Picks & Pans: Prospecting on Perry Creek
August 2005 by Bud NealeA couple of years ago Smokey Joe (Joe Parsons) and I partnered up on a placer claim on Perry Creek in southeastern British Columbia. This is one of the old gold creeks from the early days.
"Suh-wheet!" I exclaimed as I sprang to my feet and quickly pumped my detector coil high overhead to alert Smokey that I had just found a nugget.
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Without a telephone, electricity, or television in his isolated cabin, Olson led a simple and peaceful life. He enjoyed living in a remote canyon surrounded by a vast wilderness. Mining for gold absorbed his days.
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Sure enough, after hiking a couple miles uphill and hacking through some brush, we found the place just as he had described it.
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I particularly enjoyed this little expedition. It is always nice to get out and spend time with my father, Bud Herschbach. He has taken a liking to Mills Creek and was anxious to return and look for more nuggets.
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