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    Prospector

    Jun 2014
    San Diego, Ca.
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    Cool Hey! Who else is waiting for the desert to dry out?

    Status check? Whos digging out there?
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    May 2011
    tujunga ca
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    went out to randsburg today.its going to be too wet for awhile.just used my detector,great weather,no gold.found some lug nuts i guess someone had a bad day.
    brad

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    Aug 2012
    SO CAL
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    Fishing, dreaming and waiting for the desert to dry out. A desert prospector can only depend on the dry windy Fall!

    BTW Mike; whats up with that 3lbs spottie on your avatar? Grouper bait! Or perhaps Mission Bay trophy? Anyways, where are the pics of 40lbs+ yellowtail (on the plug), I know you've got some someplace!
    Last edited by Hard Prospector; Feb 01, 2020 at 01:03 AM.
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    I can dig it! "WP"

    Mar 2007
    Arizona
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    Been spending the time fine tuning and modifying my blower drywasher........

    Made a new easy in, easy out, riffle tray from wood, added quick connectors for the hose RV style, made new legs out of conduit so now there is no disassembly required and it folds flat, added a riffle screen over the last few riffles to improve recovery by 10 to 25% (see video below for details), added an adjustable air baffle to the box to better regulate and control air flow, fabricated a better way to connect and disconnect the front legs to the hopper with a slip fit joint that is also height adjustable, installed new fabric and added 180 mesh polyester monofilament silk screen material over it.

    Wont be long now, the high desert is just starting to dry out on my claims in northern AZ.
    In the mean time I've been detecting and hard rocking, Cant wait to get back to drywashin'

    Did make one trip south to Quartzsite a few weeks ago to drywash and try out my improvements.
    Due to the moist dirt I only ran two 5 gal buckets and had to run them 3 times each to dry the material out. Only got one tiny picker and a few fines for my trouble.





    Go for the Gold
    GG~
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Feb 05, 2020 at 10:15 AM.
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    We're in Gold Basin, AZ and it doesn't look like its drying out anytime soon...sigh...
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    "Call me ArfieBoy"

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    So... if it's that wet in the desert right now, does that mean there is going to be another "super bloom" like last year?

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    Look at the Historical Gold Mining photo albums on my page

    Jan 2013
    Huntington, Or./ Stanton, AZ/ former Outlaw California Gold Dredger
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    And it's supposed to start raining again next week. It hit 24 Tuesday night and stayed that way all night. I'm loving my recirc set up and running inside the tent with heat.
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    I can dig it! "WP"

    Mar 2007
    Arizona
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    Going to be 70 degrees Saturday and after the high winds the last few days I'm going to try again but I'm taking my detector and recirc sluice in case it's still too wet. No rain in the 10 day forecast up here so fingers crossed.

    Worst case, I rake down and detect drywasher tailings on claims that (GSSN) owns, I just joined them last week so not sure how productive that will be.
    At least it will be warm and sunny so will enjoy the day no matter what.

    GG~
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Feb 06, 2020 at 09:49 AM.
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    We had more rain this fall than we usually get in a year, so I imagine the spring bloom will be spectacular!
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    Unbelievable! Raining again! Several days worth according to the forecast...at this rate, I won't be drywashing until July! Might have to bring material home to sluice instead.
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    us
    May 2011
    tujunga ca
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    ive been taking my gmt out,but i much rather going drywashing. iam finding some new places for when it drys out. i also bring some dirt home to pan
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    May 2011
    tujunga ca
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    well now there are telling people over 65 in calif to stay in doors, really?? sorry if this is in the wrong place

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    Mar 2020
    39 Emma Street, Southland, Texas(TX)
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    Living like cactus live without water.......

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    I can dig it! "WP"

    Mar 2007
    Arizona
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1637 View Post
    ive been taking my gmt out,but i much rather going drywashing. iam finding some new places for when it drys out. i also bring some dirt home to pan
    Still waiting for it to dry out .............
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    GG~
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    Just Another Old Guy

    Feb 2008
    Grays Harbor in Washington state
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    A little more water and you could be dredging in the desert
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    I'm a drinker with a heavy prospecting problem and I'm out of dirt again

 

 
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