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Vermont man goes for gold

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When friends first heard of Ed Taube's new project, some thought he was nuts.

"Pretty much everyone told me I'm crazy to leave a really good, stable job and do this in this economy is kind of crazy," Taube said. "But the ones who know me know I'm a little crazy anyway."

Crazy because he's giving up everything, and spending over $30,000 to build something.

"The dimensions of it are 40-feet long, 3-feet wide and 4-feet deep," he said.

Right now, it's just a big metal frame, but Ed says it will eventually become a floating ocean barge that he and his son will live on a quarter mile off the coast of Alaska, in hopes of finding fortune on the ocean floor.

"And I thought, might be time to challenge myself a little bit and see if I can do this," he said. "And what better place than Nome, Alaska?"

Nome, Alaska-- population of about 3,000 and the setting of the reality TV show "Bering Gold Rush," which features Lower 48-ers sucking up dirt from the ocean floor, siphoning for gold. Watching the show convinced Taube and his mother that he could do it, too.

"After 25 years I think he deserves to do something different," mom Pat Ullom said.

And Taube isn't alone. The local newspaper in Nome told WCAX News Wednesday that 88 other barges are currently docked on the town's tiny beach. Many give up everything in hopes of becoming rich, but the real reality is going for the gold is often trumped by bad weather, equipment failure and high cost of food.

"I haven't failed at anything yet, so I would imagine it's going to work and I've got to keep that positive attitude. So it's going to work," Taube said.

Taube hopes to have the big barge in the waters in Alaska by June 5 and stay for about three months, unless he strikes it rich quick.

Taube said his goal is to come home once he finds between $100,000 and $200,000. And if he does strike it rich, his mother says she doesn't want him to share any with her.

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