So what’s going on in this picture? Why, I am thawing out a pile of frozen paydirt that’s what! I have a big old tarp and a diesel heater and I’m thawing and screening paydirt to sell. At the end of the mining season last year, I made a pile just in case. I never thought to have to do this as we had 1500 bags in my garage, ready to go. That’s what we get for aiming low. We have been so blessed with folks wanting our paydirt to try their hand at mining in the comfort of their own home. We sold that 1500 bags by January, so every few weeks here I am, going back for more. Thank you to all of you for your support for our dream.
The other thing you may notice is there is no snow on the ground. While the rest of you are buried in snow in places like Tennessee and Georgia, we have YOUR warm weather up here. I’ve lived here all my life and have never seen anything like this winter. Its gotten up to 60 degrees around here at a time its supposed to be below zero. Don’t know what is going on with our planet, but I say let’s just skip this winter and go straight to Mining Season!
So there I was…on the dozer…I ask, “is there gas.”…response is,”Yes, just topped it off.” As operator I should have looked and since I did not we spent many hours bleeding air and recharging the battery, over and over and over. It was another wonderful and exciting weekend at the gold mine. We learned a lot about the old John Deere 1010 Bulldozer and we managed to dig 22 buckets of Pay dirt out of the frozen ground, with the help of a propane weed burner. You can‘t pay for day of adventure like that!
Well while we were up at the mine for Thanksgiving, I thought boy it sure would be fun to get the dredge out and find some gold. So I wandered on down to Quartz creek to see if there were any good spots to slip in the water. As the creek came into view I had to thoughts, “Brrrrrrrr” and “Boy I am glad the state does not allow dredging in the winter months.” This photo is what I saw. Just so everyone knows, I am really only allowed to dredge in the Salmon creek/streams from May, 15 – July, 15.