Monday, September 9, 2013
Can you dig it?
Across the street from our house is a shallow, lazy river. Not much goes on over there unless you keep track of Dotty's coming and goings like we do. Of course there was that time that the forest service helicopter was using this part of the river to fill up a nylon bag with 90 gallons of water to fight a local fire. But mostly nothing happens over there.
Except lately we've heard a motor sound coming from the river.
Come to find out there is a guy digging for gold in that shallow, lazy river. That contraption is a dredging machine that digs dirt up from the river bottom and runs it through the sluice box there where you see water coming out of the back. He says he's been a gold digger for 30 years and found a nice nugget just the other day. He says he finds lots of old silver coins from the early 1900s too.
Now I guess it wasn't so crazy when a few years ago my kids were in the creek behind the house panning for gold. Looks like I need to get them back out there.