Sunday, January 25, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
(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
(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
(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
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.