Friday, October 13, 2017

Some Thoughts on Gem Mineral and Gold Shows


 (The annual Quartzite, Arizona Gem and Mineral Show is no small production.)

Don't let the title of this post fool you. I'm not talking about the dramatic fakery of current television gold mining, gem hunting, or treasure hunting "reality" shows...I'm talking the real deal here. Actual one-to-three day gold and mineral shows in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, and elsewhere throughout the known world. If you've never attended one of these events then you're missing out.

Monday, October 9, 2017

More Mining Wisdom from an Old Movie (Conclusion)


Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a classic movie with many memorable quotes about gold, gold mining, and the search for gold. The three main characters are Howard (the old prospector), and Dobbs and Curtin (greenhorns down on their luck in Old Mexico during the Great Depression in the United States). There's a lot of wisdom in the movie (mining-related and otherwise) so read on as I comment on some of that wisdom.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

More Mining Wisdom from an Old Movie (Part 1)



I was born in 1948 (yes soon to turn 70), the very same year Hollywood produced the best adventure/treasure hunting/gold mining movie ever made...Treasure of the Sierra Madre. If you're of a younger generation and haven't heard of or seen this flick then do yourself a favor a buy a copy on DVD or Blu-Ray. You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Leave No Stone Unturned



There's an old expression about finding something you're looking for that goes like this: "Leave no stone unturned." When it comes to small-scale gold mining this statement holds great value...with obvious exceptions of course.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How to "Strike 'er Rich" Without Knowing Shit About Gold Mining


 (HE made me do it!)

Yep. I'm gonna do it. I swore I wouldn't again but the demon inside me keeps prodding my aging ass with a pitchfork. So I'll ignore the downside potential of "defamation of character" legal threats (yes, I've received those in the past from certain attorneys) once again and spew my guts about certain reality television gold mining "stars." But since I'm closing down shop with Bedrock Dreams in a few months I'm throwing caution to the winds and taking my chances. That's just how I roll.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ode to Joe M. (or There's Nothing Romantic About Gold Mining)

 (When you're on the outside looking in things can appear vastly different than their true nature.)

Many people who stand on the "outside" of certain endeavors have a tendency to idealize or romanticize that which they no little about. For example, someone who has never ranched or farmed may view those life pursuits or occupations simply in terms of personal freedom, wide-open spaces, and the nobility of tilling the earth to produce Ma Nature's bounty. These same folks don't think about all the hard work that goes into farming and ranching, the long days that seem to have no end, and the precarious nature of making a living as a farmer or rancher. They only see a self-constructed "idealization" of those pursuits, not their reality. So it is with gold mining as well.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Spirit Lives On



I've finally reached a point where I've said about all I can about small-scale gold prospecting and mining. By this I mean talking about specifics such as equipment, where and what to look for, and gold geology. Does this mean I've covered all the bases over the past nine and half years? Not at all...it just means I'm about as played out as abandoned placer gold ground worked over by Chinese miners! So, moving forward toward the eventual demise of Bedrock Dreams I'm just going to write in more general terms and express myself in the manner I feel works best for me. That's where I'm at at this point in time. So you can roll with me or head off into the sunset as you see fit.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Where to Prospect for Beach Placers in California and Oregon (Conclusion)

 (Magnified image of beach placer gold from the Central Oregon Coast.)

OK, we've finally arrived at the nitty gritty point. In this post I'll be divulging some of the best locations for beach placer gold mining in California and Oregon so hang on to your picks and shovels.