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  1. 12 points
    I went out this morning to a spot in a wash that I had walked thru about a 100 times or more over the years. As I recall, each time that I had walked thru it I had thought that this spot would be a good spot for gold, but had not dug any of it because of the extensive amount of overburden, large rocks and boulders strewn through out it. And once when I had tried to dig down to bedrock the material was compacted like concrete,..UGH!!! ........... I had actually not even had any plans of going out this morning, as I laid in bed half asleep waiting for the alarm to go off at 8 am. But my mind started working, and for some reason narrowed-in on this particular wash location causing me to picture in my mind just where any gold would be. I had in the past found a few nuggets upstream, and a number of them downstream, so I knew gold was there, but this stretch would be a challenge physically. When I got to the wash I first detected underneath a small waterfall just upstream of the stretch of wash, and got a very mixed signal. It was kind of weird and wavy. After about 5-minutes of pulling about 12 chunks of black ironstone hot rocks (thus the weird-wavy sounds) out of the bottom, a very strong signal was still down there. The signal turned out to be a 1.69 gram nugget (the round one in the photo). It was just after that when my "Digg'n-Mood" kicked in, and I was determined to dig that stretch of wash out, Once-and-for-all"....About 15 ft. further downstream I got a very strong signal right about the crest of where the wash was transitioning-downward in grade. It was a nice flat and smooth 2.20 gram'r that had been hiding just under the lip of a down-drop-shelf. It was about that time that I decided to "see what the wash was doing" downstream of where I was digging. The center and whole right side of the wash was exposed and open with good looking bedrock, but I had not found any nuggets there in the past????.."strange".... But standing back and looking upstream toward where I had stopped digging I could see that all of the rocks and material had collected on the left side, "and" the bedrock was sloping downward toward that left side underneath all of this material. So I moved just out of center and started removing large rocks, etc. off of the left bank. It was about 4 ft further downstream when I got another strong signal, which turned out to be the "spike-shaped" 1.03 gram nugget, and then the other smaller one ( .12 of-a-gram) almost in the same hole. So, the total for the day was 5.04 grams,.................Not bad for not even planning on going out at all today. ..........Gary............I don't know why those 2 photos turned out green????? I was using a new phone The 3-small nuggets ( .61 of-a-gram) just below the dime I had found last Friday in a different wash.
  2. 8 points
    Hi Naser and All I don't know you I don't think? But if you go to your local post office or the Royal Omanie Police station . I'm sure you'll find my mug shot up on their bulliten boards. Since metal detectors are outlawed there you probably have one of my old ones the Royal Omanie Police Bastards confiscated from me. I had a friend Geoff Notkin of Meteorite Men fame build a web page for me after we were released from prison and out of your craphole country. The web page name was dontvisitoman.com , In Oman you really don't need a detector. Just drive around the desert and look for black items in the desert. If you bite it and you break a tooth it's probably a meteorite. If its soft a chewy it's probably camel dung. Happy Huntin John B.
  3. 7 points
    In the words of my favorite hippie cowboy singer, I'm on the road again, back to the land of ticks, chiggers and toothless maidens (with apologies to the minority of my former neighbors who don't chew tobacco, don't smoke meth, and who actually have 15 or 20 teeth per head), to haul a second load of stuff I probably don't need. Measure twice, move the trailer once. I really need to remember that one. In preparing for this latest trip, predawn this morning I towed my live-in horse trailer, which has had the horse section converted to a workshop, over to a house I bought to rehab and sell. It turns out the clearance between house and neighbor's fence is precisely 1.25 inches too narrow for me to get the trailer into the back yard without disassembling something (the fence seems the most likely victim), so for now I rehauled the trailer back to the senior citizen RV park where I've been staying for the past couple of weeks, where the neighbors hate me for the rattling and banging of equipment strapped to the truck bed (park rule #83, as one neighbor has reminded me half a dozen times, prohibits the outside storage of tools or personal effects, including items visible in vehicle beds, and #178 proscribes dirty vehicles within park boundaries, which requires a trip to the car wash before coming home, every single time, six days a week). An F550 doesn't blend well with golf carts, a converted horse trailer doesn't blend well with $250k wheeled palaces, and I don't blend well with shuffleboard-playing CA retirees, but they'll have to put up with staring at the horse trailer and stacked buckets filled with unsanctioned dirt until I get back from MO and figure out how to shoehorn the trailer into the new shack's rear yard. I shall post less while on the road, so our esteemed moderators will enjoy a hard-earned breather. Happy fifth day of Chanukah, y'all, and happy prospecting, too ...
