Thursday, May 25, 2017

Musings on Memorial Day Weekend

(Incoming at Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam.)

You know, I never understood it when people wished me a "happy" Memorial Day. I know their intentions are the best but this time of year is never a happy time for me. Never. And I've been that way ever since I rotated "back to the world" (i.e., home) from Vietnam in the Fall of 1968.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

More on Glacial Gold


(NEVER underestimate the immense power of glaciers.)

Canadian miner "PL" contacted me with a few questions about glacial gold. His queries were astute and I thought they, along with my overall response, would provide grist for the mill in terms of an entire post. So here goes.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Last Words on Gold Mining Claims (Conclusion)

 (Claims come in all shapes and sizes.)

I'll be closing out my thoughts on gold mining claims in this post. There's quite a bit involved with acquiring a claim, no matter how you go about it. But once that claim is yours, there can be many good things that can come your way especially if you're open to them and can get a good drift on what's what with the gold your claim contains.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Last Words on Gold Mining Claims (Part 2)


 (Gold mining claims are abundant these days...good ones aren't.)

Once again, this series of posts represents my final discussion on the issue of gold mining claims. It contains both the positives and the negatives associated with claims but isn't a treatise on how to go about filing or buying a claim. Thus forewarned, if you want to learn more in a general sense about gold mining claims read on.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Last Words on Gold Mining Claims (Part 1)


Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more into the breach. I've spoken quite a bit about the ins and outs of gold mining claims in the past and this info can be found in the Bedrock Dreams Archives or by using the search function on the home page. I'm not going to lay out all the parameters of the claim thing here. I've already done that. Instead I'll be speaking to you in general about claims...their benefits as well as their pitfalls.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Leaner, Meaner, and More Creative (Plus a Rant)


Many changes have occurred in recent years that have adversely affected small-scale gold miners in the United States to one degree or another. By the same token, equipment and gear has improved over time so perhaps things have evened out over the long run. I guess only time will tell.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Learn to Adapt Out There


In many respects small-scale gold mining (or gold mining in general) is a difficult pursuit. It has its trials and tribulations as well as its moments of intense satisfaction. One way you can gather together more of the latter and less of the former is by learning to adapt out there.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Vignettes From My Mining Past (Part 2)

 (There might be gold in that vein...)

I'm continuing in this vein (pun intended!) and relating some episodes, details, thoughts, and musings from nearly 40 years of small-scale gold prospecting and mining. Who knows? There may be a pearl or two of wisdom in these pages, so read on.