Take it in the Canyon Down
The second half of the first clue in Forrest Fenn’s poem “take it in the canyon down,” concerns a direction in which to go after finding where warm waters halt. However, it could also be hinting at an artifact or extra clue hidden at WWWH due to one of the many definitions of ‘take.’ Read further for all of the different ways you can decipher ‘take it in the canyon down’ because nothing, absolutely NOTHING, should be taken as a fact where Forrest Fenn is concerned.
What does “take” mean?
The second half of the first
Most would assume that ‘take’ is a synonym for ‘follow.’ However, there are numerous other definitions for take (like way too many to list), with only a few of them being: to remove, to carry, to win a trick, to capture, to occupy, to ascern by measurement, to write down, to achieve…
So is there something at where warm waters halt that you have to find? The first part of a treasure hunt that is needed for later, perhaps to ‘find the blaze’ further on? If ‘take’ is interchangable with ‘remove’ and ‘it’ not the river, but the ‘extra clue’ then, take it in the canyon down can mean to take the extra clue down the canyon with you. And the double whammy of ‘take’ also means to ‘win a trick’ then, it could mean that this clue has more to do with ‘being wise’ than one might think…
Or does ‘take’ simply mean to follow like many originally think?
What does “Canyon” mean?
I’m not going to go into too much information here. I think most of us know what a canyon is and I don’t think it has some type of cryptic meaning.
What does “Down” mean?
Does it mean to dig the earth? To go in southward direction? To go down the river? To follow the river
Does it mean that the canyon will need to go all the way to ‘home of Brown?’ Or is the canyon just a part of the journey? Or do you go in the direction of the canyon? More interestingly, is it in the direction ancient people once walked? There are so many configurations ‘take it in the canyon down’ can mean and it’s such a wonderful puzzle to attempt.
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