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Old 02-28-2013   #1
 
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River Treasure

Many of you probably saw this on MSN yesterday. Story of a wealthy treasure hunter who buried a treasure box with gold to get people out and looking for it. Maybe also he was hoping to sell a few more of his books. He wrote a poem with 9 clues in it that seemed, to me, to refer to a trail (wise trail or blaze trail?) in a river trip/canyon. Given that the "put-in" is below "browns home" (browns park?) and where "warm waters halt" (flaming gorge dam perhaps)....I wondered about lodore canyon. Maybe you buzzards have some better ideas and we can all share the loot. That's as far as I got.

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The Poem

This poem written by Forrest Fenn contains nine clues that if followed precisely, will lead to the end of his rainbow and the treasure. Happy Hunting!
As I have gone alone in there
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.

Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.

From there it's no place for the meek,
The end is ever drawing nigh;
There'll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.

If you've been wise and found the blaze,
Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Just take the chest and go in peace.

So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?
The answer I already know,
I've done it tired, and now I'm weak.

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.

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Old 02-28-2013   #2
 
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As I have gone alone in there
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.

Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.

From there it's no place for the meek,
The end is ever drawing nigh;
There'll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.

If you've been wise and found the blaze,
Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Just take the chest and go in peace.

So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?
The answer I already know,
I've done it tired, and now I'm weak.

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.
I'm thinking it could be under water up a side stream.
Wood Creek is the side stream.
8 river miles downstream from Kortes Dam. Over 1/2 open country with no road.

In the very brief arm of Wood Creek, (42.261480, -106.904689), that goes up from the North Platte River or higher up.

The home of Brown could be brown trout spawning habitat.

I can't figure:
"Just heavy loads and water high"
Water high could be the Pathfinder Reservoir full ??
No idea on heavy loads.

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Or some other wood creek with brown trout that's below a dam.

If this works I wanna beer.
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I read that too and I was thinking about possible ideas a little closer to Santa Fe (where Fenn is from)

Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.

The Rio Chama in NM just below the El Vado Reservoir which is know for "Brown" trout. Pretty much any reservoir fits the bill to me for "where warm waters halt"

There'll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.

Then, 3 miles down from the dam ("Not far, but too far to walk") is the Rio Nutrias which is a creek known for beaver dams. So no paddling up stream but it may be a little stretch for "water high"

From there I think you're looking for a cave where a trail blaze would remain for a long time.
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known for beaver dams.
"in the wood"?
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"in the wood"?
pilom

You got any brown trout living beside beaver in harmony in those parts?

Could it be in a beaver dam?
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Never been down there, but my understanding was that the fish were in the Reservoir upstream and the beavers were on a tributary to the flow below the dam.

But basically I'm just an armchair treasure hunter using the power of the internet which has a habit of being wrong.
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A new Clue

Its in New Mexico says Today Show Matt Lauer.

Google

Treasure is hidden higher than 5,000 ft above sea level.

"Mr. Fenn will be giving us a New Clue every month."
Brouhahahahaha

I'm thinking Mr. Fenn is sneaky.
That the wood doesn't mean in a forest or even on the wood river.
But perhaps the Rio de los Pinos.

Mr. Fenn miss-spoke and started to say 7,000 feet.
That number 7 ...............
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Of course, New Mexico is Colorado-esq areas with a bunch of sand in-between.

5,000 feet doesn't really narrow things down all that much.

http://www.netstate.com/states/geogr...nm_mapscom.htm
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