Picks & Pans: Dredging After The Flood
March 2004 by Gordon WieczorekIt was dredging season, 1997, after the catastrophic flood had hit us in January—a flood that took out bridges, roadways, undermined the railroad tracks in several places, and isolated us in the town of Quincy, California, for a week. The fog was so thick that planes couldn’t even land at the airport.
In my early days of nugget hunting things were fairly simple. Just headphones, a pack, a detector and a small pick were all I needed for my search for great wealth.
Two years after the Bre-X gold mine scandal, the Toronto Stock Exchange proposed dozens of measures February 2 to protect investors from future mining-industry scams.
I like to play in a big sandbox called the Mojave Desert. I have different ways of getting my kicks. My particular delight is seeing, “How low can I go?” Blame it on too much sun, but there are days I don’t feel like drywashing.
As he was working near the extreme low end of the ground sluicing, I heard a yell through my headphones. Making my way down to him I could see the smile from a long distance.
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