Scrapbook 23 Date posted: 3/4/2013

Two photos of blazes on trees from Forrest’s backyard without explanation; additional thoughts from Dal

Click here to read the scrapbook at Dal’s blog. Post comments below.

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76 thoughts on “Scrapbook 23 Date posted: 3/4/2013

  1. Jake Faulker:
    Thanks bob,
    I’m glad you clarified that, it makes me feel much better.

    Lets get back to the basics.
    BIWWWH is the 1st clue.

    What is the blaze in Draper above the chest?

    Nevermind.

    I’m just delusional.

    For fun…
    The cache is at the ATM.
    Fenns CC Clovis cache is at Texas A&M (university logo reads ATM). Note: he may have kept the smoky crescent; not able to confirm its whereabouts.

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  2. Jake Faulker:
    Thanks bob,
    I’m glad you clarified that, it makes me feel much better.

    Lets get back to the basics.
    BIWWWH is the 1st clue.

    What is the blaze in Draper above the chest?

    Nevermind.

    I’m just delusional.

    thats an easy one Jake. the blaze at the Draper is the feet of Harold McCracken.
    gimmie a tough one.

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    • OH!
      The agony of the feet.

      I smell cheese.

      What is water high & heavy loads?
      Don’t tell me. It’s his knees & a head cold.
      Get me a hanky I’m weeping.

      How did we get away from his church?
      My head & his bronze box, treasure, indulgence, cache & whatever else he called it is in the mountains.

      Egg on face in Draper. Read all about it.

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  3. JC1117: “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
    The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
    Hath had elsewhere its setting
    And cometh from afar;
    Not in entire forgetfulness,
    And not in utter nakedness,
    But trailing clouds of glory do we come
    From God, who is our home” – William Wordsworth

    BEAUTIFUL POEM!

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    • I totally agree, Anna.

      That Poem brings solace to the Soul. 🙂

      Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

      (Btw, that entire chapter of Romans 8 is Great. From the beginning it references the topic we were addressing previously…clarifying the extreme contrast between flesh and Spirit.)

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  4. JC1117:
    Hello, Anna.

    I am planning on answering your question…soon.?

    JC1117 – no worries, my question doesn’t require an answer.

    I’ve been officially “mocked” and asked to get back on track with chase talk, which is fine by me.

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    • Hello, Anna.

      I know your question doesn’t require an answer…but when Friends ask…friends answer…unless they’re really busy…or forget…or don’t know the answer…and/or are too embareassed (sp?) to admit it. 🙂

      Now…I’m not suggesting that Bob’s mocking falls in line with the persecuting mentioned in the Bible verses I will share below. 🙂 In fact…I’m near certain that Bob would never persecute a person. I’ve never met him in person and he seems like a nice guy. I mean…who would pay a bar tab…without a single complaint…that everyone ran up without his permission. So I’m clearly not picking on Bob…just attempting to lift the Spirits of All those who are mocked and persecuted for trying to be Peaceful and Good.

      Chapter 5:10-12 is especially meaningful…

      www.biblegateway.com/passage/?
      search=Matthew+5-7&version=KJV

      Many will mock. Others will take it to heart. To truly take it to heart requires Faith…and Faith is taking the Master at His Word.

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      • I don’t know why this didn’t post earlier, Anna.
        This was the real answer to your question about Intuition and the Spirit.
        Perhaps it explains why my “replies” above didn’t post to the right comment. As follows…
        🙂

        Okay. I will attempt to answer your question by saying that I totally agree with you…(except for the “mature disciple” part.) 🙂

        This could be a lengthy discussion if we were able to sit down and discuss it…so I admit that this will be quite a short answer…and obviously what I believe…which is IMO.

        We are all Children of God. ALL of us. We are each born with Spiritual Gifts which differ from one another…and which are just that…Gifts from Our Creator. Why some seem to have “more” gifts than others…well…that’s another long discussion. What I KNOW about that is…I don’t know. 🙂

        What some refer to as Intuition…and sometimes Imagination…is simply a person Listening to the Spirit…like a radio frequency tuned to the exact Source whence We came. We are Children of God and We are Entitled to Light from God. Whether or not we receive additional Light requires Us to be “in tune”.

