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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. 28 points
    Well, it's that time of year, again. It's starting to get nice out during the day, but I thought I would get in one more nighttime hunt. And this last night hunt treated me well. I explored a new area about a mile from where I had found gold before. The rain really has changed the roads and washes in this area. Many areas were nearly unpassable. But I managed to get there with my trusty 4x4 and went out into the night feeling a little crazy (by myself) as I am many times. And the only thing that makes that crazy feeling fade away, is when you find that first piece of gold. And then the stars align and everything seems normal, again. Friday night's total came out to 7.25 grams. Some pictures didn't come out so well. Photography just doesn't work too well at night.
  3. 26 points
    I enjoy trying to find new ground and get fairly lucky from time to time. Of course, that can mean you get a few skunks in between. Heck, sometimes more than a few. But this trip is what makes up for those times. The day started out normal enough. Way out in the desert away from the city. Away from the stress, away from the noise. Just me and my truck scrambling to get to a place I had just detected a couple weeks earlier. On a previous trip, I had found a couple dinks in this shallow wash. It was a little strange because there were no rocks thrown out of the wash or hand stacks or dry wash tailings. It just looked good to me. Basically, earlier prospectors either missed the area or it just didn’t show worth it in their gold pan. And it had already given up two small pieces of gold to me, which did not even add up to a gram. And after finding these pieces I had continued a couple hundred feet up the wash and the ground just got ugly. Me, being the expert geologist (sarcasm) I decided to jump to the next wash and search there instead of finishing the entire wash Of course nothing else was found in this second wash. But on this trip, I wanted to finish that wash. Simply because it was the right thing to do … and as my friends always say … Beep It All!! And so I did. Only 50 feet or so where I left the wash previously, I hit nugget after nugget after nugget, until I had reached a new GPZ record of 11 pcs. Even with my GM1000, my record was only 10pcs. So this turned out to be a great day. The largest piece was 5.5 grams. Most of the others pieces were over a gram but a couple were smaller. Total weight was ½ ounce. Here is the quartz stringer I believe most of the gold likely eroded from. It was in the bottom of the wash and ran right down the center. Note the red hematite along with it. And here are a couple gold pics It's still out there!
  4. 22 points
    Leverite and I got some color today near Arivaca, AZ. The one on the right was detected with my new ebay "used" Joey Coil that was pratically brand new and the GPX 5K. The others were sniffed out by the GM 1000...
  5. 21 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.
  6. 19 points
    Heres the photo . Well done dude !!
  7. 19 points
    Got out today with Chris (bsumbdy). Most of the day was partly cloudy, and gave us a little break from hot weather. Chris, gave me a pointy finger today, while he hiked over the hill to hunt. We both left today with some gold. Chris got 6.4 grams, I got 5.8 grams. Also came across two young desert tortoises today. Dave
  8. 19 points
    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.
  9. 18 points
    I made it out to the desert for a hunt before the rain fell and managed a 1.5 gram nugget, lots of lead too. My battery didn’t last very long either, gave it a half hr charge on the car charger and was good for a while longer. I will need to make something up to drain it down and cycle it a few times to see if it comes back to a full day of hunting.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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!!
  13. 15 points
    Got out while it was cool cloudy Tuesday and Wednesday.... They were biting..... Chunky 3 with SDC AND 3 smaller ones same spot missed by SDC and nabbed with Gold Monster
  14. 15 points
    Got back in one piece from a great camp out up around LSD. Perfect detecting weather! Saw some cool things.....Wire/wood ladder for a mineshaft, doubledecker cacti, old handstack, 90+ miles of dirt road! Dad and James scored a couple of dinksters, I got skunked. Found some cool things though, 45 cal. and a 10 guage shotgun shell base in some tribs that I need to go back to. Got some more trash from them so they have not been hit Hard to find washes like that in the LSD area. Found a seed pod that had to make a bird out of Great food and friends. Had a blast. Tom H.
  15. 15 points
    I found 3 nuggets today! My first time finding more than one!😊
  16. 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.
  17. 14 points
    Won't fit in a bottle. not all that pretty. Crush it and you have nothing. Guess it just can just sit in safety deposit? I thought it was just another hot rock until it sung back at me.
  18. 13 points
    Puttered around in a small wash today I have been driving by for years, shallow bedrock and fairly mild soil. Got hot pretty fast so only hunted a little stretch of it and got these two rough little nuggets. Lot of critters out and about in the desert today and also found a massive bee hive....
