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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . . and Bears

    Hey Lanny,
    Cute poem, neat pictures! FYI - from the number of bear scat piles around the two camps on Hefty's claim there was more than one bear stirring the pot down there. I'd seen one pile there earlier in the year, possibly between 200 to 300 pound animal. I know there are larger animals in the general area as I've seen them first hand, magnificent things when they aren't tearing up your camp! Recall that they tagged his air mattress tore up the tent, ate the food and that he spent the next 12 or so hours not sleeping well on the hard ground. All in all a good reason to complain (a little) about the bear poem though I suspect he had a mile wide smile on his face when he sent his email to you.

    Happy first day of December, 63bkpkr
    Out searching w/GMT & friend under my arm

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .


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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . . and Bears

    Quote Originally Posted by 63bkpkr
    Hey Lanny,
    Cute poem, neat pictures! FYI - from the number of bear scat piles around the two camps on Hefty's claim there was more than one bear stirring the pot down there. I'd seen one pile there earlier in the year, possibly between 200 to 300 pound animal. I know there are larger animals in the general area as I've seen them first hand, magnificent things when they aren't tearing up your camp! Recall that they tagged his air mattress tore up the tent, ate the food and that he spent the next 12 or so hours not sleeping well on the hard ground. All in all a good reason to complain (a little) about the bear poem though I suspect he had a mile wide smile on his face when he sent his email to you.

    Happy first day of December, 63bkpkr
    The bears do seem to gang up on the gold hunters--I don't know why that is. Now, I wouldn't mind if the bears would let me know where there was a secret cache of gold nuggets hidden, even if it was simply a strip of virgin dirt the old-timer's missed! And of course Hefty had a big grin on his face when he wrote what he did--he loves to crack a joke, that's for sure.

    All the best,

    Lanny
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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Lanny you CRACK me up


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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    WARNING--Prospecting Poetry.

    A Visit From Old Nick

    Out West there toils a man named Nick
    That fills folks’ wishes purdy slick,
    Yet only when they’ve done their best
    Will Nick step in te do the rest . . .

    So get yourself a comfy spot
    For you’ll hear things, as like as not
    Which may seem false or might seem true
    But how you see it’s up to you.

    * * * * *

    A boy there is whose name is Pete,
    His sister Sue is mighty sweet,
    And yet their lives are far from fine
    Their Ma and Pa are clothed in pine.

    Pneu-mo-ni-a—it holds the blame,
    So things will never be the same.
    ‘Cause, life is rough for orphaned youth
    And that’s the cold hard, durn-ed truth.

    But these two kids has Uncle Joe.
    His ways are kind. His speech is slow.
    His hands are big. He’s got huge feet.
    His sense of humor’s never beat.

    But loyal, Uncle Joe is most,
    He’d take his licks and be a ghost
    Before he’d ever break his vow
    To see them kids raised-up somehow.

    But—times is bad and mighty tough,
    Depression woes have made things rough,
    ‘Cause things is hard in ‘33
    And that’s a fact now, yes-sir-ee.

    The jobs is gone, the banks ‘r broke
    And findin’ cash, it ain’t no joke.
    But Joe he plots himself a plan
    To garner riches if he can . . .

    He packs his gear to head out West
    Where Argonauts once did their best
    To wrest the wealth from nature’s hand;
    To dig some gold, is what he’s planned.

    So one spring day, he bids adieu
    To little Pete and tiny Sue.
    He packs his gear and strides away
    Into the West, to find some pay—

    To give those kids a decent shot
    At food and clothes, and like as not
    At books and school and learnin’ fun.
    His quest for gold is number one.

    He sets his pace to reach the land
    Where noble nuggets have been panned.
    Through untold miles he keeps his pace,
    To reach the hills, that guard the place.

    At last he spies the quested spot—
    Those magic hills where Oro’s got.
    But as he strolls those treasured creeks,
    Joe finds he’s late by many weeks.

    The news she’s bad, for times is tough
    And many folks has got it rough.
    The Sourdoughs feel bad for him,
    They know Joe’s chance, she’s mighty slim.

    His farmin’ skills won’t help him know
    How far to dig, or where to go.
    But Joe decides he’ll stay to mine,
    To work for others will be fine.

    He’ll work until he’s learned the tricks.
    For once he’s learned, it always sticks.
    So one fall day, he quits the creeks
    To hike some slopes—for gold he seeks.

    A bedrock rim crops from the hill
    It lures him in and fires his will.
    A cut is there from days gone by—
    A tunnel black has caught his eye.

    A drift he views from long ago
    He ducks his head and shouts hello,
    An echo greets him in a blink—
    The air, she’s got a potent stink!

    A cougar’s made her den in there
    For bones is scattered everywhere
    And cougars they’s a tough old lot
    And fightin’ them gets mighty hot.

