Turns out, there is gold in them hills, probably a lot of it. The hard part? Well, like all kinds of luck, finding it tends to be a real bear. I loved this book which was a good blend of history and first-person narrative of what it’s like to prospect for gold, and then eventually mine for gold. Gold is entirely and utterly fascinating. It really is. The history of gold and humanity is rife with strife, as you can imagine, but I have to say, this book made me want to give it a go.
I have no grand dreams, or gold fever for that matter, but just the areas you get to explore while prospecting is enough for me to show interest. You can still stake a claim, still. In 2020 you can stake a claim to mind gold, just this was enough to get my heart racing. Yes, I looked up metal detectors. I’m not going to lie. Yes, I looked at maps. Yes, I looked at the closest place to mine for gold.
“Gold Fever,” by Steve Boggan is a history lesson and a cautionary tale if you will. You might not have gold fever now but tomorrow is another day. I once hiked a five-day trail in Alaska, a trail put in by the prospectors of the Gold Rush, an event that changed the entire world, and about two days in I began to understand what the fever of gold could do to the average person.
Get it, read it.