Goal Setting and Rock Tossing
February 2021 by Steve Brown
Day three was a copy of day two. I started real low in the long wash to see if I could prove how far down the gold had made it.
Across and downstream of our operation was a large pile of huge boulders. It was logical to think that water forces may have deposited gold in and around these boulders. We moved our dredge over and started pulling the rock pile apart.
It was down deeper than I expected for surface trash. It wasn't until I was down six inches that the target screamed from my scoop.
In Chicken I had my first experience with the famous Alaska blue clay, sometimes called the blue layer. The blue layer is where the best fine gold was to be found.
May 18, 2019, after 26 years, I had finally saved enough money. I bought my one-way ticket to Fairbanks, Alaska, and I started off by finding a new job…
...these nuggets have not traveled far from the lode because the golden wire lattices would have been torn apart or flattened during weathering of rock and deposition by violent stream action.
The more experienced prospectors know these lesser known spots are the types of places where big finds are still made.
Don’t hunker down and just keep digging in one spot where there is very little or no gold—if you don’t find it, you’ve got to get up and move on!
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