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    ...was the time it finally happened, again. Hey everyone !! AzMark and I took a drive out to the LSD region this morning. It was a little chilly so we hung around the truck for a bit until the sun came up over the ridge. For whatever reason, we didn't seem to be in any particular hurry today and the pace was casual. After discussing our plans for the day and who was headed in which direction we set out from the truck. My plan was to walk down to a little gulch and then cross to the other side and detect up to the ridgeline and hopefully meet up with Mark in a couple hours. We had been to this location a couple times in the past and it was special because it was where I found my first nugget last spring. As a walked away from the truck, I had my detector, and my tools and supplies. I was planning on walking a distance so I didn't turn on the detector yet. After traveling not more than 50 yards, I saw this little gully. I got a feeling and decided to stop, turn the detector on and check out this little spot. After just a minute or two, I heard a weird signal and after kicking some rocks aside, it got stronger. I got it in the scoop on the second try. Now keep in mind, I just turned the detector on 5 minutes earlier and I can still see the truck over there. It was the first signal of the day and It didn't take long to divide the dirt down and uncover a little .33g beauty. It was a bit surreal, since I hadn't picked up any trash yet and as it turned out, that was the only detected target the rest of the day. To top it off, I found it with a homemade coil I just put together earlier this week. Maiden voyage for this particular coil.... Still can't believe it Luke
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    I just got my spankin new 4500 a couple of days ago and took it out for a test spin today, It works! "lil weenie"
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    Mike -- thanks soooooo much for accidentally stating the name of that junction..! I'd asked several times throughout this thread what it's called, to no reply.. It'd been driving me nuts..! I'm sane, ya hear, sane..! Swamp
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    Dan ... I use a GPX 5000 and GPX4500 ... My short experience with the 12" Evo will cause me to retired my 2 11" stock coils(mono and DD), my 10" NF elliptical and my 12" NF round mono. I don't think I will have to retire my 14"NF Advantage Mono or my smaller crack chasing coils. In other words I am thoroughly impressed with the 12" EVO! Put it on your extreme and you will see a big difference I am sure.
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    James playing in the water Just about all of the gold we got in that spot... 2AM on top of Eagle Summit
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    I will try that Al. Thanks for the tips You make a good point. I don't think I resized any of them before uploading to photobucket
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    Very nice , I think it looks like a comma on it's side, so since we now know it a golden comma, there's more to come!!
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    THE OLD PHONE ON THE WALL When I was a young boy, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked to it.Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person. Her name was "Information Please" and there was nothing she did not know. Information Please could supply anyone's number and the correct time. My personal experience with the genie-in-a-bottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer, the pain was terrible, but there seemed no point in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy. I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway. The telephone! Quickly, I ran for the footstool in the parlor and dragged it to the landing. Climbing up, I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and held it to my ear. "Information, please" I said into the mouthpiece just above my head.A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear. "Information." "I hurt my finger..." I wailed into the phone, the tears came readily enough now that I had an audience. "Isn't your mother home?" came the question. "Nobody's home but me," I blubbered. "Are you bleeding?" the voice asked. "No," I replied. "I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts." "Can you open the icebox?" she asked. I said I could. "Then chip off a little bit of ice and hold it to your finger," said the voice. After that, I called "Information Please" for everything. I asked her for help with my geography, and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my math. She told me my pet chipmunk that I had caught in the park just the day before, would eat fruit and nuts. Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary, died. I called, "Information Please," and told her the sad story. She listened, and then said things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was not consoled. I asked her, "Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring joy to all families, only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom of a cage?" She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, " Wayne, always remember that there are other worlds to sing in."Somehow I felt better. Another day I was on the telephone, "Information Please." "Information," said in the now familiar voice. "How do I spell fix?", I asked. All this took place in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. When I was nine years old, we moved across the country to Boston. I missed my friend very much. "Information Please" belonged in that old wooden box back home and I somehow never thought of trying the shiny new phone that sat on the table in the hall. As I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me. Often, in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy. A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle. I had about a half-hour or so between planes. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now. Then with out thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown operator and said, "Information Please." Miraculously, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well. "Information." I hadn't planned this, but I heard myself saying, "Could you please tell me how to spell fix?" There was a long pause. Then came the soft spoken answer, "I guess your finger must have healed by now." I laughed, "So it's really you," I said. "I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time?" I wonder," she said, "if you know how much your call meant to me. I never had any children and I used to look forward to your calls." I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister. "Please do", she said. "Just ask for Sally." Three months later I was back in Seattle. A different voice answered, "Information." I asked for Sally. "Are you a friend?" she said. "Yes, a very old friend," I answered. "I'm sorry to have to tell you this,"She said. "Sally had been working part time the last few years because she was sick. She died five weeks ago." Before I could hang up, she said, "Wait a minute, did you say your name was Wayne?" "Yes." I answered. "Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down in case you called. Let me read it to you." The note said, "Tell him there are other worlds to sing in. He'll know what I mean." I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant. Never underestimate the impression you may make on others..
