Three years ago, a very rich (and maybe slightly eccentric) person named Forrest Fenn hid a treasure chest containing millions of dollars worth of treasure. Yes, somewhere out there in the world is an actual treasure chest holding gold and diamonds, just waiting for someone to dig it up. (Assuming it’s buried — who knows?)
How does one find this treasure? By deciphering the nine clues in Fenn’s poem, “The Thrill of the Chase.”
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.
…Yeah. My guess is, this treasure is going remain hidden for a while yet. But if you need some quick cash and you’re particularly good at obscure clues, I think I just found you your new hobby.