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  1. Dang, that boulder-bend looks somewhat like one of mine,....I can tell right off, you need some help moving some of those boulders to get down to the goodies. Wonder just how deep bedrock is under those boulders????
  2. That is true,...and as an experience, I am thankful for that fact;......I was down running some concentrates down around Greaterville about 15 years ago years on a winters day (it was cold, windy, overcast and just not that much fun being out). I had just set up my recirculating sluice up on a ridge about 12 ft above the wash and had brought my tools and a five gallon bucket down 3 to 4 ft below it on a rock ledge. Encountering a rattlesnake was the farthest thing on my mind considering how cold it was out. So I kneeled down and worked some of the material out of the bank; filled the bucket, and took it up on the ridge to run it thru the recirculating system. After running the material, back down on the ledge I scampered. I had just got myself comfortable kneeling on my knees and started poking at the bank material to loosen it. When I had gotten some loosed I went to adjust the bucket on my right side so that I could shovel into it. It was then that I caught a "glimpse" of something small and circular that caught my eye laying right next to my right boot. Upon looking closer at this object I was shocked to realize that it was a black-colored rattlesnake ( a small one -about a foot lone) that was laying there coiled up right next to ( within about an inch) my foot. It's head was pointing right towards my right leg. I instantly jumped back as a reaction, and almost fell off of the ledge. When I regained my composure I went back up and saw that it hadn't moved,... what I also realized was that it had been there when I initially kneeled down on the ledge the first time,..so, It could have tagged me during the time when I filled the first bucket, or when I came back down to fill the second one. I really don't know how I kept from stepping on it either time???? The snake was obviously too cold to move, as it was very stiff and sluggish when I picked it up. I took a couple of sticks and wedged up underneath it and carefully place it into a large mason jar that I had, and put the lid on real good,...........it was "show-n-tell" time. I took it home to show my wife and she almost freeked-out ( it had warmed up and was very active). Then the next day I took it into work to show my boss.....I said: "look what I found yesterday", as I slid the snake-filled jar across his empty desk to see what kind of reaction I would get. He jumped back and almost had a heart attack . I never could convince him go out into the hills with me after that ( funny how that happens). I kept the rattler in that jar until the next weekend and took it back out where I had found it and let it go in a ledge that went deeper into the mountain. Yep, there out there even in colder months. I walked up "behind" this one down in the lower desert last November. It had curled up in a small hole and was just laying there asleep!!!!! I went on up the wash for about an hour or so detecting, came back, and it was still there, So I took these photos of it, and just let it sleep. Gary
  3. I need to get me a "couple" of those Tom,......all of my old ones have become very-skunkey Of-late,........O well, just keep searching new ground. Gary
  4. Hey adam,..... I think his question was directed toward the wreck that I found,...And I think that was some kind of a Dodge ???
  5. "Aha",... Does Not look that bad to me,.....I'll bet that if you where to dig down and out about 3-4 ft and follow that juice-looking bedrock you would be in Gold-Heaven. Give me an invite,...I'll help ya dig it out.....This picture is worth a thousand words,..and maybe that many nuggets!?!? Gary
  6. Hey Tom,....That's a pretty Tight-Fit there, especially with gravity forcing you right down into it. Did you ever drag it, or "comealong" it out of the way??? I love the looks of that bedrock. Gary
  7. Well, .....has anyone out there "Lost" one of these since the last monsoon season???? I was working (literally) my way down a very rouged gorge today that dropped down into the main wash. About every 50 ft or so the gradient dropped (via rock water falls) down 15-20 ft or so making it very sketchy going to work my way down them. I had made it down the gorge about a mile and thought a couple of times that I would have to turn around and head back up the wash for not being able to make it any further. I had just made it past a rough spot and looked down stream to see what I would be facing next, when I spotted something large and metal-looking,...like a camper or something?????? I could not imagine anyone having a camper or any type of vehicle down this far in this rough gorge!?!? I was a-gas to see this vehicle blocking the wash ;........it was as though someone had airlifted it and just dropped it there, as there are no roads anywhere for a mile or so in any direction, the wash continues to drop extremely even down stream of it, and there was no way of driving it upstream to where it was lodged.???? All four tires and the spare (All teran's) where on the vehicle, the engine and drive train where there too. Ya never know what you might run across when your hiking out in the desert!?!!? Gary
  8. Your'e just trying to fool us,.....that's just an unpeeled Idaho potato
  9. Gold machines have screens??????? .....Since When??????....Neither one of my gold machines have screens?!?!?!!?..............How come my gold machines don't have screens??????? I know,..... because I have learned to listen to the signal tones,...........I don't need no "stink'n" screen on my machine to find gold..... Didn't have, nor need a screen on my machine to find these:.................................Duck Tape over and Get away from that screen and become familiar with the signal-tones that your detector is sending you. Gary
  10. Kyle, as an example of my "crow theory" I was hiking up on one of three extinct volcano's over here in northern Arizona searching for an old Indian ruin that I had found when I was a kid many years before. I was almost to the top of the middle volcano, way up in the thick pines when I stopped to catch my breath for the remaining hike uphill when I looked down and saw something "pink" in a small bush just uphill from where I had stopped???? I thought: "what-the-heck-is-that"???? Upon reaching it I discovered that it was a "pink women's pro golf ball"?????????? What the heck was it doing way up on the side of an extinct volcano out in the thick forest????? It baffled me for some time, until I mentioned it to a friend who said that he had seen crows pick up golf balls and fly off with them. So, I think some crow determined that that pink golf ball was food and was taking it back to it's nest. There are "other" birds that collect bright, sparkly objects to adorn their nests to impress a prospective female mate as well. I look on the "One nugget spot" as a geological mishap more than a crow incident. Gary
  11. WOW Bill,.... Now that's COOOOOOL !!! Out of all of the washes that I have hunted over the years that where heavy in magnetite I have yet to find a clump of magnetite with gold within it. I have found many gold nuggets that contain magnetite granules (and stained quartz) within the crevices of those nuggets though. A wash that is heavily laden'd with magnetite has always been a good indicator (for me anyway).
