Uncrown The enemy

If you know me, you know I am a follower of Jesus Christ and I am not ashamed! Over the past couple of years, I have gone through hell and high water in many areas of my life. I have mentioned things throughout some of my blogs but never went into deep detail as I am saving that for my next book. But my testimony is that of God who brings me through the high waters and floods of my life and delivers me from the traps of my enemy, Satan.

But there is a different attack that has tried to shut us all down globally, even God Himself. In the original text of the beginning of time as we know it, Satan fell from Heaven as he tried to steal God’s crown and place himself above the Almighty God. During this dark time we face, many are coming to Christ therefore catapulting Satan to work harder to do what he does best. He comes to steal, kill and destroy and he has crowned this destruction he has brought upon us as the Corona Virus. The dictionary defines Corona as a gaseous envelope surrounding the sun and it can only be seen in the darkest phase of a total eclipse, therefore giving it it’s meaning, “Crown.”

Satan tried to steal God’s crown in the beginning, now in the end of our age, these last days, Satan has attempted an all out attack against us in order to dethrone God and take His crown once and for all, but the good news is, his attempt is real but will be conquered by the prayers of the saints and the devil will NOT win! During these dark days, the crown, his crown is being seen for all the world to see, and we see it clearly which is why it’s called the Corona Virus. Kings wear crowns and we know that with the crown comes power and glory and Satan desires this crown above all things. Sickness does not come from God but from Satan himself. There are those who want to blame God, but one day will realize they placed the blame in the wrong place.

This virus is a huge distraction of what God is about to do to our planet. I believe wholeheartedly that God is going to bring justice and sweep the earth clean of those who deemed to slaughter millions of unborn babies, and those who have indulged in sex trafficking, murder and hatred and the list goes on. We’ve taken God out of our schools and the schools became a battleground. We’ve taken God out of government facilities and dared those to pray and read the Bible in public. But God in all His mercy and grace, love and compassion for His creation is going to make things right again and bring restoration to His people.

The devil knows this and therefore has issued an all out APB against God and has interrupted our lives with this destructive, deadly virus against God’s creation. The Corona Virus is the crown Satan wears and he will not stop until he has succeeded. But our Father God, the maker of heaven and earth, will not be dethroned and will come and bring a cure for this madness and with God’s help, we will UNCROWN Satan and his minions and restoration will begin. Let’s pull together for the good of mankind and uncrown the Corona and let God be God!

This is my mission, even though a small part, it’s my mission to say the least. It’s my desire to help change the world and this change begins with submitting our lives to Christ and I invite you to come to Jesus and repent of your sins and believe He is the Son of God who came to earth to die for your sins and let God take it from there. Together, we can change the world!!!

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”

Living In The Now

As I write these words, our world is in a wild spin-out and survival is becoming paramount. Covid 19 is on the rise in my Nation and there are a lot of folks who are not taking it serious. No one is exempt from this plague and we should adhere to the new regulations being ordered for us to quarantine. I myself have been in quarantine for almost two weeks. I must say, it’s not been easy for this avid outdoor lover. However, I have been outside to pull weeds that have grown unorderly. I have hiked in the woods in my back yard just to keep from going stir crazy but I have not been around other people other than those living with me.

Each day has it’s own repercussions. I received a letter from the bank as payments are due, but there is no money to cover these payments. I call the institution and learn they are working with their customers during what they call a national disaster. They are prolonging payments for three months for that, I’m very grateful. WordPress has been pushing me to pay for my yearly subscription. What bad timing! I certainly can’t draw blood from a turnip and they don’t seem to understand, but that’s okay there are other blogging sites and this one may end very soon.

Rent is due on the first. I will have to deal with this as I go. I struggle to pen or type the struggles we are truly facing. Food supplies have been scary as people who do have money coming in are the first to plunder the grocery stores and not being considerate of others. I have had to sell things for money as my business took a huge hit and left me to survive the best I know how. Today, I applied for food stamps. My tears reminded me that we should take nothing for granted and our pride means nothing in the face of uncertainty. Due to the nature of this plague, I was accepted and feel blessed that now I can possibly go find food other than leftovers we live on day to day until there is no more. It’s humbling in every aspect of the word to do what you have to do to survive. But I am not the only one and our spirits aren’t dead as we find ways to cope, occupy and deal with life minute by minute.

