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  1. Hello Rob, I have been working on my house up here most every day since April (of this year); making repairs, upgrades, painting inside and out etc., etc., etc. all for the sole purpose of putting it on the market to sell. So, due to that purpose and because of the excessive heat, I haven't been out much,...and have also become antzeeeee and rar'n to get back out. ...Well about a week-or-so ago we where getting some fairly good (late) monsoon rains and I saw on Accuweather where they where slamming an area pretty hard that I wanted to explore. I had been to the area and had found some gold, but not much as most of the exposed bedrock in the wash was pooled-up at each time I was there. So I figured on returning to the area once the summer heat had dried up the wash. So this late monsoon storm should have been a great time go back down there. ...Now, I usually pride myself in being prepared for most-all situations when out in the field: I carry two hydraulic jacks, a come-along, chains, cable, two spare tires, extra water for the radiator, extra water for me, snake gaters, an extra battery for my detector. etc., etc., etc.,etc........................But I wasn't at all prepared for what I ran into that next morning.... While making my way down a very rough road I observed that there was fresh green grass all over the hills and valleys and thought: "Boy i'll bet these cows are just loving all this fresh green grass that had sprouted due to the monsoon rains of-late". I finally made it down into the wash where I wanted to go. Two washes had actually merged together, and when I got to the spot where I figured on parking my pickup I was surprised to see that all the water had been blocked or backed up (somehow), which had formed a very large pond-like-lake of still and standing water?!!?? So, that was as far as I could drive without getting stuck in the mud. I thought I'd walk on down and take a better look at the situation, so I no more than got out of my pickup, walked about 10 ft. down the wash when I was completely covered with, and being bombarded by "hoards" of very hungry mosquito's. I had a long sleeve shirt on and it was "peppered-with" them all over. They were all over my exposed hands, and I had to slap them off of my face, ears, and eyes. These weren't just a few here and there buzz'n me, there where so many that I had a hard time breathing because I would suck them in when I inhaled!!!! It was kind of like those caribou herds up in Alaska that are being attacked by the mosquito's where they are trying to get rid of them by flapping their heads and ears around, and trying to outrun them. So, I ran back to my pickup, got in and slammed the door,.........and about 10-20 of the persistent critters followed me in!!!!! I took my ball cap off and was thrashing them as they tried to escape via the windows. When I got those in the cab of my pickup under control, I didn't want to have a completely wasted day due to these blood sucking critters, so I grabbed my detector and back pack and made a dash for the hillside (figuring that "maybe" they where just in the wash close-to the accumulated-water-pond(lake)). The grass on the hillside was almost a foot long in spots and was very wet from the rainstorm from the night before. As I struggled and made my way up the hillside the mosquito's were NOT getting any fewer, and the more I walked thru the wet brush and grass the worse conditions got!!!!! Even with a small breeze they just weren't leaving. So, (disappointed as I was) I made my way back down the hillside toward my pickup,.. thrashing and slapping my face, ears, and wildly-in-the-air; and vowed to return "After" the first freeze hits that bug-infested area. I think that the last couple monsoon rains (because they came so late in the year this year) had triggered a massive mosquito-hatching (outbreak) in that area, and when they hatched, they popped-out Very Aggressive and Hungry for blood. I just happened to become the menu-of-the-day, as I became Prey..................just something else to stick-ya, stab-ya, poke-ya, jab-ya, and scratch-ya out there,............YEEEEHAAAAAA. Gary
  2. These weren't exactly sun bakers, as they where laying on exposed bedrock that had recently had a large amount of water that had washed the fines away. It's sort of hard to see, but these nuggets are laying under about an inch or two of still-standing (sort of merkey) water. What was cool was that I actually didn't find them with my detector,............I just looked down and spied them with my eyes,.....YaHooo. Gary
  3. If you should ever decide to come up into the Prescott National Forest, rattlesnakes and cactus aren't really a problem. The animal that will attack a dog in a second is a javelina. And if your dog is young, inexperienced and curious, he is going to get gored;...and those peckories don't back down one bit. My prospecting dog (Roxie...RIP) learned the hard way about this. She looked almost like your dog, only much bigger;she was part pit bull.
  4. I "Concur",.... as I also frequent that neck of the woods on occasion, and am also a habitual-behavioral-detector-tot'n operator that habitually re-utilizes my habits that cause me to habituate further, thus causing me to undergo habituation;which I resort to on a regular basis, thus giving rise-to further-habits, which is inherent in particular individuals striving-to attain such magic.
