Somewhere out there in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains lies a buried treasure chest. The chest, according to the man who buried it, contains ‘mostly American eagles and double eagles, hundreds of gold nuggets, some as large as chicken eggs, ancient Chinese carved jade figures, Pre-Colombian gold animal artifacts, lots of rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds and other things.’ That man’s name is Forrest Fenn, and when his doctors diagnosed him with cancer back in 1988, he decided to bury the chest in the mountains he has lived in and loved since he was a young boy.
So why has he buried his treasure? Well, he has two reasons. Firstly, to see if anyone can find it. But secondly – and perhaps more importantly – it is to encourage others to explore the beautiful land he loves. As Fenn explains in the following video, if folks don’t walk away with the gold, they still get to see some of the most stunning natural sights in his particular corner of the United States.
We’ll let Fenn explain further …
That’s right. There’s a chest of gold and precious artifacts worth two million dollars buried somewhere out there. Fenn buried it five years ago, and to help people locate it, he wrote a book called The Thrill of the Chase. In the book, Fenn composed a poem which contains nine hidden clues to help treasure hunters locate the gold. So far, nobody has found it, though many have come away with a deep-seated love for what we now like to think of as ‘Fenn Country’.
Here is that poem:
“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.”
So if you fancy trying to find Fenn’s treasure, we wish you the very best of luck. And if you happen to find it, don’t forget who told you about it!
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