  19. 12 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 11 points
    Wow...a friend sent me the pic that he found of me using my rocker box some where on Big Bug in 1982. What the heck happened! I was that young???? Tom H.
  22. 10 points
    Well done fellers ....!! Theres a season?? You mean I didnt have to detect this summer ?!
  23. 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'
  24. 10 points
    Found this a few years back nuggethunting...had a nice deep target...after digging down two and half feet I though I may have struck the Big One !!. Than this little beauty came out of the hole, an 1840's- 1850's Naval officers belt buckle. Its one part of a two piece. This is as good as gold as far as I am concerned...the history behind it must be amazing. Imagine a naval officer going awol and leaves San Francisco for the Sierras to mine gold. California just joined the Union, and Mexico lost most of its Northern territories.
  25. 10 points
  26. 9 points
    I think this user should be kicked off the forum Nice color Chris !
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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...…
  31. 9 points
    Copped socket arrowhead made during the copper culture era age 3000 to 5000 years BP.
  32. 9 points
    I was sick .... Your nuggets were safe for now!
  33. 9 points
    I wasn't going to post these because most of them are so small, ...But, I managed to pull this bigger one out today (2.56 Grams)(along with three smaller ones) SOOOOOOOOO. I got these out of 4 different locations over a three day period (6.68 Grams Total). The big one that I got today was hidden down fairly deep under about a 10" round granite boulder (rock) and was stuffed (wedged) along a sheer cutoff bank about 5" deeper within a small narrow crack. The initial signal was but a whisper of a signal, and I almost mistook it for the sound that mineralized ground gives off. But "curiosity killed the cat" , so I just had to dig down to find out if it was a valid signal or not. Sorry, No photo's today....I forgot my camera. "YAHOOO"....Gary
  34. 9 points
    So Courtney my wife and Hank the dog headed out to Unionville for a night at the old pioneer garden bed and breakfast. Unionville is in Pershing county and is a living ghost town with pop. about 20. The town had up to 3000 people working the mines at it's peak. Tons of history there, Mark Twain lived there for a bit and the folks running the bed and breakfast are something special. The family has operated 5 or 6 houses for the past 30 years. I was able to swing the GM 1000 around a little, but not enough time this trip was about fossils. We ended up doing pretty good considering we only hunted for half a day. My wife had the find of the day by far. She pulled on a chunk of limestone and half popped up with the imprint, then she really got excited when she saw the fossil ammonite on the ground. Good times in the Nevada outback.
  35. 9 points
    Well the boys and i went out for a quick hunt on the 4th since i was off. I chased the gold for a bit and then we decided to go hit a relic spot on our friends property. Has a cool placer area and a big area for relics. No nuggets this trip but Cameron found some cool stuff. But the pin he found tops pretty much the last couple trips weve taken. I cant find a makers mark or any other identifying marks. Under the lighted loop and regular loop it sure looks like gold. What do you guys think? Ill post the rest of his finds after we get them cleaned up. Take care everyone.
  36. 9 points
    Early this spring I decided to sell a few unused toys. I had collected a bunch of very cool stuff over the years and much of it was sitting unused on shelves. I had two small buildings filled with good stuff that needed a home... A truckload of scuba gear, a half acre of mid 70’s Toyota Landcruisers, and a closet with metal detectors stacked like cordwood. Spearguns, deep sea fishing gear, a couple of aluminum boats and a host of other sweet equipment. I set out on Craigslist and the local ad papers to unload these items. I dealt hard and dodged the scammers. I was doing well and having fun but it was an emotional undertaking. Many of the items had a long history. All had a story. A lot of it was good stuff that I HATED to part with but simply had no good reason to continue storing it. On the auction block were several metal detectors. One was a Whites GMT that I had bought from Frank C. several years back. I had used it to find a few Glorieta irons and some metal arrowheads. It was a backup machine for me but Frank had used this detector for many years. This was his baby. He had a real history with this machine that included lots of meteorites and more nuggets than most guys will find in a lifetime. When Frank sent this machine to me it came in the original box and had a test meteorite and a test nugget with it. There was also an autographed copy of Jim McCullough’s book. I had kept this stuff all these years and packed it up for sale just like it was when I bought it. One evening I got a call from a woman who wanted to know about the detector. She said she was translating for her brother-in-law. His son was in Mexico and was interested in buying the detector. We discussed details but it was unclear if there was much communication going on. A few days went by and the woman called again. She wanted to bring her brother-in-law by to look at the detector. We were able to communicate much better in person. They indicated that they were interested and his son would contact me soon. A few of