Take a Kid Detecting
January 2014 by Jonathan PorterI thought things started off okay until I realized I had forgotten some of my gear and had to return to the house. My troubled start was not helped when my boy came up to me a few minutes after my return to show me his first nugget of the day.
My wife Maureen and I spend part of our winter season in the Quartzsite, Arizona area. One fine March morning, we left our RV camping area at approximately 10am in search of that elusive yellow metal with our metal detectors.
Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).
...we will continue our examination of the rich streams and mining districts, and then take a look at some of the big nuggets that have been found here.
This year was a test. We had never done anything like this before, yet we grossed $30,000 in the short time we had to mine.
The nugget sat there in plain sight, though it was covered in dirt, while hundreds of people had passed that way every day.
Here's the kicker—for every lost flake there was a five minute penalty added to the time. Lost gold generally meant you didn't make it past the preliminaries.
After getting all the gear together we headed up the old road that led us to an old ground sluice site. George and Kaleb were using lightweight VLF (very low frequency) detectors. I carried a newer technology unit that is just a tad coil-heavy in the front.
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