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Gold Fever

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Restless28, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Restless28

    Restless28

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    On our last day in NE Georgia, we took a side trip to a Gold Mining place. We bought a $75 gallon bucket of dirt, and split the panning amongst the 4 of us. In about an hour and a half, we had found approx $150 of gold. I was happy to have made my money back, but almost shocked to have doubled up. The kids found the bulk of it. We also met a nice guy from Tennessee to showed us how to pan, and offered advice. He got a kick from seeing our little success.

    On the way home, I asked the family what their favorite part of the trip was, and it was that hour and a half of panning for gold. Hell, I liked the bike adventure a lot more, even though it beat me up, lol.

    I have been told by the wife that we have to do it again.
     
  2. *ASH*

    *ASH* FURBANITE

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    sounds cool ,

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  3. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

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  4. jeager

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    Hope you didn't dump your Slag.
    First-20th timers are notorious for missing a fair amount.
    Well Done !
     
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    When we were small kids in the late sixties, we took a trip to Franklin, TN where you did the same thing at an old saphire (sp?) mine. Still have the one I found and my best amateur Googling indicates it could be worth about $5-600 today. Still remember it...a great thing for kids to do. HH
     
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    Dehlonega Georgia? Neat little town and area. Used to go to a great Bluegrass Festival over there many years back. Met and talked with Alison Krauss, one on one, before she was big in the main stream.
     
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  7. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    You know you are in trouble when Jack and Todd start visiting your house and getting you to move to the Klondike for the summer. LOL
     
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    A buddy of mine got me into panning for gold before I left Arizona. We worked a stream that had yielded a $5k nugget earlier that spring. I never found a whole lot, but it's really cool to be able to go out in 'wild' (a couple hundred yards off the main highway through town) and find gold.
     
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    Very kool my friend:thumbsup:
     
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    I did that a kid in TN too. Haven't seen the little vial of water with gold flakes in it in a long time, I think I've lost it. There wasn't that much in it anyway. I think a bottle of Goldschlager has more flakes.

    So did they buy the gold from you on the spot or what?
     
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  12. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

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    I have thought that might be kind of fun to do too. Glad it worked out in your favor!
     
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  14. DanaT

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    I took my kid (7) gold panning. She was really wanting to find some gold. I had some exta gold laying around the house so I took the torch and melted into a small a little smaller than a 1/4 inch in diameter. I then rolled it around on the cement.

    We went panning the next day and the guy (like the previous time) was always telling that were paying him $5 a head to pan on his claim (for 1 minute or all day..was $5 a head) how just last week someone found a big nugget.

    We went panning and when she wasn't looking I played Santa and dropped it into the pan.

    She found the piece and was delighted. She showed the guy operating the place what she found. He almost wet himself when he saw a almost a 1/4 inch "nugget" come out of the stream. He wanted to know what part of the stream she found it in. He seemed befuddeled that she found that piece there but started to look himself.

    It was worth the effort (a little girl happy and an old guy all confused that a piece like that came out).

    -Dana
     
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    Now you have to figure out how to process and assay that that gold (hint: potassium cyanide dissolves gold).

    -Dana
     
  16. dondulah

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    That is a great family trip. God Bless!
     
  17. Paul53

    Paul53 All in all I'm just another brick in the wall.

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    If only I could see the world through a childs eyes again. Nice story, your kids will cherish it and you a ong time for it, Dad!
     
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    Took my daughter to Angels Camp, a town in the California gold rush region when she was young, about eight years old. That whole area along Route 49 is one of my favorites.

    Did some research on where to pan and what parts of a river to look. It was fun. Actually found some flakes.
     
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