Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: A Long Hike
February 2019 by Brian Wells
Making matters worse, we could feel the truck moving very slowly down the mountain along with the trees and mud. It was an uncomfortable sinking feeling, as you might guess.
Midway into my first tank of gas I was beginning to see color in my sluicebox. Needless to say, I was excited.
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.
I have a slight mental disorder. It causes frequent lapses in common sense, good judgment and bouts of high fever—gold fever.
As I laid in my Jeep and tried to get some rest, I began to realize how tired I was. I felt like a little kid who walked around Disneyland for 12 hours with his parents.
I saw a big brown hind end of what at first I thought was an elk, about 75 yards away. I was standing behind a large tree and stopped and peeked around the tree to see what it was.
…being sneaky, I filled in the hole, and buried therein some trash items that I had previously found, just to discourage any other detectorist that might come along.
Australians have told me that emus, being very curious, will pick up and swallow anything shiny or unusual. They say aborigines will kick and pick apart any emu poop they see to check them out for nuggets.
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts - Do I need something other than a fire assay for PGMs? • Ask The Experts - This low-grade ore is not worth processing • Placer Gold Deposits of New Mexico • The Hunch • Resurrecting An Old Hard Rock Mine—A Series of Small Victories • The Basics of Exploration Leases and Contracts—Part I • Mutiny on The Mason • Who Jumped Whose Claim First? • The Value of Evidence • Over The Divide: Charles "Chuck" Cushman • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices