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Gold Prospecting: For Better or Worse


We all love to see that first glimmer of gold when it peeks out from under the black sand in our pan, or feel the weight of a nugget in our scoop when we dig a good target. But sometimes things don’t go quite so smoothly.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: If the RV’s a Rockin’, Please Come a Knockin’


I learned the next day that I was not the only one that had crossed paths with a bear. Dick told us about his harrowing experience from the previous night.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: White Knuckle Mining


…I was looking down on what was a frightening 500-foot sheer drop-off. We were precariously close to the edge as the shoulder was practically non-existent.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Warning Signs


As we got closer to a wide stream bed, we started hearing some gunfire. It was single shots at first, then semi and automatic weapons fire…

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Warm Buttocks and Frozen Assets


Luckily, at about that time, I buddied up with a somewhat cantankerous, but very helpful, guy named Rod. He had become a local legend for his ability to consistently find gold.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Respect the Angle of Repose


If you have done any hiking in rough terrain you are well aware that going down a slope is much more difficult and dangerous than climbing it.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Throwing Away Thousand-Dollar Hot Rocks


All of this made me have to conclude that those dummies just didn’t know what they were doing. It was a couple of years later before the solution for this puzzle became clear to me.

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