An elderly friend in her 80’s came over yesterday. She too has been in quarantine so she knew it was safe to come to my house. She took me out in the back yard and taught me how to make the best of survival. We picked Dandelions and I must say it hurt my heart to pluck them from the ground, but my friend taught me that Dandelions have so many wonderful nutritious values and she taught me how to make dandelion tea with what we harvested. It’s so easy and the benefits are remarkable. She and I enjoyed some hot dandelion tea together that she had made before coming over. Seemingly, it has had a calming affect and perhaps lowered my blood pressure which is a huge plus in my life.

These little things that the older ones have used and continue to use today no longer remain in the vaults of their minds. They are sharing their knowledge and know how and for that, I am also very grateful and blessed for their wisdom and resilience for survival. Be safe everyone. Heed the warnings and take precautions but please remember, there is nothing too difficult for God!

Be blessed…

Everything Under The Sun

I believe everything happens for a reason and I’ve always heard it said, “there is a reason for every season.” Over the past few days I pondered on the people in my life and have tried to grasp changes in circumstances and attitudes in those who no longer add value to my life. I’m talking about those who have drained the very life from my soul. I think of a few whom I see emails or messages come through and things become unsettling instantly. These are the very ones who no longer bring joy to my soul, rather its everything but joy.

The past few days, I have reaped so much negativity simply because I allowed my attitude to become a free spirit in putting my two cents worth in and the attitude has the power to speak things into existence and I reaped the loss of a nine year relationship. But the loss itself was what I needed. This person engaged in always taking rather than giving, dishing it out but not being able to take the return. Always twisting the truth to suit the need. Constantly bombarding me with lies that I knew for a fact were being told.

The trust factor was destroyed and that alone is the essential part of any relationship and for me, once trust is compromised, it’s never the same. If you are going to take up residence in my circle, then you must be trustworthy, reliable and genuinely concerned about what is best for me as I share the same concepts for you. I cannot risk my health to have a relationship with a poisonous, toxic person who is all about them and them only.

Yesterday, I became angry with someone who was constantly trying to make a liar out of me. Our business has suffered due to the pandemic of this Covid-19 virus. Money had stopped coming in, and food supplies at the grocery store have been low. I have done my part in self-quarantine and have had to ration food and supplies. He made a spectacle of me on his Facebook wall and another American chimed in and disrespected me saying I was telling non-truths. This person doesn’t even know me at all. She lives in a different state than I do yet claimed that things were not as bad as I was telling my so-called friend, whom by the way, used to be my fiance. He screen shot the replies then sent them to me. Why? I have no clue. He is not an American and resides in the UK.

This bothered me to no end that this woman would spout out her negativity towards someone she didn’t know, nor my situation especially a fellow American. Therefore as a result, I became angry and I let my UK friend know exactly what I was feeling inside which ran my blood pressure to dangerous levels. I cried from the grief that was just added to my already dismay from everything going on in our world. The pressure has been great and life has not been the same, not only for me but for every single soul on this planet. We should be pulling together rather than starting wars amongst ourselves. We have enough to deal with in this epidemic than people getting crazy and showing who they really are inside.

I pondered on the situation deeply and made a choice to let it go. To let it all go including the one who masterminded the ordeal. Last night, after many tears and unanswered questions, I decided that it was time for a change. It was time for me to move on because every decision I make has an impact on my life, my future. I sent the email apologizing for my negative words I last spoke to him but I was cutting the cord and would not be able to be friends any longer. It’s my life, I choose who can bring grief and who doesn’t. My circle is quickly changing because I made a decision to detoxify every negative thing in my life. I will not feel guilty, nor look back. The final chapter of that story was completed in the decision I made and I feel like a bird released from its cage. I feel like I could fly high for the first time in a very long time.

I will no longer suffer sabotage from those who live to bring others down. There was a reason this person was put in my life nine years ago. God had to teach me valuable lessons and for these nine years its been one lesson after another and as I finally learned I do not have to tolerate venomous bites from snakes on two legs, I felt released from an area in my life that desperately needed change. But now, that season is over and the door to my cage will never close, in fact, there will never be a cage.

Don’t allow toxic people steal your joy or your sense of well-being. It’s your life, you get to control who is a part of it and who isn’t. A good spring cleaning will do you good. Take charge, go strong!

Be blessed.

