Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: The Good Luck and Bad Luck of Prospecting With Animals
April 2020 by Rick Beckner
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.
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.
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.
My right rib cage took the brunt of the blow from the fall, which left me feeling partially paralyzed and in immense pain.
We started off excited and enthusiastic as we began hiking up the river, daydreaming about finding big gold.
The temptation to enter the dark interiors beckoned to me before the day was finished but I resisted.
With one outstretched hand grasping the bottle and the other waving at air, I moved forward feeling for the tent. No tent. No tree.
The sound got quiet when the fuse burned down into the clay. I waited, and waited…
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