The gold is kind of funny.
When they did some road construction a mile down the road from me, they made a blasting cut through some rock to take out a hill. That rock was quartz and my Uncle said that type of rock COULD contain gold. In looking at the local maps, gold was discovered in the stream less than a mile away (and down hill) from this area...so it is interesting.
The roads here have changed the water flows some, but there is a nice little stream on us that MAY contain gold, only because of how water might have flowed prior to road building. There is a guy own the road that is into gold panning and even has a sluice. I thought about tapping him to see what is in that stream???
My inlaws are from NH though and my father in law pans for gold there and told me that there has not been a stream in NH that did NOT contain gold. He has a few flakes of it from his panning adventures.
My gold adventure might be in the smelting process. My wife's ex-husband had a rose dipped in 24 carrot gold and gave it to her as a present when their relationship was about done in the hopes of reviving it. We looked into cashing the ugly thing in for cash but they want jewelry and stuff, and not gold dipped flowers I guess. It has a tag on it that says 24 carrot gold, and I told the Mrs, if no cash for gold outfit wants the stupid thing, maybe we should smelt it down and make something from it. It is probably not worth much, but it came from her ex and is ugly as him...but I admit that I am biased when it comes to that. Here is a picture of it to show you what I mean...
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