aggies somewhere in a post on another site but, no one ever picked up on it.
          I’m impressed.

        • JC1117 says:

          Good observations, Lia.

          I can kinda see the A&M. I also found something that kinda looks like Α&Ω.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_and_Omega#/media/File:Rom,_Domitilla-Katakomben,_Steintafel_mit_Inschrift,_Alpha_und_Omega_und_Christussymbol_Chi_Rho.jpg

          *In an Uncanny Way.

          • Lia says:

            JC1117…Right – the Chi Rho – PX is as important as Alpha/Omega. Have you found the images of Forrest or Skippy wearing a hat yet? Or ski run names in order? How about the final bier? TAMU connects to the Fenn Cache in situ; at A&M; and in the poem. Forrest was most clever to place the fenn “cache”/cash at Texas AM…the ATM. One of my favorite discoveries in solving clues 9 and 10 of the poem. Did I just say 10? Yep.

            • Lia says:

              Nope JC1117, I’ve not gone to nm to retrieve indulgence. The poem tells me it’s on a “chet” or private property. Any perceived confidence spoken here is not unfounded, but I won’t discuss further as I gave my word not to reveal methodology for solving or an exact location. To be honest, I think the game means more to Forrest than the gold means to me. If he doesn’t contact me before flying his final flight, then I would contact his family and disclose my findings to them…NOT to recover the treasure. Happy to state publically that I don’t want it. They should know, if he didn’t make provisions to disclose to family in his last will and testament. No one wants to worry about safety. I have kids and have always protected them like a mama bear. Money can’t sing and dance.

        • JL says:

          Lia,
          I am not doubting what you say, but if I may ask a question. If you have the solution why is it that you are avoiding the prize?

  23. MS girl says:

    Hi Jenny, I love the question and truly believe it is not a hoax. All will be revealed when one of us look at things in a new light and follow the trail Forrest has left. He is very smart and sly like a fox but someone will begin to see things within the poem that is illuminated outside and inside the box of secrets and tall tales Mr. Fenn spins. There are probably about at least 3 to 5 of us searchers who are very close, not me but still trying; and close enough that not long from now the elusive indulgence will be theirs for the taking. Some have walked within 200 feet of it and did not know it so what does that mean? Mr. F will never tell! Also, if you were one of the ones who were so close. you had no idea and simply walked near it and lost the scent. I believe Stephanie, Wolf, maybe Digg’n Gypsy and a few others were close a few years ago and lost the trail. Working on new clues almost everyday, I am still in the chase and want to unlock the clues and find it myself!! Not just for the treasure chest but to know that I solved it and figured out the poem. That is what is unknown and a challenge. If Mr. Fenn truly used a formula then we all need to work our brains and possibly not too far away in the wilderness because he was 79 to 80 years old and could not go too deeply out somewhere. Just my thoughts and still in the CHASE!!!! MS GIRL

  24. C.M.R. says:

    I believe that the finder will be a critical thinker, following F’s example they will begin to devote time each day to thinking. They will not be thinking about things, they will begin thinking about thinking.

    • JL says:

      Now there is a new one thinking about thinking lol………. are they just thinking about thinking like maybe they will think and maybe they won’t, or is it a mind clearing meditation ? I once had someone tell me when I was very young that if you could devote 3 minutes to a problem with no interruptions then you could solve that problem, as in nothing else enters your mind to distract you. Seems simple and straightforward right? Give it a try.

      • ROLL TIDE says:

        So close no matter how far
        Couldn’t be much more from the heart
        Forever trusting who we are
        And nothing else matters . . .

        Trust I seek and I find in you
        Every day for us something new
        Open mind for a different view
        And nothing else matters . . .

        – Metallica –

    • Timberwolf says:

      “Remember to think!” –TW

    • C.M.R. says:

      It is like this; (Critical Thinking. P35 Richard W. Paul, Linda Elder).

