Tea with Olga-1

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  1. We are to follow the poem precisely, or to a “T” and the T is with Olga. Oreo’s are black and white. The photos or breadcrumbs that mark the trail are black and whites from a look quickly down unit, a brownie box camera. At Mesa Verde museum I found the chest of black on whites, took it, and went in peace.

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    • Bob, I like that part about taking a picture of something and then just go in peace… leaving it intact… But how could you do that with the chest wouldn’t most of us want to take it… Maybe he hid it enough so that we can only take a picture of it… It is there but hidden in such a way that we have to be “confident ” in our solution to be able to see it. Then we send the picture to Forrest and he sends us a magic decoder ring in the mail…:)

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      • I really like the fact that I’m the only one who takes the line -“take the chest and go in peace ” to mean a photo. It’s fun to read all the chatter about possession of the box when found….if on private land, BLM, national park etc. and then the discussion about taxes, who gets what, when and how. It’s all meaningless!
        And the last line of the poem supports my theory- “I give you title to the gold”

        If the poem is followed precisely, you’ve already taken the chest and gone in peace! Wait! What? At some point in time later, I get title too ? You mean a recipt? Title like a car title? A deed? By the way why is it a chest and later it’s called gold? Two different things? Too many questions, with no answers.
        My theory is straightforward and simple… Take a photo of the correct chest, send it to Fenn, win a prize. Your kid could do it.

        Never mind me though, I’m dumb. You all keep beatin the bushes.

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        • Nobody said you are dumb. Why would they? None of us have solved it so your way of thinking could very well be correct.

          By the way, black and white pottery has always been my interpretation of that hint.

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          • Hi Deb! I’m home, and I like to say I’m dumb. It’s key to my humility.

            Winston T. Pooh: “yes Deb, that’s why he does it.”

            Piglet- “very good! P, P, Pooh!”

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    • there is the green river- the red desert and the black rock all in wyoming let see that is the same teas mentioned in the chapter also- wonder how many teapot rocks or teakettle B&B or tea dome a few i bet

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  2. The reason Forrest chose NBC to air his clues was because of thier logo, the peacock with the colors of the rainbow in its tail. That was the subtle most important clue of all and the reason the NBC appearances stopped. He got the message out… Rainbow people!!!

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    • Deb- no bashing from me, that’s wonderful ! How exciting it is to read others solutions! The fear is that someone will go to your spot and find the box. Not me! I won’t search your spot. I think you saved your solution because it is so good. I’m glad you decided to share. Good timing too because I just told JC that the white strings of thread are little white lies. Forrest had inaccurate facts about Eric. (Several) maybe this was Forrest’s way of getting us to research Eric deeper and then, as you have shown, the whole ball unravels when the truth is discovered about Eric.
      Didn’t Forrest say that mistakes are not necessarily errors ? Or something like that. “Where the treasure lies” title of the poem…the path to the treasure is in finding the lies (embellishments) and then learning the truth of these and putting it all together.
      Sloane didn’t die at 80
      Sloane didn’t have six wives
      Forrest’s quote of Napoleon was really Voltaire. The only thing that bothers me Deb, and this is not a bash mind you, is when Forrest says “show it to your kids ”
      Yours, and many others solutions are too deep for kids. I don’t believe that Forrest could be so cruel as to make that statement in order to hide the complexity of the true solution. Especially when he claims to have done so poorly in school. If in fact the solution is so complex that no child whether gifted or not cannot solve it then that statement …”show it to your kids” becomes a slap in the face to all parents and all kids. I do not believe that Forrest would do that. All that said, we are still waiting for the children’s book to be published though. Wasn’t there a contest on dals blog last year for an illustrator? Somebody help me out here, am I wrong. Or was it published and I missed it ?
      Thanks Deb!

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      • Oh MY Deb –

        That is the best thought out solution I have seen – you didn’t miss a clue. Plus, unlike others – you have a reason that he would place it there.

