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Redbeard last won the day on March 3 2014

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  1. Some of you may have known Skip Mendenhall who passed away last Thursday after a long bout with cancer. He was 82 years old and was survived by Sally, his wife of 62 years, and his daughter Charis. Skip was very active in the Roadrunners Prospecting club in the 2000's so many of you may have run into him along the way. He was my old prospecting buddy and like a second father to me. In fact he came into my life just before my father died. We talked several times a week every week and we adopted each other's families. We first met about 20 years ago at Rich Hill and hit it off like we had known each other for ever. It turned out that we had some of the same "secret" patches in the area around Wickenburg so we started going out together. He never had grandchildren so we made sure they had the chance with our daughters and everybody was richer for it. Skip was a kind good man but took no BS from anybody. He gave me lots of good life advice, whether I asked for it or not, but he was almost always right. He adored Sally and Charis and another daughter, Charneth, they had lost to Cystic Fibrosis when she was just a teenager. Skip was still on his feet and working around his house until only a few of weeks before he passed. He never let up. I was able to talk with him in his last hours and he was still 100% sharp and even in his weakened and pain filled state he made some jokes, ordered people around and as I held his shaking hands we talked about the same old crap we always did. He had been trying to give/sell me his quad and trailer for the last couple years but I wouldn't take it because it was a symbol of who he was and a hope that we would get out again. He loved running around in the desert on his quad with his drinking buddies, exploring old town sites, cemeteries and mines. He was worried that Sally would be stuck trying to get rid of all of his crap, so finally, to give him some peace, we made a death bed deal on the quad that made him happy. That was when we both knew it was time to let go. One of my favorite memories of hunting with Skip was when we were cleaning out a trashy wash in which we had both found several nuggets in the past. We agreed that he would work his way down stream and I would go upstream until we met in the middle. It was very trashy but had good gold so we decided to dig every last piece of rusty trash out of there because we knew there were nuggets being hidden in all the noise. Before long the early May temperatures started to rise so Skip decided a couple of beers and a nap in the shade was what he needed (something he often did) and he would let me dig most of the trash. I finally got to his last dig from where I could also see him under the shade tree sleeping, out like a light. I was kinda pissed because he had quit so early and left me to do all the work. I passed my coil over his last half finished only 3" deep dig and it screamed like another big old piece of trash... again. With my boot I scraped off the last 1" of sand on top of the bedrock and staring back at me was a 1/2 oz. slug of shiny gold! I walked over to him and woke him up giving him a mock tongue lashing for making me do all the work then dropped the 1/2 ouncer into his hand. Of course his eyes bugged out and he said, "Where the hell did you find that?" "Out of your last unfinished hole you lazy old man! Dig every target!", I said as I snatched it out of his hand and laughed and laughed. It took him years to get over that one and you can bet I brought it up every chance I had. RIP Old Buddy.
  2. I have a friend who has a couple pounds of mercury he would like to sell. I don’t know how much he wants for it yet but if anybody is interested I’ll ask him.
  3. Sonny wins. Skip is a great guy and has quite a legacy there in Roosevelt County. I was so impressed with him that I wanted to post his photo to let people who are interested in meteorites but haven’t heard of him have a chance to find out about him for themselves. One meteorite he found has been cited in over 100 scientific publications. He witnessed the Portales meteorite fall in 1998. One of those stones hit a barn right behind his house. Those are Roosevelt County meteorites.
  4. I had the great pleasure of meeting him recently.
  5. It was definitely humid but it didn't get wet. It was still the same this morning. I already tried the simple manual reset to FP by holding the on switch at startup. I sent it to Minelab West this morning. Thanks guys.
  6. I was out detecting today and discovered my LCD screen went blank. I can change functions and settings and it beeps appropriately but can't see what they are. The screen is still on but is blank or shows vertical lines. Does anybody know if there is a simple fix? I tried disconnecting the power and switching coils but no luck. If I need it fixed where do I send it? Thanks
  7. Hey Bill! I've been preoccupied with other things in life for a while but I hope to get back out in the goldfields again this winter. I really miss it. Glad you are out of hibernation. Thanks for all the good things you do for the hobby and nugget hunters. Now you are making liquid gold too!
  8. I foolishly thought that since it fell to the ground and didn't go of that it was a dud so I picked it up and took photos. I hid it under a tree thinking that I might take it home later for a yard ornament. The YPG guy really freaked out at that suggestion! If it had gone off I would have been in the news and gone out with a bang! I just had to say that.
  9. Here's the biggest live round I've dug up. I was just digging away banging it with my pick thinking it was a piece of pipe or something. I posted the photo on this forum and people started telling me how lucky I was that it didn't go off. I thought they were wrong until I called YPG and the guy on the phone freaked out when I told him what I had done with it. ( It was found just outside the YPG boundary.) Apparently there is no good way to tell if it is live or not. I sent him this photo and he freaked out a little more. If you are ever detecting out there be careful. I gave them the coords and they went out to "dispose" of it.
  10. I haven't been down to Rich Hill area in several years and I have heard there are all kinds of bad behaviors going on down there with access. I'm wanting to go deer hunting with my daughter over by Fools Canyon but I'd like to go in from the Rich Hill side via the Sinoski Mine Rd. Can I get there from Stanton? What kind of shape is the road in? Thanks, Chris
  11. I know it would have been cool to blow that sucker up myself but... I knew I probably wouldn't be back for a while and started worrying that some guy who doesn't know which way to wear a baseball cap might stumble on it and bring it back to camp.
  12. Woo hoo! I almost always end up getting into the gold at last light but never like that. NICE!!!
  13. I talked to a guy from the Army a few minutes ago and they are going to send some guys out. He said they will set off a bit of C4 on it to see what happens. He said they also sometimes shoot them with a .50 cal. T-bone, That is a great photo. I'd love to see that go off.
  14. I might do that but it would be WAY more fun to shoot it (from about 300 yards) to see what happens.
  15. The blue ones are supposed to be dummies. I didn't see any blue on this one. I wonder what would happen if I shot it with my 300 mag?
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