Well, its starting to feel like fall!
Was going to do a little prospecting a couple of weekends ago, and it was raining! I ended up making a batch of Huntley spoons instead. It was properly for the best, I was completely out and I have a lot of people wanting them. So I thought what the heck, might as well make a short video about the process I use to make them. Will post it later, when I can't get to the hills and need a video!
This last weekend I was able to get in one day of sniping thanks to help from David and a helicopter. We flew into my claim and did some deep water sniping with a hookah system. I was hoping for a few large nuggets ( aren't we all ). The area we checked was in a very narrow section of the canyon, at the base of what used to be a water fall. Over the last 20 or so years the top of the falls have been eroding back, now it is more like a steep section of rapids. I figured we would not find a lot of gold, but any piece that would be able to settle threw this section would have to be large. The problem we discovered, once we got to the bottom, the bedrock was very soft and the crevices weren't pack hard. The gravel was easy to pry out because the bedrock would just crumble. There was nothing to hold the gold there! After several hours of searching the deep water, I moved a little down stream and found some small crevices in hard bedrock and did managed to find a few nice pieces before it was time to leave.
I will be editing the footage I shot during the trip this week. Hopefully I will have the video done in a week or two.
I am trying to put tougher a 3 day treasure hunting and gold mining trip this coming weekend - more on that later!
Until next post - Gary