87-year-old millionaire has buried treasure and has offered a key clue to help you find it

87-year-old millionaire has buried treasure and has offered a key clue to help you find it

Most of us spend our lives wishing that we had more money to do fun things with.

We work, tirelessly, hour after laborious hour, in the vain hope that one day it will all be worth it; when we can sit back, relax, preferably on a yacht, and count earnings we have accrued over a lifetime that now, finally, we can enjoy.

Of course, life doesn't exactly work like that. Many of us will spend our lives slaving away, exhausted and bleary eyed, simply to stay afloat. Such is reality; we work to survive, and anything leftover at the end of the month is a blessing and a bonus, not an expectation.

Being rich would be great fun though, wouldn't it?

Having so much money you don't know what to do it with it is the ultimate indulgence; mansions with pools and tennis courts become commonplace, while the most difficult decision you'd need to make on a daily basis is which of your fleet of dazzlingly expensive cars to take for a spin.

Or, you could have some real fun, like 87-year-old millionaire Forrest Fenn, who has decided to create a little bit of adventure and mystery with his time.

Reportedly a former fighter pilot in Vietnam and later a successful art dealer, Fenn has decided to set up a real-life 21st century treasure hunt with a trail of clues for would be gold gatherers to follow.

If you fancy yourself as something of an Indiana Jones, beware; Fenn has previously stated that 350,000 people have attempted - and failed - to uncover the treasure, warning that it could be "1,000 years from now" before someone is finally successful.

A major clue for hunters to follow can be found in the form of a map and poem, posted on Instagram;

As Fenn writes in the caption;

"All of the information you need to find the treasure is in the poem. The chapters in my book have very subtle hints but are not deliberately placed to aid the seeker. Good luck in the search. ff"

After police accused Fenn of putting lives at risk through his treasure hunt, he responded with a message on his blog that contained further clues and warned would-be treasure hunters to be careful;

“The treasure chest is not under water, nor is it near the Rio Grande River.

“It is not necessary to move large rocks or climb up or down a steep precipice, and it is not under a man-made object.

“Please remember that I was about 80 when I made two trips from my vehicle to where I hid the treasure. Please be cautious and don’t take risks.”

Fenn cites encouraging families to spend time in the great outdoors as a major motivation for setting up the quest;

“They spend too much time in the game room or playing with their little handheld texting machines.

“I hope parents will take their children camping and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. I hope they will fish, look for fossils, turn rotten logs over to see what’s under them, and look for my treasure", he told Business Insider.

The Independent reports that the treasure is thought to be "worth about $2m", while Forrest Fenn has previously confirmed that he is the only person who knows the treasure's true location; "If I die tomorrow, the knowledge of that location goes in the coffin with me."

The treasure is hidden in the Rocky Mountains, and it's not buried in a graveyard, down a mine or close to a structure. Good luck treasure hunters!