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  2. "I have eaten carp tacos that were better than most trout" No doubt. Although I do like cold water trout (Planter's peanuts are fine. Planter trout, not always so good) It's true, except for all the fine bones when fried, carp can be pretty decent fare. Back in the day when there was water in the drain ditches around Hatch, we caught up to 5 lb carp and yellow cats on hand lines after school using a hook, bobber and line, and a red worm or two. My Dad loved to stuff the carp with cornbread dressing; season and wrap them in aluminum foil and bake them in the oven. The bones got steam baked until soft, and the meat/dressing combination came out very tasty, especially when cooked up with the wild asparagus that grew on the canal banks, along with a few slices of onion and jalapeno mixed in . . . good stuff!
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  4. I'm definitely not expert, but it definitely resembles fire agate, but I'm sure if you can do all the test the fellow guys here they could probably do a better job identifying it! Just remember it is hard to tell just off a picture everyone will tell you that.
  5. TomH

    Old Tom

    Update. Went to see dad today. He is doing WAYYYY... better. They did find another blood clot in his right leg and will give him some kind of medicine to reduce/get rid of that one. He was eating more and wants to go home. I talked with the Doc. and he said he may be able to come home on Sat. His pain level is really down a lot now. Thanks for all the prayers and positive thoughts. Tom H.
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  7. Hoping for the best... my dad just turned 88 so, I can understand your feelings, have to watch them real close.
  8. Heres to a speedy reovery Mike C...
  9. as it's running hold the hose vertical and shake it while streching it out until you get to the vacuum. unfasten and shake the toward the end in a gold container.
  10. Great Picture , that means that you are a professional
  11. Can you smell the rice cooking?I recall being far to the north in a historic gold field, and I had the opportunity to have a chat with a Sourdough (a seasoned miner from the area) about his claim. He took me to a spot one day and told me a most interesting tale.However, before I relate his story, I’ll describe its location. It was far down in the bottom of a secluded valley. Steep, black-walled mountains rose on either side, and courageous growths of spruce and fur clung to the steep slopes, with birch, poplar and aspen peppering the evergreens lower down. Dark draws inhabited by deeper areas of gloom gave birth to swiftly flowing streams that emptied into the valley. From these gulches, the icy, ghostly breath of unseen currents of air rushed forth to randomly lift the hair, before chilling the neck and spine. Indeed, an eerie atmosphere pervaded that sullen spot of murky shadows where the long dead miners of some 150-years past had chased the gold to make their fortunes, or to lose their lives.On a gentle slop above long rows and piles of cobble stacks, the remnants of a massive hand-workings, the miner’s cabin was situated. It was an ancient cabin, one in continual use since the original gold rush, the cabin perpetually maintained and rebuilt until it was later used by a member of the North West Mounted police as a retirement refuge. Later, it was acquired by Glen the miner. Heavy logs formed the base of the walls, with smaller logs progressing up the sides, and there were only two windows, one big enough to allow light to enter, and one small one which served as a lookout. The log ends were all beautifully axe cut to fit and lock together, and there was an addition on the back of the main cabin that housed a food storage and washing area. The doors were heavy and sturdily built as grizzly and black bears frequently visited the area. (I have a story somewhere about the attack on Glen’s cabin by an enraged grizzly, quite the hair-raising tale he told me of his experience that truly made my blood run cold.)A path led down from the slope to a long draw that then led to a bedrock rise, with the draw, or gulch, continuing upward. On the other side of the bedrock rise a fast-flowing creek could be heard. The bedrock rise continued to climb as it joined the shoulder of the mountain. There was a trail that led up the non-creek side of that shoulder, and I headed off on foot to look the area over.The first thing I noticed, as I looked down into the draw from the trail, were the sunken places. There were five large areas where the earth had slumped, with smaller areas running perpendicular to the gulch that were still at the original level. This of course spiked my curiosity.When I returned from my hike, Glen the miner was at his cabin, and we had a chat.He started in with a bit of history of the area. That the place had been extensively hand-mined I had already seen; that it was shallow to bedrock in many places was also obvious. What he filled me in on was that the early miners were after the easy, shallow gold, and they had done very well, with many ounces of coarse gold quickly gathered from the shallow diggings. But, as was the common case in the 1800’s, there was always the news of new gold rush farther to the north where the gold was equally shallow, easier to get to, so the miners that loved the quick gold soon left to chase other strikes. That left the deeper gold that required organized groups of people with the necessary capital to start up larger operations.Then, he told me about the arrival of the Chinese miners in the area. They followed the gold rushes and came in after the other miners had had creamed the shallow gold and had either abandoned their claims or were looking to sell cheaply. The Chinese, he said, were not afraid of hard work, and moreover, many of them did not have a choice of whether they liked hard work or not due to being indentured laborers, a form of slavery so to speak, until they had paid off the Tong for their debt to the organization. Glen went on to explain how the Chinese used a lot of opium during their miserable existence, and he told me of bottle hunters that had come a few years before my arrival and of their efforts in trash dumps to recover the precious little bottles. He also told me of the tiny log huts the miners lived in, short-walled on purpose as they were easier to heat during the brutal winters. In addition, he told me of the superstitions the Chinese were bound to, mysterious ones that