New to Forrest Fenn’s The Thrill of the Chase?

The Thrill of the Chase – Keep from getting derailed.

You now have a brand new book in your hands called The Thrill of the Chase. You open it and start reading the book like everyone else has done. When you finish the book, your immediate thought should be written down. It may be important later.

#1 Most important rule – DO NOT write in the book ! Put your notes in text file that you can carry with you. I have over a Gig of data that is on my phone. Don’t let past thoughts written in a book mess up your current thoughts.

On my PC, i create a folder called Forrest Fenn. In there I have created folders named for the information that is stored within; maps, photos, search locations, etc. Once its updated I transfer what I can to my phone, so I can carry it with me if I go somewhere and there is no phone reception.

I bought a boatload of books from the official store who sells the Forrest Fenn Books, The Thrill of the Chase, too far too walk and Once Upon a While. Its in Santa Fe, New Mexico and its called The Collected Works Bookstore and Coffee House.

I have since handed out four copies of The Thrill of the Chase to people whom I believe I can trust and I am sure they will help. One received a copy of The Thrill of the Chase on Christmas Day. The other “surprise” package will be delivered to another potential searcher in the coming days. I know these people have great potential and will aid in a brainstorm that may be bigger than a summer thunderstorm in Montana.

Not only in MY opinion, but others say it as well.

In my opinion, here is a way to keep yourself on track and don’t become distracted by every body else’s I think, maybe, it could be, I don’t knows…..


Read the book normally. Then read the poem over and over and over again and just think about every line. Read it four, five, ten times. And them, go back and read the book again slowly looking for hints in the book that will help you with clues in the poem.

Forrest wrote:

The person who finds the treasure will have studied the poem over and over, and thought, and analyzed and moved with confidence. Nothing about it will be accidental. 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


Stay off the You tuber channels who THINK they know whats going on. They have not found the treasure themselves in nearly ten years, so what they have to say may not be the best answer to your question. In my opinion, they are looking for people to give them your best guess where THEY can look. No one in The Thrill of the Chase is going to give you the winning answer to a million dollar prize, so do not offer your solution to them.

 Forrest responds-

You are not the first to figure the postmarks into some kind of equation. What difference does it make which one came first, the book or the hiding? You are an individual thinker and the kind who might find the treasure. But remember, if you follow yourself around a circle sooner or later you’ll be behind yourself. Happy hunting. f

Forrest Fenn and the Thrill of the Chase references

Tarry Scant is a website that has links to emails, posts and videos that Forrest Fenn more than likely has said something about the word. At the top center, put in your word(s) you would like to search for. A list of results will appear, and from there to the right of the result should be a LINK that will take you to that quote. I HIGHLY Suggest being careful of what you reveal and type in here. I am sure it is monitored. What I mean is, don’t type in specific geographical locations. Search for key words here:

Forrest Fenn Videos about The Thrill of the Chase and his life in general. in my opinion are pretty important to set the “mood”. BOOK MARK these video locations.

Dal Neitzel made some videos of Forrest Fenn, they are here:

I will add to this post later, or offer more content within these walls. I suggest reading the book at least once and then, be careful on your searches for information.

The Thrill of the Chase – TTotC – The word that is key

Can a simple word decipher Forrest Fenn’s poem?

Throughout the travels, blog posts, scrapbooks, videos and more, people are magnifying what Forrest Fenn has said – or has not said.

Some of the more important words?

Some of the phrases Forrest Fenn has said, in my opinion are pretty important. Here are several of them.

“Many are giving serious thought to the clues in my poem, but only a few are in tight focus with a word that is key. The treasure may be discovered sooner than I anticipated.”

In my opinion, this means people are visiting the area for a brief period of time. They look at this place and cannot comprehend that the location contains all of the clues. They become distracted. Why do I say that? Its because Forrest Fenn has basically said it in one form or another. See the next two statements by Forrest Fenn.

”  To an ant a mud puddle can be like an ocean .”

In my opinion, this is one of the more important statements Forrest Fenn has given. I think he is trying to tell people, if your standing at a particular area you think the treasure is, you need to focus on a smaller , tighter area. Typically people look outward to as far as the eyes can see and become instantly distracted.

“I cannot tell you how many searchers have identified the first clue correctly, but certainly more than several. I cannot imagine anyone finding the treasure without first identifying the starting point, although many seem to be preoccupied with later clues.”

