Who said treasure hunts were just for kids?
At long last, 2020 has brought us some positivity—and no, it’s not taken from the plot of The Goonies.
Fourscore and 10 years ago, a fancy art dealer by the name of Forrest Fenn hid some buried treasure—yes, treasure—somewhere in the Rocky Mountains for a lucky fan to go and find it. The hunt was announced through a 24-line poem titled ‘The Thrill of the Chase’ published in his 2010 book.
Scouring through the poem for potential hints, thousands of treasure seekers had fled to the mountains in hopes of finding the treasure. Some even quit their jobs or spent their life’s savings to get there in hopes of hitting the jackpot and bringing home the big bacon. Unfortunately, five people even lost their lives on the quest, with the most recent having been in March.
But, at long last, it has been found.
Fenn confirmed that the treasure had been found in an article from the Santa Fe New Mexican, saying “the guy who found it does not want his name mentioned, [but] he’s from back east.” Well, whoever he is, he’s one lucky guy—the chest contained golden nuggets, rare coins, antique jewelry, and more all adding up to a whopping $1 million USD.
Though the treasure has been found, former hunters are still out of luck as he refuses to give the exact location away. “It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains,” he said, promising that it “had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than 10 years ago.” Considering the Rocky Mountains span five states and cross into Canada, this description could not be less specific.
The idea for this quest for hidden treasure came about after a cancer diagnosis in 1988, which ultimately gave him a 20% chance to live. He chose the Rockies because he wanted to create an ‘old-fashioned expedition for riches in the wilderness,’ and wanted to “inspire people to explore nature and give hope to people affected by the Great Recession.”
Nothing says ‘go explore the great outdoors’ like bribing people with millions of dollars worth of buried treasure.