The story as requested
15+years ago i was bow hunting elk early sept with a buddy that had a new minelab that wanted to go check a old mine in our area. We get to the mine batteries are dead so i grab a hammer and off i went. I am standing in an old hand dug cut and what looked like vein hanging on the face of the cut, I tapped it and solid metal hit the ground.
I was a little shocked that they would leave it there and that it was still there after 100 years.
I took about 100lbs with me that day and sent mike at action mining a sample. There ended up being a wooden box with small pieces of ore and a pile of ore under 6 inches of pine needles and dirt. I took out 500lbs out of that cut for testing. There are no producing mines in this area and the ones that did 100 years ago never did much so i never thought there would be this kind of ore being there. The first 2 assays mike did were unreal the first one came back
3opt Au 30opt Ag the second one was even more unreal. So i never could do anything after that Rasing kids and then grandkids i never could afford assays and the yearly claim fee was tough to do every year after that.
Did get some family help a few times just to keep the one claim. Still not sure why i keep it but i did.
Now i have the time and i can afford a couple assays a year but getting too old to do it but i will dream about it till the end, it is in my blood and sure is fun.