  4. 7 points
    A LITTLE GUN HISTORY In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ------------------------------ In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ------------------------------ Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. ------------------------------ China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated ------------------------------ Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up an d exterminated. ---- ------------- ------------- Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ------------------------ Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. ----------------------------- Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million. ------------------------------ It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are now in: List of 7 items: Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)! In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns! While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort, and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it. You won't see this datum on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens. Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late! The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson. With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects'. During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED! If you value your freedom, Please spread this anti-gun control message to all of your friends.
  5. 4 points
    I went to the WSPA Outing in the Dale district Thursday through Sunday...had to stay on fairly level ground but I did get this little 2.5 grain nugglet... fred
  6. 4 points
    My wife went BOW HUNTING, on the last day of Nov. Yeh, I took her to Walmart, and she bought a boat load of them blue and red ones you put on your Christmas tree! So much for Bow hunting, the season is over! Grubstake
  7. 3 points
    An addendum, hardtimehermit: I failed to mention that the old opium dens had not been entirely abandoned at the time I was growing up in Prescott. The Yavapai County DA and his assistant, along with several county and city lawmen, prominent downtown businessmen, and my stepfather and his employees, used to smoke pot down there. It was the late 60s and early 70s, so not too surprising to round a bend in the labyrinth to find a community pillar in a cloud of his own making under his store or office. The world changes, but not much.
  8. 3 points
    As a member of a nation in exile that lost well over one third of our entire world population between 1939 and 1945, including hundreds of members of my own extended family (although I was not yet born then), I can attest to the truth that the ability to defend one's life, family and people is of indescribable importance. And that six-plus million was in addition to the 20-plus million (a painfully conservative estimate) of us murdered by Christian Europe over a period of many centuries, during all of which time we were kept unarmed. For every life lost to murder, an entire future world is forever erased. One murder? All of the future accomplishments of that single person are left undone, but gone also are the medical discoveries, literature, advances in the sciences, acts of kindness, everything that might ever have been accomplished by that person's children, grandchildren, and descendents for all time, uncountable millions of lives erased by a single murder. While it's true that many of my fellow Jews here in the States support gun control, the percentage is not very different from any other demographic in this country, if adjusted for place of residence. Outside of several major metropolitan centers, my folks are likely to support the Second Amendment as wholeheartedly as any other group. My generation in particular was heavily influenced by Orthodox rabbi and founder of the Jewish Defense League Meir Kahane of blessed memory, who coined the slogan "For every Jew a .22," which has since been rewritten numerous times to promote packing larger calibers. In our Torah, essentially the Jewish people's Constitution (to us, of course, much more than simply a legal document, but also an eternally binding contract between us and our G-d), it is forbidden NOT TO kill an assailant who intends to physically harm oneself, one's family, or one's neighbor (and in this context, all humanity is a neighbor). Good post, Garimpo.
  9. 2 points
    LOL...yah right! Not this old fart. Tom H.
