More Treasure From Sunken Ship
September 2000 by Associated PressGold chains, silver coins and bars of solid gold glittered in the tropical sun as the family of famed treasure hunter Mel Fisher showed off another significant find from a sunken Spanish galleon.
Hold up a glass of tap water and take a look at it. It’s about as clear as the new Yukon water regulations require the water returning to rivers to be after being used by placer miners. The new limit of 25 parts per million (ppm) sediment does not leave a lot of maneuvering room in terms of discharge.
Where can you find 80-degree weather, 76-degree water, 30-50 foot visibility, all the seafood you can eat, beautiful friendly people—and placer gold?!
Some claim they can smell gold. This may be, but when I take a whiff of gold, I smell dirt, rotten eggs, garlic or just nothing: my nose is everything but sensitive.
Many locals are just waiting for California to allow dredging once more, especially with the current gold prices. There are still plenty of good opportunities for prospectors in this area, just as it has been for so many years.
Because waiting for spring seemed to be taking forever, my 15-year-old granddaughter Grace and I decided to pan for gold sooner. The thought was…even if we did not find any gold, we would set a new record for absurdity—gold panning in the coldest weather!
The Forest Service is attempting to close off historic trails and roads throughout the western states, declaring the closures are part of a travel management project. They state their motivation is to control damage caused by off-highway-vehicles.
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