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    Re: Misc data and adventures of a Tayopa treasure hunter

    I CONSIDER IT AN HONOR TO HAVE ONE OF MY MENTORS, INVITE ME TO POST ANY OF MY HUMBLE TREASURE SEEKING STORIES ON HIS TREASURE THREAD.

    SO THANK YOU AGAIN DON JOSE.

    SEVERAL YEARS AGO MY BEST FRIEND AND I WERE WORKING SEVERAL TRAILS AND SIGNS IN NW ARKANSAS. A NEW FRIEND OF MINE FROM WORK SHARED A DRAWING OF A SIGN CARVED IN A ROCK NEAR HIS HOME IN THE OZARKS. IT WAS A SIMPLE DRAWING THAT GOT MY ATTENTION AND THEN HE SET THE HOOK BY TELLING ME THAT THE STONE WAS AS BIG AS A TRUCK HOOD.
    JIM AND I WERE ON THE SEARCH THE NEXT DAY. WE HAD A GREAT MANY EXPERIENCES OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS AS WE SEARCHED FOR OUR GREAT SILVER MINE.

    IF THIS ATTEMPT WORKS, THERE WILL BE A FEW PAGES FROM THE MANUSCRIPT COPIED BELOW HERE.

    HOPEFULLY THIS WORKS...


    PROSPECTORMIKEL

    With my feet back on solid ground again, I turned my sights to the east and began climbing. It was still a battle to move forward through the thick under brush, inching my way only a few feet at a time. I made note of how far off from the work line that I was at all time. I stayed as close to the line as possible. I thought I had found a break, an actual break in the under brush, just a few yards east of my position. I knew I would lose a little ground by using the trail, but I would gain distance and time. Shortly after making the move, the trail started getting steeper and narrower. The closer I got to the top, the thicker the brush got, and just as I was ready to give in to its narrowing space I found a flat spot large enough to stand upright. I raised my head and to my tired eyes, standing right in front of my face, the vertical face of the bluff. I started to call Jim when I noticed scratch marks in the dirt at the edge of the stone face. They appeared to be small animal scratch marks, but taking a closer look, I realized that they were small bear cubís scratch marks. I got very quiet and waited to see if they were near by. I was soon rewarded for my patience. Just to my left, and just out of my sight, I could hear the cubs scuffle and move around. I could see that they had probably been digging for grub worms; however I didnít hear the mother bear at all. My heart pounded within my chest so hard that I could barely listen for the mother bear.

    It was only a few seconds until I was able to hear her. She let out a single snort. It was loud and clear. I knew I had to move. She was off to my right, which put me in great danger. I had my pistol strapped to my belt. I started to pull it out when I realized that Velcro wasnít the best choice that I had when buying a holster. The very first crackle of the Velcro sounded like a tree was snapping off at the ground. I had to leave, and as fast as I could do quietly. I had only one way to go, back down that narrow steep path. I started out slowly and quietly, but that didnít last long with fear pushing me and gravity pulling me. If not for the brush giving me a handhold to grab onto, I might have turned into a human snowball. I was probably about thirty yards away by the time I gained control and found solid ground. Then, and only then, I felt safe in removing my pistol from my holster. I nearly fired off a shot when Jim keyed up his radio to ask what all of the noise was. I explained it to him while gaining distance between me and the mother bear. We still had not seen them, but we knew they were there. At least I had no more doubts about them. I put the safety on and placed the gun back in the holster. I knew that I couldnít stop that mother bear if I had been forced to shoot. It was just a big noise maker as far as she was concerned, but all the same I felt better just having it just in case.



    IT WORKED!!! I HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT.


    PROSPECTORMIKEL
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    THAT'S JUST THE WAY I WAS RAISED TO SEE THE WORLD.

    REALLY, I'M NOT SHOUTING. I HAVE A VISUAL PERCEPTION PROBLEM, AND TYPING IN ALL CAPS HELPS ME TO PROOF READ WHAT I TYPE. IF I EVER NEED TO DRAW ATTENTION TO ANYTHING I'LL MAKE IT BOLD SO IT STANDS OUT. I MEAN NO HARM. #/;0)~

  2. #32
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    Re: Misc data and adventures of a Tayopa treasure hunter

    You do realize that - if you are in grizzly country - you WANT to make noise - so they know you are there?

    Also, If you are in grizzly country, and you are carrying a sidearm - before you go, you will want to file off the sights.

