Through my brief adventures and reading I have learned a good bit. If you can find where the ancient creeks ran, they are loaded with gold around here. I moved around a ton of dirt and collected a whole ounce from it. Like I said the ancient creeks are full of the stuff just got to find out where they ran in gold bearing areas. Always remember "Gold is where it is found".
When I would visit my dad in NM we would often go up to federal land and pan for gold. All we ever found was a few flakes but I did it more for the relaxation than for actually finding gold. It was kind of like fishing to me. I would chill out with a pan while chatting with my dad about life.
Insanity should be defined as trusting the government to solve a problem they caused in the first place. Please do not go insane!