Did you see in the news that California’s prolonged drought is triggering a new, minor gold rush?
It seems that the drought has revealed new gold veins, inspiring prospectors to pan for gold and to search for gold in dried up creek beds and parched water reservoirs. Sales of sluice boxes, pans, and metal detectors have spiked in California gold country.
Albert Fausel, long time prospector and owner of the historic Placerville Hardware Store, has been talking up the opportunities, suggesting that since the fishing has dried up, prospecting has brightened up. “It’s a sad season for fishing – so why not go out and get some gold?” he asks. “I see some beautiful gold coming into the store,” proclaims Fausel. “That gets my tourists all excited. You come into the store and somebody’s got gold in their pocket. It’s amazing!”
Got to admire a guy who owns a hardware store in the midst of drought stricken country and still finds something to sell. I suspect that while others are shuddering their stores, Mr. Fausel is doing OK. The drought has slammed a door in his face, but this guy found a wide open window.
What about you?