  5. "S-h-i-s-h" BD,....don't tell anybody about our secret detector(s),...I think you and I are the only ones that still have them with the unique features Where were you ??.. up around "the-hinges-of-hates (Kingman), or down where it's "Just-Hot" (south of Prescott)???? Nice "Sweat-nuggets" anyway. Gary
  6. Hey Rob,....Let me know,....I'll go with ya!!!! Great video's by-the-way,..............I was curious though,..I think that you sell Pin-pointers in your store, but why don't you use one in your video's?????? It might cut back on the amount of picking in-the-general-nugget-area, as the Pin-pointer would zero-in on the exact spot where those bigger nuggets are. I most-always us a Pin-pointer when using a 14" coil,..and it works great even on those small nuggets as well... That wash must have had a-lot of white-kaleeche-type bedrock in it. Gary
  7. Bill, if you went with the Coiltek 14x9, that's an Elite, as Rob stated,...........the 14x9 Evo is a Nuggetfinder coil, which I swing myself and Love It!!!. Gary
  8. They weren't very big; .57 and .65 of a gram. It's not that cool up here either, to 93 today with around 27% humidity. And, had you come up, the very numerous lightning strikes most likely would have drove you nuts. Not much in the way of rain, but it did cool down to 80. Gary
  9. Nice chunky nugget Rob,.............You, being a desert rat must be used to hunting in that hot desert heat?!!?!!? 85 and up is just too hot for me, especially when you factor in the humidity. I got these two last week up around Lynx Creak (a bit more temp-comfortable up here); sure wish each one of the lead slugs would have been a nugget, as their total weighed in at around 29.85 grams. Gary
  10. I Agree Rob,.....I have actually only found 3-separate washes (roughly in the same location, and having roughly the same bedrock-type) that where worth using my vac on. While all of my other washes had "only" pickers and larger-detectable-nuggets,....."Strange!!"..... What appeared to me to be unique and/or different about these 2-washes (compared to the others) was that when I got down on my hands and knees to "eyeball" the cracks and crevices real close in the exposed bedrock (stretches / areas) I could (without difficulty) visually-see small accumulations of very fine, flat and even-wire gold. At various times, (before I decided to vac those washes) and after good heavy monsoon rains I would take a pair of tweezers with me and just pluck the gold out from between any newly-exposed bedrock. Now that was fun.......Gary
  11. NO,..OLD TOM,..........I would usually point it in the opposite direction,.......and as for blown out gold particles>>>>>>"ONLY-THE "SHADOW" K--N--O--W--S"!!!! Gary
  12. Hey Rob, I have an Echo vac setup on a 5 gallon bucket, and the only time that it would ever blow out excessive amounts of dust is when the vac'd- materials inside the bucket accumulated so much (around the height of the exhaust-outlet) that it would "then" blow dust out. That's when I would know it was time to dump the bucket into other buckets (to be panned out later). ......Otherwise, there was very little dust being blown out. I usually could get away with about a half-to 3/4 of a 5-gal bucket's worth of material before I needed to dump it. The last spot that I used my Echo vac I had to pack it in about a 1/2 mile (the motor-top fit into a backpack, and it wasn't a problem at all), just filled the tank on the vac at home and that ran me most of a day running;.. I skimmed-off the area down to within 1" of bedrock and then vac'd that 1" of material, and scraped and brushed all bedrock cracks, and crevices. I had also (at the same time) brought in empty plastic ice cream containers that have the tote-handles (and lids) to use to pour the vac'd materials in. About 8-10 fit nicely within the 5-gallon bucket on the trip in. So by the time I had filled those ice cream containers, "I," (doing this venture by myself) carried one full ice cream-container in each hand heading back out, and staged the containers along the way back to my pickup. Eventually, after a number of trips I got all the vac'd materials, and my vac and hand tools back to the pickup. If you are going to be hauling in a generator just to power a corded vac, that seems like more work and stuff to haul in that may not be necessary????????? "IMO." Gary
  13. YEA ROB,....WHEN DO "WE" GO?????????? Placering is right up my alley, and moving boulders with a crowbar to get to the nuggets underneath has become second nature to me. I've never done any drywashing, but I'm like a backhoe when it comes to picking, shoveling and moving overburden to get down to bedrock. I usually dig down to within a couple of inches of bedrock, and then detect to get the nuggets,......unless there proves to be a lot of small-fine gold,...then I use a vac to suck up everything out of the cracks and crevices. Those nuggets look as though you where right at the source,...or darn close to it. Gary