        You made everything fit like a glove. Plus – I like the way you write.

        Great Job ! Now, I know you don’t like numbers – but if you wish I will help you with that.

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      • I think when he said show it to your kids he was meaning the stories of the stars, and the mountains themselves. The YMCA camp across the river is where children learn about being kids. They have a ropes course for instilling confidence, they teach them to use BB guns, they sit around campfires telling stories, they take them on hikes and let them play in the waters both warm and cold. They play games, not on hand held devices. Its what kids should be doing.

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        • Deb- yes, that’s how “show it to your kids” fits into my Draper solution. So, when he said “show it to your kids” he didn’t mean the book TTOTC and poem, he meant that part of the solution is geared towards children. Actually, looking at it that way makes it an easier pill to swallow.

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    • Deb – My open letter to Forrest Fenn,…after reading your search story and solve:

      Dear Forrest,

      Please go get TC out from under that bronze statue of the marble player and give it to Deb. She deserves it. I mean,…that solve only took her three years to develop,…and it took you 15 years to develop yours. She’s such a quick study! And she has potentially saved someone’s life and welfare,…by having the courage to put her solve out there today,…namely, mine (since the Grizz was probably salivating while waiting for my return). I think we are all done here, aren’t we?

      Respectfully Yours,

      E*

      We’ll done, Deb! And Congratulations!!! 🙂

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      • E- we’re not done until Deb has the bronze box. So, go get yourself another 6-pack and bag of pretzels cause the fat lady is just warmin up. (Sorry Deb, I really have no idea how much you weigh) lol

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    • Deb
      You are brave and bold for posting your TTOTC solution.
      What fascinates me is that each person looks at the poem with different eyes.
      The Gambler Legend is interesting … and seems to fit into TTOTC.
      Well thought out piece of work! Well written!
      Thanks for sharing,
      everni

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      • Well I thought about not posting it but wanted people to see there are many ways to look at the poem. Sure I didn’t find the chest but I did learn so much about so many things I had never thought about before. So much I didn’t disclose, so many ideas waiting to be tested.

        I wont stop thinking and maybe looking depending on how things go . I think the thrill is about the growth of our horizons , much more than the actual treasure chest . 🙂

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        • Deb- exactly right! I think it’s been quiet here because of the really dangerous intel lately. More than ever before.
          “He who endures to the end, the same shall search”
          (Can’t remember who said that but it fits) lol

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  3. Deb – I can’t seem to respond to you over at the Lounge,…as to why I would choose Ranger Reid’s Yellowstone location for a Chase Victory Party,…if,…as you said,…TC is not there.

    My answer is “yes”,…I would choose Yellowstone Park,…but specifically the Montana section,…because as I drove through it,…going along Highway 191,…following the Gallantin River,…toward Big Sky,…it just seemed like a stunningly beautiful spot,…that might mean something to Forrest,…for the party. If I had a 4wd Jeep,…there were a few drainages with dirt road access I would have liked to explore. There’s a great guest ranch a little ways up one of them….

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  4. E*:
    inthechaseto – Thank you for your kind thoughts. And I am glad to hear TC will be safely tucked away at my spot,…just in case the Universe fronts me another $90.00 to do the 04:30 wake up call,…to enjoy the all day pleasure of that trek into paradise. Given the extra cash,…I have proven I can do it all in one day,…especially now that I have the alternate Mesa Falls Byway route,…to avoid that awful construction over Targhee Pass. Any day now,…did you hear that, Forrest Fenn?

    E*

    Would you PLEASE go get it – and put me out of my misery. 🙂

    PS – are you 100% sure and do you have the FINAL solve – which is pretty funny and cool?

