So I took my break from the cyber world and while doing so came up with several projects to do this year. They vary from insulating the garage to Operation Refuge (building a hunting cabin in my 90 acres of forest and Operation Gold Dust.
Operation Gold Dust is nothing more than checking something off my bucket list. In the last half of June I, and an old friend from my military career, will be heading into the Rocky Mountains to pan for gold.
I had originally planned for a two week trip, but my friend can only go for one. This will minimize my ability to pan for gold as it will take a couple days to acclimate to the altitude of 10,000 feet above sea level. However, my wife insists that I not go alone so I had to adjust.
I have located a few promising areas identified by other gold claims in the area, areas of confluence of streams that wind down the mountain and gravel bars on the inside of curves. That about limits my knowledge for pre-trip preparation for panning sites. Once we get there, I know to look for quartz and black sand in the pans when panning.
I have started my pre-trip amassing of supplies:
- metal detector – I have 2, an older White’s 6000 Pro/DI analog metal detector, and another White’s that is digital
- gold pans and sluice – I have both on order and will be here this week.
- Tent – I have a 6 person canvas tent, two cots, and extreme cold sleeping bags
- Campware – I have plates, cups, pots, pans, knives, forks and spoons
- Hatchets, saws, and a sledge hammer – Have them
- Personal protection – a .45/70 lever action rifle and a .45 cal handgun
- Generator – 1K Honda Inverter
- First Aid Kit – One of the better first aid kits to handle everything but surgery
- Maps – ordered from the Bureau of Land Management
- Cameras – I have more than enough camera equipment to document an adventure
Other than food, which will be purchased at the time of the trip, I am not sure what I’ll need.
I plan on documenting the whole trip and all preparations. All my posts on this trip will be entitled OGD and the date.
If you have experience and suggestions, please share!