  14. KEENE SLUICE FOR SALE: The main northern streams and washes of Arizona (Lynx, Turkey and Wolf creek(s), Black Canyon, Salt river, Big Bug, etc.) are running “good” now due to the recent snow melt and "present"-run off(s); and should remain doing so for a few more months. And, this Sluice is setup and ready to stop and trap gold "Now". FEATURES: --High Production hand sluice (10-times faster than panning). --Wide flare (20”) for increased water flow. --Longer than mini’s for greater capacity. --Handle for balanced carrying. --Size: 3ft. (actual sluice length) (x) 10” wide;....20” wide at Flare-end ) …...50 ½” overall length (x) 4” deep. --weight is approx. 10 lbs. --Heavy duty latches. --Heavy Aluminum construction. --"NOT" a fold up unit. --Includes: sluice riffle tray, rubber classify screen (plus small roll of extra amount), and indoor / outdoor carpet (miner's moss—green, small roll of extra amount). I am asking $125.00 . I will accept “Cash Only”...No Trades. I am located in Prescott Valley PM me if interested. Thanks,…Gary
  15. Well, if you didn't get a chance to make it down into the Arizona desert today, you really missed out on a Beautiful day to be out. When I left Prescott Valley this morning a bit after 7am it was raining pretty good, and the clouds hung real low down into the Bradshaws. It rained on me on and off on my way down toward Phoenix, and I was kind of wishing that I had brought a rain coat. But by the time I got into the lower desert area the rain was just a slight mist,....just perfect for detecting. It was cool, damp, overcast and cloudy the entire day, and probably only got to about 72 degrees all day long . "Perfect weather".... I managed to find one nugget in a wash (pictured). I had actually worked my way up two washes working my way thru about 2 miles of rough-bouldery terrain, and hadn't seen any kind of animals, critters or anything. So I headed toward another wash location a few miles away. When I got there I parked on a little ridge and started walking down a gradually-sloping area toward the wash. I was walking at a fairly normal pace, as I wanted to get to a certain wash. About 12 ft. (or-so) ahead of me I saw something circular in the middle of a clearing, which my mind apparantly knew was unusual because by the time I mad the next (automatic) step toward it my eyes focused on it enough to see that it was not only circular, but had black shapes like diamonds on it,................"WHOH", as I skid to sudden stop,......That's a Rattlesnake!!!!! I had walked up on a coiled rattler that was snuggley-fitted into a depression (hole) about 5" in diameter smak dab in the middle of a clearing (not even close to any rock outcroppings or boulders). The snakes head was pointing in the direction that I was walking toward, so it couldn't see me. So I set my detector down and ran back up to my pickup and got my camera. That little rattler must have been very comfortable there because I took some fairly close picutes of him from the back, from the left side, for above it, and right in front of him and it never made a move,....the snakes tongue was not even testing the air, it must have really been in a deep sleep. I left it alone and went on up into the wash detecting for about 30-minutes or so, and then came back and the snake was still there.. So I took a stick about 4 ft. Long and tried to pry it out of the hole to see what it would do. Well, it never struck at the stick, nor did it even rattle, just unwound itself kind of sluggishly, looked at me as if to say: I was very compfortable there !!!! and then slowly slighered off into the brush. It was around 2 ft long and had white and black striped tail with about 6 rattles and a button. The other photos are of a small Horney Toad ...kind of hard to see because of it's blending in with it's surroundings. Also managed to pick up right about 12 pounds of brass shells left by some "Idiot(s) shooting up the hills and leaving the brass behind,,......."Lets see",......12 pounds (x) approx. $1.50 per pound that a metal salvage will pay me comes to $18.00,.....that would have more than paid for my gas down and back today,..........'YA-HOOO" And to hilight (and /or) end the day on a strange up note, I was heading down the dirt road at a pretty good clip and made a sharp right turn when I saw something you don't see every day down in the desert????!!..............On the left side of the road (with toes facing toward me) there where a pair of tennis shoes. They were carefully placed there side by side ???? So being the non-waistful person that I am, I stoped and snagged them as road-side-bootey. They are both size 9 1/2, but the right one is NIKE AIRE, and the left one is a OASICS GEL ALMBUS 16,...AND they are both brand new!!!! "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK??????" So if anyone out there is missing the right side Nike and/or the left side OASICS, just let me know and I will ship to anywhere within the US for: $75.00........Another GREAT DAY OUT....Gary