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  1. Getting Too Old?

    That would be a good alternative, unfortunately any deserts are far away from me. I am in the mountains of Northern California.
  2. That's right, the 300' rule is a real killer. It even eliminates the use of a gas vac in dry material if it is within 300' for a watercourse. These nonsensical rules are really seen for what they are when you have a situation like mine. According to the 300' regulation I cannot even clean up at home using my own water supply and domestic water pump, because I have a year round, small creek that runs through my back yard. Of course I rigidly adhere to this regulation.
  3. I don't see where there is anything to open Harry. When I open the thread the pic is displayed prominently on the page. Perhaps any virus software you have is doing it.
  4. Getting Too Old?

    Yes Luke, I have tried the detector there as well. That was the first thing I did. I also had a friend go over it with a Gold Bug. I have not found gold of any size there, it is all small, with an occasional picker. This bedrock is a bench on a terraced hillside that has been previously hydraulic mined. Consequently it is not flat anywhere, it is towering bedrock. I believe that the gold I am getting is left over from the hydraulic operation left behind. When I say towering I mean that some of it is eight feet from bottom to top. I don't find much, if any gold in the sparse overburden, it's all in the bedrock cracks. Actually the only overburden that is there is what was left behind, or what has built up in the hundred years since it was originally mined. I hope folks don't see my posts as being off topic, I worried about that at first. But then I realized that OP was about gold found with anything but a Minelab.
  5. Getting Too Old?

    I am sure you are right Harry. And I have taken your advice to heart. But as far as investing hundreds of dollars in another detector is concerned I just can't justify, or even consider doing it with my only income being social security, it's just not possible. If I were still in the work force I would certainly consider a Gold Bug2. It is foolish to argue against yours and others proven results over the years. Even when I was still in Alaska I remember being amazed that you would post about going out for an hour in a morning and come home with a few nuggets. And still to this day I see you continue to do it all the time. Thanks for the advice Harry, I have learned a lot from you over the years.
  6. Getting Too Old?

    Anymore with the bans on mining in California and Oregon, plus the problem with my legs, I am down to crevicing using my gas vacuum and hand tools. Fortunately I love doing this and it is something I can still do. It's not difficult to sit of rocks and clean out cracks. I am fortunate in that I have a high bench, close to home that has lots of exposed bedrock. I go at it pretty vigorously, using a two pound pug hammer and chisel to break the cracks deeper than just scraping them. I don't get rich, but do get some gold each time. Mine is a two step process because there is no water where I clean cracks. I have to clean cracks one day and then take the buckets to a small creek another day to run them through the sluice.
  7. Getting Too Old?

    I can identify John. As I said in my original post, I always thought that once i became old and feeble I could fall back on metal detecting. Mine is not a knee problem, I have what is called Neuropathy, which is a condition of degenerating nerves in my legs and feet. I have no feeling from the knees down, consequently I can't tell what my feet are doing or what the ground under them feels like. I have to use a cane at all times, even when on a flat floor, otherwise I stagger around like a drunk trying to keep my balance. You can imagine how much harder this would be on uneven ground. So any detecting must be done with a detector in my right hand, because I am right handed and a cane in the left, which is backwards for me because I usually have to use my cane in my right hand. It just makes it twice as hard and even dangerous on hills, gulches and cobbles. OK enough of the depressing old guy stuff, you guys get the gold, I'll do the reading about your adventures.
  8. Getting Too Old?

    Luke, After owning this detector for many years and using it both in Alaska and now California, I am convinced that my problem is one of persistence, or the lack of it. That, along with a healthy dose of impatience works against me. Steve has told me for years the same things you outlined. I am not saying that the advice is not good, just that I think I lack the persistence that it takes to find gold. I do have a "dig everything" mentality, which works against me because of the amount of trash. I have two good test nuggets and am very familiar with their sound at differing depths. That is what baffles me. I know what gold sounds like, but just can't seem to get my coil over any. I have hunted the same areas that both Steve and Lipca hunt, but no gold. It has to be me, not the machine or the good advice I have been given. I just don't get out detecting much, which doesn't help. Now with advanced age and the problems I experience with my legs, I find it extremely difficult to navigate uneven ground. I am just about to the point of nugget shooting vicariously through other's efforts, so keep posting good results, I love to read them.
  9. Getting Too Old?

    This was really encouraging to me Luke, Goldmaster V/Sat is the only detector I own. That, plus not doing much detecting equals no gold. But, on the other end of the scale I find lots of nails. lead shot and small bits of other metals and hot rocks.
  10. Gold Tellurides

    Sorry to post off topic Steve. You mentioned about the problems with your knee and shoulder and it got me to thinking about physical problems in regard to detecting.
  11. Gold Tellurides

    With age all of us tend to start feeling the effects of physical limitations and increased medical problems. In many cases such as mine, it is hard for people to adjust to the fact that there are just some things that we cannot do any more. I always thought that when I got old enough that dredging and prospecting became too difficult, I could always fall back on detecting. I never even anticipated that I would become unstable enough that I could not walk on uneven ground. To even stand or walk on a flat surface requires me to use a cane at all times.
  12. The Loss Of My Forums

    Johnedoe, I am in the process of asking that very question. I was told by a Best Boards admin that any other platform would have to be able to read the present board's code, which is not likely to be compatible. But I am working to try to do something for future problems. I am not sure why you found the platform non user friendly, I have never experienced it and no one has told me this before.
  13. The Loss Of My Forums

    Thanks for the heads up beav. It is six am here on the west coast and I just saw your post notification in my email. You are right, they are back up. I have no idea why, or if it will last. I did send a plea for help to the Best Boards owner yesterday. I didn't think it would do anything since no one in his company has heard from him in a year. But something has happened. Thank you all for your concern and condolences.
  14. The Loss Of My Forums

    Thanks guys, but actually it is you who have made my forums what they were. Without what members have contributed they would have been useless. I'll try to have something up again soon, I was kinda waiting to see if the forums might come back. Whatever I decide of for a forum host will be quite different from the old format you are used to, but we'll make them work.
  15. Alaska Gold Forum Down?

    Here is a link to what I posted this morning concerning this problem for those that may not see it:
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