Treasure hunts are the focus of many story books and fairy tales, but the hunt for Forrest Fenn’s hidden gold is real.
In an attempt to get people out of their houses and into the great outdoors, multimillionaire Forrest Fenn hid a treasure chest filled with gold coins, diamonds, and emeralds worth millions of dollars in New Mexico.
While the treasure was hidden three years ago, a recent interview with TODAY has brought it back into the limelight:
In the interview he addressed parents, saying, “Get your kids out in the countryside, take them fishing and get them away from their little hand-held machines.”
Fenn left nine clues to the treasure’s location in his memoir, titled The Thrill of the Chase. The clues can be found in this 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 answer 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.
If you can’t make it to New Mexico any time soon, you can still be part of your own little treasure hunt in the form of geocaching. While it might not have a chest worth millions at the end, experiencing the adventure is priceless.
In geocaching you are given GPS coordinates to a little treasure hidden somewhere out in nature, and you head out to find it. The best part is that you are almost sure to never run out of treasures to hunt; geocaching.com–one of many different cache listing websites–has more than 2 million caches in their database with more added each day.
If you are interested in heading out on a little treasure hunt of your own, OutdoorHub has a guide to get you started.
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