Begin it where the warm waters halt. As I hit the ‘two weeks left’ mark before heading out for my first search expedition, it is becoming increasingly important to locate several potential places to begin. The first clue is to begin where the warm waters halt (WWWH). There are some things we know from what Forrest has said in previous interviews. The treasure is located at least 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe in the Rocky Mountains. It is not underwater and is near a grove of pine trees. It is not in a cave or a building, not under a large rock or boulder, and not very close to a man-made trail. Beyond that, there are many potential options.
As I have read and pondered, watched Video clips and allowed everything to ferment in my mind’s eye, an image of a tiny (but deep) creek in a narrow-walled canyon has continued to remain prominent. Also, I envision that this place is not far from a parking lot. Forrest spent one afternoon taking two trips from his parked Sedan to the hiding place, it must not have been miles from civilization.
While many feel it is in Montana or Wyoming, I still gravitate to Northern New Mexico. Could it be that I’m locked into this location because I have my non-refundable airline ticket to Albuquerque, or is it that Forrest’s wife didn’t even know that he took off to hide the treasure? After all, Forrest does live in Santa Fe and spent most of his Adult life there. Doesn’t it make sense that his ‘special place’ is where he spent a great deal of time the last 10-20 years?
While I do have 4 ‘Solves’ to explore, places that seem to fit in with the clues, I am enlisting the help of my brother Stephen to read Forrest’s Memoirs, the poem, and attempt to make associations. Two minds working is better than just one alone.
Last night, I had the chance to speak with another ‘Seeker’ named Dustin from Arkansas. He had promised his wife he would stop the search (sure this happens a great deal to people) and offered assistance to anyone in the hunt. He did give me one ‘Solve’ to check out and a few suggestions including to buy some Bear spray.
This poem written by Forrest Fenn contains nine clues that if followed precisely, will lead to the end of his rainbow and the treasure. Happy Hunting!
As I have gone alone in there
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.
Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.
From there it’s no place for the meek,
The end is ever drawing nigh;
There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.
If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Just take the chest and go in peace.
So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?
The answers I already know,
I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak.
So hear me all and listen good,
Your effort will be worth the cold.
If you are brave and in the wood
I give you title to the gold.