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Well Gerry I think the only thing you've missed and the main reason we hunt gold is simply we are a wee sun touched. Too much time out under the sun, right now that suns first morning rays are breaking and it's time to get up fire up the generator and get that morning expresso in hand and quietly watch that sun rise.  Well that's my excuse.

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5 hours ago, Gerry in Idaho said:

 

Maybe it's the solitude of being out in the middle of nowhere and not having to listen to the constant hustle and bustle of everyday life?  Being the only person on the side of a mountain and all you hear is sounds of nature around you?  

Enjoyed coin shooting for 26yrs focusing on older coins and for living in the youngest area(s) of the U.S. I've dug a pretty fair collection of Morgans, seated, barber, mercs, LC, IH's, V's, buffies, etc. etc.  It finally got to where I hated trips to the city, people calling cops, sirens, traffic, people asking questions, people cussing you, dogs barking, etc. that I burned out on it.  Always been a loner avoiding the crowd and my hobbies have been solitary things like trapping, shed hunting, trail cams (trapping without the hard work, blood and guts), cutting wood, hiking into the back country, etc.  Always wanted to chase gold but never had the opportunity until recently when a guy said he was a prospector and would take me up to his claim and show me around, etc.  Digging, sluicing, classifying, panning was fun until the fucking Forest Service came along and told me ALL the stuff I couldn't do and that pissed me off and I said to self...that's it I'm going to use a detector from now on....and damn glad I switched so in the end the FS actually helped me with their crap....lol

that's my story......

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Hunting gold takes me to beautiful places I would not otherwise visit. I love the history, the geology, the adventure, the solitude and thrill of finding gold. I also enjoy the friends I make and the knowledge we share. 

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4 hours ago, Randy Lunn said:

Hunting gold takes me to beautiful places I would not otherwise visit. I love the history, the geology, the adventure, the solitude and thrill of finding gold. I also enjoy the friends I make and the knowledge we share. 

Perfectly said, Randy! Hope to see you at Gold Basin in 4 weeks 🤠

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For me when I started hunting gold with my grandfather, I found that when I was out there either panning or sluicing that I had no worries in the world.

I believe that most of us will agree that when we do something we like there is no better feeling.

I am just learning to metal detect for gold, and can't wait to be able to get out there to do it. Should I not be able to find it with a metal detector I will simply go back to one of my sluices or just start panning again in the local creeks.

I will admit that I enjoy coin hunting with my detector and can/have hunt for several hours without any breaks.

It seems that when I am out there and in the zone/hunt there is nothing that can be more relaxing.

Hope this helps explain why I am out there every chance I get.

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I think it is a natural progression.

When we are young and in our prime we chase skirt, and then when we get older we look for for something else

that will give us that adrenaline rush like we experienced in our youth, and for me gold still does that😉

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All of the above plus trying to figure out where Mother Nature has hidden the stuff and, occasionally, getting it right.

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