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  1. 4 points
    Never met you Rocky but your generosity is magnanimous..........you made my day!
  2. 3 points
    Both of my eye lids drooped so bad that I could hardly see properly to drive or watch the tube. That was around twenty years ago. I had the eye doctor look at it and he said that Medicare will take care of the expense, would I like to have it corrected. He chopped some extra flesh out of the lid and it healed really fast. It's been fine ever since and I do recommend it if necessary. Anything that affects your vision get it done. Old Tom
  3. 3 points
    Hi Raimund, Here is what I'm sending your way tomorrow, just to clarify this is a unclassified NWA meteorite. This is a neat unclassified meteorite that I've enjoyed very much, it's 57grams and displays enough identifying characteristics one with experience could positively identify this as a genuine meteorite. Being that this is unclassified material I cannot provide definitive proof this is a meteorite without proper lab testing which I will not be paying to do, but you can if you choose to. I can tell you one identifying characteristic that is a undeniable feature only found in meteorites and that is the presents of a nice barred olivine chondrule showing on the surface (more easily seen in person). I really hope your father will enjoy this. I've included my own custom 1cm Cube that I use for photograph scale purposes so you can use it in the future if you would like. Take care man!! You are a good son to your father.
  4. 2 points
    I have been trying to sign in for a day now with my Google Chrome but it says 'page not responsive' so I am using Microsoft Edge. I need to 'reset' the browser. Now that I am here I wanted to post my picture for the 2 hour hunt yesterday with the EQ800/11. Mitchel
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    Pretty darned nice of you, Rocky. Generosity is rarer than meteorites.
  6. 1 point
    My sons 4 now and at this point he has more exposure to meteorites than most children. This is him and I with our slices of Brahin pallasites. The reason I got the two is because my sons heritage and lineage is directly from Belarus. I knew it was a important meteorite to acquire sooner than later for that reason and also the location of the fall is located in a area heavily and directly contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster locally 80% of the fallout is said to have fallen in the Gomel vicinity making it a dangerous task excavating the stones beneath the contaminated soils. I'm sure people still do it but I'm sure it is strongly advised against. Anyways my words of encouragement for the day, start them while there young maybe they will have a career mining asteroids someday!!
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    OK my friends the dates are locked in and we will be once again holding the outing at the LSD (San Domingo Placer District) and camping at or around Jackass Flats. All are welcome to attend and it is free and not a vendor affair, just having fun, learning, and hunting gold. There are tons of GPAA and Roadrunner claims here as well as a couple other clubs so lots of spots to hunt, there is even open land if you do your homework. The only cost to attend is to bring a dish for the Saturday pot luck dinner where we also give away a few gifts after chow. The main course of several roasts etc will as always be supplied by Me and some other members that just insist on helping with the main course (thanks guys) We will also be offering a Minelab Gold Monster training on Sunday morning to those in need of a bit of help, there will also be help available with any questions you may have about nugget shooting. This is not a GROUP outing so everyone must acquire your own State Trust Land Permit since camp will be on State Trust Land, it is 15.00 individual or 20.00 family, go here https://land.az.gov/recreational-permit-portal They may ticket you if you do not get one. There is good access for RV camping and it is a large area. Other folks also use this spot so often there ar dirt bike and quad folks camped in the same area, but we get together for evening fires and the pot luck near one of our RVs. We also may have a Minelab rep visiting as well as all the other well known nugget hunters and prospectors. I also have one and two year memberships available at my shop as well as renewals with the new claims guide if needed. All questions regarding the outing should be asked in THIS thread and here is a map (thanks chrisski) More info from Adam NORTHERN ARIZONA MINES By CHAS. A. DINSMORE, Field Correspondent of the Journal-Miner. October 11,1911 SAN DOMINGO DISTRICT Work has actually begun on the building of the dams for the Lotowana Placer Mining company, which Will conserve 150,000,000 gallons of water and enable this company to work its 3000 acres of auriferous gravel in the famous San Domingo field, nine miles east of Wickenburg, and about four miles back from the Hassayampa river. The ground averages over four feet to bedrock and carries above 40 cents a cubic yard. There will be two dams. All work, including 400 feet of tunnels and 600 feet