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    Got an early start this morning and headed into the desert with Tom and his dad. My legendary skunk streak continues, but Tom scored 3 little ones! I even followed right behind Tom and cleaned up all the birdshot he missed with my gb2...still nuttin'. The weather was great for this time of year, so I can't complain. Here are the pics I have. Including Tom mining his vein
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    So true Slim. on another thread Mike Furness said something like, we can do anything we can imagine. and I responded saying my Dad told me the same thing and I've never forgotten it. it's amazing what humans are capable of if they just put their mind to it. When I was growing up. my Dad was an engineer for 3M Apollo project/magnetic tape division. My Mom worked for Raytheon missile defence tests at Point Mugu, Ca. Maybe why I've always had a thing for rockets. but I ended up prospecting Gold. now Im prospecting gold in the stars. AzNuggetBob
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    Dave: Seriously?? You have a motorcycle filter on it! Get a big one! Tom H.
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    This weekend past, I managed to find some time for a hunt. My initial plan was to traverse the hillsides, hilltops, and slopes for a new patch. Well, I accomplished both. Found a slope with a very reddish decomposing pegmatite , and decided to hunt it. First two swings and I found the little guy in the pic ( .5 Gram) , 15 feet above that one, I get a subtle target, but defined. About 8 inches down, I unearth a black rock that`s screaming. Turns out to be a chunk ( 4 grams ) of what appears to be hematite, with a gold seam running right through it Bailed out of that spot to go hit an area I had found a few before. Wouldn`t you know it, I banged out a nice 3 gram quartz gold specimen, and and a .6 tenth piece. All this gold is about as coarse as it gets . Eluvial nuggets can be very attractive..
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    Been spending some time crawling under manzanita recently and continually come across these piles of branches and twigs. Searching online led me to them. I've read stories / post online regarding them stashing shiny stuff in their houses. I would never tear one down to look inside but found it interesting what Wikipedia has on them. Nesting[edit] Woodrats build extensive nests in trees, on the ground, and on bluffs with dense vegetation or rock cover. The conical shaped nests can be two to eight feet tall and are made of sticks, bark, and various plant matter. One nest can house successive generations of woodrats, with offspring adding to nests making them larger. The nests can have many rooms used for food storage, resting, nurseries, and protection. Nests can be built in harsh, inaccessible places such as thorny brush or poison oak patches.[4][6] Dusky-footed woodrats of California have been found to selectively place California bay leaves (Umbellularia) around the edges of their nest within their stickhouses to control levels of ectoparasites such as fleas.[10] The leaves contain volatile organic compounds which are toxic to flea larvae. Among the terpenes most toxic to flea larvae in the bay leaves are umbellelone, cineole, and cymene.[11] Wood rats are believed to have evolved this behavioral adaptation to cope with the environmental stresses posed by ectoparasites. Reading accounts of the old 49ers in the gold discovery area of California, they suffered mightily with fleas. You would have thought some of them would have caught on to the bay leaves idea from these critters. This lead me down the next rabbit hole. Umbellularia californica is a large hardwood tree native to coastal forests of California, as well as to coastal forests extending into Oregon.[1] It is endemic to the California Floristic Province. It is the sole species in the genus Umbellularia. The tree was formerly known as Oreodaphne californica.[2] In Oregon, this tree is known as Oregon myrtle, while in California it is called California bay laurel, which may be shortened to California bay[3] or California laurel. It has also been called pepperwood, spicebush, cinnamon bush, peppernut tree, headache tree,[4] mountain laurel,[5] and balm of heaven.[5] The tree's pungent leaves have a similar flavor to bay leaves, though stronger, and it may be mistaken for bay laurel. The dry wood has a color range from blonde (like maple) to brown (like walnut). It is considered a world-class tonewood and is sought after by luthiers and woodworkers. The tree is a host of the pathogen that causes sudden oak death. Historical usage[edit] Umbellularia has long been valued for its many uses by Native Americans throughout the tree's range, including the Cahuilla, Chumash, Pomo, Miwok, Yuki, Coos, and Salinan people.[12] The Concow tribe call the plant sō-ē’-bä(Konkow language).[13] The leaf has been used as a cure for headache, toothache, and earache—though the volatile oils in the leaves may also cause headaches.[14] Poultices of Umbellularia leaves were used to treat rheumatism and neuralgias.[15] A tea was made from the leaves to treat stomach aches, colds, sore throats, and to clear up mucus in the lungs.[16] The leaves were steeped in hot water to make an infusion that was used to wash sores.[15] The Pomo and Yuki tribes of Mendocino County treated headaches by placing a single leaf in the nostril or bathing the head with a laurel leaf infusion.[16] The chemical responsible for the headache-inducing effects of Umbellularia is known as umbellulone.[4] Nearly ripe bay nuts being prepared for roasting. Both the flesh and the inner kernel of the fruit have been used as food by Native Americans. The fatty outer flesh of the fruit, or mesocarp, is palatable raw for only a brief time when ripe; prior to this the volatile aromatic oils are too strong, and afterwards the flesh quickly becomes bruised, like that of an overripe avocado.[17] Native Americans dried the fruits in the sun and ate only the lower third of the dried mesocarp, which is less pungent.[16] The hard inner seed underneath the fleshy mesocarp, like the pit of an avocado, cleaves readily in two when its thin shell is cracked. The pit itself was traditionally roasted to a dark chocolate-brown color, removing much of the pungency and leaving a spicy flavor.[15] Roasted, shelled "bay nuts" were eaten whole, or ground into powder and prepared as a drink which resembles unsweetened chocolate. The flavor, depending on roast level, has been described variously as "roast coffee," "dark chocolate" or "burnt popcorn".[18] The powder might also be used in cooking or pressed into cakes and dried for winter storage.