It’s time to take a break from the big news – the pandemic, upheaval over racial injustice and the potential postponement of, or civil war over, an American presidential election – and return to Forrest Fenn.
Fenn, of course, is the Santa Fe antiquities collector/dealer and raconteur who famously announced a decade ago that he had stashed an antique chest full of gold coins and other valuables somewhere in a multi-state Rocky Mountain region north of Santa Fe. As part of a memoir, he published a poem said to include clues to where the loot could be found.
The lure of a real treasure hunt became a national sensation and many, many people – estimates have run up to hundreds of thousands – joined the chase. At least four people died looking for Fenn’s gold, including two in the Rio Grande in New Mexico.