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  1. 17 points
    Got out Sunday for a few hours and managed to find some gold nuggets ! There were fresh dig holes in this remote spot but they left some pieces behind About three grams..Enjoy !
  2. 15 points
    Leverite and I set a goal on where to placer to. We hit that goal and decided to go home. We pulled another 1.6 Grams today!
  3. 12 points
    Leverite and I came home with about 1.75 GRAMS of color today. Placered the hell out of an inside bend with more to go!! 2.5 feet of over burden on average. Hard work is paying off! The big nuggy is about 1.29 grams! VIDEOS TO COME!!
  4. 9 points
    I was detecting mid slope in an area with almost no trash. I got a semi-strong and mellow sounding hit near the base of a bush. I got excited and confident. 10” down this very heavy rock was pulled out. Looks like a ball of iron but very weak on the magnetic side. The ground was mild with no hot rocks. Any suggestions would be welcomed. And some gold from the last 5 trips. Brownie
  5. 8 points
    Took my Lady friend out to South Cove for some fishing today .. FUN FUN , we kept 10 stripers and threes Large Mouth Bass......bite turned off a 9am.
  6. 7 points
    Orthoconic ammonite piece, probably Orthoceras. Its an internal mold, “stienkern”, of part of it chambers. We have these all over the black shales in SD. Cool piece!
  7. 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.
  8. 7 points
    And you thought your neihborhood was tough.
  9. 7 points
    Just got back from a few days in the mountains bowfishing. My son got a bucket full of big bullfrogs and we had a great time. We did manage to shoot a few fish as well. Here he is with a whopper goldfish. What a neat target for a bow from a kayak! He cut that rascal up and caught two nice catfish with cut bait. And here is a nice Gila trout I managed to hit. He is about 20 inches long. I have fished for these trout in this lake for years. I have never caught one. But I was working along the bank looking for frogs and saw lots of nice fish down deep under the boat. At first I couldn't tell what they were. I watched them for several minutes and decided they were trout but I honestly could not tell what kind they were. There were many of them and they were all nice size. I started taking shots down deep and it took several shots to get the "drop" right. The fish were in about 3 feet of water and it is extremely tough to figure out your trajectory and make shots that deep. Not to mention trout are swimming around and turning all the time and can be tough targets. But after a couple hours and a dozen shots I finally managed to nail a pretty nice one. I couldn't believe it when I pulled him up and saw it was a Gila trout. He was bright sunset orange and yellow. What a hoot! I dressed him out immediately and buried him in ice. Battered and deep fried within 4 hours or so. Yuk man. I ate the skin and a big piece of meat just to say I ate it and fed the rest to the dog. He was a lot more fun to shoot than eat. The frog legs and catfish was excellent though so everyone was well fed. Thanks to my son. I spent the whole day getting a Gila trout and that was cool. But the toddler put the frog legs and catfish on the table. And he did it shooting (and fishing) off that kayak which is something I just can't get the hang of at all. So cheers to the offspring! He is a real fisherman!
  10. 6 points
    Wife and I took the Saturday morning tour at the 16 to 1 mine again. This tour included the famous "Ball Room". 2 miles round trip and it was stunning. Loading video to Youtube today.
