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  1. 37 points
    ….well, so far. So I went out the other day on a last minute hunt. During this busy time of year, it's a real relief to get out and go to my 'happy place'. I'd been looking at this 'new' area for a while now. I can actually almost see it from the other side of the 'canyon' and I finally made it over there to check it out. So glad I did. I found the large specimen within the first 10 minutes of turning the detector on. Right after I found a 'large' chunk of iron. After that, about every 30 minutes or so, I dug a piece of gold. The gully I was in, was just narrow enough to be able to detect it fully while standing in the middle. All of the pieces except for two were found in the gut, right where you'd expect to find gold. The large 'solid' nugget was found on a bench where the gully made a 90 degree turn. It was on the surface..... Obviously, I'll be going back in the near future. I'm curious to see what I left behind. Here's some pics. All of the day's finds, including trash targets, are pictured. I didn't find the coin. Hope y'all had a Merry Christmas !! Good Luck out there !! Luke
  2. 22 points
    Was able to get out with Luke today and get some hunting in at one of my old spots. Boy, the rains really moved some material. After and arduous 5 mile hike in (well, it seemed like it.) Within 5 min. starting to hunt, I found the small one on the right with the 5000. Had to chase it around a little as it was tiny. About 5 min. after mine, Luke comes back to me and he had found the larger one. Its really flat. After 4 hrs of detecting and no gold, Luke found the little chunky one next to the flat one on the hillside. Great weather out today and gold was found. Nice thing about this wash is I park on the side of a paved road and walk in. Easy peasy! Tom H.
  3. 17 points
    I was out the other day and after 4 hours of hunting I ran acrossed this when I moved some dirt. I moved four inches off the top and got a very faint signal. After 18 inches of digging I got this. Found with a GPX 5000 with 16 inch nuggetfinder advantage.
  4. 16 points
    I mentioned finding gold in the meteor forum so here it is. My brother and I hiked into an area that both of us had marked on our GPS. We covered lots of ground and I gave up on the area and was heading to the truck. I met up with my brother and he showed me a small nugget he had found. I guess the brought my motivation back up and I detected every little gully on the way out. My first nugget was the big one and the rest were within 100 feet. This was an excellent day in the hills and might have even have two more meteorites for the collection. I said might because I still have my doubts. AJ
  5. 16 points
    Guys I know I have been vacant for a while. After engaging in the topic with many of y’all about a rock I found that seemed to turn to a fruitless debate of witty fun. This outcome pushed me to try to produce proof. After Posting terminated I contacted Alan Rubin and he agreed to except a sample to visually inspect, then if satisfactory observations were made he would thin section and microprobe this material to analyze the composition. Well my friends it turns out that IT’S A METEORITE!!!! Not only was it a meteorite but I continued to hunt vigorously for more fragment with much success!!! Originally I didn’t note the location of the original fragment because I was hiking with the wife and kid and just picked the fragment up and threw it in my wife’s backpack where it sat in the corner of my living room for a couple of weeks till I examined!! So I hit the dusty trail and locked on to the first fragment a tiny 5~ gram fragment !!! So I knew I had found the honey pot so I returned on multiple trips producing more and larger fragments none exceeding the original 1113 gram fragment till one day I was out there with my metal detector digging deeper larger 3-4-500~ gram fragments !!! Literally on my knees metal detector in my left hand pic axe in the right excavation those larger fragments I look over to the left and I see a large stone, so large I dismissed it at first site because I thought ehhh it’s just a brown rusty rock but my detector on the left still fired up still digging targets in the right I took a swing over it with the detector and it lit up like a darn Christmas tree over this mass !!!!!! This mass turned out to be a huge meteorite , the main mass at a whopping 24.4lbs!!!!!!!! I kept Alan Rubin in the loop the entire time and he agreed to classifying my meteorite!!! It’s been a wild ride and believe me all up and downs along the way but 2 days ago my meteorite and meteorite name were finally accepted, approved and published into the Metbul database. It is the second meteorite classified and the largest meteorite classified in Massachusetts at a over 31lbs currently!!! I want to introduce to you all Barnstable Meteorite!!! H4 S1 W5 !!! Alan Rubin and another scientist did such a wonder and amazing petrography write up I’m speechless and honored!!! So with out further adu here are few originals from my original post to you guys and the updates as well!!! You guys saw it first here. I love this forum and I plan on being active again but I’ve just been super busy in life plus new meteorite!!!!https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?sea=Barnstable&sfor=names&ants=&nwas=&falls=&valids=&stype=contains&lrec=50&map=ge&browse=&country=All&srt=name&categ=All&mblist=All&rect=&phot=&strewn=&snew=0&pnt=Normal table&code=68720 BTW I’m Space Matter, I’m on Facebook, I’m a member of the International Meteorite Collectors Association #7312. I will be in AZ for the gem and mineral show from the Feb 6th-10th If anyone wants to say hi!!