        What does it take to be “in tune”. Again…a long discussion. The short answer, IMO, is an acknowledgment (ideally Love) of The Source…which requires Faith… combined with a desire to DO what is Right.

        If ever I am “in tune”…which I feel like I am at times…then I have to confess that’s it not because I am very righteous. I can tell you that for a fact!

        God Loves Us ALL. He Greatly Desires to speak with Us…if We will just Listen.

        1 Corinthians 2:9

        9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

        People of all walks of Life have many different Gifts of The Spirit…and Great Intuition. Why?…

        “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
        The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
        Hath had elsewhere its setting
        And cometh from afar;
        Not in entire forgetfulness,
        And not in utter nakedness,
        But trailing clouds of glory do we come
        From God, who is our home” – William Wordsworth

        i truly believe that.

        And NO…i don’t know where Forrest’s bronze box full of gold is, either…so don’t ask! 🙂

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        • JC1117
          “Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.” NAS

          My sincerest thanks for caring enough to help me understand.

          For those who question why I’ve brought up intuition and spiritual gifts on a treasure blog…
          After Randy Bieu was reported missing I could see and knew that Randy had drowned upstream from where his dog was found. I could see him tangled in brush underwater in the river,

          It’s bothered me greatly to intuitively see another’s death, and I still don’t understand why I “knew” as SAR were already doing their best.

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  5. bob:
    Anna- my comparison of jesus and hef was not dichotomy.
    im mocking you.

    the only reason i quoted jesus on casting pearls is because recently, i have been trying to “teach” here on mikes’s bog.jesus was a teacher and warned his disciples against trying to teach those who refuse to learn. no one is receiving the information i provide so i gave up.

    also, im not going to swap bible verses with you here on the TTOTC blog.

    you will never convince me that sexual predators did not exist before 1953, the first year of publication for Playboy magazine.

    lets keep this discussion about the forrest fenn treasure hunt.

    Fair enough Bob. You are obviously much smarter than I.

    I thought you had been extrapolating about the chest being different than the treasure, and the chest being hidden in the Draper Museum. I didn’t realize you were teaching. What are you teaching that was worth mocking me? What is it you assume we are not smart enough to understand?

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    • for the last time, and i mean last time….the “treasure” forrest speaks of is anywhere in the great outdoors the poem leads you.

      the chest of the poem is at the Draper museum of natural history.

      and the bronze box is probably hidden in Forrest’s vault at his home in Santa Fe.

      remember, his poem leads to the end of his rainbow and the treasure. (his death and the great outdoors)

      the poem does not lead to the bronze box because he never said it did. do not assume the chest of the poem is the same thing as the treasure or the bronze box.

      im blue in the face now Anna.

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      • Bob, believe it or not… I agree with everything you just stated and believe it myself. The only thing i would add to that list is the correct definition for “Chase” is not the verb follow after; rather i believe it’s the noun for private game preserve or conservation easement. Find the conserved properties or private residences forrest has owned – his ‘pa pads’ where he shared life in Montana and New Mexico.

        Note – blue in the face is minor. I must apply war paint (aka make-up) daily or would never leave the house.

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      • Bob,
        You seem to have the answers to everything but don’t have the goods to back it up.

        What about “cache”?
        Whats your take on that? It’s mentioned in TTOTC at least a couple of times.

        How about “indulgence” that he has spoken about. Is this his stomach or apatite?

        Funny how our own minds misguide us to what we think is true & what we know is fact.

        You’re living in Fantasy, created by a stray tangent way back & the fork should be traveled back to make the right turn cause your thinking is way astray.

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        • Jake- i do have the goods to back up my claims.
          the “cache” is same thing as treasure, anywhere the poem sends you in the great outdoors. the mountains have gold and jewels in them waiting to be discovered.

          indulgence is just the dictionary definition of the word, nothing more.

          notice in the chapter “in love with yellowstone” from TTOTC. FF does not refer to yellowstone as a national treasure. these are facts Jake, not fantasy.

