Gold is still in the same places it has always been, running water or not. You need to go through the same steps to collect the gravel and you will still need some water to wash the gold loose.
From one trip to the next, conditions change.
I’ve gone from a flowing creek to a desert in a month. That’s fine. Still the same process as before….. except, now I can see what I’m doing. I can see the bedrock, and the gravel between the broken rock. Time to start digging.
Lifting broken bedrock and cleaning it, is easy enough. It does take a while to fill a bucket full of gravel. The rewards could be good or not so good. It all comes down to your luck on the day.
At least I’m out of the house….. fresh air and nature. There is no way you could complain about that.
I used the public holiday to make the trip for three days, three days digging…. But the weather did not cooperate. Sunday afternoon saw the rain come on, and continue most of the night. Wet weather and camping do not go together.
Most of the Deer have been moved to another farm, not far away. We saw a half dozen on Saturday afternoon, but that was all. I did find an antler, beside the dam we were using to pan the pay dirt. Surprised at the weight of the antler, heavier than I thought it might be.
Monday was a pack-up before it started to rain again mission….. almost made it, but not quite. About ten buckets of gravel, for the whole weekend. Saturday with three buckets was the best day. Twice as much material on Sunday, for the same amount of gold.
It was a good weekend away, no matter how you look at it. Get out there, have some fun.