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I left for the outing early Saturday morning leaving behind a very ill 2 year old kid, sleep deprived wife and a wild 5 year old that had been cooped all week for her spring break. I made it near LSD and by the time the afternoon rolled around I had run through 8-10 washes I was feelin a little selfish for leaving the family behind:kap:,so I ran back home for the night to help with the kids and decided to take my daughter out detecting on Sunday. Sorry I missed out guys!:cry2:

The first day near LSD was interesting but I got skunked. First I found the big piece that looks like silver? It is very heavy and split real easy when I cracked it in half. Next I found the lapis? or turqouise? pieces, these were the taiings of small hillside diggings, also where I found the trash, nails,old coin, and new machined piece of metal and the white/amber mineral piece. In another wash I found several sloppy or older handstacks, the largest of which is pictured and looked like this on both sides of the wash at this spot far up in the foothills, this wash was definitely worked well in the past and had deeper overburden the whole way up with hardly any shallow bedrock, a Minelab would be great to run in this one.

Day two with my daughter to a new spot ran the skunk off, I guess it pays to be a good dad! I hit two small pieces of gold, several BB's and we both specked quite a few pieces. It was a great time!:yesss:

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Yeah....   That's good stuff !!    :D

You made a good decision with regards to your family....   :thumbsupanim

WTG and Congrats !!

Luke

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Good Stuff. Your Priorities are working for you.

 

HF

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Nice finds. The silver mineral looks like it might be galena. The blue minerals look like chrysocolla.

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Shay, sorry I missed you.  Nice rock finds -- I concur with Morlock about chrysocolla and galena.  The middle one looks like jasper in the back and agatized something in the front.

I'm happy your family got you back.  

Aren't those two big nuggies in that rock wall?

Jean

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Thanks everyone!

Morlock and Primal, I appreciate the mineral id, as you can tell I have no idea and that helps me learn. I need a field guide with me.

10 hours ago, primalspirit said:

Shay, sorry I missed you.  Nice rock finds -- I concur with Morlock about chrysocolla and galena.  The middle one looks like jasper in the back and agatized something in the front.

I'm happy your family got you back.  

Aren't those two big nuggies in that rock wall?

Jean

If you mean the bedrock pic those are little guys I was also holding in my hand. If you mean the big handstack wall, well, I wish!!! I detected all over that pile of rocks and almost flattened them out and really wanted to get underneath them, but I wanted to keep exploring washes too.

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Not bad dude!!!! Making it look easy. The outing was a blast and I was looking forward to seeing ya. Gold was found. I know Bill found a small piece, I ended up with 12 pieces and fines, and a guy who boulder dash showed where to work exactly found 3 decent nuggets with a fors gold. Also a test unit drywasher that can't catch fine gold kept some bigger gold. 

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1 hour ago, boulder dash said:

Not bad dude!!!! Making it look easy. The outing was a blast and I was looking forward to seeing ya. Gold was found. I know Bill found a small piece, I ended up with 12 pieces and fines, and a guy who boulder dash showed where to work exactly found 3 decent nuggets with a fors gold. Also a test unit drywasher that can't catch fine gold kept some bigger gold. 

Aww, man...We could of talked about dinosaurs all night.

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Yah,missed ya Shay.

Hope you can make Novembers.

It was a good time.
Tom H.

 

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I find it amazing your 5 y.o. can spec Au the way she does.. She's gonna be one heckuva sharpshooter..!
I'll never forget that pix you took of her wearing those knee pads that looked like snake guardz on her, lol..! :D

Swamp

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19 hours ago, Swampstomper Al said:

I find it amazing your 5 y.o. can spec Au the way she does.. She's gonna be one heckuva sharpshooter..!
I'll never forget that pix you took of her wearing those knee pads that looked like snake guardz on her, lol..! :D

Swamp

Lol!! I have that picture on my desktop, its one of my favorites. She's a super trooper out hiking, we just go slow and take the open routes around brush, I kick rocks and hit bushes with sticks to check for snakes before she goes anywhere. I found one rattlesnake in a packrat nest, it gave me a slow rattle sensing me kicking rocks.

I had a picture of her holding the gold but it would not upload no matter what I tried. She got real good at specking, my last few targets were bb's and there was gold specks settled near the bb's. I'd ask her "Do you see any gold?", she replies "Yeah dad! Look look! Three pieces!" Sure enough three little pieces, it used to be she called every pretty rock gold. Now I have a second set of eyes checking for yellow!

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Hey Alwaysdirty,... In your bedrock picture I think I see a couple of nice looking nuggets???  They appear to be 1+ gram'rs, or am I just seeing things???  Those aren't the specks in your hand (picture) are they??  Gary 

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Agreed on the Chrysocolla and Galena nodule, but the white and brown piece is chalcedony with they brown if its deep enough could make into fire agate - that's what raw fire agate looks like - you cant always see the iridescent fire, sometimes its covered by the milky white chalcedony.