propelled their efforts.Then, he took me on a walk.The bedrock rise that I’ve already mentioned was where he took me, but he walked me over closer to the face where there was a bit of a fold, and that fold hid from view the entrance to a tunnel, but one that he had caved in with is heavy equipment as it led to a large area of unsafe underground workings, ones the Chinese had excavated by hand. I then told him about my upslope hike, and of seeing the collapsed areas, and he confirmed that all of that long draw was a continuation of the original Chinese workings. He elaborated that the Chinese had struck an ancient channel by cutting below it through the solid rock so they could hit the base of the channel where the coarse gold was trapped. A lot of trapped water had flowed when they punched through the last of the bedrock, but they had cut the tunnel on purpose so it would drain the ancient water down and away before they went to work.The gold was coarse, and they took out a lot of good gold over several years, but then one day the horrific happened, the roof of the tunnel, off on one side excavation of the gulch, collapsed, killing several Chinese. They left the area . . . (This is not an isolated incident, and I have read about this in other gold rush accounts, bad Josh/Joss [bad luck] was something they didn’t mess with, and the area was forever cursed to them.)When Glen first acquired the claim, he had gone into the tunnel mouth, and he’d taken samples from the floor of the tunnel. The buckets of dirt he’d recovered were full of pickers! To prove this, he gave a jar of the dirt for later panning, and it was indeed loaded with gold!!So, his interesting tale had answered my questions about the sunken areas I’d seen on my walk, and I could see just how extensive the underground workings were that the Chinese had driven up that gulch from the size of the collapsed areas. Those determined miners had really got the job done, regardless of their motivations.As we were leaving the tunnel mouth, Glen turned to me and said, “Can you smell the rice cooking?”I said, “What?”He said again, “Can you smell the rice cooking?”I answered, “No, can you?”He then told me that on certain days, when the wind was just right, he could smell the scent of rice cooking as it drifted down to the cabin from the gulch. He didn’t smile or joke in any way, and the gloomy setting of the area, with its accompanying tragedy, put nothing but a large punctuation mark on his story.All the best,Lanny
  12. Dang. Sad news.. My prayers are offered. I hope he is back up and cruising around soon enough.
  13. Hey Tom, glad you caught it and I'm sure you've got a great team helping out. Those meds will do the trick. Old tom and I have some stories to tell when I get back out there.Best. Mark
  14. Hi there, Wondering if anyone could help me identify this rock/glass/thing. Found in northern Ontario, Canada, in a pine wood not far from water. Originally covered in a grayish crust, which I barely managed to take off by 60-grit sandpaper (some crust can still be seen in the photos below). The piece is fairly light (18g). When heated, it does not melt and/or produce any smell. It’s not magnetic. Hard to break (managed to chip a few smaller pieces with a help of pry bar and a hammer). Dark brown with some gold, somewhat see-through on light. Many internal scratches and a few tiny air bubbles. Thanks in advance for any tips/ideas! Side view -1: http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=55207721827330970020 Side view -2: http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=27420301959146811367 Side view -3: http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=61701579336150764755 Fron view: http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=39964980694974088328 Chipped side -1: http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=07257296844360863182 Chipped side -2: http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=01909660207315445216 Daylight see-through: http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=05467695300996656440 Intesive light: http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=48366861124108723519
  15. Thanks for another dose of good information Mr. Bedrock. I am pretty sure in my pile of scrape iron, bullets, wire, ect. that i have found a little bit of this material while detecting. ht
  16. Ditto on all the above. Could also be aluminum. Should be easy to tell just based on weight.
  17. I’ve seen the same thing after a house fire . Where you got a tin roof you will find where the melting metal pool . You get all kind of odd looking shapes like you have. Chuck
  18. Sorry to hear this Tom, prayers to your Dad.....
  19. You're right but it would probably cost more then the specimen itself. I did contact a lab that does material analytics just to see what they have to say.
  20. Prayed for the healing hands of God to help your farther get back up on his feet.
  21. It is lead dropped into the water or slurry from making lead shot. The lead dribbles through orifices and makes the shot. But when you spill the lead into the tank in a stream it makes crazy shapes just like that. Lots of old telephone and electrical connections were lead as well and this could easily be a by product of a soldering operation. They used lead and bismuth for all sorts of things years ago. Bearings, bushings, sealing, forming simple shapes. Blobs of lead in bizarre shapes are fairly common around mechanical and engineering operations. They poured molten silver through a screen and into water or slurry paste to make silver shot too. It handled and measured easy. Back in the day a store did not give change back. They gave tokens that were only good at that store and sometimes only good for a certain item. So it was handy to have the silver in little beebees so that change was not required. Silver shot is probably the most common form of real old treasure that a detectorist can find and it often has odd, blobby shapes. Check the hardness. That looks like lead but it could be high in silver. They alloyed a lot of industrial lead with silver to harden it. So it is not uncommon for lead used in telephone connections, plumbing etc. to be high in silver.
  22. All the best to your dad and your family.
  23. Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.
  24. Oh no! Thank goodness he is a tough old goat! Sending best wishes for a speedy recovery.
  25. Can you provide some details on where they were found?
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