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Went out to a spot on Lynx Creek today, and walked away with these two (kind-a-cool) nuggets.  The one still has very small quartz-like sand gravel (mixed with magnetite) mixed in and lodged within the gold, and the other is shaped just like a railroad spike.  Their combined weight is 1.52 Grams.  They where both lodged deep down in the mud and clay, and where so encased in dark mud that there was no visible sign of gold at all when I finally was able to scrape them out of their hiding places.  I had to swash them around in my mouth and spit the mud out about 4-5 times just to loosen the clay/mud,....And "yes" I am one of those who have to taste the gold once I find it.  Nothing like that solid-weigh-taste of gold to get you excited with each find. :ROFL:  I had almost given up on this spot ( actually, I have given up on it about 3-4 times over the years,  but after returning and approaching it a little differently each time it has surprised me (positively) each time).  :brows:  This time I decided to sit right in the middle of the wash (up stream a bit) and observe what was happening with the exposed (scoured) bedrock and the flow of the wash.  The bedrock was angled downward toward the left side of the wash, and was butted-up against a hard mud/clay bank that was just loaded with "many" medium to large boulders.  I, being the "curious-type" wondered just how far within that bank that bedrock extended???  :200:   So, I proceeded to take my trusty pick and aggressively up-root, dislodge, and remove the "many" medium to large rocks and boulders to see just how far that bedrock was hiding in that bank.  I was into the bank about 18" and noticed that the bedrock was dropping, sort of like the side of a dome.  And butted-up against this side wall of bedrock where many varying sizes of boulders and rocks all sort of glued together with a hard pack combination of mud and clay.  It was like a jug saw puzzle of boulders and rocks with very few open spaces between (mud and clay filled them).  I got to a point to where I couldn't pick and dislodge any more boulders (too packed in), and by then I was about worn out anyway, so it was time to see what the elusive bedrock had been hiding from me.  I had found many nice nuggets in the past in this spot (patch) and had never found any trash targets in it, so I knew for certain that if I got a good signal, it would be another nice nugget for sure.  I found the one right away, but got no more good signals (other than a strange signal from a very large hot rock), so I moved upstream, and then down to work my magic on them as wall.  No success there.  It was getting hot, I was almost out of my protein drink, and about to pack it in and head home when I thought I'd go back and investigate that strange hot rock signal one more time.  I knew that I couldn't remove those well-mudded-in boulders, so I took my angled screwdriver and pulled as much of the mud/clay out from between two boulders and the bedrock edge as I could piling it up where I could swing my detector over it.  Once again I got a real strong signal from a completely-encased mud-object.  That's when I found the gold railroad spike.  So, for those of you who may not be familiar with this method of prospecting, it may be of value to stop, and Observe how the bedrock is tending (direction-wise); take the time and energy to follow it, and double-check the target-signal that may have been questionable initially.  Gary     

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Those are really cool nuggets, Gary! Looks like you are already hitting the cooler climates. Good work. You don't seem to need that 5000.

Dean 

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You are Right Dean,... I pretty much determined that today, with these nuggets.  Maybe some time in the future I may consider the 5000 .....maybe?  Gary

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 Have you ever swung a 4500 or 5000 to see what the difference is between them and your current set up? If not, we should meet up and you are welcome to swing mine and see what you think and weather or not it's worth the switch. 

Dean

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No, I haven't  swung either one of them as yet.  I have stayed pretty loyal to my GP-3000 because of it's great performance for me over the years.  I have heard some very good reports on the 5000, And "Almost" stopped by to talk with Chris today to see what kind of figure (deal) he could give me on a new one.  But came home and had lunch instead.  Yea, that might be fun and interesting to see the differences.  Gary

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Awesome nuggets with lots of character.Good job.

Dan

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34 minutes ago, GDM/PV said:

No, I haven't  swung either one of them as yet.  I have stayed pretty loyal to my GP-3000 because of it's great performance for me over the years.  I have heard some very good reports on the 5000, And "Almost" stopped by to talk with Chris today to see what kind of figure (deal) he could give me on a new one.  But came home and had lunch instead.  Yea, that might be fun and interesting to see the differences.  Gary

I was swinging a GP extreme until it blew up on me a little over a year ago. What a HUGE difference between the Extreme and the 5000. At least for me. I still miss the ol Extreme though haha.

Dan

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Once again.....  :thumbsupanim   Awesome nuggets Gary !!