  6. 15 points
    I've had the time to make a couple of Rye Patch trips. I did some swinging and some exploring. All of these nuggets came from near the burn barrel so no one got it all! These are from my last trip. This was the total of two trips. Just shy of 1/4 oz.
  7. 14 points
    I know I totally stole the word "dink/dinkster" from @adam and @boulder dash. It is the perfect adjective to describe the nuggets Ive found though. So here is the pic of the dinkster I found today with Leverite.
  8. 13 points
    Here are a few of my friends from the last several weekends. GM 1000 and SDC 2300
  9. 12 points
    Been shopping Craigslist/offer up and Facebook Market place for the last two months for a quad to use for exploring and detecting. Had a guy sell one out from under me when I was going to take a look at it. I was bumming a bit, but looked at Craigslist again and a guy just posted a 2011 Yamaha Grizzly with only 186 miles on it. I got it for 4800$. Heck, its barely broke in and all the other people wanted 45-6000 for quads a lot older and more miles. On the way home I decided to take the surface streets as I knew the tires on the trailer were pretty old....yah, guess what...BLOW OUT! Right in front of Discount tire!!!! Pulled in and they actually had 78x13 tires. The good Lord works in strange and mysterious ways. Had to do a lot of work to the trailer. The newer quads are 2 inches too wide to fit. Made some ramps and it all works great. Thanks to Chris Cartwright for steering me towards the grizzly.
  10. 10 points
    Well, today, Craig, Bob and I had an amazing day. The video will be coming soon. Have to do some editing, and make it great. But here is a teaser. Stay tuned!
  11. 10 points
    Well done fellers ....!! Theres a season?? You mean I didnt have to detect this summer ?!
  12. 10 points
    I want to thank each and every one of you guys for you prayers and good vibes. They were indeed felt at the time of need. This was a rough one for me as I had no inclination just what was going on. I put it off too long trying to get the family Easter Celebration going. Finally called in the paramedics in and they got me to the hospital. Extreme pain and couldn't breathe. Lungs full of blood clots and wouldn't let oxygenated blood flow through lungs. Clots came from an operation that I had two weeks prior. Had me on a heparin drip for three days and that took most of the pain away and now I have to be on Eliquis the rest of the way, no more blood thinners or aspirin. Life feels good again and I thank God for my 'Return to Life'. Old Guys, Don't try to go too far after feeling something go awry. Get it checked on most times Medicare will take care of it. That's what you worked an paid for your whole life. A very grateful 'OLD TOM'
  13. 9 points
    I think this user should be kicked off the forum Nice color Chris !
  14. 9 points
    Was able to get out on Fri. with Dave and Jen to do some exploring and detecting up in the San Domingo area. 5 Min. into the hunt I found a little guy. After that LOTS of trash But that is a good thing! Place has not been hit. Which seems unbelievable considering how easy it is to get to and the area around it I know has been hit. It was only down a couple of inches and the 9x14 got it. Saw some old mines, the palo verde trees are starting to bloom. Should look nice in a week or so. Took a pic of a tarantula hawk wasp. Nasty little creature if you read up on it. Found an intact box mold bottle! And.....broke another Idler arm on the YOTO. Did find out guys are making a brace to stop this from happening. I will be making one also as this is the 3rd one ive snapped. Getting kind of old. I had a spare in the YOTO so we swapped it out. Great day out and the weather was decent. Got blessed with a little yellow! Been a while. Tom H.