    Undaunted though, Joe probes about
    And finds the big cat’s ventured out.
    Off to the left he spies a seam
    And starts his miner’s diggin’ dream.

    A month of dirt--he runs it through.
    It’s mighty poor, that’s awful true.
    Yet on he digs to test some more.
    Them kids needs him, of that he’s sure.

    The days is short, the weather’s cold
    The sluices gripped in Jack Frost’s hold.
    The Sourdoughs, they start to fret—
    They pull their freight and out they get.

    Well Joe, he’s now the only one
    That’s diggin’ dirt fer Winter fun.
    Yet what he’s gettin’ ain’t worth spit
    Dejected now, he packs to quit.

    His heart is heavy, that’s fer sure,
    For tortured ways there ain’t no cure.
    Them kids wuz sorely countin’ on
    His help, but now that hope is gone.

    Sweet Sue and Pete—no Christmas—none.
    No clothes, no books or school’in fun . . .
    But then at once, Joe hears a sound
    Which makes him snap his head around.

    Just up the creek there stands a sight!
    A Sourdough with beard of white—
    With cow-belled mules all fully packed.
    And through the snow old Joe he's tracked.

    He’s heard of Joe from those gone south,
    (Rich gossip spread by word of mouth).
    Of miner’s woes the news spreads quick,
    He shakes Joe’s hand—his name is Nick.

    Old Nick he tells a tale or two
    Of how things wuz in ’62,
    Of how he struck it rich those days,
    Then left for Frisco’s finer ways.

    But now Nick’s bored from sittin’ there
    In all that balmy ocean air,
    His life’s gone soft with wine and song—
    Not bein’ here, it sees all wrong.

    Imagine Nick’s complete surprise,
    When up the hill he looks and spies
    That Joe’s been diggin’ in his drift!
    His bushy brows give quite the lift.

    Nick scrambles up to check his mine
    And then his eyes begin to shine.
    He says to Joe, “Now here’s a sight.
    You took a left instead of right.

    The clay that’s blue, she marks the way
    That maps the seam where lies the pay.
    And here’s a truth that must be told,
    It leads the way to sassy gold.”

    Old Nick and Joe worked day and night
    And chased blue clay off to the right.
    At last they found a seam of pay
    Where fines, and flakes, and nuggets lay.

    Well Joe, he hollered, hooped and cried
    And Nick he grinned a mile wide!
    When Joe he turned to thank Old Nick,
    Old Nick had pulled a clever trick—

    He’d up and vanished without trace!
    No tracks or mules any place.
    No trails through the virgin snow.
    No camp of Nick’s just down below.


    * * * * * *

    The Argonauts, when tales are told,
    Recount of Nick from days of old,
    Who lost his life in ’62,
    While minin’ seams with clays of blue.

    Out West there toils a man named Nick
    That fills folks’ wishes purdy slick,
    Yet only when they’ve done their best
    Will Nick step in te do the rest . . .

    All the best,

    Lanny














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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .


    Your the master Lanny.


    Hefty

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    I usually don't read poetry Lanny, but once I started on
    A Visit from Old Nick, I couldn't stop reading and smiling' til
    the end. You have quite a talent for poetry and I could visualize
    all that was going on. Very well done for sure. Thanks......
    Gold Nuggets
    It's amazing just how much treasure people loose and we manage to find.

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Gold Nuggets
    I usually don't read poetry Lanny, but once I started on
    A Visit from Old Nick, I couldn't stop reading and smiling' til
    the end. You have quite a talent for poetry and I could visualize
    all that was going on. Very well done for sure. Thanks......
    Gold Nuggets
    There's nothing I can add to Gold Nuggets post. He pretty well says it all!!!

    Lanny, you once asked if there was anything I couldn't do. Well, you just found it.
    I wouldn't even attempt to write a poem, for fear of being laughed right out of Tnet.

    Perhaps you should author a book containing only miners poems.

    Keep it up my friend!! Every little joy, Every little laugh, serves to extend our lives. Perhaps even
    beyond all normal boundries.

    Love and Respect,

    Eagle

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Hefty1

    Your the master Lanny.


    Hefty
    Hefty,
    Thanks so much for your generous compliment!

    All the best,

    Lanny
    Nothin' quite as fun as chasin' sassy gold! http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/me...mysteries.html

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Gold Nuggets
    I usually don't read poetry Lanny, but once I started on
    A Visit from Old Nick, I couldn't stop reading and smiling' til
    the end. You have quite a talent for poetry and I could visualize
    all that was going on. Very well done for sure. Thanks......
    Gold Nuggets
    Gold nuggets,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post your kind words--they are much appreciated.

    All the best,

    Lanny
    Nothin' quite as fun as chasin' sassy gold! http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/me...mysteries.html

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    [quote=EagleDown ]
    Quote Originally Posted by Gold Nuggets


    There's nothing I can add to Gold Nuggets post. He pretty well says it all!!!

