Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Tuck and Roll
April 2021 by Chet Burress
…more difficult terrain must be traversed in the hope of locating small pockets, low depressions or small gullies on needle-covered slopes.
Gold probably is one of the easiest things in the world to cheat an absentee owner out of. He would generally have no way of really knowing if a guy had found 3 nuggets or 30 nuggets on his claim.
Sure enough, after hiking a couple miles uphill and hacking through some brush, we found the place just as he had described it.
Midway into my first tank of gas I was beginning to see color in my sluicebox. Needless to say, I was excited.
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.
On about the fifth time across one of these slopes, and down near the little wash...bam! I found a nice chunk of rock, laced through with gold. Wow! How had I missed this?
The temptation to enter the dark interiors beckoned to me before the day was finished but I resisted.
…being sneaky, I filled in the hole, and buried therein some trash items that I had previously found, just to discourage any other detectorist that might come along.
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