  11. 6 points
    I sure respect that position Skip. I think we see it in much the same terms. We deal with it at opposite ends of the spectrum though. So here is my perspective on it... When I was a youngster just learning to hunt my father took me to a slaughter house where they were killing and butchering pigs. I saw what real horror was. Animals feel that every bit as keenly as humans do. Those pigs that were waiting knew exactly what was happening. They could see and hear it and they hunkered and trembled in fear often for hours before their death. There was no attempt to reduce pain or fear. I knew instinctively that if I ate that meat that I would be committing some sort of a minor "sin". What was happening was morally wrong. There was pain and horror of innocent animals at the hands of some humans which (I am told) are all in need of some salvation. All that bad stuff had to be going somewhere. I figured it was going into the bacon. I had already seen how they kill beef cattle and although it was not as bad it was still grim business. And half of the stuff they make from a cow is from parts that a hunter would leave in the field. I saw the stark contrast between a hunter harvesting an animal and how commercial meat was handled. I wanted to insure that my diet contained the least amount of terror, pain and horror as possible. So like everything else that has to be done right I had to do it myself. That is a big reason that I hunt. Most of the red meat that I eat comes from animals that don't even know they are dead yet. And most of the fish go to sleep in a box of ice. The guy that killed them loved and respected them. Their death was done ceremoniously, with honor and intent. Almost an act of worship in a holy place. They were not only food but the hunt made the hunter stronger and wiser. Each hunt is a spiritual and emotional journey as well as a physical one. And when I make a mistake and cause fear or pain I must see it. I must feel bad about it. I must walk and track until I get the job done or admit I cannot. I have to ask for forgiveness and make it right because I see the consequences of my actions as it is happening. And I try to learn from it. I figure that is just that much less crap I am going to have to deal with trying to get my heathen azz into heaven you know? My plan is to have a bunch of colorful fish and sleek deer at my judgement talking me up about what a groovy warrior I am. Otherwise I am afraid I will have a herd of horrified hogs hunkering in some awful nightmare situation witnessing for me. Just my two sheckles on it. https://nationaldeeralliance.com/presidents-blog/top-10-famous-quotes-for-deer-hunters A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than by a mob of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact." -Aldo Leopold
  12. 6 points
    Hey Guys!! I just released video 13 of my awesome Memorial Day Trip! I wish it was like this every time! Here is a direct link to watch it! Thanks for watching. let me know what you think Please!
  13. 6 points
    I finished the last few details on the engine today. I fabricated braces for the dual Mikuni carb set up. I also got the wiring harness made. Only 8 wires! 4 of those are CHT probes. I love an engine that only needs 4 wires to run! I also started the test stand today... I actually started it over a year ago and got sidetracked. I did however, dig it out of the pile today and haul it to the workbench. I'm doing something a little different with my test stand. I've figured out a way to incorporate a dynometer into the stand. That should prove helpful when fine tuning carb jets and timing. I can see torque measurements from a test run immediately.
  14. 6 points
    I purchased a GM1000 and it rebooted itself from time to time while using it. I contacted Minelab via email and got prompt replies with troubleshooting tips. After exhausting those I was told to send it back, being so new they would do a replacement. The day my detector arrived at their facility they shipped the new one. In the past I was lead to believe Minelabs customer service was lacking but that does not seem to be the case anymore. Thank you Minelabs!
  15. 5 points
    Hello all. My name is Spencer. I'm AllenJ's son. We've been prospecting for about 1.5 years now in the Butte County, CA area. It started with me purchasing a Gold Bug 2. My father and I went up to the French Creek area to test the detector out and after finding a bunch of shot, we were infected with the sickness and have dedicated most of our free time to prospecting since. I'm not able to get out as much as last year due to being in school again for the first time in 10 years, but since I'm only taking one summer course, we are able to get out about once a week. The attached picture is from one of our best trips out, if not the best trip, last summer. It was one heckuva day.
  16. 5 points
    here are a couple of realities to consider. Experience. Gold prospecting requires a command of a lot of disciplines. That takes time. It takes skill to make money at any job and gold prospecting is no different. That skill and experience comes with time invested. Without that experience there is no way you can break even much less make money. Location. Mineable earth that pays in gold value is rare. Any spots that have been found have been claimed and probably worked. You will need to find gold in gravel rich enough to recover $100 a day in a quantity to last you indefinitely. Otherwise you are going to have to find many good spots to work. That takes a lot of unpaid hours of searching and a bunch of knowledge. See the previous paragraph. I know a whole bunch of "independent miners" and I can tell you exactly zero of them can rub two nickels together. They only actually work a few days a year. The rest of their time is spent welding on some contraption or living in their head. Guys that come from a farming or mining background that have access to rich ground are the only folks that have a chance at independent placer mining. That is a rare situation that they are most likely born with. A guy that has years of experience at prospecting and knows a few good producing areas can make a profitable hobby from it. You have to love it and obsess on gold for years before you can go out and snap up the nuggets. You must live in an area that produces fantastic gold and have access to good ground. You must do your thing in secret or have sole access or someone else is going to work your spot too. If all that lines up you might make $100 a day for your time spent. Maybe. You can make a whole lot more cash a whole lot easier working at Wal Mart. Sometimes at Wal Mart a hot chick comes around with her boobies falling out. That don't happen when you are digging holes in the old hard ground. And your blisters don't split and bleed from collecting shopping carts either. So if you are after a hundred frogskins a day I would go to work at Wal Mart part time. You can prospect the cracks in the sidewalk at Wal Mart after work and make more than you can the first year combing the desert for gold.
