Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Bedrock Dreams Mining "Jamboree"?

I've had an idea kicking around in my sometimes fertile brain for quite some time now. What I'd like to do in this post is lay that idea out there for all of you to read and digest...then I'd like to hear your opinions, thoughts, suggestions, and so on.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bodie: Unlikely Looking Gold Ground

 (Furnishings left behind in a home at Bodie.)

I'll be perfectly honest with you here. I've seen some pretty unlikely looking placer and lode gold ground in my day, but nothing compares to the area in and around the old mining boom town of Bodie on the east side of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Auger-Drill Sampling for Gold

 (Small, portable auger-drill rig.)

Proper sampling is fundamental to all placer and lode gold recovery operations, no matter their size or scale. I've tried to pound the importance of this premise into your heads before, but some of you still seem to be suffering from the same malaise that certain members of a TV reality gold show suffer from. It's called mental laziness (a.k.a, stupidity).

Sunday, January 18, 2015

California's Coastal Ranges: Hidden Gold Potential?

 (Part of California's Coastal Ranges.)

I'm a native Californian who grew up in the San Joaquin Valley within the shadows of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I knew little of gold back then other than what I was taught in history class about the California Gold Rush and the significance the Sierras played in that epic period.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cheap Advice for Gold Mining Novices

I've decided to march back through the halls of time a bit and resurrect and update a post that dates back to 2008. This particular post is directed toward those of you out there who are gold prospecting and mining novices (a.k.a. newbies and greenhorns) but I'm throwing a few gems of mining wisdom into the mix that are applicable to each and every one of you out there, no matter how long you've been at this gold thing of ours.

Monday, January 12, 2015

"Wild Bill," the Quintessential Mining Optimist

I've written posts before on some of the unique characters I've come across in my 35 plus years of gold prospecting and mining. "Wild Bill" was one of those people who refused to march lock step with the status quo and went about life (and mining) marching to the beat of his own drummer.