Roughwater

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About Roughwater

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    Oxford, NC
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    Detecting, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Walking my dogs, Reloading
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    Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II, Eureka Gold, CTX 3030 and my eyes

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  1. My daughter sent me the same link a few days ago. She lives in Arkansas and knows I am interested in going to the crater of the diamonds park. God willing I'll get out there this summer.
  2. Hey Chuck hope your doing well? As to gold hunting I've been a bench warmer for a while but have my thoughts. I guess the ideal is to have best of everything going for you: The ideal set of detectors and good skill with all of them, access to good locations (location, location), dogged determination strong energy level, time spent researching and a little luck. There have been folks you have read about go out with a radio shack detector, little experience and with a huge amount of luck find the nugget of a lifetime. On the other hand one could invest in the best equipment and without the determination or skill and find little or nothing. In this day and age gold is not likely to come easy and much land has been hit hard. If you put the list of requirements in percentages one could move the numbers around some I'm sure but it might look something like this: 1. Location- 50% - If you ain't where there is gold nothing else matters! 2. Equipment 15% - You need the right tool at the location to detect and get the gold. 3. Equipment skill 10% - If the gold is detectable at all at a good location skill is the difference between success and failure. 4. Research 10% - if research gets you to gold bearing areas then your are half way there. 5. Determination 10% - even if you manage to fulfill all the other requirements for success don't guarantee it, it still will likely require a lot of determination and persistence. 6. Luck 5% - Luck is the wild card and most of us will not be dealt one on a consistent basis but it comes in handy now and then. You can play with the % above and maybe add a few more however you see fit but the more requirements you can put together the better your odds of success. Other factors can up your chances of success also such as who you know and who helped train you? Often buying from the right people can offer you professional training and tips on good locations to start your search. Few can really make it pay so I believe for most of us the investment you spend should be considered an adventure and not a profit making one at least not financially. Terry
  3. Very cool find!
  4. Steve. This is useful. Only problem is the guide originally had 550 pages not 150 pages. The guide goes in alphabetical order of the States so this link only gets you through Idaho. After doing a bit more research, I see that that your link above is only one of a 3 part series of links. The other 2 links can be found here: http://digitalrockhound.blogspot.com/2009/10/mineral-and-rock-collecting-locations.html Terry
  5. Great Idea Steve! I have somewhat given up on gold detecting for various reasons even though I really enjoy it. I'm not done with detecting though and still plan to hunt for coins and rings. I also have become more interested in Gems and Minerals and look forward to continue to visit my favorite website (Detector/Prospector of course) to lean from others and share my finds. That said, I obviously will be checking out the proposed Gems and Minerals sub-forum when it comes on-line. Your Forum Steve makes a fun thing all that much better! Thank ya, Thank ya. Terry
  6. Most of what Paul left Australia with don't interest me much except maybe the formula for Fosters beer. I don't drink a lot any more but I do like Fosters, it just takes be about a week now to drink one of the giant cans they come in. I haven't got to this site a lot lately so I haven't seen Pauls report of his trip but I hope you (Paul) found yourself ample gold. Terry
  7. That sure sounds like a problem Chuck with coin hunting in a yard on those deeper coins. It's not like you can scrape an inch off with your boot like is often done with gold hunting. If you did if would be best to carry a roll of sod with you and a barrel of water which might be slightly inconvenient.
  8. I've done the fire ant dance and it's very energetic but not pretty. They are pretty wicked and they were very prevalent especially in South Eastern North Carolina when I lived in Goldsboro. Half the time I have encountered them I don't realize it right away so there were a bunch of them on me before I new it. Next time carry a little of that granular fire ant poison with you in a zip lock bag. Spread a little where you found that dime and come back in a few days and you will be able to dig it up without issue. The ants that survived would have moved a short distance away so you still need to be on the look out. Glad you are enjoying the MXS and glad White's ultimately took good care of you. Sounds like a great machine. Dimes and pennies were what I had always found the most of too I think just due to their small size and value.
  9. Chuck, I really got a chuckle out of what you wrote above. It's so funny cause what you say is so true. The ground one hunts in can be an issue all it's own too. Back in Ohio I didn't know how good I had it detecting. The ground was so mild and kids had change in their pockets to loose even way back. But out here in farm country in NC bartering was the order of the day. They carried some eggs to the store to barter for some flour or whatever. So out in the country and little towns there wasn't a lot of coins being lost like in a city. The farmhouse was a welding shop, implement repair shop and what have you. They usually built their own homes and barns at least in this area. So around the farmhouse there is a multitude of iron trash and tin. On top of that the ground has plenty of mineralization. Between the soil and generations of iron scraps, lack of many good targets etc it's a detectorist's nightmare. I haven't given up on this area but I have become well aware of the difficulty detecting here as it's a alien world compared to most test plots I see on utube.
  10. I don't have any gold, but I know that having some gold where you can actually put your hands on it is definitely not a bad thing. I tried to watch the video and in the middle another video popped in about Erectile dysfunction so I ended it and I never found out where they were going with the story. I do know I could predict a lot of things after the fact. I know history often repeats it's self and many folks follow the pied piper without looking at facts. Lots of political manipulation going on right now, lots of things being twisted around but if I could actually afford to invest in gold it would be gold I could personally touch.
  11. So are you saying you didn't find any diamonds? Looks like you found some interesting rocks of not any diamonds. Piggy backing onto Mn90403's post I see there have been quite a few reported diamonds found between Sept and Oct: http://www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com/media/latest-finds.aspx I see from the above link that 1 point equals 1/100th or a carat or to put it another way, 100 points equals one carrot. I am hoping to get out there this fall if my health allows me.
  12. If that's what you really want find you a truck from the south or even better the southwest where there is no salt on the roads. Much better chance of getting one who's frame and body would last much longer. For my latest trip I put a Thule luggage carrier on top of my Forester. The model I bought really holds a lot of gear and don't knock down the fuel mileage but a mile or 2 per gallon and cost me new less than 300 dollars.
  13. Seems this concept has been around a few years already. I found an article about it from 2013 making me wonder why it's not in full production already? It does sound like a great concept though. http://www.automotiveworld.com/news-releases/the-ox-the-worlds-first-flat-pack-truck-set-to-bring-aid-to-remote-parts-of-africa/ As to it's weight distribution it is said to still have 51% of it's weight over the front axle when fully loaded. However some using it may not pay much attention to it's actual max load capacity of 2 tons.
  14. Great Video on how to pan for gold and a really well designed panning kit with all one needs to get started! Steve does make it look very easy. I like the idea from the video of making one's self comfortable while panning. I noticed in the past while panning if I was uncomfortable I would often be tempted to over-hurry the process which isn't a good idea.
  15. That picture looks very familiar! Way to go Jen. Sounds like you managed to even bring with you the kitchen sink but good to hear you brought the most important stuff. Though I did't have the comfort you do I did manage to to bring all my detectors and coils though I didn't get around to using them all I figured they were the minimum requirement. I should have been out there a month or so later then maybe with a little help I could have better figured out where to start looking for nuggets and based on your previous picture where to go to eat as well.