This weekend was my last one before I go fishing. So Saturday I decided to head up to the hills and gather up all my gear. While filming this summer I got lazy and left a lot of my mining gear on the creek So I didn't have to pack it in and out.
My first stop wasn't too bad it was a fairly short hike into the claim to pick up some pans and and a few tools. My second stop was a whole different story! It was another 45 minute drive and a substantially longer hike.
I had to hike and swim to the most inaccessible spot on the river to retrieve the tools and equipment I left while making the sniping video. By the time I finished stuffing everything into the largest backpack I own, I was thinking, do I really need all this! The problem was, it didn't matter if I needed or wanted it. I brought it in and I will take it out. I refuse to become one of the slobs I detest so much. 2 1/2 hours later when I reached my truck, my legs were jelly. When I got back to my shop I weighed the pack - 54 pounds - that's a lot of stuff! I think the wet, wetsuit had a lot to do with it.
After I was done I felt pretty good. When I get back from my fishing trip, I can start with a clean slate. I can go anywhere I want to, because I have all my tools. And the best part is, I left the river pristine for the next guy that hikes in.
For the next five weeks I will be enjoying the cool ocean while chasing the salmon and tuna around. My son has convinced me that I need to shoot some video while I'm over there. So for all of you that enjoyed fishing, hopefully I will have some good video when I get home. But the best part is, fall is coming - and that means treasure hunting, relic hunting, nugget shooting, and looking for pocket gold with the detector!!!!!!
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