A Family Quest for Gold
February 2016 by Tom LeftwichBack at our campsite, while the rest of us grabbed a late four o’clock lunch, Fallyn volunteered to do the clean-up panning.
We’ve had two trips to the deserts of Nevada and explored mines and mill sites, hiked miles of ravines in California, and swung our detector coils over thousands of square yards of bedrock.
A week later, a small team of us hit it again, and this time the gold really showed up.
My plan was to go up the canyon along a ridge and then drop into the canyon whenever I came across a spot that might give me reasonable access.
Sampling other people's stockpiles or dumps has some inherent risks that sampling undisturbed ground does not have.
I have figured out over the years that the winning combination is hard work, persistence, knowledge, and a little luck. This leads me to describe one of my best finds ever, a “honey hole” of placer gold, if you will.
This wash was not far from where I once dug a half-ounce nugget, so I knew there was gold in the area.
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