Whether in romance or treasure hunting there is definitely something found in the thrill of the chase.
Forrest Fenn, a retired Airforce pilot turned art and relic collector, surely thinks so. Likened to a modern day Indiana Jones, Mr. Fenn, developed a strategy to be able to leave a part of himself tied to this earth perhaps forever--or at least until some brave, lucky human finds his treasure. Yes, there is literally a treasure chest (an ancient bronzed 10x5 box) buried somewhere in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe. The chest contains gold nuggets, double eagle coins, ancient relics, Forrest's autobiography, and even reportedly a piece or two of his own hair...among other items.
Forrest wrote a book titled, The Thrill of the Chase, wherein he shares a poem he wrote that includes nine clues that if followed "precisely" can lead anyone to the treasure. He also states in his book that when he buried it (don't get hung up on the word buried, for apparently the box may be "exposed to the elements") he intended the search to be "difficult though not impossible." Forrest has shared in television interviews, as well as, in his book that he wants to encourage people to get outside and to explore in nature. Forrest has seen his share of adventures; having spent his early years visiting Yellowstone National Park, fighting in combat zones, exploring Native American sites (he actually owns his own archaeological site, even though some might say is controversial) and has battled with and beaten cancer. Oh, and without even a college degree was able to start from scratch his own art gallery in the heart of Sante Fe....and became virtually a self-made millionaire. Yep, indeed, quite a life he is leading!
Now, at 84, I wonder if he really wants his treasure to be found in his lifetime....or if he would rather the satisfaction of it being discovered centuries from now.....
In any case, the treasure is out there.
And many have been searching since 2010 to find it.
The internet is full of blogs and stories of people getting out into the streams, mountains, valleys and highways. Exploring. Searching. Enjoying the thrill of the chase.
Could the treasure be in Colorado? Let's go find out!
Here is the poem containing the 9 clues (taken from The Thrill of the Chase by Forrest Fenn):
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 of 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.
One of the various TV interviews with Forrest
Other blogs involved in the chase:
A Gypsy's Kiss
Up A Cold Creek With No Paddle