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          • Thanks bob,
            I’m glad you clarified that, it makes me feel much better.

            Lets get back to the basics.
            BIWWWH is the 1st clue.

            What is the blaze in Draper above the chest?

            Nevermind.

            I’m just delusional.

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  6. Bob,
    Anyone who thinks they know exactly where the treasure chest is without any proof or having it in their possession is a sore loser.

    You can tells us all you want, how you know where it is, without having it, no matter where it is.

    There have been so many in the past that knew where it is or was & you are so special to be correct.

    You need to give up on this & just find another hobby.

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    • Jake, i humbly accept your advice.
      school is out forever.
      jesus warned against casting pearls before swine.
      they have turned on me.
      i am trampled.
      i think.
      lol.

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      • Bob, you are a curious dichotomy. I’m not judging you; only stating an observation. It’s not often one who quotes Biblical teachings of Christ, also claimed on previous posts that Hugh Hefner is his hero. ???

        In life man can occasionally play both sides and come out unscathed for a time before truth is exposed.

        However, IMO if one “truly” follows The great I Am, there is no playing with Hugh’s philosophy or claiming him as a hero. If you believe in the Almighty – he is Holy, and sees all. If you don’t believe in the great I Am, then this is a moot point and only curious you choose to quote the Bible. (All said in respect).

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        • Well said, Anna.

          For myself…as a man…I’ll admit that I do like to joke around sometimes. For example…suggesting that I like walking around in a velvet house robe…or dinner jacket.

          That’s just kind of backburner “humor” for a typical man…sadly.

          You are totally correct, Anna. Hugh Hefner may be considered a hero to many typical men. However, a good, loving, respectable man’s…(near constant)…efforts should be directed toward NOT being a typical man.

          Amen.

          It’s such a huge, prevailing problem in modern (last days?) society that I have a theory that the beast of Revelation mentioned by John…you know, 666…is actually SEX…and lust and everything connected to it. It’s a long list: sex symbols, porn, immodesty, vanity, promiscuity, infidelity, fatherless children, etc. etc.

          I believe that 666 is actually 6+60+600 which spells SEX in ancient Greek. It also looks a lot like sex sex sex…

          www.jgray.org/revelation/number4.bmp

          The beast of Revelation leaves a “mark” on the hand and forehead…which I believe refers to thoughts and actions.

          Of course, scriptures often have multiple meanings which can be discerned at different times by the Spirit. The above theory rings very true with me…as a man…and witnessing the world and the daily news revealing mankind’s lust.

          I’ll get down from the soapbox now. 🙂

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          • JC1117 – I enjoyed hearing your well informed views. Sounds like your faith and knowledge of scripture is that of a mature disciple. Thank you for taking time to share with me.

            You mentioned revealed knowledge through the Holy Spirit. I would enjoy your opinion on the following…
            Do you believe “intuition” about happenings in our lives is a specific gift from the Holy Spirit or perhaps a human characteristic given to us in our created beings. Either way I believe intuition is a gift of God to be used for our good or protection. The reason I ask is because occasionally, I “know” things. Not simply sense danger, but have an internal understanding of specific events either before or after they occur. Sometimes I can see what’s happened to someone missing. I’ve had realistic dreams about specific people that come true within days as I saw it in my dream. As a Christian, I’m careful not to attribute this to fortune telling activity
            and rarely say anything to others as it could be misinterpreted.

            Just curious if you have biblical understanding and could offer me your opinion? Thank you.

            To anyone reading this…
            The answer is No, I can’t tell you where ff’s treasure is. 🙂

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        • Anna- i had to look up the word “dichotomy” i had no idea what it meant. thanks for expanding my vocabulary. and as to how can i quote jesus and hef be my hero? well, this much i can tell you…my horizons extend the length of the universe. but back to dichotomy…the parallels between jesus and hef are numerous.
          jesus wore a robe and sandals-hef a silk smoking jacket and slippers.
          jesus dated Mary Magdalene-hef had many magdalenes.
          jesus was killed for what he said and did-hef was a champion for the first amendment.
          and finaly neither of the two men carried a bible.
          amazing.
          dichotomy.
          i could go on and on thank you Anna for bringing this to my attention.

