The 1st 5 Clues in Fenn’s Poem – SOLVED!


Hello and welcome to A Gypsy’s Kiss the
vlog. I’m Shelley Carney and I’m Toby Younis. Stick with us for a couple of
seconds and I’ll tell you how to solve the first five clues in Forrest Fenn’s
treasure poem. The first five clues? You’re going to
tell them the first five? There’s only four left after that! You’re just
basically giving them the answers. Well, no, I mean, it’s still, you’ve still got to
figure out the others, but these to me were pretty obvious and I think it gives
everybody a chance to say like, okay, well I get that. The good news is it means we
can get all those people out of Yellowstone. No more park destruction. So
this is actually pretty good news. So, we’re still not going to Yellowstone. We are definitely not going. Cross Yellowstone off your list. All right we
did. Yeah. We’ll do it again. Yeah. So first five clues in our lexicon. Begin it
where warm waters halt, take– this is the poem. Well it starts the second stanza,
because that’s where the clues are. But I wanted to make sure everybody understood
that this is what we’re going to talk about today. First five clues in the poem,
begin it where warm waters halt, canyon down, not too far, below the home of Brown, from there it’s no place for the meek. Which I think is pretty good,
considering it’s rare that we see anybody get beyond that. That’s true. That’s what Fenn told us. So, put your seatbelt on, because here we go. Ready? Yep. So begin it where warm waters halt. Hey! What? What’s this? That’s Yellowstone National Park. We just crossed that off. It is off the list. It is definitely off the list. What I do
want to make a point is that right in here (did I make a bigger shot of this?)
yeah, so this line right here. The purple one. Right. It’s purple to us. –in
Yellowstone National Park represents the outer extent of the caldera. It’s the
boundary of the caldera, meaning all the warm waters are within
that. Inside the purple loop. Exactly. But I told you we’re not going to be in
Yellowstone, and the distances didn’t work out really well for me, so I wanted
to get out of Yellowstone. So what I decided is that the warm
waters halt at the border of Yellowstone. There’s no more warm– well, there are
warm waters, like they’re all over the United States– but for the purposes of
this solution, warm waters halt at the border with Yellowstone, at the north gate at Gardiner. No more warm waters after that.
I mean, ‘Fennily’ speaking. I just made that word up. Yeah, you make up a lot of words, just like Fenn. So does Fenn. So here’s Gardiner. It’s just it’s the north gate to Yellowstone. The
border of Yellowstone is there. All the warm waters, in the context of how
we think of warm waters, are inside that border. We are not in Yellowstone. We’re
actually starting right there in Gardiner. Just outside Yellowstone. This much. Yeah,
cross Yellowstone off your list. uh-huh. So, there were two things that
were interesting about this to me when I cut out this map. The first one was the Gallatin
National Forest, the map of the area that we’re going to be working in, is the Gallatin National Forest. That reminded me of Fenn’s line in the chapter entitled, Looking for Lewis
and Clark, where he says “And we got a map of the Gallatin National Forest that
would really come in handy later on.” Now, turns out that he used it to make a
fire. But I thought, he’s always said you need the book, you need the poem and you
need a good map, and then take a flashlight and sandwich with you, right?
Then light your map on fire and there’s your blaze! If you want to make a
blaze, start with your map. So the map that I’m picking in this case, as Fenn
recommended, Gallatin National Forest. The second thing is I had another– these are those aberrations. The second aberration we’ve talked about before, the reference to
Captain Kidd, his dream of reincarnating as Captain Kidd. He went to
Gardiner’s Island. So I think that’s a little aberration, when we talk about
Gardiner, Montana. Which again, is the northern entrance to
Yellowstone. But, no going into the entrance. Right. Because then it would be
Yellowstone. Yes. We’re on the edge. The edge of Yellowstone. Then we want to take it in the canyon down.
