hunting for gold

@savypat (20245)
United States
March 9, 2010 3:14pm CST
Have you ever hunted for gold? Where I live you can do this in our many rivers and creeks. It's a wonderful thing to do on a Summer's day and often you can find little shavings of gold. You get a gold hunting pan and scoop up sand from the river bottom and then you turn the pan around in your hands until you wash out most of the sand, since gold is heavy it sinks tothe bottom of the pan and that is where you will see it. It's fun being outside on a hot Summer day standing in a cool river and just enjoying the beauty. You better enjoy the beauty because there is only a very little chance you'll find any gold. About the same chance as you'll win the lottery. But you could others have.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 10
We'rein California gold country, we've gone panning for gold so often that the kids are sick of it!
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Time to take them river rafting if they are old enough. But I would bet they will remember doing this as children and look back on it with good feelings. When we were kids we got bored also, but hunted for rocks, fished or later just lay by the river and read. We were expected to entertain ourselves.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 10
We went on the American River two summers ago, maybe this summer again...
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@Detrox93 (107)
• United States
9 Mar 10
How can you become sick of going gold panning? I remember when I went gold panning once I was so excited and was sad to leave. But that was years ago. I might go gold panning in a few years, but I live in Georgia, so I don't know anywhere good around me.
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• United States
9 Mar 10
Oh, Pat! What great fun this sounds like! Panning in a river in this area is likely to bring up gators or snakes! If I were there, I'd be compelled to try the adventure, at least every now and then, just in case...
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
9 Mar 10
We don't have many snakes and no gators here. The river is a wonder and you can raft most of it. Salmon live there and the fishing is great. It is nothing like the Mississippi but there are sand bars where you can sit and pan for gold. It's a real beauty.
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• United States
9 Mar 10
Sounds positively magnificent!
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@yesah65 (158)
• United States
22 Jul 10
Yes, I have been an avid gold prospector for almost 30 years. I remember the first time I realized I had VERY TINY pieces of gold in the bottom of my pan...Well, I had to yell!! I have worked in California, Colorado, Wyoming, but California is the only place I have ever found any nuggets. For now, I am living in Arizona, with a lot of DRY snad and rocks. As you can imagine, I am learning to use a DRYWASHER...
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
23 Jul 10
You are the first tried and true gold hunter I heard from. Things are pretty exciting around here, they are taking out an old dam on a river which was very productive many years ago. I can't wait to see what they get. Thanks for your response
• United States
22 Mar 10
Oh my god....panning for gold sounds like so much fun! I don't live near any streams or rivers so unfortunately I can't go hunting for gold (unless I go to the lake but I doubt I would have much luck there). I hope you find more gold.
@savypat (20245)
• United States
22 Mar 10
It's a good thing hunting is fun because finding is very hard. Thanks
@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
11 Mar 10
I spent a whole summer in the mountains of northern California one year, panning and dredging for gold. My boyfriend had come home one day and told me he was being married the following week. That same day his father was kicked out of his house. The father and I were friends so he said let's go pan gold and we went. There was nothing romantic, we were like father and daughter. We took our dogs, his was my dog's father. We had a very relaxing, healing summer and I really did not want to leave! We didn't find much gold but we met nice people and healed our hearts some.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
11 Mar 10
Returning to nature can be very healing. That and running water, it carries it's own special healing energy. Good choice.
@libramie (562)
• Philippines
10 Mar 10
In early 90's I live in a small village where the source of leaving of the populace were gold hunting. I feel pity those people coz they brought heavy sack mud to the river and washed their to have a point of gram of gold doing throughout the day for family needs. How hard that work was.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
10 Mar 10
Yes to make enough to live on it's very hard work, we just did it for fun.
@besthope44 (12141)
• India
10 Mar 10
Is it?? thats interesting and great. We rather hunt gold through banks, where we pay money and get pure gold coins and save it. Well you are lucky, by the way which place is that..may be we will make a trip to get the little chance..lol..anyways thats really interesting and sounds different.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
10 Mar 10
Anywhere West of the Rockies you can pan for gold with some success. We are in Oregon.