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          • Thanks bob. I appreciate your external comparisons of the two bob.

            And I’m surprised you did not mention Christ’s teaching on the law of love as a further comparison. Externally, there may appear to be similarities. But scripturally speaking I personally would feel ashamed to compare the two. In my opinion one is God incarnate and without sin. The other a mere man who fed hid own appetite and Unfortunately unfortunately opened wide the door for sexual predators to harm many people including innocent children.

            Jesus said if a man looks upon a woman with lust (not love) he has caused harm. As JC1117 pointed out some men struggle with abnormal sexual addictions outside of normal sex/love which causes harm to others. Unfortunately, Hefner and others like him opened wide the door for sexual predators who do cause harm to victims.

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          • Anna- my comparison of jesus and hef was not dichotomy.
            im mocking you.

            the only reason i quoted jesus on casting pearls is because recently, i have been trying to “teach” here on mikes’s bog. jesus was a teacher and warned his disciples against trying to teach those who refuse to learn. no one is receiving the information i provide so i gave up.

            also, im not going to swap bible verses with you here on the TTOTC blog.

            you will never convince me that sexual predators did not exist before 1953, the first year of publication for Playboy magazine.

            lets keep this discussion about the forrest fenn treasure hunt.

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  7. Anna:
    Well bob, Your opinion certainly affirms forrest’s intention to “take it with him” just like he stated. It all works great for ff – make a legend of himself, get people off the couch, and make it imposssible for anyone to access/retrieve. He wins. Some lose their lives. He laughs at the gullibility of the red necks. You may wish to do that reality check before encouraging others to simply come take a look at the chest and be happy with seeing it Really? I know of a 4th person dead to the chase. He took his own life after failing to find the gold, and failing as a father to provide a wedding for his daughter. Do you really think it’s just a happy look-see for people investing time, money because ff advertised gold and dared people to find it? I’m honestly shocked forrest did not end his legend building ttotc when his granddaughter was threatened by a stalker. I don’t know one other grandparent that wouldn’t have said, nothing is worth the safety of my family; call it quits and donate the treasure to the buffalo bill museum, or a worthy charity. Makes me question everything about ttotc.

    Anna- and this is why Forrest has stated …”its out of my hands.”
    he cant end the chase.
    i think.

    and for me personally, i dont care how many idiots die. yes, idiots.
    who have absolutely zero reading and comprehension skills.

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    • Well bob, if Forrest left his highly advertised gold treasure inside or on BBCM property, you are calling him a liar and con artist. And let’s be honest bob, he could absolutely end the chase with one phone call to the museum. Let’s not check logic at the door. Logic reveals truth. Truth is the most important tool.

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      • Anna- i give up. you will never understand that the chest of the poem is not the bronze box. and that FF is not a liar. he is not a con artist.
        you win Anna im wrong you are right.

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    • Riddledw/treasure….
      who says the snow is too deep to search? effort worth cold remember???

      I have solved it. the chest is accessible any time of year. well except i think the museum is closed on christmas and new years. not sure about that.
      i will be at the Draper sometime this year to show everyone the chest of the poem. meet me there and bring a camera so you can take the chest.

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      • Just wondering Bob…if you are going back to the hidey spot this year …what would you do differently this year…..seems you’ve done all you can do, so far? Did you finally count the number of Feet right or what. And wishing you the best of luck, as always. You can find me on FB on…..Forrest Fenn’s Galore.

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  8. Lisa Cesari:
    Anna – Tim over at Dal’s kept encouraging searchers to practice Remote Viewing to find the bronze chest. Those were the two mantras he kept repeating for us to do that.

    I am taking an extremely light hearted approach to The Chase these days. I just want to share the joy and fun of being on Forrest’s treasure hunt. The way I know he intended it to be.

    But I have been about full disclosure of my ideas and solves from almost the very beginning. Especially when I discovered I could not reach my hidey spot alone without being eaten by My Grizz.

