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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: A Long Hike

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.

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Gold Prospecting: For Better or Worse


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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Lesson Learned


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