The eighth clue calls our attention and tells us to go out in the cold. We know why we want to go, but let’s see what this clue might mean.
“So hear me all and listen good,”: This phrase of the clue calls us to attention. Forrest is commanding us all to listen. And listen good. He definitely has our attention. We all want the treasure. Most people believe this phrase is just providing a word to rhyme with wood. It does that and it also puts the action of the poem back in our hands. We have to do something. Our job now is to listen. So lets hear the next part of the clue.
“ your effort will be worth the cold.”:This phrase is all about our willingness to go hunt
for the treasure. Is it worth getting a little cold? Well as long as you’re prepared, then you should be fine, but make sure that you are hunting safely. Everyone is responsible for themselves.
Let’s take a closer look at this clue. Some folks say that this clue hints that the treasure may be up in the northern Rockies because it is colder up north, but let’s not forget, that melting snow is cold no matter what part of the world you are in. This could hint at the northern Rockies, but that seems to go against our previous clue #7 ‘I’ve done it tired’. It may hint up north, but maybe we need to watch for other things that hint at cold as well. Maybe a formation that looks frozen or appears cold. I would keep my eyes open, because it is always colder in the mountains, especially for us Texans. Hunt in the cold, the warmth, or the rain, just be carful, and have fun.
|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. It may hint at hiding it up north, but don’t ignore the other clues. It may just be a warning to be prepared. Look for something that might appear frozen or or hint at cold.|
|If you are brave and in the wood I give you title to the gold.||9 Next Blog|
Don’t get frostbite and do good planning before you leave. Good Luck!!
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