    I would very much enjoy going on The Chase with you to your spot. And whatever you wish to do with the bronze chest if it is there is fine with me. I have been practicing extreme non-attachment to material things for several years now. What is meant to be for me always seems to show up just when I really need it.

    Lisa- Lighthearted is a fun approach to life, but alone that strategy won’t solve forrests puzzle. The poem is as complicated as Fenn himself is.

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    • Anna- i do not agree. Fenn is not complicated. my solution to the poem is as Forrest said, straightforward. and so easy a child can solve it. the only reason for you or anyone to determine that Fenn is complicated is because you cant solve the riddle. im guessing it makes you feel better to just call it quits and presume Forrest has beaten you, that he is craftier than you…..he’s “complicated”.
      hogwash!
      meet me at the Draper museum this year Anna and you can see for yourself i am correct.
      the latest confirmation for my solve is on Dals blog. did you see the bronze covered book he considering to give away as first prize for the next TTOTC inspired contest? a book authored by none other than Harold McCracken himself.

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      • Hello Bob and happy New year to you. I hope you retrieve ffs chest from the Draper museum and wish you all the best!

        Now, isn’t that a bit kinder greeting than the crappy, put down you just gave me?

        If you enjoy provoking others, you won’t be satisfied baiting me. I dislike mean, predjudical statements and won’t play your game. Period.

        I try to be kind when I disagree with another’s perspective. Life is too short to attack others or put them down. Find someone else to engage in a fight…or better yet, just be nice.

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        • Anna, nor I or anyone else will ever retrieve ff’s chest from the Draper. it will be there for a thousand years. I kindly invited you to come see it. you can decline if you choose. Mikes blog for me is not a social network. my comments are not intended to be mean or nice. im providing information that will allow you to “take the chest and go in peace”.

          i think.

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          • Well bob, Your opinion certainly affirms forrest’s intention to “take it with him” just like he stated. It all works great for ff – make a legend of himself, get people off the couch, and make it imposssible for anyone to access/retrieve. He wins. Some lose their lives. He laughs at the gullibility of the red necks. You may wish to do that reality check before encouraging others to simply come take a look at the chest and be happy with seeing it Really? I know of a 4th person dead to the chase. He took his own life after failing to find the gold, and failing as a father to provide a wedding for his daughter. Do you really think it’s just a happy look-see for people investing time, money because ff advertised gold and dared people to find it? I’m honestly shocked forrest did not end his legend building ttotc when his granddaughter was threatened by a stalker. I don’t know one other grandparent that wouldn’t have said, nothing is worth the safety of my family; call it quits and donate the treasure to the buffalo bill museum, or a worthy charity. Makes me question everything about ttotc.

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  9. Anna:
    Lisa. ???

    Not sure what you mean:

    Be Forrest
    Be the chest
    ???

    Would you seriously consider a partner – who has a fully completed mapped solution? Actually, I’m closer to giving it away to someone deserving…truthfully, it would be a dream come true for a searcher who realized what I have accomplished.

    here Anna, i can help…..from the movie “Caddyshack”
    Chevy Chase tells the young golfer Danny to…”be the ball”

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    • Thanks Bob 🙂
      Haven’t seen that funny old movie in years. Some days I feel like the Caddy Shack gopher… winning, but constantly being shot down.

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    • Hello, Bob and Anna and Lisa.

      It’s good to stop in here and see the regulars. It’s like walking into Cheers. 🙂

      And I don’t mean these regulars…

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      I mean these Regulars… 🙂

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      “Be Forrest
      Be the chest
      ???” – Anna

      “Be the ball” – Bob…and Chevy Chase

      “Be the Gopher.
      Be the Ball.” – Lisa

      “Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger, baby.
      Sometimes you’re the ball.” – Dire Straits

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAqSwUbw_v0

      “The Bug”

      Well it’s a strange old game – you learn it slow
      One step forward and it’s back to go
      You’re standing on the throttle
      You’re standing on the brakes
      In the groove ’til you make a mistake

      Sometimes you’re the windshield
      Sometimes you’re the bug
      Sometimes it all comes together baby
      Sometimes you’re a fool in love
      Sometimes you’re the louisville slugger
      Sometimes you’re the ball
      Sometimes it all comes together baby
      Sometimes you’re going to lose it all