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    Personally, I don't mind the 'self promotion'. If you work hard for something, you should be able to talk about it. You guys tell it like it is... and I appreciate that. Thanks for the report and way to go on that hard earned gold. Luke
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    Ok, perhaps we should add some 'truth' to your concerns. The first 'truth' would be that you can't find gold everywhere. The old timers didn't and we can't find gold where it isn't. If it isn't everywhere then where should you go in one of the richest areas in the United States? You can try to find 'new' gold where others have not found it before or you can try to find the gold others missed when they were finding gold in the past. Let's leave the 'new' gold for a geologist or someone who gets lucky. Go to a place where gold has been found before. It could be a placer or lode mine or near one of these places. Since you have been sluicing and dredging you will have been near some of these places so if you have rights to the claims give it a try. The trash will be there where the miners lived. Sometimes there is gold under this trash but you have to dig it to find out. The 2300 will make you dig everything. If there is too much trash but a lot of mine activity then you know gold was there so try the edges of the slopes where they stopped washing them into ground sluices. So, what can you do with a 2300 that others can't? You already know it ignores a lot of hot rocks that drove other metal detectorists away. It will also find some smaller pieces and specimens missed. If all of that doesn't work, hire a guide and have them take you to their place or take him/her to your spots and say TRY HERE. Then you will be able to go out on your own with confidence. Wes, are you available?
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    I've got more BBQ sauce buckets just for you Dave.
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    No other sites but a couple quick ways to free up space.. Dump any vid unless it's absolutely necessary to keep posted.. Vid's the #1 space hog.. Get rid of any "duplicate" shots (you'll find plenty) i.e. five slightly different sunset shots where one will do.. Get rid of any non-story-telling shots i.e. Vehicle parked in a campground, coffee pot on campfire grill rack when it's included in another campfire shot, non-specific half packed / unpacked truck bed or trailer, plethora of flowering plants, same mtn chain shot 40 mi later, assembling equipment etc., etc., etc... 2nd biggest storage hog = uploading unedited photos.. For ex., one of my cam's standard pix size is 17xx x 32xx pixels.. You can cut that by 75% and still end uploading a 5X8 inch photo.. So you may need to go back into your photo editor and just resize pix.. Cropping saves even more room.. Also, I think all photo editors today give an option to convert from RAW, but if you haven't done so you're using 10x more space than is necessary.. So convert image format, and in most cases ya can back off from 100% imaging too.. 96% is just as sharp while saving mucho pixel overkill.. Usually the conversion is to jpeg.. All this should open up at least 50% room, if vids too even more.. Or you can always open up another account under a different name.. If on same computer just use a different 1st name.. If on a different computer, what ever.. Even if you have a static IP they ain't gonna send the picture police, ya know..? Hope this helps, Swamp
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    Haha Dave! My whole storage smells like pickles!
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    Didn't have to work yesterday so went out to the windy cold hills. First half of the day was spent looking for new larger nugget patches using a new to me gpx 3000 I recently purchased. But as pi tradition goes,no gold was found. Wanting to beat the skunk I headed to a old patch and saw a good friend of mines truck who just drove in from frozen Montana. Thats right Montana Professor was out swinging his sdc2300. I was able to track him and walked right up to him. Talking about scaring a guy!!! Sorry Montana professor, that was kinda funny. It was good catching up and telling gold stories. Well here is my few hours of gold bug 2 finds.
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    I'm always glad to welcome new forum members who share my own fascination with the tinier corners and crevices of the universe. Congratulations on a making a respectable find without any electronic aids.
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