They’re baaaaaack! Yup, the Drama Kings from Oregon are up to their old tricks, of looking and not quite finding the gold.
Todd Hoffman had the great idea of heading to South America in the downtime of the Alaskan outback to hunt for gold somewhere warmer with a longer and perhaps more profitable season, though with the slightest detailed information and only a guide to meet in Peru they were off and running.
I was looking for Todd’s quirky symptoms from the last LIVE Show, perhaps from drug usage and thought he seemed to be sniffing and twitching on the plane but never saw it again through the rest of the episode. I am happy to report if he is using, it isn’t apparent.
When they arrived in Peru with their guide leading them, it was still a game of hide and seek for gold. Up they went to the highest peak outside of Everest, inside a rickety mountain mine, only held up with timbers, they decide they just weren’t up for this…….. it was too dangerous and isn’t their type of mining…they do placer mining involving the sluice box, water and ore deposits not ore mining with picks, shovels and dynamite.
So they asked their guide again for another site, and down they went, to seek a site in the valley where the gold would settle that they might be able to do their type of gold mining. After negotiating with the locals, giving them some advice to make their sluicing and mining more productive, they’re given the right to mine there. They decide it has great potential and to return the next day for work. On the way down the death defying road they encounter two bus crashes involving 4 buses in total with fatalities. While stranded on the side of this awful road, they decide the treacherous daily trip will be too much stress and just isn’t worth their lives for the search for gold.
So, off to look at jungle land they go. The only way to get to the property is off-roading then by a little boat that Jack must back their truck onto. As usual, disorder ensues…..as Jacks says, too many chiefs, not enough Indians, everyone is directing him and Todd gets “hot” with the guide, telling him it’s his father, he’ll direct him!
The jungle land is as represented and after struggling (as usual) to beat the sun going down, a breaking sluice box, etc. they get to see that their ton of dirt will reap about 60 oz. and decide it’s good land and to come back in the morning.
Unfortunately, it seems these guys never get a break. As they head out in the morning their way is blocked by a rabble-rousing crowd of locals who are not happy with outsiders mining their land. Todd and the guys, including the film crew get out of the trucks to see if the situation can be handled, decide it’s just too volatile a situation, fearing it might escalate further, they run back to their hotels, pack and leave. On the little plane Todd throws out the idea to go to Chile for another run at the gold and asks if the guys are with him…and of course they are!
My question, to whoever can answer it is, where are they getting all this money for these junkets? Did “The Discovery Channel” decide to have deep pockets, considering this show had such good rating? I would think so, for as I stated in my last few blogs about Alaskan Gold, these guys didn’t make a lot of money in Alaska, were always crying how they were broke, bankrupt or losing their houses so how are they able to charter these small private planes to remote places for their relentless pursuit of gold? How are they able to pick up and fly all over on these “exploratory expeditions” including the hotels, the little backhoe, supplies, etc. never mind “not working” (though I guess appearing on the show is working!) as they are pursuing this wild dream, just who’s paying the bills? I hope they hit it big, but I wonder what ridiculous avoidable pitfalls we’ll encounter with them this season………unfortunately, it’s like a train wreck, you can’t help but look.
© Evelyn Garone 8.3.13