      You gotta know happy – you gotta know glad
      Because you’re gonna know lonely
      And you’re gonna know bad
      When you’re rippin’ and a ridin’
      And you’re coming on strong
      You start slippin’ and slidin’
      And it all goes wrong because

      Sometimes you’re the windshield
      Sometimes you’re the bug
      Sometimes it all comes together baby
      Sometimes you’re a fool in love
      Sometimes you’re the louisville slugger baby
      Sometimes you’re the ball
      Sometimes it all comes together baby
      Sometimes you’re going to lose it all

      One day you got the glory
      One day you got none
      One day you’re a diamond
      And then you’re a stone
      Everything can change
      In the blink of an eye
      So let the good times roll
      Before we say goodbye, because

      Sometimes you’re the windshield
      Sometimes you’re the bug
      Sometimes it all comes together baby
      Sometimes you’re a fool in love
      Sometimes you’re the louisville slugger baby
      Sometimes you’re the ball
      Sometimes it all comes together baby
      Sometimes you’re going to lose it all

      Happy New Year, my Friends!

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  10. Lisa Cesari:
    Anna – Peace on Earth was all it said…

    Wishing everyone Peace and Contentment in the coming year.

    Love, Lisa

    Lisa, I try to see the best in others – ive taken Forrest at his word as so many others have. Some have lost their lives. Are you saying you think Forrest put out a hoax with a message at the end – rather than the golden treasures he has advertised world wide?
    ( i’m unclear what your meaning is, but appreciate all that you offer on the blogs) your opinion matters to me.

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    • Anna – No hoax. The bronze chest, and all the contents that Doug Preston and Suzanne Somers both saw inside, are out there to be located and retrieved, IMO.

      I just believe that the reason Forrest could give that all up, and his successful gallery business also, is because he almost lost his life, and everything else he truly holds dear, multiple times. Including when he was deeply involved in the Vietnam War, and when he was given a 20% chance to live when he faced kidney cancer.

      Ergo, I would guess that Peace and Contentment are now the most valuable things to him. As they appeared to be to his friend, MK, in the last two years of his life. Thanks for reminding me about that great Eulogy Forrest wrote in those two SBs for MK. Inspiring. Just what I needed to hear today.

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      • Lisa, thank you for responding. I appreciate your kindness.

        In the past, Some on the blogs believed it was possible that you/“E” were Forrest. Not so much anymore. Wish that I lived closer to Idaho – would have been fun to have a true partner willing to go the distance on ttotc.

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          • Lisa. ???

            Not sure what you mean:

            Be Forrest
            Be the chest
            ???

            Would you seriously consider a partner – who has a fully completed mapped solution? Actually, I’m closer to giving it away to someone deserving…truthfully, it would be a dream come true for a searcher who realized what I have accomplished.

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          • Anna – Tim over at Dal’s kept encouraging searchers to practice Remote Viewing to find the bronze chest. Those were the two mantras he kept repeating for us to do that.

            I am taking an extremely light hearted approach to The Chase these days. I just want to share the joy and fun of being on Forrest’s treasure hunt. The way I know he intended it to be.

            But I have been about full disclosure of my ideas and solves from almost the very beginning. Especially when I discovered I could not reach my hidey spot alone without being eaten by My Grizz.

            I would very much enjoy going on The Chase with you to your spot. And whatever you wish to do with the bronze chest if it is there is fine with me. I have been practicing extreme non-attachment to material things for several years now. What is meant to be for me always seems to show up just when I really need it.

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      • Funny thing Lisa, hidden and visible in ttotc & tftw drawings are hoes and axes. We can hope the FF implication is war-arm and not hoax. Warm waters halt at war-arm and 23/32.

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  11. scrapbook 128…
    “no lifeguard on duty” is the theme.
    and hint to the buffalo jump display at the Draper.
    i think.

    i have to ask Mike to post the photo for me, im unable to post photos.

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          • That’s Good news for me Lisa…I don’t have ruby slippers for a wicked witch to covet; and I’ve recently thrown away my rose-colored glasses.