  15. 9 points
    Just an FYI, over the past year or two I have sorta turned a blind eye to those of you who insist on posting political topics and posts even though most everyone knows it's against forum rules. This is a new year and from here on out the forum rule of no political topics and or posts will be enforced, all future such topics or posts will either removed or edited at the staff's discretion, any topics from the past that are in the least bit politcal will be locked. If you feel the need to voice your political opinions or views then you need to seek out a political forum or Facebook, etc.
  16. 9 points
    Hey Martin ... Had that happen a long time ago hunting in North Western Maine ... The North Maine Woods ... Spent the night as you did but in the morning a logger happened by on his way to the choppin he was working. Nice guy ... not only did he jump my truck but shared his thermos of STRONG hot coffee! Those French Canadiens sure know how to make good coffee. So we had some laughs during coffee 'break' and then went our separate ways. Two or three years later I ran across him again and asked if he remembered me ... ay-epp! he says! We talked for a few minutes and then I went to the back of my truck and pulled out a new bottle of Jim Beam and gave it to him! He was thrilled! I told him he couldn't open it until the work day was done. He agreed! Never ran into him again but sure was grateful for that first encounter.
  17. 9 points
    Had to go to Bullhead City to get gas this morning so I took my Equinox 800 with me, got the new 15" coil on it . When I got to the beach on the Colorado River there was 6 other folks walking with detectors. As I got mine out I was told they had covered that area already and I asking if they minded if I just followed along . Was told to go ahead but they had covered it good. I was trying out my new 15" coil on my Equinox , set it on Park 1, every thing stock setting. Off I go. Got a hit..bottle cap , cleared it out swept over same place, nother hit...Penny @ 2 inches. all in all I got 4 pennies and 2 dimes...won't count the bottle caps or pull tabs...not bad for a beach that had been worked over...…
  18. 9 points
    Copped socket arrowhead made during the copper culture era age 3000 to 5000 years BP.
  19. 9 points
    I was sick .... Your nuggets were safe for now!
  20. 8 points
    On Sunday evening my son and a big group were enjoying a paddle down Clear Creek Canyon near Winslow. There were about ten kayaks in a group headed back from a five mile trip upstream. They were a couple miles from the trucks floating along in a big group. The weekend was nearing an end and no one was in a big hurry for the day to come to an end. At one point someone said." Where is David?" His kayak was floating upside down. No sign of him at all. Everyone looked at each other for a few seconds in confusion. My son and another fellow dove down into the water and started swimming around. The water was only about 12-15 feet deep and they went down and came up a couple times. After a few dives my son's friend came up and hollered, "HE'S DOWN THERE!" They dove down and found him there laying on the bottom as still as stone. They grabbed him by the arms and drug him to (the very scarce) shoreline and performed CPR. He immediately exhaled a lung full of water and began to breathe around a lot of fluid. To make a long story short a motorboat came by and took him back to the launch. He was flown to a hospital and then flown to Albuquerque. He seems fine. He was under water a couple minutes AT LEAST. They are watching him for a few days just to make sure all is well. No indication of what went wrong. He says one minute he was paddling along and the next he was on the beach coughing up water. He just lost consciousness for some reason. It was hot and that is the first best guess is that he had a mild heat stroke. They had all had a few beers so that may have played into it although he was not intoxicated at all. He has no history of seizures or fainting but that is always a chance. It is a real mystery as to why he suddenly lost consciousness. He just did. No one was wearing a life vest. It was hot and they were all swimming around a lot. The canyon is super narrow. But as I pointed out afterward there is no beach in most places to swim to shore. A rescue in in most spots would have meant doing it in the water in a sheer sided canyon. Without flotation that would be dicey. If the same thing would have happened in cloudy, deep or moving water he would have never been found. Even if he was not wearing his life vest and just had it clipped to him on a lanyard it would have insured his recovery. Without it he just quietly slumped into the river and went straight to the bottom. I hear he is doing fine today. Thank God. It was as close as a person could get to checking out. Only one little thing went wrong to put him on the bottom of that creek. A whole lot of things had to go just right to bring him back up alive. Everyone involved was trained to do a rescue and knew just what to do. They are all young adventurers and outdoor guides. The people in that group had years of experience handing themselves in every natural setting imaginable. They were all in excellent shape and had prepared themselves mentally for this scenario. They reacted instinctively and ran the plan without saying a word. Within seconds of them figuring out there was a problem the guy was sputtering again. These guys are heroes. And not accidental heroes either. They put in their hours and trained and practiced to be heroes. When the time came they got it done. I think that is mighty awesome. I bet David does too.
