Finding 'Where Warm Waters Halt'
21 January 2017 | Mri Grout
For many avid treasure hunters this is the first clue to Forrest Fenn’s cryptic poem and indeed he’s even said himself that you must ‘start at the beginning’ when people where trying to solve the clues out of order. Now granted, this does not 100% mean that ‘begin it where warm waters halt’ is definitely the first clue because if there’s one thing we know about Forrest Fenn is that he loves playing on words. However, this is the first line that gives an actual direction for one to follow and thus makes perfect sense to be the first of the nine clues in Forrest Fenn’s poem. So where do warm waters halt exactly? Well this is obviously up for fierce debate, but here are my thoughts about WWWH.
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Understanding the Definition of Warm
Understanding the Definition of Waters
- flowing water, or water moving in waves
- the sea or seas bordering a particular country or continent or located in a particular part of the world”
Understanding the Definition of Halt
The only way halt varies from stop is that it can be of a temperary nature. I don’t think this is a coincedence and so am drawn to the conclusion that the phrase ‘warm waters halt,’ means for it to stop temperarily and then continue on. For me, this eliminates the possibility of geysers or hot springs or anything else that’s warmth ends permanently.
Finding Where Warm Waters Halt
So now that I know there are so many different ways to read this sentence, I am going to make a list for each possibility and then slowly make my way through them with a map of the Rocky Mountains. For instance, if I see a place called ‘Red River’ I will write it down because red can equal warm and river can equal waters. Yes, it’s tedious work, but if it was simple and easy then Forrest Fenn’s treasure would’ve already been found by now and we’d have no adventure to experience.
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So what do you think of the line: begin it where warm waters halt? Have you already found a place you think fits and explored it yet? I’d love to hear about all of your ideas on WWWH and your treasure hunts in the comments!