Prescott National Forest, and GOLD!

We’ve  been into the Prescott National Forest, AZ 3 times on our trip so far, all in search of a little adventure and some gold.  And each time, successful!  Yeah!  Our first visit, I picked up some grass on the side of a stream, cleaned it off into our pan, and voila, a tiny little picker!  Our second visit was far more adventurous, though we didn’t get “lost” as on the first trip.  We drove 20 or so miles off the main road and off the beaten path to a friend’s log cabin, no electric or water, 3/4 mile hike in.  It was amazing!  We cut wood to keep warm and cook by in the enormous 2 story stone fireplace, and admired the tributary of the famed “Turkey Creek” (with it’s great history for gold) which ran actively through the front yard.  We hiked the 2″ Keene dredge in and Marcus & Drew dredged in the cold water for 2 days.  Color was good, the trip fun.  Enough color and fun, that the following weekend, we decided to venture into the forest once again.  This time, however, we opted for the scarcely used “Trail 83” over which we labored for the better part of 4 hours to traverse a mere 2 miles with the truck in order to drive to the cabin instead of hike.  14 two-foot thick fallen trees later, we arrived in one piece.  This time we spent cutting out the road turned out to be well worth it, as this gave us more time to run the dredge.  Day one, good gold, day two bigger gold, and with just a little move up the river, day three much bigger gold.  We were just getting into it as the time came for us to pack up.  But, we hope to go back for the month of January next year to chase that streak!  The pitures of the gold are only of days 1 & 2, as we were too excited on day three and forgot to take a picture before splitting it up.  Yup, GOLD FEVER has definately set in…

Published in: on January 19, 2008 at 6:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Scott’s Bar, California again…

We spent our first night under the stars next to the Klamath River at the Klamath LDMA property. Early the next morning, we finished the windy drive on route 96 to the junction of the Scott River and the Klamath. This is the local of the Scott River LDMA camp where we spent a two weeks last month. This time, it was colder…the sun in the valley would hit the camper and begin to melt the thick frost around 10:30am and would literally set behind the mountain on the other side of the valley at 1:40pm! And we were here to do some mining on our own.

We built up our arm muscles moving big rock after small boulder just to get to the gravel, but came across 2-3 penny weight a day. Hard work could payoff in this area. We needed a few parts for our high banker so headed in to Happy Camp, a town 35 miles West along the Klamath river. This took us on a treasure hunt of sorts. None of the mining stores had our part, so we went out into town seeking Rusty, a dredge repairman with some used parts. After arriving at the place of work we were told he was at, and finding out he hadn’t been there in days, we decided to give up and go back to camp. On second thought, we drove past the local tavern first. And, maybe by coincidence, he happened to be parked outside. We gave him a ride to his house, got a tour of lots of different dredges, and purchased our part. Another fun adventure.

We spent Thanksgiving day with other members of the LDMA at home in Hamburg eating plates of delicious food and listening to grand miner stories. These guys talk about gold in pounds, and store it in mason jars (so we’re told), not in penny weight (20th of an oz) and keep it in little glass viles like we amateurs do. Pretty astounding.

Published in: on December 8, 2007 at 11:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Scott’s Bar, California

As we continue to search for gold, we head south to Northern California where the trees are huges and the roads a bit narrow!  We stayed at another LDMA camp called Scotts Bar.  It sits where the Scotts river and the Klamath river meet.  The salmon were running upstream and we watched the water boil and the fish jump.  Boy I bet they taste good…But, no time to throw some lines in the water, there’s gold here.  We finally purchased a used highbanker-dredge combo and put it to pretty good use right away.  We did find a few “pickers”, and mini-pickers, as we call those that only Chase can pick up.  The weather was sunny, rainy, snowy (only in the higher altitudes).  Wonderful!  The caretakers of the camp are welcoming and fun, and the campfire & coffee’s always hot.  I could easily spend a ton of time here.  One afternoon, we took an exploritory drive along the scotts river and ended up off on a 4×4 logging trail beginning at 1000ft and ending at 6000ft in the snow!  The view was well worth the ride!  All in all, the gold here was good, and the company fantastic.  Can’t wait to go back…

Published in: on October 23, 2007 at 10:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The March 2007 Vein Mountain LDMA outing

Published in: on May 27, 2007 at 10:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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