I’d like to apologize for not keeping up with my blog posts lately. As many of you know, I have been working non-stop on another book. This one chronicles my Alaskan gold mining experiences, as well as some great mammoth and fossil hunting expeditions. I’ve also included some incredible Alaskan history, and shared some of our family experiences, too. You’ll read about my brushes with death, the excitement of incredible discoveries, and the fears and disappointments I faced along the way. My hope is that the book will inspire you to seek out your own adventures and gain a deeper appreciation for all that God has given us.
I doubt the mainstream media will do much to help promote the book, but I’ve been fortunate enough to have some very knowledgeable people read the manuscript and give it a “thumbs up.”
Here’s a review from Dave Mack. Dave is a former Navy Seal, and author of five books on gold mining, including his newest, “Extreme Prospector”. He is also one of the most successful gold dredgers on the planet. It was an honor to get his endorsement because I’ve looked up to him for twenty years.
Here’s what he had to say about it:
This is a fantastic testimonial of a young man who goes against the (wise) advice of family, close friends and work colleagues, takes an unpaid extended leave of absence from his real job, and braves the extremes of the Alaskan frontier in search of his fortune in gold. The story provides an honest account of how steep the learning curve can be to become a successful prospector. After all; nothing truly valuable comes without a price to pay! Chuck learns through trial and error that the most productive places for finding rich gold deposits are nearly always in the most difficult and dangerous places. He recounts near death and extremely difficult experiences during his attempts to overcome near-impossible barriers that Mother Nature uses to guard her most cherished treasures. Chuck’s story provides non-stop lessons about the value of caring and dependable relationships, and also reliance upon yourself. His experiences are a reminder that it requires personal honesty, steadfast courage and brutally hard work to ultimately reach our life-goals. But there is even more than that here. Chuck also touches on the magic of gold, a very rare and beautiful substance which is far too valuable to exchange for mere paper money; and how the search for raw gold becomes a quest that will take you from emotional exhilaration, to devastating failure, and then back to the most wonderful experiences of a lifetime, all in a day’s work. Chuck sums it up best with the following, “I might have been born a hundred years too late, but the fever that drove the old timers is still burning in me.” Wonderful reading! Dave Mack, Author of “Extreme Prospector”
Thanks for your patience… I promise it will be worth it.