A millionaire and art collector from New Mexico named Forrest Fenn has created quite the game to get people off the couch and out in the world all while building human connections.
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And it involves gold, lots of gold.
Fenn, 84, has hidden an estimated $2 million worth of treasure in a chest in an unknown location somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.
Fenn revealed in some interviews that the hidden treasure contains “mostly American eagles and double eagles, hundreds of gold nuggets, some as large as chicken eggs, ancient Chinese carved jade figures, pre-Columbian gold animal artifacts, lots of rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds and other things.
The former fighter pilot came up with the idea of a treasure hunt when he was diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer in 1988.
In order to find the hidden loot, buried 5 years ago in a secret location, one must read Fenn’s book The Thrill Of The Chase.
The book contains a poem with exactly nine clues to help you get started. It reads,
“As I have gone alone in there
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.
Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.
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.
If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Just take the chest and go in peace.
So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?
The answers I already know,
I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak.
So hear me all and listen good,
Your effort will be worth the cold.
If you are brave and in the wood
I give you title to the gold.”
The rest? It’s up to you.
Fenn once said that some people have come as close as 200 feet to the treasure, but no one has found it yet. Well, it’s not entirely impossible for you to go even closer, so start hunting.