Topic Author's Original Post - May 11, 2013 - 09:56am PT
Well, it's about that time. We're heading over to camp out tonight with the kid for the first time, and scout the awesome canyon that holds the mysterious pockets of gold (I hope).
There are one or two of you who've expressed interest (or perhaps a sheltered, skeptical willingness) to participate in this crazy venture. If I can find your messages, I'll reply with info.
This is just scouting, hoping to get some new pictures, new perspectives, and maybe drop a dry fly in the water upstream. Family is coming to visit this afternoon. They have no climbing interest. They want to ride quads. Naturally, they won't be keen on hiking, scouting, and climbing. And the better half wants to GTFO early tomorrow, so my time is limited.
As I say, I'm going to try and scout it out. If you're interested in coming up to meet and have a beer, let me know, I'll send directions and buy extra sauce. Probably no time to climb this round.
When I see that I dont think climbing, I think kayaking. That looks like some good boating potential, I am sure it's already been done. What river?
Speaking of panning for gold, when i was a river guide back in the mid 80's I was taking a group down the Middle Fork of the American River, we had just portaged Ruck-a-chucky and was heading down stream in the lead boat. I pulled behind a mid stream boulder into an eddy to wait for the rest of our group. I backed the boat into the boulder and reached into a hand sized crack to hold the boat when I noticed the crack was partially filled with quartz and upon further examination noticed large veins of gold, lots of gold mixed with the white quartz. I was pretty excited upon my discovery but managed to keep my excitement to myself. I made a mental note of where the boulder was and finished the trip. I have never returned. I am sure it's been discovered by now but the thought still crosses my mind from time to time to return and check it out. I know the general area but have long since forgotten exactly where that boulder is exactly. Oh well, it's a fun memory at least.
So after hiking a bit further down the rim of the little gorge and looking around, I noticed a few ramps leading down from the other side that may or may not require rope. Also, it looks to me like mostly lower quality stuff that all you super-experienced dudes wouldn't have much interest in.
There are, however, some nice pools of water, big pockets of gravel, and the water level's super low. So in a couple weeks I'm heading back on my own if the better half will allow it.
Anyhow, yell at me here if this kind of crap looks good to you, you like goldpanning, or you just don't mind throwing back a couple beers with no real promise of gold, fish, or climbing.
We had a nice first campout with the kid, in spite of both the girls coming down with a nasty cold saturday.