For the past decade or so, the American Rocky Mountains, a wild and spectacular land, have been welcoming tourists of a special kind: treasure hunters. Thousands of souls have probed the lakes, climbed the mountains and explored the lush forests of the famous nature park in search of a chest dripping with gold, rubies, emeralds and diamonds. It took a decade for an explorer to finally bury his shovel in the right place and capture the Grail.
The booty, estimated to be worth more than a million dollars, had been hidden in 2010 by Forest Fenn, a collector of art and antiques, CNN reported on Monday, June 8, 2020. The American announced himself the happy discovery: “It was under a starry canopy, hidden in the lush, wooded vegetation of the Rockies and had not moved from where I hid it more than ten years ago. “He says he doesn’t know the identity of the lucky man, but the lucky man sent him photographs proving that he had found the gems.
A dangerous quest
The American collector explains that he hid this treasure to encourage “people to explore nature and give hope to those affected by the Great Recession” of 2008. Clues to the location of the treasure were found in a 24-line poem published in Fenn’s 2010 autobiography, The Thrill of the Chase.
According to Forest Fenn, nearly 350,000 people from around the world have set out in search of the treasure. Some of them have quit their jobs to devote themselves fully to the hunt, others have lost their lives. “I congratulate the thousands of people who participated in the search and hope that they will continue to be drawn to the promise of more discoveries,” said Fenn, full of mystery.