The fifth clue also contains many actions. This clue includes some of the most important steps for finding the treasure, and finally achieving our goal of taking the chest. So lets check them out.
“If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,”:I believe that this may be the most import
piece of the puzzle, because in some cultures, wisdom is more revered than wealth. At least, that is what I remember hearing. In the USA we don’t get this lesson quite often enough.
Another reason why this is import is because of the phrase that follows. “look quickly down, your quest cease.” (explained next). If you find the blaze you have found the treasure (well, basically). No matter how you got here; whether you walked for miles, drove a car, rode a horse, or even accidentally tripped over it. Though Forrest says it is unlikely to accidentally find it. It’s more likely that you have pondered, planned, and plotted to find it. I believe this blaze is so import that it would even trump the distance calculated from the cypher of the first clue (remember it’s just a hint). Wisely see the blaze and you have found what you seek.
So what is the blaze? The most commonly held beliefs are that it is a marker, the actual trail, some kind of petroglyph, or a previous fire. Will PJ’s blaze (logo) indicate where the treasure is? No, more likely “FF” than “PJ”. How about fireworks as a blaze? Well maybe in celebration of finding the treasure, but not marking the spot. Some hunters think that a city name meaning ‘Fire’ or ‘Flame’, might be a blaze too. A blaze might have multiple meanings even in the same search, like a marker found after Fire City (I just made up the name).
Stephanie has a blog that will likely shed more light on a blaze and the other clues: whatsablaze.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/whats-a-blaze/ She has been searching and sharing great knowledge almost as long as Dal and both are fantastic resources.
“look quickly down, your quest to cease,”: So now that we have found the blaze these phrases complete the action. Look down and your done. Well, it may not be quite that easy, but you’re certainly close to holding the gold.
The other hint this phrase provides is the end point of the cypher from the first clue. The distance from Nine Mile Hole (Old Blaze) in Yellowstone should be a similar distance to the new blaze ‘up your creek’. This distance should be the miles from where you put in during Clue #3 below the home of Brown to the new blaze. No, it’s not 9 miles. That name is based on the distance from the entrance of Yellowstone. So what is it? Forrest was a fisherman. The measurement is based on the length of the river. So, by printing out the map and taking a string. I have estimated the length to be 16 miles. If you followed every bend and not just the main flow, you could get as high as 18 miles or more. Some could also argue that ‘cease’ is the end of the 14th line of the poem. Maybe the distance is hidden in the poem. Anyway you slice it, a 4 mile range is much better than 382,894 sq miles of the rocky mountains.
“but tarry scant with marvel gaze,”: You don’t want to stand around and gawk. But
why? Some believe that there may be flash floods in the river, or there may be a crumbly wall. Folks have even said that there may be wild animals or even other seekers that may try to take your prize. There may be many reason to not hang around, but keep a watchful eye. My wife just wants to make sure that I don’t get bit by a snake, mauled by a bear, or questioned by the feds. All good reasons not to tarry.
”just take the chest and go in peace.”: Oh!. This seems pretty simple. Grab and Go quietly. Probably similar reasons to why we are not tarrying. Some folks say this tells us not to tell anyone until we have the treasure in a safe and secure place.
|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|
Good luck in finding the blaze, Dal has some examples that Forrest sent him (they are not the real treasure blazes). lummifilm.wordpress.com/scrapbook-twenty-three/ If you have any other ideas of blazes, please leave a comment.
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