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There's a First Time for Everyone

...day one was like watching the Gold Rush television show. He furiously worked the nozzle in an up and down fashion that resembled Jack Hoffman sitting on a backhoe.

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How to Stake Your Own Mining Claims—Part II


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After a while I got a very nice signal and out came a sweet kidney-shaped bit of gold weighing about three grams.

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