I don’t want to be precise in where I searched as it’s still viable, but just wanted to share somethings about the town. We know this area was too far for him to walk and he waited for Skippy to come back. I wonder where it was he waited and what did he see around here. He talks about thinking about his lot in life. So I wonder if this was a life changing moment for him. We know he was cold here also. I think the biggest lesson in his book is how he “shut the door on that relationship” and I’m going to take that lesson with me the rest of my life. His words are always so profound to me. That really has nothing to do with the solve, but it’s one of my favorite things he’s said in his book.
I was able to decipher the poem in a way and use it to get to some different places here. There are a few things that I believe lead you here with subtle clues. For one, the town of Casper is named after a guy who’s name is Caspar, but the town name was spelled wrong. Forrest has things spelled wrong in his book like dollars and knowledge. If you ask a child….would a child be familiar with the name Casper? Casper is the name of a marvel(gaze) character and so is Thor. I found a video online that talks about Casper and two places that seem to fit the poem are the Echo Chamber(listen good), and the Hidden Clock(Time Magazine). They talk about something called The Egg Beater and I know he talks about breakfast. It’s also a place that’s “in the middle”.
He has the gambling poem about poker and the first thing that ever made me realize is that there’s a Las Vegas, NM. That is the way up to this town and I’ve heard he would go to Sheridan every year for a week and this is on the way there. He also says “please my ghost”. There is a horseshoe bar here and if you look at the sign, the double omegas look just like the horseshoes. I don’t think that’s a real clue as he wouldn’t be able to predict it to be there for that long, but I could see it making him laugh. I wondered something about this area…that bar is on an old road.
Something else I found interesting is that I used the numbers to get to one location that was marked with a sign. After using this sign over and over in our solve, we realized the sign was a mistake and not accurate. I don’t want to get into more detail about that(sorry)….but I found that an interesting thing with all the inaccuracies we believe might be in the book and wonder if there is an actual reason for them. While researching the town, there’s a piece of land that’s actually owned by a foundation that I believe could be important. I thought if it was ever found by the land owners…would he want it to go to a place that’s a good cause? Is it possible he helped start the foundation some how? I thought maybe since he mentions Cody and we would all learn he was a board member at that Historical Center….maybe we would put that together with him being part of this foundation.
Then there’s the trails which I believe he eludes to in a lot of different ways including the blaze as you do that on a trail. Here’s a great link to a place that explains the trails. I went here with a friend and it’s a great little museum to check out. The volunteers that work here are so much fun to chat with. When you walk in, you see this wall that has a replica of Register Cliff that’s in Guernsey which was another place I thought it could be. So the idea that this replica is in Casper I felt could be a hint. I thought that those signatures looked like “postmarks” with the names and dates and many are circled.
Also, speaking of trails….he mentions if Robert Redford ever wrote a book. So many have mentioned he did write a book called The Outlaw Trail. I thought maybe that could be a reference to trails. Does anyone see Forrest’s humor there in that Redford played Gatsby? Forrest is so witty/funny.
If anyone knows how the poem could be deciphered, please don’t reveal that.