Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Those Blasted Boulders!
October 2020 by Norm Welkeri
The sound got quiet when the fuse burned down into the clay. I waited, and waited…
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.
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…
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.
My next strategy was to walk anywhere and everywhere that I had been inside this home and garage. I looked on the floor, in the bathroom, I checked the bathroom trash can, and I even pulled the shower curtain back and looked in the bathtub.
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!
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.
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