of heavy rock work, has been done for the pipe line to the placer ground from the dams, and the water will have 9 feet of heads when it reaches the sluices. In 30 days placer operations will be in full blast in Rogers' wash, which is two and one half miles long, 1000 feet wide, nine feet deep, and for the entire distance carries more than 40 cents a yard. As fast as possible this work will be extended to the other ground of the company, and eventually there will be three 2000 yard dredges in operation. In the acquirement of the 1000 acres in the holding, in establishing and maintenance of camp, and in the thorough testing of 500 acres and prospecting of many hundreds more, some $30,000 has been expended, and by the time everythingIs in full blast the total initial outlay will have been approximately $75,000. Estimates of numbers of engineers who have investigated this project, place the amount of gold that can be profitably saved at $20,000,000.This is the greatest placering operation in the United States today; and the work here will demonstrate that sufficient water maybe conserved for this class of operation on a large scale using the methods of the government in reclaiming the arid lands of the country. Three years ago Mr. and Mrs. John Sanger, both experienced placer miners who made money in the Nome Alaska fields, started across country with pack train to prospect south western Arizona for 25 cent ground. They heard of the San Domingo field, and investigated. They camped on the ground, and prospected very carefully. The results astonishing them as the ground was so rich, the gold is generally distributed from surface to bedrock; but it was told to them that it was practically worthless, because there was no water. After careful investigation Mr. Sanger decided that there was a watershed of sufficient size to furnish all water necessary for operations on a large scale if there were points where it could be saved. Natural damsites were found in both the San Domingo, and Hackberry washes. The first will save 50,000,000 gallons. The other twice as much. All this occupied more than a year; when the Sangers organized their company, and returning devoted all their attention to testing the property. The Rogers wash attracted their attention first, and Mr. Sanger tested 500 acres very thoroughly; but later he found other equally large, and rich washes, which are now being tested. The first operations however, will be in the Rogers wash. This placer field is east of the Hassayampa river, lying flat, with benches on either side of numerous deep washes. The gold is coarse and in angular fragments, so little alloyed that it brings $19.25 per ounce. The gold is from surface to bedrock, about the same richness throughout. Probably it was not brought here by floodwaters, but is the result of the erosion of the mountains which once covered this flat. The ground is not packed as it would be if brought by water; and there are no large boulders to hamper placer operations. In the wash is found a great deal of quartz, some granite, diorite, schist, shale, lime, porphyry. The country rock at the head of the washes is generally granite, with great porphyry dykes passing through, and there is considerable schist. The placer ground has some growth of mesquite and palo verde, and there is much cacti of different growths. Bedrock is conglomerated, and in a thousand years or so would be the typical Gila conglomerate of the section. It is fairly soft now, so the top can be easily taken off, and thus all the gold that has concentrated on bedrock will be saved. In prospecting, men are sent out with pans and dry washing machines, many samples being taken from the top of the benches, from the sides, and from the bottom of the washes. In testing, pits are dug 6 feet long, 3 feet wide, and to bedrock. In all this prospecting, and testing not one absolutely barren pan has been found, which is most unique. In testing, Mr. Sanger has been more than conservative, rejecting all nuggets and also all pannings running exceptionally high. I have spent many days on the property, prospecting all the time, and the result was always the same--colors always. An expert Mexican placer miner named Eulalia was with me, and I saw him take a double handful of the gravel, dry placer it in his palms, and get from two to twenty-five colors. We took a pan in one of the richer spots in Spring Gulch wash, and got 300 colors. It is the most wonderful proposition I ever saw, and others who have given the field careful attention say the same. In 1885 there was a rush to San Domingo wash. Hundreds of men of all nationalities flocked in and operated with dry washers. Sometimes they made as high as $100 a day per man, and $15 a day was just ordinary. In Old Woman gulch, working alone, a Mexican made $50 a day with a dry washer having capacity of only six yards a day. In American wash some California miners took out fortunes in a few months. Some of this work was in the washes, some on the benches and hillsides; it all ran high on the surface but they couldn't work to bedrock, because the gravel is never actually dry enough to dry wash at any depth. The spring of '86 the country was a blaze of