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Gold On The Desert

olga wright smith

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GOLD MINING HISTORY: This honest account of a genuine experience, Gold On The Desert revises the usual concept of deserts and their inhabitants. In the formidable Lechuguilla Desert of southwestern Arizona, Olga Wright Smith established a home underMoreGOLD MINING HISTORY: This honest account of a genuine experience, Gold On The Desert revises the usual concept of deserts and their inhabitants. In the formidable Lechuguilla Desert of southwestern Arizona, Olga Wright Smith established a home under a huge boulder while her men folk prospected and mined. An Iowa schoolteacher, the author faced the absence of towns, neighbors, modern conveniences and water. And the presence of rattlesnakes, armed smugglers, sandstorms, and heat that burst the thermometer.Her sanity almost snapped from loneliness and fear until she found the desert companionably peopled with wild things- quail, orioles and hummingbirds, foxes and mountain sheep, water-frantic honeybees, exotic flowers. Comic characters too - insatiably curious lizards, the dancing mice, a cat in need of asbestos boots, and a burro named McGinty who signalled with his ears.Mrs. Smith penetrated the bashful hermit world of the desert prospector. She learned that he licks a mineral specimen before showing it, and trades water hole data, magazines and flapjack recipes with his friends. Hardened by sun, wind and self-reliance, Olga Smith achieved the status of enthusiastic rock-hound and master of the delicate art of goldpanning.She made daily notes of her adventures as the first modern woman ever to observe a full years cycle on the Lechuguilla Desert, including the crucible of summer when wood becomes so dehydrated that nails fall out. With her engineer husband - the young Cap Smith - of the book - the author went to Arizona prepared for the worst and found it. Desert Settlers & Gold Prospectors