If you ever dreamed of treasure maps and pirates’ gold as a kid, grab your shovel. Forrest Fenn, 82, buried a treasure of gold and jewels somewhere in New Mexico worth $2 million. He’s left clues to the bounty in a poem.
Fenn, a highly decorated Air Force pilot and Vietnam vet, has had a fascinating life traveling the world for rare artifacts, working as an art dealer, and opening his own Fenn Gallery in Santa Fe. He has spent his life collecting treasures and now he wants the world to find it.
He has left 9 clues in a poem, titled “The Thrill Of The Chase,” that was published in his autobiography:
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.
Update March 4th, 2013:
Forrest Fenn has released a new clue to the $2 million buried treasure. He hints that the treasure is hidden 5,000 feet above sea level.