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How far?  And, are we driving, swimming, or what?

At first glance, ‘not far, but too far to walk’ appears to detail a distance.  Probably somewhere between 2 and 20 miles.  5 or 10 miles is probably a pretty good estimate.  It’s not that far, but it’s too far to walk.

But, not only that, imagine a location on the side of a river.  Now, imagine a location on the opposite bank.  If you wanted to walk there, you might have to go a hundred miles around to the nearest bridge.  All to go fifty feet.  So, ‘not far, but too far to walk’ could imply a location where we have to swim or take some other type of transportation to (car, boat, zip-line, etc...).

Taken in context, it appears we are starting at the top of a canyon and then driving down through that canyon, so the first interpretation seems more than plausible.  We’ll probably have to drive through a canyon.  And, we’ll probably be going about 10 miles, give or take.

Identifying the Home of Brown is how we know to stop driving.  And, putting-in below it implies that the ‘house’ is on a hill or overlooking a waterway of some sort, likely a river or creek.

So, it seems perfectly feasible that ‘not far, but too far to walk’ is one of the few lines in the entire poem that means exactly what it says it does.  We are simply going too far for us to walk.

‘Too far to walk’ could reference any of the forced marches that happened historically in the area.

There could be some kind of obstruction preventing people from walking there.

A different form of travel is required.

Any distance greater than a couple miles.

The comma could be important.

The command:  walk

We are (or aren’t) taking the trail we come across.

We don’t go in the direction of the path

We don’t go to the place with ‘far’ in the name (or with a far-sounding name)

We go to the place with a form of locomotion other than bipedal in the name.

Our objective (the treasure chest filled with gold nuggets and coins) isn’t very far away from us now

We are looking for a name with a built-in contradiction like not-far-but-too-far.  Perhaps something like the Cherokee Pioneer or Big and Tiny.  Is there such a place as Contradictory Pass?

Perhaps the place-name has something to do with ‘too far to walk’ in it, such as Buffalo Jump.  Not far, can’t walk, have to jump.

Possible Interpretations:

But = butte

The number 242 = too far to = two four two

Highway 242 in Montana doesn’t exist anymore, it is now US Route 191.

Not Far Butte probably doesn’t exist

What is ‘not far’?

What is ‘too far’?

Are we in some kind of a boat or canoe, floating down some tranquil river, creek or stream?

Other Ideas...:

Probably the most meaningless clue in the poem.  Probably.  There’s just no way that it’s important.  So, of course, that means that it’s probably the key…  But, until the puzzle is solved, we’re going with:

We have to drive roughly 10 miiles to get to the treasure chest.

The Verdict: