Up a Creek, but Unsinkable: Weekend in Denver

Snow covered creek Colorado

{In a previous post, I told how my husband is convinced he’s solved the mystery of Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure–Seeking Treasure: The Thrill of the Chase.}

“From there it’s no place for the meek,
The end is ever drawing nigh;
There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.”
     — from Forrest Fenn’s poem of clues to the treasure

Ah, springtime…

I awoke to news that a massive blizzard had dumped a foot of snow and canceled 1200 flights in Denver, the city I was planning to land in during that night’s wee hours to search for Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure. After some harried Googling, I learned my flight was still scheduled. My husband and I flew in late that night and headed for the mountains early the next morning.

Heading for the mountains Colorado

We made it to our secret location the next afternoon to search for the treasure. It was fun to be traipsing in the snow for several cold hours, but we found no treasure chest of gold.

Checking out a creek Colorado

Although the treasure eluded us, piles of snow four feet deep made it impossible to rule out the area. As one of Fenn’s clues states, we were up a creek without a paddle. Or something like that.

Checking out a creek Colorado

As far as we know, the Denver blizzard had no relation to the deep snow that messed up our plans in the area we searched, and we were probably just guilty of scheduling our trip too early in the spring.

Without a thorough search, though, we couldn’t determine that the site was actually wrong, so my husband is planning to go back after the snow melts. That’s also why I am still maintaining an air of secrecy about where we searched and why I can’t share most of my photos from the site that we hope is the one Fenn called “no place for the meek.” 

Maybe the treasure is still out there, waiting for us.

No worries, though. We had a weekend ahead of us in Denver before we had to return to the workaday East.

Denver Biscuit Company

We set out the next day for a late breakfast at the Denver Biscuit Company. We were already hungry, and there was a 75 minute wait. This interlude gave us the perfect chance to explore the neighborhood. We walked down the street to browse a record store, Twist & Shout, featuring thousands of vinyl albums — yay! — and the Tattered Cover Book Store, where I bought some pencils that I can bury later to grow basil and cilantro plants. We bought books, too, but how about those pencils?

Twist and Shout record store Denver Colorado

Dog mural Denver Colorado

An hour later we wandered back for what was now a short wait.

And those biscuits delivered!

Denver Biscuit Company Facebook post

We toured the house of the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, a truly inspirational woman, and the Denver Botanic Gardens, an incongruous visit with lush tropical plants followed by a stroll through the snow-covered grounds. Then it was time for a night on the town.

Molly Brown House Denver Colorado

Denver Botanic Gardens

Whiskey Bar Denver Colorado

I loved Denver (and the secret Colorado location we searched). Overall, I was struck by how laid back and polite everyone was out West.

Soon enough, I was back in the highly stressed East. I got into an argument on the plane with a rude passenger, and he flipped me the bird. I yelled at him, and multiple groups of people yelled at me, not at the man who had just flung an obscene gesture at a complete stranger on a plane.

After my fantastical weekend, I was clearly back to reality, the treasure still hidden across the Great Divide under a mountain of snow.

Update: We made a mini vacation out of one more search (still no treasure): An Empty Nester’s Tour of the American West


About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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13 Responses to Up a Creek, but Unsinkable: Weekend in Denver

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  2. Kelly Rainey says:

    Not only do I admire your undertakings, but I thoroughly enjoy your writing style. Thank you for taking us along on your adventures. I would eagerly read Timid No More! And as an East Coaster myself, I can totally agree with the predominance of stress here…worn as a badge of honor. It’s taken me many years to realize there is another way of life and I’m on a path now to embrace it and undo a bit of my reverence for rushing and overdoing. Thanks for the little window you provide us to peek through!

    • Marcy says:

      I love my home state of Connecticut, but once I was out of it, I was really struck by the difference in mood I picked up on from the people around me. Even the driving style in Colorado was markedly different–less aggressive with everyone merging calmly and letting each other in. I liked what you said about embracing a different way. Thanks for the kind words, Kelly!

  3. soapie says:

    cool! (literally). i’ve never been to denver, you’ve peaked my interest! it looks like an eventful trip overall. and are those biscuits hidden in gravy? looks delicious. =)
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    • Marcy says:

      The near biscuit is the shrimp and grits biscuit (with the grits inside the biscuit) — the broth was so delicious. The far biscuit was covered in gravy. My husband loved it. Hope you enjoy Denver someday. Thanks, soapie.

  4. Melony says:

    Your tale makes me want to visit Denver, and I never had an inclination to before. Here’s hoping that when you do go back you find this treasure that has consumed your husband. Weekend adventures sound fun too. Great writing, as usual! 😀

  5. Abby says:

    How fun! What a great place to visit! 😉 And now I’m all the more curious as to where you searched. I keep looking at that passage for more clues!

    Sorry you didn’t find the treasure, but love your adventurous spirits. And yes, this isn’t the easiest time of year to be traipsing about in the boonies of Colorado, blizzard or no. And how have I not heard of the Denver Biscuit Company?
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    • Marcy says:

      Thanks, Abby. Randy’s planning to go back in the summer, and I might be joining him to make a little vacation out of it. I love the West and have always wanted to spend more time out there. (We flew out and toured a lot of Colorado and also Yellowstone years ago when our boys were small in a 3,000 mile road trip.) This was the first time I was out there when there was so much snow. It was gorgeous everywhere we went! Definitely check out the Denver Biscuit Company if you get the chance. It was really great.

  6. Nate says:

    You are much more easygoing than I am. I would be too caught up that my goal of finding treasure didn’t happen to enjoy the rest of the Denver trip. Sorry about the jerk on the plane.

    • Marcy says:

      I’m not often called easygoing, Nate, ha ha. But when in Denver, you might as well make the most of it… Thanks for the comment about the plane too. He was a jerk, a big one, yes, but I think I was more disturbed that the bystanders didn’t acknowledge that and went out of their way to shame me for making noise.

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