Hello everyone, and welcome to my site. I have been an outdoors man since I was able to walk and have always had a passion for rock hounding. After retiring from my job of fifty years I decided to get back to my passion of rock hounding with a slight twist, gold prospecting. Panning, sluicing and metal detecting keep me outdoors with people of similar minds ranging in age from 6 to 86 years old.
I was born and raised in Virginia, that just so happens to be the place of the first gold discovery in the US according to some accounts. That is a story for another post. Northern and Central Virginia lies in the pyrite-gold belt that also includes a lot of quartz and crystals of various minerals.
I found my first quartz crystal exploring a gravel pit near my home and I was hooked for life.
It seems to me that being outside and doing something you love is as good as it gets. I have met folks along the way that all have something in common, aside from being out of doors, they all seem to be willing to help and share. That is how I ended up joining a non- profit that teaches children and adults alike the joys of gold prospecting. What kid of any age doesn’t like playing in a creek and getting wet and maybe a little muddy.
Gold panning is great fun for the entire family and can be enjoyed in most states in the US. I look forward to seeing you at the creek.
I want to share my love of the outdoors and in particular my passion for prospecting as it can be a very rewarding experience.
The first time you, or a family member, finds a speck of gold in the pan it is an indelible memory to be talked about for years.
It is an opportunity to share time with friends and family and a great chance to meet new friends along the way. For younger folks it’s a way to learn new skills and stewardship of the land.
Gold prospecting is an inexpensive hobby and only requires a shovel, a bucket and gold pan to start. You can, of course, purchase more expensive equipment but it is not needed to enjoy a fabulous experience outside with friends and family.
GOAL OF THIS SITE
The goal of this site is to introduce the novice to gold prospecting and promote the hobby for all of us that like to play outdoors in a safe and responsible manner.
You may never get rich prospecting for gold but you surely will enrich your life with every trip you take. I hope to see you all out there.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you.