Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: A Claim to Die For
February 2021 by David Hahnes
I noticed an area which I could crawl through to keep going in a straight line. I got about three feet into the pile and Bob yelled for me to stop…
What are they? They are too hard to be lead, and are not tarnished like silver should be.
Midway into my first tank of gas I was beginning to see color in my sluicebox. Needless to say, I was excited.
We started off excited and enthusiastic as we began hiking up the river, daydreaming about finding big gold.
The dredge and our gear, with us clinging on to the sides, bounced along until it got hung up on a large boulder in the middle of the river.
My next strategy was to walk anywhere and everywhere that I had been inside this home and garage. I looked on the floor, in the bathroom, I checked the bathroom trash can, and I even pulled the shower curtain back and looked in the bathtub.
The temptation to enter the dark interiors beckoned to me before the day was finished but I resisted.
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.
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