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  1. Hi Fred, Wow! that's quite a coincidence with your brother. I guess most folks would consider that the Clair in my post wasted his life too. But he didn't feel that way. He was happiest, I think, out and away from people and civilization; to my mind, happiness is the very best measure of success. Money and material things didn't matter to him, beyond the necessities. I don't believe Clair was built to handle the asphalt, chatter, and close quarters of urban living, couldn't cope–too much stress for him. He didn't say so in so many words, but I kinda got the impression his childhood wasn't easy. I think he had a lot of ugly scars–invisible ones. It's been a lot of years. I hope he went on to live, or is still living, his best rendition of the good life! Your brother too. Sometimes a Man Must Run Against the Tide If He Means to Be His Own Captain. Sorry it took me so long to reply. I didn't get notified by email that you'd left a comment. I don't know, maybe it doesn't work that way in the forums. I'll check. Cheers. May your pan fill with nuggets! Jason
  2. Years ago, when I was young and living the life of a full-time sniper, I ran into a character camped in California's Plumas National Forest. His name was Clair (he said). For many seasons he had been living in his van and making his living sniping for gold with a gold pan. In ways, he was an odd dude—highly independent, fiercely opinionated, and disdainful of frills, opulence and the entanglements of society. Yet, never a steamroller, he was quiet and reserved by nature and kept his passions contained. I only visited his camp a few times that season. He'd be an old-timer by now (like me). I wonder whatever happened to him. How's he doing? Is he still sniping? Is he even still alive? If anyone here knows, I'd appreciate hearing from you. I published a post about him and how he lived–on my new blog—here. The purpose of life is to find plenty of gold and live forever–or die trying!
  3. I've been AWOL for quite sometime. It's good to see you're still active on the forum. Happy birthday (belatedly), and Happy Holidays too!
  4. Reg- Thanks for your excellent post. I copied and saved it so i can read it again before I take my ML 4000 out into the field again.
  5. It looks like you've gotten lots of good advice as to where to go panning in your area. If you're new to panning, for what it's worth, here's a link to my free gold panning tutor : How To Pan for Gold…a Primer for Beginners. Good luck!
  6. Headphones are a pain sometimes...migrating all over your noggin, getting tangled in brush, masking outside sounds, such a the buzz of a rattlesnake, and having to be removed when you set your detector down. That said, for me, they are definitely, far and away, the best equipment that you can attach to a metal detector for identifying targets...especially deep whispers on a windy, noisy outing.
  7. Howdy Gold Striker- Welcome to the best hobby ever...prospecting for gold. We all have a million questions when we first start out, and at times, becoming competent in the field can seem to be an overwhelming task. But with research and practice you will get a handle on it. In your post you wrote "You know what would be nice is a gallery for people like me of rocks." Here is a link to a mineral database that I found very helpful>>>Database Good luck! Jason
  8. Bill- Your article points out some very important fundamentals in clear terms. Even 'ol sourdoughs such as my self can benefit from reviewing the basics and for the newbies, your article is pure gold! Thanks, Jason
  9. Howdy-do, It's been awhile since I posted, however, I've been checking-in now and again to keep updated. I hope everyone is having a good season...lots of gold, or at least lots of fun! I tore some leg muscles and am just getting back on my feet. I was only able to make one two-week prospecting trip happen so far this year. I went to Tuscarora and the Eugene Mountains in Northern Nevada...got skunked (doesn't happen too often), but I had a really terrific time. It's just felt so.....ooo good to get out in the bush! I hope to make at least two more trips this year...one pretty soon to the Sierras and the other to the Mojave...sometime this coming fall or winter. I've been writing a little (Google Knols). I just entered a poetry contest with a prospecting centered poem that I wrote, and also embedded into my Knol "Digging Gold in the Mojave Desert." I'm pasting the poem here in