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  1. #46
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    Awesome thread.

    I can't find anything to disagree with. The full range of emotions, philosophy and education for me. But, I think, one point of view is somewhat missing: that of the older "amateur prospector." When you get the fever in your eighties, frugality and pounds of gold and its value are not even part of the conversation.

    What does matter is the light in the West. The smell of trout water and alfalfa. The damp earth, dry dust, cockleburrs and cheat grass in your socks. A cold shower and a rib steak at some no-name joint after a hard day.

    I do like the parts about how much gold prospecting costs - at all levels. Knowing this, for those of you with a claim, why not offset some of your expenses by charging guys like me who would like to smell your alfalfa and mess around in your dirt? The pay to dig idea has always appealed to me becasue it is such a fair exchange of value: Hard cash for access, education, and adventure. I have never done this but would sure like too. I have no idea what they charge but, say $50.00 - 100.00 a day would be a real bargain.

    Driving from Florida to the far West (where we were raised) to a gold bearing area, doing days of research, driving around and around in unknown territory looking for access without getting in trouble in the middle of nowhere - then driving back to the motel without even dipping the pan, can get discouraging.

    Those who have done the research, with days - years of boots on the ground, who know of fun places to prospect have EARNED a valuable product even without a claim.

    So, I intend to start a thread, for those of you who may have an interest in profiting from your investment.

    Have more money than time.

    Thurman

  2. #47
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    May 2014
    AZ
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thurman View Post
    Awesome thread.

    I can't find anything to disagree with. The full range of emotions, philosophy and education for me. But, I think, one point of view is somewhat missing: that of the older "amateur prospector." When you get the fever in your eighties, frugality and pounds of gold and its value are not even part of the conversation.

    What does matter is the light in the West. The smell of trout water and alfalfa. The damp earth, dry dust, cockleburrs and cheat grass in your socks. A cold shower and a rib steak at some no-name joint after a hard day.

    I do like the parts about how much gold prospecting costs - at all levels. Knowing this, for those of you with a claim, why not offset some of your expenses by charging guys like me who would like to smell your alfalfa and mess around in your dirt? The pay to dig idea has always appealed to me becasue it is such a fair exchange of value: Hard cash for access, education, and adventure. I have never done this but would sure like too. I have no idea what they charge but, say $50.00 - 100.00 a day would be a real bargain.

    Driving from Florida to the far West (where we were raised) to a gold bearing area, doing days of research, driving around and around in unknown territory looking for access without getting in trouble in the middle of nowhere - then driving back to the motel without even dipping the pan, can get discouraging.

    Those who have done the research, with days - years of boots on the ground, who know of fun places to prospect have EARNED a valuable product even without a claim.

    So, I intend to start a thread, for those of you who may have an interest in profiting from your investment.

    Have more money than time.

    Thurman
    Here are two things that will help you "do it yourself" at little cost for one and nothing for the other. Buy this members book (pm him to find out where). Kevin in Colorado...and elsewhere. It gives specific info for places to pan legally and for free in Colorado and several are in the immediate Denver metro area.....meaning easy day trip outings from a hotel or motel base if you are not a camper. Most of the others may be too. Colorado ain't California but it is just as beautiful and one of my favorite places to visit. The other thing is to learn how to use this site. Welcome to Land Matters. It has a current listing of active claims state by state (focus on the western states) as well as a lot of other useful info. I'm far from being a spring chicken myself (probably close to your age) and my prospecting usually starts with finding the general location of claims in my areas of interest, be it near my home or near where I want to motel it when on the road, then prospecting close by those claims on legal land. If you are not sure of the laws in various states then ask questions here on the forum. That said, there is at least one place in California that caters to those willing to pay for play....prospect on their property. Some say too pricey but beggers can't be choosers and it may be right down your alley.

    Good luck.
    Last edited by arizau; Apr 12, 2019 at 06:56 PM.
    If it can't be grown, it must be mined!

  3. #48
    if it flies, it dies

    Jan 2015
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    the reason i prospect is because i love the outdoors. i love learning new things, especially if it involves being outdoors. the history that is blatant and latent is fascinating to me. learning the geology, its a puzzle that has so many parts you never know when its complete. besides cleaning gold is much easier than cleaning a turkey.
    got the fever? dont scratch the itch.

