Gold Dredging on Oregon's South Umpqua
November 2012 by Chuck LassiterFamiliarizing oneself with an unfamiliar part of the country is often a requirement of successful gold prospecting. In the pursuit of gold, it may become necessary for a prospector to branch out into new hunting grounds.
Joy was written on his face, holding up the nugget—his first ever nugget—that he and his grandpa dug up together.
Last month, in “Following Clues to a Hidden Gold Deposit,” I ended the article with the direction that we were on the hunt! We were getting prepared and ready to roll with our detectors, then snow came, and lots of it. We had already found the seam diggings mine on the mountainside in wild, rough brush and trees. It had been well hidden.
I returned to the WSPA claim. Still smug from my previous success, I was thinking I could not fail. However, the gold gods had other plans.
The 316 Mining Company has not been all that successful, but does not ever seem to learn from their past mistakes.
At first, I tried to shift things around, but then a hand with a rock would appear, so I would stop trying to adjust my gear and grab the rock to keep things moving.
...even the best prospectors have times when they do not find gold. It is all about taking chances against tough odds and succeeding.
The box sat in a hallway and employees began using it for impromptu cricket games, no knowing what it contained.
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