Quotes

    • Not in a mine – (“The treasure is not hidden in a mine. A lotta these old mines are dangerous. I mean, they have snakes in ’em, they have black widow spiders!” – CBS New Sunday Morning / July 12th, 2015)
      • “The treasure is not in a tunnel someplace” – (Outside: Live Bravely – August 11, 2015)
    • Where warm waters halt is not a dam – (“WWWH is not related to any dam” – Dal’s blog, Scrapbook 68 / May 16, 2014)
    • More than 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe – (“more than 66,000 links north of Santa Fe” – Richard Shaunier’s blog Mountain Walk, Article Forrest Fenn: Land Surveyor / April 17, 2012)
    • Not on a mountain top, maybe close – (“It’s not on a top of any mountain…..it may be close to the top” – (Collected Works Bookstore Signing / October 22, 2013)
    • Not hidden in Idaho or Utah”  (Today Show / June 28, 2013)
    • Not in Canada – (Moby Dickens Book Shop Signing / November 2, 2013)
    • “not in a graveyard” (Today Show / May 3, 2013)
    • Located above 5,000 ft and below 10,200 ft  (“higher than 5000 feet” – Today Show / March 1, 2013)  (“hidden below 10,200 feet” – True West magazine / Decemeber 2013 issue)
    • Hidden “in the mountains somewhere north of Santa Fe”    (The Thrill of the Chase p. 151)

Fenn’s Fundamental Guidelines (from Dal’s Blog – February 5, 2016)

  • Don’t search anywhere an 80 year old man could not carry a heavy backpack.
  • The treasure is hidden more than 8.25 miles north of the northern limits of Santa Fe, NM.
  • The treasure is definitely in the Rocky Mountains
  • Don’t force the poem to fit your spot. (8-20-2016)
  • Chest weights 42 pounds plus, best to have gloves     (3-11-2016)
  • After reading (Dal’s Blog) I am prompted to ask, have you considered the what ifs   (3-4-2016)
  • Your destination is small, but its location is huge        (2-19-2016)
  • Don’t let logic distract you from the poem       (2-12-2016)
  • A good solve is frequently lost in a poor execution      (1-15-2016)
  • Complacency is the misuse of imagination        (12-19-2015)
  • If you know precisely where it is you can probably retrieve it in any weather                                                                           (12-11-2015)
  • Shut your engine off until spring                               (12-04-2015)
  • You will ignore the poem at your own peril        (11-27-2015)

Other things Forrest has said:

