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    At sea aboard ROYALISTE, or beached on dryland...either will do, just so long as it's not 'hangin' from the gibbet
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    Sailing, prospecting, reenacting, and the usual gammut of stuff that interests old farts..........

    fulltime rving

    As a 'homie' from South Dakota, you should all know that the mail services that some are used to using for registration are going to have a tough time of it for actual non residents starting this year....Drivers licensing, registrations,etc. are going to need two pieces of ID, two letters mailed to your physical address, and a few more little goodies to happen..New changes mandated in Pierre....Seems there are some inaccuracies in many areas due to non residents and the impact on public utilities, surveys, schools, etc....Best check with your phoney mail drops soon ( I haven't a clue how they are going to enforce these changes, but..).....Gary
  2. Ahoy, mateys............


    Az Mine and Mineral Museum NUGGETS

    Jeesh!..Can you spell 'paranoid'??.....If you are a well armed citizen, what's the fuss??....If one is afraid of all the misfits of society, they don't care about your name to rob, mug, or murder you..reverse search engines will work with almost any kind of input data..address, phone, etc...

    Gold in Yuma Area ????

    Herb, Thanks for the repy, but it's another fella looking; I was just making a joke on a typo between 'public', and 'pubic'....But I'm sure he'll see it.....Gary

    Gold in Yuma Area ????

    Well, Let ME know on any areas open to the 'pubic', (sorry,man, I just couldn't resist some humor on the typo!)....Castle Dome Mountains are interesting, but the Kofa Wilderness area is there, so it's sorta hit and miss.. Delos Tooele's book, 'Where to find gold in Arizona' has a few other suggestions..Biggest problem I see in that area is all of the land controlled by the military. Perhaps a true resident there will chime in for some suggestions....Good luck and happy hunting, regardless.....Gary

    Beginning of the End of Idaho Dredging

    I gave them my opinion without an accompanying rant. I stated my rights under various mining acts, but focused on the unfair burden imposed on actual small miners by the distance limitation. Many claims in the area where mine reside have very limited amounts of creek access; several hundered feet at best...SInce the bulk of said proposal has a 'first come first served' tone, thosee with the most monies and free time can access first, prohhibiting others from using their claim. In a specific instance applying to myself, some tourist can use a GPAA claim near me, and by the 800 foot rule, I'd be unable to dredge my own claim...Not fair to he who pays the required assessments....And on my remote claim, someone up or downstream would have the same affect..I also pointed out that there are no fish spawning on my claims, (just mosquito's,eh?)

    Beginning of the End of Idaho Dredging

    An old raising gang foreman when I was a young steel erector once told me, " If 'if's' and 'buts' were candy and nuts, then we'd all have a Christmas party!"....This is a proposal at this stage...N. Idaho is the location of my claims, and I am concerned. That said, I've fired off heads up notices to several who sell equipment and claims in the area, hoping to see a show of public disdain for this measure. Time WILL tell, though...nuthin' but a bummer, methinks..the remoteness of my piec of ground makes me a little less worried, but only a little.. I don't think they'll spend the money to helicopter in a Ranger team to stop me or anything, but this will complicate things..... Does anyone know the outcome from yesterdy's hearing for the Nez Perce?

    Lead worth something?

    You might try the forum at Woodenboat.com, as the builders consume a lot of recycled tire weights,etc. for casting and pouring keels. My keel is cast iron, but many new builders still prefer lead. Just a thought, but there are even wooden boat builders in NM.

    Black Hills Gold

    Well, SD is our 'home', and although we are in NM this week, we are headed north this weekend. That said, I can't offer any new claim advice, but from hunting in the area most of my life, I can only offer access advice. Try to stay out of 'state' land, and the private ranchers can be rather thin-skinned. Forest land is hard to find with good access, but good luck, and let me know how you do...I'd like to squeeze in a week's sluicing...
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    Whetstone Mountians?

    Kieth, Thanks for the speedy reply..We went to Ash Canyon and the GPAA claim yesterday, but.....There was someone there with an elaborate highbanker and a truckload 'o water working the area. And I mean 'the area'....And the citizens think metal detectorists leave 'holes'! We are traveling with our 4 yr. old grandson, and the holes were many, large, and no apparent plan on filling anytime soon..too risky for the young'un.. Our native state is South Dakota, and I'm a retired Ironworker who has erected a large mine or two in my day, but that mess up there just inspired us to leave pronto..Went to Greaterville last Sunday for a look, got a late start, and by the time we were halfway back there over the washboards, the whole family was a bit on edge. Maybe we'll try tomorrow after mailtime at the P.O. We won't be in the area long enuff to attend a meeting of the Huachuca folks(would've liked to, 'tho)...We may try Ash Canyon again, and try to get above the digging mess....(they are sure having fun screwing up the taffic putting those culverts in on 92 south of Sierra Vista!)..Back to the Whetsone idea, we also looked at the communicator, and were basing our prospects on the USGS survey mentioned by Delos Toole in 'Where to find Ariz's placer gold. Thanks again, Gary
  11. Ahoy! I'm new to this forum, so I haven't any knowledge on historical archives that may already answer my question. Has anyone tried any of the placers in the Whetstones?..The area has proven tough for me to access due to lack of trails that will support the passage of a one ton dually....We'll only be in this area a few more days, but I'd like to hear from anyone on the potential. Thanks, Gary