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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.

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.

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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…

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.

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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.

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!

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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.

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.

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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.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Respect the Angle of Repose


If you have done any hiking in rough terrain you are well aware that going down a slope is much more difficult and dangerous than climbing it.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Powerless


My brother Darryl and I had not had a prospecting adventure since January and we wanted to try out our new drywasher, so we decided to go for the weekend and check out some claims near Barstow…

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Man vs Paydirt


As I laid in my Jeep and tried to get some rest, I began to realize how tired I was. I felt like a little kid who walked around Disneyland for 12 hours with his parents.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: In A Tight Spot


My right rib cage took the brunt of the blow from the fall, which left me feeling partially paralyzed and in immense pain.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Cold Gold


Because waiting for spring seemed to be taking forever, my 15-year-old granddaughter Grace and I decided to pan for gold sooner. The thought was…even if we did not find any gold, we would set a new record for absurdity—gold panning in the coldest weather!

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: The Superbowl Nugget


My next strategy was to walk anywhere and everywhere that I had been inside this home and garage. I looked on the floor, in the bathroom, I checked the bathroom trash can, and I even pulled the shower curtain back and looked in the bathtub.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Gold Is Where You Find It


Saturday came and it looked to have the makings of a dreary, misty day. Undaunted, I loaded my truck with my sluice, buckets and gear, and headed for the claim.

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