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    • Yeah, E*. If you’re 100% sure I’d love to go with you to retrieve it. I can be pretty useful in the outdoors…when I’m on my own two feet…and not behind the wheel. Word on the street is a four-wheel-drive can be very useful. I’d imagine it would be. I had to sell my Jeep Cherokee last year for a full-size truck for work…which is only two-wheel-drive. I really miss that Jeep, but the lack of air-conditioning I don’t miss at all…especially when traveling to New Mexico to my search area.

      I thought I had my (I mean, Forrest’s 🙂 ) search area narrowed down to about the size of a football field, but now I figure it might expand out around that a bit “in the wood”. That’s a LOT bigger than 10 inches x 10 inches. Looks like I need to hit the books. I’m tired of leaving my search area with a frown. I want a big smile on my face like Forrest had. Now THAT would be a THRILL! Maybe one day…

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        • Hello, E*. I can’t say that I can run “just a little faster than you”…since we’ve never met in person…but should the Grizz make an appearance that would certainly be the goal, right? 🙂 I’m sure you’ll agree with the “just a little faster than you” idea.

          I’ll have to hit the books and see if I can make more sense of all the square knots and pieces of string tied end-to-end…to bring this Chase to an end…hopefully a satisfying and happy end.

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          • JC- here’s a tip for you from me, the big dummy. The pieces of string are mostly white. Little white lies. But we’ve had rain here in Florida for the past three weeks so I’m probably all wet.

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          • Hi, SpongeBob Smartypants. You’re no dummy. I hope all that rain doesn’t leave you up to your knees in mud. My wild imagination tells me that would suck…BIG TIME! 🙂

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          • JC1117 – Oh,…right,…my Giant Ball of String,…I almost forgot that I need that to string out some surveyor’s angles,…involving the blaze and TC location at my spot. I still believe Astree’s 42 degrees has something to do with it. Didn’t someone say that Forrest has done some surveying?

            And some have said bear behavior most resembles that of dogs,…so do you think I could use that Giant Ball to play “Go Fetch” with the Grizz? If not,…then I am sure the Pimiento Cheese Sandwich will work,…but then he’ll be looking to find YOUR sandwich next…

            And did I mention that I already live at high altitude,…and would not require any acclimatization to go get TC? You? Really,…there is no reason I can’t just take a little hike to go get it any day now,…oh,…and my car has a little 4wd insignia on the back,…and I think it kicks in automatically (but I am not messing up my car right now,…on those USFS dirt roads,…even if it would make for a shorter hike). And I have air conditioning (which is for wimps, so I don’t use it).

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          • JC1117 – I just re-read “Anabella’s Hat” over on Dal’s blog again,…which reminded me of the hike I took up my favorite gulch,…just the day before I ran into that little bear cub.

            Two obviously not local Biddies were hiking just ahead of me on the trail,…gossiping loudly the whole way,…and ruining the silence I usually find there. I passed them,…got a little ahead of their constant chatter,…then heard a sound in the distance. It got louder and louder,…until I could see a few hundred sheep grazing on the nearby hillside. Yep! This was all started by those Basque herders here. I laughed with those Biddies at the summit of the trail, saying, “so much for a quiet morning hike, huh?” What they didn’t know, though,…was that I was referring to THEM and not the sheep. 😉

            On the way down,…my way was blocked by the sheep, two herders, two horses, and five barking sheep dogs. I wonder if they are all available to create a Grizz diversion for me,…on “The Chase”? No,…then they would trample and eat all the beautiful wild flowers I hope to still be able to see at my spot.

            A good book to read about the time period involving ranchers and sheep herders in Montana is “Dancing at the Rascal Faire” by Ivan Doig:

            www.amazon.com/Dancing-Rascal-Fair-Ivan-Doig/dp/0684831058/ref=sr_1_1/186-5024365-1161869?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405355657&sr=1-1&keywords=dancing+at+the+rascal+fair

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          • Violet light (bending the most) emerges at an angle of 40 degrees relative to the incoming sunlight while red light (bending the least) exits the drop at an angle of 42 degrees. Other colors of the rainbow leave a raindrop at angles somewhere in between.

