Saturday, September 16, 2017

IMPORTANT UPDATE

As of September 16, 2017 the cache has been found BUT the gift cards have not been claimed!

The finder has 30 days to claim the gift cards.

If the gift cards are not claimed per the instructions in the book (and found on this site) by 11:59pm EST on October 16, 2017 this will become a legit armchair treasure hunt - no travel needed to win the gift cards! 

The gift card balance is now locked in at $700. The balance will no longer grow. This prevents a finder from delaying their claim in an attempt to grow the reward.  

Stay tuned for additional details and guidelines if the prize is not claimed!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Good vs. Evil - Which side are you on?

A war has been raging for thousands of years. Everyone is a soldier. Even if you think you aren't, you are.

The thread is woven throughout history. We see it in our stories, our movies and every facet of our lives. We see it over and over again.

Good vs. Evil. Which side are we on? We'd all like to think we're on the good side (well...hopefully). But maybe that's our first mistake. Our pride gets in the way and clouds our thinking.

Here's our second and fatal mistake: in the pursuit of our self-righteous "goodness", do we hate anyone? Now that we've quickly found creative ways to justify and excuse our hate (I mean it's not really "hate", right? After all they're the "evil" ones), let's consider how we can deceive ourselves. If we think we're right and noble and just that tarnishes our thinking. We move into a dangerous series of justifications. That makes others wrong. That makes others our enemies. That makes others "evil".

Love has been said to be the way to end all this bitterness and hate. Love will unite us. Love is the answer. Maybe we should scrutinize our love. Do we love our enemies? Sure we do, right? Cue our quick thinking, creative, self-reinforcing thought processes again. Let's explore our "love". Do we mock our enemies? Do we wish bad fortune upon them? Do we look down on them? Love has no room for any of this.

Perhaps our "goodness" is just a guise. What truly lurks beneath is a covert agent of evil. It doesn't have to be that way.

It's time to fight the good fight.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Q & A

Sometimes I get mail from searchers who ask some pretty inquisitively good questions. Here are some examples:

Q: I'm reading your book (Kindle version) and I want to ask if the page numbers mean anything - the reason I ask is that the Kindle doesn't really have page numbers, so I would be missing something if they were important...

My answer: Page numbers are irrelevant and not important.


Q: You narrowed down the search area in one your blog posts. Would you be willing to narrow it down even more? I mean the prize really isn't that big to be searching such a large area.

My answer: I've got to hand it to you for asking. Yes, I'd be willing to narrow it down even more.


Q: Forrest Fenn has said that you have to follow his clues in order and that you probably won't be able to solve past the first couple by using just a map and the poem. Are you willing to say anything similar about your clues?

My answer: Unlike Forrest Fenn's poem, mine has to be "fixed" first, but after that the concept is the same in my view. I'm not sure if I fully agree with the second part of your paraphrasing.


Q: Are you sure the "chest" is still there?

My answer: As I respond to this question...no, I'm not sure. But I will be sure within the next 30 days.



If you have questions you can send them to me via my gmail address... readandseekadventures.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Look What I Found

Searchers for Forrest Fenn's treasure might see a few interesting things in this photo.

As a refresher, take a look at the last stanza from his poem:

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.

We've all seen the "brave" and "wood" discussions. But a "brave" made of "wood" eating ice cream which might be... "worth the cold"?

Hmmm....

Friday, May 19, 2017

Signs

Sometimes you have to recognize the signs,
Even when they're spoken without a word.
Sometimes you have to read between the lines,
Especially when there's something to be heard.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Reflections

In March 2013 I learned about Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure thanks to the Yahoo homepage. It was all a lucky coincidence, however, because that was the default homepage on my Internet Explorer browser and I never use that browser.  I needed to use Internet Explorer for a specific website I was visiting - a site likely built in the 1990s and not updated since. So I popped open the browser and there was a box of gold staring me in the face. 

I read the article, did a little internet searching and in 30 minutes or so I figured I might actually have a chance at finding this thing. That was four years ago today. Some people don’t believe in coincidences. I might not either. 

As I'm about to embark on what may be my last search, I'm reflecting on some of the many things I've learned along the way. 


Inspired by the Chase and Forrest Fenn:
A quest never ceases. It just changes direction.

The end of the rainbow isn’t always the end.

There are some places where you should never go alone, unless you ought to.

If you look too quickly down, you’ll be staring at your feet.

Tomorrow never comes. It’s always today.

Clues are not hints and hints are not clues. And neither will get you very far if you don’t know where you’re going.

If you start at the beginning you’ll likely get lost.

Weather in the mountains can change on a dime.

A blaze is a blaze unless it’s not there.


Attributed to Forrest Fenn:
It is fun to arrange words in such a way that you have to smile at the end of a sentence.

Autobiographers always lean toward the subject.

It is important that I drink a martini at least once a year so I can continue to remember why I don’t like them.

All that I could remember was that I was not supposed to forget something.

He was so busy talking he didn’t hear what I was saying.

One should not let knowing a little bit be a substitute for learning more.

Life has been a rough draft of the place just ahead where the past will come alive again.

Each artifact that is not recovered is a book that will not be read.

Sitting quietly can bring many smiling rewards.

How do you know where the edge is, if you don’t go out there and look?

Having enough money is much better than having a lot of money, because casual cash propagates idle fingers.

Gaining experience isn’t always peaceful.

An interesting phenomena of homo sapiens as a species is that they will find a way to argue a point even when none exists.

(This is something Forrest wrote for Eric Sloane)
Mighty oaks from little acorns slowly grow
Then finally fall and wisp to naught,
But those who plant a seed of words
Live on in groves of human thought.

Sometimes principle is reason enough to abandon logic.

Stay in your job only if you love it.

Get out in the mountains and turn a log over to see what’s there.

Avoid those things that distract you from your self-esteem.

The key word is contentment. If you can find it, everything else has already fallen in place.


Fenn Favorites
“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.”~ Yogi Berra

When his wife asked him to change his clothes to meet the German Ambassador he said, “ If they want to see me, here I am. If they want to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits.” ~ Albert Einstein

“A hero is someone who can keep his mouth shut when he’s right” ~ Yiddish Proverb

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school” ~ Albert Einstein

“Intellectuals solve problems: geniuses prevent them.” ~ Albert Einstein

T. S. Eliot said:
We shall not cease from our exploration
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time