Wandering off while travelling is something I can’t wait to do, just me and my day pack, exploring the area I find myself in. Seasoned backpackers reel off amazing stories from moments about when they got lost or just went for a walk. I too want those same adventures and stories but knew I must wait my turn.
Then the other week I found my first story, and all I did was wander off for a walk on a nice sunny day. No I wasn’t in some fancy place overseas, I just headed off for a walk in my local town. Not 10 minutes into this walk I happened across this.
Yep that’s gold panning. It was the 16th Annual Australasian Gold Panning Championships, how freaking awesome is that? For some reason I grabbed my camera when I left the house (had to be fate) so I rushed back to my ute to get it. It was just meant to be I think, as I spent a good 45 minutes watching and clicking away with my camera.
Beyond excited to have discovered something so cool in my own backyard I hung around right till the end and gave up on my walk, this was just too interesting. They had custom t-shirts, trophy’s and the winner won a trip to the Czech Republic for the World Championships. I almost picked up a pan to try and win me a trip, that was until I saw just how quick these guys find their gold.
The winner got through a bucket of dirt in less than 3 minutes and found 10 specs of gold. It was fascinating to see them work their magic and pick out the ever so tiny specs of gold from such a huge bucket of dirt.
For all of you who have never attended such an event here is a little video just for you, enjoy.