I came across about a month ago but I remember seeing something about it a few years back but it was back in the news here recently. Basically this really rich dude buried some real treasure out in the Rocky Mountains. Yeah let that sink in for a second.
Forest Fenn was a millionaire and art collector who came up with this crazy idea. The reason he said he did it was because kids today just sit around and play video games and sit on their ass, he wanted to try to get people out and doing stuff. I guess millions of dollars in gold and gems is certainly a great motivator. It has been hidden for over 5 years and he says that over 30,000 have tried to look for it and have failed. Although, he did say that some came within 200 feet of finding it, how disappointing would that be.
He released a poem filled with 9 clues that is supposed to lead the treasure seeker right to the treasure, you can read the poem below. I find this amazing and incredible all in one. First off what a crazy and neat idea, I could not imagine giving away that much money. But the cool thing is that we could be talking about this for tens if not hundreds of years, which will certainly add to the cool factor. The other thing I find interesting is that this guy must be pretty intelligent. He had to make a map using landmarks and natural obstacles all while allowing a person to follow it. The catch being that he could not make it too obvious as it would be too easy. I wonder how much time and effort he went through to put all this together? Pretty amazing.
So if you are ever out in Colorado near New Mexico you may want to keep your eye out for some buried treasure.
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.