Saturday, June 7, 2008
The Saturday morning gold panning field trip was a big success - at least in terms of learning how to pan for gold, if not for the volume of gold discovered. Nineteen people showed up to wade in Lynx Creek near Stoneridge in Prescott Valley. Roy Row and Kevin Hoagland shared knowledge and showed the different panning techniques for plastic pans with riffles (preferred) and the old fashioned metal pans. Roy came up with the largest "nugget," a flake that he estimated was worth about 15 cents. Most of the panners at least had a grain of gold by the end of the morning; it didn't pay for the gas, but those big nuggets are out there waiting.