            Time tested Simple values without greed at the helm have an advantage in failed searches for earthly treasures. Peace and contentment on this earth are gifts from God above, but must be Earnestly sought after like a pearl of great price.
            Last night I re-read about Forrest’s relationship with Mike Kammerer (the ITN-Tin man. They often Contemplated on how to make their lives simpler – I have no way of knowing if either of them ever made steps forward to do so. My prayer is that they found peace.

            Of course, The message of one tin soldier riding away maybe all that Forrest intended to convey to masses seeking his treasure.

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    • Hello Bob & Lisa – glad to see you ushering in the new year….on behalf of the A-Team.

      Bob, regarding your thoughts on ff’s theme ‘no life guard on duty’ in sb128: we know from Forrest’s printed stories that he spent his life ignoring gravtity and danger. I can relate as I spent my teen years as a dare devil who jumped first, considered risk after I had proven a girl could best guys in the bravery department. Thankfully, becoming a mother built in critical risk assessment skills.

      All that to say, the deeper I dive into the poem the more I’m convinced Forrest lost true treasures… a grandson named Timothy and/or a granddaughter named Elizabeth. It breaks my heart for Forrest. I believe he feels responsible, but sadly because he was trained in bravery and not trained ito understand how quickly a child can be swept away by the wiles of nature. I would stake my meager fiefdom on a drowning accident or cougar attack.

      Here’s another fun left fielder for your consideration – to get brains out of the box…

      if the poem definitively instructed you to go to a bank in temple Texas, or Philadelphia PA to collect a treasure, would you believe it? Keeping in mind Forrest stated emphatically the treasure is in the Rocky mtn’s north of Santa Fe, and there are no notes to be found, no safety deposit boxes to be searched.

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  12. Lisa Cesari:
    bob -Here’s the link to that story at Mindy’s:

    www.fennhotspot.com/single-post/2016/03/25/Art-Can-Be-Hard-to-Find

    The painting is:

    “Faithful Unto Death” by Gilbert Gaul.

    I am certain that a horse from Parade Rest Ranch would have been able to find its way back to the stable from my hidey spot out Cabin Creek. If this scene was Forrest’s original plan, that is.

    People miss the sirens & gurney in the poem. Loved ones may have died on forrest’s Watch, and it’s too far to walk into those memories, or perhaps he may have said a it was too far for a toddler to walk to the river, and it wasn’t.

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    • Anna – Thank you, as always, for your deep thinking insights. And I hope you and yours have a lovely holiday season.

      Here in Sun Valley, we need snow. Just a couple of inches fell on Bald Mountain night before last. Here is a pano made from the 360° view at the top of the Sun Peak Trail, which I hiked this past Sunday. It begins at 6,000 ft. and ascends to 8,000 ft. in 1.9 miles. There were patches of snow at the top, but otherwise the dirt trail was exposed the whole way.

      500px.com/photo/239571931

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  13. capital F’s. but not on aspen trees at the treasure (the great outdoors) to mark the trail. this scrapbook is telling us to find the two capital F’s hidden in TTOTC. once found, look down and see feet.
    your quest to cease. thats it its over! now take (a photo) of the chest and leave. (bob’s thoughts thread)
    the early scrapbooks on Dal’s blog are photographs. the importance of take (a photo) the chest i cant stress enough.
    but im trying.

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    • Mike writes above….”photos sent to Dal without exlpanation”….

      and then Dal’s comments are in red writing.

      Explanation….Forrest is hinting to find capital F’s.
      but not on trees outdoors.
      in TTOTC.
      the red writing is a hint to heat, fire, blaze.
      the F’s on trees are blazes.
      the capital F’s in TTOTC are guides to the blaze.
      because if you’ve been wise and found the blaze(capital F’s) look quickly down(at feet in the drawings below the capital F’s in TTOTC)
      your quest to cease.
      game over.
      the feet of Harold McCracken are the blaze at the Draper.
      when at his display look at his feet, and then quickly down is the chest.
      see photo in Bob’s thoughts.

      its real easy kids.

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