Panning For Gold in Alaska

Panning For Gold in Alaska

This summer we decided to try a little gold panning. We had the materials we needed and a spot in mind.

None of my family member or myself are experienced in gold panning AT ALL, but we thought it would be fun to give it a go.

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My uncle James doing some panning

Do keep in mind that the water from this creek is about 45F.

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Snorkeling to get good stuff
Snorkeling to get good stuff

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You need a dry suit to swim in these waters

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oops, I fell. The rocks were very slippery!
oops, I fell. The rocks were very slippery!

We still are not sure if we got real gold, but we are sure that there was a lot of fools gold. Either way it was a fun hike up the river.:)

 

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The Alaskan Wardrobe Staple Piece

The Alaskan Wardrobe Staple Piece

Any fellow Alaskan will know the brand XTRATUF, as it is owned by nearly every person I have come across while living in Alaska. Alaska is a bit tougher then most states in the US, and your standard “yellow rain boots” just won’t cut it. With all the slippery, tough rocks and rugged landscape, not many other boots would last long.

b2When living in Alaska, mostly Southeast Alaska, rain becomes a very familiar thing. One year while living in Ketchikan, we experienced 355 days of rain, leaving only ten days of the year where there was no rain.

And on rainy days like today, the XTRATUF is an “extra” good friend.

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We may have a slight obsession.
We may have a slight obsession.

As you may be able to tell, our rain boots are put to good use

and these are not even all of them
and these are not even all of them