Those of us who’ve read Arabian Nights, very well know the story of Alibaba and the forty thieves; the code word to open the cave: ‘Khul Jaa Sim Sim’ and Alibaba getting hold of the cave and all of the treasure in it. The authenticity of this tale is still unknown but what is true is the Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Hunt.
For those of us who love travelling and seek adventurous trips, this treasure hunt gives us serious goals. Yes, by solving 9 not so simple clues, you can be the owner of the Forrest Fenn treasure that is reportedly worth more than a million dollars. The treasure is hidden in the meadows of Rocky Mountains. Fenn came into limelight when he announced that a chest full of gold and other precious gems is hidden in the Rocky Mountains. The search for this hidden treasure has become a hobby for some, an obsession for others and a fatal pursuit for many.
According to Fenn, “No one knows where that treasure chest is but me, and if I die tomorrow, the knowledge of that location goes in the coffin with me.” Forrest Fenn is an 85-year-old millionaire, former Vietnam fighter pilot, self-taught archaeologist, and successful art dealer in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Many people have claimed that they have found the treasure but Fenn has some different opinion about it. Although he had accepted that 4 out of 9 clues had been judged correctly and people are still trying hard. “I receive hundreds of mail everyday and many claim that they have found the treasure but fail to provide any solid evidence that means they are completely hoax”, says Fenn. The clues are hidden in a poem by Fenn in his self published autobiography, ‘The Thrill of the Chase”.
The very well famous poem that has the clues to the treasure is obviously not an easy one. It says:
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.
People are trying since very long, and now if you feel you are adventurous and genius enough to crack the code, go ahead and claim the gold.