I'm panning for gold by kneeling by the river and scooping. Then I cradle the pan back and forth to wash away the water and dirt.
Cradling is much more complicated.
What are you doing?
As I told you, cradling is complicated. panning is simple, and only needs one person. A cradle needs 2-3 people, and most are too selfish to help with the cradle. The pan saves more time so mining with it is quick and easy.
Then why don't you use a cradle?
No! It's way too dangerous. When you dig into the earth 150 feet and grab all of the gold, the dirt would cave down on you and you would be stuck under the earth forever! Lucky for you, you came out alive. Many others died in the process.