Here’s what’s good about this canyon. So we start at Gardiner and we head down. We’re going to head to this area over here, and I’ll explain why in just a
moment. The important thing is– This is down? That’s down the canyon in terms of
altitude. I know it’s Northwest, but in terms of the flow of the Yellowstone
River, it’s going that way. The Yellowstone River. It’s the Yellowstone, which is even more important. You know, that’s the river of
the West. I mean, nothing would have happened pioneer wise and (what
do you call them?) trapper wise, had it not been for that river. So it’s an important
river in that in the history, in our history, but in the context of the
Pioneer West. So, Yellowstone River, a good
place to be outside of the Yellowstone Park. I see. It’s cross Yellowstone Park off your list. Oh! Park. So we’re going to follow the Yellowstone River, so what I’m going to
advise my friends out there is that the main thoroughfare through this canyon is Route 89, but you don’t want to take that route, because if you take that
route you’re going to have to cross the river. What you want to do is take this
little road right here it’s called Old ‘Yellerstone’ Trail and it’s a nice –
two-lane road, paved road, there’s nothing dramatic about it. But you want
to be on the nigh side of the river. I just snuck that in there. uh-huh “Yellerstone.” So the question is how far did we want to go? Not far, but too
far to walk. Yes and that distance, according to this solution, is between
six and seven miles. Actually, when I measured it, it was like six point one
miles. What does that remind you of? That’s how far he walked in the Madison
River. That’s right, in Too Far to Walk, in the preface, he said he went ten miles,
and then snarky us, we went and actually measured it, and it wasn’t ten miles it
was, depending on where he started, was more like 6.1 miles. In one case, it could
even been 4.8. But it wasn’t ten. You’re going to travel 6.1 miles to the
exact. So that gets us to– the home of Brown. Right. Which is a slide of some
sort. Well, that’s, you know what it’s the slide of? Remember Fenn’s story in the
book? The chapter called Jump-Starting the Learning Curve. What was
important to me, I thought at first it was a little aberration and it could
very well be, but he mentions how used to sneak out of
Mrs. Ford’s Spanish class. By the way, for you guys searching in New Mexico who
speak Spanish, Ford in Spanish is El Vado. Remember when you find the treasure that
I give you that clue. Because you couldn’t have looked that up on Google translate yourself.
So, “the only one in the class who knew the trick, the sliding I mean, and even
though that rusty old iron thing marked the tail of my britches pretty good with
a heavy brown color.” Yeah, that popped out at me too, because why didn’t he use the
word rust or red? Because you’d think it would be rust or red if you
were sliding down an iron, a metal slide, an oxidized metal slide. He used
brown. Here’s what was interesting to me, number one,
he uses ‘brown’ seven times in The Thrill of the Chase. The most visible, of course,
is the brown that’s in the poem, the one that he’s capitalized. Right. All the other
times, the other six, there is only one of those six in which he puts the word
brown and the word color together in a single phrase, and it’s right here. Brown
color on his britches. So, there’s kind of a little, maybe an aberration component
there, but we have a reference to a slide that is brown. So, we want to look for a
brown slide and the nearest brown slide I could find is six point one miles
north and west of Gardiner, and that’s referred to as The Devil’s Slide.
Looks like it. Yeah, you couldn’t actually slide down there. It is in the
Gallatin National Forest. You can put in below it because there’s a parking area,
and it’s visible, as I predicted, from the road. You can actually see the home of
Brown. The brown britches slide, and actually, because of the
striation of the various sedimentary rocks that were used to create this
thing, there’s actually some, a lot of brown in it. I don’t want to just say
some. Maybe I should say some. Some brown in it. Home of Brown, visible from the road, you can put in below it. Now here’s
where we get– so now what do we have? Four clues? Yep. Here’s where it gets interesting Oh! Not ’til now? Glad you waited, huh?
