Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Work in Progress

 (There's always a positive path forward.)

Once again, I'm veering away from small-scale gold mining to submit another pathway from the self-help book I'm writing titled, Positive Pathways: a Basic Guide to a Better Life. I do believe that what I have to say in this book (a work in progress at present) could help people turn their lives around for the better, but ultimately that's for folks like you to decide. Anyway, here's Pathway 14 from the book. It's lengthier than most posts you're familiar with, but if you read it in full you may come away with some new and potentially valuable conclusions.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

An Eye Opener for Some (Conclusion)

 (Would-be Argonauts working the gravels of the American River near Placerville, California.)

In this post I'll be wrapping up the story of Ephraim Thompson's trip to the California goldfields of 1854 where this idealistic Hoosier was soon disabused of his "strike-it-rich" notions, like so many others before and after him.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

An Eye Opener for Some (Part 2)

(California's Sierra Nevada Mountains not only contain gold but some pretty rough terrain as well.)

I meant to get another post published on Saturday or Sunday but it was one of those weekends, so forgive the delay. Anyhoo, let's get back to Ephraim Thompson and his experiences in the California goldfields of 1854. When we left off in the previous post, Ephraim was heading inland with his three pards for the gold diggings in the Sierra Nevadas.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

An Eye Opener for Some (Part 1)


 (Most miners formed small groups or "companies" during the California Gold Rush.)

Ephraim Thompson left his family's farm in Indiana in late1853, bound and determined to "strike 'er rich" in the newly discovered goldfields of Northern California. Like many other young men of the era, Ephraim believed he could create a better life for himself and his family through gold mining in one of the richest gold strikes of all time. In this post I'll be quoting edited passages (in italics) from this would-be Argonaut's letters home and commenting on salient passages. So stick around...this should be an eye opener for many of you.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Additional Thoughts on the Straight-Line Theory


In this post I'll be musing a bit about the straight-line theory of placer gold deposition. This is an oft-repeated theory in placer gold mining so I think it deserves a closer look. Read on to find out more.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Be Proud and Stand Tall


 (Slings and arrows...)

As you well know, there are quite a few slings and arrows being cast at small-scale gold miners here in the United States these days. New bureaucratic stumbling blocks and the bitter sting of special interest groups are part and parcel of this trend, but that doesn't mean all is lost by any stretch. It just means things got harder for all of us.