flowers, and this new camp was named Placeritas de las Flores but it was later named San Domingo. There was a good town, with many stores, saloons, dance halls, etc. For several years placering operations forwarded steadily; but the richer dirt was washed. The dry machines did not save more than a third of the gold and were tedious to operate, so that soon the more enterprising went to other fields leaving this to the Mexicans. The man Eulalia, last winter, with one man to assist in operating a small four-yard dry washer took out $400 in 40 days at the lower end of one of the small benches in Spring Gulch wash; and in fact there are many Mexicans who make good wages constantly with their dry-washers. This whole country is full of history of rich strikes, and I have heard tales, well authenticated, that rival Rider Haggard's brain-storms. So, after thorough, investigation one is solidly impressed, be cause no matter where you test you will find the gold--it is here, everywhere in an area probably 25 miles long by 5 wide. The old-timers tried in every wav to get water onto the ground, but they failed. It has become the conviction throughout thesection that the gold cannot be saved because there is no water. However, an outsider came in and solved this problem, and the success here will be equalled in many other portions of state, where there is placer ground in exactly the same condition as is found here. The dams to be installed by Mr.Sanger will conserve the water from a watershed fully 25 miles square. From October to May there is usually water in the main wash; and the summer rains cause water to flow for a month or more. The damsite is a natural one, similar to those in practically every canyon of this section, where all the washes box up. The dams will be of reinforced concrete. The ground for a great many miles west of the Lotowana ground, and for from 5 to 7 miles away from the Hassayampa river, all carries gold, and I quote the Sanger proposition because here has been the only exact testing and sampling of the district up to now. There will be hundreds of acres that will run more than $1 a yard, and there are thousands giving over 50 cents. The fact that in California they are placer mining to good profit on 14-cent ground shows what this all means to owners of Arizona placer ground, in the Wickenburg field at least. I went up a new wash the other day, where no prospecting has been done since the rush in the 8O's, and panned time and again, getting from 5 to 123 colors to a pan. The ground is rich, everywhere. The dry washers used in testing and in working this ground are new to me. There is no fan, as is usual, but beneath the riffles there is a bellows the full size of the riffle-box. This forcing the air upward and serving the same as water, causing the lighter material to flow over the riffles, while the gold is caught. No quick is used in these machines. Two men can handle from 4 to 6 yards of gravel a day with these machines. At first the Sangers were ridiculed; but now there is a real rush to get in on some of this ground, and there is general prospecting for damsites. Wherever a damsite is found, a placer mining project is feasible here, and this is being generally recognized now.The history of the financing of a mine is sometimes tragic, and so it has been with Sanger. He went to Boston and presented his proposition to a wide-awake business man who endorsed it and said he would furnish the funds. Sanger went to see him a day or so after, and found him on a sofa in his office, somewhat under the weather; but he said he would be all right in a day or two, and that if Sanger would call at 10 o'clock Friday morning he would have the papers drawn for signature, and the check ready. Friday morning Sanger received an invitation to attend this man's funeral, he having died meanwhile. There was another man who had the money and was going to put it into the placer mine. His wife, however, learned that he wasn't true to her and she raised such a deuce of a row that he gave up all thoughts of anything but the divorce court. Then one day while taking a needed rest at Grand Canyon, Sanger met a man from Chicago, who casually remarked, "So you are in the gold brick business?" Sanger said he was and the man said he was going to Phoenix on his way home, and that he would go out and look at it. He did so, and wrote Sanger that when the latter got to Chicago he would like to have him call at his office. So,some time later the Sangers reached Chicago, and the afternoon before they were going away he called on the business man. As he entered the door of the man's office he said, " 'Lo. Sanger. Here's a check for $2500 in your gold brick scheme-it looks good to me." And thus it is- you are sure of a thing and it don't work, and again you have no hope and it's all right. Not long ago some bankers were to make a loan to Sanger to assist in the putting in of the first dam; but they wanted such a tremendous rake-off, the mine manager wouldn't take their money-and he walked out of the bank and met an entire stranger from Globe, who went to the mine, looked the property over thoroughly and then and there put up the money for the dam and they're now