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  5. E* , I will miss you but understand. Good luck to you, be well and happy! You made this fun for so many but especially for me. Thank you for all that you have done. 🙂
    deb

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  6. E*:
    vgboss – You have made my first blogging adventure a pleasure,…and I have learned so much from you,…and all the other fine people,…who participate here daily. A physical ailment prevented my departure today,…but I was able to go for a short hike at my favorite gulch, instead. I say “short”,…because a Black Bear cub was diggin’ up a squirrel cache,… about 2/3 of the way along,…and I just knew Mamma was somewhere close by,…so I retraced my steps. Good practice for the real thing, though.

    p.s. I have vowed not to participate on the blogs again,…but to venture out on “The Chase” instead. But I will still read all your fun comments occasionally, though. Just wanted to say a big, “Thank You!” to you and everyone else.,…for everything.

    Say it ain’t so !!!!

    You can’t leave us now – now that we are so close. I have enjoyed your musings and smart postings. Don’t scare those bears. Please keep posting.

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    • inthechaseto – There comes a time,…in eveyone’s life,…to overcome fears,…and to push the envelope. If my bladder cooperates,…I’ll be heading out at 04:30 tomorrow. Amd I didn’t heave bear spray today, either. 😉

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    • inthechaseto – Well,…technically,…I am honoring my vow,…and I get to post again today. Because,… from 7:00am to 11:30pm yesterday,…I was on “The Chase”,…and I am not sorry I went,…but it was challenging to say the least:

      01:30 – Woke up with a start,…still not feeling well and needing sleep from the lack of the night before. Reset my alarm for the usual 5:30am wake-up,…thinking I probably wouldn’t go on my trip.

      06:50 – At the Original Coffee Shop for my usual Americano,…which I had to wait for,…because there was a group of a least 20 River Rafting folks,…all wearing the same t-shirts,…headed to the Middlefork in ID and then and Yellowstone for a trip. I envied them.

      07:00 – Well I envied those River rafters so much,…that I jumped in my car and headed NORTH!!! 🙂

      11:00 – Stopped for a second potty break in Ashton, ID,…and THANK GOD I did,…because just up the road,…I was waylayed (completely stopped) for almost an hour,…due to road construction over Targee Pass. Bummer. 🙁

      12:00 – More road construction on Highway 20,…kinda where it meets up with Highway 87 (for 12 solid miles,…and another half hour delay).

      1:45 – Arrived at my favorite camp to check accommodations,…but had not originally planned to stay over,…so didn’t bring any cash (not like I had any left in my account anyway!). They had a tent site where I could stay in Motel My Car,…but I probably wouldn’t have slept,…due to road noise),…and they ABSOLUTELY ONLY TAKE CASH!

      2:00 – Walked to a nearby USFS camp,…whose camp managers might have been able to float my check for a week,…but the only site they had was right next to the camp toilet with its all-night slamming door. Arrrggghhh! Just then,…two Forest Rangers showed up in their truck,…so I took the opportunity to get the latest Grizz report,…which the Camp Manager also contributed to. They all said, “What do you mean you are…?”:

      – Going alone in there.
      – Not bringing a canister of bear spray.
      – Don’t have any means of making noise.
      – Will be going far enough out to be gone several hours.

      Even so,…since they had just taken down the “Extreme Bear Behavior” signs in the camp,…and the Grizz hadn’t paid a visit there in camp for two weeks,…I said I would probably head in around 10:00am the next morning,…after a good breakfast (oh right,…no cash,…so no breakfast!!!). I felt like this was going to be a “Now or Never” moment in time.

