For Fenn, he just wants to make sure that people go out there and dream. Of the tens of thousands of hunters, there have been several that have lost their life in the pursuit of the box, and Fenn’s publicly decried anyone who risks their life for this quest. He’s told media that it can’t be accessed in the winter, so don’t go looking in the coldest of days, and that everyone should bring a friend, a working radio and plenty of supplies. He doesn’t want anyone risking it all.
From the perspective of one of those hunters, Del Neitzel, in his blog, highlights the question that everyone’s been asking: with all the information that’s available and located on his blog, why hasn’t he found it? His reply is beautiful.
He writes, that it’s not about the treasure anymore. He’s seen sunsets and sunrises, slept on mesas and in forests. He’s seen nature at its best and worst, and learned countless things about himself, and he’s richer for it. The quest for Forrest Fenn’s treasure is more of a spiritual journey than a real one. It’s about hope and the potential of finding something remarkable. You know how they say that it’s about the journey, not the destination? Most Fenn treasure hunters will agree.
Fenn’s treasure isn’t about the gold and jewels, but about what you learn about yourself in even trying to crack the code and committing yourself to going on at trying to find it. Most people won’t even leave the comfort of their homes and civilization, but if you’re out there looking for that box, you’re going to be rewarded in ways other than monetarily.
And, if at some point, the box is found, then that person will hopefully be rich enough in spirit to do something wonderful with the contents.