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  1. 3 points
    Yaawlsa!!!! Not sure of the spelling. Yea I’m gonna get a bit cocky here. I pretty much kick a$$ as a lead miner. My favorite is the 18” hole and then realize there was a hidden piece of trash in the bush. Brownie
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    Went to Holbrook last weekend with Dolan Dave and Richard G. We had a great time and we all had success. Although I only found "Holbrook Peas" Dave and Richard found bigger pieces.
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    Spent Saturday and part of Sunday down in the Desert looking for a patch in a new area. Did not find one , but did manage a few pieces of gold during the hunt. I detected portions of about a dozen gullies and of those, two carried gold. Just over 2 grams
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    Very cool, IDdesertman. Thanks for continuing to share this collection. The Nicaragua route shown on your map was very nearly chosen for the first transmithian canal in the Americas, but much lobbying (a man, a plan, a whole lotta bribes) convinced Congress to buy out French interests and build the canal across Panama. Now, after more than a century, Nicaragua is still trying to build a canal via the San Juan River-Lake Nicaragua route.
  5. 2 points
    If it touches the water first...technically that could be argued.
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    Guessing Contest for Forum Members! Here is the clad I have dug since May 1, 2018. This contest is not to guess the TOTAL, but to guess how many different coins are in the cup (how many pennies, how many nickels, how many dimes, and how many quarters. Prize’s: Three Dug, Silver American Coins - 1st / 2nd / 3rd place Drawing Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 9:00pm EST Entry Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 8:45pm EST Object: Guess the total number of Pennies – Nickels – Dimes – Quarters in the cup. The member that comes the closest to the actual number of each Wins! In the unlikely event of a tie, both members will win! Prizes for First, Second, and Third closest guesses. The winner will be notified here on the Forum, and through Personal Message. Why am I doing this? Because it’s fun. As always, the cash in the cup will be Coinstar counted, and the cash sent to Bill, to help support our great forum - Good Luck!!
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    I wasn't able to pull up the closure map on your forum, Bill, but based on the map that I was sent by the RRPC this closure is a "partial-area-closure" of the Prescott National Forest. The rest of the Prescott National Forest ("Outside-of-this-area") is still in Phase ll Restrictive, but still open to the public, and not a full closure of the Prescott National Forest ( SO FAR). Of coarse that could and would change any day if conditions get even worse for any number of reasons.
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    That was four hours worth in a fairly remote area. But there's gold there, I found about a half gram and nice picker in the area last week dry washing in two hours time. There are places where I've found good gold drywashing that are so full of lead shot, I'm hesitant to go back with the detector. Deepest of these bullets was only 4"
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    Here's something a little different, these had to do with the construction of the Panama Canal. The first slide is self-explanatory, the second shows potential canal routes across Central America. Hard to read but basically shows routes various potential canals and there are a couple other slides with notes on estimated costs to dredge them, etc.
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    Mike, you forgot these, 168 grams.... some old railroad items, a 1907 barber dime 😛... Was great hunting with good friends, Richard and Eric. Dave
  12. 1 point
    Went out to a local freshwater beach on the Colorado River , was full of folk this weekend.... Got there at day break...was already 8 folks hunting , I took my place on the beach. I found 5 pennies , 2 dimes and 2 sinkers plus 3 metal tent pegs . Still learning but I am getting able to tell bottle caps from coins and pull tabs . If it beeps I still dig it but I try to ID what I am about to dig. Hardest thing to find was 2 split-shot sinkers as they was the same color as some of the gravel. I am learning , finding stuff , but learning.
  13. 1 point
    It was an incredible long weekend! All of the gold to the left side of the coin (a dime) was found with the Gold Racer. The gold to the right, was found with the Gold Bug Pro and the Minelab 5000. (I can't underestimate the value of a one-two punch with a high-quality VLF followed up with the technology of a supreme PI! This is a shot of the last pieces I found with the Gold Racer, all found while hunting hunting whispers after previously sweeping the bedrock with the same small sniper coil, and all of the finds combined on the left side of the pan were found with the Racer while using the little sniper coil. I will say that the small sniper coil is not good for any depth (and that's not what it's designed for), but it's super-hot on shallow gold, especially the small stuff (that is why I bought it); moreover, it loves to sound off on the chunky stuff too! Some of the bigger stuff found that day. (Raw, uncleaned gold, pictures shot while in the field, looks much prettier now all cleaned-up.)So, the story will have to follow when I find the time as this is a busy gold getting opportunity now that the weather's nice, but it was an incredible weekend hunt with lots of nuggets recovered, but perhaps the best (as far as the little sniper coil for the Gold Racer goes), I was able to capture well over thirty grams of small gold. The Gold Racer has turned out to be a sound investment indeed as has the little coil. (The detector has paid for itself many times already, and the little coil paid for itself in the first hour.)All the best,Lanny
  14. 1 point
    LOL, Claim your Fat Tires as Floats and they don't count . 😁😈
  15. 1 point
    Nice ones Eric. Those are about all I get out there as well. Congrats. Jason
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    Slowly making progress on the wing ribs. Also brought out the fuselage to begin prepaint blasting. I spot tested a small area, and the ground glass media does a pretty nice job. It cleans the tubing adequately and leaves a gentle tooth on the surface...the primer should stick very well.
