Gold Prospecting on the Dolores

Hunting for gold has occupied most of the time during the last 2 weeks. The picture below shows where I start the hike to the claim. I get very nervous crossing the road to get across the guards. Coming back is tougher. My legs are shaking and I am out of breath.

parked truck at gold spot

Then I get down to Scotch Creek, which I have to cross. Not hard, but I am a tad shaky after coming down from the road. Its steep and rock strewn. And the rocks in the creek are slippery.

Scotch Creek

Then I walk, with a stool in my left hand, a cane in my right, a backpack with a shovel, snuffer bottle, scoop, and pan. I also carry toilet paper and water and a ginger ale. Finally I come to “my” claim. Then I start prospecting, looking for some sign of gold.prospecting for gold

And keep walking and prospecting. prospecting for gold

And get totally distracted by the

So I haven’t found the “magical” spot to find much gold. YET. But I have found many breathtaking views and flowers and water. And some “flour” gold.

There is a change in the plans, however. Tomorrow I will be campground hosting. The folks who I have worked for before (Rocky Mountain Recreation Company) are hurting for help. COVID. They were great to me for many years, so I volunteered.  One of the joys of being retired, the flexibility. Will have to wait for next year to find the gold.


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3 Responses to Gold Prospecting on the Dolores

  1. emari says:

    Loved this! Beautiful 🌲☀️


  2. Cindy Rogers says:

    Wow,your claim must be above 11,000’, u don’t see fushia paintbrush until then. I bet hosting will be a nice change and some social surroundings. Seems lots of folks are heading to the hills and mountains to get away from cities. Aspen and Woody Creek have been insanely busy!

    Your claim looks amazing …this fall or next summer…😊
    Love seeing your wonderful adventureous life 😘


    • Mas Prema says:

      The claim is at 10,000 , more or less. I didn’t know the flower’s name, but was startled by its color. There were lots around. The area is breathtaking. And being alone with all that beauty gives me goosebumps.

      On Thu, Aug 6, 2020 at 8:07 PM Truck Camper Hints wrote:



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