In Times Like These

Its inevitable that we live in a broken world. Broken governments, broken systems, broken homes and broken hearts. But in our most trying hour, there is hope! In Philippians 4:13, it says that ” We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us” there is no hopelessness in Christ Jesus. With Him in our hearts, nothing is impossible and He gives us strength and power, love and discipline to walk through the broken pieces of life which you will find in 2 Timothy 1:17.

We are tottering in uncertainty and panic is settling in the hearts of many but there is hope even in the darkest time we face. This is no surprise to God and He knows everything that is going on and He hears the cries of fear, He sees the terror and knows that peace is nearly extinguished. But there is good news! We have a heavenly Father that is full of compassion, full of comfort. He comforts us in our troubles and he is full of mercy and grace and all we have to do is call upon Him. He commands us to be strong and courageous. He tells us not to be afraid and not to fear nor does He desire for us to be discouraged. He says He will go with us wherever we go and He will never leave us nor forsake us! These are promises you can be sure of.

Many of us through our own strength feel very small, but God’s strength is so much bigger. There is more than enough of his strength to see us through. Don’t lose hope in times like these. We need a Savior! We need Jesus! And He is right here waiting for you to call upon Him. When we cannot depend on anyone else, we can certainly know, that He will always be there no matter what.

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”

John 14:27 ” Peace I leave you; peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and not be afraid.”

Joshua 1:9 ” Have i not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Psalm 27:13-14 ” I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

As we go through these times together, look to the hills from whence your help comes from. Our maker and creator, our Father God is right there with you. He is our hope! He is our light! He is our redeemer! No one on this earth can provide you with so many reasons to keep your head held high, but Jesus can, He has and He will. In Christ alone, there is power and in Christ alone there is peace, hope and a reason to live…. Be blessed

Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.”

-Jane Hardin

The Kentucky Hardins….Twist of Fate

Many years ago, I set out to learn about the lives that came before me, and try to conjure up the history, core identity and cultural background and for the most part, where I came from in my genealogy line. I had been told all my life that my dad’s side of the family originated from Scotland. I tried to find this information on Ancestry.com but was unable to find anything remotely close to those rumors. Today, my nephew, Jim Hardin contacted me and informed me of his interest in our family tree and he was able to trace the truth of our heritage. What I learned was mind boggling and explains a lot about myself in general, Let me explain:

I do know and understand that immigrants from all over the world came to America to start new lives. I learned what my history involved, including my relatives who came over to start new lives with another culture engraved in the bloodline. If my dad were alive today, he would be surprised to know the truth of his heritage. I am sure there would be loads of sensitivities vying to argue what he was told and knew to be truth. He was determined that his ancestors came from Scotland and was led to believe this all his life. The truth is, his ancestors did not come from Scotland, they came from France.

When I heard this my mind was blown and immediately I began to understand things a little better about myself. In fact, my ancestors came from Normandy, France and we are French! For some odd reason, when I was in High School, I studied French for three years. I had always had a special interest in speaking French and didn’t know why. I suppose, it was in my blood. But now, I get it.

My nephew was able to get a straight line from my father to a man named Martin Hardewyn who was from France in the 1500’s. Martin Hardewyn ( our surname went through different spellings down the line) left France because of religious persecution and went to England with two of his brothers and one stayed in England, and Martin and his brother came over to the States and settled in Virginia. I was able to trace some history back to Virginia years ago but that was as far as I got. Then Martin evidently married and had a family he moved from Virginia to North Carolina then to South Carolina where I am from. His brother who came over with him moved to Kentucky. The Hardins suffered greatly as it was a bad time for them.

According to history, the Hardins, or Kentucky Hardins were on their way to pay on the land that they found ( which is now downtown Louisville) but were attacked by Indians. My nephew sent me a link about the Kentucky Hardins that is over 150 pages long. I will do research to learn more about these relatives of mine. But if I remember correctly, my father told me that there were prospectors in the family which explains my love for rock hounding and digging for gold.

I find it amazing the twist of info that is pouring into my knowledge now and the truth is finally being realized. When I was doing research years ago, I kept coming across William Shakespeare. I kind of gave up on that nugget for a later time, and I think now is that time to pick it back up and dig more. I do know that I love poetry and write a lot on my Dreamtini page on Facebook. I have not been able to write lately because of two books I’ve written and other things I’ve picked up like the gold mining and my quilling art I’ve picked back up. I’m not saying I am related to William Shakespeare, but during research, his name kept popping up during genealogy studies. Who knows! But for now, I am going to dig in to the Kentucky Hardins and learn what I can about them.