    This is so that it doesn't hurt quite so much when the bear shoves it up your butt!!

    To add a little to the "bare" facts of "bear" stories, we have LOTS of those (unfortunately), so hold on, and I will bring you the first of many.

    Back in aught 7 (not really) - back in 1977, I think, we were living in a house we called "the little house". It was a little house, with a complete garage under it - but, above ground, so the house was high up in the air. It didn't have much land to it, but, we made our garden, had our chickens and goats and the whole nine yards.

    Well, that was the year we learned never to buy unmedicated chicken feed. Our chickens game down with a disease, and we lost quite a few before we got it stopped. Since we had coyotes, etc., we kind of just chucked the dead ones away from the house - and they disappeared by the next morning.

    One night, we both worked second shift, then, we came home at 2 am, normal time, and did chores (milking, feeding, etc.). Then, we went upstairs. A short while later, the animals all went ballistic. We put the porch light on, but we could see nothing. Roy got the flashlight out, and went down to see what was going on. Low and behold, someone's black dog got loose, the broken chain still hanging around its neck, jingling, jingling, jingling. So, Roy went down, and called it three or four times - figuring we would catch it and return it to the neighbor the following day.
    That son of a gun started coming to Roy, and then growled at him. Ungrateful beast. So, Roy got a big old thick stick, and decided he was just going to catch the dog and be done with it. Roy crossed the road, and went up to the dog, and it growled at him, and lunged at him. So, Roy wacked it with the stick, just as I put the floodlight on. Well, the big old stick broke, and Roy came hauling hinny towards the house, as the big black dog with her 2 cubs chased after him. She did turn around and go back across the road, however.

    Round 2 in a day or two............................................... ...


    Beth

    "Irony is the rule"

  3. #33
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    Re: Misc data and adventures of a Tayopa treasure hunter

    MRS. O,
    THANKS FOR THE NOTE ABOUT THE SIGHTS.... THEY ARE SMOOTH, HOWEVER; THE HAND GRIP IS MORE LIKE A STUDED SNOW TIRE!

    THE BEAR STORY IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY DANGERS THAT HAPPENED TO US OVER THE YEARS AS WE SEARCHED FOR THE MINE. THERE WERE MANY GOOD TIMES AS WELL.

    THE STORY WITH ALL OF IT'S UPS AND DOWNS, WILL NOT GO UN-REMEMBERED BY MY FAMILY
    AND IF I CAN FIND DOCUMENTATION OR COLABORATION ON A FEW S/S I WILL BE ABLE TO FINISH AND PUBLISH THE BOOK.

    WHEN DONE I HOPE ALL OF MY NEW-FOUND FRIENDS HERE ON TN WILL ENJOY READING IT. THE ENDING WILL BE A SHOCKER. I PROMISE.

    I LOOK FORWARD TO READING THE REST OF YOUR STORY. IT'S ONE OF THOSE OLD TIME CLIFF-HANGERS.


    MIKEL
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    ....JESUS IS LORD.
    ...................THE BIBLE IS GOD'S WORD.
    .................................. HEAVEN IS MY REAL HOME.


    THAT'S JUST THE WAY I WAS RAISED TO SEE THE WORLD.

    REALLY, I'M NOT SHOUTING. I HAVE A VISUAL PERCEPTION PROBLEM, AND TYPING IN ALL CAPS HELPS ME TO PROOF READ WHAT I TYPE. IF I EVER NEED TO DRAW ATTENTION TO ANYTHING I'LL MAKE IT BOLD SO IT STANDS OUT. I MEAN NO HARM. #/;0)~

  4. #34
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    Re: Misc data and adventures of a Tayopa treasure hunter

    Ok - just so you know Mike - that WAS a joke!!

    Could you do me a big favor - stop writing in all capital letters - its difficult for me to read. (old eyes).

    Beth
    "Irony is the rule"

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    Re: Misc data and adventures of a Tayopa treasure hunter

    Round 2: Always keep the camera going.
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    "Irony is the rule"

  6. #36
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    Re: Misc data and adventures of a Tayopa treasure hunter

    Beth, is that Roy in those pictures...wow

    Do all of the stories have to be hunting related? There are many stories out there aren't there. I have one or two tales to tell, probably not so fiercesome, but still a tale..

    Over to you Don Jose it's your thread.


    'U'

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    Re: Misc data and adventures of a Tayopa treasure hunter

    Excellent start Mike, keep em coming, the same goes for the others.