      2:30 – Decided to head to a little RV Park in Cameron, MT to check availability there,…since I heard they take credit cards. There was a sign on the door that the owners had gone to Ennis and wouldn’t return until after 5:00pm. A nice guest steered me toward a USFS camping area right on the Madison near there,…where he had just parked previously,…so there might still be a spot. As I drove along the dirt road, slowly,….to get there,…a car came barreling from the other direction around a curve,…and force me to swerve right,…to avoid having him take off my left mirror. I could hear the branches of a bush I didn’t have time to notice thrashing the side of my otherwise perfect paint job. I kept moving forward, though,…trying to snag that one spot. As I pulled into it,…I could hear the men next to me trashing each of their wives,…in turn,…complete with expletives,…which I could envision hearing ALL NIGHT! So, understandably,…I left what would otherwise have been a perfect spot. After gragging a bag of Sour Cream and Onion Lays potato chips,…I decided to head to the Hwy 191 route I wanted to travel,…to see if I might find a safe and quiet place to sleep in that direction. So now I have “set foot” in Yellowstone Park,…since part of the road goes through the Montana section. I drove al the way to Big Sky, MT,…but to no avail,…with still no place to sleep. That’s when I decided the best course of action was to drive all the back home. No, really!

      06:00 – More delays,…more road construction,…so I took the Mesa Falls Hwy 47 Byway (but was too tired to stop at the falls). I narrowly avoided several deer near Craters of the Moon,…and arrived back here at 11:30pm,…and dog tired, too! And I was despondent about my ruined paint job.

      After a good nights sleep, a hot shower,…and the fine help of the detail guys at my local carwash,…the deep scratches look to be gone,…and all is right in the world again. I’m out about $90.00 in gas and only $30.00 for the car fix. But unless an Act of God intervenes,…that is the last trip I am able to make to my spot. So I guess the Grizzes can rest easy now….

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      • inthechaseto – And I think it’s a sign that the air conditioning,…which has been broken for two weeks,…has been repaired at the place with the computers and headphones here (it’s been in the 90s pretty much every day lately, which is why I was so happy to be headed North). I do so enjoy posting on this blog and watching all those great videos everyone posts. Honestly,…as of my drive home yesterday,…I was totally dispirited and SO DONE with “The Chase”. It is torture to anticipate going on the hunt,…to feel totally ready to do so,…and then to not be able to go. But maybe I will rally again,…if the right opportunity presents itself.

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        • Bob – Oh,…so what you mean by “but nine” is:

          So hear me all and listen good,
          Your effort will be worth the cold.
          If you are brave and in the wood,
          I give you title to the gold.

          Is the “forth” line (meaning the third one),…in this 6th Stanza,….the 9th clue,…in your humble opinion? Per the Camp Manager,…the two men,…who stayed in that USFS campsite I was scoping out,…two weeks ago,…witnessed the terrorizing affects of My Grizz overnight there,…then they hiked where I was planning to hike,…later that day,…armed with bear spray and a gun. And yes,…My Grizz was right there,…blocking the trail. They said, “Luckily he wasn’t hungry,…or very interested in us,…or we would have been TOAST, I think”. And I had my holey trail runners,…that I ruined by falling into a Beaver Bank Burrow,…for the line 2 eventuality (but the creeks in that neighborhood seem to be running pretty high now).

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          • E- yes that is what I mint, exactly. And I said Wow! wow! Because you found the burning bush, like Moses who saw and was amazed because it was not consumed. And, you heard voices as angels, but could not see them. It’s a wonderful thing that campsite.

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          • Awe heck E* –

            Glad you are back safe and sound. and that your car is OK.

            But heck –

            You weren’t in the right spot anyway.

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          • inthechaseto – Thank you for your kind thoughts. And I am glad to hear TC will be safely tucked away at my spot,…just in case the Universe fronts me another $90.00 to do the 04:30 wake up call,…to enjoy the all day pleasure of that trek into paradise. Given the extra cash,…I have proven I can do it all in one day,…especially now that I have the alternate Mesa Falls Byway route,…to avoid that awful construction over Targhee Pass. Any day now,…did you hear that, Forrest Fenn? 😉

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  7. vgboss:
    E* that was beautiful, filled with so much truth. Listen E*, thanks again for interacting with me within this awesome blog. Take care and God Bless You!