    • I hid the treasure in a place that is not especially difficult to reach.” (Westword – Forrest Fenn on Death of Randy Bilyeu / August 11, 2016)
    • Physics tells me the treasure is wet.” (MysteriousWritings Blog – Featured Question: Wet Physics / July 29, 2016)
    • “The solve is difficult for many searchers because their minds think the clues are tougher to decrypt than they really are. Until now I have resisted telling [searchers] to get back in the box where their thoughts are comfortable and flow more easily. The blueprint is challenging so the treasure may be located by the one who can adjust.” (MysteriousWritings Blog – Featured Question: Get Back in the Box / July 1, 2016)
    • I wish I had another treasure to hide in the Appalachians. The little girl in India cannot get closer than the first two clues.” (MysteriousWritings Blog – Six Questions with Forrest Fenn: Over Five Years of The Thrill of the Chase/ February 4, 2016)
      • In response to being asked: “Can a little girl in India, who speaks good English, only has your poem and a map of the US Rocky Mountains, work out where the treasure is?”
    • Until someone finds  the treasure they will not know for sure that they have discovered the first clue.” (Dal’s Blog – “Forrest Gets Mail – 9 / November 2, 2015)
    • “The problem searchers make is that they don’t dwell long enough on the first clue. If you can’t find the first clue you don’t have anything. People driving down the street looking for a blaze, because THAT’S ONE OF THE CLUES, but you can’t start in the middle of the poem and find the treasure.” (Outside: Live Bravely – August 11, 2015)
    • “If I was standing where the treasure chest is, I see trees, I see mountains, I see animals, I’ll smell wonderful smells of pine needles or pinon nuts, sage brush. And I know the treasure chest is wet.” – (New Mexico True Story – February 4, 2015)
      •  Forrest responded the next day saying – “I just watched that New Mexico Tourism video again and must say that I didn’t say what I was thinking. You cannot smell a pinon nut, but those who pick them know that in doing so you get pine pitch all over your hands, and pine pitch smells about the same no matter what kind of pine tree you are talking about. Looking back I think I wanted to say I could smell pine needles, not pinon nuts. Sorry I kicked a hornet’s nest with that comment.” – (Dal’s Blog – Forrest LIVE on HuffPost.. / February 5, 2015)
      • Another response – “That video didn’t have any clues.” “Fenn said if the treasure were in the wilderness, of course it would be wet….he erred in mentioning pinon nuts. He really meant pine needles” – (The New Mexican – February 8, 2015)
    • “What surprises me a little is that nobody to my uncertain knowledge has analyzed one important possibility related to the winning solve.” (MysteriousWritings Blog – Six Questions Yet Again with Forrest Fenn: Always a Treasure! / February 4, 2015)
      • …suggested that searchers consider the what ifs.” (MysteriousWritings Blog – Featured Question – The What Ifs – March 24, 2016)
    • “I will say that I walked less than a few miles (whole trip of hiding the chest and treasure) if that will help. I just looked “few” up and one definition is “scant.” Why do I sound like I’m talking in circles” – (MysteriousWritings Blog – Talking in Circles/ October 13, 2014)
    • “While it’s not impossible to remove the blaze it isn’t feasible to try, and I am certain it’s still there” (Dal’s Blog – The Nine Clues…Part Thirtyone / September 26, 2014)
    • The CE5 phrase on the treasure chest is of no value to searchers” (Dal’s Blog – The Nine Clues…Part Thirtyone / September 26, 2014)
    • “There are many places in the Rocky Mountains where warm waters halt, and nearly all of them are north of Santa Fe. Look at the big picture, there are no short cuts.” (MysteriousWritings Blog – Featured Questions: Warm Waters and Geography / August 12, 2014)
    • The spot where I hid the treasure was in my mind from the time I first started thinking about the chase. It is special to me and there was never another consideration. I was going to make it work no matter what.  In my reverie I often find myself stealing away to that place and I will always consider it to be mine.” (MysteriousWritings Blog – Questions with Forrest / July 5, 2014)
    • When I am in the moutains or in the desert, the last place I want to be is on a trail…..There isn’t a human trail in very close proximaty to where I hid the treasure” (MysteriousWritings Blog – Questions with Forrest / June 28, 2014)
    • No specialized knowledge is required…..My Thrill of the Chase book is enough to lead an average person to the treasure” (MysteriousWritings Blog – Questions with Forrest / June 27, 2014)
    • The clues did not exist when I was a kid but of most of the places the clues refer to did. I think they might still exist in 100 years.” (MysteriousWritings Blog – Questions with Forrest / June 25, 2014)
    • Many are giving serious thought to the clues in my poem, but only a few are in tight focus with a word that is key.”(MysteriousWritings Blog – Questions with Forrest / February 4, 2014)
    • When I hid it and was walking back to my car, I started laughing out loud and I said ‘Forrest Fenn…did you really do that?’” – (Moby Dickens Book Shop Signing / November 2, 2013)
    • There are several people that have deciphered the first two clues. I don’t think they knew it, because they walked right on past the treasure chest.”– (Moby Dickens Book Shop Signing / November 2, 2013)
    • I think kids have an advantage (finding the treasure). Don’t ask me to explain that.” – (Moby Dickens Book Shop Signing / November 2, 2013)
    • “…that’s why I told people I hid the treasure chest when I was 79 or 80 years old because I don’t want the exact date to be known because I’m afraid somebody will go check the rental car records and how many miles did Mr. Fenn put on the truck or the car…so I don’t answer those kinda questions…but shoot that person that sent in that email…” – (Moby Dickens Book Shop Signing / November 2, 2013)
    • “I have not had anybody tell me the answer to that clue (the unintended one in TFTW). If you read my preface it doesn’t take a genius to figure out, I think, what they’re talking about but…there are clues in my new book that can help a person.” – – (Moby Dickens Book Shop Signing / November 2, 2013)
    • “I’ve said before the treasure chest is heavy. And it…I made two trips to hide it where I wanted it to be.” – (Collected Works Bookstore Signing / October 22, 2013)
    • “What is wrong with me just riding my bike out there and throwing it in the ‘water high’ when I am through with it?” – (Dal’s Blog – “Forrest Gets Mail… / October 3, 2012)
    • “No need to look for the treasure in a place where a 79 or 80 year old man couldn’t go with a 44 pound treasure chest full of gold and precious gems.”  – (Dal’s Blog – “Forrest Gets Mail… / October 3, 2012)
    • “My church is in the mountains and along the river bottoms where dreams and fantasies alike go to play” (The Thrill of the Chase – page 4

