Sunday, August 17, 2014

End of the Line for Bedrock Dreams (Updated 11/13/2014)


(LATEST UPDATE: You'll notice that I've removed all posts concerning a certain person ostensibly involved in a variety of claim scams. I did this because I received an e-mail today (11/13/14) from a lawyer representing the same individual saying I should "cease and desist all defamatory statements" in relation to this person or face possible lawsuit action. Although I'm loathe to bow or bend to such BS pressure, I think it best since Bedrock Dreams will no longer be in existence anyway come January 1, 2015. I find it interesting to note here how often the law seems to work in favor of those who deserve its largesse the least. But hey, it's the new world order we now find ourselves laboring under. I also have neither the time, money, or inclination to fight back at this point. Best to all you good people out there and I hope you understand. J.R.)

(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 jr872vt90@yahoo.com. 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

27 comments:

  1. Hi Howard,

    It's a sad thing to see you go but I understand. There comes a time in life when you need to devote time to yourself and family. Curtain and I have followed you for many years now and have learned so much from you. I think you actually got some things through our thick heads. We shall see as we are off to The Bradshaw Mountain Range in Arizona again in October.

    Maybe now you will have time to do some prospecting yourself or better yet join Curtain and I on one of our week long trips deep into the Bradshaw's.

    Best to you Partner and God Bless.

    Dobb's

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  2. Hey Dobbsie, you and Curtin were definitely loyal as the day is long and I truly appreciate your support. E-mail me when you guys are heading out for one of those long weekend trips to the Bradshaws...maybe now I can find the time to show you two boneheads what's what! (Just teasing ya man...) Best, J.R.

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  3. Thanks for all the info. over the years- one thing I never read here was how much does an average gold prospecting trip/excursion cost the average person per day? Let's assume one belongs to a club already. What about fuel, food, lodging/camping etc. per day or week/month? Once again, I learned a lot J.R.

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  4. You're most welcome. Usually, if you start small equipment-wise, most prospecting/mining outings cost very little but that will vary so it's hard to give definite amount. If you camp out your costs are minimal at best. Take care and thanks for commenting. J.R.

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  5. Sorry to see you shut this down, but a fellow has to do what a fellow has to do.
    I hope that one of these days, I'll get some time so you and I can prospect for a day or two south of you.
    Best wishes!
    Rattlesnake Jim

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  6. I hope we can finally pull that one off too Jim. Thanks for all along the way. I appreciate it. J.R.

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  7. I just came across your terrific blog and I am very impressed and now worried that it will cease to be available for access. J.R. thank you very much for the time and effort you put into "Bedrock Dreams". Is there a way to put it on a searchable dvd or thumb drive and make it for sale or "for a donation"? Maybe one of the larger Treasure/Gold message boards could archive the contents? I sure hope something can be done to keep it available. Thanks again J.R. and best wishes, Aaron

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  8. Hi Aaron. Thanks for the positive comments. You're the 2nd person to ask about the CD-DVD thing. I may have to try working on that. Anyway, research what you can now. Best! J.R.

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  9. Hello Jim, it's Fair time here at the fairgrounds and been too busy to look at this,just found out you are throwing in the towel. I'm not real surprised, I know it has been a hard thing for you for some time now. We were able to talk you out of it before,but I think you are right, it's time. If something that is fun becomes a chore, it ain't fun anymore.If it ain't fun, there's no point in it. Thanks for all you have done here. Maybe it's time to start working on that book you talked about a few years back? Or maybe just hit the creek a little more yourself! Anyway, I'll miss ya, your friend Muskrat I hope you will think of me when you look at that mirror.....

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  10. Thank you Jim.Your info and insight in this blog has been invalueable.I will miss reading it.Best of luck.Peace,JJ

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  11. Yep, you've seen this coming for a while Gary. I held on as long as I could though. We'll see what shakes out with some of the other things I have in mind. Yep, every day I see your handy work and craftsmanship. Thanks much for all and e-mail me once in awhile, OK? J.R.

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  12. Good Luck in your future endeavors. I appreciate all the work you put into your site. I've enjoyed reading all your articles and will miss them, but I fully understand that when it's time to move on, you should move on. The best to you in what ever your next adventure may be. Scott Vaughn

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  13. In this hobby it is a rare thing to find those that are selfless enough to teach and share their knowledge, so it is sad to see you go but I am thankful for all the words of wisdom you have shared. I have enjoyed this hobby for many years and am in the process of transitioning my life style to a nomadic one and am determined to have a go at it full time. I have no dreams of a rich payday and my personal lifestyle is rather simple so I need not hit the mother load. Getting by is good enough for me and leaves plenty of time for the other things in life I enjoy, hiking and fishing are a good way of getting to promising prospecting areas while having fun on the trails.

    Happy trails to you J.R. and thanks, Miles

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  14. Thank you Scott. I appreciate your kind words and support over the years. Best to you, J.R.

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  15. im sad now...i liked your info

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  16. Thanks for your kind words. Too much work for too little return...that's it in a nutshell. J.R.

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  17. J.R.

    Thanks for having the patience to answer questions, provide information and guide us in finding the ever elusive yellow. Wish you the best in your endeavors. We will dearly miss you.

    Amber and Paul

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  18. You're very welcome. Stay in touch and e-mail me any questions you have, OK? J.R.

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  19. Thanks for all your efforts.
    Chuck

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  20. You're very welcome Chuck. Best to you, J.R.

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  21. Well I thought about this for a couple weeks. I am very saddened but I totally understand. Sometimes you just got to move to a new spot and start digging again. I found J.R. site by accident. Searching for information on a Gold Bug Pro. But what a nugget I found instead. Everyday I would come to the site reading his stories and being inspired by his words. There's no way I could ever express to you my gratitude For how much I have learned from you. A true wordsmith. I hope and pray there's more to come from you. A book a DVD or something. Once more I want to let you know how much I appreciate everything you have done for the mining community and me. May God bless you in everything you do, and be safe.

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  22. Dig, thank you very much for the extremely kind and flattering words in your comments. We'll see what shakes out down the road...maybe I will write a book on mining. You be safe out there and be safe, OK? J.R.

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  23. I've stumbled upon your site often while doing Google research. Sorry to see you're no longer blogging. Hope the archive stays around for a while. Thanks for the great prospecting info.
    Glenn

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  24. Thanks for updating us. I'll start copying all previous blogs to save to my files.

    Scott

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  25. You're very welcome Glen. Thanks for the good thoughts. J.R.

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  26. This blog always kept me going in the off season. I'll miss it more than you will ever know. Just wanted to check it one more time hoping you had changed your mind. I totally understand and I hope this frees you up for more time out hunting. Thanks for everything. gary

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  27. Sorry to see you go, J.R. I'm grateful that the pictures of mine you were kind enough to publish were part of this worthy endeavor. Happy trails.

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