Couple's afternoon at the beach yields almost 5 grams of gold

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nae bother


His repetitive, soothing tone was putting me to sleep. I need to play this at bedtime.


I totally get it. I’ve only ever panned for gold - no fancy sluices or anything like that, but it’s worthwhile when you see some color appear in your pan. I don’t know if I’d have the physical energy to process that much material these days though.


I too scrambled to look up the value, but must admit 5 hours work = $194.60 isn’t bad, per se, but it’s not that great either. Then again, y’know, gold baby!

That is not an “afternoon at the beach”.

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I have the world’s largest collection of seashells gold. I keep it on all the beaches of the world… perhaps you’ve seen it.
– Steven Wright


5 hours or work plus a whole lot of equipment, transportation, etc… That $200 goes into the red real quick. I hope this is mostly a hobby.


It’s more gold than I made in 5 hours today.


When I was 12 or so, I spent a summer “off the grid” with my big sister and her (thankfully now ex-) husband, dredging for gold on a claim in the Sierra Nevada foothills. It was a real hand-to-mouth existence, and the work was both very hard and sometimes quite dangerous. I was only there for a (quite mild) summer, but they were at it for about five years. Truly it was the sort of thing to look back on and laugh, but at the time…


earlier this year, I was dispersing my camping above hiway 50 in the Sierra and came across (what I assumed) was a bootleg mining op; a rusty generator, bunches of steel reinforced hose, human built rock walls, fire pits and trash and shotgun shells, all along a beautiful little creek. Fuck gold-mining.


I used to jog along the South Platte River in Denver. Around 2011-2012, there was a fad for a bunch of ‘Old Guy Gold Panners’ always trying to strike it rich in the river - pumps, sluices, etc. They’d proudly show off their little test-tubes with a smudge of microscopic flakes, and I’d nod and smile indulgently.

…about once a year, I find a chunk of gold in a completely wrong and serendipitous context. A gold earring runover in a parking lot, a wedding band in a gutter, a cheap gold necklace broken at a walk signal. I’ve found more by just wandering around at random than those poor guys ever found in that knee-deep open sewer. Do my shoes count as an investment in equipment?


Heh, I know exactly what you’re talking about! I used to go hike in an area with gold, and got a little portable sluice and pan. Always filled in my holes, and left no trace. Barely left with any gold also. It was a fun and relaxing way to spend a day here and there.

Then I looked at a bunch of scrap electronics in my garage and thought… Those old CPUs and fingerboards are plated in gold, and I’m pretty good at chemistry…

From panning, I have maybe 1/4oz of gold total.
From electronics recovery (materials obtained for free from local computer shop, then taken to recycling), well, let’s just say I sold a small cast bar a while back and financed a nice vacation for the wife and I.


Combine your hobbies for added fun.


Oh, that is ridiculous. I’ll be snickering all day.

so that channel sells that gear, then ?


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