Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Add This to Your Bucket (Check) List
June 2021 by Harry Griffin
Midway into my first tank of gas I was beginning to see color in my sluicebox. Needless to say, I was excited.
Saturday came and it looked to have the makings of a dreary, misty day. Undaunted, I loaded my truck with my sluice, buckets and gear, and headed for the claim.
He could tell that the top part just slid partway down over the bottom half. So, he tried to twist it apart with his hands. No go!
The catch being was that it was about 60 miles from Anchorage near Hope, and a good four or five-mile hike uphill to the claims.
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 brother Darryl and I had not had a prospecting adventure since January and we wanted to try out our new drywasher, so we decided to go for the weekend and check out some claims near Barstow…
Gold probably is one of the easiest things in the world to cheat an absentee owner out of. He would generally have no way of really knowing if a guy had found 3 nuggets or 30 nuggets on his claim.
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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