  10. 2 points
    When I was a youngster and fresh back to the States after living outside the country since infancy, I discovered a coal and diamond deposit next to and under an old school building in Arizona. The deposit consisted of dime-sized chunks of coal, which I correctly identified, and many small diamonds, some with perfect clarity, and others with either green or blue impurities. The incorrectly identified "diamonds" even scratched glass, which I proved on the windows of my mother's home (undiscovered until later). I let my best friend in on the secret, drew up a 60-40 contract in my favor (he would recieve 40 Red Ryder wagonloads of diamonds for each 60 wagons of loot I took home), and we began excavating, straight down five or six feet, and then under the school's footings. School was out for the summer, so it took a while before we were caught and accused of attempted sapping of one of Prescott's historic buildings. By that time, the hole was large enough for two kids to work side by side, and we were long past the old stem wall and well on our way to tunneling entirely under and beyond a rear corner of the building. It turned out I'd located the school's old ash dump, which contained a considerable amount of unburned coal and a lot of crushed bottle glass. The police officer (who was already familiar with me, and would become more familiar in coming years) tasked with investigating explained to me that an addition to the school had buried the old dump. Back when he attended that school, before the addition was built, kids would line bottles up on the ash dump and practice rock throwing, which was sanctioned by teachers as long as the glass was broken into small enough pieces to not be too hazardous to bare feet. Point being, I learned early that not everything that's hard, clear and sparkly is a diamond. Also, that it's important to understand history (human, geological, and sometimes both) to understand what you've found today. In your case, the Netherlands have a well-documented history of glassmaking, and parts of your country must almost be paved with the offal of that craft, so if you find a hard, clear, sparkly near-surface specimen there, think glass, not diamond, especially if the specimen far outweighs the largest unflawed diamond ever found anywhere on the planet. Reality can be a bugger, especially if it clashes with hopeful but erroneous presumptions, but experiencing dashed hopes can be an important part of learning. Or not. That really is a pretty hunk of glass.
  11. 2 points
    Slam some beers and watch this.
  12. 2 points
    "Conservative" means very different things in different contexts, in different places, and at different times. In much of Asia, Africa and the M.E., conservative means militant Islamic nutcase-ism. Hitler's Europe was also conservative. At few times and few places has conservatism taken on the meaning it currently holds here in the States (and in Israel and perhaps in the U.K.), where it has come to mean a political ideology that emphasises individual responsibility and individual rights (unless you ask someone from the opposing party).
  13. 2 points
    Well I agree it's very much a part of our future, we can blame it all on Star Trek, remember the food simulator, select what you want and out it pops, sorta like a 3D printer for food, which I can see happening as well, just imagine coming home from simulated work, select your appetizer, the main course and dessert and the 3D food printer fires up and the next thing you know you're chowing down, toss the dishes and scraps into the recyler and time for a simulated cocktail!!
  14. 2 points
    Maybe we should bring some of these over here so we can "seed" areas that have deep nugget potential. https://apnews.com/032f9db1d8cd465fb528313088c05b6b
  15. 1 point
    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.
  16. 1 point
    Hey Everyone, Got out for a day hunt, hunting a trashy wash. This wash was full of old staples, and screamed on the Zed. After digging seems like the 100th staple, I decided to just stick to the sides of the wash, hoping to avoid these little bastards, which were all down the length of the wash. Not 10 minutes hunting the side of the wash, I got a screaming signal in the entrance to an animal hole, large enough to fit a turtle or fox in the side of the wash. Thinking oh great, another staple, I dug the entrance floor to the animal hole with my scoop, and waved the detector over it the scooped out pile, and zang !!!! I looked down at the small pile and saw the nugget right on top. Got it home and cleaned it up, it ended up being 7.9 grams. I hunted that wash for most of the day, pulling out probably another 100 staples . Until next time.... Dave
  17. 1 point
    So I won't be running into you around town for a day or two ... whatever shall I do? Safe travels to you Saul ... Happy Chanukah right back at you! ... and here all this time I thought it was spelled 'Hanukkah' ... I guess we 'Americanized' it as we do many things!
  18. 1 point
    Safe travels to you Saul. Be careful driving and see ya back here soon.
  19. 1 point
    I have been in the old tunnels honeycombing downtown. My stepfather remodeled the Palace, Brownlow's Department Store, AZ General Supply, and several other buildings within a couple blocks of the courthouse when I was a kid, and I explored. From the basements, it was possible to travel for many blocks without surfacing, including under the courthouse (I'm certain someone has gated the tunnels for security reasons by now). There were rooms under both the plaza and Whiskey Row filled with narrow bunks, old opium dens and lodging for both Chinese workers and hookers. The first time I started wandering around down there, my younger brother and I eventually emerged from a storm sewer at the old high school (now a middle school, I think). And yes, the whole complex was filled with artifacts.
  20. 1 point
    Saul, i would not be surprised if you had dug all the way to the secret underground tunnel of Prescott. If you have been down there i hope we hear a story some day. I lived in Prescott from 95 to 2000 and always thought the tales of the tunnels under Prescott were cool. I bet there's some pretty glass down there, just like the piece we are talking about.
  21. 1 point
  22. 1 point
    Congrats sir, nice nugget with good character.