    Don Jose de La Mancha
    "I exist to live, not live to exist"

  8. #38
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    Re: Misc data and adventures of a Tayopa treasure hunter

    So Beth am I to understand that oro wouldn't stand in front of me to protect me from an onory female? As for being the camp cook hmm eerr, ah, well, where is the can opener?? Can you honestly vouch for his trail coffee?

    Don Jose de La Mancha
    "I exist to live, not live to exist"

  9. #39
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    Re: Misc data and adventures of a Tayopa treasure hunter

    Unicorn mi britland luv, post away. this about misc adventures and experiences of treasure hunters. You are most certainly included.

    It isn't all about shooting varmints that are trying to steal your new found treasure, but the many experiences leading up to it..

    I am being a bit too gory and violent in some of my posts because I had promised to post them to encourage a Tayopa hunter from
    sheep country to post his adventures in Alaska and the desert west with Beth.

    In a bit I will post more on the "perils of Jose". Don Jose that is.

    Don Jose de La Mancha
    "I exist to live, not live to exist"

  10. #40
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    Re: Misc data and adventures of a Tayopa treasure hunter

    Quote Originally Posted by PROSPECTORMIKEL
    PROSPECTORMIKEL, I just wanted to let you know that you are an excellent writer. I can tell you know how it's done.

    I have a treasure story that I've been working on for a long time, on and off. If I ever finish it, maybe I'll post it here, or send some of you a copy of the book. Hey, stranger things have happened.

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    Re: Misc data and adventures of a Tayopa treasure hunter

    KENTUCKY KACHE,
    THANK YOU FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT. OTHER THAN A FICTION BOOK THAT I STARTED TWENTYFIVE YEARS AGO (ONLY TWO CHAPTERS FINISHED), THIS HAS BEEN THE ONLY WRITING THAT I HAVE EVER DONE. I CAN'T TAKE ALL OF THE CREDIT, MY WIFE PROOF READS FOR ME, IN PART DUE TO MY EYES HAVE TROUBLE READING THE SMALL LETTERS AND I FIND IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO CAPTURE ALL OF MY OWN ERRORS.

    THIS STORY IS TRUE AND I LIVED IT, SO THE WRITING IS ,TO ME, LIKE TELLING IT TO A FRIEND. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR ME TO FINISH, FOR REASONS THAT WILL BE TOLD IN THE BOOK. IT'S NOT TOO HARD TO DO THINGS THAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT....
    SO SIT DOWN AND JUST TELL IT LIKE IT HAPPENED. SOON YOU WILL SEE THE STORIES FLOW.
    GOOD LUCK. AND JUST KEEP ON TYPING.

    THANK YOU
    MIKEL
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    ....JESUS IS LORD.
    ...................THE BIBLE IS GOD'S WORD.
    .................................. HEAVEN IS MY REAL HOME.


    THAT'S JUST THE WAY I WAS RAISED TO SEE THE WORLD.

    REALLY, I'M NOT SHOUTING. I HAVE A VISUAL PERCEPTION PROBLEM, AND TYPING IN ALL CAPS HELPS ME TO PROOF READ WHAT I TYPE. IF I EVER NEED TO DRAW ATTENTION TO ANYTHING I'LL MAKE IT BOLD SO IT STANDS OUT. I MEAN NO HARM. #/;0)~

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    Re: Misc data and adventures of a Tayopa treasure hunter

    Quote Originally Posted by PROSPECTORMIKEL
    KENTUCKY KACHE,
    THANK YOU FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT. OTHER THAN A FICTION BOOK THAT I STARTED TWENTYFIVE YEARS AGO (ONLY TWO CHAPTERS FINISHED), THIS HAS BEEN THE ONLY WRITING THAT I HAVE EVER DONE. I CAN'T TAKE ALL OF THE CREDIT, MY WIFE PROOF READS FOR ME, IN PART DUE TO MY EYES HAVE TROUBLE READING THE SMALL LETTERS AND I FIND IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO CAPTURE ALL OF MY OWN ERRORS.

    THIS STORY IS TRUE AND I LIVED IT, SO THE WRITING IS ,TO ME, LIKE TELLING IT TO A FRIEND. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR ME TO FINISH, FOR REASONS THAT WILL BE TOLD IN THE BOOK. IT'S NOT TOO HARD TO DO THINGS THAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT....
    SO SIT DOWN AND JUST TELL IT LIKE IT HAPPENED. SOON YOU WILL SEE THE STORIES FLOW.
    GOOD LUCK. AND JUST KEEP ON TYPING.

