Now is the time to prospect the high country. Slightly warmer temperatures, no spring run off yet, and shallow waters. Again, this past Sunday (3-13-11) found me back at this small creek (PHOTO 1). Call me what you will (crazy, nuts, or just plain wacko) but I desperately wanted to move some rock today and did! Grabbing hold of my 5 ft. pry bar, I plunged quickly into the creek. A few heaves with the bar and up came the first. "Yeah buddy" I said out loud, as the rock discharged a tan colored cloud mass. First shovel into the hole produced some nice sands with clay - a sure sign this rock wasn't disturbed for quite some time (PHOTO 2). After a quick clean, I notice a lose rock next to the hole and decided to remove it as well. However this time while prying, I placed both hands beneath the rock and hoisted it up to my classifier (PHOTO 3). By doing so, I saved myself some valuable time and discovered the gravels contained visible gold (PHOTO 4). During the process of cleansing this rock, I also found a nice stringer quartz embedded in some Gneiss rock (PHOTO 5). I wouldn't be surprised to find some quartz in the gold, I said to myself. With an hour and half hike into this area (carrying waders & gear), the removal of rocks, overburden, and the classification for panning - things began to take a toll on me and it was time I called it a day. I was quite certain that my hard work out here would pay off and with about 2 cups of concentrates placed in a Ziploc bag, I headed for the comforts of home. Photos 6 & 7 are the results of a 4 hr. work day (2.1 grams). I was correct in my assumption - there was some quartz/gold in the mix (center piece in last picture).