Third time lucky
A good mate introduced me to the world of gold detecting but rather than mislead me by saying that the hobby would be instantly productive, he told me that for as long as he could remember, new prospectors never found gold before at least their third trip and for the vast majority, it was a much longer wait. Not one for myths, I soon forgot this and couldn’t wait to get amongst it.
Well, after two unsuccessful trips to the WA goldfields (admittedly only weekender trips) I was feeling a little down on the hobby but I had still greatly enjoyed the experiences.
My third prospecting trip didn’t beckon until May the following year and given that the first two trips had cost me quite a few bob in fuel, food and detector hire, not to mention the red face on returning home empty-handed, it was fair to say the wife wasn’t expecting too much this time apart from increased credit card debt.
After the long journey and with only an hour of daylight left, I decided to give the hired GP3500 a run, so ‘Uncle’ pointed me in the direction of some bulldozed ground he hadn’t paid much attention to.
First stop was well north of Coolgardie where we caught up with my mate’s old uncle, who had been working a spot for a few weeks. He’d been detecting near an old mine in amongst some recent bulldozing but hadn’t found much to write home about.