Ophir—Possibly the Best Kept Secret in Alaska—Part II
December 2013 by Chuck MerrittI knew the nuggets got into the nugget patch somehow, I just had to figure out how and from what direction they came.
One prime example is an area that I have talked about in many of my articles. This is a very large area and I will actually describe its location again.
In October, five of us decided to take an exploration trip into an area called Green Valley. This was perhaps ten miles upstream from where we had gone in September and the difficulty was access. One would think that based on the name it was an easily accessible area not far from a nearby town. This couldn’t be more wrong.
Gold nuggets come in all forms, but I never expected that dinosaur nuggets would too, and at a decent price.
Mike and Machael dug in just downriver of that boulder pile and right away found good color and a few small pickers.
Even if you are not ready to cash in right now, it might be good to evaluate your options and make a plan of action so when that day comes you know exactly what to do.
Within a few minutes I got my first signal and dug out a small flake about three grains.
This type of thinking will get you discouraged pretty fast, and soon all of your mining equipment will be found gathering dust in your garage.
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