  21. 8 points
    No dancing, gun packing, stinky fingered stuff I'm tellin' ya... I enjoyed my time immensely in Glorieta. I lived there for a year in a guest house before purchasing property a few miles to the east on the rim of the Freckle River canyon. Did you know Glorieta Mesa is the longest contiguous mesa in North America? It runs east and west for over 30 miles. It is often considered the terminus of the Rocky Mountains. It was here that Lincoln LaPaz observed the flying green lights. It is here where the Dali Lama hid during his exile. It is here where Demi Moore was jailed for public indecency for pushing her bare boobs against the glass window of a liquor store (it was 12 degrees at the time). There are a half dozen ancient pueblos here. The Spanish called them "Pecos" which means "freckle". Because when the Spanish bred with them the mixed children (and adults) were often freckled. They worshipped a giant snake and had human sacrifice in addition to having spots after breeding with the Spanish. Consequently everything is named Freckle. The Freckle River originates in the Sangre De Christo Mountians just below Freckle Peak. Freckle Canyon is famous for residents like Val Kilmer, and Jane Fonda. The Freckle River flows all the way through New Mexico and ends way down in Freckle, Texas. The entire area is known as the Freckle River Basin. You may have heard of the tales of Freckle Bill and his blue ox Babe? His wife was named Slue-Foot Sue and she rode a big catfish down the Rio Grande. Big wide hips. No freckles. Wore a lot of bouncy petticoats. Maybe you have heard of them? …Oh yeah, I almost forgot. A meteorite fell there. A pallasite. When sliced it looks like a steel fruitcake. Nicely patterned pieces can be worth a thousand bucks for a slice a bit bigger than a postage stamp. Real prospector porn I'm tellin' ya.
  22. 8 points
    Went out last weekend and did some panning and a little dredging. Water was flowing decent for a bit but it didn't last long. Here are the spoils. This does not include the previous weekends gold.
  23. 7 points
    I happened to run across a news article from the '50s that mentioned a remote picnic site that was popular for weekend and holiday gatherings. A faded black and white photograph showed several concrete tables, benches, and stone bar-b-que pits on a secluded hilltop outside of town. I couldn't find anything else to go on and everyone I talked to had never heard of it, so I explored the back-roads until I located it by a process of elimination. There was nothing left of the concrete and stone that was functionally intact, and the (4x4 only), inaccessibility of the rocky washed out road made the location an ideal lover's lane, beer drinking - high school hideaway. After several trips to the site and a modest clean-up effort, I managed to unearth a few nice surprises: Wheaties, rosies, jeffersons, one buffalo/Indian head, a girls10k gold ring with a tiny "diamond" setting, and a singed 1961 Ben Franklin half dollar. The biggest surprise though, was the improvised "black-jack" made from a gym sock filled with (217) clad pennies, hidden under a pile of rocks. That's what makes detecting so head shaking interesting. You just never know what you might find next!
  24. 7 points
    I thought this was about small detector finds? This was from my last trip.... Small but not the smallest I've found..just showing possibility.
