modern day treasure hunt

I’ve always been fascinated with treasure hunts and pirate maps.  Kudos to those modern adventurers that venture out looking for long lost shipwrecks filled with Spanish gold and rare gems.  So badass….

So naturally this caught caught my attention – an 85 year old man from the United States has hidden a bronze chest somewhere in the Rocky mountains, and its filled with gold and precious gems.  Not only that, but he’s written a poem filled with clues and given a detailed map of the search area.  Oh, and the chest weighs 42lbs now that its filled with treasure.


Forrest Fenn is a multi-millionaire, a Vietnam fighter-pilot, art dealer, archaeologist, and also awesome.  You can check out his website here, where you can buy his book filled with memoirs and stories.

If you don’t want to pay the $55 for the book with the map, all nine clues are hidden in this poem that he wrote:

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.

Strap on your hiking boots and head to the Rockies, maybe you have what it takes to track down the million dollar bounty.  Good luck with the hunt!

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