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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Tangling With A Desert Monster


It all occurred when Gus and I returned to a remote placer gold area where we had previously found really good gold. The problem was that it would take about an hour to walk through the desert to get to it.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: The Disappearing Nuggets


Gold probably is one of the easiest things in the world to cheat an absentee owner out of. He would generally have no way of really knowing if a guy had found 3 nuggets or 30 nuggets on his claim.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Throwing Away Thousand-Dollar Hot Rocks


All of this made me have to conclude that those dummies just didn’t know what they were doing. It was a couple of years later before the solution for this puzzle became clear to me.

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Bumbling Through A Gold Bonanza


On about the fifth time across one of these slopes, and down near the little wash...bam! I found a nice chunk of rock, laced through with gold. Wow! How had I missed this?

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Add This to Your Bucket (Check) List


Midway into my first tank of gas I was beginning to see color in my sluicebox. Needless to say, I was excited.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: All Shook Up


It said to put a number of different-sized nuggets in a jar, and then cover them with the magic cleaner fluid. Then, vigorously shake the contents for a couple of minutes.

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Tuck and Roll


…more difficult terrain must be traversed in the hope of locating small pockets, low depressions or small gullies on needle-covered slopes.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: A Claim to Die For


I noticed an area which I could crawl through to keep going in a straight line. I got about three feet into the pile and Bob yelled for me to stop…

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: All Work and No Pay


At first we decided to see what the flat by our camp would produce where the old-timers had worked it with their Pelton wheel and dragline buckets.

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: The First Year Is The Hardest


The catch being was that it was about 60 miles from Anchorage near Hope, and a good four or five-mile hike uphill to the claims.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Coyote Poop Gold


Australians have told me that emus, being very curious, will pick up and swallow anything shiny or unusual. They say aborigines will kick and pick apart any emu poop they see to check them out for nuggets.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Those Blasted Boulders!


The sound got quiet when the fuse burned down into the clay. I waited, and waited…

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Of Mice and Men


He got out his new salt gun and began searching for the source of the intruder. He soon isolated the sound to a point in the rafters above the stove.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: How Curiosity Burst My Platinum Bubble


What are they? They are too hard to be lead, and are not tarnished like silver should be.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Does Caliche Grow?


…being sneaky, I filled in the hole, and buried therein some trash items that I had previously found, just to discourage any other detectorist that might come along.

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Dum-Dum Dodges a Boom-Boom


He could tell that the top part just slid partway down over the bottom half. So, he tried to twist it apart with his hands. No go!

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: The Good Luck and Bad Luck of Prospecting With Animals


I saw a big brown hind end of what at first I thought was an elk, about 75 yards away. I was standing behind a large tree and stopped and peeked around the tree to see what it was.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: If the RV’s a Rockin’, Please Come a Knockin’


I learned the next day that I was not the only one that had crossed paths with a bear. Dick told us about his harrowing experience from the previous night.

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: The Pains of Prospecting


We started off excited and enthusiastic as we began hiking up the river, daydreaming about finding big gold.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: White Knuckle Mining


…I was looking down on what was a frightening 500-foot sheer drop-off. We were precariously close to the edge as the shoulder was practically non-existent.

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