Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Golden Memories
March 2022 by Dan Stanton
One time, while I was camping at Forks of Butte in Northern California with the family, I found a nice nugget, some chunky flakes and pickers while I was sniping. I told my beautiful daughter Romie that I was going to give her the nugget as a gift to keep for memories of all of us camping there.
Well, while we were packing up, my wife called for me to help her with something, so I set the pan containing the gold down, off to the side of the parking area. I helped her out, we finished packing and I drove off... leaving the gold there like a dope! I didn’t realize my blunder until many hours later when we arrived home.
I was so ticked off that I paid my worker to watch my shop the next day, which was on a Monday, just so I could drive all the way back up north to get that gold. I finally arrived there hours later, only to find that someone had found the gold and happily took it with them.
I did all the work—they got all the gold.
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.
Well, the last time I headed out, I decided to go alone. Big mistake. Since I first started my prospecting adventures, I have had both knees and one hip replaced…
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.
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.
…more difficult terrain must be traversed in the hope of locating small pockets, low depressions or small gullies on needle-covered slopes.
He got out his new salt gun and began searching for the source of the intruder. He soon isolated the sound to a point in the rafters above the stove.
…while we were packing up, my wife called for me to help her with something, so I set the pan containing the gold down, off to the side of the parking area.
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