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  1. Not the best find but surely the oddest. I was out in the woods in an old tertiary river bed, beeping for gold when I got a solid non ferrous signal. To say I was excited would be an understatement. Got to digging feverishly, only to find a pristine bronze plumb bob, which I think is filled with mercury. How it got way out there, I'll never know.
  2. Yes, we could also impact many state Mary Jane laws. Seeing as Marijuana Possession and use it is still a FEDERAL offense, if Federal law trumps State law, all the New legalization laws might be endangered.
  3. Looks like a fine example of a Native American Fishing weight. Due to the size, it was probably used on a net system. A bit big for a single line type fishing. Where did you find that? That's a great find.
  4. I am amazed at how some of you guys took my post. It was not meant to a heartless grab at others misfortune. No where did I remotely say that all the folks homes and property loss was a "GOOD thing" , as was suggested. It is sad and like was said it will be years before they get back to normal if they ever do. Some may be ruined for ever and never be able to rebuild. It was a terrible fire, as was the Valley fire. My heart does go out to all those effected. Never said anything about that. I was just mentioning that a lot of FOREST, not homes, was going to be accessible in the up coming years. And yes of course a lot of it is private property, just as it was before the fire. That has not changed. And I also know just like the fire up in last chance, It will be at least next year before anyone will be let in. They have a lot of remedial repairs and controls that need to be put into place. NONE of which would have been any different due to me BTW. It happened. So I guess you guys can just keep on whipping this dead horse, as I never said most of what I was accused of. We had a 60,000 acre fire here near my place this year. Some people lost property. A lot of ground was burned. The deer hunters were glad to see it burn, as it opens up a ton of places that were before the burn, totally un huntable. But the Deer hunters were not glad that people lost property and buildings. As a retired Firefighter, I keep a VERY robust fire clear area around my place. I would not have any issue staying out a fire at my place. Some folks though do not take clearing their property's very seriously. One of my neighbors had 4 foot weeds right up to his wall all summer long. It looks to me like he was hoping it would burn, by the way he did nothing to protect it. I even wonder if insurance would even pay him if it burned. People need to be very aggressive when they live in the urban interface. You cannot have anything flammable around your homes and buildings, and that includes pine trees, needles leave in the gutters and wooden mulch around trees and walkways. They are all very very flammable. Now before you guys flame me some more, I am in no way saying that anyone who lost their place in these fires did not have adequate fire clearings. Lets make that clear. I am just noting that some of MY neighbors do not take it seriously enough, even after having such a close call as we did this year and I know that as a Firefighter, the crews look at the homes and decide if it is defendable or not. (yes there are rules and protocol as what to look for and how to grade the property) In the case of the guy with weeds right up to his wall. The Fire Department would drive right by, and protect a more reasonably protectable property. Egress is another show stopper. You might have good clearance around your property structures, but if your driveway does not allow for the firefighters a safe exit in case of being over run, they will not protect that property. These are tough choices that Firefighter have to make, and make in a real hurry. OK, let the beatings resume. BTW any one want to buy my 2.5 Kenne Dredge? Looks like we are dead from this water permit requirement they just threw at us this week. If I don't find a buyer, I plan on making it into a floating fire pump to put in my pool and fight off fires in the event they come my way again. Once again when given lemons, make lemonade.
  5. My feeling is the fire is started, homes and property will be lost no matter what I do. that's just the facts of fire life. I didn't start it, nor will I put it out.(that was a life along time ago.) But there is no reason to not use the newly cleared areas to detect, once it gets burned. Seems like a no brainer to me. As some may say, "when given lemons, why not make lemon aide?"
  6. It is worrisome to me about the encroachment from the lefties, who are hell bent on stopping all mining activities EVERYWHERE in this country. Can the fishermen be far behind? They after all, pollute with lead all the time and have so far been missed by the left, mostly because a lot of them are lefties, therefore it is OK.
  7. "the cost"? What cost? The cost to put it out? That has got to be paid no matter what, just looking to take advantage of a rare moment of clear ground to beep new ground. It is not used for any other purpose, so why not strike while I can. It is rare to see so much country opened up for access in Commifornia. So I plan on using this to my utmost advantage. This is rich ground where this fire is. Just was impassable before. My biggest issue is figuring out who owns what.
  8. I am thinking this huge fire is going to open up a huge amount of areas to detect, right in the heart of gold country that were before completely un searchable due to excess brush and poison oak. Looking forward to getting out and hitting some un searched dirt. Who knows, might even find a nice gold outcropping.
  9. It is my initials, but I would never deface something like that. Looks like old indian marks to me, or even earlier and who ever did it, ruined it for the most part.
  10. This is one of those places that I was talking about thw other day. It was a town, not BLM land at that point. So now someone had to have had bought the property on which you could build your home. So now, years later, BLM is claiming all that property back as if it was not owned by anyone. Some one legally bought those parcels. Why does BLM get to take it back? It belongs to someone, allthough, the original owners are long since past on, it still belongs to the decedants of who ever bought it. How can BLM take it all over again, when it was once a real town, and not BLM anymore. I smell a land grab here.
  11. We had better just stop drilling today.. No need for it any longer. No more smells, no more earthquakes. No more nothing. It's all frackings fault. Not a pun BTW Just ride your bicycle to work, oh wait.... The tires are made out of petroleum products. So never mind, just walk. But wait... your soles of the shoes your wearing are made from petroleum products, so you better go bare foot on the road. Oh hold on, the road is ALSO made of petroleum products, so you better stop using that as well. So is your car, your house and every other frigging thing in your little myopic world!! Oh yea. that gold pan, yup made from oil. Better get rid of it. Funny they have been doing it for decades, but now that "WE" know about it, it is the cause celbre for every friggin misfortune to ever hit humanity. Before long they will be blaming auto accidents on fracking. Just because some one says they got sick on water, don't jump right to fracking as the cause. A lot of places have bad water to start with, Life style also make you sick and don't forget those who just want some free money. Fracking is not a cause for worry, other wise we would have seen it many decades ago. It is simply the most recent term sheeople like to jump on and blame everything on.
  12. I agree. This is what it is. Very beautiful by any means.
  13. That PDF link doesn't work for me. tried calling a few times.. Give me a jingle back Thanks
  14. I guess I am not experienced enough yet. The sounds that I pass on, I can hear well without phones if I dug every sound I heard I'd would never get anywhere. but I guess I need to try them out some. Still on the fence they are hot.. never had an issue with wind I can hear the damned machine clearly. Wearing headphones certainly makes the sound clearer, but I really can hear that same sound without them unless there were out side sounds that would hinder my hearing? Just not getting it yet I guess. When your in the forest and a tree falls, is the man still wrong? LOL
  15. I have worked with a few folks who insist that headphones are the only way to go. Tey wear thwm all th time for every hunt. I never use them, mostly because I live in rattlesnake country and want to hear them when they are telling me to stay away. I also don't work much in noisy areas I can understand using them in parks or near roads, but out in the woods, I find no need, and I think I am hearing every sound. So what's the deal with headphone use while detecting, what will I miss by not wearing them besides the snake bite on my ankles.
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