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Going on a Gold Hunt

January Six Word Photo Story Challenge: “Hometown Pride”

Sandi Parsons
Six Word Photo Story Challenge
2 min readJan 5, 2023

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Looking for gold, found bullets instead.

When planning holiday destinations, we often forget about our own surroundings. Western Australia has over 2.5 million square kilometers — as tourists in our own ‘backyard,’ we’ve got plenty of options!

Western Australia was a little late to the goldrush, but we’ve made up for it ever since. Kalgoorlie boasts the fourth-largest gold mine in Australia, and it comes with a booming tourist trade.

No trip to Kalgoorlie is complete if you don’t go hunting for gold. Jarryn and I started at Hannans North Tourist Mine. After watching a gold pour, we did some gold panning. We found a few tiny specks of gold. Just enough to give us a taste for more.

Next, we headed off into the bush with a metal detector. Stories abound of people heading out and finding nuggets sitting on the red dirt. Usually, these marvelous finds are after heavy rain. It was hot and dry the day we set out, so I didn’t hold much hope that we’d trip over a gold nugget lying on the ground.

The metal detector pinged often. We’d stop and dig. Jarryn was always hopeful, but there was no gold to be found that day. Instead, we found a handful of bullets.

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Sandi Parsons
Six Word Photo Story Challenge

Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.