Friday, July 3, 2015

It Could be the End for Dredging in California (Rant Time)



I've decided to take a break from my old timer's tips series to deliver some bad news and a rant. I really hate being the bearer of bad tidings but in this case it's warranted because things aren't looking good for suction dredgers in California. It's already been SIX long years since dredgers in the once-golden state were free to dredge for gold, and things seem to be going downhill despite the valiant fight put up by the New 49'ers, the Western Mining Alliance (WMA), Public Lands for the People PLP), and individual miners themselves.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mining Tips From an Old Timer (Part 5)


I wish I'd been given a dollar every time I've heard or read the phrase "Hey, how's it goin' old timer?" in the movies, in books, and of course...in real life. In fact, I probably asked the same question when I was still a young pup full of piss and vinegar, trying to get my small-scale prospecting and mining career off the ground. What goes around comes around and now I'm the old timer. So read on and you just might turn up a bit of gold here.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mining Tips From an Old Timer (Part 4)


In a convoluted sort of way this series of posts constitutes a crystallization of my "legacy" to you, just as Bedrock Dreams itself is a broader aspect of that legacy. I expect one (or more) of you to carry things forward at some point so that our combined gold prospecting and small-scale mining knowledge and experience is picked up and carried forward again by the next generation. So let's get to it again.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mining Tips From an Old Timer (Part 3)


 (The old mining ghost of Shakespeare, New Mexico is still home for a few diehards.)

"Once more into the breach dear friends, once more into the breach." If you don't know what the hell I'm talking about here just ignore the literary allusion and we'll forge ahead with more mining and prospecting tips from a a venerable and sage old timer...me!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mining Tips From an Old Timer (Part 2)

 (Old timers checking for color.)

In this post I'll be getting to the heart of the matter for this series which, once again, is meant as a sort of mini-manual or guide for small-scale gold miners and prospectors. It doesn't matter what level of knowledge or expertise you currently have (or don't have)...there's bound to be something of value to you in this series of posts since I'm passing along 35+ years of accumulated knowledge and experience. Where else could you get that for free?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mining Tips From an Old Timer (Part 1)

 (An old timer in Arizona back in the day.)

Yep, the day has finally arrived and I can no longer live in denial. At the age of 67 I guess I have to consider myself an old timer now, not the rebellious young buck I see only in my memories. So with that finally out of the way, it's time for me to lay down some small-scale gold prospecting and tips for one and all. Consider this series of posts a mini-manual of sorts and use it as you see fit.