Usually I don’t like to have my reoccurring blogs be going back-to-back, but I feel like having the Take Someone series start the month off as opposed to finish it, will be much better for this year. That way you can hopefully be inspired to share a passion or make a plan and get outside and do it!
This month’s topic is going to be a little “out there” but I am sure many of you made the resolution to try new things! So this might be something that you try out for the first time, with a friend! I am talking about: prospecting.
Prospecting is the search for mineral deposits in a place, especially by means of experimental drilling and excavation. More commonly in slang it is the term used for looking for something. I was prospecting for the best deal on fresh pineapple. I was prospecting my hamper for clean socks. Those new guys that want to ride with our motorcycle clubs are the prospects. And so on.
Prospecting and the lure of “striking it rich” definitely inspired and changed our nation in many ways. From populations appearing in western states to boomtowns, people sought their fortunes and made this country what is. We still see reverence for this time in common culture with sports teams such as the San Francisco 49ers and the Colorado Nuggets.
Shows like Gold Rush have inspired a new generation of go-getters to get out there. While I’m not saying quit your day job, you would be surprised what you can acquire by just recreational prospecting. To which there are mainly two forms of nowadays: panning and detecting.
For panning you will need a good amount of tools. Picks, pans, tweezers and more are kind of the standards. Kits are available, which makes things easier. And you pretty much head out and start searching. Make sure you check with local laws and regulations before prospecting. And you might not find gold, but who knows what treasures you may find?! Heck when I was little, if I found a rock that looked like the Millennium Falcon it was as good as gold to me!
For detecting, your tools are less but much more advanced. You will need a metal detector and then some kind of shovel or spade to dig up whatever you detect. You can commonly see people doing this on a beach or in parks. Once again, check with local laws and regulations. Also be sure to put back any earth you dig up. You don’t want to be the one that ruins it for everyone else!
Not only will you benefit from getting out into fresh air and from the physical activity that can come with prospecting, but you might just turn a little bit of profit as well!