Treasure Hunt Worth Millions
82 year old Forrest Fenn has a big secret! He's hidden a treasure chest worth millions and he's waiting for someone to find it... And he's giving out clues!
Forrest is a multimillionaire art collector and he's been giving out clues about where he's hidden the chest; but nobody has narrowed it down. Forrest lives in New Mexico, so that's where everyone seems to think he's hidden the treasure.
So, why would Forrest do a thing like this? 3 years ago he found out he was dying of cancer and thought, "I can't take it with me so I'll make it fun for everyone around me to enjoy life and get rich!" So he hid some of his vast fortune in a gold chest and buried it.
Here's 1 of the first clues:
“The treasure is hidden higher than 5,000 feet above sea level" (The average elevation in the state is 5,700 feet.)
Heavy online traffic caused Fenn’s website to crash as hopeful treasure finders sought to read a poem he penned that contains nine clues.
Forrest says he's going to give out a clue each month! And the good news: although he had cancer when he started on this wild adventure of hiding the treasure and getting the clues together, through treatment, he is now cancer free! But he's still giving away the millions!
Here is the poem from "The Thrill of the Chase," Fenn's self-published autobiography:
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 drawing ever 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.