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.
I was informed, in a less than friendly manner, that I can only camp on the claim for 14 days of every 90.
• More roadblocks in southern California
• Greater Sage-grouse withdrawals
Not too far from the pine-filled mountains, a young boy was exploring along Meadow Creek in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, one fine day in 1799. He discovered a beautiful rock that he took home and put to good use as a doorstop. Shortly thereafter, a jeweler stopped by to visit his folks, and as it turned out, the new doorstop was actually a 17-pound gold nugget. That nugget truly did open a door as it marked the beginning of the first gold rush in America.
I studied prominent terrain features and debris fields, located and followed high water lines and marked the newest flood lines left behind by the intense April storms.
Our December issue is when we take a look backward at the year nearing completion, and this year is no exception. When we do look backward over the past eleven months, all we can say is, “What a year this has been!” And that isn’t meant in a positive...
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