Now for the second clue, but first I promised that there would be elephants on this Junket, so from the first clue, we surmised that the old treasure was in Yellowstone and the river could be used as a cypher to unlock the new treasure’s location. Well, in Yellowstone there is a mountain called Elephant Back Mountain in the center of the park. I love Yellowstone, I have great memories from visits as a kid too.
The most memorable was when I accidently took an absorbent amount of sequential pictures of Old Faithful while my parents were entranced by the fabulous fountain and not watching their youngest child use his new camera for the first time. We had enough pictures to make grandmas and the cousins photo albums too.
So back to the second clue, the commonly excepted explanation is that this is where to start the search, where warm waters halt. Even Forrest Fen says hunters should start looking here, but what are warm waters and what is halting?
|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|
Warm waters have been frequently suggested to be geysers or hot water springs flowing into the river. Fenn was a fisherman and one of the seekers, has pointed out that the definition of Warm Waters per New Mexico wildlife website (http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/recreation/fishing/index.htm) , is any stream or lake not classified as a trout river. I prefer the hot springs definition, but we need to keep our options open.
What does waters halt mean. This is commonly excepted to be a dam or where a river flows into another river. I hole heartedly agree. The NM wildlife website has a very helpful map of all the fishing lakes and dams.
“And take it in the canyon down”. This seems very innocuous, every river is basically a canyon. It all depends on the depth and width.
“not far, but too far to walk.” Ok! That seems reasonable, I don’t really want to walk all that far anyway. I have read almost everywhere that this means Forrest drove to drop off the trove. Although it could mean that there is a steep drop off or deep rocky canyon. Either way, this is a starting point not the final hiding spot; just be careful, if there is a cliff.
So, the proposed clue is: 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].
But where do we start? The thoughts on that will be in the following blog