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    Don't worry Saul, you're safe, I only do something like this if the member hasn't been here for years and get a good valid reason from someone as to why they need the contact info, in this case the info was really old and no longer valid, which is usually the case. If the member that is being seeked is still current on the forums the person requesting contact would have to resort to trying to PM the member.
  19. 1 point
    Howdy, Getoffmyclaim. Ha! Admins, if anyone ever comes asking about me, it's probably Wife Three looking for money for her newest set of teeth. Saul who?
  20. 1 point
    Well it is getting mighty warm here in the desert so once again it is time to research promising areas for the coming cool weather. I actually enjoy hitting the books and maps and have a couple new areas that just finding a trail in is almost impossible. One such place Dave and I had to walk a 12 mile or so round trip a couple weeks ago and man that was a tiring and painful walk for this aging nugget shooter, but there are no passable roads into this area. Hopefully there will be an easier route to try later in the year after it cools off. Another spot I am actively studying is only 2 miles from an area I have found some amazing gold in the past and has no occurrences of placer gold ever recorded. A hunter told me about a small valley with every wash and several of the slopes covered in old drywash header piles with the fines piles long washed away and they had picked up a couple small nuggets off bedrock in one of the washes. Not being prospectors they never went back to detect or anything else... I was able to find this spot on Google Earth last night and look right at the worked valley and washes, problem is once again no access even by quad through the heavily dissected pediment gravels with sharp cut deep washes full of bedrock waterfall areas. Looks like allot of walking to get in with the closest trail of any kind a couple miles away Dang, may have to get a horse and mule Hit the books folks as the cooler weather will be here before you know it and it is nice to have a hit list made up.
  21. 1 point
    All the best to you and your mom, Tammy. Hope she recovers quickly.
  22. 1 point
    Tammy you are part of the family and we are here for you.
  23. 1 point
    These upgrades are sorta like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates.....you never know what you're going to get!!
  24. 1 point
    Yo All...Back in the early '80's , I was dredging full time in the Klamath Mountains, far Northern CA, sometimes with a small crew and sometimes alone...Every morning, first light, we'd have a huge breakfast of sausage, eggs, potatoes, gravy and corn fritters ... Before we would head to the claims I'd butter up a batch of the fritters and slather them with strawberry preserves ... When the sun got high overhead, after about four hours or so of dredging, we'd break and have the fritters for lunch ... Major energy supply in the fritters ... I still fix them once or twice a month cause they are just downright yummie, with preserves, syrup or even gravy... Here's how I fix'em: 1.25 cup yellow cornmeal. 1 cup flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 TBSP baking powder 1 Tsp. Salt 1/3 cup virgin olive oil 1 cup milk (can substitute beer for milk for interesting and extra fluffy fritters) 1 large egg Get your griddle pretty hot, about 375 degrees. spoon out the mix onto the griddle in 1/4 cup plops. Heat them until golden brown. Serve hot for a whole day's worth of powerful gold gettin' energy. Cheers, Unc
  25. 1 point
    Water, water everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink . . . (I apologize in advance for the length of this post. You super-pros will want to skip the first part of the story as it's written for the rookies.)Last Saturday was an interesting day indeed.The weather certainly was interesting. Mother Nature truly had dealt a mixed hand of cards: one minute the weather was sunny and warm; then it would cloud up and get cranky; the sky would darken like the face of some angry ancient god; heavy clouds, pregnant with the promise of rain would swirl overhead, releasing giant drops of icy water and sticky wet snow; then the wind would fill its lungs and blow a mighty series of gusts to clear the sky yet again. Spring, the season that imitates all other seasons, but imitates them only briefly; spring, the season that is the great imposter and yet the great bringer of hoped for change.As the weather cleared, I broke out my detecting gear. I'd packed the Gold Bug Pro and the Makro Gold Racer for the day; however, before I could head to the spot I'd chosen, I was approached by a young rookie that noticed what I was up to, and he wanted me to show him how to run a metal detector. He'd bought one for himself, but that day he was out without it, and he wondered if I could give him a few tips on what to do to set up a detector and how to go about finding gold.So, I set up the Gold Bug Pro for him, showed him how to ensure the coil wire connection was tight at the box to avoid falsing, how to secure the coil wire above the coil so it wouldn't false either, and how to ensure the connections on the coil rods were snug. Then I spent some time showing him how to ground balance. I spent a while on that