We heard that there’s gold in them there hills.
I joined the local gold prospecting club in Kingman Arizona because nowadays, it’s pretty hard to find land that hasn’t had the mineral rights claimed. When you join the club, you get a map and permission to mine on their mining claims.
Otherwise, you have to research the claims, which is more work than I want to do. The problem out here in Kingman is that it’s dry. Thom has panned on and off for years all over the country and he told me he didn’t like dry mining and I see why. The drive and the hike is great, I like that part.
It’s an adventure to find the mines, and it’s a lot of driving out on rough dirt roads, best if you have a 4 wheel drive. We’re old so we haven’t figured out how to use the GPS on our new cell phones, but I think we will next time out. The directions are not exactly perfect, they don’t give you exact miles between turns, but we managed to find it anyway. The club signs are beat up and hard to read, but they are there.
Lots of black sand out there which means there is gold, too. Not that easy to find in dry mining, lots of work, lots of digging.
Our brand new Home Depot shovel plastic handle broke within the first 5 minutes, so we didn’t get but a ½ bucket and returned the shovel when we got back. They did however, give us a credit, so we bought another shovel and thought we’d go to garage sales and look for a used shovel with a better handle. Seems like you can’t buy just a handle here in Kingman.
The drive out to the claim (except for the chemtrails) was really nice.
Saw some beautiful cactus out there, at least 5 different kinds. I’d love to go photograph them when they are in bloom; especially the barrel cactus. These looked like they may be blooming. The ends almost look like a flower.
Set it up to pan the dirt in a gold pan and a big square pan full of water underneath. It took me all of 5 minutes to decide I’d rather just photograph the process. Boring…
So in the end, just a lot of black sand…We didn’t find any gold…I’m sure it’s a lot more exciting when you actually find flecks of gold or better yet, a nugget…