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Gold Dredging in Nome
"The miner always thinks he's five feet away from a million dollars, but really he's a million feet away from five dollars."
Those words came from a dredger I ran into on the west beach in Nome, Alaska. We were up there about a week ago to spend a day in a miner's shoes. What an honest way to earn a living!!! Dredging is hard work and takes skill, experience, and perseverance. Luckily the weather was great, and folks had their dredges up and running on the Bering Sea.
I had a chance to pan for gold (well...someone else's gold) and it takes some skill. However, Nome had some salty sea dogs that showed me the ropes, and there is definitely gold to be found! It's great to see the history and pioneer spirit live on in a town that prides itself on the "rich man's gold rush."
An update on those still on the beach dredging, the wind has been calm and crews have been on the water all weekend.
When the price is right (more than $1,600 an ounce) I'm almost tempted to start my own gold ventures!
Tonight on Your Alaska Link