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Wanna take part in a real-life treasure hunt? Start here.

If you're like me and grew up reading Robert Louis Stevenson and watching "Muppet Treasure Island" on repeat, the idea of going on a real-life treasure hunt is pretty alluring. Forrest Fenn, a multimillionaire in New Mexico, wants to make our dreams come true. Three years ago, the 82-year-old buried in a secret place a treasure chest containing millions in gold, diamonds, emeralds and other gems:

The nine clues for finding the treasure -- the clues haven't been identified, but Fenn assures us there are nine -- are contained in this poem by Fenn, titled "The Thrill of the Chase":

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.

Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.

From there it’s no place for the meek,
The end is drawing ever nigh;
There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.

If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
Look quickly down, your quest to cease
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Just take the chest and go in peace.

So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?
The answers I already know
I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak

So hear me all and listen good,
Your effort will be worth the cold.
If you are brave and in the wood
I give you title to the gold.

Happy hunting!

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