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  1. I've spent quite a bit of time around Tierra Amirilla/Chama and Rio Arriba County. I'll second what Bedrock Bob had to say about land. Do not think you can just go looking anywhere. It is a beautiful area with some very nice people but you do not want to be caught trespassing. If I were you I would stick to the club claims at Hopewell. If you decide to go there be very sure of your location at all times. The lower GPAA claim on Placitas creek has some good gold. You will need a good four wheel drive and the ability to do some pretty strenuous hiking at 10,000 feet elevation. If it rains you may not be able to get out of Placitas creek until it dries out, plan accordingly. If you do have a four wheel drive do not just go exploring without a local to guide you. You are in for a treat. Take the drive North of Chama along the old narrow gauge RR to the pass. Check out the Ghost Ranch region and make it down to the caldera and Jemez river canyon if you have the time. The Chama region is one of the most beautiful places in the Land of Enchantment. Enjoy the scenery, the people and the weather, you would be hard put to find finer.
  2. I haven't been there in a year or so but I seriously doubt it. Are you planning on going to Hopewell or the Brazos?
  3. The gold is still in the firepit. The boiling point of gold is 5084.6 °F. Your wood fire did not reach over 5000 degrees °F. :zapped: Gold melts at 1948 degrees °F. Mercury boils at 674 °F. Most likely what happened is your mercury vaporized and your unmelted gold fell to the bottom of the ashes in the firepit.
  4. Years ago I was stuck in Nebraska for almost two freakin years on a job. Not a rock in sight. So much moisture in the soil everything was essentially mud. 100s of miles of mud in every direction. Never again.
  5. I may be a newbie here but I've been around more than most. Not so long ago I did work for Butterfields, Christies, Sothebys and many of the smaller auction houses. I got to know most of the appraisers on both sides of the pond. Most of them are crooks. A lot of them I wouldn't trust to guard my used underwear. There are a few good ones but not many. The FBI busted all the big ones but Butterfields about 10 years ago. If you want a good deal find a local dealer you can trust and stick with them. It's a lot like finding a good mechanic, when you find a good one stick with him and pay him what he's worth. Any traveling "appraiser" is going to take more than their fair share out of the deal.
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