  17. 5 points
    I too have been a victim Fred.... Got words for this, but family friendly forum and Skip would fire me
  18. 5 points
    Well, after praying, cussing and generally getting irritated...the blasted thing is on the coil. You are correct Bill, if the coil is not exactly lined up it will not go on. I finally lost patience with the process, took a very deep breath (not easy for me these days) and.... started rotating the cover until the cover practically fell onto the coil... Why did I not do that first??? If any one else is having this problem....good luck! ps I really thing minelab could provide some direction, especially to fools like me and Nubies. fred
  19. 5 points
    I wrangled an unsuspecting victim into helping today and got the engine mounted to the stand. It's looking like it will be ready to run by Saturday.
  20. 5 points
    Hello again everyone! I have just ordered my first metal detector! I'm very excited !! So i bet you all are wondering what i got... After many hours of research and with the help from you all, I decided to go with the Equinox 800 I also purchased the EQX 06 DD coil, i'm pretty sure that was a good idea to add it. It will be here Thursday
  21. 4 points
    From Pop Corn, the father of all jokes...……. Old Tom
  22. 4 points
    "Cool piece, / Artifact"....I also see that it is a fossil, as Tom indicated as well, but I, being familiar with Indian artifacts can also see that it had been used as a tool by an early-native Indian tribe that existed in the area where you found it. I have found many of these stones (although not made from a fossil, as this one is) that had been hand-crafted and utilized as a tool for their daily needs. This tool is an "arrow-shaft straightener", as can be seen by the straight grove / slot worn in it's one side (picture # 3). You might also note (picture # 4) that the opposite side of the grooved side of this fossil has been worn smooth,.......maybe because it had been fitted into the palm of a human's hand and griped tightly while the arrow shaft was being forced thru the groove on the other side,..like holding a wet stone in one hand and sharpening a knife, forcing it against that stone. I have found these arrow-shaft straighteners made of various stones down here in Arizona. Sometimes I would find one that had been started out to be one type of object, but got broken in the process, so who ever was hand-crafting at the time (instead of just throwing it away) would reshape (Re-purposing) the stone for a different purpose. Plus, considering that your stone has such interesting and geometric surface features, it may have been considered as a ceremonial piece as well, thus giving the arrow-shafts straightened-by- it a spiritual, or special significance for the hunter using those arrow-shafts; which, if "conceived and believed" by that hunter this would bring about a more successful hunt. ...........Sort of like conceiving, believing and picturing a gold nugget in your mind before you actually start detecting a particular likely spot,...Aye???????? Gary
  23. 4 points
    Bob, I found this carved stone poodle statue here where I live, it's right on the beach, so I know the Spanish landed here 500 years ago and searched all the area's beaches for gold deposits, I also know they found all of the gold deposits and mined them because they didn't leave a single gold deposit on any of the beaches, I have looked very hard and they are all gone!!
  24. 4 points
    Also meteorites cause fires, a heavy wool coat will keep you cool in the desert heat, laws don't apply to natives on native soil and the postmaster has the key to Kim Kardashian's chastity belt. Wisdom for the ages man. Pure wisdom.