@jakill (835)
10 Mar 10
That sounds like a really exciting day out. I bet children love doing it. No chance of that around here. I used to love hunting for mushrooms early mornings with my dad, which is about the closest thing I can think of. The mushrooms didn't get saved in a jar though. We ate them with our breakfast.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
10 Mar 10
I am afraid to hunt mushrooms around here we have so many different ones and most are dangerous. I don't know the difference and so would only go with an expert. But I do love to go out and take pictures of them. We have some giant ones right around the house. Thanks
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
10 Mar 10
hello pat, i had my share of the fun. when i was a "little younger", we used to go on a vacation in nabunturan (a mountainous area about 4 hours bus ride from where i live now) where we used to have a little vacation hut and a little creek runs below a hill. my aunt said she was able to get a few grams of gold while panning and so we did. we started at around 8 in the morning and it was already around 3pm when we stopped. you get to forget the time when you are doing it. i was rewarded with a little speck at the end of the day which i gave to my aunt and when we had it weighed (including all of what the other nieces got) it fetched about 3 grams. not a bad day right? its nice to remember the old days. ann
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
10 Mar 10
I'm gald you shared this with me, it's nice to kown others also have nice memories doing this activity.
@zandi458 (27948)
• Malaysia
10 Mar 10
I have never hunt for gold. It is lucky if one chance upon it. A one in a million chance of finding gold in any open area. The weather is too hot here and going out now is not comfortable.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
10 Mar 10
Well you will just have to go when the weather is cooler. Take more pictures, there are all kinds of treasures out there. Thanks
@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
10 Mar 10
Hi pat! That does sound like alot of fun! I would love it just for the reason of being able to be standing in the cool beautiful river! I don't play the lottery so I wouldn't be expecting much except for the fun of the "hunt"! I wish so much that I could be somewhere like that just to enjoy the beauty of nature! Sometimes I hate where I live because there isn't places that are easily accesible without a long drive to see the real beauty of NY! And it is worse because right now me and my boyfriend don't even have a car!
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
10 Mar 10
Well it's something you can keep in mind for a future trip. Thanks
• Canada
9 Mar 10
Sounds like something fun to do. I dont think theres any place where I live to do that. I think Id try it and then I wouldnt want to leave until I find something. I might be there for days and days haha! If you find something, what do you do after that?
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Well you can take it in and sell it or keep it for fun. If you find an ounce of course it would be worth selling. I know some people dive with wet suits and tanks, they may make enough to at least pay their costs. I've watched them but never talked to anyone who did this.
@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Wow, that does sound like fun. I would do it in a heartbeat. I want to go to the Crater of Diamonds and dig for diamonds, too. I think they do find some really nice stones there. Hubby feels lucky. We just need to coordinate our time and plan the trip. I would offer to come see you, but I think you live a little far away. I could run right next door to Colorado probably and pan for gold. I love this discussion, though because in my mind's eye I can see the whole scene and the sky is incredibly blue and the water is crisp and there are green hills around. Let us know when you go again .
@savypat (20245)
• United States
9 Mar 10
We don't have many green hills, what we have are mountians with lots of trees and dark hidden place, Haven't heard that Big Foot resides here. But you would be welcome.
@amybrezik (2120)
• United States
9 Mar 10
I went panning for gold when I was in Denver when i was a lot younger. There is not really a place to do it around here in Dallas. I wish there was because I think my kids would love to do that! I also want to check out the diamond crater in Arkansas, I have heard that that is a cool place too.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
9 Mar 10
I think hunting for diamonds would also be fun, but I would only go in the Autumn or early Spring, the Summer is just to hot there for me.
• United States
9 Mar 10
Panning for gold sounds like so much fun; but there is no place to do it where I am from. Have you ever come up with anything more than just a shaving? Maybe a very small nugget? I once read or saw on a show that you are more likely to find small pieces of gold between or under rocks in the riverbed. Have you found this to be true? Just trying to get a plan in case I head west and can get to a river to do some panning. Thanks. Hopefully summer will get here soon and you will find some gold.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
9 Mar 10
No I have never found anything that big, but I have seen some that others have found. I use to keep my flakes in a tiny bottle. I haven't gopne in a long time. But have watched other families enjoying the hunt.
• United States
12 Mar 10
I love to try my hand at that!lol
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