    Thanks VG, just what I needed today.

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  8. E*:
    inthechaseto – Yes,…I am feeling something right now,…and with compassion for all that are on “The Chase”,…I will say, “All good things come to an end” – as stated by Geoffrey Chaucer in the the tragic love story of Troilus and Criseyde(c. 1374). And to this end,…I will say:

    “If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

    With all my love and appreciation, E*

    Beautiful and timeless.

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    • “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
      Love like you’ll never be hurt,
      Sing like there’s nobody listening,
      And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
      ? William W. Purkey

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    • Hello Deb and E*,

      I wholeheartedly agree. The greatest of all is LOVE. Love is an interesting “commodity”. You can give love and not be left with less than before. In fact, your capacity and ability to love have actually INCREASED…not decreased…by giving love to others. In essence, by giving love we have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

      I’ll admit it’s not easy. It runs contrary to human “nature” as evidenced by open eyes and history books. Some learn the easy way whilst others learn the hard way that the true value of love is…PRICELESS.

      www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5%3A44&version=KJV

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhwUY-MHd30

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    • E*–I will miss a great mentor in the chase. I put a blog for you on OSFTP. Yellowstone is melting so be careful in your area. We hope to return to our snuggy cabin site late Aug. I’ll feel comforted that your eyes will still be on us! Love ya! Donna
      P.S. I’ll say a prayer to the Great Spirit, to send you healing.

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  9. Inthechaseto- yes, you missed something! The colors and what they mean are right here I Tea with Olga!
    Look quickly down!

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    (That’s an arrow pointing to my posts from June 29)

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    • Hi Bob –

      I’ve got the rainbow colors – and pink taint one of them.

      I believe they relate to the final solve – but you and I, darlin, are thinking about that in a different way.

      I think they relate to people. Oh boy! My question was what’s up with the M&M’s = Mr and Mrs?

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      • Inthechaseto- the answer to your question….what’s up with the M&M ‘s is…the colors! Nibbling on Oreo’s…it’s all right there in black and white, as plane as the nose on your face. (Airplane), (nose,air,breathe)

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      • inthechaseto – I think Pink is its own separate and special color,…but that it is related,…to the color of compassion,…which lies in our very hearts. 🙂

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          • inthechaseto – Yes,…I am feeling something right now,…and with compassion for all that are on “The Chase”,…I will say, “All good things come to an end” – as stated by Geoffrey Chaucer in the the tragic love story of Troilus and Criseyde(c. 1374). And to this end,…I will say:

            “If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

            With all my love and appreciation, E* 🙂

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          • vgboss – You have made my first blogging adventure a pleasure,…and I have learned so much from you,…and all the other fine people,…who participate here daily. A physical ailment prevented my departure today,…but I was able to go for a short hike at my favorite gulch, instead. I say “short”,…because a Black Bear cub was diggin’ up a squirrel cache,… about 2/3 of the way along,…and I just knew Mamma was somewhere close by,…so I retraced my steps. Good practice for the real thing, though. 😉

            p.s. I have vowed not to participate on the blogs again,…but to venture out on “The Chase” instead. But I will still read all your fun comments occasionally, though. Just wanted to say a big, “Thank You!” to you and everyone else.,…for everything. 🙂

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          • E* thank you so very much for those comments. You made me feel like a treasure, like gold, with your kind words. And likewise E* I learned lots from you, as well as a few others, but most importantly as I stated before you, and my other friends I’ve never met, helped make, keep, this fun for me. Thank you E* and remember that no matter if you return empty handed, without Forrest Fenn’s bronze chest, that you are a treasure, you are gold!

            youtu.be/xYBIqy6yPP8

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  10. In this chapter:
    Red- red tea
    Orange- bright and sunny day
    Yellow- chamisa
    Green- green tea
    Blue- relentless feeling of sadness
    Purple- mountain laurels
    Pink- bubble gum

    These are the seven colors of a rainbow visible to the human eye, although all colors from black to white are there, unseen.

