As we last left off at "From here it is no place for the meek" discussion, Blair Brown has confirmed the next clue the continental divide. I was place in a conundrum of where to fly or drive a windy road, but I still do not know where I am going so now is the time to let the last line decide.
As I mentioned Blair Brown was in the movie Benjamin Franklin and I believe it is one of the more important and obvious poem supported clues.
Benjamin Franklin was noted for many things, including being named the first United States Postmaster General and begs the question of why Forrest Fenn mentioned "I think she was watching for the postman or something" after his ball of string went missing. Ben Franklin was also from Philadelphia, which is one of the biggest aberrations Mr. Fenn provided, as he described an important event while flying over Philadelphia. Since this clue includes Ever (Eric) Sloane the scrapbook 129 has an interesting comment from Mr. Fenn about his best friend and the $1000 bill he owns, "If it had been my choice, I’d have probably put Eric’s photo on it." If you remember the mountain man aberration, Forrest Fenn said the he pinned a $100 bill on a tree and someone shot Hamilton right in the head of the bill, but that isn't Hamilton on the $100 bill. It is Ben Franklin.
So what is it about Ben Franklin that Forrest is getting at? That's right, he discovered electricity while flying a kite in a thunderstorm. Remember that horse Forrest Fenn rode in the mountains with Donnie? His name was Lightning and that mural in the Smithsonian has lightning coming from a Thunder cloud.
Forrest suggests we have a comprehensive knowledge of geography in order to solve his poem. Comprehensive means not just map knowledge but meteorology. This clue has 4 lines, and the information covered in all three lines points to one thing and one thing only, and can now be phrased in a riddle: "What is high, drawn by Ever and contains electrically charged moisture? That is right clouds, thunder clouds or cumulonimbus to be exact. Forrest introduced the poem with these words, "So I wrote a poem containing nine clues that if followed precisely, will lead to the end of my rainbow and the treasure." Rainbows are associated with clouds, water high to be precise, so Mr. Fenn's rainbow could be literally a rainbow as indicated by this clue answer.
I know you are saying that is too vague, clouds are moving, etc. Yah yah, I hear yah! When Forrest wrote of the saddle sores from his horse Lightning, he was hinting to the saddle. The John Wayne hints etc and in the wood, all point to saddle and this saddle is high in the clouds. It is Saddle Rock and it sits right on the continental divide and there is something special we need to fly to the clouds and look down (maybe quickly) to see and find the blaze in clue 5.
The contiguous clue theory is in play, and it is easy to now understand Mr. Fenn's clever use of baseball, golf and bowling culminating in a "Sweet Spot" as home of Brown. According to this theory, Brown hints to the answer to the next clue. Brown (Shoeless Joe Jackson) the baseball player supported by the word "paddle" and the implies "strike" hints to the answer to this clue clouds or more specific "lightning." Fenn's horse Lightning seems to be significant and the discussion of horseshoes in Dancing With the Millennium in his memoir, boosted by the hint of the ΩΩ (looks like horseshoe) links to the previous clue answer of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.
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