    THANK YOU
    MIKEL
    Same here, my story actually happened to me. No treasure yet.

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    More.......More........

    Reminds me of times sitting around the camp fire with my grandpa and his buddies while out fox hunting listening to one yarn after another waiting to hear the hounds tree a fox.

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    Re: Misc data and adventures of a Tayopa treasure hunter

    Jose,

    You know, I don't know for sure - I know he keeps telling me that he doesn't have to be able to outrun a bear, he just has to be able to out run me......


    Beth
    "Irony is the rule"

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    Re: Misc data and adventures of a Tayopa treasure hunter

    Quote Originally Posted by Real de Tayopa Tropical Tramp
    Unicorn mi britland luv, post away. this about misc adventures and experiences of treasure hunters. You are most certainly included.

    It isn't all about shooting varmints that are trying to steal your new found treasure, but the many experiences leading up to it..

    I am being a bit too gory and violent in some of my posts because I had promised to post them to encourage a Tayopa hunter from
    sheep country to post his adventures in Alaska and the desert west with Beth.

    In a bit I will post more on the "perils of Jose". Don Jose that is.

    Don Jose de La Mancha
    I realize that this reply was addressed to our mutual amigo Unicorn, but it has raised questions for me.

    First, perhaps I misunderstood - do you spell that title "misc adventures and experiences of treasure hunters"
    or is it "MIS-adventures and experiences of treasure hunters"?

    Next, that fellow in the sheep country - do you mean our mutual amigo Pronghorn?

    As for my reliability for protection of a partner - you need not ever have any concern about that matter amigo, you can count on me standing behind you! <I am not specifying about how far back behind you that might be, but it will be within the range of three feet to six miles or so!>

    Bears, mountain lions, wolves, rattlesnakes, scorpions, bandidos and drug smugglers all make the avocation of treasure hunting more interesting. I guess the story of how I learned the importance of carrying a firearm may be amusing.

    A partner and I had spent most of the summer in the Arctic, split about evenly between Yukon and Alaska, and had little luck in finding anything worth bothering with so decided to try a creek that had been mentioned in a 'gold rush' diary from 1901, on the Seward peninsula north of Nome. (It always sounds odd to hear someone say "north of Nome" but Nome city lies on the south coast of the peninsula, which is about the size of West Virginia. So you can go north, but not so easily south.)

    The creek was quite a hike from the nearest place you could drive to, and since we had been forced to lug heavy high powered rifles thanks to Canadian restrictions on handguns for nearly three months without once encountering a bear (except the black bears raiding camp at night) we decided not to lug those things along. Hiking across the ridges is not so bad there but the valleys tend to be largely covered in muskeg - and anyone who ever hiked across muskeg can testify to how tiring that is. With the long days at the high latitude, we had plenty of time to set up camp, pushed on to the creek and got our samples panned out, and since it was still not dark we set up the corner monuments for our claims as it had turned out to be a pretty good prospect. Needless to say we were both feeling pretty beat and tired when we finished up, the sun had set and it was getting harder to see when we started hiking back for our camp. The route to the camp passed through some large thickets of willows that grow about ten feet high, and we had seen old bear tracks and sign about but nothing newer than a month old so were not concerned in the least, just trudging along and forgetting to either whistle, sing or talk - always make noise in bear country!

    As we neared the thicket, my partner said "Did you hear that?" and I had to say I did, something like a "woof". Just as I said yes, the bear stood up in front of me and popped his jaws making a loud "pop" and less than twenty feet away. He looked like a giant to me, as he stood taller by a full head than the willows which we estimated at ten feet. I reached instinctively for the sling of the rifle, which was safely packed in a case in our camp!

    I stepped backward, and we very quietly backed away while trying to look as tall and imposing as possible, and the bear stood there staring at us. He was in a direct line between us and our camp. As we got farther away from him, he finally went back to all fours but did not leave - I guess there were berries or perhaps a fresh kill he had and I was not about to dispute the matter with him. We ended up hiking at least three miles in a circuit around that bear to get to our camp, and were utterly dog-tired when we got to the tent.

    Needless to say this was my first encounter with an Alaskan grizzly, and a good lesson about carrying a firearm - you may well never need it, but it is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

    I am enjoying the stories, keep em coming!
    Oroblanco

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