    Lanny, you once asked if there was anything I couldn't do. Well, you just found it.
    I wouldn't even attempt to write a poem, for fear of being laughed right out of Tnet.

    Perhaps you should author a book containing only miners poems.

    Keep it up my friend!! Every little joy, Every little laugh, serves to extend our lives. Perhaps even
    beyond all normal boundries.

    Love and Respect,

    Eagle


    Eagle,

    A compliment like that, coming from you is most impressive. By the way, I think you could probably write poetry too--you've certainly got the experience to back it up. But it does take much longer to write the poems than it does the stories, and the stories take a ton of time as it is. So, thanks my friend for your generosity and kindness. (You're right that it is a big risk to post poetry--it puts me quite a ways out of my comfort zone, and not everyone likes poetry. That's why I always post the warning!)

    All the best,

    Lanny
    Nothin' quite as fun as chasin' sassy gold! http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/me...mysteries.html

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Warning--Intentional Comedy in Prospecting Poetry Format!

    Dancin’ Bill

    In days of old, folks set to cuss
    And kicked up such an awful fuss,
    When Dancin’ Bill snuck in to town
    To shut the dancin’ halls all down.

    * * * * * * *

    In dancin’ halls throughout the land
    This feller always got a hand—
    Right out the door—no matter what!
    Of curses loud, he was the butt.

    He was, as some might gently say
    The kind you’d like to keep away.
    His name was simply Dancin’ Bill,
    The scent of him was like to kill—

    His smell, well some described as skunk,
    Or grizzly bear's repugnant funk.
    Or, wolverine replete with sow,
    Mixed carelessly with long dead cow.

    Not quite as bad as pack-rat pew,
    But still a very mighty brew
    Of noxious odors longly cured
    (But never long to be endured).

    His reek was very like to stay
    In floors, or walls, or potters clay
    For days or weeks, but not for years
    As some have claimed through streamin’ tears.

    In those there halls where Bill would hop
    (The dancin' girls would wilt, then drop)
    Yer skin would melt. Then, chairs and stuff
    Were launched at Bill, ‘till things got rough,

    And words wuz said that scorched the bricks
    And set afire the kindlin’ sticks!
    And so, the halls was forced to close
    Until the stench no longer rose.

    It seems that Bill was rather shy
    Of bathin’ water, soap, and lye
    He spent six winters gettin’ ripe
    And never seemed to mind the gripe

    Of any miners in the camp,
    Or any drifter, mule or tramp
    That slept too close to Bill inside--
    For in the mornin’—they’d all died . . .

    He loved to dance, Old Bill, it’s true,
    But fouling odors turns air blue
    And folks found Bill quite re-pell-ent.
    So, flyin' out Old Billy went.

    But, Bill weren’t dumb, he’d use disguise
    And dance there hid before yer eyes—
    But then they’d melt, yer eyes that is,
    ‘Till folks got to their pitchin’ biz

    Of throwin’ Bill right through the air,
    (Or through a wall) without a care.
    For Bill was deadly, plain as day
    And life, it was the price you’d pay—

    Inhaling air too long ‘round Bill.
    Now, I admit, a sniff could kill,
    But not a whiff or tiny snort.
    To save your life you kept it short . . .

    * * * * * * *

    In days of old, folks set to cuss
    And kicked up such an awful fuss,
    When Dancin’ Bill snuck in to town
    To shut the dancin’ halls all down.

    All the best, and Merry Christmas,

    Lanny





    I snapped these pictures in an area where the Sourdoughs went to dance and party. The area was logged out last year, and now the whole site is gone. It's lucky I took the shots when I did--you really never do know what event is just around the corner . . .
    Nothin' quite as fun as chasin' sassy gold! http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/me...mysteries.html

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Once again, for those of you that love gold huntin' stories, if you haven't visited Eagle's thread, you're missing a real treasure trove of extremely interesting tales and very useful information.

    Here's the link:http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...25842.500.html

    Enjoy yourselves--it's well worth the time to hop over for a read.

    All the best,

    Lanny
    Nothin' quite as fun as chasin' sassy gold! http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/me...mysteries.html

  14. #839

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    [youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Yhar2op4RM&feature=related[/youtube]



    I can't believe the size of these gold nuggets, nor can I believe what they're doing to them!! You have to see this to believe how uneducated they must be about the true value of large gold nuggets, or how desperate they must be to be doing what they're doing!

    It would make me break down and cry to do something like that as well (one of the comments about the video).

    All the best,

    Lanny

    Nothin' quite as fun as chasin' sassy gold! http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/me...mysteries.html

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    Re: Bedrock and Gold: The mysteries . . .

    Lanny... I just finished reading your poems to the wife. Words don't do justice to the depth and beauty of your material. Just wonderful... Many thanks ... we wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year ...

    Jim & Joanne
    Time, oh good sweet time...where did you go?

 

 
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