Looking for that Hidden Placer
March 2013 by Ray MillsI detect in a wide array of situations. I like to search for places that no one has been to. I really like to find areas that have never been worked at all.
I started with, "Hey, Rusty, tell me about the time..." and that was all it took.
Not long after this, I was camped out with the geologist beside the Similkameen River where he showed me the evidence that an ancient channel existed on our claim.
I had some success following this premise this summer, finding a few nuggets in places I think I overlooked in the past.
The call of gold is a strong one and it has pulled men from every corner of the planet. That said, I guess it’s now my turn to chase far away gold.
Since this position was the least desirable due to the hard physical labor, the bucking room was used as punishment. Do you have a mediocre worker? Bad attitude? Off to the bucking room!
I have smaller pans for cleaning black sand concentrates, big pans for taking large samples, pans with corners for pouring out materials, and pans with lots of special riffles. This variation is why I have so many pans—they each have their specialty.
A while back I was given a very special opportunity to take my metal detector to one of the most famous gold mines in all of California, the Original Sixteen to One mine in Alleghany.
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