  25. 7 points
    Five large asteroids skimmed Earth today. The closest, asteroid 2019-OK, just discovered in the last 36 hours is 250 feet wide and missed us by just 45,000 miles, 0.2 the distance to the Moon. This early evening Arizona time it will have reached magnitude 9.4, which I can spot with my high powered binoculars. A thee inch telescope would work also to see it. Unfortunately, it is poorly timed and placed to observe before it fades. Please note that it is moving very quickly and seven hours later the magnitude has dropped to an impossible +46 as most of the dark side faces Earth, about as bright as a pen light sitting on the Moon. Not even Hubble would have a good shot at that. An impact of an object that size would have made a crater about 1.25 miles across and wiped out most life in an area the size of Connecticut. At that distance 1/144 objects will impact the Earth. For objects that come closer than the Moon the impact ratio is 1/3600. Asteroid 2019-OD, discovered a few weeks ago, came 0.9 lunar distance from Earth today. It is almost identical in size at 237 feet wide. It was best visible last evening in the southern hemisphere at magnitude 12.79, 6 inch telescope range. Asteroid 2015-HM10, discovered 4 years ago also is nearly the same size at 225 feet wide, but safely missed us by 12.2 lunar distance, about 2.9 million miles. Asteroid 2019-OE, at 2.5 lunar distance about 600,000 miles away, is 100 feet across. An impact from this one would be much larger than Chelyabinsk, but smaller than Meteor Crater. Both of these asteroids would have been too dim to be seen at magnitude +17.5. Heads up. You can learn about and see some of the larger Near Earth Asteroids NEO's which pass closer than 20 LD at http://www.spaceweather.com/ Click the Ephemeris tab, enter your home observing coordinates, date, and duration to generate where they may be seen in the sky. Tomorrow, the even bigger Asteroid 2010-PK9 at 500+ feet will miss us by 8.2 LD. Asteroid 2010-PK9 is a rare Aten class asteroid whose orbit brings it much closer to the Sun. In this case half as close as Mercury in a 205 day highly elliptical orbit. About two dozen more NEO's are listed in the next couple of months with more discovered and updated daily. You realize that only about 10%~ of these relatively small and very close NEO's are even observed as they pass by. Ignorance is bliss! Cheers! billpeters
  26. 7 points
    I was coming home from bow fishing yesterday and stopped by a place that I thought might have a meteorite. Within five minutes of searching I found this beautiful oriented iron. It is in fairly good condition and has a removable handle. When I took the handle off I discovered genuine lint. I have sent this lint to NASA because I suspect it came from Mars. There is no telling how old this aerolite is. The foundry that manufactured this sad iron started production way back in the 1780's and produced various styles of irons into the late 1800's. I have not done much research so I don't know exactly how old it is but it is a nice piece to add to my collection. The markings say Colebrookdale Iron Company, Boyertown Pa. U.S.A. Maybe in the future I will offer polished slices of this rare Martian aerolite. Terry Solomon may want a dandy wrist watch created around a slice. But for now we can all bask in the glory of the main mass as it was found.
  27. 7 points
    These forums are a type of social media (like YouTube, FaceBook, etc.) where reality is often distorted in the viewers perception. You see a few people posting gold photos consistently and suddenly it seems very easy to accomplish. Same with reality shows. There are far more lurkers than posters and some of the most successful prospectors - detectorists never join a forum or participate in social media. It’s just not their thing. What you don’t know is as meaningful as what you do know, and as Clay noted - aside from gold, there are many other opportunities with natural resources. Knowledge is a big key. Finding gold consistently is fairly easy to do with experience. Finding enough to exist is one thing, finding enough to thrive is another. It all circles back to what you want and need, especially with living standards. Many people don’t know what they want other than the fact that they want change and more control over their lives. Deciding to be an independent miner is fundamentally a form of risk assessment. Like a few others here, I’ve done small scale and agree that it’s hard work and risk. You have to treat it like a business, because it is. It can be romantic/legendary in thought and it can make for good memories, especially if you can laugh at hard times. There are plenty of places where good gold still exists, and the bottom line is no one gets it all. Everyone leaves gold. It can be fun to chase crumbs, try to find what others may have overlooked or left behind because of something far better in their sights, or be the first in an area to find the big gold trophy nuggets. My daughter recently graduated with her first college degree and is pursuing her second. Before she started college my wife and I asked her to think about what she wanted her days to look like 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 years from that point in time. It took awhile but she came up with an answer. From there we just needed to apply some ideas about how she could accomplish those states. We knew the end goal, so we began journey planning with that in mind. People change, and their dreams and goals change. Life is short so again, there is nothing wrong with taking a chance if you want to. You can always change course. My point is this, what do you want your working days and your future to look like - construction sites or the gold fields? Are you willing to accept the risks that come with striking out on your own? I have a friend who was in the construction business for himself here in the lower 48. He really wanted to go to Alaska and try his hand at independent mining, so he pulled up stakes here and went north. A lot of research went into the decision and he ended up being a handyman for a few years, but eventually acquired a few claims. Having prospected Alaska myself, I agree Alaska is vast with huge potential. But it’s not a cakewalk. He still has yet to make a profit and maybe when this season is done he will, I sure hope so. Just because you’re passionate about something does not mean that you won’t suck at it. Avocation vs vocation. Other friends of ours wanted to live the “van life”. He and his wife sold their house, 95% of everything they owned, paid off all debt, and hit the road after completing a van build. They kept some cash, made some investments, and now work part time/seasonal jobs to keep their savings as intact as possible. They absolutely love it and never plan on looking back. Now with prospecting you could do the same and give yourself a safety net of sorts. Success, satisfaction, and happiness have different definitions for us all.
