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A bunch of us got together over the long holiday and headed for the Mohave desert. All but one in the group live in the Ca mountains where we were getting dumped on by a nasty winter storm . Bruce came out from Miami Florida to try out his new GPX5000. The weather was much nicer in the desert , but not exactly warm with highs only in the 40s but we had a blast and everyone found gold . Kinny P. and his wife Patty , Mark and Mike Greyshock, Betsy and Me, and Bruce got together in in varying combinations throughout the 4 day period. 2 days only 3 of us hunted ,1 day 5 of us hunted . On the last day we all got together to hunt a place where Kinny and I had found a few widely scattered nuggets several years ago. We figured that with 4 GPX5000s, 2 GPX4000s, and one GPX4500 more nuggets were sure to turn up . On that day we all got gold . The girls did well, with Betsy scoring 2 nice ones and Patty got the biggest one . Bruce was thrilled on the first day when he got 3 nuggets in the first half hour. Here's some pics. Mark was still out digging nuggets when I took the Pics. All totalled , we got over 50 little nuggets over the 4 days. None were over a gram , but all were greatly appreciated.----Bob

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Congrats to all. Looks like some nice gold. What kind of country/geology is it? Is it anything like what we hunt around here or totally different conditions?

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What a great trip Bob - and gold to! Really impressive, thanks for sharing the great pics! - Terry

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Now that's what I call a nuggetshooting PARTY! WTG all!

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Redbeard. Old tertiary channels . Tilted and twisted and disected by modern dry stream channels. Kinda hard to follow as it appears over this huge area in various places. There appears to be several different channels as the one containing the most gold is made up of different rock than the ones carrying totally different material and having little or no gold . The acompanying soil is even different . The terrain is moderate but much of the gold is on fairly steep slopes covered with rounded cobbles and a liberal sprinkling of basalt bombs, which by the way aren't much of a problem with the GPXs and the Fine gold timing on the 5000 works especially well on them.---Bob

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Hey Bob ... Great few days of prospecting. You keep on having days like that and those nugget jars of yours will be full in no time.

 

On another note I found my house and will be closing on it on Monday the 28th. Move date is still set for the first week in June. House is in Coyote Springs area of Prescott Valley. Really looking forward to the challenges this house brings ... needs lots of work but the price was right and when we are done will have 95% of what we both wanted in a house.

 

Mike F

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Mike, congratulations on finding the house and wellcome to AZ. One day you'll get up here in the N.W. corner and we can get together for a meteorite and or gold hunt.

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Congrats Mike. Keep us posted on your progress. Once you get settled maybe we can get together and do some detecting.

 

Mike

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Sounds like another grand trip, going out with a group of buds and finding gold is what it is all about!....... Looks like we are going to get a major dump of snow starting tomorrow!

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Hey Bob ... Great few days of prospecting. You keep on having days like that and those nugget jars of yours will be full in no time.

 

On another note I found my house and will be closing on it on Monday the 28th. Move date is still set for the first week in June. House is in Coyote Springs area of Prescott Valley. Really looking forward to the challenges this house brings ... needs lots of work but the price was right and when we are done will have 95% of what we both wanted in a house.

 

Mike F

 

Congrats Mike! I'll be sure to get up there with a loaf of bread, pinch of salt, and a bottle of wine for you. See you in a couple of months! - Terry

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Frank C and Mike T ... You're on once I get settled. I figure at least a month or more for honey do activities before I can have a pass ... but I want the list done too so there is an added incentive. Probably be available by August but then that is the heat of the summer too. Let's shoot for fall.

 

Terry ... sorry you can't get out here before I head back. We're going to do our usual ... I'm heading home as you are arriving ... talk soon OK?

 

Mike F

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Montana,

 

Sounds like you guys had a fantastic hunt in the Mojave. That is great to hear that Bruce scored 3 his first day out with the new GPX -that is awesome! :) That's also good news about the Fine Gold timing; I was wondering how it would handle the basalts out there. Congrats again to all of you on the new finds!

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This was a great example of how a large group of detectorists can work together as a team . We started out all going in different directions but as the day progressed , most of the group started to converge on one 3 or 4 acre area that seemed to be the most productive. Although a few nuggets were found in just about every direction, there was a hotspot where the soil was a nice sticky clay that seemed to catch and hold the gold near the surface. The rest of the area had a sandier type soil . The clay was the trap that caught the gold on it's way down the hillside. The old timers knew there was gold there as they did shallow sample holes all over the area. They just couldn't find a good enough concentration to make drywashers pay. Even with the detectors working the best spots the nuggets weren't plentiful or very close together. To retrieve them with a dry washer would have taken years and even with the finer gold that is surely there, it would have been a starvation patch even in the depression. They moved on without doing a lot of work here. There were much better spots for them a few miles away. This was a case where a metal detector is the most efficient way to win the gold. We all found enough to buy a steak and pay for gas for the day, which is pretty much the way of the prospector-- Pay expenses until the big find!!!! Happy hunting.----Bob

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Mike Furness. Nice area you found to settle in. You should see some nice antelope near your house and the hills east of you have lots of deer and some elk. Gold mines too. Wait until this summer. You'll see some incredible lightning shows from that location.----Bob

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Mike, don't forget in the summer we are about 10 degrees cooler than Phoenix areas, so August Sept are not bad times up this way.

Yeah it gets hot but thats MY favorite time to hunt long daylight hours.

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Frank ... I'm OK under 100 ... once over a 100 I head for cover and the A/C. I'll be in touch once I get settled in. Thanks again for the offer. I have wanted to hunt the north west corner of the state but never made the time to get over there. This summer late or early fall sounds like a plan!

 

Mike F

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