days later I got a call. My Spanish is very poor and this fellow was speaking some sort of Indio dialect that I could not decipher. He asked that I come to Juarez to make the sale and I declined. I agreed to meet him in El Paso and he said he could do that. We then proceeded to try and agree on a meeting spot… He did not know El Paso and I could not communicate well in Spanish, but I was sure we knew where we were meeting when we hung up the phone. At 9:00 the next morning I was in El Paso at a sweet little taco joint waiting for him to arrive. They were just opening up and had the tacos al pastor sizzling. The phone rang. It seems this guy was in Sunland Park, New Mexico. I told him to stay put and I would come to him. 30 minutes later I called him again from Sunland Park. He had found a translator and the guy told me they were at a bar in Canutillo, Texas. I was a bit peeved. I told him that I would wait for another 30 minutes in Sunland Park and if he did not show up I was on my way back to Las Cruces. I hung up the phone. I figured they were drinking. About ten minutes later I get a call. This fellow is frantic. He has no idea where he is but he wants me to wait. It is not clear to me that he even understands where I am at. I told him to stay put and get someone that speaks English to talk to me. There is confusion for a moment and then I hear a “Hello!” on the other end. In a sweet voice a young lady explains to me that they are on a bus. For the fist time I realized that this fellow did not drive across the border. He was trying to locate me using public transportation. I arranged to meet him at the next bus stop. They were a few miles away on Mesa St. in El Paso. When I pulled into the lot I see this skinny Indian kid in a puffy down jacket obviously from way backwoods Mexico. He was about 19-20 years old, tiny teeth, big smile and a thousand miles in his eyes. He looked up at me and he instantly knew I was who he was looking for. Before the truck was stopped he was already walking my way on shoes worn as smooth as your fanny. He approached me and with his eyes lowered he apologized for missing our meeting place. He wanted me to know he was not from Juarez, but from Durango. A medical student enrolled in the University at Lerdo. As I digested what he was saying I realized that this young man had walked almost a thousand miles from the most remote mountains in Mexico to buy this detector. He waited for a visa, crossed the border, got on the bus and was doing his level best to make it happen. I asked him to come with me to a better place to make our deal. While we drove back to the taco shack way out in west El Paso he told me his story. He had found gold on a hillside deep in the Sierra Madre and had recovered a pocket full of nuggets by eye. He did not want to do too much digging for fear of someone discovering his spot. He figured he could hit the big ones with a detector and do quite well without anyone noticing. As we were pulling into the taqueria he was telling me about his journey from his mountain homeland and the three days he waited in Juarez for a visa to come across to buy the detector. I pulled the box with the detector in it from behind the seat of the truck and handed it to him. I convinced him to come inside and have some tacos with me. When we got inside he opened the box and checked out the detector. As they shaved the BBQ pork and pineapple off that big spit for our tacos he put the detector together. I went out to the truck and got some batteries I had in the console. When I came back in he had his money in a neat stack on the table and the tacos had been served. I noticed they had a nice fried jalapeno and pickled radish garnish. He loaded the batteries into the machine and flipped it on. It squealed loudly and he grinned. I took his money and I must admit I felt a bit guilty. But those tacos looked good and we need to get business out of the way. As we ate tacos I explained the best I could about the book from Jim McC. There was no way that I could begin to explain the machine to him in my slang Spanglish. He had lots of resources at the University though and assured me that he could get the book translated. Also, there were gringo prospectors in Durango that were fluent and could help him. Some even used a GMT. After the tacos I offered him a ride to the bridge. I wished him luck and apologized to him for being such an arrogant bastard when he was trying to find me. I am not sure he understood every word but I know he understood what I was trying to say. He stepped out of the truck and smiled, uttered a blessing and headed over the Alameda Street bridge with the detector under his arm. There is no doubt in my mind that this young man is going to find huge gold with that machine. Great big Mexican nuggets from the most remote mountains in Mexico. He walked over a thousand miles and crossed into a foreign country to chase down a gringo with a detector for sale. Paid for it with U.S. dollars earned by finding nuggets by eye. Then he headed home with his prize under his arm. That was a lot more difficult task than finding gold with a GMT on rich ground in Mexico. He should have zero problems. On my way home I thought about Frank and all the hours he must have spent with that rig. I figured that if I ever got the chance to tell this story I would take it. For many guys just meeting a fellow like this is as close to real adventure as they will ever get. Passing a detector on to a fellow like this is a neat bonus. Like a nugget with sweet character or a little olivine in the iron.