      *As Humans we think; as critical thinkers we analyze our thinking.
      *As humans we think egocentrically; as critical thinkers we expose the egocentric roots of our thinking to close scrutiny.
      *As humans we are drawn to standards of thinking unworthy of belief; as critical thinkers we expose inappropriate standards and replace them with sound ones.
      *As humans we live in systems of meanings that typically entrap us; as critical thinkers we learn how to raise our thinking to conscious examination, enabling us to free ourselves from many of the traps of undisciplined, instinctive thought.
      *As humans we use logical systems whose root structure are not apparent to us; as critical thinkers we develop tools for explicating and assessing our participation in the logical systems in which we live.
      *As humans we live with the illusion of intellectual and emotion freedom; as critical thinkers we take explicit intellectual and emotional command of who we are, what we are, and the ends to which our lives are tending.
      *As human thinkers we are governed by our thoughts; as critical thinkers we learn how to govern the thoughts that govern us.

  25. Chesney says:

    I hate it when you don’t use “Common Sense”, and you get up on a metal roof, slip…trip and fall down on yorself!
    I believe that the person who finds this treasure will be someone just like many others have said above! Will have an “Inner Glow, be Humble and Kind to others”, no matter what. That person will display some of the same mental capacity as Mr. Fenn. You have to understand his “line of thinking”. Peggy has been married to him for years, why didn’t she go get it? 🙂 All in fun, hope I didn’t offend Mr. Fenn! He has led an amazing race!

  26. 5-leaf blaze says:

    The finder would be someone who moves in increments: knows they’re wrong with each try, moves on to the next set of work in the chase, gets on the ground, covers ground & tries everything. It likely won’t be a person who tries only one thing, albeit, it would be the correct thing. But they’d have to know they are wrong enough, in many cases, to not try every place they want to go. The person won’t already be rich, and in my opinion, they won’t be highly active in blogs. Not knowing whether you’ve found the first clue until you have the box… that will be a tough one for all. -blaze

  27. ROLL TIDE says:

    The treasure will be found by someone who is “best able to adjust”.
    It will not be found by anyone who is searching “willy-nilly”, all over the Rocky Mountains, trying to force the poem to fit different locations. If your location is right, you will know it.
    I am simply amazed at how many searchers are confident enough in their solve that they spend the time, effort, and money to go to that location, only to decide to look in a whole different area once the current solve has not been fruitful.
    The person who finds the chest will have enough confidence in their solve, that they will never look anywhere else. They will go home and “adjust”, each time they fail. They will not give up on it and start trying to make their interpretation fit somewhere else. Why would one do that?
    How will you ever know that maybe you were in the right location but, had only one clue wrong ? This would be folly to me.
    If you don’t believe in your solve enough to marry it , then it is most likely incorrect. Hunches will not reward one with Indulgence.
    The person who retrieves the chest will have gone to their spot several times. They will be that confident.
    Those who are searching here, there, and anywhere and everywhere, will never find it.
    You’re either on the bus, or you’re not on the bus.

    • Chase Fan says:

      I agree, Roll Tide. Many of the searcher descriptions here strike a chord, but yours resonates with how I feel the successful searcher will proceed. A searcher can be wrong in the right place, but not right in the wrong place. They will go home, rethink, readjust, & listen better until they go again. Thanks Jenny for posing this question. It makes for thought-provoking discussion.

  28. SL says:

    Wouldn’t mind being seated by Wild Bill Cody, and then having that bus break down! (Imagine the storytelling he could share!)

    SL

  29. Strawshadow says:

    I think it will be someone like you. Someone with a unique nature and a penchant for wonder. They will understand the opportunity at hand and how it may benefit others. I believe the person will know that they were just one of many who gave it they’re all and would gladly do it again with the same result. No matter who finds it we’ve all benefited in many ways, that is, if we’ve searched deep enough.

  30. Fenngshui says:

    If I could stop chasing my tale and solving for Pi, I wood love to find the treasure!

  31. Point Foot says:

    Thank you Forrest and Jenny!

    I loved reading this along with all of the comments! I think the one who will find it would have as others have said the confidence to know they are getting close to it because someone seems to be. I think I am perhaps at the moment the farthest searcher from it…

    I also think the one who finds it will a person who does not give up and does not give much thought to what others think of them. I think the one who will eventually find it might be someone who if they were on the other side of the world they would find a way to get to the Rocky Montains because they believe it’s better to try and fail than to wonder what if…and they wouldn’t want to miss out on being a part of this great adventure.

    I am about to board a flight from Singapore. So I’m only temporarily maybe the farthest… I hope I am inching ever closer on my next search. I know I have enjoyed being a part of it so far. I find the search just too much fun to miss out on.

