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The Day I Discovered the Gold Mother Lode in the Brazilian Amazon...
February 10, 2016

The Wealthy Adventurer

Greetings from the Windy Mountain!

We have had a nice mix of wind, sun and rain lately. The wind and sun help to keep our battery bank well-charged, and the rain provides plenty of water for my weekly shower. :-)

I apologize for missing my blog entry last week. Sometimes, life on the mountain throws out some unexpected challenges. In addition, urgent trips to the dentist and misbehaving parasites (internal) add their time requirements to the mix.

I am back this week, however briefly, to at least keep in touch with you and to let you know that I am still alive and kicking. All of our projects and plans are still intact. We are still progressing a little more each day.

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I hope you are well this week and progressing with your life’s plans and goals. Have you been out prospecting for gold lately, in any of its various forms? Have you had a chance to go hiking or exploring recently? Have you made any new discoveries, either on the internet, in a book or out in the field?


As I have been thinking a lot lately about times in my life when I have made extremely exciting discoveries, I recall one experience in particular this morning. I was living and working as a full-time gold prospector in the very remote, northern region of Mato Grosso, Brazil. This was back in the late 1970’s and I was in my naive mid 20’s. Our small camp was very rustic and only accessible by a single-engine airplane. We were far away from the nearest outpost town.

At the time, I was managing a about a half-dozen Brazilian, artisanal prospectors who would each go out in different directions to search for gold each day. At the end of the day, over dinner, we would discuss the day’s discoveries and look at the gold samples that each prospector had collected.

One evening, one of my guys told me that he had been panning up a tiny stream in the jungle north of our camp, about a 3-hour hike away. His samples were growing richer and richer as he worked his way upstream. Each pan produced an ever thickening, solid line of fine gold. Then, all of a sudden, the gold quit; his pans were completely empty, there was nothing. He remarked that he had never seen anything like this before. He was puzzled.

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Please read to the end of my blog post today as I want to relate this experience of discovery to all of us and our daily lives. I want to chat with you about how to set things up in our lives to be able to make important, semi-life-rocking discoveries on a regular basis, in the field or even right at home!

For me, this is how life has to be lived. I know that I need to live in a frequent state of awe with constant, new discoveries that squeeze my adrenal glands dry.

I hope you have a great week and think a little bit more about my story. Better yet, if you could please share a “discovery experience” of your own in our Community Forum, that would certainly be greatly appreciated.

Next week I’ll finish this story. It will end in a very surprising way!

Warm Regards, Stan

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