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The Red River – Taos County

Red River in Taos County. The Red River was the most anticipated ‘Solve’ for this first trip out.  It was just not in the cards and I’ll explain why.  First though, I was able to get a good night’s sleep and made it to the El Aguage Campground and the trail leading down to the Red River by just after 9:15A this morning.  Miraculously, I met up with John from San Diego that is also an avid hiker, although, he’s in much better shape.  I was not only fortunate to have him look out for me but he did discuss his recent visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Eagle Nest Lake (on tomorrow’s agenda).  John had the same exact rental car (Black Buick Verano) as I have.  

Even though I left the area empty handed, the Red River was breathtakingly beautiful and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to spend time at this sacred place.
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Tesuque Creek – North of Sante Fe

Tesuque Creek in New Mexico. According to recent online research, a quick drive from Santa Fe brings me to picturesque Hyde Memorial State Park and the Tesuque Creek .  This area offers lower-elevation vegetation, including pinyon-juniper and oak-pine belts. The creek is easily accessed; its water provides welcome relief on hot summer days.  What’s more important, is a short drive up Hwy 475 out of Santa Fe brings me to Hyde Memorial State Park and the Little Tesuque Falls.  In this area along the highway, is an impact crater that was first discovered in 2005.  All of it holds promise as a potential location for Forrest Fenn’s treasure.
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Ice Age Trail Warm-ups

Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail.  With less than 2 weeks left before heading out to the ‘Enhanted Circle‘ of Northern New Mexico, a trail was rediscovered that is perfect for conditioning and preparations.  The ‘Ice Age Trail’ traverses across the State of Wisconsin, in close approximation to the Glaciers southernmost descent during the Wisconsinan Glaciation about 50,000 years ago.  
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Where Warm Waters Halt

Begin it where the warm waters halt.  As I hit the ‘two weeks left’ mark before heading out for my first search expedition, it is becoming increasingly important to locate several potential places to begin.  The first clue is to begin where the warm waters halt (WWWH).  There are some things we know from what Forrest has said in previous interviews.  The treasure is located at least 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe in the Rocky Mountains.  It is not underwater and is near a grove of pine trees.  It is not in a cave or a building, not under a large rock or boulder, and not very close to a man-made trail.  Beyond that, there are many potential options.
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Preparations Underway

Busy week preparing.  Sifting through numerous clues, scouring Northern New Mexico’s Rocky Mountains using Google Earth, and doing what is needed to become physically prepared for hiking in altitude, has been time-consuming to say the least.  The good news is that my efforts have produced at least two ‘solves’ to explore once on site July 22nd.  With a new pair of hiking boots, a suitable day pack, and the important topographic maps, it is looking good.
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Treasure Quest

“The Forrest Fenn Treasure” In the local paper yesterday, there was an article about a Colorado Pastor found near Pilar, NM in the Rio Grande, apparently searching for the chest of treasure left by 80 yr old Forrest Fenn in mid-2000. More than 65,000 people have unsuccessfully searched for this treasure in the Rocky Mountains in four states spanning from New Mexico to Montana. At the end of September, I will be driving out to Pilar, NM and recovering the chest. In the process, I will be making preparations, analyzing Mr. Fenn’s clues from his poem, and putting together a documentary video of the entire expedition.  However, this is more than just a simple quest for me.
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A Treasure Quest

“The Forrest Fenn Treasure” In the local paper yesterday, there was an article about a Colorado Pastor found near Pilar, NM in the Rio Grande, apparently searching for the chest of treasure left by 80 yr old Forrest Fenn in mid-2000. More than 65000 people have unsuccessfully searched for this treasure in the Rocky Mountains in four states. At the end of September, I will be driving out to Pilar, NM and recovering the chest. In the process, I will be putting together a documentary video of the entire expedition.
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