Lucky Golden Nuggets Find In Arizona / Re-blog lottery!

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Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. This applies in most areas of life but even more in the world of prospecting for gold. You can have years of experience and knowledge of where to look and where to dig, but there is always an element of luck! What I'm going to share with you today is a perfect example of just plain dumb luck. It happened years ago with a couple of my prospecting buddies.

I had just arrived at the "secret" spot in the Arizona desert with my fellow prospectors. It's a spot where we have found a lot of nuggets along the bedrock in several washes. So I hopped out of the SUV and grabbed all my needed gear, turned on the metal detector and immediately got a strong hit right where I was standing. After a little digging a came across this beauty right next to where we had parked!

This one is just about three grams in weight, isn't a beauty? Most of the time I don't really turn on my detector until I'm in a spot that I'm ready to work. After that all three of us went crazy detecting all around the area we had parked. I found a couple smaller nuggets but one of the guys found a five gram nugget! And it all happened from just plain good luck! We weren't even in a wash or close to bedrock is which made it weird, but I never complain when I find some gold.

You'll notice that it's a nice smooth looking nugget having been washed down an ancient river for many, many years before being left in the soil for me to find. There is literally tons of gold deposited in the ground around the world just waiting to be found, you just need to look and get lucky!

When I think back on my years of prospecting many of my best finds were all due to some good luck of searching an area I might have otherwise ignored. Many times because it was hard to get to, but that's probably why no one had looked there before! I'm definitely not in condition to do some of that stuff anymore, but it sure is a lot of fun!

Here's another on the smaller nuggets I found with the one above, this one is about 0.8 grams:

Finding nuggets is a lot more fun than panning for gold, but finding the right spot is the hard part! In Arizona there is a place called the potato patch. It earned this name because prospectors would often find gold nuggets the size of potatoes. Unfortunately those have all been pretty much picked out over the years, but who knows there may be yet another monster nugget just waiting to be found!

One thing to always keep in mind while prospecting is to be safe. Many prospector's have died while searching out their fortunes. A perfect example is the Lost Dutchman's mine. People are still searching the Superstition Mountains in Arizona for the fabled lost mine, and many have lost their lives in the process. Most people die from falling off precarious cliffs, it's not usually the wildlife. So always be careful when you're out in the wilderness!

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Weaver's Needle is supposedly a marker to help find the lost Dutchman's mine in the Superstition mountains.

If you decide to try your luck at prospecting I wish you some great luck! It's always best to find a local group of prospector's who can help you get started and will likely let you join in on one of their gold hunting trips. And always remember to search in areas where gold has been found before, if you're looking for gold where there isn't any you will most likely walk away empty handed!

I am currently considering forming a prospecting group here on Hive. If you are a prospector or are just interested in learning about it from such a group please let me know.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read my post. I really do appreciate it. If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions please feel free to leave them below. Thanks for stopping by and all of your support!

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And my disclaimer:

Gold prospecting is a very fun hobby, but it can be expensive. It's very possible that if you invest too much into equipment it may take a long to to get a return on your investment, and some people never do. Also please remember that not all detectors and dredges are the same, always research carefully before buying them.

All photos are mine unless otherwise noted.

References:
https://www.historynet.com/ghost-town-rich-hill-arizona/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Dutchman%27s_Gold_Mine

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Wouldn't you think if the original person found it, the mine is probably a lot more accessible than on the side of a cliff? I mean what do I know. Either way I love a good treasure hunt!

From what I've read it was a rich enough vein to be worked by hand, so not likely on the side of a cliff. But people are stupid as we all know.... There is gold in the Superstition mountains though, so who knows? Maybe it's real and just hard to find?
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Yeah, we just finished it last night. Good point on that mine if that is actually the case.

Damn, that was a lucky shot there! How cool to find it right next to where you parked. Thanks for sharing that cool story!

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What a gorgeous nugget! I wish I lived closer to your area. I'd love to do a little prospecting out there. I've been out west many times, but never actually tried my hand at prospecting while there. Only in places back east like Arkansas and North Carolina. Though I've heard tell there's some gold right here in Tennessee, and not too far from me. This is definitely the wrong time of year to be chasing it though. 11 degrees F would be some pretty cold weather for panning. 😄

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That’s simply amazing my friend!🤗
Combine the Gold and the warm weather and I’m ready for Arizona right now!!😊

Sure beats to bitter cold up there without so much as a snow plow!
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That if does my friend, if it wasn’t for those rattlesnakes!😳🤣😊

Those pesky things are a problem in summer, in winter you really don't see them much thank goodness!

Hmmm.... Sounds like a nice place to be in the winter!!😇😀

It's really nice in winter especially down towards Yuma, rarely ever freezes down there.

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I would definitely be interested in joining a prospecting group to learn! 😁

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That is one lucky finding. I just read about the gold prospecting in the island, which is very slim, since the island is very young to be able to bear some gold according to the article that I read. : ) !LOLZ
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I think my local coin show has person that does some prospecting as a hobby. I hope he still has a table for the sold out February coin and stamps show.

I guarantee he won't be prospecting in Feb. in Canada! I love coin shows!
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I'd like to go gold prospecting once, at least once!
Great story!
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Like you know there's lots of gold in those mountains not too far from you. I'm sure you'll get to it soon! Thanks!
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My day will come one day or another even if it's a big chunk form a mine 🤣 !BBH

When those kids get big enough to be helpers I'm sure you will. There's tons of gold in Canada!
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