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Posts posted by Relichunter2016

  1. Mike,

    First congrats on the birth of your son...:ya:, your going to be an awesome dad, I do understand your concerns about California and its politics in that regard. As far as the gulch I have not been hunting that area in the past 3 years do to much activity in that area. I have a few spots I go between and have done fairly well...and as usual looking for new spots always.  If you choose Arizona, I am sure you will have plenty of opportunity to find new locations..and no poison oak...:ROFL: . At this moment its been raining and the terrain is rough and sticky, the clay is slippery and its easy to find oneself down the slippery slope. Glad to hear all is good with you... keep us posted on where you end up. 

    Oh by the way.....I hear Arizona is LOADED with Gold.....I know  with your skills you will do well. 

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  2. Brownie,

    Yup prospecting on the E.F. is still going strong, that's a good thing..a guy named Kevin has done well up in those canyons but he has taken some risks in those tunnels. I've been in one and it gave me the willies..so after that I just stayed out of them. Nugger Gulch was named by my two friends Don and Howard who took out 10 ounces not far below the road..most of the nuggets were between 1 gram to 4 grams..as you hike down the gulch you will come to a water fall. I would stay above the falls and work your way up working the bedrock. Back in the early 90s I took my Keene 151 drywasher and just hid it under some bushes..a practice done by many as it was a challenge to lug around equipment every weekend. Always got gold dry washing and most of the time I found a nugget or two. I cant imagine what  you would find with the 7000 all my detecting at that place was with the gold master. Good luck and always think safety...

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  3. Brownie,

    Some nice chunks come out of that area...nugget gulch is up Shoemaker Rd...just keep driving until you see a bunch of planted trees put in years ago to stabilize the ground. N.G. is right next to it...should still be a dirt shoulder off the the right you can park the vehicle and hike down to it. Some nice nuggets came out of this area all found with vlf detectors.. The narrows is a bit far , did see some nice clunkers come out of a few old coyote holes dug into that old placer channel above the present river.  Although this is extremely dangerous and best left alone do to cave ins and huge widow makers in the tunnel ceilings . I didn't know the restaurant opened up, last few pictures I saw of the joint it was abandoned torn up and graffiti which wouldn't surprise me because of all that " talent in the valley" below the canyon...boorb. Summers bring the hoards up to swim and they make one hell of a mess for everyone else to clean up.  

  4. My first adventures in searching for gold was in Los Angeles in an area called Follows Camp. I would meet up some friends early morning at the restaurant and enjoy a good greasy breakfast before we hit the river canyon. Met many interesting characters mostly vets who called this area there home away from the hustle and bustle of the valley. Found my first nuggets with a detector at nugget gulch above the river but below Shoemaker road. Plenty of ounces came out of this spot over the years, I am sure still plenty left. AL and his wife ran a small gold prospecting shop on weekends, had some huge gold nuggets on display found up above the narrows. Wondering if anyone still goes up in the area ..as I heard the place has been shut down, and the restaurant closed since the last flood. Azusa Gold run by Jerry Hobbs was always an good stop on the way up the canyon. Places like Follows Camp are becoming more rare in today's world. It's sad to see them go ..a bit of living history in todays modern hustle and bustle world. 

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