We have all heard the saying “Gold Is Where You Find It.” This saying is extremely misleading and wrong. This saying implies that gold is randomly dispersed, and should you happen to find it, it is only by sheer coincidence or luck. This is false. Finding gold is a science and an art, executed by people armed with the skill and experience to know exactly what they are doing.
Experience teaches us to look for the signs in the river or stream. Bedrock outcroppings, large boulders, dark gravels. inside bends, etc. Now think about how much dirt we move in any given day. How much dirt do we process on any given day, and how much gold to we get for the amount of dirt moved?
Now compare that to our reality TV shows where they process in excess of 250 tons per hour! Yards and yards and tons of dirt processed to obtain their gold. When you consider how much dirt we move in comparison, its astonishing we find any gold at all.
Why experienced prospectors are more successful in finding gold than others is quite simple. Do they process more dirt! NOPE! They process more dirt “that is likely to have gold in it,” than other dirt.
“Gold is NOT where you find it.” “Gold is found in places it is most likely to be.”
Seasoned prospectors have spent their lives learning what those places look like. When we find a pocket of gold, or even a nugget, we have a pretty good idea of why it is there. If you find your first nugget behind a very large boulder, chances are you will begin to check behind every large boulder. WHY? Knowledge. So learning the basics and how to look for the “signs” becomes crucial to your success.
So, the lesson for today is “Gold is NOT where you find it.” “Gold is found in places where it is most likely to be.” So have someone teach you WHERE to look!