  37. 9 points
    Yes, our little water hole just outside my office window regularly brings in dozens of quail, coyotes, bobcats, deer, dove, a huge red racer snake, hawks, many different smaller birds, cottontails, jackrabbits, 3 different roadrunners and now the javalina...The show goes on all day long, every day....Fun! Cheers, Unc
  38. 8 points
    Just got back from 7 days of archery hunting. I got mine but Cameron struggled to seal the deal. He got 4 shots with 4 awesome stalks. Unfortunately he didn't connect. Pretty good buck fever though lol. Then the wind messed him up a few times. Awesome smallmouth fishing mid day and dozens upon dozens of bucks to look at. We have 3 more weekend's so he will get it im sure. Take care everyone. Dan
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 8 points
    Got over to the Pala Chief & Ocean view mines for a little rock hounding, and even found a few things. Looking across the valley to the Tourmaline Queen Mine? One of the steep tailings .. My finds.... Triphane, Kunzite, Green Tourmaline etc. Cousin`s finds; she got some great gemmy pinks, and a big quartz crystal from the Oceanview Mine
  43. 8 points
    If you watch every single video on the Gold Monster 1000 that Bill has on his YouTube channel you will get the best instructions availible. I was very skeptical going from a GB2 to a GM1000. Ventured into the Mojave this last weekend and managed to do decent for 1 days worth of swinging in an area that has seen its fair share of shovels and drywashers. Learn your machine, slow down and keep the coil to the soil. Thanks for the videos Bill! -Mike
  44. 8 points
    I just received my instructions from Shep: "Be at the "Village" near Quartzsite on Thursday, the first of Nov." We will stay there until the next Wednesday, and then head for Bills outing at LSD. Come by and see us if you feel like it. If you need directions, just holler. Patrick
  45. 8 points
    Why you gotta do that? Dad Gum It, now I got to re ponder my earlier ponder to wander..... Tammy just said "where is GB"
  46. 8 points
    I remember rocking you in a box when you were much younger……. Old Tom
  47. 8 points
    Well I have been selling on Ebay a long time. I have a 100% feedback rating but I learn something new every day. I know a lot of you guys sell on Ebay as well, or purchase. I have just lost a lot of money and time trying to recover a brand new Equinox 800 I sold on Ebay, worth $900, all because I dutifully uploaded tracking information. After selling the Equinox, I packaged it and shipped it. Buyer notifies me she didn't buy the item. I get her contact information and call her. All the address information is correct but she says she has no idea of how the item got ordered through Ebay and paid for with her Pay Pal account. I told her just refuse the package when it arrives, when I get it back I will refund her money. I told her to contact Ebay and Pay Pal. I followed up our telephone conversation with a message through Ebay to document the conversation. (I honestly thought her husband probably bought it and didn't tell her, and she would probably get back in touch with me and tell me her husband confessed to buying the detector and all was fine.) On the day the package was to arrive I checked tracking to make sure the buyer had refused the package and that it was on it's way back to me. Instead I find that the package had been intercepted and re-routed to New Jersey and was due for delivery on that very day. Now I get the postal inspectors involved. They tell me that the package has been delivered to a Russian Freight forwarding company that has been known to be used by hackers and scammers. Long story short, the postal inspectors tell me that anyone who hacks an ebay account and paypal account and makes an unauthorized purchase obviously has access to all of the account information. So they know the account holders name, address and when the seller dutifully uploads the tracking information, that is all they need to redirect a package to anywhere they want to. The only way to stop it, is to not upload tracking information. SELLER BEWARE! Paypal seller protection DOES NOT protect you if the package is redirected, so you are just out of luck. I happened to have had a great postal inspector, who went above and beyond to recover my merchandise. The merchandise had been repackaged and was getting ready to be shipped to Russia. Inside the box was not only my merchandise valued at $900 but also a watch valued at $1000, which I knew nothing about. Obviously the hacker was scamming several items then having the forwarder consolidate the stolen merchandise into one box to be sent to them in Russia. I told the postal inspector to seize the watch, and my Equinox 800 is on the way back to me. Take this information and do with it what you will, but protect yourself. I would recommend that if you are a seller, never upload tracking information. If you are a buyer, tell the seller not to upload tracking information.
  48. 8 points
    Right in the cracks o n bedrock where others had been removing soil, classifying, and hauling off cons.... Just a little ways apart and look totally different.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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