(IMPORTANT UPDATE: The content contained in Bedrock Dreams will no longer be available beginning January 1, 2015. The blog will be deleted at that time and will no longer be online in any form. J.R.)
Well all, it's been a long time coming but this post is my last at Bedrock Dreams and it's the end of the line for this blog.
I'm Grateful to You All
After six and a half years I don't make this decision lightly. But in all honesty I feel I've said all I can say about small-scale gold mining and prospecting. Even the best of us reach our limits at sometime or another and I've pretty much reached mine. As a wise person once said, "All good things must come to an end."
Please don't misunderstand me here...it has nothing to do with you good people out there who've stuck with me through thick and thin and have remained loyal supporters and readers. Ditto for those of you who have been generous enough to donate money (and other things) along the way to keep this dialogue going. I am grateful to each and every one of you for your kindness, generosity, and financial and moral support.
Something Has to Give
Over the past year or so I've found it increasingly difficult to devote the same amount of time and energy to Bedrock Dreams. More importantly, my heart just isn't in the game any longer. What used to be joyful labor for me is no longer as fun as it used to be. I find it harder and harder to come up with fresh information of value and subsequently find myself repeating old themes and passing along repetitive tips and suggestions. I'm tired and the blog itself is tired as well. That serves neither you or me very well.
Additionally, I'm a man of varied interests and I'd like to devote a bit more time to some of those other pursuits (to the extent I am able). Although I should be retired at my "advanced" age, I still work a full-time job, have to handle the typical family affairs we all have, and must juggle my free time accordingly. Something has to give and in this case it's Bedrock Dreams.
The Good News
Here's the good news. I will keep the blog intact online and accessible to all comers for the next 9 or 10 months which is when my annual web hosting fees come due. At that time I will pull Bedrock Dreams offline for good. So this grace period would be a good time to read those posts you haven't read yet or do a copy and paste (for personal use only please) of that info you think you'd like to keep for reference. By the way, all my published posts can be found in the Archives section of the right sidebar.
To the extent I'm able to, I'll also continue to answer your questions via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I've always been prompt in addressing those questions and informational requests and I hope to continue doing so, but I may be a bit slower on the uptake than before, OK?
I have to tell you that I've met a lot of very fine people since I've been writing and publishing Bedrock Dreams and you're one of them. Thank you for being here and for your questions, concerns, comments, and yes...your support over the years. Keep the faith and keep looking for that yellow, wherever you may find it.
Best of luck and God bless one and all.
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2014