    Good luck to all still in the chase! And stay safe!

  32. ROLL TIDE says:

    He who knows, does not speak.
    He who speaks, does not know.

    — Lao Tzu —

  33. Woody Bogg says:

    The person who finds it will discover the true meaning of Art,Imagination and the colors of the rainbow.

  34. Woody Bogg says:

    The Music tells a story!!!!!!

  35. LittterateOne says:

    All,

    Early in my life I learned about the importance of setting goals, and the process of breaking down seemingly insurmountable tasks into smaller sub tasks. By doing this it then enabled me to make measurable progress towards just about any goal I set for myself. The process of finding Forrest Fenn’s treasure has been no different. It is a process, a process of learning or testing theories and re-adjusting when you fail, only through failure do we learn and achieve.

    So the one who will find Forrest Fenn’s treasure will be the one who best among us can admit to failure, dust themselves off and adjust their point of view . Tenacity will never be one of the finders shortcomings.

    Failure is not an option it is a growth opportunity.

    Good judgement comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgement.

    LitterateOne

  36. jjdiggin says:

    Litter81
    “Good judgement comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgement.”
    Excellent quote. Yours?

  37. Iron Will says:

    I’m eating carrot wedges right now to improve my vision. So I can see more clearly if this is the blaze…

    http://imgur.com/a/Ngx4C

    It’s an omega symbol or “horse shoe” on a rock… a very very big rock at what could very well be the end of the poem. It would not be feasible to remove it either and follows the poem precisely. I really do not want it to be the blaze, because it’s not in the state I wanted it to be.

    • Buckeye Bob says:

      Only a homely waitress would be worth passing up the true treasure spot, Iron Will.

      • Iron Will says:

        WOW! wow wow wow wow wow…this can’t be! IF this is the blaze (big if), then there is more than one way to use WWWH to get to the blaze. A “backup” method to ensure the poem would still lead to the treasure in case some clues were lost over time. And at one time this year he showed all the searchers that method! Hrmmm o.o …… I still hope I’m wrong.

        • JL says:

          but is there a back up plan to the back up plan? Or does the back up plan to the back up plan just take you back where you started? This is serious Maxwell, were talkin about one million buckarooes, you cant just leave that all layin around where someone could just back over it……er I mean stumble.

          • Iron Will says:

            It wont be stumbled over 😛 The blaze (if that is it) is the size of a volkswagen and the rock is the size of a 20x 20 garage… which just happens to hang over a creek 😉 “Look quickly down”. I just don’t get it though. I can’t see anything in the book solving the clues to get there. I’ll have to re skim the book (with this in mind) to see if I can find matches. Plus, I don’t see how this place is special and dear to him. oh well….can’t know everything I guess.

  38. Lia says:

    The “finder of ff’s box of gold rocks” will possess: discernment regarding what comprises forrest’s 15% lies vs 85% truths; emotional intelligence; understanding of 13 yr old boy humor; pilot’s imagination; witt; tenacity; never done looking for puns.
    The “finder of lasting treasure” will possess: a hunger for contentment; an internal compass which overrides a desire for gold when the safety of ff’s grandkids or others are at risk; unwavering commitment to universal truth; faith in Divinity, belief that our souls are eternal and peace of mind is possible.

  39. jjdiggin says:

    Wow, this finder as explained by others’ above sounds amazing! I concur on many counts, just not all. I believe patience and discipline will be a learned degree. 🙂
    Forrest is discipline. 🙂

  40. Jacob says:

    I would like to also add, there is one thing that FF has mentioned about his poem that I hear nobody ever addressing, either here or on HOD. A big clue that, for me helped me put it all together. Everyone is so focused on the words and images…

  41. Jacob says:

    jjdiggins- To be honest I completely forgot I posted this comment. I thought I had erased it. I do that sometimes, write a comment about my solve out of confidence but then erase it before ever posting it. I would love to share but it may be my only advantage… I will have to be patient until I can search my special place first. I am sorry.

  42. 23kachinas says:

    Painstakingly conscientious after reading about the Electoral College’s role in an election. No better time in history than December 2016 to watch what our Founding Fathers and Capitol Architects intended. We are all part of it. Wow.

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