  28. 7 points
    Woooo! I welded the cylinder heads this morning :-) I had another strange premonition, so I stopped into the local welding shop yesterday. After talking with the manager, I walked out with a free bottle of argon that had a little still left in it. I'll return the bottle Monday, but that little bit was more than enough to weld the heads up. ER 4043 works great as a filler wire. I have some some cleaning to do before final pics...but they are both welded finally!
  29. 7 points
    Been facing a few specimens of this material. It was collected over 50 years ago. I got a fair amount from the son of the guy that collected it. A few other people got some also but very little was ever collected.
  30. 7 points
    Here’s a few cool things I’ve found. The yellow stuff is some neat petrified wood, they are pretty big chunks with neat textures, and it’s agatized inside. The one square piece has a knot hole in it. Also some pics of some fluorite from a spot Bedrock Bob showed me. I met a guy who has a couple claims in a turquoise area, he took us out and let us hunt around and keep any pieces we found. I found that nugget in the wash a long way from the main source.
  31. 7 points
    I have it in my bottle!😂 He walked away from it. I still call it the teamwork nugget. Watch the You Tube video when we post it.😁
  32. 7 points
    Hahahahaha......Haha, yep We said snake> (too cold) then Nugget lol
  33. 7 points
  34. 6 points
    The other night I went out for a night on the town and I also saw a LOT of grey foxes running around....but here we call them Cougars!
  35. 6 points
    Its that time of the year!!
  36. 6 points
    Flashback Series: Tales From The Flat, Part 1Oh, the things we discover when we camp with someone for the first time . . .In the 1990’s, I used to chase the gold a long, long ways north and west of where I currently live, and the last section of the journey was a series of rough logging roads that was hard on vehicles and on nerves (if you’ve ever almost been killed by a logging truck, you know of what I speak).After our arduous journey, we selected a spot where some of the original gold rush miners from the 1870’s had camped. It was a nice level spot with a creek on one side and the river on the other, the river about 30 feet down on the left, the creek located in a gentle draw on the right.We went through the tiring process of unloading everything from the back of the truck, so that we could set up the outfitter’s wall tent. Once we’d put together a portion of the steel inner-frame, we hauled the white canvas up over the sidewall and roof supports. Next, I ran inside to lift up the remaining sidewall struts and poles, in order to set up, adjust, and stabilize the wall legs while my partner steadied the tent. After our canvas home was up, we covered the whole thing with a massive silver tarp as extra protection from the sudden downpours that frequently occur in those remote mountains. Then, we secured the tarp and the tent walls with ropes and stakes, and lastly, set up our mattresses, bedding, and the wood-burning stove my partner had manufactured himself (he used to supply the GPAA with stoves for their Alaska trips).We set up our base-camp on the flat treed area of older growth spruce, fur, white-barked birch, aspen, complimented by (along the banks of the bordering creek) thick stands of green-leafed willows and alders. Nestled amongst the trees, here and there, were several old log cabins, none of them inhabited, and an abandoned Hudson’s Bay store. However, all possessed great character. Likely each structure had many tales to tell, being located in such a rich, storied goldfield, one where the Argonauts had chased the gold for well over a hundred and twenty years. On a related note, the old road we had journeyed in on ran right through our camping flat, and was still in use by the locals to get to the upper lakes for fishing, and to get upstream to their mining claims.With the camp set up, I finally felt how truly hammered I was from lack of sleep, adrenaline drop, and road exhaustion, brought on by sixteen straight hours of night and day travel on terrible roads, plus near-death encounters with logging trucks! As the long summer night was beginning to wane, all I wanted to do was crawl into my sleeping bag and drift off to blissful sleep. That is what I wanted, but that is not what happened . . .A long, restful sleep was not to be that first night. Even though I fell asleep easily, I was soon jarred from my dreams to discover something shocking about my partner: his snoring alternated somewhere between the noise of a fully-revved chainsaw, to that of a fully engaged Jake-Brake (engine ******er brake) on a semi-trailer! I tried pushing on his air mattress to interrupt