    Black- black tea
    White- bone fragments

    youtube.com/watch?v=tRNy2i75tCc

    The pot of gold is at the end of a rainbow.

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  11. Look quickly down, your quest to cease

    When piloting an airplane and searching for a particular spot on the ground, a pilots eyes and head are constantly in motion. Forrest looking for a spot to drop Olga’s ashes , the airspace above, left, right. The instruments, especially the altimeter. The two photos used in this chapter are of a low wing aircraft. The low wing design obstructs the view directly below the pilot. In the photo on the title page, the plane is in a hard bank to the left evidence is nothing but mountain out the window and you can see his left hand on the control, rising. He is looking to the right meaning he’s bringing the plane back to straight and level recovering from the hard left. He had just finished looking quickly down to find the place to sprinkle the ashes. His quest had ceased. I think
    Tea with Olga is what this line of the poem is describing.
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  12. .
    tweleve.org/fandango-key-wind/26111-status-fandango-puzzle-4.html#post559365

    So, a few weeks ago, I had driven my mom to visit some elderly relatives, in Bangor ME.

    A younger Greek lady, named Olga, was giving in-home care to them, and had prepared a great lunch for us all ( Greek salad, spaghetti, meatballs, …. ).,

    Olga asked my mom “would you like some coffee”, and after finding out that they would need to brew a new pot of it, my mom said ” no thanks, but I’ll take some tea”.

    TEA WITH OLGA

    and spaghetti

    lol

    ( wonderful woman, by the way, and shed some light in a too-often dark and self-centered world. She was quite wealthy, but gave of her time and money, to come to their income-assist housing, to care for them )

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    • .
      “Tea” has been a part of major puzzles in the past:

      “Treasure – In Search of the Golden Horse” had Amanda with a cup of tea in a courtyard, as a platter of clues was given. ( and the video featured a flying “T” in the opening scene ). By the way, Mike, there is also an interesting segment featuring codes and a clarinet player.

      “Fandango – The Key to the Wind” features (red rose) Tea in the images, and also mentions “tea” in the text.

      Others may be able to add to this list.

      astree

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  13. I am developing a whole new approach and solution to the poem and some things from the book are sticking out to me. Tea with Olga immediately follows Teachers with Ropes. Olga Svoboda translated into English means “Blessed Freedom”. In Teachers with Ropes he describes students marching in connected to a rope with teachers on each end reminding them “Do not touch”. One teacher is described as alpha. Another has a degree in art history, i.e. an authority. Is it a coincidence that the portrait F tells them to touch is of Washington? And that it is the mirror image (or reverse) of the one on the dollar bill? Or that F, unprompted, recited the poem “Invictus” which means “unconquered”? Any input or ideas welcomed…

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  14. I know that the postmarks/time stamps have been discussed before so maybe this was brought up previously. I am looking more closely at Tea with Olga as a possible connection to WWWH. The postmark there is Saturday, 10 Oct., 1983. Oct 10, 1983 was a Monday not a Saturday. Anybody see any significance to that?

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      • the treasure may be in the neighborhood of 10100 feet altitude since F said its below 10200

        also the 101st word is where the poem line starts

        Just take the chest and go in peace

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      • Run the postmark’s with the chapter name. One will stick out like a sore thumb. I would blurt it out but we’ll let the Lurker’s work for it. Once you find it then you can decide to put it in the keeper bag or throw it in the recycling bin.

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    • That’s because you’re in the wrong search area. lol

      Seriously though, this chapter is important. San Lazaro is a start in the right direction, train of thought wise.

      Pick out the odd things, concentrate on those. That’s my advice to anyone concerning the books.

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        • Any time you need to get somewhere –

          You need to know from where you start.

