Jan 21, 2013, 04:13 PM
The piles come from part somewhere on there land I am not sure! I will find out what kind of Highbanker that was and let you know! Lord knows I dont want to buy one like that! Thank you for your encouragement!
Originally Posted by pvillehunter
Jan 21, 2013 04:13 PM
Jan 21, 2013, 04:15 PM
Thank you, thank you! No I am to hard headed and don't like giving up! I try to be funny, its those moments in life if you don't laugh at your bad situation you would probably cry! I cant wait to read this a year from now! I think I will keep a journal, that is a great idea!
Originally Posted by Fullpan
Jan 21, 2013, 04:17 PM
I agree, completely its about having fun! But I do want to find gold! LOL I want a 10lb nugget dang it! What does a girl have to do to get a 10lb nugget!!!!! lol
Originally Posted by LuckyLarry
Jan 21, 2013, 04:19 PM
I even had a shirt made for myself that had Gold Digger on the back with gold sparkly letters! LOL
Jan 21, 2013, 05:32 PM
Yeah, you need to learn how a sluice should be set and run, but this takes time, practice and patience. You should be test panning the pile at the end of the sluice every hour to see if you are losing anything. There is a fine line of adjustment between sluice angle and water flow. Too little and your riffles pack up. Too much and you blow out all the gold. Adjust one at a time, run material and test pan.
Also, it's not a race to see how much material you can run. Run too much and you overload and pack the riffles and your gold rides on out.
Jan 21, 2013, 05:54 PM
Right I agree! But u can't adjust anything on these machines they are set, they come and clean them. They kept saying move as much material as u can. But then again some can handle much more then others! Thanks for the advice, where were u at on Saturday when we needed you! Lol
Jan 21, 2013, 05:58 PM
keep at it you will get there happy hunting
Jan 21, 2013, 06:12 PM
Don't give up, Australia MD man found a 7 lb. nugget wow is Fort Mitchell U.S. Army? Jump School? retired 4 years after 40 of MDing and care for grandchildren too! teacher and Social Worker and one year+ in South Korea U.s Army SP/4.
Last edited by boris; Jan 21, 2013 at 06:47 PM.
Jan 21, 2013, 06:34 PM
It's not a Military base is may have been a long time ago! I am right by Ft Benning ga tho!
Jan 21, 2013, 06:46 PM
Have you ever been fishing? Or shopping for something special? It's not whether you get/catch something the first few casts, or the first few shopping trips for something hard to find--it's how many times you keep on casting that line back in/keep on hitting the shops until you get what you're looking for. Now, with fishing, you can spend some serious cash on gear, travel, a boat, etc. and never get a nibble on a trip, but the equipment will always be ready for when you finally hit a good location on a good day. It's the same with the gold--a good location, on a good day.
Keep at it, and one day, you'll hit it. Then, the party will begin.
All the best,
Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .
Jan 21, 2013, 06:52 PM
It's definitely not easy, but it makes success sweeter.
It is very hard to wash the fine gold out of the carpet. I rinse, shake, stretch, repeat until it looks clean. When I get home I let it dry for a few days, and then bump and tap it and I'm always amazed at the amount of gold that comes out.
don't give up. gl.
Two rules in life: Don't sweat the small stuff.
It's all small stuff.
Jan 21, 2013, 06:55 PM
Just bring a gun. My girlfriend carries a glock .357, she weighs all of 100 pounds but will pretty much go anywhere because of her heavyweight friend she carries in the purse o.o
Originally Posted by crystalpayne
Jan 21, 2013, 07:09 PM
Such enthusiasm deserves reward. So here is your reward. You proved your worth. Now to quote an old adage it's better to work smart than hard.
A good prospector takes samples and test them before committing to digging. So if the same amount of dirt had 10 pieces per bucket would your muscles be less sore, I think not, but you would consider your efforts were redeemed by the gold. Unless I know the area very very well, I always test pan a few samples. So when do I know when to dig? A little flour gold? Maybe. One piece? Not always, but I have. Three pieces? Yes, I dig. One flake of gold? I dig hard, I dig deep, I want to find all the family relatives. Your true reward is your experience, and those are the tools you use to find the gold.
In all the advancing we can do to improve this world, the sharing of knowledge and wisdom is the most important.
We stand on the shoulders of giants.
I am so glad I joined this Message board.
If I post anything that inspires anyone to do better mining then me, I did my part.
And If anyone inspires me to try something new, or better, I thank them now.
Jan 21, 2013, 07:33 PM
Heck, I think you should forget gold and become a writer.
Seriously! Your story was written wonderfully. Orderly, clear and conlcise. All important parts of the story were a effortless read for us word lovers.
Unlike my own mumbling and fumbling, you bring a level of skill to this forum that is sometines lacking in thought and polish.
Jan 21, 2013, 08:10 PM
Yes, I love to fish!!! I know its going to be like fishing...Minus all the beer consumption! You can fish for days then all it takes is that big ole run and all those days going home empty handed payed off!
Originally Posted by Lanny in AB
Jan 21, 2013, 08:12 PM
Thank you so much! I looked back on it and had some spelling errors! In fairness I was a couple of cups of coffee deep and getting worked up over re-living my Saturday!
