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Micro Nugget

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  1. Hi Bill: I'd like to purchase a coil for my 7000. Have you had a chance to see if you have one in stock and how much to send you? Thanks! Martin
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    Rough nuggets, how far can they travel??

    Over a multi-million year period I suppose many of these nuggets travel hundreds, maybe even thousands of miles, but mostly while encased in solid rock as the earth's tectonic plates move around. Once released, however, I don't think nuggets in an arid desert move very far at all unless they happen to be in the pathway of a water drainage. From the looks of your nuggets, micro, they have been in a lazy, deep sleep for quite some time. Much better looking in my opinion than the "road kill" nuggets I find up in Sierra County and other river lands.
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    Scored a Few .....

    I especially relish "in situ" photos. They provide clues for my curiosity to chew on. Thanks for sharing!
  4. In between extreme wind events and a sharp drop in temps I managed to get out a few times in the last three weeks to a spot in the high desert of Southern California that has been surrendering itsy-bitsy little guys to my GPZ7000. All told 27 of them.
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    May Nevada Trip

    Wow! I just love those archetype nuggets with all the lovely curves and character. Nice find!!
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    12.6 gram gold specimen

    Boy oh boy, am I ever familiar with the "digging junk all day long" feeling. But how sweet it is when Au suddenly appears in one's scoop!! And how much sweeter it is when the Au is sizable like yours. Congrats and thanks for sharing.
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    Last Week's Nuggets 4.21g

    Here are 15 nuggets that I snagged from a club claim last week. This is a great time of the year in the high desert of SoCal.
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    Watch Your Step

    Hey Adam, glad you posted about this Arizona snake. In the mountains of Southern California, specifically in and above Holcomb Valley (near Big Bear Lake) at around elevation 7600' to 7,800' the Timber Rattlers are virtually invisible to me when I'm wearing polaroid sunglasses -- until they rear up. For some reason they are a very dark color at that altitude similar to your Arizona variety. I just stand still, hold my search coil above them from a respectful distance and wait patiently. Soon they yield to the gentle intimidation, do a 180 and head to one of their hides. Thanks for sharing the photo.
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    Today's Butt Ugly Half Gram Nugget

    By my lights Bill, it went from ugly with no character before taking a bath to not so ugly anymore and definitely some revealed character!
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    Mineral Tresspass

    In the context of the mid-1800s precious metal mining was near the top of the favored and popular economic activity charts. Laws accordingly were vigorously enacted and enforced as was vigilante justice. Today in 21st century California precious metals mining is mostly viewed with sneering contempt by the current herd of progressive political animals and their bureaucratic underlings. Sure, the laws are still in the books but the zeal for enforcing them??? Just my jaundiced viewpoint...
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    Azusa Gold

    Jerry's Azusa shop with all of its signage remained empty for a few years after he closed it. Finally, an urban renewal project revitalized the whole block and now it is long gone. I dredged in the East Fork with a small 2.5" unit in the early 2000s. I first met Jerry in Sacramento when we both appeared and spoke at the first Water Board public hearing regarding remobilized mercury and suction dredging around 2004. He was a fierce advocate for the small scale miner not only in regard to dredging, but also regarding dry washing.
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    Last Week's Nuggets 4.21g

    Yeah Mike, first I had to deal with both the state and federal annual tax headaches. That caused a lot of built up cabin fever. How pleasant it was to finally get out of the house and away from the Honey Do List.
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    First Equinox800 gold

    Thanks for sharing Luke. If it wren't 140 miles to the beach one-way for me I might contemplate getting one. Glad you like it.
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    A friend found this today

    Yup, I agree. They are still out there. Good on your friend for sharing and reminding us all!!
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    Hand tools for moving large rocks.

    Thanks, good food for thought. Primarily I'm looking for something non-motorized that has a good reputation for reliability and functionality that can be carried in or strapped to a backpack.
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    Hand tools for moving large rocks.

    Hoser: What type/model hand winch have you found to work best?
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    7 GM Micro Dinks

    All my life I've enjoyed playing a sort of metal detector limbo as in "How low can I go?" Ergo my screen name, Micro Nugget. I've never tired of it and never intend to. Let's hear it for those little guys that give us so much fun (and challenge).
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    Hand tools for moving large rocks.

    A big thank you for everyone who chipped in with the above info. All contain excellent advice.
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    14.9 Grams of Ugly

    Forget about my reference to Whink Bill. I was assuming you just wanted to remove a thin film of surface stain. But for what you are working on it is clear that you are zeroed in with a good approach. And what a beauty she is turning out to be!!
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    W-I-D-E mouth bottle, no go !

    Oh la la Frank!! That's the quintessential nugget beauty that makes us salivate like Pavlov's dog...
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    14.9 Grams of Ugly

    Maybe give Whink a try Bill. It is composed of a minuscule percentage of hydrofluoric acid. It may just do the trick if you give it several days to work its chemical magic. Whink is available in many stores. Good luck.
  22. Yes, SB1222 is at least a baby step in the right direction. The "Rural Cleansing" of California must be stopped. SB1222 appears to recognize at least one of the unfair injustices that have, in effect, pushed rural communities closer and closer to extinction.
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    So I get a Text from Tammy

    Good job Bill. Not many things can beat two hearts beating as one and collecting nuggets!!
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    Three nuggets and a 'stone'

    Luke makes a very important observation and one that reoccurs to me often. At our Downieville claims, for example, we are required per our FS plan of operations to maintain a Sat Phone whenever we are visiting the claims. But we would do so anyway because it is a rugged 2 mile hike (from the end of the 5 mile narrow, crumbling dirt forest road) over substantial up and down elevation changes such that even a game cart would be insufficient to carry an incapacitated person back to where our vehicles are parked unless we had at least two or three other highly fit helpers with us. There aren't too many things worth permanently maiming ourselves or dying for. The bottom line IMHO is that human liberty and the freedom to do what we really, REALLY want to do necessarily require a balancing between our desires, a realistic assessment of our abilities and our responsibilities both to family and society. As we age, these reassessments must be adjusted more and more frequently.
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    Three nuggets and a 'stone'

    Oh Luke, your story stirred a shudder of ugly remembrance. How coincidental, mine was 3mm also. I didn't experience the arm numbness though. Just an overwhelmingly dull pain that came on of a sudden throughout my interior core. I could not even think of driving and needed a cane to ease one foot ahead of the other for what seemed an eternity as I slowly shuffled my shanks toward the car. Jill, my wife the nurse, had me pop a 200mg Motrin as she drove me to the ER. Almost as suddenly as the pain came on it began to recede. I passed that nasty crystal at the hospital. Another Motrin got me back to near normal. I don't take them often, but when I do they seem to do the trick. For several months now I've been drinking an 8 ounce glass of water with an ounce of "sipping vinegar" in it. It's helped me drop a few pounds and I feel a lot better -- like getting back out to nail some of those elusive yellow things. Thanks for bringing this subject up. It undoubtedly will help prepare those who have yet to experience a near "10" on the pain chart.
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