While riding in the LSD (Little San Domingo) proper this morning I passed a couple working a wash that gets worked every year just off to the left side of the road. You might know the spot if you’re familiar with the area, past the windmill, round the corner first wash on the left, think its a GPAA claim. Passing by I thought, these folks are very new to finding gold.
Then again I thought, maybe not, maybe they are the kind of folks who don’t try too hard, its just good exercise and conversation for them. Either way, just going to the first easy to get to wash in a known area is not a sure fire recipe for gold mining success. Or it could be a handicap situation, although judging by the equipment and vehicles I would say not. No matter what…all good.
So I kept going back to see if Wade was still at a spot, thought I’d stop and say hi and show him something I knew about the area. About 45 minutes later I was back as I did not see him there and passing by these folks again I pulled the quad over and asked how they were doing. “Not too great” the guy said…”Yeah that’s about what I figured. That spot has been dug out every year for decades, its just too accessible” I replied, “Well, I’ve got nothing better to do” he said. We both waved, smiled and said good luck to each other. OK I now understood and proceeded on my way to a nice little spot I try and keep under wraps.
I guess the next logical thing to say here is how I did as I did have something better to do. I squeaked out a nice gold nugget, nothing spectacular, almost 2 grams, but it just goes to prove a point. If you only go for the easy scores with gold mining and prospecting you will get slim pickings. If you keep your spots under wraps and work like you have a goal you will succeed. Now don’t get me wrong here, the fellow seemed happy enough and that’s what counts. If he really wants to see some gold maybe he’ll take my hint. As always, good luck and happy hunting!