Here’s where it gets really interesting. Okay. So we’ve got to figure out what this
“from there it’s no place for the meek” thing is. So, Fenn mentions Osborne
Russell’s, Journal of a Trapper, five times in that one chapter alone, the
Lewis and Clark chapter. At the end he even says whenever I’m– I
don’t know– lazin’ back and being Forrest Fenn, I take out my copy of
Osborne Russell and I read it. I need that Temple, Texas accent. Yeah. I read Osborne Russell’s Journal of a Trapper. You had a sense that even as a
youth, that was what kind of motivated him towards the adventure that he
experienced in life. So I thought that was interesting. So I went and bought, it’s on my Prime account, so I downloaded a copy of Journal of a Trapper, and
started going through it and it literally is a journal. It’s like reading
somebody’s diary, you know. It’s not a narrative necessarily, it’s just like
entries along the way, day-by-day entries of the nine years that he spent
traveling as a trapper in those areas. Of course, it’s not every day, just
the interesting things. It was nice because I could search through it. So if
I wanted to look for brown or meek or any of those things, I could search through it.
But I thought, you know what? This is actually pretty good and it would be a
lot easier to read if I was going to read the whole thing, especially because
it wasn’t a narrative, if I had the book. Because I’m just that kind of guy. I’m an
old guy, I need the book to read, right? So I ordered the book from Amazon. It came.
He still mentions the book. But what I thought was interesting about the
book that I received was this painting. It was an interesting painting because
it looked like a mountain man. I thought, well let me look that up. So I
did a little Googling and thought to myself, what I’m getting is
kind of an odd time when somebody painted Osborne Russell, because none of
the pictures I had seen of Osborne Russell were quite that elegant. This
looks pretty elegant when you think about it. What I discovered is that the
painting was done by a guy whose name is Ranney, and he painted it when he was in Texas, from his memories in Texas, he sketched
it when he was there as a volunteer. But what I thought was really interesting
about this is that image reminded me of another image of that kind of quarter
turn over the top of your horse. Fenn, when he was 16 and he happened to be on
that trip with Donnie in the Gallatin forest looking for Lewis and Clark. So
that’s just a little aberration that I thought was interesting. Anyway, so
I went back to the painting. The painting is actually set in Texas, Brazoria
County, Texas, and it is done not necessarily with Joseph Meek. It was
probably sketched by using someone else and it was done by (what’s his name?)
William Ranney. William Tylee Ranney. He didn’t actually make the painting ’til
1850, so that was what? At least 20 years after any of these events occurred up north of where he was. But it made him famous and it made Joe Meek famous,
because he had heard the story about Joe Meek being attacked by
this group of Indians and how he had to defend himself down to his last shot and
then he made a– I’m not going to call it heroic escape because he was alone– but
he did make an escape that allowed him to live a long and fruitful life, mostly
in Oregon. A couple of things that are interesting here is that Joe Meek didn’t
ride a horse, he rode a mule, so that’s kind of artistic license. So that picture
of Joseph Meek is on the cover of the Osborne Russell book. One of the covers. I
shouldn’t say that all of them are like that. So that’s where Meek got
interesting to me. Because we are looking for no place for the meek. So
the question then becomes, why would Devil’s Slide be not a place that Joseph
Meek would want to be? Well, it’s not as much Devil’s Slide. He was born in
Washington County, Virginia. He went west with William Sublette and the Rocky Mountain Fur Company and he started when he was 18, he was very young. As a matter of fact, this is a picture of the young Joe Meek. He worked as
a trapper for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company for almost ten years before
moving on to Oregon and becoming a sheriff and a politician. So he had a
very successful career. His brother Steven, on the other hand, older brother,
had this terrible reputation of being a guide that would take people from this
area around Yellowstone, you know from Ohio all the way to Oregon, and I guess
at some point he bailed on a wagon train. Got lost and then bailed on a wagon
train, so he was kind of a sticky wicket. So Joe was a heroic character. Enough
to have a painting about him. Survived several scrapes with Indians, is written
about several times in the book about Jim Bridger. He’s mentioned three or four
times and two of those times were about Meek getting away from Crows — not
