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.
What are they? They are too hard to be lead, and are not tarnished like silver should be.
The temptation to enter the dark interiors beckoned to me before the day was finished but I resisted.
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.
It said to put a number of different-sized nuggets in a jar, and then cover them with the magic cleaner fluid. Then, vigorously shake the contents for a couple of minutes.
I learned the next day that I was not the only one that had crossed paths with a bear. Dick told us about his harrowing experience from the previous night.
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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