Mr. Fenn says, "Although many have tried, I doubt that anyone will find the blaze before they have figured out the first clue. f" And that is what we are doing following the contiguous clues to find this unique blaze. There has been a lot of work getting this far and it might seem complicated, but we have been using the "follow the star" and the contiguous clue methodology to keep the pattern simple and relevant. The summary to date: stanza 1 contains a riddle in the last line a which tells us where to start. The answer to the riddle is lunacy so we start at the State Mental Hospital in Warm Springs as clue 1. The last word of clue 1, "halt" is also a train stop and is the beginning of clue 2. Clue 2 ends with the word "walk" and is a hint to the answer of clue 3 - baseball. This gives us Brown who we find out is Shoeless Joe Jackson and his home is "Sweet Spot". Brown being the last word in clue 3 hints to another Brown as the hint to the answer of clue 4 and that is the continental divide.
We last left off below the home of Brown looking for a place that is the no place for the meek from the Bert Mooney Airport. We need to fly to the clouds (heady loads and water high) to get to the continental divide and the place we need to look for the blaze must be identified by the answer to clue 4 "lighting" and the last word of that clue "high." Lightning is Fenn's horse, and the picture if the horse has a blaze with an arrow pointing down. "High" is associated with high horse or tall in the saddle (John Wayne) and saddle is a term associated with "in the wood" as is sweet spot. Since we put in at the air-port, the poem clue 4 suggests we must fly "high" in the sky over the continental divide at a place called "Saddle Rock" and look down to find the blaze.
When we do this, something really amazing happens! We see a horse and a blaze on the nose of the horse is a white blaze. No, not like the image of a horse I found at Marble (see my book). This horse is not the kind of horse you might expect to see. Speak of "to see" or should I say "to seas" which is the "listen good" part of this clue:
"When you have been wise and found the blaze your quest to cease."
"To cease" sounds like "to seas" or look to the seas which is a confirmation of the continental divide which is defined as where the water divides to travel to the seas. Thus our horse we seek is actually a "sea horse." This is perfect puzzle thinking and the example of the Fenn sleight of hand, where the beginning of the poem suggest water but it isn't, but now the water horse appears from a high.
Forrest claims this puzzle will only be solved with imagination and this is it, the time for imagination. Get ready! Here is your horse at saddle rock. Or should I say seahorse:
Notice the hexagon shaped building? If it was an octagon we would have the stops sign or halt or the synonym of "to cease" but it forms the eye of the seahorse. Remember the tight focus on the word that is key? The answer to tight focus is "eye." When joining the apexes of the hexagon, it forms a star. Follow the star! One physically looks from the eye, so look quickly down from the eye you see the nose, or in this case the nose of the seahorse. The blaze of the horse is actually the blaze or the seahorse. This explains Forrest's clever hint of fly fishing or fly-fish (fly to find the fish).
Mr. Fenn has stated:
"I was just wondering. If I can find the blase, why should I worry about where warm waters halt? All I need to do is look “quickly down” like the poem says, and there is the treasure, right? ~ Philadelphia Franklin "That’s correct Philly, but that’s not a plausible scenario. If you can find a fish already on your hook you needn’t go fishing, right? Don’t force those kinds of aberrational thoughts on yourself or you’ll likely walk back to your car with a very light back pack. f"
Notice the clever subtle hint to Philadelphia and Franklin linking the previous clue Lightning to the looking down and the blaze? This reminds me of Mr Fenn's statement "You don't want to go so far down the road that you don't see what is laying down in front of you." This is ironic, when we see the blaze is the road of which we walk to the treasure, we just need to use our imagination to see what is laying down in front of us.