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Interstellar Orchard: Camping on a gold mine

From the bloggers at Interstellar Orchard.

So, one of our number at the Xscapers convergence here at Dome Rock just outside of Quartzsite is a bonafide tour guide. He works 6 months on, 6 months off and is currently theoretically off, but I guess when out taking a walk he happened upon a fellow who is prospecting for gold on a claim only a quarter mile or so from our camp, and he arranged for a group of us to come out and get a little informal lesson in gold prospecting. A tour guide’s work is never done.

We walk out to meet the the guy, Todd, at his RV, and he takes us to the area he has been working. He does this for a hobby and has only been at it for about three months but is quite knowledgeable at good at explaining what he does. Sadly I’m not as good at remembering, any errors here are not his but my own.

He is not the owner of this claim, it is owned by a prospecting club that he is a part of, and one of the benefits of membership is that members can work any claim owned by the club and keep what they find. So he arrived a few weeks ago and scoped out the area to find a likely spot. You can see in the photo below that his dig area is in a wider section of a wash, where another wash dumps into it. Apparently the reason why this part of Quartzsite is flat enough to park RVs on is because it was bulldozed years ago when there was a gold rush in the area. Any gold found here is not a new deposit, but runoff from the mining years ago that gets exposed during heavy rains, so washes are a good place to look.

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