Please excuse me for lurking and popping up from time to time without properly introducing myself. I am retired and spend the winter months in Surprise, AZ. About 5 years ago a friend got me interesting in metal detecting. I'll have to admit that I have not yet found my first nugget, but I am learning a lot from reading posts on this forum, and spending more time with my detectors. After some initial loss of patience with the results of my detecting I spent most of my time drywashing. I was able to satisfy my fever with the drywashing gold for a few years, but now I want to refocus on detecting and finding that first one. Shoveling and inhaling dust not so good. I belong to the RRPC so I have claims to prospect, but am going have be creative to be successful. I recently joined WSPA and hope to get to some of those claims. Also, I am going to be doing some coin and relic hunting so I can do some detecting when not in gold country. Anyway, hello to all, and good hunting.