The above paragraph in my opinion, seems odd. BUT, in I believe Forrest Fenn is TRYING to get people to THINK (differently). People are not taking the first clue in the context that Forrest Fenn is. Statements ( NOT CLUES) like this are being said to aid the searcher to think differently.

“There have been some who have been within 500 feet because they have told me where they have been. Others have figured the first two clues and went right past the treasure and didn’t know it.”

This is VERY subjective – It’s how you want to interpret what he is saying. The 500 feet may not be a single straight line, on the ground distance. What if it it was higher or lower in elevation ?

In a New Mexico True Story video, Fenn said, “If I were standing where the treasure chest is, I’d see trees, I’d see mountains, I’d see animals, I’d smell the wonderful smells of pine needles or pinion nuts, sagebrush, and I know the treasure chest is wet.” Later in the interview, Fenn candidly noted, “Well, you’ve asked me a lot of questions. Most of them I’ve answered, a few of them I haven’t, but I gotta tell you, there’s one thing I told you that I wish I had not.”

One thing that is NOT listed in the above paragraph is….. Water. People tend to say that Pinyon pine does not grow in Montana or Wyoming. Ummm I think it does.

 “What surprises me a little is that nobody to my knowledge has analyzed one important possibility related to the winning solve.”

Important Possibility? Doesn’t the word “possibility” inject doubt? I doubt I would move in confidence if I had to contemplate a “possibility”. What about a better word like “condition” or “circumstance” or “variable” or other positive but still subjective word ? I think I know what he is talking about . I cannot say much more without revealing my relatively small area I want to search IF they lay of the land is promising.

Waffle House waitresses work for hard earned tips !~


Waffle House offers good food, fast. But it comes with a price

it’s a stressful environment at times. Waffle House Waitresses and Waiter jobs are stressful and fast paced.

On a typical weekend, I arrive at a local Waffle House about 10 am in the morning. It is always hit or miss on how busy the location is. I quickly scan the parking lot to see how many cars are there as I pull in. I park, get inside and look for my favorite waitress. I spot her, as she drops off a load of dishes near the dishwasher, tells the staff that those are her dishes.

She then washes her hands, she goes around to the silverware area and grabs napkins, silverware and prepares a booth for another party. She smiles, introduces herself, and takes their drink order. She takes a deep breath, and is off to the races again. Take a moment to see what a Waffle House Waitress and Waiter does to make you happy.

If you have been to a Waffle House, one day make it a point to see at what length the waitresses and waiters have to go through during your short stay. Most arrive close to 7 am and their scheduled departure is near 2 pm, but they are typically out the door closer to or past 3 pm. Near the end of the scheduled shift they have to clean the place up and tally up their ticket books which is a tedious project in itself. But that is not all they do…..

Typically they clean off the tables for the next guest, they each are responsible for their own dishes. They have to wait in line and call their orders in to the cooks. They bring you your drinks and take your order. They have to refill the orange juice containers when needed, refill ice, scrub pre-wash and then run the dishes through a dishwasher.

They have to wash any plates that the cooks use, including the egg pans. The trash cans don’t empty themselves out, so that is one more task that is done. They have to take orders over the phone and have time to check people out and offer a smile and ask how their visit was.

As the day grinds on at the Waffle House, hopefully the tips they earn are sufficient for the day. As additional people enter and leave, the chaotic cycle happens over and over again. In some of the Waffle Houses I have eaten at, they have this down to a fine science. Other locations, it seems they have less enthusiasm as the tips aren’t the greatest and the potential thought process is that why hurry when the reward for stellar performance is not going to be there in the end.

The waitresses and waiters won’t mention a thing about how much they get paid per hour. Its against the Waffle House policy. But if you are like me, you can find out anything by typing about it in your favorite search engine.

What DO Waffle House Waitresses and Waiters make per hour? Thinking about an entry level job, and have plenty of energy, with a flexible schedule? How pleasing is this job ? Remember, this depends on the area in which they are employed. Some locations are more generous and managed differently than others in my opinion.

My Point is….. Tip the hard working Waitresses and Waiters at Waffle House !

In MY opinion, the ladies that I know that work at different Waffle Houses as Waitresses are underpaid, over worked and not tipped well. Like I said above, take that moment to pay attention how much activity these waitresses and waiters do in order to get a few extra dollars in tips. Tips are the livelihood of their job. Show the Waffle House waitresses and waiters some love and offer them a decent tip once in a while.