crows the birds, crows the Indians– and getting away from a group of Blackfeet,
large number of Blackfeet. Well, that time happened after he had been
separated from the larger group of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trading Company. He was with a smaller group and they moved from the
Gallatin Madison River area across the Gallatin range and over to the
Yellowstone. They were camped right below Cinnabar Mountain when they were
attacked a second time. Two of the men were killed. Their band was
broken up a second time and he was left alone and headed south. Now, he headed
south all the way into the Yellowstone and at some point
at Sheep’s Mountain, between here and the Yellowstone, killed a sheep and he was
found by two Indian friends, Native American friends, friendly Native
Americans, and he was sitting there by one of the geysers, one of the vent holes,
cozy and warm, this was November of 1929, and he was eating mutton so there’s a–
1829 or 1929? Did I say 19? I meant 1829. Yeah, we weren’t shooting up Native
Americans then. Not that we know of. So he was sitting there eating mutton when they found him
and there’s a cliff inside Yellowstone Park, along this route of the Yellowstone,
called Sheepeater’s Cliffs named after him. The point here is this area, because
he was attacked by Indians and he had to head south on his own,
would probably be no place for Joe Meek, which fits with that. But there’s one other–
but there’s more. So cinnabar– Cinnabon? Not Cinnabon. It doesn’t look like a Cinnabon. It doesn’t look like a good Cinnabon, if it was. Looks like the Cinnabons I’ve made in my life. Cinnabon, I mean cinnabar from
Cinnabar Mountain is a mercury sulfide and it’s very toxic. As a matter of fact
it was used by the ancients, the Greeks and the Romans, to extract what they
called– (um what do they call silver?) Quicksilver, yeah. Mercury. I’m
sorry, what they called mercury they called it Quicksilver, used to extract,
and then they used it as a pigment in paints to create the color vermilion and
somebody noticed that a lot of these painters that used a lot of red were
dying off and it was from the heavy metals that we’re entering
their body. So that’s another reason Joe Meek, or anybody else for that matter,
wouldn’t want to be there. So it is definitely no place for the meek. Now,
that’s the first five of the clues. Okay. As far as we’re concerned for the
Montana solution. Begin it where warm waters halt at the border between
Yellowstone Park and what is effectively Montana, because by that time you’re at
the north gate in Gardiner. Take it in the canyon down. You’re
going to head Northwest in the canyon that was made by the Yellowstone River
which is the river of the West. Not far, but too far to walk. Less than the ten
miles that Fenn talks about in the preface of Too Far to Walk and more like
the 6.1 miles that we actually predicted when we measured it. Put in below the
home of Brown. The slide, Devil’s Slide, the brown color on his britches. I was going to say jeans but it wasn’t jeans back then, was it? The
brown color of his britches visible from the road. The brown streak on his pants
was visible from the road? No, the Devil’s Slide, visible from the road, like I predicted in what, the last video? Yes. From there,
not only are you in cinnabar territory, but you’re in the territory where Joseph
Meek, no place for him to be there, because the Native Americans are after
his scalp. Not anymore, but I mean. Well, he was stealing all their furs.
No place for the meek. What do you think? Let’s go! Yeah, we’re going to have to go, aren’t we, if we’re going to go this far with it. Yeah. Four more clues. What’s left? The end is ever drawing nigh. Gotta find that blaze and then we’re golden. Gotta find that blaze. Golden!
Alright, so that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Okay, let’s go, I’m ready. Okay. We’re going to wait ’til September because we’ve
got to travel in August. So we’re going up to Nebraska for the
Eclipse, so we can see the Eclipse. We’ll make some short videos for you guys. Yeah. Maybe we’ll go get a Cinnabon. Cinnabar- Cinnabon. Now you got me
confused. Next week we’re going to talk about
this here map. That there map is actually on the poem page of The Thrill of the
Chase, and if you’re one of the people, one of the searchers, that’s looking in
New Mexico, this map is very important to you. Next week we’re going to talk
about A) why it’s so important and B) how you can reduce your starting points down
to probably three, maybe five, that are in New Mexico, just because of this map.
Awesome! So, join us next week and learn more about searching in New Mexico and
how you can narrow down your search. For A Gypsy’s Kiss the vlog I’m Shelley Carney
and I’m Toby Younis. Thanks for watching. We look forward to seeing you next week. Bye bye.

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