Forrest has said the best place to help in solving the poem is in his book, Thrill of the Chase. This book is filled with family stories of Yellowstone and none may be more convincing that the treasure is in Yellowstone than his words from the chapter: Flywater.
“….places where I fished as a kid under the tutelage of my father……Those great places, which were personal secrets to me then, are now busy with flourish of fisherman and women who cast a midge or floating cadis upon those same waters, never knowing I had been there, or even caring yes or no. I always thought that space was mine alone, and many of the memories there bred are even now still so personal that they exclude the intrusion of strangers. How dare they go there?” (TOTC, Pages 124-125).
Forrest later talks about his ‘secret’ on the MysteriousWritings blog – Questions with Forrest on July 5, 214, “The spot where I hid the treasure was in my mind from the time I first started thinking about the chase. It is special to me and there was never another consideration. I was going to make it work not matter what. In my reverie I often find myself stealing away to that place and I will always consider it to be mine.”
Now you have to ask yourself, do these two comments sound like they are talking about the exact same place?
Notice how I highlighted “I fished as a kid,” that is because 100% of his stories in the book talk about his summers fishing in Yellowstone (mostly by the Madison River). Seems reasonable to me that these comments are one and the same. Thoughts?
Is this a picture of Forrest’s secret?
“Thrill of the Chase” – Page 124