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What is it?  And, why are we going into a canyon?...

There are very few lines in the poem which seem to be clear after many readings, but this is one of them.

I don’t see how we do anything but start at the top of a canyon and go down through (or into) it.

And, taking the next line (‘Not far, but too far to walk.’), it appears that we have to be driving (or boating perhaps).

But, that doesn’t help us much without knowing what the rest of it means.  For instance, ‘down’ could mean south.  It could mean down in height or elevation.  It could mean that we are looking for a canyon with a name that means down or below.

And, not just that, ‘take it in’ could be a reference to tailoring, so we could be looking for a Tailor Canyon (or Tayler Canyon or Taylor Canyon or Tailer Canyon or Seamstress Canyon, etc...).  The possibilities are simply endless!

But it gets worse…

There’s a good chance that the clues are multi-layered (for instance, the clues reference well-known locations and lead you to a starting-point, but the exact same clues also work for the starting-point and lead you to the treasure).  So, ‘canyon down’ might mean an actual canyon in one set of clues - and a depression in the ground in another.  Or anything else!

Down - lower position, throughout, lower direction, bring to the ground, consume

Take it in - alterations, tailoring, physically take something into somewhere, go inside, enter the trail

We go downhill, not uphill

We go in the direction that looks v-shaped, like a canyon.

Perhaps the clue isn’t separated by lines.  For instance, perhaps the real reading of the clue is:  ‘The canyon down not far.’

The canyon has a name that is synonymous with down.

A canyon with a name that means ‘enveloping’, like Swallow or Sheepeater Canyon (take it in).

Down could mean south.  Or, we could be going down in elevation.  Into a shaft, crevice, or fissure.  Gully, gulch, etc…

Take it - Thieves Canyon or something like that.  Robber’s Bluff.

‘In the canyon down, not far, but too far to walk, put in below the home of Brown.’  This reading would imply that the HoB is inside the canyon, near the bottom.

What is ‘it’???

The canyon might be at the end of the journey that’s too far to walk..

Possible Interpretations:

Other Ideas...:

‘And take it in the canyon down’ seems like it should be taken at face value - so that’s what we’re going to do!

We believe this means we are looking for the top of a canyon with a hot-spring or former hot-spring nearby.  Then, we are going to go down into the canyon.  Probably inside of a car.

So, yeah, we’re going to go with the obvious interpretation on this one.  A nice, big, juicy, deep canyon.

Or maybe not.

The Verdict: