The seventh clue explains Forrest’s state of mind and condition when he hid the treasure. So let’s discuss this clue.
“The answer I already know,”: This phrase of the clue states that Forrest already knows where the answer is. This seems obvious, so why state that in the poem. The most common hypothesis is that Forrest new this hiding location well. In fact, Forrest has been rumored as saying that he was very familiar with the place and enjoyed visiting the area. This interpretation has led most hunters to study the history and interests of Forrest Fenn’s Life. It’s a smart idea to understand Forrest’s Fenn. He even says that there is some insightful information in his book: The Thrill of the Chase He a very eloquent writer and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading his stories.
“ I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak.”: These phrases of the clue is referring to Forrest’s condition when he hid the treasure. He was 79 and had just recovered from cancer. Cancer can be a very debilitating disease. Forrest is a fighter and the cancer is in remission, but by this phrase we might be able to infer that the disease he defeated may have had some impact on him. He is strong, so I would think that I would even have trouble keeping up with him. That being said, Forrest inserted this into the poem, so many folks have interpreted this to mean that the Treasure is not far from a road. Folks also belief that he drove most of the way to hide the Treasure and only hiked the last stretch. It has been reported that Forrest took 2 trips to place the items in the chest. It is a common belief which I share with others, that this clue indicates you don’t need to do anything heroic to search for the chest. No repelling, rock climbing, or herculean efforts needed. Just 42 pounds of treasure on a one way journey. For total disclosure, some folks also believe that this clue means he did not hide it far from Santa Fe. Maybe this hints at New Mexico, but you can get to most of the Rockies driving a car on a 3 day road trip. The quest has been enjoyable for researchers and some have even taken their families along on the journey as reported by: http://mysteriouswritings.com/six-questions-with-stephanie-owner-of-whats-a-blaze-blog/
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|Sentence Clue||Discussion of Meaning|
|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.||1. The clues are hinting to both old and new secret riches. A cypher of old riches, (Nine Mile Hole in Yellowstone) hinting toward new riches: The treasure.|
|Begin it where warm waters halt and take it in the canyons down, not far, but too far to walk.||2. Start your search at the bottom of a canyon of a hot spring fed river (or any river) flowing into a river (or dam) and travel some distance in the river [likely defined by clue #1].|
|Put in below the home of Brown.||3. Launch your quest below the home of Brown. (also start any cypher [Clue #1] measurements here)|
|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.||4. You will find rough and rugged rocks at a bend in the river, while traveling up steam passing large rocks with water above you.|
|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.||5. Wisely find the marker/path, the treasure will be below this blaze, don’t wait, grab and go. Tell folks once you and the chest are secure.|
|So why is it that I must go and leave my trove for all to seek?||6. Transition clue which indicates the end of the clues for the cypher and the rest of the clues only relate to the new treasure.|
|The answer I already know, I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak.||7. Forrest is familiar with and enjoyed times at the hiding location; he was tired when he hid the chest.|
|So hear me all and listen good, your effort will be worth the cold.||8 Next Blog|
I hope you are not tired like PJ in the Pic, I plan to not rest until I find the treasure. PJ questions where the treasure is, but Forrest knows. Forrest was tired when he hid the chest, but you may have to hoist 42 lbs of wealth. Good Luck!!
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