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
How far? And, are we driving, swimming, or what?
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.
Some time in the middle of 2010, wealthy author/collector/archaeologist Forrest Fenn hid a medieval chest filled with gold coins and other valuable artefacts somewhere in the Rocky Mountains for anyone to go and retrieve. He wrote a book called ‘The Thrill of the Chase’, in which he hid clues to help people find the treasure.
Inside the book is a poem which secretly encodes the whereabouts of this treasure chest. If you can solve the puzzle, you can go and collect hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not well over a million) right now!
But, hold your horses! It’s not that easy. Thousands upon thousands of people have tried - with absolutely no luck whatsoever!
Fortunately for you, we’re here to help guide you right to Fenn’s gold!
‘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.
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?
Probably the most meaningless clue in the poem.
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.
|As I Have Gone Alone In There|
|Keep My Secret|
|A Hint of Riches New & Old|
|Where Warm Waters Halt|
|Take It In The Canyon Down|
|Not Far, But Too Far To Walk|
|The Home of Brown|
|No Place For The Meek|
|The End is Ever Drawing Nigh...|
|No Paddle Up Your Creek|
|Heavy Loads & Water High|
|Tarry Scant with Marvel Gaze|
|Weak and Tired|
|Hear Me All and Listen Good|
|Worth the Cold|
|Brave and in the Wood|
|Title to the Gold|
|The Nine Clues|
|The Put-In Below the Home of (Joe) Brown|
|The Lamar Ranger Station|
|Is the Fenn Treasure in Montana?|
|Begin & Cease|
|Kirwin the Frog|
|Art and the Treasure|