his screeching midnight symphony, but he only snorted, made puckering and slurping sounds, and then hurried on to compose whole new measures to his masterpiece.Mercifully, my brain came to my rescue: I remembered hearing somewhere that a sudden, loud noise could jar a person from their deep-sleep snoring, leaving them in a lighter state of sleep with no snoring. In desperation, I whistled as loud as I could. (I can perform a loud, ear-splitting whistle on command, call my horses in from half a mile) My partner shot bolt upright in his sleeping bag, wildly scanning every corner of the tent, completely unaware of what had torn him from his sleep. I lay there as quiet and motionless as death, eyes closed, the perfect picture of an unconscious tent mate. As nothing was amiss in the tent, he quickly settled down to drift off to a soundless sleep.For about fifteen minutes . . .After that short reprieve, he launched into a whole new musical composition whose noise surpassed his former cruel and unnatural level! I genuinely felt he would wake the long-dead miners in the historic cemetery two blocks away. So, I whistled again, with a renewed, desperate effort. Once more, he sat bolt upright, and again, I remained motionless and silent. This time, the snoring ceased for the night, and I slept like the dead in the cemetery two blocks distant.Upon waking the next morning, my partner was in a reflective mood. It took him a bit of time to come out and state what was perplexing him so deeply. After fidgeting a bit, he said, “Do you realize you whistle in your sleep? You woke me up last night, and I just couldn’t get back to sleep!”Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.All the best,Lanny
  37. 6 points
    My Wife and I have been living in our 5th wheel, and traveling back and forth between southern NV, and central Wa. State, for almost two years now. I recently caught the metal detecting bug. Maybe "caught my second case", would be a better description. I had a Tesoro detector, way back in 1993, that was stolen out of my truck, a couple months after I got it. I picked up a Garrett Ace250, last summer, and had fun playing with that for a couple months before ordering an Equinox 800. It's a bit of a learning curve, but I am really liking the machine. When I do my part, it does amazing things. So far, the "amazing things" have been the removal of most of the lead shot, bullet fragments, little pieces of rusted iron, and general trash from the desert of Southern Nevada. :) Big shout out to Bill Southern. Your video tutorials have been priceless to us. Just yesterday, my Wife found a tack, and a tiny staple in a wash. I never would have given a thought to what they might be, other than "what the .... are these doing out here?" . Thanks to your videos, I picked up a clue. Just one of many! We are joining a couple of local clubs, and plan to spend a lot more time getting out in the desert this winter. Forums like this are better for my learning style than any classroom ever was. Glad to be here, I hope I can contribute something back, as I learn more. Regards, Kyle
  38. 6 points
  39. 6 points
    It looks like everyone around here is either too shy...or they have warrants. It sounds like a fun project, but Momma used to say I had a face made for radio. You should talk Adam and Boulderdash into it. Of course... they would steal the show by finding the treasure within 5 minutes of arrival!
  40. 6 points
    The spider in the corner won't know what hit it
  41. 6 points
    Rick, Just saw this post, here is one, dont know if you have this pic... Dave
  42. 6 points
    I've tried coffee all kinds of ways. I enjoyed good ol percolator coffee for a long time. Then I got lazy and started using a mr coffee drip machine. It worked, but the coffee lacked soul. I can't handle the instant stuff at all. I switched to a french press recently. I will compare it to listening to recording through some chitty headphones and then hearing the entire orchestra in person. The difference really is astounding. If you ever get a french press(walmart $20) throw away the instructions and do it this way: I use about 4 tablespoons of good beans per large travel mug. Grind your beans coarsely. Dump them into your press. Pour enough boiling water in there to make your cup. Put the lid on and wait 4-5 minutes. The coffee grounds will be floating on top. Now give em a swirl to stir it up good. The grounds will sink. Now, leave the whole thing alone for another 8-10 minutes. Depress your plunger to push any unsunken grounds to bottom and pour the brown elixir into your cup...you will be rewarded with the most lush and flavorful cup of coffee you ever had. Repeat daily for best results, but be careful... you can quickly become a coffee snob.