Jan 21, 2013, 08:13 PM
You and your husband worked hard and in my opinion you had a bum deal. You've been given some very good advice here!! I like the one about keeping a journal about your trips, that will even be great for your family to look back on as well as to log special ideas and thoughts and opinions on areas you've been to. Post lots of pictures in it so you really know what the place looked like, you will have many reasons to look back at those pictures. I played at prospecting for many years, had no clue what I was doing, taught myself to pan (I'm still way to slow at it) but then I purchased a Batpan (batpan.com) and my panning became easier and better. Okay 3 children later now I get to go backpacking at least three times a year as I take the children one at a time and we play, fish and do some panning and lots of exploring. They love it out there but the adult Must stay right with the child as the child is just the right size to become Food for some larger animal!! Bears, mountain lions, even a good sized bobcat and do not forget the snakes.
Okay fast forward to my youngest childs 4th trip so he's now eight years old. We met a couple fellas panning and just snooping around looking for color. They ask my son if he wants to try his hand at it, he does. They set him up with their pan, their tools, their crack in a rock and their sample dirt. He fills the pan they show him how to wet everything down, swirl it around, help him to get it down to just the concentrates and then show him a little trick of how to swirl the water to display what you might have. BINGO Gold! They even gave him a sample bottle to take his gold home in. Nice time.
So more years later and I've added a whites gmt gold metal detector to my gear. I find a boulder next to the river detecting is tough due to lots of rocks around the boulder. So I dig a hole on the down rive side of the boulder and wave the detector over the dug dirt. If the detector zips I work the sample in the gold pan. No zip I do not work the gold. I find some nice nuggets. I go out and purchase a sluice box, Keene A52, bring it back in and now I can work a lot more sample but still I only work the buckets the detector has told me there is gold in.
This is a picture of the < 1/4 oz. of gold I took from that one spot (the gold is on top of a U.S. 50 cent piece), from the down river side of a boulder off to one side of the river. Lesson: learn how to read a river. There are LOTS of "How Too's" on you tube so watch them, its free. A gold pan, a "classifier" (sifter, sorter) to remove the large pieces from your sample, a shovel and a good strong back are all a person needs but you must shovel dirt that has gold in it. Now that I've some experience (do not misquote me as I did Not say I know how to use my detector) with my detector and I can read a river a little better it is easier for me to locate 'some' gold.
Whatever your method of prospecting they all take time and learning SO it is best if you and yours just enjoy being out there and have fun with the adventure. If you find some gold well all the better! For me I'm always having adventures "out there"
And I usually find gold even if it isn't very much
But Then I did say the adventures are worth all the work, effort and cost
And the more one explores the more one sees and there is always camp at night
And this is why I suggested taking pictures. You two have fun...........63bkpkr
PS - you may notice that I am in wilderness country. When I'm out there I always take an insurance policy with me as one never knows when they will need an insurance policy. I carry mine under my left arm in a shoulder holster, perfectly legal. I have no desire to shoot any animal even one that has just wrecked my camp but come at me or threaten one of my children and you can count on being dead. I feel it is a good idea for anyone but especially a woman to carry a firearm, revolver or pistol or shotgun, out there IF they take the training and know how to use it and will use it if they need too. That last part is the important one, you must have that mind set or else you have no business out there. IMHO Be safe!
Last edited by 63bkpkr; Jan 21, 2013 at 08:27 PM.
Out searching w/GMT & friend under my arm
Jan 21, 2013, 08:52 PM
Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!
Crystal, GA is not known for its gold recovery. You did good to find some. I don't like the sound of the way they treated you and yours. Sounds like they turned you two into unpaid laborers, moving the overburden for them! That being said, keep at it. TimC and I live in the best gold fields in AZ. We have hosted several "gold adventurers" here at the RV. One went home with almost 2 pennyweight in gold from just 12 buckets! And that is from ground he dug himself... in one day! One fellow has come from Indiana, twice. He is at the RV as I write this. Four (or five) others are coming in February. They all go home with gold. Gauranteed! All on the Tnet are invited, as you and yours are. Coming out to AZ just to dig around in dirt is quite an expense. If you are coming out this way for a vacation (California, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon) stop by for a day or two. Cost free. I am not always there but Tim does good as a host. We are members of local clubs, LDMA (GPAA) and have our own claims. You will not be hurting for good places to find gold. Second choice.... order some "paydirt" from somebody like "Kuger" (on this net) or other reputable dealer(s). That way you know the gold is there. And use it to PRACTICE over and over (into a tub to keep from losing the gold) again until you are recovering all of the color. Keep reading the relevent forums here to pick up a feel for what you expect from this great pasttime. I know i'm being redundant but don't give up! You are doing fine. (Now I need a break til the blisters on my two typing fingers subside!) Terry
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference.
The Marines don't have that problem."
- President Ronald Reagan.
Jan 21, 2013, 09:41 PM
If you just said you can't drink beer while you prospect I think we might have found the problem.
Originally Posted by crystalpayne
Jan 21, 2013, 10:14 PM
Hey TerryC - where'd you learn to use TWO fingers?
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