          Santa Fe to Taos – is the path

          Your still in the wrong spot.

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          • Inthechaseto-

            I concur.
            I went out west twice in September. I found WWWH and followed path of the poem precisely, and ended up…. With the starting place. Now, I am starting again, but I am quite intrigued with my new area, which is a continuation of the previous. A path within a path.

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        • I’m sure that Forrest would have taken the scenic route…

          Forrest also has the habit of rounding most of his numbers off, and I don’t think it’s critical to him to check them. 500 feet away, about 50′ to this and that, etc.

          So are the numbers really off and he’s lazy, or is he using one because he wants to?

          Halogetter

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  15. hmmmm.

    “The deal was struck, so we sipped black tea and nibbled on Oreos”

    from wikipedia:

    === Etymology ===
    The origin of the name Oreo is unknown, but there are many theories, including derivations from the [[French language|French]] word ‘Or’, meaning gold (as early packaging was gold), or the [[Greek language|Greek]] word ‘Oreo’, meaning beautiful, nice or well done. Others believe that the cookie was named Oreo because it was short and easy to pronounce.

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  16. in the first paragraph of the book, FF establishes SMILE and DREAM as key words of the book

    they help to understand what in the book is a clue related to this puzzle, and what is not

    in this chapter, in the drinking of the 3 different color teas, there is only one where either the key word SMILE or DREAM is mentioned in vicinity of a particular tea. it is the 1st paragraph, red tea, and the word is SMILE.

    so the clue here is RED, and colorado is spanish for colored RED

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    • Hmmmm… let me think about this smile & dream stuff a bit. It sounds feasible to me and fits in with my line of thinking for my solve. (hallucinations or maybe some kind of ritual-like trance or possibly smokin some hootch?)
      I knew that “red” is important, but I don’t believe I got it from the “Tea with Olga” chapter.
      BTW, I thought the state of Colorado was out…

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    • That smile and dream idea is interesting. On page 94, he actually misquotes the inscription by replacing “wink your eye at some homely girl” with “smile at a homely girl”. When I look at what is being referenced in that paragraph I see “name” mentioned 3 times; “French” mentioned 4 times; “soldier” mentioned 2 times; and “grave marker” mentioned 2 times. Thanks, that actually helps, but it doesn’t lead me to Colorado.

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      • Mike –

        Colorado was once owned by the French. In 1682 – La Salle – erected a cross near the mouth of the Mississippi River proclaiming all of CO for France. It later became part of the Louisiana purchase. Also Colorado means red in spanish.

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          • And that’s true,Mike

            My point was about the french owning it at one time.

            I think another point is – FF doesn’t mention Co. Is he trying to lead us away from there? I think so.

            Many french and spanish treasure seekers were in CO.

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  17. NotSoWise: While doing my research I kept seeing the word “steeped” being used.Then I thought about this chapter “Tea with Olga”…I think this could be a good sign – to go along with the colors of tea mentioned earlier… Red, Black, Green

    Notsowise,
    Black, red and green describe the colors of the ponderosa pine tree. It also happens to be the official state tree of the state of Montana. IMHO I thought it might be one of those subtle hints that FF refers to in his book.

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  18. While doing my research I kept seeing the word “steeped” being used.
    Then I thought about this chapter “Tea with Olga”…
    I think this could be a good sign – to go along with the colors of tea mentioned earlier… Red, Black, Green

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  19. There are mountains named Black, Red, and Green (same as the teas mentioned in the chapter) in NE New Mexico. Any connection?

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    • Josh, there are alot of ppl that do believe there is a connection there but like I said, I haven’t researched NM at all. Happy hunting 🙂

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    • I tracked down one spot in NM using these three colors. It even matches up with other stuff he has written, but it’s just such a highly improbable place that it’s far down the list.

      When I’m looking at a potential location, I zoom out and start looking for anything that’s red, green or black.

      These may or may not be important clues, I wish I knew.

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