Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Dum-Dum Dodges a Boom-Boom
May 2020 by Bob Schall
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!
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.
What are they? They are too hard to be lead, and are not tarnished like silver should be.
At first we decided to see what the flat by our camp would produce where the old-timers had worked it with their Pelton wheel and dragline buckets.
The temptation to enter the dark interiors beckoned to me before the day was finished but I resisted.
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.
If you have done any hiking in rough terrain you are well aware that going down a slope is much more difficult and dangerous than climbing it.
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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