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West Yellowstone Area
12-28-2013, 04:34 PM,
West Yellowstone Area
I heard they put up, no treasure hunting in the park
Shhh they aren't listening.
12-28-2013, 05:54 PM,
West Yellowstone Area
Not in YS!!!...take Desertphile's advice and GO TO KANSAS!... Smile
12-28-2013, 06:52 PM,
West Yellowstone Area
Go to
Shhh they aren't listening.
08-09-2014, 12:39 AM,
West Yellowstone Area
I think it would be funny if we asked Tour Buses loaded with Asian tourists driving into the Yellowstone checkpoints to post "Thrill of the Chase" Banners on them. "Searching for Fenn's Gold". I really don't understand today's Govt. control culture that treasure hunting is a bad thing or taboo.. You can't tell me the Rangers are not out there looking or peeking under rocks.. I am sure they are. I would be and would be reading Fenn's Books during my breaks. Big Grin

Does a person or family digging up a little bit of soil with a shovel or moving a few rocks really harm the environment? Mother nature does it all the time.. its called EROSION!

08-10-2014, 03:50 AM,
West Yellowstone Area
Some stupid tourist crashed his quadcopter into the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone the other day. As the toxic chemicals from the batteries and circuit boards leach out it may have huge effects on the thermobacteria that color the springs, poisoning them, changing the nature of the springs, ruining this treasure for future generations.

The places that have huge tourist pressure need to be preserved, cared for, restricted access. As you get further out into the wilderness crashing a quadcopter or digging a hole or pooping in the woods will have no discernible effect on the environment. It's hard to legislate these things precisely though, so it's easier to just blanket outlaw it all. If you are far enough out that you won't get caught, dig away.

It's the campfire theory; there has never been a campfire anywhere that has had any negative effect on anything ever. It's when the campfire escapes it's ring and becomes a wildfire that there is problems. And that's why sometimes, someplaces, campfires are against the rules. And with good reason.
08-17-2015, 07:22 PM,
RE: West Yellowstone Area
Over the summer I've looked under every bush there... no luck! I may have missed a rock or two...
03-11-2016, 12:43 AM, (This post was last modified: 04-10-2016, 08:13 PM by musstag.)
RE: West Yellowstone Area
There are so many bits of history that I would like to find: a Clovis point between the ribs of a Mammoth, a letter written by my father to my mother before they were married, a special fishing spot on the Madison River that no one alive knows about but me. The list is as endless as the search.

No other hiding place was ever seriously considered Jenny. There are places near where I grew up that are dear to me, just like everyone else. If I had it all to do over again the results would be the same, and I can’t think of anything I would change. I feel fortunate that my poem said exactly what I wanted it to say.
Thanks Michael. The spot where I hid the treasure was in my mind from the time I first started thinking about the chase. It is special to me and there was never another consideration. I was going to make it work no matter what. In my reverie I often find myself stealing away to that place and I will always consider it to be mine alone.f

"If I was standing where the treasure chest is, I'd see trees, I'd see mountains, I'd see animals. I'd smell wonderful smells of pine needles, or pinyon nuts, sagebrush—and I know the treasure chest is wet."

cannot imagine anyone finding the treasure without first identifying the starting point, although many seem to be preoccupied with later clues. To me that’s just expensive folly." f

"The most common mistake that I see searchers make is that they underestimate the importance of the first clue. If you don’t have that one nailed down you might as well stay home and play cantata.

Same place Determined to make it happen.
Dad traded cars. Made a deal with a waterfall.
What toook me so long

West ys stories b4

was interesting to me to find out that the Ute tradition of burying the dead was to place them in a narrow opening of rock like a slot canyon. There are numerous slot canyons scattered throughout the Ouray and Umcompahgre plateau areas. When ouray died, he was taken by braves on horseback and placed “secretly” in a slot canyon where he was buried upright on his saddle along with his personal possessions. It was many years later that his bones were removed and placed near Ignacio Colorado where a monument stands. I remember that in TTOTC, FF talked about Skippy’s death and said they should have buried him standing up. Like Ouray?
Unaweep Canyon 2 creeks
03-12-2016, 04:36 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-28-2016, 02:14 PM by musstag.)
RE: West Yellowstone Area

He says many have been in close proxcimity

Moby disk book signing 11/02/

Jennifer London: In the poem, which you say has these nine clues, there are references to water, there are references to Brown's house. Who's Brown?
Fenn: There's references to wood.
London: But you didn't answer my question. Who's Brown?
Fenn: That's for you to find...if I told you that you'd go right to the chest.

You'll find this excerpt beginning at 10:40.

Bells toll

A cairn is a Blaze!

FloAting hat sb126

Wheeler, Stella lake

Bear Lake at Estes Park, Colorado. The bump on the ridge looks similar to the one above Bear Lake.One is Nevada.

Ojo Caliente Bend, a deep, weed-filled curve that hosts more big trout than any stretch on the Firehole.

Below matter which words I use c0llective book works10 22 2013

do not see how stanza 1 is a clue to solve. Its telling about hiding a treasure. Sure that’s what we are after. But if the book did not exist, and it was not a sure thing thAt the book ever would, the purpose of the poem has to exist somrwhere else, where better than in itself
03-12-2016, 06:18 PM,
RE: West Yellowstone Area
West Yellowstone ROCKS!!!!!!! Love that town... Be sure to stop and have an ice cream for me...its a little place on the corner with benches outside you can't miss it. I can't remember the name or the street but its along the main stretch of town...

I wish I could stay the entire summer in Yellowstone...
04-05-2017, 12:49 PM,
RE: West Yellowstone Area
^ Will send photo of shop and ice cream when we go there. It is a cute little town.

Am on the path out of W Yellowstone on our Chase later next month.

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