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  • Birthday 03/18/1946

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    Retired jeweler and watchmaker, fishing, hunting the desert for anything of interest. Retired FAA pilot examiner.

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  1. Thank you Ben. As you say, I am sure it is not completely hunted out, but as you know, stones are much harder to find now than only a few years ago. Also, I am using the gold bug 2 with a 14" coil and the deapest I have ever found is about 6 inches. The newer, more powerful detectors would certainly find more in the 7" and deeper areas. Especially the washes, where I never hunt because of the black sand. They are there, but I am not able to hunt them. Thanks Troy
  2. Well, I have to admit, I did not find them in the quantities I used to. I did, however, go the first day to a spot I had not hunted before. On my GPS there was a hole in the area that I had not searched. Even so, it was on the far edges of the known strewn field. I have taken more than my share of stones out of that field and will probably not hunt it again. Certainly, not any time soon. Troy
  3. Every two years flight instructors have to re-certify thier instructor's certificate to teach. There are several ways to accomplish this, but I elected to go to Vegas for a two day re-cert. class. Along the way I stopped at the Franconia strewn field for a couple of days of meteorite hunting. I found two nice chondrites at the north end of the field, 19 and 40 grams and one small iron. The next day I thought I would look for some irons in what, by some is called, "iron alley". Hunted 6 hours and found 5 small irons. Nothing to brag about, but hey, they are ALL from outer space! It was fun to get back in the field again after a 2 year hiatus.
  4. Fred, no, there are no rocks on the surface in this area. Must be an area approx. 5 miles by 4 miles. However, this area does get some snow during the winter. Further west in the desert it is not unlike the Mojave. Will start hunting that area in a couple of months.
  5. Mike, not to worry, I am planning a trip to Franconia in the fall.
  6. Unable to get the pictures to load last night. I will try again now.
  7. As many of you that I have hunted with in the past know, I have moved to Grand Junction, CO. I do a ton of hiking here and there are some great cold hunting areas in Western Colorado and Eastern Utah. I was out for a couple of hours this morning and I thought I would show a couple of pictures of the type of terrain I have here to hunt. There are better looking spots a bit further West into Utah, but it is low desert and getting to hot to hunt there until next fall. One of these days, never know. Just might find one out there somewhere Troy
  8. I will be in Lake Havasu during this time period. If you want to hunt Franconia, I might be able to help. Call me 928 830 7232 Troy
  9. Wow, nice day Dave!!! Today I found my 300th Franconia, but certainly nothing I have comes close to the one's you find in GB. Well Done! Troy
  10. This is not a meteorite, but go ahead and window it, just for fun. Take a file and file one end to show you what the interior of the stone looks like. Troy
  11. First thought is it is volcanic. You need to do a ceramic streak test and window the stone. Those two tests will tell you a lot about this rock. Troy
  12. Frank, I visiting Bunk yesterday and had a nice chat with him. Very nice guy! Loved the polished chondrite he showed me. I have sent my application in to the Mohave Prospectors, took me long enough Anyway, I will connect with Bryan at your claim on Tues. morning. Looking forward to it. The weather here in Prescott today really sucks, wish I could move to Havasu full time! Thanks for your help. Troy
  13. Frank, I am not a member, but have intended to join for a long time. I will try to do that tomorrow. Thanks for the input. Troy
  14. Frank, I have not yet been to Gold Basin, but just how difficult is it to find spots to hunt without trespassing on someone's toes? Troy
  15. Wow, what a day of hunting. I work myself to the bone and am elated when I find one! Well done! Troy
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