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    Do you Pan for gold?

    Just wondering how many panners are hanging around here, and do you bike to your mine? I used to pan for gold as a hobby but gave it up. It is a fun hobby and you sure can get some exercise wandering the hills and hauling your gear.

    So, do you?

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    once, when i traveled to wyoming (?)
    or montana

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    I have drank my share of Goldschlager. Sorry about the missing umlauts.
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    People do that all the time just up the road from where I live. In fact Dahlonega GA is the sight of the first gold rush here in the US. I have yet to try it, but it sounds like it could be fun for a day or so.
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    I have on occasion, not recently tho

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    It can get pretty tedius after awhile, let me tell you. Hunched over a pan swishing the water around in circles etc.... then when you are done finding only black sand. In all my panning (Idaho, Ca.) I have only found about three or four specks of gold. I'm not very good at it, but when I go camping I will carry a pan along and some bottles to store my new found riches. Someday.

    My grandfather was a miner all his life, died of miners lung, living in a small camp trailer on borrowed property. As my MOM would say, it's a fun hobby but not a way to raise a family.

    Anyway panning is fun but I won't quit my day job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    I have drank my share of Goldschlager. Sorry about the missing umlauts.
    I am so missing your reference, sounds like a beer to me. Umlauts?

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    Yes, second hand. I did a technical evaluation of a perched placer deposit north of Fairplay in Colorado. Only it used a small floating dredge. It won me the undergraduate report of the year. I turned it over to the property owner and moved to South Africa to work in a little gold mine that only produced about a ton a year.
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    i do it in my basement sometimes. i found a special vein of gold that will go directly towards an account i can only use for college so it doesn't get swollowed up by bike parts

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    I've panned for gold, but no, I haven't ridden my bike anywhere to do it... I should sometime. unfortunately I don't have a pan here... though they're not that expensive and I might actually find something here in Colorado.

    My grandfather is big into panning, and I've done it a few times with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingAnchor View Post
    I am so missing your reference, sounds like a beer to me. Umlauts?

    Steven
    It's a clear liqueur "health drink"with bits of gold leaf floating in it. Two dots (umlats) should be over the "a" in goldschlager to spell it correctly in German.


    Panning, dredging, detecting. Gold central up here in the Rockies, man. I saw a 77 year old guy's results from a day's worth of digging and scrapping bedrock (about 100 plastic 5 gallon buckets worth run through the sluice) of over an ounce of dust and flake. He did that 3 days a week, and it is backbreaking work. Got about a tenth of an ounce myself that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wernmax View Post
    It's a clear liqueur "health drink"with bits of gold leaf floating in it.
    there is actually not that much in there
    http://www.cockeyed.com/inside/golds...dschlager.html

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    No, but I'd love too!

    And there are several mines for different gemstones I'd like to try too!!!

    Watching Kirsten Gum's "Cash & Treasures" show on Discovery just fans the fire to get out there too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tude View Post
    No, but I'd love too!

    And there are several mines for different gemstones I'd like to try too!!!

    Watching Kirsten Gum's "Cash & Treasures" show on Discovery just fans the fire to get out there too!
    I thought you where a gold digger
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingAnchor View Post
    I am so missing your reference, sounds like a beer to me. Umlauts?

    Steven


    A cinnamon schnapps liqueur with real gold leaf floating around in it. Umlauts are the two dots that appear over the a.

    On topic, there used to a program that came on OLN, the TDF channel, called Gold Fever. Really bad production value and really just a paid ad for the Gold Panners Association or some such, but pretty entertaining to watch the host visit mines, streams, etc, looking for gold.

    http://www.outdoorchannel.com/Shows/GoldFever.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingAnchor View Post
    Just wondering how many panners are hanging around here, and do you bike to your mine? I used to pan for gold as a hobby but gave it up. It is a fun hobby and you sure can get some exercise wandering the hills and hauling your gear.

    So, do you?

    Steven

    I pan for pie.

    Has anyone else noticed that 47 is a magic number?

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    Careful, too much pie can make your hair really puffy and........... oh too late, never mind.
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    When I'm in the mood to stand in a stream and engage in an often fruitless venture, I get out my fly rod. I can't imagine possessing enough self-loathing to pan.

    Do you have to wear a worn out floppy hat, grow a beard, and say "prit-near" a lot when you do it?
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    Have you ever tried tying a gold pan onto your fly rod and multi tasking?
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    My dad used to do this a lot when I ws a teenager. I went with him a couple of times, but I haven't done it since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Have you ever tried tying a gold pan onto your fly rod and multi tasking?
    I hadn't thought of that. I have managed to take a leak in a stream with a fishing pole in my hand though, so there is a precedent for multitasking in a stream.
    “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by hos13 View Post
    I thought you where a gold digger
    No dear, a cougar.

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    No, but I do collect US coins.

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    Eh, sort of like panning for gold with a dime, I buy scratch off lottery tickets every so often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadiyah View Post
    My dad used to do this a lot when I ws a teenager. I went with him a couple of times, but I haven't done it since.
    Bring yer pan when you move here, there be gold en dem der quebradas....

    I have a pan, only used it once, but there is definitely gold in the area. I make more though from the interesting wood I find on the streams.

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