The Internet has been all abuzz with news about a box of hidden treasures said to be worth millions of dollars, placed in its secret location somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe, New Mexico three years ago by quirky antiquities dealer Forrest Fenn. Fenn, who has a web site with a resource page to help people find the chest of valuables, has also penned a memoir, "The Thrill of the Chase." You can view an excerpt here.
Unfortunately, while reading the book in its entirety allegedly will give you more ideas about where to find the hidden bounty, it's extremely difficult to get, as it was only sold via the Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (You can order by phone at (505) 988-4226, but my sense is the books are on back-order). Of course, some enterprising soul has a copy listed on eBay for $500.
Fenn hid the treasure when he thought he was dying of cancer; now, fortunately for him, his cancer is in remission. But he's still enjoying extending the "thrill of the chase" to other folks, and has said he hopes it inspires people to get outdoors.
The man himself is quite a character: noodling around the Internet shows he has been both controversial, accused of robbing graves to get his treasure, and also benevolent, bailing out a local hobo who was stopped from tryng to peddle jewelry in the town where officials only wanted Native Americans to be seen selling. (The man later sent him a sketch in gratitude).
So how to find Fenn's treasure box? Apparently the clues are within this poem, also posted to various sites, including the Huffington Post:
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.
So, where does this leave would-be treasure hunters? Researching the clues, and heading for New Mexico...maybe they'll wait until the weather turns nicer.
Is Fenn's treasure something that would entice you to hunt for it? Do you think you could figure out those clues? Have you ever gone "treasure hunting" in your local area, from looking for old beer cans in dumps (OK, so my brother collected them!) to digging in the ground for old bottles? Post a comment here!