The Poem by Forrest Fenn, is the key to finding the treasure. Mr. Fenn has said that there are nine clues in the poem. Many folks have tried to narrow down 9 phrases or words that are the most important hints, but with 174 words, 24 lines, and 9 sentences, Forrest has stated that the words are important. He did have several years to write it. Hmmm, 9 sentences. I believe that each sentence is a clue. Yes, some of them may have multiple ideas, but it would be hard to imagine that the first 4 lines would be unimportant.
|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|
|Put in below the home of Brown.||3|
|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|
|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|
|So why is it that I must go and leave my trove for all to seek?||6|
|The answer I already know, I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak.||7|
|So hear me all and listen good, your effort will be worth the cold.||8|
|If you are brave and in the wood I give you title to the gold.||9|
Let’s discuss the first sentence. Several folks believe that this is just a introduction or Forrest is choosing the treasures to add in the box. This is over 1/8 of the poem, there has to be something about the location here. The common belief is that Fenn is saying, he took the treasure to the secret hiding spot. The next phrase is the key, “And hint of riches new and old”. Some think that this means there were Treasures there before, like gold. I believe that this means that the clues work for both old riches and new treasures. Old riches would be like Forrest’s favorite sport; fishing. It is well known and well documented in Forrest’s memoir that Fenn’s old favorite fishing spot were in Yellowstone. The favorite fishing hole is 9 mile hole. Now we need to find that new riches; the treasure. The old riches 9 mile hole could be used as a cypher (key) to find the new riches. Fisherman use mileage of the rivers to compare mileage in other rivers. We need the other clues to tell us were to take this distance from. But be careful, every river is different, it’s just a hint, not an exact measurement. Plus, there are over a million people a year that visit Yellowstone, and professional treasure hunters have searched the area with metal detectors over the last 2 years. If there was gold here, It would have been found already. This allows Forrest to pay homage to Yellowstone and still hide his treasure.
So, the first clue is a cypher of old riches, (Nine Mile Hole in Yellowstone) hinting to new riches: The treasure.
But where? The thoughts on that will be in the following blogs.