Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Of Mice and Men
September 2020 by Ralph Wetterhahn
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.
My right rib cage took the brunt of the blow from the fall, which left me feeling partially paralyzed and in immense pain.
The temptation to enter the dark interiors beckoned to me before the day was finished but I resisted.
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.
We started off excited and enthusiastic as we began hiking up the river, daydreaming about finding big gold.
As I laid in my Jeep and tried to get some rest, I began to realize how tired I was. I felt like a little kid who walked around Disneyland for 12 hours with his parents.
…I was looking down on what was a frightening 500-foot sheer drop-off. We were precariously close to the edge as the shoulder was practically non-existent.
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.
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