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Found a vein of the Chryscolla in the Wickenburg area.  At first I thought it was Turquoise.  Before I found out it was Chryscolla, I'd seen raw turquoise chips for sale at the gold show in Phoenix that looked exactly like the chryscolla.  I wonder if the vendor had mislabeled the bag.  I guess the Chryscolla can be treated to become artificial turquoise.  Supposed to be fairly common in the Wickenburg area along the LSD.

I've got about a 10 LBS chunk of the ore that's probably 5% to 10% Chryscolla.  I'm talking to some six graders about Arizona's 5 C's, and I'm going to bring the Chyscolla ore to pass around.

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 a long time ago some one told me  that you put your tongue on the chrysocolla  and it will try to stick to your tounge   because it has not enough water in it     and then it sticks to your tonque 

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Stick to your tongue or not stick has to do with porosity and both turquoise and chrysocolla come in both solid and porous forms. Porous turquoise or chrysocolla wicks the water away from your tongue and so the stone sticks as it tries to suck more moisture. Not porous versions are solid, so they dont absorb the moisture off your tongue, so no sticking. Rock hounds use this - porous stones take a poor polish, solid stones take a much better polish.

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16 hours ago, GDM/PV said:

Hey Alwaysdirty,... In your bedrock picture I think I see a couple of nice looking nuggets???  They appear to be 1+ gram'rs, or am I just seeing things???  Those aren't the specks in your hand (picture) are they??  Gary 

Just specks, they are pictured in my hand, I should have put something in there for scale. Here is another bedrock pic from the same day. Thats a dental tool and its perfect for bedrock cracks, the other end is similar and bent at a 45, I love it!

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15 hours ago, Reno Chris said:

Agreed on the Chrysocolla and Galena nodule, but the white and brown piece is chalcedony with they brown if its deep enough could make into fire agate - that's what raw fire agate looks like - you cant always see the iridescent fire, sometimes its covered by the milky white chalcedony.

Thanks Chris! Nice to know all those minerals now. My daughter is taking them to school for show and tell and will label them accordingly!

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On ‎3‎/‎19‎/‎2017 at 8:50 PM, Alwaysdirty said:

I left for the outing early Saturday morning leaving behind a very ill 2 year old kid, sleep deprived wife and a wild 5 year old that had been cooped all week for her spring break. I made it near LSD and by the time the afternoon rolled around I had run through 8-10 washes I was feelin a little selfish for leaving the family behind:kap:,so I ran back home for the night to help with the kids and decided to take my daughter out detecting on Sunday. Sorry I missed out guys!:cry2:

The first day near LSD was interesting but I got skunked. First I found the big piece that looks like silver? It is very heavy and split real easy when I cracked it in half. Next I found the lapis? or turqouise? pieces, these were the taiings of small hillside diggings, also where I found the trash, nails,old coin, and new machined piece of metal and the white/amber mineral piece. In another wash I found several sloppy or older handstacks, the largest of which is pictured and looked like this on both sides of the wash at this spot far up in the foothills, this wash was definitely worked well in the past and had deeper overburden the whole way up with hardly any shallow bedrock, a Minelab would be great to run in this one.

Day two with my daughter to a new spot ran the skunk off, I guess it pays to be a good dad! I hit two small pieces of gold, several BB's and we both specked quite a few pieces. It was a great time!:yesss:

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Do you know what would work great in your spot???  ...A "Gold-Vac"....  I would think that you would get a lot more out of there than you have in the palm of your hand.  I definitely have in the past with mine.  And I would think that there are most likely some fairly nice "pickers" within those crevices as well.  I would move some of those boulders out of there and onto the bank, skim-off the area down to bedrock and then "Suck those cracks dry".  You might be surprised at just how much gold there still is there.  Gary

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Haha! Funny you say that, I am going to buy a leaf blower tomorrow and make a crack vac. I haven't really been drywashing because of lacking a proper blower. I have another spot like this I have been just waiting to drywash but now with a second fines spot I need a flippin vacuum now!

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14 hours ago, Alwaysdirty said:

Haha! Funny you say that, I am going to buy a leaf blower tomorrow and make a crack vac. I haven't really been drywashing because of lacking a proper blower. I have another spot like this I have been just waiting to drywash but now with a second fines spot I need a flippin vacuum now!

I've got one.  I bought it as a complete unit a year-or-so-ago, and it paid for itself in Gold in just a couple of outings.  I have had it out 2-3 times since at different spots, and it continues get the small Gold, and surprisingly even pickers that where deep under rocks hidden in pockets.  If you are willing to take the time to move the boulders and other overburden to get down to within about 1" of material above the bedrock, and then use a Gold Vac  (with a pointed, and angled screw driver) to pull the fines out,  it will most likely be worth your time, expense and labor (based on the very good looking bedrock that I can see in you photo).  You might want to do it fairly soon if this location is down in the desert, considering just how hot it will be getting fairly soon.  Gary 

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