Finding Gold within a resession - Join the new gold rush.
COLUMBIA, Calif. -- Maybe it was the nail in Ray's head. Maybe it was the economy. His wife said one as much as the other drove the decision to auction off everything that wouldn't fit in the trailer and leave Vermont for the mother lode.
"Thought we'd try to make a living at it," Kim Lague said, standing in a mining camp that was busier during the Great Depression than it was in the Gold Rush of 1849, and is busy once again.
And so, 18 months after a co-worker's pneumatic hammer drove a 2 1/2 -inch stainless-steel nail into Ray Lague's skull -- "the plunger of the gun brushed my hat and discharged" -- the once-thriving contractor took his place among the prospectors lining the steep banks of the South Fork of the Stanislaus River, 40 miles west of Yosemite National Park. The bearded man helping him drag the mining gear into the water was a jobless logger who lost his home to foreclosure.
Actual one can make a very good living out of panning for gold, though its rough and tough back breaking work. There is gold here in the Philippines 6 years ago I went on gold hunts with a friend that had all the modern electrical equipment to find gold. Lots of holes where dug but nothing was found it was just for fun anyway.
But of course panning rivers known to carry gold can be the effective way of earn dollars each day.