  4. #49
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    Jan 2016
    South of Gunnison, Gold Basin
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    Orecart, I've never read you being a jerk so I dont get that from you at all. Ive had alot of deleted posts so trust me on that. Your posts are well within bounds of being just fine and completely civilized as far as I can tell. Write on brother. That's what we are here for and you're good to go.
    Thurman, there are alot of claim owners that might want help testing or help digging a big hole so that's gold you should be able to keep. Everything you do on someone's claim is going to benefit them with info and whatever holes you start and that's payment enough. I'd never dream of charging anyone to dig at my spot and I'd never even think about taking any of the gold they get especially after they start a good hole and move rocks for a day. That's just plain wrong.
    If a person would rather say you can dig for 50 or 100 bucks rather than just saying "no", seems like his greed is talking. Surely you can find someone that wants help or even to double up on a dig. It's a chance for you to learn and they get your help, a fair trade.
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  5. #50
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    Aug 2014
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    Hey Johnnybravo & arizau,

    I hear you. But there are so many generous folks on this forum. I am just a strange guy. My wife and I don't even bunk with relatives when traveling. I just hate the idea of imposing any inconvenience on someone and nice motels are very affordable.

    I have to prospecting book on Utah, and plan on getting Kevin's before I leave even though Colorado is not in the schedule. There is iron in Kevin's words!

    No, I am not rich. I was just lucky to retire early from engineering work at G.E./Lockheed....and that was 25 years ago. So honestly, I really do have more money than time. Think about it. Or look up an actuarial chart if you need proof.

    So, I understand generosity and the hesitation of gentlemen to be rewarded. Nor would I want to insult anyone on purpose. At the same time I insist on paying AND buying the steak dinner, as gentlemanly as possible. Some folks may actually need the money but would never ask. Been there.

    I think of any "payment" more like a contribution...to the cause.

    This actually is a little harder to talk about than I thought - without being cute, moralistic, or snotty. Funny in a way - us Westerners were brought up to not talk much. I just love being outside and on the chase. It has enormous value to me. You may notice I have not said anything about actually finding gold.

    Best regards to all, Thurman
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  6. #51
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    Mar 2016
    Tahoe, CA
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    Thanks Thurman,
    It's prospecting that is so much fun. If you were finding gold it'd be mining! Ha! Prospecting is the chase! It's putting knowledge and skill to use to just find the gold spots. Then, find the best concentrations. Then, it's MINING time! Or, some small scale miners like me call it, "production". That's when ya have a shovel and a lunch and it's work! Only it doesn't seem like it because you KNOW you're on the gold! Sometimes I forget what time it is! My back usually let's me know when it's break time!
    I appreciate your posting. Your right about the smells and things one experiences getting "out". Well said! I bet that before you get out here you'll haves some place to go that has gold! You're on a good website to have some help finding it. In the Motherload here in Calif. there's public access places. You can find color in those places with a pan. You wont get rich, but you'll have some gold!
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    For me, it's all about being in the outdoors. I always need a reason to be out there, and lost my lust to kill animals, so prospecting filled the void. I also enjoy the challenge of finding what others haven't :-)
    Jim

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    to just get out and enjoy the outdoors
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  9. #54
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    Jan 2019
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahoegold View Post
    Thanks Thurman,
    It's prospecting that is so much fun. If you were finding gold it'd be mining! Ha! Prospecting is the chase! It's putting knowledge and skill to use to just find the gold spots. Then, find the best concentrations. Then, it's MINING time! Or, some small scale miners like me call it, "production". That's when ya have a shovel and a lunch and it's work! Only it doesn't seem like it because you KNOW you're on the gold! Sometimes I forget what time it is! My back usually let's me know when it's break time!
    I appreciate your posting. Your right about the smells and things one experiences getting "out". Well said! I bet that before you get out here you'll haves some place to go that has gold! You're on a good website to have some help finding it. In the Motherload here in Calif. there's public access places. You can find color in those places with a pan. You wont get rich, but you'll have some gold!
    Now I thought I was the only one that did this!!

    As I said, I am looking to see where the gold bearing area lies is, so I am not concerned about "mining it" at the moment. I will often see color in my pan, then just dump it out figuring I will get it the next time when I am really after it.
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  10. #55
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    Mar 2016
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    Plus ya gotta prospect/sample once ya start minning! Today I'm throwing a couple of buckets through the sluice, it was a nice cloudy day perfect temp. Go to do a clean out. Whaa? Just some tiny dust for gold. I had been diggin out this perfect line of 2' boulders that started off testing possitive for good gold. That was on the top 1 foot however. The boulders 2 feet down had nada! So, thinking of this thread today big time. I went to work sampling the gravels. Sure nuff, found a 10 foot length 1ft deep that was the pay. It ran right on top of the boulders. !! The rest of the day I could just dig and know I was on the right spot now. Lesson learned. Even though I have an inspection mat, which actually helped today, make sure you do all the steps of prospecting so you dont waste time. I'm sold on sampling and mapping a spot now. Glad I did it early in the day. It really made a difference in my take as well. It really doesnt take very long to find the perimiter of a streak. It took a lot less time than digging and sluicing for nada!
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