Friday, August 18, 2017

Where to Prospect for Beach Placers in California and Oregon (Part 2)


 (Head north from the Golden Gate for the best beach placers.)

In this post I'll be concentrating (no pun intended!) on beach structure and its importance to beach placers and general "goodies" (coins, jewelry, etc.). Just as things work in streambeds and washes, the deposition of gold on beaches is dependent on the structure of a given beach. Get that point ingrained in your mind as we move forward here, OK?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Where to Prospect for Beach Placers in California and Oregon (Part 1)

 (Old timers mining a beach placer near Nome, Alaska.)

Any of you who've watched the TV reality series "Bering Sea Gold" already know something about beach placers and offshore gold deposits. I've also talked about beach placers briefly in a post or two here in Bedrock Dreams. In this series of posts I'll be giving you some specific info on beach gold (and yes...platinum!) locations along California and Oregon beaches and exactly where along a beach you should prospect for these precious metals. Sound good? Then read on my friend.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Don't Crap in Their Nest

 (Ernie busting his hump crevicing.)

My erstwhile mining pard (Ernie Martinez) and I did a bit of mining yesterday...the first time I've been out and about in quite a while since landscaping tasks have been taking most of my time this summer. Trying to keep things clean, beautiful, and upgraded on nearly two acres of high desert terrain ain't easy for an old coot like myself...just so's ya know. So yesterday was a needed break despite the somewhat bleak results gold-wise.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Off-the-Radar Placers That Deserve a Closer Look

 (Gold that's off the radar screen.)

When most folks think of placer gold mining and placer gold they usually focus in on the more well-known deposits or areas. This is understandable since going where the gold is (or has been found before) is always a decent strategy for small-scale placer miners. But there are some spots scattered throughout the Lower 48 here in the United States that deserve a closer look.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Want to Know Exactly What's in Those Rocks of Yours? Here's How...

(Damn! Wish I knew what was in this here rock of mine.)

Over the course of the last decade in writing and publishing Bedrock Dreams I have been asked countless times by readers what's in their rocks? Usually these queries come in the form of e-mails, with digital photos attached. Now I can tell you with nearly 100% certainty how to determine what's in those rocks of yours. No games, no BS. Just the straight poop. Now you don't have to ask me about your rocks ever again, providing you have the right tool in your hot little hands.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Basics of Gold Mineralization

 (Howdy do comrade?)

Before I get into the heart of the matter about gold mineralization let me toot my own horn a bit. I'm now a published author in Russia! Yep, you heard right. One of my articles was recently published in a Russian mining trade magazine and the editor was kind enough to send me a copy of the mag. Here's the problem though. It's all in Russian! Anyway, I can still admire the pics of myself within the article. Anyhoo, enough of that. Let's move on to the business at hand.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

There's a Kernel of Truth in Every Tall Tale

 (We're a lot like gamblers.)

Gold miners and prospectors are a lot like gamblers. They tend to overplay their "wins" and down play their "losses." This said, when you hear someone spinning a tall tale about placer or lode gold don't discount their story offhand. Why? There's usually a kernel of truth in what they say.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Where to Hunt for Big Gold in California (Part 2)

 (A six pound [72 troy ounces] "biggee" from California.)

This series of posts is mean to tune you in to areas in California where you might (and probably still can) find big gold. As I said in my last post, if you want to find big gold you need to be looking where large nuggets were found in the past.