The Road to Camping Gold

Hunting for Gold

The first chore was setting up the camp.  I am very happy with the nylon tarp. It held up very well in the gusty wind and rain.
gold camp set up

Every morning  for 10 days I drove to what I thought was the closest place to begin the “easy hike” to the claim area. That little white mark is Lilith.
Lilith Gold Hunt Parking

The ground, once I got down to the river level, was little hills and valleys of the old river bed. Covered with mossy round rocks and over-my-head tall, scratchy bushes with occasional paths that would dead end.

Gold Hunt BushyPath

Gold Hunt Wounds

My arms were worse. Face isn’t too bad. Nothing really hurt, I was too excited to find gold.

After several days of struggle in the scratchy bushes jungle I figured that it couldn’t be the “easy hike”, so  I tried walking up the Dolores River to the site.
Dolores River

Hours of sliding over mossy round rocks was not as much fun as I thought it would be. The water is very cold. But I would stop several times to pan for gold, in someone else’s claim.

Every day for 10 days I would return to the truck and drive back to the campsite, exhausted, shaky, bloody, bruised and excited to start again the next day. I never made it to the claim. BUT … I may have just found a new way to get there. I just have to crawl over the highway fence. Stay tuned.

I did find a little bit of “flour” gold and a tiny flake of what may be gold or pyrite. And still love the process.


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8 Responses to The Road to Camping Gold

  1. Pippa says:

    So good to hear of all your attempts to get to your own site. Is there a topographic map of the area? Take care and look forward to hearing more. Pippa


    • Mas Prema says:

      I have a topo of the area. The BLM office has an exact map of the claim area, but, thanks to virus, they are closed. I picked the first bunch of ways cuz according to the maps the way was flat. I figured that flat was the easy part of the “easy hike” . Got another idea of going down this very steep area, but it is way shorter. Cross your fingers!

      On Sat, Jul 18, 2020 at 5:06 PM Truck Camper Hints wrote:



  2. Cindy Rogers says:

    Wow Pickett, what a fun adventure! When you find your claim can you wack a trail for easier access? I love living vicariously through your adventures 🤗


    • Mas Prema says:

      I don’t think wacking NF trees/bushes is OK. I really think I have another way to get to the spot. I have been too stubborn, thinking that the flat way was the way to get to the spot. I’ll let you know.


  3. Frederic says:

    Beautiful country! It seems even your own gold comes at a price! Glad you are enjoying yourself so much!


  4. Dale says:

    Luv your camp site. Looks so secluded and peaceful. You take care, too many adventures await you to be getting hurt. Have fun & YES YOU CAN DO IT!!!


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