case there is anyone one the forum with a stomach strong for such stuff. Good luck to all you old sourdough codgers (like me) and the young up and coming lads too! The Annealing The hardest work I’ve ever done, Was digging for gold under the desert's sun. It was up at dawn, pick ‘n shovel locked in hands, Off to sweat and toil on the burning sands. Week after week, not to go bust, I swang my pick from dawn to dusk, While all covered and chocking in blizzards of dust. It wasn’t unusual to encounter snakes, Scorpions and Killer bees, that were eager to drop me to my knees. Each day, as the sun dipped behind the Pinto's, And purple shadows raced across the land, I stumbled back to camp to shovel Chile beans Straight from my larder of cans. There I would lie beneath a blanket of stars to doze and rest my blistered hands. And all through those long cold nights, I weighed fists full gold, creations that I dreamed. I was destined to strike it rich…or so it seemed. For, surely, in the nearby hills, Under thorny cactus and rotting rock, Beckoned my ticket to paradise. I would make it mine, No matter the work...no matter the price. Then with pockets filled with gold, I'd whoop, holler, jump up and down, And bolt straight for Rowdy town. There my story would be told, And my gold would be sold. At the bar of the Sourdough saloon, I'd lay my money down, And declare it New Year's Eve For everyone in the town. It’d be steak and ham bones For my ol' tail-wagger...Yubalee, She having been my sole companion, And always first with me. Then, for all, there'd be food and drink aplenty, Slaps on the back, singing through the night, And a lusty...randy romp for me. Leastwise that’s the way I knowed it would be, Till a scrawny little greenhorn, Only a day in the desert, Stole it all away from me. Though he had scooped off a layer of cream, I still had my fire and I still had my steam; For in addition to a prospector, I had become an old desert rat, From whom you can not steal his dream. ...Jason Quinten Kincade...
  10. I hope, like me, all my fellow prospectors are off to a good start in the new year. I'm headed for the Mojave in a couple of weeks with Yubalee, my Shar-pei mix mining pard. I Can't wait to get out there ahead of the blistering sun, pesky rattlers and killer bees to test my new coiltek coils on my GPX-4000...gonna be fun, and who knows, maybe profitable too. The main reason I dropped by today was to invite y'all to take my fat, old, butt-ugly, top ten evaluation test. You see, I have a tendency to pack on the pounds, am piling up the years, and I'm afraid to look in the mirror. So, for my own use (because I feel the need to know), and as a public service to my fellow man, I devised an infallible test to determine whether or not one is getting too fat, old, and or is just plain butt-ugly. If you, like me, need to know where you stand...feel free to make use of my scientific evaluator...free of charge>>>How to Tell if You're Too Fat, Getting Old, and or, Are Butt-Ugly (Top 10 Lists) Thanks...see ya in the gold patch, Jason
  11. Thanks Bill, I'm familiar with Nevada Nugget Hunters; it is a great site. Good luck to you in Quartzite, Jason
  12. Hi Lanny- Sorry I called you "Larry" before...my eyes must be getting bad. Anyway, yeah, here's a couple: How I Found My First "Whopper" Gold Nugget Digging Gold in the Mojave Desert More stories Take care Lanny, maybe we'll run into each other one day in the nugget patch. Good luck, Jason
  13. Larry- Thanks a bunch for your input...all good observations and suggestions! I have lived and prospected in Nevada for several years...Northeastern NV. I've had fun and found my share of gold. I just recently moved to Northwestern NV where I am not very well informed about gold prospecting opportunities. I am especially interested in the Comstock District as it was super productive and is within easy driving distance. But I prospect and bleep other areas too, such as the Mother Lode and Mojave Desert. Thanks for your advice; I really appreciate it, and good luck! Jason
  14. Howdy James- Good to hear from you. It would sure be loads of fun to make a prospecting trip to Latin America, but there's no way I can make it...at least this season, I just can't get away! I hope you hook up with somebody good to prospect with and that you get lots of gold down there. Good luck to ya, and have a great holiday season! Maybe we can get together for a little bleeping some other time. Jason
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