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  1. 8 points
    A lot of 1st for me this weekend. I had a suprise trip sprung on me due to my wife’s late work day on Friday. We were due for Vegas and I was not going to sit in traffic so I said well I guess you can fly there and I’ll pick you up🤗. She said that’s what I was thinking maybe you can go gold hunting somewhere 🤗🤗🤗🙏. So I took off at 3am on the road. I didn’t sleep much due to my excitement. So excited I got pulled over going 73 in a 55. I won’t disclose the agency but let’s just say I guess I’m in his system for being an armed fire investigator so he told me to slow down. No ticket given (nugget #1 for the day. I had a plan and stuck to it. No reception so I relied on google image pictures I took before the trip to know how to navigate. It was super foggy at 7am so much I drove into the thickness of it way back in the hills. I stretched my legs and back from the drive and hit the trail. 3 hours of swigging and hiking with nothing to show. I then hit a friends old patch thinking you can’t get it all but he may have. Nice work Chris. I then didn’t have a plan and needed to pick up the wife by 7:15p. I don’t get out a ton and certainly not here so one energy drink down and round 2. I hit some similar looking ground as my friends patch. Sort of a desert pavement mixed with a chunky broken caliche chunks. No dice. I got lost coming out and made my own road. Thank God for Jeeps! I then with low spirits hit a wash way up in the hills by some old mining activity. My first target was a totally knarly screamer which made sense after I uncovered a hash pipe. My second target was a small specimen which I yelled out loud because I actually found gold. I could pack up right then and be happy. I then got another sweet mellow hit in the middle of the wash. After getting to bedrock I could recover a target. I then split the bedrock with my pick and screw driver to get a nice thick boot tack. Onward to 2 other targets which were gold and bullet casings and can fragments. Well my 1st gold in Nevada, 1st specimen gold, 1st over an ounce nugget (specimen), 1st finding a wet stack of dynamite 🧨 next to a hard rock drilled vein, 1st getting out of a ticket in another state🤷🏼‍♂️. So I haven’t done a specific gravity test but may I join the 1 ounce club😳. This thing feels heavy. Anyway thanks for sharing my day. Brownie
  2. 4 points
    Got in a couple of hours near Bumble Bee before I have to head out of town for the week. It wasn't a skunk but it sure felt like one after digging more bird shot then I usually do. My back was even getting sore from all those heavy bird shot. I considered using a quarter for scale to make it look smaller.
  3. 1 point
    I've found that gold nuggets, no matter what size they are. . . helps the back ache go away. . .
  4. 1 point
    Beautiful pieces!! Like stated above. . . I'd make it a point to go back and check the wash from top-2-bottom Congrats!!!
  5. 1 point
    Are you sure there's not a patch there, and those where just "sitting-ducks" ??????? If the spot (area) looks like the quartz specimen, you might want to punch down a bit deeper next time. There's bound to be a source somewhere around there. Gary
  6. 1 point
    Old tech still finding nuggets .136 of a gram from yesterday
  7. 1 point
    Correct: Schorl Tourmaline
  8. 1 point
    Indeed. If you have a leaky gasket or a gap that causes it to suck a stream of air it will puddle a spot in your stove. I had a leaky window gasket that melted a piece of my stove when a juniper log rolled up against it. It gets wicked hot in a steady stream of air.
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    A juniper fire and the blower from your drywasher works great. Getting the right amount of glass, salt and borax to keep it all from sticking to the crucible and not boiling over is the trick.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 1 point
    Slam some beers and watch this.
  14. 1 point
    Borax is a lovely O2-keeper-awayer for forge welding. It might work for your smelting, too. Don't use the kind with detergents added, but rather pure sodium borate or maybe one of its kissing cousins, (di)sodium tetraborate.
  15. 1 point
    Big time what Tom H. and Mike C. said...... new used or inbetween
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    https://thepetroglyph.com/friends-of-cedar-mesa-caught-closing-county-road-illegally-177b6b0d3a1f?fbclid=IwAR3FOLn9QY4dcZSKMB0CtnYAGQeVRMwPQ_AHgJFL-uhJ4uFCH0DIxkFkcQQ
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