"In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks."
John Muir

Monday, July 2, 2012

If I Were a Rich Man--er, Woman!

The other day Abigail and I took a little history trip.
Not far from where she lives is the spot where gold was first
discovered here in Fairbanks.
Felix Pedrono, (mis)known as Felix Pedro around these parts,
was the lucky Italian who struck paydirt in 1902.

 When we read that the windfall came from the creek right
across the road, we just had to go see...
and there it was, just a humble little creek gurgling along.

But there was this sign posted that invited anyone to try their luck.
"Good panning and good luck!"

And looking downstream, we realized that's exactly what
some people were doing.

This fellow was dressed much the way Felix would have been,
except for the canvas chair, of course.  
He had his shovel, a pan and sifter.

So I asked Abigail what she thought.
Should we get ourselves a shovel and pie pan?
We could be rich!

Being the caring mother that she is 
(except for the fact that she likes her baby to go in the nude all the time),
she consulted Anna about the prospects of finding gold.
Both decided that a snack at home was more appealing so we left.

Driving the pretty trip back, we noticed piles of rock along the banks of that
little creek and knew that not just a handful of folks have tried to follow in
Felix's tracks.  

I wonder how many have walked away with a fortune?
As for me, I just may head back there a time or two this summer.
And I'll pack snacks for Abigail and Anna first.

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