Just Feel The Heft of It
June 2022 by R. V. Larson
“Just feel the heft of it!” Those were the words that lit the fire that created a prospector. Before I tell you what took place, I have a desire to tell you when and where it took place.
Q: Will my detector react to fine gold?
This second trip down was a challenge. It started in Colfax on the Stevens Trail, where the distance to the river is four miles with an elevation drop of about 1,000 feet.
“The evidence is clear—mineral deposits alone are not enough to attract precious commodity investment dollars...”
Representative Paul Shepherd stopped by, and Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik dove with one of the dredgers so he could see for himself that no harm was being done to fish or their habitat.
Every year I go through this and every year it becomes more difficult to find new territory that is available for us to prospect. Is there anywhere that hasn’t been worked?
After removing about six inches of dirt and cobbles, the sound was a bit more recognizable. I was now confident that there was a definite target and not just a ground noise.
There is a unique anticipation that comes with waking in gold country. The long early morning rays bring warmth after a cold night. Restless nights allow thoughts of gold hidden in the ground for too long.
The Bawl Mill • Why The Paper Change? • Ask The Experts - When do I use detector discrimination? • Ask The Experts - Is gold found in limestone? • Ask The Experts - Can pyrite crystals be the same color as gold? • How to Use BLM’s New Mineral and Land Records System • A Short But Productive Hunt • Blast from the Past: Jeff Casserly Tells His Own Story • Old Dog(Fighter), New Trick • Talking Metal Detectors with Brent Weaver of Garrett • Strategies for Detecting Heavily Pounded Areas—Part III • EPA Recommends Against Reissuing Permit for PolyMet Mine • The Highs and Hazards of Desert Prospecting • Proposed Nebraska Mine Has Sizeable Deposit of Rare Elements • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Melman on Gold & Silver