puttin it in. Way out here on the desert, four miles from living water,is the Lotowana mine (Lotowana means dawn of the morning). It is a pretty camp, well appointed, with every comfort. The Sangers had a lot of experience in Alaska, and they have had enough of the sour dough business. So they have a number of excellent houses, the stock is well cared for, they have a dandy Jap cook, and altogether it is as pleasant a camp as I ever was in. The ground has always been open to any kind of inspection, and this is the reason I have given so much time to the property, because the conditions are exactly the same over a great area here, and if this is so good there is a lot more. Lotowana will be the biggest placer mine on this continent in six months but there will be a great many others in this section, though none so large, possibly. The little man has a good chance here, and he is taking advantage of it right now. This placering means a revival of their branch of the industry. Throughout the arid section, there are many placers where water may be conserved as readily as here, and where the ground will pay handsomely. Edited February 14, 2013 by adam
  8. 1 point
    Got out today with Chris (bsumbdy). Most of the day was partly cloudy, and gave us a little break from hot weather. Chris, gave me a pointy finger today, while he hiked over the hill to hunt. We both left today with some gold. Chris got 6.4 grams, I got 5.8 grams. Also came across two young desert tortoises today. Dave
  9. 1 point
    Received an E-mail from MicroNugget that he was willing to brave the Southern Cailf Desert 100+ degree weather and get in some Nugget shooting. Soon after I arrived he had a sweet sounding signal on his GPZ7000 and this is a short video of his results. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVeOykRt07U
  10. 1 point
    I thought I'd venture out into the lower desert this morning to take a look-see at the changes (if any) in a few of the washes that have been hit by the last 2-3 monsoon rainstorms that have swept thru the area. Based on weather radar some of them have been fairly extensive. I was cruising down the dirt road at about 40 mph ( a comfortable clip) when I spotted movement from something on the left-side-gutter-part of the road at about 20ft.-or-so up ahead of me. As I passed it I got a much better look at it as it started to climb the berm and head up into the brush. At that point I could recognize that it was an Arizona Gila Monster !!!! "WOW,"..... As much as I have hunted and hiked this region over the years, I have only been able to see one-other-one 2-3 years ago in the area. So I slammed on my breaks skidding to a stop a ways down the road from him, and fumbled around trying to find my camera,..."Oop", I forgot to bring it. So I grabbed my handy dandy tracphone and ran up the road to try to find the critter. I did finally find him (it??) in some brush, and managed to get these not-so-good photos of it. Based on it's size I would say that it was a full grown adult. The width of the head (jawbone to jawbone was about 2-1/2" wide), and the head and face was a very pronounce bright black color. It was a little over a foot long, and a light-colored orangey-yellow separated the black stripes on it's tail. I could tell that it was in very good condition-health wise, and it could care less if I was taking pictures of it. It's kind of cool what you can see out in the desert if you keep your eyes open, ....stumble over it,...or happen to cross paths. Gary
  11. 1 point
    Angel, They are not meteorites at all, but common stones that most everyone can find. Below is my monthly post: Take a look at your rock(s). If it glistens like a crystal structure (ie: quartz) at any point in the rock it can’t be a meteorite. If it has layers, it can’t be a meteorite, it’s sedimentary. If it has small gas bubbles in it, it can’t be a meteorite. It’s basalt. If it is moderately magnetic it is not a meteorite. If there is a thick crust on it, it can’t be a meteorite. File off a corner or cut it. It won’t diminish it’s value. If there is all bright silvery metal it can’t be a meteorite. If it is all grey metal it can’t be a meteorite. If there is black crust as thin as a fingernail, and crazing on the outside of the rock, it might be a meteorite. If there are small silver specks visible in the filed off section, it might be meteorite. There are billions of magnetic rocks in the US, none of which are meteorites. Anyone can find magnetic earth stones nearly everywhere. Just take a strong magnet and drop into sand and you will see what I mean. Check our O Richard Norton’s, “Rocks from Space” or visit the ASU Meteorite Center or similar center. billpeters P.S. In addition, your rocks have multiple angular sides highly standard for terrestrial rocks, but not for meteorites.
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    I can't tell from the photos what the tumbled stones are (although the second one resembles a Hall's lozenge), but I sure hope they're not resting on your palm.
  13. 1 point
    Looking forward to learning, not a lot of experience here. Thanks.
  14. 1 point
    Ray, It's on the way bud, it should arrive in 10-14 days!!!
