Need motivation to get outdoors more? How about a treasure hunt for a hidden chest filled with gold? We thought that might get your attention. The Web certainly took notice after a story about New Mexico multimillionaire Forrest Fenn announced he had hidden just such a box three years ago. And here's the cool part: The treasure map is a poem.
The 82-year-old's goal is "The Thrill of the Chase," as he calls his self-published autobiography. The art collector's hope is that the promise of riches will get couch potatoes off their duffs and on their feet to enjoy the outdoors. That's the real prize.
Of course, if you find the chest, it's yours to keep. The octogenarian says the trove weighs 40 pounds and is filled with millions of dollars in gold coins, diamonds, and other gems that he's collected over the years.
Crazy, right? People from around the world have flocked to join the modern-day treasure hunt, which has foiled all seekers so far. Here's the full text of the poem.
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.