[15] It has been speculated that the nuts contain a stimulant;[19][20] however this possible effect has been little documented by biologists. Modern usage[edit] The leaf can be used in cooking, but is spicier and "headier" than the Mediterranean bay leaf, and should be used in smaller quantity. Umbellularia leaf imparts a somewhat stronger camphor/cinnamon flavor compared to the Mediterranean bay.[21] Roasted bay nuts ready for eating, or grinding into a powdery paste for beverages and cooking Some modern-day foragers and wild food enthusiasts have revived Native American practices regarding the edible roasted fruit, the bay nut.[17][19][22] U. californica is also used in woodworking. It is considered a tonewood, used to construct the backs and sides of acoustic guitars. The wood is very hard and fine, and is also made into bowls, spoons, and other small items and sold as "myrtlewood". It is also grown as an ornamental tree, both in its native area, and further north up the Pacific coast to Vancouver in Canada, and in western Europe. It is occasionally used for firewood. According to a modern Miwok recipe for acorn soup, "it is essential that you add a generous amount of California laurel" when storing acorns to dry, to keep insects away from the acorns.[23] One popular use for the leaves is to put them between the bed mattresses to get rid of, or prevent, flea infestations. The wood is used as lumber in furniture making, especially highly figured specimens.[24] "Myrtlewood" money[edit] "Myrtlewood" is the only wood still in use as a base "metal" for legal tender.[25] During the 1933 "interregnum of despair" between Franklin Roosevelt's election and his inauguration, the only bank in the town of North Bend, Oregon—the First National—was forced to temporarily close its doors, precipitating a cash-flow crisis for the City of North Bend. The city solved this problem by minting its own currency, using myrtlewood discs printed on a newspaper press. These coins, in denominations from 25 cents to $10, were used to pay employees, with the city promising to redeem them for cash as soon as it became available. However, when the bank reopened and the city appealed for people to bring their myrtlewood money in to redeem it, many opted to keep their tokens as collector's items. After several appeals, the city announced that the tokens would remain legal tender in the city of North Bend in perpetuity. The unredeemed tokens have become very valuable, because of scarcity and historical interest. Fewer than 10 full sets are believed to exist.[26] Interesting that a pile of twigs and sticks can lead you into more knowledge of local vegetation. I may have to try some cooking (er, the wife to try). Also, if you use Wikipedia, please donate.
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    No comment on the pink pick!! But sheesh.
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    Great looking buggy!
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    Just a heads up. Your Engine Management System as of today is a International Endeavor. I had to Call in a Marker on this one. All Programing has been handed over to a buddy in London U.K. He went to Collage to do this stuff and is currently making a living at it. Says he will give it a go in his spare time ! WHOOOO HOOOOOOOO!
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    Looks good! But you need to make a "lost shirt" retrieval hook to recover lost shirts while moving at high speeds!!!
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    "YOUR'E DARN-TOOT'N" TOM,........ One can only hope that it continues,.... Based on the rough-look, and unsmoothed edges of the last nugget, I got to be getting close to the source ........That-or, "Oh Crap" I must have passed it Gary
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    Great Job, and a great piece of gold, not to mention the rest!! In this case I guess the best way to describe you following Dave through hell and back and finding that piece would be "testicular fortitude"!!
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    Testicle nugget wash is what I named the gps waypoint.
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    Or maybe the "Organ" Cactus Nugget???
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    So true Mike!! Is not something for the meek for sure. It was a blast!!
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    How fast is that newly discovered 80 meter x 800 meter cigar shaped what-ever-it-is moving? I'm thinking that anything we mortal Earthlings can imagine is possible -- and then some.
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    I spent Christmas eve building another rack for Patches. It was sorely needed as storage space is in short supply. Now between the roof rack and this new lower rack, I have ample room for....whatever
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    The USGS just released their latest Professional Paper 1802 Critical mineral resources of the United States–Economic and environmental geology and prospects for future supply. This thing is a monster! 862 pages and a 170 Mb download. That is a big download for a lot of people so we shrunk their bloated PDF down to 30 Mb. It's got all the stuff the bigger one does but the graphics are scaled down to web user size. You can download the full 862 page report directly from Land Matters. This huge report is fine in itself but to really understand what's in it we figured a map of all the locations would help. You can load up the Critical Minerals interactive Map right in your browser and study it along with your book. We've added the mines of the world as well as some basic base layers so you can compare the report locations to known historical and current mines. We'll be adding more features to that map soon. If you need to print out the book in it's original high resolution form you can find it at the USGS Publications Warehouse.
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    If you are new here I would like to give you a hearty WELCOME and glad to have you. This is a great place to learn about all forms of prospecting or to share your own knowledge with others. Please read our rules before posting then say hello and jump on in after introducing yourself below. If you are here as a guest you are missing several more forums that are viewable by members only so why not join up? You can also subscribe to this forum to gain more user options and perks available only to subscribed members or premium members and it helps keep us up and running, the link is the upper right corner of the main index page. Thanks for coming aboard..... Cheers, Bill