There is a treasure chest somewhere in the Rocky Mountains that could be worth as much as $5 million, and it was hidden by this man. 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. About a decade ago, elderly collector Forrest Fenn stashed treasure for others to find, and wrote a poem containing clues about where to look for it. I bought this beautiful little treasure chest — bronze treasure chest — and I started filling it up with with wonderful things. Gold nuggets, 265 gold coins. There are emeralds and diamonds and sapphires. People hoping to strike gold dissected the poem, which some say indicates the theasure is in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, or New Mexico. I looked at the map and the first thing that popped into my mind was the scene from ‘The Goonies.’ When they find the treasure map in the attic. And one of the Corey’s has to translate the map from Spanish into English. I will never forget this movie because it’s one of my favorites from my childhood, but he’s holding the map and he says, “Ye Intruders Beware.’ I was like, ‘Oh that’s right I forgot about that.’ And I thought to myself, ‘Well, I wonder if you can translate some of this from English in to Spanish.’ And it turns out you could. And that’s how I discovered what I think is the first clue. And after that I mean I was hooked. Fenn decided to hide the treasure after a bout with cancer. He said it also gave people hope after the recession providing them with a reason to get out of the house and explore. We’re a sedentary society today. The kids are spending too much time in the game room and on the couch and playing with a little electronic gadgets, and I wanted to get them out into the sunshine and into the mountains to hike and fish. I wanted the whole family to get out. I mean lots of people have not been to the Rocky Mountains. I thought it was a good idea and as it turns out thousands and thousands of people have done what I hope they would do. An estimated 350,000 people have dedicated their time and money to finding the Fenn treasure. Searchers discuss clues online and comb various parts of the Rockies. It comes at a cost. Cynthia Meachum has dedicated her retirement to searching for the treasure. Meachum calculated that she has spent more than $10,000 trying to find the treasure. So searching in New Mexico — it was minimal. I think like in one full year I might have spent I don’t know $2,000-$4,000 just on the gas and incidentals. So very, very small amount of money for the first five years but now since I go either West Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, or the Cody, Wyoming area, now I am spending in one trip what I spent like in one year. Sasha Johnston has embarked upon more than 300 trips over the past five years. I spend between $20 and $30 on gas, and when I stop for lunch which is an every trip it’s $12 for my favorite meal. So on the maximum end it’s $3,000 a year over a period of five years, but I’ve actually figured out it’s it’s probably only about two thirds of that. It’s more like $2,000 a year. Fenns poem includes vague references to where warm waters halt and the home of Brown. From there it’s no place for the meek, the end is ever drawing nigh. He said the treasures location has a special meaning to him. I was all by myself when I hid that treasure. Nobody around any place. The place where I hid the treasures are places very dear to me and when they told me I was going to die, the first thing I thought about was if if I’m going to die I want to die out in the mountains. I don’t want to die in a hospital room. One thing led to another and they all manifested themselves in a certain spot and that was my plan. Problem is I got well and ruined the story. Some people say Fenn faked it all, but diehard searchers are certain the treasure is out there just waiting to be discovered. If you ever meet Forrest Fenn and have any kind of quality time where you actually get to talk to him, I don’t see how you could doubt it in any way because after spending any kind of time with Forrest, in my opinion, there’s just no way you would doubt that he did this. For them and Fenn the treasure hunt is not all about the money. It’s the mental challenge and always has been for me. I want to be the person who is clever enough to figure it out. There has been no greater adventure in my lifetime than then going out and looking for Fenn’s gold. Can you solve it? I’m proud of what’s happening. The story is going to go on until somebody finds the treasure chest. Eventually it will be found. It’s hard to find but it’s certainly not impossible. You need to read the clues in my book and study the clues and get a get a good map and try to marry the map to a certain place, and research and then get in your pickup truck and go out there and look for it. Take all the kids, your grandmother. Throw them in the back of the truck with a sandwich and a Dr. Pepper or something and head out. That was my dream and certainly that dream has been visualized.