IllinoisGhost Coffee Cup

Hello Treasure Hunter
I will be sporting a New Personalized Coffee Mug
in my upcoming YouTube videos. I have had some request
to do some type of merchandise for my channel and this
is my creation, however I do not make any money from the sales of this item.
If any searcher would like to purchase one
I have added a link below.



Fennboree 2019

 FENNBOREE 2019 – July 5,6,7 2019
Hyde Memorial State Park 
   Please  visit for more information 
July 4th – Hoe Down hosted by Cynthia
July 5th – Campfire and Weenie roast hosted by Cynthia
July 6th – Searcher Pot Luck
Pavilion #2 – 1:00 PM
Adult Games:  Important Literature Trivia, Pin the latch on the chest
Kid’s Games – Treasure Hunt, Pin the latch on the chest
July 7th – Pancake breakfast (we are currently looking for a host/ess for this)
Also, In addition to games with prizes, there is going to be giveaways by way of one free raffle ticket for each attendee. We will draw as many raffle tickets as we have prizes for. That said, we are looking for donations as prizes to be given away for both the drawing and the games. We are also welcoming those who may want to volunteer to assist in the event(s).
Please contact if you would like to donate a prize and/or volunteer.


 Fennboree 2019 T-Shirt Design Contest
From Sacha Johnston:
Fennboree is just a few short months away, so it is time for the contests to begin!
This year, IlliniosGhost and Fenn Treasure Hunters are hosting the contest to design the official T-shirt of Fennboree 2019.
The winner of this year’s contest will receive a WSOF Poker Chip and Brochure, and a T-shirt with their winning design on the back, and a name of his or her choice on the front.
To enter is easy – just submit your design to before February 21, 2019.  I will collect all the submissions until the cutoff date.  Then, Voting will take place here, on Dal’s site.  Everyone will have a chance to vote on the winning design until Midnight on March 1st.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 2nd.
Below are the rules, terms, and conditions.
*Contest is open to anyone, regardless of age or location.  You do not need to attend Fennboree to enter.  Entries must be emailed to by the deadline to be considered.
*Entries may not include any vulgar or graphic images.  IllinoisGhost and Fenn Treasure Hunters reserve the right to disqualify any submission deemed inappropriate or disrespectful.
*Each person may enter the contest no more than twice.  Entries will be accepted, and can be changed, until the February 21st deadline.
*Winner will choose a color and size of shirt from available selections on Fenn Treasure Hunter’s Shopify store.  Shirt will be ordered by FTH and shipped directly to winner.  Chip and Brochure will be shipped separately.
*All entrants agree to have their submission posted on various internet forums, for public voting phase.
*Winner will be chosen by public voting phase, then the top voted selections are reviewed by an anonymous panel of judges to select the winner.
*Winner agrees to allow their submission to be used on t-shirts and merchandise for Fennboree 2019.
Below are some examples of submissions from a few years back, including the winning design, submitted by IllinoisGhost.  But, don’t worry folks, Rick can’t win the contest this year, since he is running it.


Happy New Year Searchers

Happy 2019 Everyone!

Wishing all the searchers the best for the New Year…

Lets get this chest found!

I posted a New Years Video this morning on my YouTube channel

Hope you enjoy it.

This is my daily routine with my Grandson Mason

YouTube Kids

My Grandkids have been inspired.

Eli and Brynlee both at five years old have been on my blog several times and have even appeared on many of the youtube channels I’ve been on over the past two or three years and have been inspired to create their own show! I’m so proud of these two for taking the chance to make something happen for themselves.

I’ve started helping them get setup and ready to shoot some video.

The kids have a plan!

They intend to keep the show treasure hunt related and create hunts

for other kids to find and also plan on showing

toys,places they visit, ect.. basically a kids life. lol..

They have a ton of energy, I hope I can keep up. Lol..

Here is a peek at their channel…

Visit our channel here

Thank You Everyone for viewing and if you wish to help out, 

I’ve added a shipping address and a donation button below

Rick Mcdonald, PO BOX 413, Sandoval,IL 62882

3 Feet Away

I’m a huge believer in The Law Of Attraction and I’m not one to give up. When it comes to The Thrill of the Chase, I always have a question in the back of my mind, am I “3 feet from the gold”? This comes from an analogy by Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. The story talks about the Colorado gold rush and a young man that spent several months mining a gold claim, the man finally quits and sells the claim and all the equipment to a “junk man” who hires an engineer as an advisor to get a professional opinion before resuming any digging in the mine. After the engineer did some research he informs the “junk man” that the previous owner stopped digging just 3 feet short of the gold. The engineer was right on the money, the first miner was only three feet away from striking it rich, before giving up and quitting.

I’ve made 114 trips so far and made some early on mistakes, each one of these mistakes was a lesson to be had. I don’t want to be like most people, giving up right before the gold and quitting because things get TOO hard. I know there’s a breakthrough moment just around the corner and that I have the power to create the changes I want, I’ll keep pushing and I know I’ll make it happen.