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Treasure Discovered in Rocky Mountains

Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? One lucky person claimed a prize of $2 million: a chest of gold and artifacts that was hidden in the Rocky Mountains more than ten years ago by millionaire Forrest Fenn. More than 300,000 treasure seekers flocked to the area with only a poem, which was said to have nine clues to lead them to “X marks the spot.”

Fenn, who will be 90 years old on his next birthday, is a former Air Force fighter pilot. He also runs an art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After finding out he had kidney cancer, he thought it would be fun to make a treasure hunt to inspire people to “get off their couches.”

The treasure chest contained 265 gold coins, a bracelet made with hundreds of gems, gold nuggets, gold dust, prehistoric “mirrors” of hammered gold, pre-Hispanic animal figurines, and Chinese faces carved from jade.

Even after the chest was found, Fenn still didn’t reveal its location, writing on his blog that, “I do not know the person who found it, but the poem in my book led him to the precise spot.”

Here is the poem of clues from Fenn’s book, The Thrill of the Chase. Do you think you could solve its mysteries to find the chest of gold?

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 answer 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.

President Trump Goes On the Road

The Coronavirus pandemic has made it hard for politicians to campaign in an election year. Donald Trump and Joe Biden, who are expected to compete in the November election, couldn’t go out and meet the public. As the nation begins to reopen, the president took his chance to reach out to voters. His first campaign rally of 2020 was held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Next, a rally in Arizona gave him a chance to check the progress on border wall construction.

Arizona is a battleground state, a very important territory to win in this election. One of the hot topics of the area is illegal immigration and border control, so Trump went to see the 200th mile of wall near Yuma, which was recently built. He also met with leaders to discuss the border. After business was finished, he held a rally to promote his re-election bid.

The president spoke to his supporters at the Dream City Church in Phoenix, the capital city of Arizona.

Summer Solstice and a Rare Eclipse

The Summer Solstice was on June 20 this year. It is the longest day of the year. During this time, the sun is at its highest point in the sky, so it takes longer to rise and set.

On this year’s solstice, some people were treated to a rare annular eclipse. This happens when the moon lines up with the sun but doesn’t fully block it. The result was an amazing “ring of fire” of sunlight that shone around the moon.

Right on the heels of the Summer Solstice is Midsummer Day, which in 2020 takes place on June 24. This marks the halfway point of the growing season, in between planting crops and harvesting them. Traditionally, people would enjoy bonfires and events such as fire walking.

June 24 is also the feast day of St. John the Baptist, a Jewish prophet who preached the word of God and baptized people, including Jesus Christ. In the days of old, it was tradition to honor all the men named John by putting an oak wreath somewhere around their doors. It was John’s duty to figure out who had placed the wreath. If he guessed, he would have to give the person a gift as well.

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