  25. 4 points
    Interesting that you would quote me but not give credit. I will stand by what I wrote and grant you an education opportunity as a reply. These are not "Known Historical Facts". If you had actually continued your research you would know that Onate (the last conquistador) was prosecuted and convicted of lying in these records and for personally lying to the King about these discoveries. It is a famous and very well documented trial. He was convicted of 13 charges including murdering his second in command and two of his officers along with a few hundred Acoma natives. He was a very stabby guy and couldn't stand even a little criticism even when it came from his best friend and confidant - who he stabbed to death publicly. It was shown that Espejo had concocted his story also but his legacy was mostly excused because Onate based his defense on Espejo having lied. That really didn't matter to the court because Espejo didn't lie to the KING as Onate had and that was the worst crime under Spanish law - a much worse crime than getting all murder stab stab with his officers and friends. Onate was so disliked and distrusted by his expedition colonists that on one of the few occasions he left Santa Fe when he came back after two weeks 3/4 of his colonists and employees had grabbed their stuff and headed back home to northern Mexico. His expedition and his fortunes collapsed shortly thereafter at which point the KING signed a warrant for his arrest and trial. Onate lied to the KING about having a producing silver mine on the Hopi Mesas (there is NO mineralization in that formation). Onate lied to the KING about personally traveling west to reach the Southern Sea where he found pearls heaped upon the shore. Onate lied to the KING about the extent of the Kansas expeditions - leading to him ordering the murder of one of his officers who objected. As far as gold in the Sycamore? Never happened. I owned the gold tooth mine patent at the confluence of the Verde River and Sycamore Creek and lived there for more than a year in the '80s. I know Sycamore Canyon and all it's side canyons intimately from years of exploration. There are NO mineral deposits of any significance. Certainly no gold whatsoever. The flagstone quarry in Sycamore pass between Casner and Black mountain is the only mining that occurred in that area other than at the gold tooth. The gold tooth was not a gold mine. It was named for the little yellow/brown chert inclusions found in the fluorite deposit that was being mined to supply the smelter at Jerome - they resemble yellowed teeth if you use your imagination. The deposit at Jerome is a deeply folded volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit. The Spanish are very familiar with those deposits as they mine several world class deposits of that type in Spain. The central ore body at Jerome begins at the 1,600 foot level. There was a lot of gold found at and below that level. There is no free milling gold or silver near the surface. Some very oxidized copper minerals were exposed in a small patch above the many Jerome mines - you can still see that patch today if you can get permission to climb above the pit. That was the only surface exposure. "Ore"? Well sure if you are just dying to find something to report back so you can get more men and supplies. I've read Espejo's reports from this period and knowing the area well I can only conclude his reports were fantasy based on stories gleaned from natives he questioned in his travels. The simple fact he never provided any samples of his "rich ore" is more than suspicious in my mind particularly when combined with the fact that the deposits he "discovered" that Onate claimed to have mined never existed.
  26. 4 points
    I got the point. My intent was to illustrate one path to the objective - not the only one. Just prospecting as a single man is not a paying profession. Prospectors seek and miners remove what prospectors find. Prospecting without the skills involved in mining means you will have to sell your discoveries. To sell those discoveries you need a knowledge of, and credibility, in the industry of mining - my point. There are at least two prospectors on this forum who make a decent paycheck from the recurring payments received from the mining leases on their prospecting discoveries. Both of those individuals are trained professionals with degrees and practical experience in the industry. Both these individuals also nugget hunt. I doubt either one of them could even pay the grocery bill much less their mortgage, utilities, medical and transportation costs from the gold in hand they get by nugget hunting despite their education and years of experience. That doesn't mean it's impossible to do but if successful pros haven't been able to pull it off ... There are thousands of professional prospectors working all over the mining states in an industry that generates more than a billion dollars a year. They would be really puzzled by any implication they aren't prospectors or that they work for the big mining companies. These guys and gals actually hike into rugged areas to work long hours in the desert and snow. When not researching potential prospects their working days are spent in the field. They, virtually to the person, love that aspect of their profession. Their job involves real boots on the ground prospecting and not a one of them would consider wearing cowboy boots or Italian shoes while they do their work. Very few of them are dickheads but