03-30-2013, 11:04 PM #1
‘I love mysteries,’ says man claiming hidden gold
Santa Fe, N.M. » For more than a decade, he packed and repacked his treasure chest, sprinkling in gold dust and adding hundreds of rare gold coins and gold nuggets. Pre-Columbian animal figures went in, along with prehistoric "mirrors" of hammered gold, ancient Chinese faces carved from jade and antique jewelry with rubies and emeralds.
Forrest Fenn was creating a bounty, and the art and antiquities dealer says his goal was to make sure it was "valuable enough to entice searchers and desirable enough visibly to strike awe.".............
Three years ago, he lay two of his most beloved pieces of jewelry in the chest: a turquoise bracelet and a Tairona and Sinu Indian necklace adorned with exotic jewels. At the bottom of the chest, in an olive jar, he placed a detailed autobiography, printed so small a reader will need a magnifying glass. After that, he says, he carted the chest of loot, now weighing more than 40 pounds, into the mountains somewhere north of Santa Fe and left it there.
Next, Fenn self-published a memoir, The Thrill of the Chase, distilling the autobiography and, intriguingly, including a poem that he says offers clues to lead some clever — or lucky — treasure hunter to the bounty............
"I am 100 percent sure that he really did go out and hide this thing. I am actually surprised that anyone who knows him would think he was blowing hot air. It is just not his personality. He is not a tricky, conspiratorial, slick or dishonest person at all."
Fenn says his main goal is to get people, particularly children, away from their texting devices and looking for adventure outdoors...........more .......
"The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause
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04-01-2013, 04:36 AM #2
He sounds like a delightful man, having a whale of a time with this.
If many people do show up looking for the treasure when weather warms up, things could get pretty interesting, rivalries, etc.
I also feel some concern for the man himself. (Please, no home invasions.) I'm afraid that all the publicity, including descriptions of what he has in his home, might lure criminals. Hope he stays safe.
04-01-2013, 07:53 AM #3Registered User
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