While I was reasearching hiking in this area, I found a book that mentioned a certain creek (which I won’t name) that still contains gold particulate.
So instead of hiking, we drove up to the creek in Lolo Nat. Forest. We bought a pair of plastic gold pans and put on our waders and sat in the creek all day sifting thru the sandy bottom.
We did come up with a few flecks of gold. Maybe 2 or 3 that were almost 1 mm in diameter.
Not something I would want to do every day, but my wife thought this was the funnest shit EVER. She was just in heaven.
I asked her … “When I met you almost 2 years ago, you were sitting in the LAN office in Chiclayo, Perú in a suit and scarf looking very airline professional. Did you ever imagine that a year later you would be sitting in a creek in Montana panning for gold?”
I think she’s having a lot of fun.