Kennedy/Hardin Prospecting Part 5

My adventures have not been on hold, in fact, they have kept me busy and I have found no time to blog about it. The weather has not been cooperative at times, but as an outdoor enthusiast, it has not stopped me. However, when the rains dump excessive amounts of water into the equation it kind of parallels the water table elevations with my fear of getting into unknown creeks and rivers while playing roulette with my determination to over come such fear, which I must say, my son helps in that department. But, in reality, I do exercise caution and go with the flow, no pun intended.

This blog is mainly about the adventure itself rather than the mining aspect of what we do. If you follow my blogs you know about my bout with depression and the battle it has been, but since hitting the trails, this has been the best therapy for myself. I hike the woods to get to streams, that alone is a benefit. The fresh air paired with a nice view has more positive effects than any medication can provide. Some of the terrain I hike may not be suitable to some, but to me it is educational on many levels and re-learning the earth has become paramount in my life.

Its amazing and entirely relaxing walking through the woods listening to the birds chirping, whistling and trilling as their echoes bounce from tree to tree while frogs and toads are voicing their opinions. Then there are those different species of trees and ferns that call out to me to stop and take notice while the creek rushes through her sanctuary. The sights, sounds coupled with fresh air certainly take charge and becomes the best place to be for serenity.

Sometimes in nature’s preserve, you come across things that cause a tongue-in-cheek moment. Questions start forming and curious minds began brainstorming. On our last mining adventure, we came across a couple of such things. We found what looked like a hut being constructed and the first thing that popped in my mind was “Blair Witch!” If you have ever seen the movies, you will understand my reasoning. In the photos below, you can see what I mean.

Then we move forward and find remains of some kind of animal that had rather large teeth but had been out there in the elements for a long time. It saddens my heart to find such things as we also found a coyote that had just been killed by another animal , but that is the nature of the circle of life. We respect the animals and do not try to disturb their territory, but we are cautious and are armed with protection in case we are threatened with an attack. There are bears in these woods and they don’t like surprises.

The area we’ve been working is high in quartz materials and I am almost convinced we have found a vein. The quartz crystals are amazing and I have even found a quartz crystal arrowhead. there are hints of citrine and emerald along with possibly sapphire mixed in the lot while so far, we have only found hints of small materials in the creeks. Even in the winter, we get a few warm days here in the south, and shorts and walks in the creek are permissible. I always say, a family that plays in the dirt and water together, stays together! That’s what we do and we love it!

But of course, I can’t end this blog without showing you some of our gifts the earth gave us. I’ve said it many times before and I am going to say it again, there are riches underneath out feet and the only requirement to getting to these riches is a little knowledge of the area and how the river flows and a willing to dig in it. If you are looking for a great adventure with your family, try panning in the streams. Your kids will love searching for gold and other rocks and stones that are beautiful. Who knows, you may get lucky and strike it rich. But I warn you, once you try your hand at gold mining, it will become a hard habit to break. Here is wishing you wonderful earthlings many happy trails it beats being electronically saturated with your devices. Be blessed…

Kennedy/Hardin Prospecting Part 4

California Dreaming? Not hardly! We have plenty of that gold stuff and other gems in our region to keep us busy for the rest of our lives. But it’s not the gold that brings the rush into the atmosphere, however, I must say it’s a very nice bonus, but it’s the hunt itself that gets the adrenaline rushing through the veins.

We didn’t travel far to go to a very remote area, in fact, we walked across the street and down into the woods to the hidden creek. It only proved to me, there are fabulous and wondrously, strange gems all around us. I did not strike gold this time, but I did learn I was in the right place to find a nice load for when I do go back to work the area.

When I arrived at the creek, I became overwhelmed at all the different formations of the area and how the erosion carved it’s way with the floods. I was so excited that I did not take a photo of the creek nor the salamander meandering around my feet minding its own business. The first thing that caught my eye was the abundance of smokey quartz and olivine. Olivine is a mineralized green rock that is found in igneous rocks and peridot is known to come from this source and that’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like it. It has tiny birght green quartz throughout and makes a very interesting rock indeed. We also found chalcedony microgranular quartz.

