Still raining cats and dogs in Nome. Buckets and buckets of rain poured from the skies last night. Luckily, the Nome Home shipping containers are holding up and dry as a bone (now that they are sealed properly). But, with the heavy rain, also comes wind and waves. Enough to keep most gold mining operations cooped up. As for the Goldenrod crew, Tommy isn't due back to Nome until this Friday. Additional supplies for repairs and modifications to Goldenrod will arrive in Nome when he does.
GRC (General Refining Corporation) has a new office in Nome now. They are one of several companies in Nome that will assay (determine the specific contents of the precious metals) and purchase gold from the Bering Sea miners.
This past weekend GRC held a Gold Miners Banquet in Nome. Both Dad and Mom attended, and became acquainted with more of the mining community in Nome. The banquet was actually quite a big hit! Most of the Bering Sea miners were there. I'm sure there was a lot of note comparing going on, as dredge mining is such an imperfect science. The Discovery Channel film crew was on sight to catch any dramatic scenes. As far as I know, no fist fights broke out at the banquet, despite the angst caused by the seasons poor mining conditions. Just Bering Sea gold dredgers getting together and celebrating.
Gold dredging is a very difficult job. I've a great deal of respect and admiration for those who are willing to brave the Bering Sea for the 'deadliest catch' or for the precious amber metal we all so covet.
Hoping the weather clears for you all!