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  1. #1
    us
    Aug 2012
    SO CAL
    SDC2300, Gold Monster, Sierra Gold Trac, GB2, F19 and the Falcon
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    Prospecting

    Back from the Rand

    I knew because of all the rain that drywashing would be a lost cause but wanted to get out anyways. Never seen so much green or even wild flowers around Randsburg.....pretty cool in itself.

    Decided to make this a prospecting/exploring trip to some remote far away place between Trona and Death Valley. Found an old pocket mine a few years ago up a steep draw that showed possibilities. This gold mine was worked over 100 years ago and in such a steep remote location, that only the best ore was be taken out by pack string.

    Discovered it few years ago and found some nice gold oar that had been pitched onto the dump. One back pack full had crushed out to 4 grams. Made my way back to this lonely place Friday and it seemed nobody had been there since my last visit. Spent the afternoon raking and sorting through the dump. As I had limited means to get it out, I had to choose carefully. Anything that gave a zip-zip and "looked like rotten teeth" went into the oar bag. Sure glad I had my "little mule" along. ]This bike will take me any where I have the balls to point it.

    Got back to the truck around dark after a couple near crashes on my over loaded "mule". Made a quick supper, some beers and couple shots of whisky later I was in the sack. Fell asleep in the back of the truck to the sound of the desert wind howling.

    Up the next morning, headed for Ridgecrest and pulled into Denny's...........a Grand Slam never tasted so good.
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    us
    Aug 2012
    SO CAL
    SDC2300, Gold Monster, Sierra Gold Trac, GB2, F19 and the Falcon
    889
    1245 times
    Prospecting
    More pics, why some arn't right side up is beyond me. Always been more mechanical than "technical'
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    us
    May 2011
    tujunga ca
    xlt mxt gmz whites
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    glad you are getting out there.theres alot of cool places out that way.hope to be out there soon.
    brad

  4. #4

    Jan 2008
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    If the batteries arrive for my Proton Mag. I'll be out a Goler Gulch this Friday. It's been too long since I have been out there. Good to know about all the beauty!

  5. #5
    us
    Aug 2014
    SoCal
    SDC2300, Whippet, 151, GH, shovel, brain
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    Prospecting
    Sounds like a great trip! What a cool discovery. That's real prospecting.

    I wish I had more time and less constraints to be able to get out there and explore more often. I love it out there. Even bought my own piece of land in Cal City just to be able to call that place home.
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    Made it to Goler on Monday and dug down no more than 3" in Sand Canyon and hit wet dirt! So I just drywashed what was dry and got skunked. Beautiful out there but dang, those roads in the back country are the worse I've seen in the 21 years of going out there. I hit a few too many big rocks and next stop is to get a front end alignment for my 94' Grand Cherokee. Thinking I won't go back till late summer hoping that the traffic will help smooth out the roads a little. I notice that the BLM has blocked off the lower half of Mormon Gulch (really?) and man have they put up a lot of non-motorized use signs a bit over the top me thinks. Going from Mormon Gulch taking the road that leads down to Goler Wash there is a LARGE rock smack in the middle of the road. If I lived closer I'd be out there with my portable drill,cement bit and some Dexpan!! Going around said rock I almost rolled my Jeep due to the steep side of the road. So the 2nd option would be to get out the big pick and dig into the bank then shovel the dirt around the boulder to make it pass able or at least be able to go around the boulder safely.

  7. #7
    us
    Dec 2012
    Concrete, WA
    Nokta FoRs Gold, a Gold Cube, 2 Keene Sluices and Lord only knows how many pans....not to mention a load of other gear my wife still doesn't know about!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Prospector View Post
    More pics, why some aren't right side up is beyond me.
    Always been more mechanical than "technical'

    When an image is too large on one side, it gets turned sideways.

    I opened this one up in Paint, and reduced it's size by 60%.

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    Mike (aka Dizz)

    "If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest
    of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick
    the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you
    were our countrymen." ~~ Samuel Adams, 1776

    Dizzy's Super-Simple, Universal Rule of Forum Conduct: Don't be an ass.

  8. #8

    Jan 2008
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    I like your Mini-bike. I have a couple of them myself. Inexpensive and the engines are easy to repair. I've got a 6.5 HP on mine (197cc I believe). Tons of torque. What brand and model is that one?


  9. #9
    us
    Aug 2012
    SO CAL
    SDC2300, Gold Monster, Sierra Gold Trac, GB2, F19 and the Falcon
    889
    1245 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Seden View Post
    I like your Mini-bike. I have a couple of them myself. Inexpensive and the engines are easy to repair. I've got a 6.5 HP on mine (197cc I believe). Tons of torque. What brand and model is that one?

    Baja Motor Sports.........$650.00 from Tractor Supply, Chinese made Honda clone motor.........no complaints
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  10. #10
    us
    Aug 2012
    SO CAL
    SDC2300, Gold Monster, Sierra Gold Trac, GB2, F19 and the Falcon
    889
    1245 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by Seden View Post
    Made it to Goler on Monday and dug down no more than 3" in Sand Canyon and hit wet dirt! So I just drywashed what was dry and got skunked. Beautiful out there but dang, those roads in the back country are the worse I've seen in the 21 years of going out there. I hit a few too many big rocks and next stop is to get a front end alignment for my 94' Grand Cherokee. Thinking I won't go back till late summer hoping that the traffic will help smooth out the roads a little. I notice that the BLM has blocked off the lower half of Mormon Gulch (really?) and man have they put up a lot of non-motorized use signs a bit over the top me thinks. Going from Mormon Gulch taking the road that leads down to Goler Wash there is a LARGE rock smack in the middle of the road. If I lived closer I'd be out there with my portable drill,cement bit and some Dexpan!! Going around said rock I almost rolled my Jeep due to the steep side of the road. So the 2nd option would be to get out the big pick and dig into the bank then shovel the dirt around the boulder to make it pass able or at least be able to go around the boulder safely.
    The BLM has been going CRAZY with non motorized signs ect. this winter. They actually put one right through the middle of our claim (on an existing road).......what the Hell?

  11. #11

    Dec 2012
    on the rocks - so cal county line
    Gold bug pro / Whites coin master II
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    will ranger Joe be ticketing 4 whell drives now ?
    Now that the dirty work is done all's that is left is the digging

 

 

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