Sunday, while out walking in the rain scouting my area, I noticed two huge quartz rocks at the top of the hill and knew I had to go down to the creek to check it out. Yesterday, we made the journey and the weather was perfect for us we even got in the creek while searching the area. I grabbed quartz after quartz after quartz until my back pack was over flowing. Still, there was so much more to be had and a big creek to work.

It’s very difficult to see all the crystals and colorizations going on in and around these rocks. But the creek is in abundance for white quartz and crystals as well. But there was another interesting rock that actually made me stop and gasp for breath. I picked up the beautiful glistening specimen to try and determine it if was an artifact, a fossil, a rock or a mineral or just a lump of coal that was very shiny. To me it looked like a rock covered in gold and I could almost hear a massive angelic choir singing, “Hallelujah!” But I’ve already been down that road before when I first started prospecting and thought I struck gold when it was just pyrate. I knew by what I had already studied thus far that this was in the Hornblende family and Hornblende is dark colored metamorphic rock and this particular rock is covered in mica or chlorite but it is very beautiful especially when the sun shines down on it in the water.

We wanted to get a sample of the creek mud and we filled a five gallon bucket full and thankfully, my strong son made the ascend carrying that bucket full of mud and his backpack loaded with digging tools. We haven’t finished panning the mud, but the work is there to do. I’ll be speaking with a quartz dealer later today to estimate the value of the quartz and learn more about the “green rock” that has my interest peaking. I want to encourage you to go outside and take your cell phone. Its your small computer that can tell you anything you need to know. Just download some rock and mineral apps and you will be able to classify rocks and minerals in no time and you can learn to compare the physical properties of some of the matter such as strength, hardness, if it’s able to conduct heat and the story goes on and on. There is so much to learn about what’s under your feet and trust me, it’s a lot better than sitting around watching TV all day or busying yourself on social media. Get outside! There is more to see there. If you are like me and struggle with Depression, this is the best therapy you can do for yourself and it’s free .

Until my next adventure, be blessed earthlings…

Kennedy/Hardin Prospecting Part 3

I have learned so much over the past few months studying the minerals of the earth. I am highly fascinated by what our feet trod over and what lies beneath the surface. As I have mentioned before, I have always been intrigued with rocks and their formations, and how gems are found among the hard crust of nature. There is so much beauty below the surface and with the right equipment, you can discover some very beautiful treasures that have value to them.

We have not been able to get out and pan or mine for these gems or gold lately due to the rain and floods, but I have been sifting through the remaining mud and rocks I brought home from the last two runs we made. I have found white quartz and crystal along with a few small pieces of gold. I even found garnet. There are a few places we are waiting to go sift through, and I can hardly wait. But for now, I still have some more materials to go through right here on my patio.

You may be curious as to the value of quartz, maybe the white quartz I have found above. It really depends on your presentation of the quartz to a dealer. If it’s uncleaned mine-run specimen material you can sell it for around $4.00 to $6.00 a pound. But if it has been cleaned like mine above, it will sell for $8.00 to $10.00 a pound. When thinking about rocks, a pound isn’t a lot because of the weight. Quartz is probably the most common minerals in the earth and comes in an array of colors. How about a crystal? Crystals are of more value than the quartz. A small topaz crystal can run for $3.00 a gram. If you find a crystal that weighed 10 grams it’s value might be around $30.00 or more and a crystal in weight of 20 grams would bring you $100.00. You can see a few crystal gems above.

But how about that gold? Everyone wants to know about and see the gold. I don’t have to tell you the value of gold, but I will in case you forgot. For an ounce of gold it’s value is $1,605.95. For a gram it’s $51.63. For a kilo it’s $51,632.49. There is a lot of gold below your feet it did not go away during the gold rush era. I have found gold and am certain I will find more.

Gold isn’t just found in streams or old rivers, you can look in old dried up river beds that are rich with the substance and even in a rock quarry, underneath roots of fallen trees. But the best place to start is just getting out there and searching. Go to a stream and dig up some mud near some rocks and bring it home and pan that material. I promise, it’s not only rewarding if you find something of value, but it is fun and educational. However, you need to know the difference between pyrates (fools gold) and real gold and it can be deceiving. But with a few simple tests, you can distinguish between the two.

