While working at the Cafe, I met a miner named Tom and his wife Louise. They own a mining claim 8 miles up Linda Creek and have spent their lives shoveling dirt and washing it to extract gold. They invited me to visit for a day.
They gave me directions to their cabin (refusing to write them down), and told me never to disclose the location of their claim.
After 4 hours of tramping around in the bush, I saw some smoke behind a ridge and followed it till I found the claim. They were very down-to-earth, friendly and patient when I'd screw-up some of the machinery.
Federal regulations state that any mining operation must have an "official" office, so Tom had his sons draw the red sign above the shed. Also, safety is a priority: hardhats must be worn at all times:
|Down in the mines|
|They make jewelry from the gold they mine|
|Nuggets from a day's worth of work|