In this post I'll provide another clue to the location of Northern California's "nugget" creek. I'll also be pitching a bitch here so it might be a good idea to get your asbestos undies on.
Whining in the Mix
OK, as of today (Valentine's Day) four miners have correctly identified "nugget" creek's location and name. Some of my e-mail traffic implies that I've made it too hard for most of you to locate the creek, although I have to say there's been some whining and sniveling thrown into that mix. This after I tried to make things more fun for you (or so I thought).
To make things a bit easier, I've decided to include another clue to help you ID "nugget" creek:
6) Although the creek is in the United States, it isn't red, white, or blue.
Now if you still can't ID the damn creek with the help of this clue then I don't know what the hell to tell you.
Granted, the miners who correctly named "nugget" creek are probably experienced folks with good knowledge of Northern California gold locations. By the same token, these individuals did their homework...this is no slight to those of you who guessed incorrectly, but I feel compelled to say it none the less.
Why the Big Hub Bub, Bub?
I've also been asked multiple times why all the hub bub in bringing "nugget" creek to light. Pardon me while I take a very deep breath here...let me see if I can answer this question without blowing my cork totally.
Each week I get dozens of e-mails asking me all sorts of gold prospecting and mining questions, each of which I answer as promptly, thoroughly, and courteously as I can. The most frequent question I receive typically revolves around "Where can I find good gold?," "Can you steer me to some good gold locations?," or even this one, "Where are your best gold spots?" (Yep, you heard right...)
Making Things Too Hard?
So here I try and provide some of this info for you, make you work for it a bit all in good fun, and then I get taken to task by some of you for "making things too hard." (Deep breath again...)
Hooo boy...let me tell you something. In my 33+ years of small-scale mining NO ONE ever took my hand and said, "Don't worry J.R., everything about gold mining is eezy-peezy. Not only that, but I'm personally gonna put you right on the good gold, even if I have to show you my best spots. You won't even have to lift a finger. I'll do all of it for you."
Sure, I was fortunate enough to have a couple of old-timer mentors, but they certainly didn't make things easy for me. In fact, more often not, they kicked my ass and screamed and yelled at me the entire time. Let me clue you into something...I EARNED all that I know and whatever gold that came along with it the HARD WAY.
Blunter Than Blunt
You know, one of the main ills of our society today is the "quick fix" mentality. "I want it right now and I don't want to spend any effort getting it." I don't want to make mountains out of molehills but I've experienced a similar attitude from some of you and to be perfectly honest...I find it disappointing, to say the least.
Don't get me wrong, I truly care for and respect the great majority of you (i.e., 99.9% of my readers and supporters). It should go without saying that I'm constantly trying in all respects to help you by passing along my accumulated knowledge, info, and mining tips ABSOLUTELY FREE...something the dream merchants out there would slam you with for big bucks.
I'll be blunter than blunt here...a few of you have pissed me the hell off. Quit your whining, quit opting for quick fixes, and quit looking for others to do your work for you.
Cripes sakes, makes me wonder why the hell you're interested in gold mining in the first place.
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2013
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