Gold Bonding with My Boys
Gold Bonding with My Boys
Dominic Ricci – GPAA/LDMA Executive Director of Operations
If you like dredging for gold, there’s nothing like getting in the water and working an area down to the bedrock. Hoping that gold is resting peacefully there for you to suck up. It’s always an adventure, and you never know what you will find.
This past July (2018), David Sherrill Sr. decided to have a “Father and Son” weekend away. So, sons David Jr. and Adam joined their dad and headed for Georgia to the LDMA Loud Mine Camp. Town Creek runs through the property and is a great place to dredge and enjoy time together.
The first day they took turns dredging for about three and a half hours. At the end of the day they had a nice clean-up. They could see small flakes coming off the bedrock as they would sweep and break it up. The Sherrill Men were on a pretty good spot. It’s what happened the second day right before shutting down. It was “gram-tacular!”
They were down to bedrock. Finding pockets and scouring them out. There was some quartz veins in the bedrock. “We would take turns breaking it apart (the bedrock and quartz), kinda like your desert shale out in California and Arizona.”
David Sr. continued to say, “I was sweeping the bedrock. Sweeping the cracks out. (Hearing excitement build in his voice) Then it rolled out of a crack. Right into my hand. It never got sucked into the nozzle. Never hit the box!”
When asked what the first thing was that went through his mind ... The loud roar of deep belly laughter ... followed by ... “Is it real?” It was true Pandemonium for a few minutes.
“My sons were by my side faster than green grass through a goose.” We all asked each other if it was real.
You ask what fell into David Sr’s hand? A gorgeous 27.4 gram GOLD NUGGET! That’s almost a 1 ounce nugget.
Who gets to keep it?
“We all do. I’ll put it in a case, but it’s all of ours!”
When it comes to prospecting for gold, David Sr. first got started back in 1974. One of his first jobs was working in a commercial gold mine in North Carolina. “I guess I can say gold has been in my blood for a long time. It’s a wonderful thing to do. I love being outdoors with my wife Jane and my boys.”
“My wife loves it. We set her up in the creek on a sluice with some material and then we (my boys and I) go dredging.”
David Sr. was first attracted to Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association when he attended a common dig event six years at one of Gold Prospectors Association of America’s National Outings hosted at Vein Mountain Camp in North Carolina.
“I was down there for a dig and saw the members having a good time and they twisted my arm to join, and I’m glad I did.”
How often do you go prospecting?
“I used to get to Vein Mountain several times a year, and the Loud Mine a few times a year, BUT, I just retired so I’ll be going a lot more now (laughing)!”
Final thoughts ...
“Enjoy time with your family. Life is always busy. Make time. And please keep your hands open and ready to catch your own nugget (laughing)!” David added, “This brought a new meaning to the expression . . . accepting handouts!”
As always, hope to see you In the Dirt or around a campfire real soon.
Dominic Ricci is the Executive Director of Operations for GPAA/LDMA and can be reached at 888- GOLD(4653)-717, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org