  23. 1 point
    Now you will be the one spinning donuts during the next outting at midnight ....
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
    Diamonds have cleavage. That's what they depend on when they break down large carat stones.
  26. 1 point
    I can visualize early man using the method in the video. Saul has it right though. Reducing atmosphere and heat from the bottom. The method in the video accomplishes both with the investment of some time and a bag of charcoal. Here is a video I just found after watching DP's.
  27. 1 point
    That’s beautiful Dave. I love trying to pinpoint staples with the ZED. it’s probably one of my favorite things to do just behind smashing my head against the wall. With my luck I would get a wobble over a critter hole and it would be a badger wearing a gold chain. Anyway neat story. Brownie
  28. 1 point
    Gun control is like being republican and democrat and having a political discussion on Facebook. No one's mind is ever changed. My wife believes in gun control, and there's nothing you can do to tell her that taking guns away from anyone won't solve the world's problems. I'd like to see the source article you got your stats from. The only articles I saw on my google search say that gun confiscation is the greatest thing since sliced bread in Australia. A Google Search also lists Afghnaistan and Somalia as the most conservative countries in the world due to lawlessness. The article will never change my wife's mind, but I can use it as a "talking point."
  29. 1 point
    You got to be sure its BLM, and unclaimed. Then you can file with the county, and then with the BLM. If not filed with the county, you don't have a valid claim. Pleas be advised the county and the BLM only file paperwork, so them taking it does not mean its a valid claim. Many people have filed claims on the wrong type of land. Most of us here are not that big to deal with the other stuff. For the size most of us are, a claim is not even needed, provided you are on unclaimed land. This includes metal detecting and drywashing where holes are filled in after. There's something like 300,000+ active mining claims, and unless you intend on returning to an area to mine, it is probably not worth the time and money to stake a claim. Of those 300k+ claims, I really doubt there are more than 3,000 legitimate claims, with the rest being speculation. Each land is different: federal, state, county, and private, among many, many other land types. Also be careful what you think a locatable mineral is. It won't be gravel and it won't be getting landscaping rocks. It can, but that's not an easy cheap process and probably involves things you mentioned.
  30. 1 point
    It may be the O2 is recombining with the metals. I had not thought about lime, but I was thinking of Borax. I need to read to see if it is a flux though. I thought I saw it at our local prospecting shop a couple of years ago before it closed. If I continue, I'll need to get away from the torch. That just kicked all the smoke and debris and ash into my face as I was cooking it. Not bad once, but I don't want to keep that up. There is another local shop I may visit over the next few days. Last time I was there, they just manufactured sluices and had a poor selection of other stuff. Turns out Amazon kindle Unlimited has a couple of books on refining gold I'm going over. I hope there's a chapter on fluxes. These are geared towards jewelry. The primitive smelting video that showed copper production had a the copper ore buried under grass sod blocks as the fire was fed under a few inches of dirt with a bellows. I think you're right about not getting the metal to recombine with the oxygen. Either that, or my charcoal I used for carbon was not the carbon needed to react with the oxygen in the copper oxide to take the oxygen out of the mixture. I'm working across from a library for the next couple of days that has the best collection of Arizona Rock collecting books I've found in a library, so perhaps it will be there.
  31. 1 point
    Outstanding nugget Dave!!!
  32. 1 point
    You too Mike, stay safe but enjoy.
  33. 1 point
    Nice little nugget there Fred .... Glad to see you are getting out again ... BTW Max was asking about making him a hot breakfast the other day when I was making my oatmeal ... I told him the only one who can do that is Fred and we will just have to wait until he is out and about again! He was sad ... but he understood and instead took his large breakfast biscuit begrudgingly!
  34. 1 point
    Nice fatty you got there Dave
  35. 1 point
    nice one Dave! I did the same thing last time up in gold basin, got a screamer in a pack rat den... took some courage to dig it out but was worth it!
  36. 1 point
    Every thing in the desert wants to Stick ya , Stab ya , Bite ya or Poke ya.....
  37. 1 point
    They are not kidding. EVERYTHING is sharp here!
  38. 1 point
    very cool! I have swung my coil over hundreds of critter holes with no luck. That was a very nice critter... fred
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