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Posts posted by Relichunter2016

  1. Found this a few years back nuggethunting...had a nice deep target...after digging down two and half feet I though I may have struck the Big One !!:ya:. Than this little beauty came out of the hole, an 1840's- 1850's Naval officers belt buckle. Its one part of a two piece. This is as good as gold as far as I am concerned...the history behind it must be amazing. Imagine a naval officer going awol  and leaves  San Francisco for the Sierras to mine gold. California just joined the Union, and Mexico lost most of its Northern territories. 

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  2. Read  the book Bacon and Beans from a gold pan by James Coffey. Its about a young couple from the Bay area  making ends meet prospecting in the Southern Motherlode during the depression. An inspirational story of hard times, and overcoming it in the true spirit of American " never give up" attitude, there is always a way. 

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  3. One year and as long as your family don't suffer I say go for it. If anything you will build great memories of your adventure as a gold prospector. Your best bet is to work private lands..forget the claims, and public lands. And don't forget to keep a daily log and take a lot of pictures of your quest for that yellow metal. 


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  4. You can still enjoy some solitude on public lands and national parks if you go off season. Living near one of the most visited national parks in the country Yosemite...Summers can get crazy.  But Fall, Winter and Spring you have it pretty much to yourself. Took this shot of Half Dome in September....and avoided the crowds. 

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