N-Lionberger, I hope the best for you on your California properties. Yes, California is home but I’m glad I live as far north in the state as I can. We are somewhat insulated from much of the chaos of the rest of the state. I’m hoping for rain as one of my sons and I drew good X-Zone deer tags in the northeast part of the state. With the closures it’s not looking good.
There is good gold in the Smith River but it’s limited to small hand tools and pans and I’m told there is an ok season. With National Recreation Area as well as Wild and Scenic River designations on the Smith, there are limited opportunities. I believe there is only one f placer claim left within the entire River system. No new ones allowed.
I do most of my prospecting along the upper Klamath River.
Give me a call if you get up this way.
Monument fire and the River Complex fire have burned up my favorite spots and getting close to grandma's mine on Coffee Creek, if that goes I'll lose all my mining gear including my Vortxrex dryland dredge. I feel Fish and Game should give me a refund on my deer tags but that's wishful thinking. I've always said California is my home and I won't leave but I am seriously considering just saying screw it and moving to Tennessee. I almost bought a property in Big Bar so I could have a place to be able to be close to the gold and be able to adopt some burros but that property is burnt up now. I tell myself my claim in Sierra County is safe but its a matter of safe for now. I'm out here in Tennessee helping my mom going to be back in California in a week or so see how it is when I get back. Delnorter I live in Humboldt have been curious about the gold possibilities in Del Norte.
ALSO THANKYOU FOR the invite ! We have relations out there and I agree the views & the Redwoods ! been there and done that BUT we enjoyed it while we were there !Thank you for the invite russau. If I get that way I’ll sure give you a jingle. Same goes for you and yours, come see the ocean and the Redwoods. The most beautiful country I’ve ever seen.
I’ve tried not been able to get any replies to my efforts to reach or inquire about John. I miss him.