*You will ignore the poem at your own peril 

And then others:

*Shut your engine off until spring (Posted Dec. 4th, 2015)

*If you know precisely where it is you can probably retrieve it in any weather (Posted Dec. 11th, 2015)

*Complacency is the misuse of imagination (Posted Dec. 18th, 2015)

*Plan a warm place into which you can retreat. Merry Christmas (Posted Dec. 25th, 2015)

*Having a good plan is the best plan. Happy New Year. (Posted Jan. 1st, 2016)

*When they tell you it isn’t real, remember, it’s still real  (Posted Jan. 8th, 2016)

*A good solve is frequently lost in a poor execution (Posted Jan. 15th, 2016)

*Don’t be impatient, the treasure chest isn’t (Posted Jan. 22nd, 2016)

*It will be there for as long as time has to come, or until you find it  (Posted Jan. 29th, 2016)

* Six Questions with Forrest Fenn: Over Five Years of The Thrill of the Chase :   Six Questions took place of Feb. 5th’s Weekly Words (posted on the 4th)

*Don’t let logic distract you from the poem (Posted Feb. 12th, 2016)

*Your destination is small, but its location is huge (Posted Feb. 19th, 2016)

*Sage says don’t try and carry it home in one trip (Posted Feb. 26th, 2016)

*After reading HOD I am prompted to ask, have you considered the “what ifs?” (Posted March 4th, 2016)

*The chest weighs 42 pounds plus, best to have gloves (Posted March 11th, 2016)

*Minding common sense in the mountains is good savvy (Posted March 18th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Early Weekly Words: The What Ifs?   (Posted March 24th, 2016- follow link)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words : X in a Name (Posted April 1st, 2016)

*Urgency is not a good plan to fallow (spelling correct) (Posted April 8th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words: The Cunning Fox (Posted April 15th, 2016)

*Snowy days are a searcher’s enemy (Posted April 22nd, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest: Which Direction? (Posted April 29th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest: Evasive Maneuvers (Posted May 6th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest: Blaze Measurement (Posted May 13th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest: Masquerades and Special Places (Posted May 20th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest: Ace of Spades (Posted May 27th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest: Batter at Plate (Posted June 3rd, 2016)

*Don’t be influenced by those who say they know, but don’t.f (Posted June 10th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest: Hiding the Treasure (Posted June 17th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words: Mud (Posted June 24th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest: Get Back in the Box (Posted July 1st, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest Fenn: What is Safe? (Posted July 8th, 2016)

*Be mindful of nature and your health, but not in that order. f (Posted July 15th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest: Backup Plans (Posted July 22nd, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest: Wet Physics (Posted July 29th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest: Fly-by (Posted August 5th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest: Little Girl from India (Posted August 12th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest: There’s a sky (Posted August 19th, 2016)

*Featured Question and Weekly Words from Forrest: Neither (Posted August 26th, 2016)

*Don’t allow your journey to be at odds with reality. f (Posted September 2nd, 2016)

*If you think I could not have put it there, you are probably right. f (Posted September, 9th, 2016)

*Don’t let your ego take you beyond your limit. f (Posted September, 16th, 2016)

*If you find the treasure many of your worries will doze off into the sunset. f (Posted September 23rd, 2016)

*You will like the top two treasures in the chest.f (Posted September, 30th, 2016)

*If you have a searching partner, best to have them wait in the car.f (Posted October 7th, 2016)

*If you don’t find it, then who? f  (Special Posting: October 11th, 2016)

*I could have written the poem before I hid the treasure chest, but I didn’t. f (Posted October 14th, 2016)

*Victory will always justify the effort. f (Posted October 21st, 2016)

*Tempting nature is a losing percentage. f (Posted October 28th, 2016)

*Me wearing the bracelet is your best revenge. f (Posted November 4th, 2016)

*Success is an omniscient guru. f (Posted November 11th, 2016)

*You will find no mildew in the treasure chest. f (Posted November 18th, 2016)

*Don’t ever let desire for the treasure lure you into a dangerous situation. f (Posted November 25th, 2016)

*A plan is better than a hunch. f (Posted December 2nd, 2016)

*Hopefully, finding the treasure will offset many days of disappointment. f (Posted December 9th, 2016)

 

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