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Gold Prospecting: For Better or Worse

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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.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: A Long Hike


Making matters worse, we could feel the truck moving very slowly down the mountain along with the trees and mud. It was an uncomfortable sinking feeling, as you might guess.

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Stupid Is As Stupid Does


The temptation to enter the dark interiors beckoned to me before the day was finished but I resisted.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Lesson Learned


I have a slight mental disorder. It causes frequent lapses in common sense, good judgment and bouts of high fever—gold fever.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Doomed from the Start


The dredge and our gear, with us clinging on to the sides, bounced along until it got hung up on a large boulder in the middle of the river.

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Gold Prospecting: For Better or Worse--It Was A Dark and Overcast Night


With one outstretched hand grasping the bottle and the other waving at air, I moved forward feeling for the tent. No tent. No tree.

Gold Prospecting: For Better or Worse


We all love to see that first glimmer of gold when it peeks out from under the black sand in our pan, or feel the weight of a nugget in our scoop when we dig a good target. But sometimes things don’t go quite so smoothly.

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