subject with him so he understood how to do it properly, how to check to ensure there were no targets under the coil where he wanted to ground balance, some quick tips on EMI, etc. I gave him tips on keeping the coil level on his sweeps to avoid rising on the ends of the sweeps, how to overlap his sweeps for better coverage, how to keep the coil as close to the ground as possible to maximize detecting and target response, how to pinpoint by moving the coil 90 degrees to the original target response, and I also showed him how to do the coil "wiggle" to get the nose of the coil in the sweet zone for target recovery. Furthermore, I showed him how to properly set the threshold and sensitivity, how to adjust for EMI, and I walked him through the all-important aspect of investigating any slight break in the threshold as most of my targets are initially detected in that manner. As well, I instructed him on how to use a scoop, how to sift and sort a target in the scoop properly while using the coil to verify that the target was still in the scoop and how to use the coil to isolate the target by dropping material onto the coil. I also talked to him about the advantages of using a plastic pan for capturing multiple targets for later speed panning. In addition, I gave him my telescoping aluminum rod with the super-magnet on the end, and I went over the advantages of using it first, if he hit on a shallow signal, to quickly check if the target was ferrous or not.I turned him loose on the road and he soon had a signal. So, I went over everything with him again as he started on his target recovery, and he quickly had the target out of the hole. Well, it was a nail, not one from the 1800's, but a modern nail; regardless, he was a quick study, so I let him keep the detector to work the road for a bit, and he soon recovered several shavings of track and bucket steel.Because he was doing things exactly the way I'd instructed him to do, I was impressed (Lots of people I've tried to help learn to detect in the past have either misunderstood or ignored many of the tips I've given them, but not this guy: he was dialed-in and there to learn! It was easy to see his keen desire passion.). I watched him for a bit more, and he was ground balancing properly, using good sweep technique, slowing when he got a response, checking 90 degrees to the original signal, using the scoop properly for target recovery, and he'd really caught on how to use my extendable super-magnet-wand to eliminate shallow, ferrous targets.In fact, he was doing so well, that I invited him to check some bedrock. He soon had several more signals, all ferrous, but he was really doing great. So I said to him, "This section with the hump, the small area completely surrounded by water is virgin. Have at it." So, he went to detecting, and I went to setting up my Gold Racer. He'd call me over every once in a while to check some strange signals he was getting (hot rocks and cold rocks, so I instructed him on their various target ID aspects), and then he'd tear into detecting again. I fired up the Gold Racer and started checking a spot where an old crevice had once bottomed out.The rookie gave a shout and came a running! Now, as I've stated in other posts, "You can't make this stuff up!", he had his hand tightly closed around something, and that something was a nugget that was close to a gram in weight!! Well, I'll tell the world, he was some excited for sure. And, who wouldn't be! Rookie luck? Did he have a natural knack for it? Good questions, but regardless, he'd done it on his first outing ever. Quite remarkable actually, even if you factor in that I'd put him into a target rich environment, still remarkable as I've put others into similar settings in the past, and they've flown right over the nuggets and left disappointed.Do you think he's going to get out and give his detector a good run first chance he gets? Well, wild horses won't be able to stop him I'd say, because he had that dreamy look in his eye as he left, and all of us that chase the gold know what that look does to a person; it keeps the fires lit!I detected that little hump, with water, water everywhere, and got no gold. (I did however wade out into a couple of feet of water just beyond the hump and recover another small nugget.) So, the rookie got the only nugget in residence on that hump, but my day was just beginning.The spot I was working could best be described as small bedrock islands, water, water everywhere (and as it says in The Rime of The Ancient Mariner), Nor any drop to drink! (I certainly would never drink any of that standing water, so that's why I always pack a bunch along in my five-gallon multi-purpose mining bucket.Those plastic buckets are such handy items for toting all manner of prospecting items to a site!)Well, I carefully waded through a couple of feet of icy water and hit a bedrock rise. I slowly started working the bedrock with the Gold Racer. I soon had a soft signal that sounded like small gold. Just to be sure, I worked that spot carefully with the wand, but no ferrous. Then I took my small pick and scraped the surface, and sure enough, there was some clay riding on top. More scraping revealed some little rounded stones, iron-stained sand, and small bits of ironstone. I swept the spot again, and still the same soft, yet sweet tone. I then worked out material