  12. Hello Kyle,.......Not trying to rain on your parade or anything, BUT, over the years of detecting I have come across "More-than-One" area where I have gotten excited after finding One Nugget,...gone back time and time again searching for more, but was only able to snag that ONE NUGGET,....JUST ONE-NUGGET-ONLY?????!!!!! These "ONE-NUGGET-SPOTS" are hard to explain (or Reason why???) yet they do exist. I have gone back to these spots over the years using different detectors, ..different-sized coils,..different reasoning and logic as to where that One Nugget came from, and WHY where there no others around??....I have searched up on a hillside, on a slope, .upstream, etc., etc., etc. you name it. Did it come from out of a quartz stringer?,.. out of an outcrop of exposed bedrock?,... out of an outcropping of boulders???................"OR",... maybe a crow flew over at some time in the past and pooped that one nugget out, right where you found it ..(ya know crows are attracted to bright and shiney objects). At any rate, these spots do exist to confound us, and sometimes the geology is such that just one nugget is uncovered ,................maybe the others are 20 ft. deep right under where you found that one?????????????? Happy Hunting. Gary
  13. "Rake" ? !?,...Rake you say!!, ...I don't use no "stink'n rake"????? Lets see ya "rake" these ....
  14. "WOW" Luke,.... That was quite the day Indeed!! I like the looks of the bedrock too; ...a bit smoothed, ...but deep enough crevices to catch and stop the gold. Kind of makes your imagination wonder as to what might be down under the overburdened areas as well.... As rough as those specimens are, you got to be fairly close to the source That aught to keep you busy going into next year. Gary
  15. Do any of you on this forum that know him have a contact phone number for him??? Have any of you gone detecting with him in the past who may have a phone number to reach him by??? Hey Bill,..or Rob Allison,.. or Chris Gholson>>>>> have any of you sold him a coil, or detector in the past where you may have a record of the sale, which may have his mail address and phone number, or email address?????? There should be "Someone" out there who has communicated with him (PM'D) him in the past who may have gotten his phone number to meet up with him for some reason?????????????? Gary
  16. "I will Most Definitely AGREE with adam's statement above!!!" I wouldn't sell mine even for the price that I paid for it (brand New) back in 2005, as it has paid for itself in Gold at least 3-times over,.... and continues to. Good Choice,....You won't be sorry. Gary
  17. "THANKS" Mitchel, Swamp, and Bedrock Bob for your research and explanations regarding this constant. I think you all arrived at pretty much the same conclusion when you said that it was: a percentage that allows for other metals ( percent of purity, or "approximate percentage of gold") , and / or a "pretty good estimate" to use in place of doing more specific, yet more labor intensive math calculations. I now am "ENLIGHTENED" regarding the constant, 25.97 and it's significance in the calculation. Although I don't know when I would ever use this calculation as none of the nuggets that I have ever found are specimens from where I hunt. And when I price and sell my nuggets I usually sell above spot,....or I don't sell at all. Thanks Again, Gary
  18. UUUPPPSSSS, You are Right,.......................But Why is there a "constant" of 25.97 ..."DIVIDED".... into 30.1?????? Where did that number come from, ...why isn't it 25.98, 99, or 26.00 etc., etc, etc????? Is this a grab-bag number for the day?????
  19. When you are subtracting 25.97 from 30.1 what does the 25.97 represent??? to arrive at the oz gold????
  20. Nice little nugget there;........"Gold-is-Gold !!",.........it's just too bad that we who swing a detector have to clean up the hills from all the "irresponsible-"Yahoos"" who take it upon themselves to shoot at everything that "is visible" to them (moving or non). It is definitely a cherished-wash (location) that has no metal trash, lead, buckshot, birdshot, etc., and where any signal that you do get is a nugget,.... and you know it. Gary
  21. 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
  22. Alright Luke!!!!!!......Happy Birthday Nuggets..... Glad you are still able to find some on a few of your old patches. I have resorted to hitting new grounds of-late. It's just a darn shame that a given patch can't produce and reproduce like a fruit tree each and every year;... with a "bonus-bumper-crop" on occasion.........I think I remember finding that same shot gun shell while I was out a few weeks ago and decided to leave it and those nuggets out there, as I figured you must have a birthday coming up eventually!?! Gary
  23. WELL,.. "THANKS" for all you're comments "fellow-detector-dudes !!" I consider any day a Great Day when I can walk away with at least one one-gram-nugget for my efforts that day, as they appear to be becoming few and far between these days. So I was delighted to say the least to get just under 5 grams with those three larger nuggets that day. "So the Hunt Continues,....."
  24. 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.
  25. " PISTACHIO! ! ! ",......O-O-o-o-p-s, I mean "SOLD ! !"
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