feel free to call them out on that and see just how tough real professional full time prospectors are. In my profession we deal with a lot of these 2-8 man companies. I think every one of them would tell you that without a real working knowledge of the industry and some intense education and research you can't survive as a prospector in today's world. Sniffing around for nuggets is a great pastime but it doesn't consistently pay the bills. If you are only prospecting for gold you will walk right over valuable prospects for other metals and minerals that could pay your bills while you look for the next nugget. Don't worry though, while you may miss the easy payoff there will be a professional right behind you to prospect, claim, explore and lease those minerals so they can continue paying their bills while prospecting for their next payout. Prospecting is just one of the skilled jobs in the mining industry. Mining (including prospecting) has been an industry for all of recorded history. Little has changed over that history because like most real professions what actually works doesn't change much over time. Trying to go against the flow of what actually works in mining would be akin to deciding, as an electrician, that the 50 amp leg you are putting in will be fine supported by a 16 gauge solid aluminum wire. You just can't fool mother nature - the real world will always come back to smack you into sense if you survive your hubris. Mining is a well developed group of professional jobs that work together to bring metals and minerals to market at a profit. Even the smallest prospector will eventually have to engage other members of the mining profession if only to take advantage of the existing market structure and quality assurance (assays). A real paying gold strike of any size is going to require either employees or partners to get the gold out and turn it into money. Just wandering between nugget patches hoping the next patch will feed you long enough is a tough row to hoe. I already wrote that didn't I? Seems to be a recurring theme over the last few thousand years. A prospector who doesn't think they belong in the mining industry will have to find another profession. Prospecting has been an integral and essential part of the mining business since day one. Pretending you can work outside the industry while hoping to make a living without the education and knowledge to be gained from thousands of years is a formula for failure. I tried to suggest one way to gain the knowledge and experience you will need while transitioning from electrician to full time prospector. I'm sure other professionals can add some real working knowledge of how that might be successfully accomplished. All personal opinions and sartorial suggestions are also welcome.
  27. 4 points
    We all understand your past…that's a huge reason why we are all here - to evade dickheads in cowboy boots and Italian shoes.
  28. 4 points
    Electrician, If you are an electrician, I have buddys out here in Las Vegas that are electricians, making $35-40 an hour..... I dont know a fully qualified electrician making under $20 an hour.... I would go that route, than $100 a day...
  29. 4 points
    Most BLM that changes hands is a result of a land swap. They give up some land in exchange for access somewhere else. At least that is the way it goes in New Mexico. There is a pretty strict set of guidelines about that. You have to be pretty important to game that system. BLM land just does not change hands unless there is justification of some sort and it goes through a swap process. If BLM is turning into State Trust then there are probably some acres of State Trust or private land that is creating access to some BLM or National Forest somewhere. There are public records of that stuff and the local BLM office will be able to tell you all about it. Land changing hands is a fairly big deal and there is always opposition by concerned groups and individuals. So opinions are easy to come by on both sides. Clay is bound to chime in to tell us all exactly how it happened. He is the expert on this kind of thing but is slow to respond until he can correct someone. That is where I come in. I have offered a generalized opinion with only a little experience in the subject. This should put just enough red meat in the water to get Clay to come in and tell us what is happening on the Hassayampa.
  30. 4 points
    I would recommend the Sierra Club or the Wild Earth Guardians. They have a lot better claims than the GPAA and you get a sweet backpack with a $50 membership.
  31. 4 points
    The rainy season here in central Brazil is over now and the big fires have started. Yesterday I turned off the pavement onto the dirt road that runs about 10 miles down the middle of the valley that has produced much gold in many years. Then after about four miles I saw a big black cloud of smoke start up so I turned around at the first gated road entrance. Within seconds I saw red flashing lights coming up behind me, yep the police were watching the road. They asked why I was running from them, I said i was running away from the smoke so I couldn't be accused of starting the fire. They said have a good day and waved me on. WHEW! Could have been different if they had seen my detecting equipment stored out of sight.
  32. 4 points
    Here is a better video that Bill shot.
  33. 4 points
    Went fishing at Cottonwood Cove. I got 2 , but lost a couple , my Girl Friend got 2...This is the big one. No Scale...
