Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Never Go Alone
February 2022 by Lawrence J Becigneul
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…
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…
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.
I noticed an area which I could crawl through to keep going in a straight line. I got about three feet into the pile and Bob yelled for me to stop…
Luckily, at about that time, I buddied up with a somewhat cantankerous, but very helpful, guy named Rod. He had become a local legend for his ability to consistently find gold.
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!
My right rib cage took the brunt of the blow from the fall, which left me feeling partially paralyzed and in immense pain.
Midway into my first tank of gas I was beginning to see color in my sluicebox. Needless to say, I was excited.
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