It’s been a struggle to get time off for a trip, between work, and the daughters new job (ie. Dad’s Taxi Service.)
So, some quick Emails and phone calls, a rough plan was put into action. Eight probables for the weekend. The night before the trip, we were down to three definites, and time was reduced to Saturday morning up until 2pm Saturday afternoon. The plan was a quick raid on the “ProphetAU” mine at Kilkivan. Go hard at the wash dirt provided, and see how much gold could be won, in the shortest amount of time.
I arranged with Mark “Panned” to go in the one vehicle, save on fuel, made sense. We were on the road before six the next morning. Driving in the cool with some one to talk to makes the trip go quicker. We arrived at the “ProphetAU” about 8.20am( 40 minutes before they opened for business) and set ourselves up, filling buckets with dirt and soaking them with water to break down the clay.
Good quality wash dirt, nicely piled up, a wash tub full of water, buckets soaking…. it was like the count down to a race. Come on 9am…. OK go. Sometime towards ten, our third definite turned up, with friend (Paul “Razio” and Al). Now “Razio” has all the toys, and he always brings them with him. Out of his hatchback car, came a steady stream of prospecting toys and equipment, buckets, pans, sieves, sluices, hand dredges, concentrators, and a stainless steel bowl from his wife’s kitchen cupboard (Yeah, you read that right!)
The morning pasted quickly, with good finds of gold between the three experienced panners. “Razio” started to break out the toys, first was a demo of his home made hand dredge. Works well. Next was the concentrator.
“Razio”announced his intention to go into full scale mining mode, what with his concentrator set-up and running flat out. By launch time, the four of us had put a sizeable dent in the pile of wash dirt. Our target of a gram of gold each, was well within reach.
Lunch was provided by “Panned”, after all it was his turn, and can’t he cook snags, AWESOME.
After launch, it was all go. Getting through as much dirt as possible. I did take time out to show some others how to pan. All together, I counted 20 gold panners at the “ProphetAU” mine this Saturday, I think I managed to talk to 17 of them, and demonstrate gold panning to eight of those. 2pm, “Panned” and myself were on our way back to Brisbane, concentrates in tow.
I’ve cleaned my concentrates up on Sunday morning. Here’s the picture.
So when you are short of time, the “ProphetAU” mine, will do just fine, thank you very much. Feel free to comment.