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All I can do is shake my head sometimes. I'll go out day after day, hiking all over the hills, just "sure" the gold must be over the next ridge, if I just try a little harder.

Haven't found anything yet, using that method.

Then I decide to give my back a break for a day, and just drive around looking. I get a random urge to hunt a wash, pull over, jump out, and dig a nice specimen within 300ft of my rig.

I'd call it chance, but this is the third time it's happened in a year. Go figure. Listen to the little voice in your head, I guess๐Ÿ‘

I know exactly where I will be hunting this next week!

Regards, KyleIMG_20210121_174354.jpg

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Outstanding! Sometimes no rhyme or reason. Might be worth thinking about renting a Backhoe or Bobcat for a day or two . . .ย :thumbsupanim

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30 minutes ago, BMc said:

Outstanding! Sometimes no rhyme or reason. Might be worth thinking about renting a Backhoe or Bobcat for a day or two . . .ย :thumbsupanim

Thanks!

Another odd part of the puzzle around here, is where the gold is found. Under the overburden, but not in ancient gravel, bedrock, or clay.

I "think" there was a flash flood or two here, in the last hundred years, that carried these pieces into the washes.

A friend and I have dug down, and sampled the old gravel in a couple of these washes, and panned them out, without finding a speck of gold.ย 

The wash I found this piece in had been heavily placered. Either they missed it, or it rolled off the screen on an old drywasher. Funniest of all, was a deep detector hole, not 5 feet away. "Sorry you missed it, dude, I'll just clean this up for ya...๐Ÿ˜‚".

Regards, Kyleย 

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Really nice piece of gold there.ย 

You went up one of those washes everyone else figured had been hit before. :)
I have also found gold right next to dig holes.ย 

Tom H.

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Nice one!!!!!ย  Yeah, couple seasons ago I stumbled onto someone else's dig hole and not 6" away found the nuggie they, for whatever reason, couldn't PP.... I'll take it and thankyou...lol.ย  I always check others dig holes.....

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23 hours ago, Trailertrash said:

All I can do is shake my head sometimes. I'll go out day after day, hiking all over the hills, just "sure" the gold must be over the next ridge, if I just try a little harder.

Haven't found anything yet, using that method.

Then I decide to give my back a break for a day, and just drive around looking. I get a random urge to hunt a wash, pull over, jump out, and dig a nice specimen within 300ft of my rig.

I'd call it chance, but this is the third time it's happened in a year. Go figure. Listen to the little voice in your head, I guess๐Ÿ‘

I know exactly where I will be hunting this next week!

Regards, KyleIMG_20210121_174354.jpg

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Really nice specimen. Congrats.

Actually I had much better luck just driving around and detecting on a whim than going where everyone told me to go.๐Ÿ˜

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5 hours ago, Morlock said:

Really nice specimen. Congrats.

Actually I had much better luck just driving around and detecting on a whim than going where everyone told me to go.๐Ÿ˜

Nothing wrong with being the rebel, and sometimes it pays off!

Went back today, and started from the bottom of the wash. Dug a few pieces of heartbreaking deep iron wire, but no trace of gold. Oddly, I really didn't see any quartz in the wash at all, except for the specimen itself.

On to the next one, once the weather clears up in a few days!

Regards, Kyle

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9 minutes ago, Trailertrash said:

Nothing wrong with being the rebel, and sometimes it pays off!

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To be honest, I lived out west years ago when there were still plenty of undiscovered patches to be found...and find some I did. Things are a little different these days with all the hunting pressure over the years since.ย  I'm convinced there's still some patches to be found but in very remote areas where very few people (if any) have been before.

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17 minutes ago, Morlock said:

I'm convinced there's still some patches to be found but in very remote areas where very few people (if any) have been before.

I keep hoping to stumble into one of those!

Had a funny one last week. Hiked a mile or so, humping up hills, clambering over rocks, and generally huffing and puffing my way to what "must surely be" an untouched wash.

Scrambled up over the last hill, and found a Jeep trail right to it. Campfire ring, Keystone light cans, and all.ย 

I said a few choice words, mostly aimed at myself, for not studying Google Earth more closely, ate my soggy peanut butter sandwich, and shuffled home.

I do hold hope of finding either a virgin wash, or a patch below an eroded vein. In the mean time, I'll keep raiding the washes that are so obvious everyone has driven right by them. It pays off for now๐Ÿ‘

Regards, Kyle

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