  43. 6 points
    Well , it was under organic leaf litter, and on overburden, not bedrock. So it really is hard to say. What really matters I think, is that it was found, and not missed.
  44. 6 points
    Thanks Ron. I am making some awesome spiders using datura apples for their butt and a cuckle burr for the body with devil claw legs. An amaranth root for a head with some fishhook cactus for jaws. I sold a half dozen just before Halloween. One woman dressed up like Elvira bought three to stick to her black shawl. It was beyond creepy. They look like mutant tarantulas or something. I have a few mesquite bean centipedes crawling around somewhere too. I just sold a rattlesnake carved out of driftwood. I glued painted yucca seeds all over it for scales. It had diamonds, a striped tail and everything. Each seed painted and tiled in there in a pattern. It was one of the coolest things I have ever done and I didn't even take a photo of the darn thing. Stuff like that takes a long time to make and you can't make much money on it. It gets attention though and that is what my little swarm of scorpions are all about. I'm just having some fun with the stuff that keeps sticking to my pants legs and trying to make people grin a little.
  45. 6 points
    Hey Gang. Just wanted to follow up on this thread and let you all know I trust your advice. I considered the ATX but went with the buy I was working on with Dave. He goes by Spud here on the forums. His detector was in near new condition. The things he included in the deal could not be discerned as not being new. Brand new battery. Backpack, bladder, spring coil for the battery, sling, detector cover. I'm happy with my purchase. I now have two Minelab detectors. My wife and I will make a good team. I bought a GM 1000 for my wife recently. Its nice and light. I'll be packing the GP 3000. Thanks Dave. Great Deal sir.
  46. 6 points
    Just when you think you have gold hunting figured out you realize you have more to learn. These two nuggets were found on the last two trips 4.15 g and .38g .The smaller nugget had a great signal with the first pass. As I started to dig it even sounded better. The target was wedged in bed rock about 10” deep. As I broke the bed rock apart I thought to myself finally I would find a nugget bigger than Terry, Dave, or Chris! These guys have all found nuggets over an ounce. I grabbed my radio and asked Dave to come over that I think I had found a big one. Thankfully he didn’t hear me because he would still be horse laughing me because it’s so small. My dig hole was now about 10-11” deep. I thought surely I could hold the large nugget now because my detector was screaming. I decided to pick a few more times just to make sure the nugget was free , one more pass with the detector and now I heard nothing.What the heck, no target sound 1 1/2’ from my dig hole. Another larger sweep turned up the small nugget a couple feet from the hole. The caliche amplified the target sound. I was fooled once before by a small piece of metal lying in a crack of a large quartz outcrop that sounded like a large piece of gold. The larger nugget 4.15g sounded almost like a small hot rock almost like the back ground sound that the detector was making as I moved it back and forth while hunting. The small signal was barely detectable but faintly repeatable. Five minutes later the nugget was out of the hole and in my hand. As I chipped the caliche away away I was thinking about my last target all this work for a small piece of gold.My smile was a lot bigger with this nugget.
  47. 5 points
    Look out for this guy in October. He is a claim jumping mad man
  48. 5 points
    They got a good score today without me but my legs and lungs are getting a lot stronger. Soon I'll be able to go with Tom and pick up what he misses. I'll be at the outing to do some beeping and eating. I miss getting out a lot and it's sure better than that dang hospital. That wash has produced a lot of gold for us in the past and I am anxious to get in there and dig a little. Glad to see that it is still producing. Old Tom
  49. 5 points
    What difference does it make if it's a one week old thread or a ten year old thread? A friend of mine had a bad experience with a brown recluse spider. Got it?
  50. 5 points
    These are my friend Adams photos from today. Yes... a wagon as a trailer..... with an ATV on it. Needless to say it was a poor choice of transportation for the ATV. I just became more interested in finding a way out of the city!
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