The 'rail road spike' is pretty cool.  The other nug has nice character as well.

You're doing so well with your 3000...    There's probably no need to upgrade...   :4chsmu1:

Congrats.

Luke

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Great job and tremendous perseverance on your part. It really speaks to hard work getting it done. This is no easily-peasey  hobby! Hard work does pay most times.

Mike F

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Very nice work Gary!

Put the spike through your ear, you'll be the coolest kid out there.

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I had found many nice nuggets in the past in this spot (patch) and had never found any trash targets in it,

Now I know this story is fabricated.....there is not a spot in the Lynx area that doesnt have some kind of old mining trash in it :)
Great work Gary, your tenacity paid off nicely. Cool looking nuggets. :yesss:

Tom H.

 

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THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOU COMMENTS,.....And Tom, I noticed that you highlighted my comment in bold-red, ..."Hmmmmmm", apparently you and many (???) others are under this assumption or belief: (there is not a spot in the Lynx area that doesn't have some kind of old mining trash in it :)).  So you either avoid the Lynx Creek area altogether, or (like most) all "migrate-to" the same, more popular, and easier-to-get-to areas such as: the Stoneridge area (Rose Creek and adjacent Lynx Creek, and Fain lake)( I have counted from 5 to 20 vehicles down between the two creeks on a daily basis !!?!:nutty:), Bonnie mine road and camp area, or the set aside area(s) along Lynx Creek itself.  It is a Fact that all of these areas have been Hammer-to-death ever since Prescott was established back in 1863 :old:, all the way up to date.  So obviously all of these areas are "teaming" with all forms of metal trash:ROFL:.  I don't know why the old timers overlooked this spot:idunno:, but I am glad that they did:brows:, as I have pulled many nuggets out of there over the years, all without the anguish of having to tend-with an over abundance of o'l timer trash.  As I stated, when I get a target, it is a nugget, hard to believe though it may sound.  Hope the rest of you can run across one of these spots as I did some day.  Gary :200:      

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Gary: Im just messing with you.

Ive been to all those spots and hiked back in to unpopular areas also.  I just seem to find junk :) DId find a 1 grammer under a bullet one time though.

Being a desert hunter, Its just a lot different up there for me. Higher elevation, scrub oak, No hills, just mountains! :)
Its all good though.
Tom H

 

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Welll, I was gonna say nice job regardless where you were working along the run, but your reply to TomH eliminated a buncha locales.. So now I have to say nice job regardless where you were working along the run.. Or something like that..? :89:

Great character too, as have been the majority of your other earlier-this-year Lynx finds.. Just goes to show you've been working for 'em.. Nothing easy about digging out between-the-boulders clay-and-mud-encrusted pieces others have missed over the past 150 years or so.. :yesss:

Swamp 

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Nice couple of pieces of golden nuggets Gary!

If you look harder you may find the miniature railway that one nugget came from!!

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5 hours ago, TomH said:

Gary: Im just messing with you.

Ive been to all those spots and hiked back in to unpopular areas also.  I just seem to find junk :) DId find a 1 grammer under a bullet one time though.

Being a desert hunter, Its just a lot different up there for me. Higher elevation, scrub oak, No hills, just mountains! :)
Its all good though.
Tom H

 

I knew you where messing with me Tom,...  Here is a photo of just a "fraction" of the lead slugs that I have found in the wash, I have much more to show for my efforts over time.  It would have been cool if each one of these (and the others) where actually gold nuggets :ROFL:What was even cooler was that my spot (patch) had no trash of any kind in it :yesss: Gary

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3 hours ago, Au Seeker said:

Nice couple of pieces of golden nuggets Gary!

If you look harder you may find the miniature railway that one nugget came from!!

Actually, about 6 months ago I found this miniature (narrow gage ???) Railroad spike In the same wash about a mile-or-so upstream of where I found the nugget.  I have been back to that area many times looking for anything else associated with that spike, but haven't found anything even remotely connected to it: no other spikes, no old rusted rail, no equipment, no rusted steal, no mine nor mine shaft!?!?   There must be a lost mystery mine up there somewhere hidden beneath the brush just full of gold, and the only remnant to attest to it's existence is this little railroad spike.  :brows:  Happy Hunting.  Gary :200:

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It's up there some place.  If they had Tracks it was a lot more then a Prospect.  

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Gary, nice convoluted nuggies!  

Jean

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