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