from all of the little cracks and crevices, tossed the material into my plastic pan, then swept the spot again. Still a soft tone, but not as loud, so more scraping with the pick and checking with the detector's coil until the area was completely silent.By this time, I had quite a collection of material in the pan. So, I waded into a deeper spot and panned it out. Well, lots of golden goodies in the pan were peeking out of the super-heavies, and as you can tell from the previous pictures, lots of small stuff, but pretty nonetheless. (Please remember that the purpose of the last two outings has been to deliberately target areas that I've either already swept with the Gold Bug Pro or to check virgin areas just to see what the Gold Racer can find.)To make a long story short, I kept at it for several hours while working those little bedrock islands, and I had many similar encounters with soft signals (with some of them broad in nature [some had great concentrations of fine gold!]) that had me doing lots of pick work to worry material from the bedrock until the detector went silent over the areas the Gold Racer had so expertly sniffed out. As I was about ready to pack up, I looked out at the water and noticed a boulder, about the size of a laundry basket, and thought, "What the heck, why not try to wade out to it if the water's not too deep?" So, I did.Well, the water was getting deep fast, and the tops of my boots just held the deluge at bay. Very careful not to swamp my boots, I slid the coil of the Gold Racer around the boulder, and eeep! I had a solid tone, not a quiet signal like all of the others from earlier. Well, immediately the brain thinks ferrous, but the meter said gold. So, I wanded (hit it with my super-magnet wand [making up my own word?]) the area, no ferrous! Tiptoeing around the boulder to keep my feet dry, I started to work the signal underwater. (I've posted about the frustrating nature of trying to capture underwater targets before, and this outing was no exception.) However, after multiple failures, I finally had the target in the scoop along with a whack of clay and broken bedrock.I tiptoed back to shallower water, then hit the bedrock rise where I'd left my pan. I threw the material into the pan, worked the clay and bedrock material until it cooperated, then panned it down. Bam! A sassy nugget was revealed. A 3.5 gram little beauty! A keeper for sure, no catch-and-release with that one.I packed everything up and hiked or waded back to where I'd left my snacks and water. After a refreshing break, and because the sun was beginning to head west behind the mountain peaks, I broke down the Gold Racer and packed it away. I loaded my tools back into one of my buckets but noticed that my wand was missing! What the?!?Well, the last place I'd used it was way back where I'd found the nugget, so I fired up the Bug Pro and headed back across the bedrock wetlands to find my wand. On the way, I kept the Gold Bug Pro lit, and I let it sniff around underwater every time I had to wade. Three small nuggets later, I hit the bedrock rise adjacent to where I'd found the 3.5 gram nugget. There was my wand, right where I'd put it down when I'd panned out the contents from the scoop.Now, I find it curious how on a return trip to the exact same place I've already detected, the brain sharpens the eye's focus somehow and the eye notices details I've missed the first time around. This time was no exception.There was a small ledge, just above the water's edge, that held some iron-stained gravel and dark material. I couldn't remember having seen it on the first visit, but this time a switch had flipped for sure, and the old brain was screaming, "Run a coil over that spot you dummy!"So, I did, and EEEP!! Now, the Bug Pro really yells (unlike the Gold Racer) when it sinks its teeth into a meaty signal, and I'll tell you what, it surely had my attention. I scraped off all of the loose material, no target in the scoop, but I threw it in the pan just in case. I scanned again, and EEEP! Now, here was a bit of an enigma, wrapped in a bit of a mystery to boot. I was staring at solid black bedrock. So, just for the heck of it, I ran the wand over the spot, but no friends.After I'd swept the area again and the meter was pinning close to 60, I carefully went to work with the pick and broke out some material. I grabbed it with my hand to put it in the pan, and the weight was more than the small amount of material should have been. A very black 4.7 gram nugget was resting in my palm.As for the material I'd tossed into my pan, there was good flake gold in it. I swept the edge of the bedrock and was rewarded with some nice soft signals, so I broke more bedrock until it went quiet, and then I panned it out: more pickers and flake gold, a nice catch.Well, darkness was not becoming my friend, especially as I had to wade to get out, so I abandoned my workings and headed back to the truck.What a great day! (For me and the rookie.) These pictures of the gold are the combined take from the two Saturdays, close to 20 grams all in, with the fine gold excluded from the pan shots. The coins were found on the Fridays of the two weekends, working an old home site while learning how to use the Gold Racer in a target rich environment for testing purposes. All the best,Lanny
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