In the above photos of my wooden spoon full of wet dirt, you can see varying colors peeping through. But after panning the material, I came away with white quartz, crystals, a little bit of gold and garnet and other colored quartz but very tiny pieces. No, I do not pan with a wooden spoon, I do use my Garrett panning pan and a big scoop. I left my scoop in the car and grabbed a wooden spoon for my patio mining. It’s definitely a feel good sport and one I will enjoy for the rest of my days. I am not one of those who is into the healing factor of these gems, I just love the sport of it and the value it brings is nice too. But if you are one who loves the gems for the healing factors, then you would enjoy getting out and finding your own gems rather than buying them from someone else who dug it up. Until next time earthlings, Be Blessed….jh

In Honor of V-Day, My Personal Hallmark

Tomorrow is the big V-Day and many will share their love stories in honor of Valentines. I, myself, do not have a story to write about nor any good memories of love other than the love of my two sons, my grand kids and my cats. And above all, the love of Jesus Christ my savior. However, I am a romantic and love my imaginings where I draw my romance from especially through my poetry whether it rhymes or not. I am in no hurry to look for love as I am content with my life without it and if it comes, I will dance on the stars and kiss on the moon and pour my undying love all over the one who will be willing to do life with me all the way through eternity….

But for now, I have found solace in creating cards, along with my own personal hallmark imprinted inside for those who enjoy my art. I want to share with you some pieces I have made for others to give to that special someone. I will not share my writings because they are personal and for the one who paid me to write them for. As I create my art, (some designs not my own), I put my heart into it and it grows my creativity and inspires me to go over and beyond hoping the recipient will appreciate the work as well as the one giving the card.

I started quilling when I was young and didn’t know what “quilling” was. I’ve recently taken it back up and haven’t stopped creating since. If you are not sure what quilling is, its art made by strips of paper that you form into shape. I call it painting with paper. I’m attempting a very large project done on canvas using iridescent pastel paint for my background and will quill my piece of art to go on top. It’s my diamond in the rough so-to-speak.

But, I want to wish you ALL a very beautiful and romantic Valentine’s Day and may your love for each other grow and never allow it to fade. Be true to one another never compromising nor taking for granted for those are the culprits that will cost you your love. I will leave you with a piece of my poetry as well, my personal hallmark…

Kennedy/Hardin Prospecting Part 2

Yesterday, February 10, 2020, we headed back up to the hills. It had been raining and we decided to go to a different area in Cleveland, S.C. off the Cherokee Foothills. We panned another tributary of the South Saluda River called the Wildcat Branch Creek. Again, I cannot stress the beauty of our mountains and it’s right in my back yard. This is what I love about living where I live.

It wasn’t too cold, in fact, I had to shed my coat and surprisingly, the water wasn’t too cold either. We stayed in the confines of the creek only and kept our expedition wet. We had to hike upstream a bit and found a nice spot with lots of overhanging trees that helped keep the rain off of us. The rain was light to begin with but eventually got heavier. Our excursion was cut short because we had to hike back down and cross over the creek on rocks. We didn’t bring mud back with us this time, however, just before packing up, my son took a step in the creek and misjudged the water depth and well you can figure the results of that.

While we laughed about his mishaps, he continued to pan a few minutes longer and I stayed on the creek’s edge doing my own edge panning. As I was observing some rocks and reaching down to pick one up, something slithered over my hand nearly sending me into the water as I screamed like an eight year old. The little snake nestled up against the rock and I took my phone out and snapped a shot. I looked at the photo zooming it in and saw it was not a snake at all. We thought it was odd that snakes would be out of hibernation already, but before zooming in the photo one would think that the slithery wet monster was indeed reptile. But after close examination, I knew immediately it was not a snake nor a Caecilian. In fact, I’ve never seen anything like it and at this point have deemed it’s existence unsubstantiated. If you know what it is, please leave a comment below.

The little creature was not going anywhere, so I moved away from him and upon doing so, I spotted shiny material in the water’s sand possibly just washed down from some flooding earlier but regardless, it was there and it came home with me. It was bigger than flour gold, not quite a nugget, but perhaps a picker in which I owe my gratitude to the little slitherer.

As you can see in the above zoomed in shot, my day was not wasted at all. I smiled all the way down that mountain and all the way home. But we escaped the fast fall-off of rain raising the creek to the point it was almost impossible to cross over but we did it. I have the fever and have fallen in love with panning. My team and I are excited about mining for gems as well. It’s all about the rock and all those wonderful treasures God created and hid inside our earth. If you really want to be blown away and catch a few WOW moments, get out there and learn what’s beneath us or hiding in the water. It’s God’s treasure hunt for us to enjoy.