SEPTEMBER 20, 2008
I am back at Roaring Camp for the weekend and this time I'm joined by my parents from Switzerland :-)

Our personal "Camp Guide" Mike shows us the new display, which was created for visitors and various TV reports covering this unique place. After our stroll through camp and reuniting with many of my mining friends, my parents get a chance to try their luck at "gold mining". We celebrate a sweet success by panning out two small pieces and I can tell, that my Dad is as enthusiastic about digging in the dirt as I 
am :-)

After all the hard work, we join the Roaring Camp team, camp visitors and two trucks full of day-trippers at the famous Saturday night BBQ.
It was a fun and unforgettable day and I can't wait to be back in June 2009 for another one-week individual pile adventure.

My Dad learning from the best - Master Panner Jack.
Impressive: The Roaring Camp Gold Mine Display
Hands-on: My parents get a little help from Master Panner Jack and 
veteran gold miners and California fire fighters Richard and Mickey
Reuniting with dear friends: Mike, Dad, Mom, me, Sharon & Bob            Mike's lovely "little lady"
Above left to right:
My Mom, Kim (daughter of Roaring Camp owner Elton Rodman), "Pied Piper" Bob and author Sandra Manning

The famous Roaring Camp BBQ is always great fun: Delicious food, wonderful friends and lots of story-telling.
I was especially thrilled to finally meet Sandra Manning, the author of "Ragtag Rhymes of Roaring Camp".
But nobody trumps the colorful stories and jokes told by our "Man in Black", Marshall / funny man Neil.

See you all in June!!!   PART 4

For up-to-date information and reservations please contact Kim or Tammy at
Roaring Camp Mining Company, 13010 Tabeau Road, Pine Grove, CA 95665
Phone  209-296-4100   Website

A 49er gold camp with prospecting cabins and camping by the week,
gold panning gold prospecting, fishing, swimming,
All Day Adventure Tours and Saturday Night New York Steak cookout tours.
Open May through September.
The Magic of Roaring Camp has been beautifully captured by writer Sandra Manning.
After her visit to Roaring Camp she wrote Ragtag Rhymes of Roaring Camp, an extraordinary compilation of poems about Roaring Camp and its characters.

My favorites: "Young Wrangler Rodman's Luck" and  "The Pied Piper of Roaring Camp"
More links: 
My Article in the German World Magazine JulAug 2007 issue, pages 28 - 30 
Gold Mining Techniques explained
"Best Places to find Cash and Treasures" by the Travel / Discovery Channel 
The New 49ers 
Gold Prospectors Association (GPAA) 
Make sure to pick up Tom Leftwich's new book

Gold Mining "Come Along for the Ride"
A journey encompassing 27 years of gold mining:
The HOW TOs, the Gidgets and Gadgets, the Inventions,
the Experiences, the Successes and Failures,
and the Humor, Characters and Stories.

Available at Publish America  and
Read my REVIEW on (at the end of the page)

Tom's articles are currently published in the monthly
"ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal".
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