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    Very generous, Rocky...I hope they appreciate the gift! fred
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    Excellent and important tip regarding the critter. I saw one recently in the El Paso’s, had a brief chat and moved on. One can’t waste ones energy or time when doin lead removal.... thank you Bob
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    The chile harvest is upon us, and I'd thought I would share how I make chile verde. First get your camp oven hot. A bed of coals from a campfire works great, as does a freestanding LP camp stove like mine in the pictures. Throw in two or three tablespoons of fat. Be it oil, lard, or bacon fat. I used bacon fat here. Use what you like. Now add in a couple of pounds of meat for a small batch, more if you're feeding a herd. Stir fry the meat till golden. Now add half an onion and a couple of gloves of garlic, all chopped. I added some mushrooms to mine because they were looking lonely in the fridge. When everything is nicely browned, sprinkle two tablespoons of flour over it all. Stir like he'll When the flour is absorbed into the oil coating it all, slowly add a little water at a time continuing to stir. If you've done it right it will look like a nice light brown gravy. It will NOT taste like gravy yet....so keep your fingers out of it! Allow to simmer in the thick gravy for a few minutes to cook the flour taste off. Now is a good time to add whatever herbs you want. I added some rosemary that I crushed, along with a bit of cumin. Now add enough water to completely cover the mixture and simmer covered at a low boil for an hour or so. Next add your chile. You can just chop them up and throw them in, but I like roasting and peeling them first. I had some tomatillos, so I tossed those in too. Cervasa por favor? Now add a bottle of your favorite malted beverage. Use good beer, if it isn't good enough to drink...don't cook with it. Simmer covered until thick and delicious. Salt to taste and serve with a tortilla roasted on the inverted lid of your camp oven. Heat level will be mild to wild depending on what kind of chile you used. If you make a hot batch...make sure to share with a friend
  18. 1 point
    This was given to my family in an aquarium. Stayed in the aquarium for years lol
  19. 1 point
    Should never pick up a desert tortoise. Their only water supply is their urine, picking them excites them, and they'll drain their urine. Saw a one in a pocket in a wash, coming through the next day it was still there, it couldn't get out, got behind it and pick it up, took it up the wash and put down in green grass area. Still there few days later. Smallest one have ever seen, less than three inches. Nice gold.
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    When I was a kid, my father and I would be on the road by 4:oo am and arrive at some point in the Mohave, just in time to build a fire and have a ritual breakfast of beans and bacon and black coffee while we watched the sun rise. Then we were ready to rock the rocks. Talk about quality time.
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    Awesome to see this! I took my little nephew out on a quick hunt a while back. I gave him a bunch of gear, he was stoked!
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    Super cool Rocky! He looks like a great guy. They grow up fast brother! I raised my son as a single parent. He rode on my shoulders while I hunted big game until he could walk. Then we hunted real slow until he could walk at my pace. Then we swam. Then snorkeled. By the time he was 11 he had tagged his first fair chase desert mule deer and was scuba diving. By 18 he had survived the tsunami in Thailand and was navigating wilderness with no guide. By 25 he was bouldering, had a half dozen countries under his belt and a college degree. I struggle to keep up with him now. Time passes really quickly no matter how much you stuff into life. I guess what I am saying is stuff as much into his life as you can and teach him to keep stuffing! By the time he is your age he will have so many experiences to draw from his life will increase exponentially! By the time you are my age you will have nothing to worry about except bragging too much about him! You know Rocky I don't use headphones when hunting meteorites. Only nuggets. I have a PI that I use often but I hang the headphones around my neck and just run them up loud. IMHO if you are digging whispers you are not going to cover enough ground to find many mets. Even in a dense strewn field area it is best to move along and dig the bingos. Just more of my unsolicited fatherly advice. Hope you don't mind.
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    I love nothing more than spending time with him, I want to encourage him to become a engineer and start a business in the space aeronautical industry while we are at this precarious forefront!!!
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    There are processes that can cause patterns that cross one another. One is when already deposited beds are partially eroded and then tipped at an angle (or the other way around), and then new layers are deposited on top -- Google "cross-bedding." Also, that one line that seems to cross all the others in your fourth photo could be a crack. And you might have some fossils in the rock. It is a visually appealing rock. Artsy, even.
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    Galena is a great bet. It is certainly a base metal ore high in lead. And those ores are also often high in silver. In my neck of the woods galena can be much richer than a gold mine. Galena is probably one of the easiest and most fun minerals to identify. Just follow the established procedures of identification and it will teach you a lot. Galena taught me the term "sub metallic" when I was about twelve. I still remember sorting that one out whenever this mineral is mentioned. Galena is also where I first observed a streak tarnish over night and turn from shiny "metal" to a dull gray oxide. I remember sitting in my room and doing that test for the first time. I then made a home made radio out of the crystal and listened to the rock station out of Juarez, Mexico. I heard ZZ Top for the very first time on a hunk of Galena from the Organ Mountains. That rock has a lot to offer. It is no common bastard stone I tell you! Just step through the density/streak/hardness/fracture/luster/color observations and this one will be easy. A perfect specimen to identify! And a worthy exercise even if you already know exactly what it is.