  34. 4 points
    Rattlesnake Jim or snakejim here. Been a few years since I was on this forum. Just signed up yesterday! It's neat to see the folks that I knew long ago are still around. Best wishes to you folks!
  35. 4 points
  36. 4 points
    I do not agree with the title , I always have a hard time finding gold Nice pieces !
  37. 4 points
    Hohokam Rock Maze Update, Sunday, I went back out to the Hohokam Rock Maze site, specifically, to follow the weak rock line trail northwest to the larger wash to see if there is anything there and to explore the full site further, to count rocks per major site, tape measure, GPS, and photograph. I followed the rock line to what I had thought would be a weak path with the rock line intermittently alternating sides. However, the rock line became indiscernible with no visible trail between the possible two sides after the initial rock line ended. I still followed it to the wash only to discover that the wash was a dense basalt boulder field and could not be easily used as a trail. There was nothing constructed, nor would there have been a reason to mark that location. The trail-to-wash theory is debunked. Returning, I tape measured the maze at 22 ft x 14.5 ft with 142 rocks. The rock line had 260 rocks with a possible far spaced continuation northwest totaling about 300 rocks. I surveyed the entire area and discovered it is about double the size I had originally estimated extending further east, northeast, and a little more south. None of the features are orientated in cardinal directions. I identified eleven different types of rock patterns. They are: the rock line, the maze, the parallel boulder ridges, the boulder centered ring, the steeple, the rainbow sickle, the spiral star, the U, the doughnut ring, the stacked cluster, and the pile. Most are not very geometrically symmetrical. Only the steeple, the U, the spiral star and the pile are repeated. The others occur only once. For some reason I found only one potsherd at the majority of groupings, at a couple I found two or three. There was no single concentration of potsherds discovered to identify a source. The large basalt rock ring with the ground flat center was measured with one spiral counterclockwise tail coming off it at 19 ft full width with the main ring at 13 ft in diameter. I noticed that this ring was situated on a limestone flat rock base indicating that it would be very difficult to put anything inside the widest part of the ring, like a burial. The limestone flat rock base meant that one could not dig at all leaving the depth at the greatest point at no more than 1 ft. All the rock groupings, under closer examination, seemed less likely to be burial sites. The interpretation remains open. About two potsherds were found at the doughnut ring. The 1350 ft~ rock line is not evenly spaced, all that straight, nor evenly sized. It is most concentrated near the maze with a short, dense second parallel line about 13 ft south. About three potsherds were found, including a 1 in x 1 in rim piece at the very northwest main end. Seven feet south of the main end rock there is a distinctive large boulder surrounded by a ring of smaller stones. In the southeast a large, full rainbow sickle feature about 19 ft in half diameter with an extension connected to the end of the 8 ft sickle ended at a large boulder 19 ft away. The rainbow with sickle feature half of the design is quite striking and very symmetrical. The rainbow is a precise half circle with the rainbow itself of even width concentration of basalt rocks. The sickle stem is a symmetric single rock line. This part of the feature looks similar to a stem to half circle stand of a modern globe laid flat. The remaining half is jumbled line grouping with a weak, small, partial reverse possible quarter circle terminating in the large end boulder that is broken in several pieces. The total feature has 118 rocks. The parallel boulder ridges run 75 ft and 90 ft respectively down the slight alluvial fan rise, are each about 4 ft wide of single layer basalt rocks with a 28 ft wide cleared of boulders field between. Note that 75 ft east ridge starts further south and the 90 ft west ridge ends further north. One potsherd on each boulder ridge were found. The spiral star, steeple, and the U were all repeated. All star groupings were counter clockwise with up to four rough arms at right angles to each other, several, though, had no discernible spiral. The steeple groupings were very geometric and single layer concentrated, 4 ft to 6 ft in length with the groupings coming to a point on one end. These looked most like burial sites. These were intermingled near the U groupings which had the centers mostly cleared. They were not aligned with each other. Most of the smaller groupings did not have any potsherds. The stacked clusters and piles of rocks showed no pattern. The stacked clusters were small with only one or two rocks on top of another composed of four to six rocks total. The piles were only rocks together one layer high about 5 ft to 7 ft across. My cell phone memo and gallery hold all of the pics, GPS coordinates, and contemporary notes. I have also discerned that the 1 in square short pegs about 3/4 mile south running WNW to ESE were boundary survey markers matching the direction and location of one part of the north end of Table Top Mountain Preserve. On my next visit I will take my drone camera to get a better perspective of the rock groupings. There are no signs of this site ever being disturbed or recognized by western peoples. This site needs to be formally explored to learn of its cultural teachings. Cheers! billpeters
  38. 4 points
    Yay! Motorhome sold! Cheers, Unc
  39. 4 points
    Hey Everyone, I have had multiple people ask me to post the video of the big nugget separately. Here it is!
