Sunday, April 23, 2017

Vignettes From My Mining Past (Part 1)

In this series of posts I'll be relating small vignettes from my small-scale mining career. If you, the reader, are open to them these little stories, lessons, or incidents may contain a few pearls of mining wisdom and information as well as a bit of my sardonic humor. So read on, listen, and perhaps learn.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Fascists of the Future...

World War II  British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said that "The fascists of the future will be called anti-fascists." I don't think Churchill knew just how accurate and prophetic his words were at the time, but he was spot on.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Important News for Bedrock Dreams Looking Forward

I have some important news to pass on about Bedrock Dreams looking forward. I've written and maintained this blog for over nine years now but come January 1, 2018 I will be closing shop at the 10-year mark. I think a decade of effort is enough for me. I'll be nearly 70 years of age when I finally shut this thing down next January and have other irons in the fire I want to pursue both now and post-Bedrock Dreams. So that's essentially it.

Don't be sad or upset. I'll continue to write and publish posts for the remaining nine months of this year and will also re-include the Bedrock Dreams archives for your perusal and use. In fact, I'll get the archives back on the right sidebar right after I publish this post and the news it contains.

I am totally solid in this decision, so nothing will dissuade me from it. Once January 2018 arrives I will remove the entire site from the internet and Bedrock Dreams will no longer exist except in the memories of its readers and supporters. And no, I will not be handing the reins of Bedrock Dreams to anyone else and will make no "deals" in this regard. But that lies ahead in the future so no need for the gnashing of teeth at this point.

It may seem a bit early to pass this news along to you, but I feel it's better to give advance warning so everyone can adjust and be on the same wavelength. Feel free to copy material from the archives but ONLY for your own use. I still retain the copyright for all written materials herein and if I find out someone is plagiarizing those materials or using them for nefarious purposes such as personal gain I will not go into the night gently.

That pretty much sums things up for the time being. Again, I will continue to publish new posts and answer your e-mails and comments through the remaining nine months of Bedrock Dreams' existence.

Hang tough out there!

(c) Jim Rocha 2017

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Friday, April 14, 2017

The Fundamentals to Success as a Small-Scale Gold Miner (Conclusion)

In this post I'll be finalizing my ideas on the fundamentals of success for small-scale gold miners...something most of us are or aspire to be. You newcomers to gold mining and prospecting should take special note because getting this info down on the front end will expedite your chances of success and prevent you from making what I'll term (for lack of a better descriptor) stupid mistakes.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Fundamentals to Success as a Small-Scale Gold Miner (Part 2)

 (Searching for that color.)

In this post I'll be working my way around this topic and will eventually get to where I need to be. Again, there are numerous areas to explore and cover regarding small-scale gold mining fundamentals and my aim in this series of posts is to get at the core of the issue, not each and every facet of it. That would provide enough material for a small book, methinks. Anyway, allow me the privilege of "drifting" a bit herein.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Fundamentals to Success as a Small-Scale Gold Miner (Part 1)

 (Start with the fundamentals.)

There are many facets to becoming a successful placer gold miner, whether you're a newcomer to mining or a veteran. But in my opinion there are a number of fundamentals that supersede all other factors in this regard. Let's take a look at these, one-by-one.

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Basic Mining and Prospecting Kit for Beginners (Conclusion)

 (Remember, dark green shows gold best.)

In this post I'll be finishing up my suggestions to newcomers on what they should have in their tool arsenal to get going out there. Hopefully this will help some of the newbs and greenhorns out there and help them save some serious cash at the same time.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Basic Prospecting and Mining Kit for Beginners (Part 1)

I can tell by your search queries and questions that many of you out there are newcomers (i.e., newbies or greenhorns) to the world of small-scale gold prospecting and mining. There's no shame in that so hold your head up. I too was once where you are now. So take heart. I'll get you started on the right track.