  40. 4 points
    How are a Texas tornado and a Oklahoma divorce the same? Somebody's Gonna Lose A Trailer
  41. 4 points
    My face is turning red. Thank you for the praise. It's easy to teach what you love.
  42. 4 points
    Most of our generation of 60+ were HOME-SCHOOLED in many ways. 1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning." 2. My mother taught me RELIGION. "You better pray that will come out of the carpet." 3. My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL. "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!" 4. My father taught me LOGIC. " Because I said so, that's why ." 5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC . "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me." 6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT. "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident." 7. My father taught me IRONY. "Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about." 8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS. "Shut your mouth and eat your supper." 9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM. "Just you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!" 10. My mother taught me about STAMINA. "You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone." 11. My mother taught me about WEATHER. "This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it." 12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY. "If I told you once, I've told you a million times, don't exaggerate!" 13. My father taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE. "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out..." 14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION . "Stop acting like your father!" 15. My mother taught me about ENVY. "There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do." 16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION. "Just wait until we get home." 17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING. "You are going to get it from your father when you get home!" 18 . My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE. "If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way." 19. My mother taught me ESP. "Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?" 20. My father taught me HUMOR. "When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me." 21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT. "If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up." 22. My mother taught me GENETICS. "You're just like your father." 23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS. "Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?" 24. My mother taught me WISDOM. "When you get to be my age, you'll understand. 25. My father taught me about JUSTICE . "One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!" This should only be sent to the over 60 crowd because the younger ones would not believe we truly were told these "EXACT" words by our parents.
  43. 3 points
  44. 3 points
  45. 3 points
    So im not sure about the mines there Bob, but here 99% of the shift's are a 5-4 schedule. Meaning you rotate between working 5 days on then 4 days off. Then 4 days on and 5 days off. I work Tuesday through Friday and am hourly. The salary folks work Monday through Thursday. The work is as steady as you would ever want and you can do all the OT you want or just work your schedule. The only people around here that work crazy days in a row are exploration companies. Even then the mines are starting to limit their exposure hours "time worked" for safety reasons. There are regular hourly employees that clear 6 digits a year and have 5 days off at a time to play and spend time with the family. Thats only working half a month. Heck even the lower end employees clear $80,000 a year. It is the best industry i have ever been in and I've been at it for almost 13 years now. I have friends that have 4 to 6 years of college and they get what the mining industry pays its entry level folks. It is hard to beat. I wish i could work the hills with my boys and bring in what i make now. Talk about a dream job.
  46. 3 points
    Dude that is rough, especially for a skilled trade like that. I work for the mining industry in northern Nevada and the electricians are the highest paid on the mine sites. Im talking 38 to 45 bucks an hour for a 12.5 hr day. Thats some good pay! Might be worth looking into for ya.
  47. 3 points
  48. 3 points
    Hey Guys, After watching your videos of finding all those pickers I got to wondering. Have you taken any of that dirt you are digging out of those cracks and crevices home to pan???? You could be leaving behind lots of fine gold. If I were you, I would check out that dirt. Just a thought. Cheers
  49. 3 points
    Dave when you get the engine mounted on the stand and running you gonna have to shoot a video and post it, photos just won't do it for us at that point!!!
  50. 3 points
    LEST WE FORGET: Today let us pause, remember, and honor the fallen who gave their all in the service of this great nation. Semper Fi, Mac
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