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    Fort Dick, Ca.
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    Prospecting, hunting, fishing and gardening. Most all outdoor adventures.

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  1. Check out this video of a couple Englishmen beginning the restoration of an old Russian T54/69 tank. Mike
  2. Great advice in the posts. Steve is so right about relying on your instruments. Here in the pacific northwest weather can change for the worse very quickly and instruments are your friend. I do have a interesting story of the instruments going astray. I managed as well as did the actual work of an aerial mapping, surveying and high altitude photography company for many years. Using small Cessnas (182 and push pull turbo 206) and Robinson helicopters required the pilots to really trust their instruments. We also performed land surveys with conventional instruments like theodolites and chains, early lasers, later total stations with infra red and the such. We eventually bought and used some of the first Trimble Navigation GPS units here in the northwest. We were performing a large cadastral retracement survey of public / private boundaries for the federal government over two townships of land with many ownerships. Because of the rugged and remote lands, we used a combination of technology. All of the above conventional equipment was used along with aerial photos and the "relatively new GPS units". We used the tripod mounted GPS units primarily for establishing control points on the mountain tops, from which we then utilized the other instruments for ground traverses. Well into the project, amazed by the benefit of the GPS units and their accuracy, which we tested, all hell broke out with the data. In these kinds of surveys, along with the GPS control points, a lot of data is collected initially about existing prior survey evidence, often for days at a time, and then is processed back in the office for further investigation and action in the field. Well, after one such period of data collection from the GPS units, absolute chaos ensued with the survey control data as well as the the other traverses from those control points. Survey results from this period was miles off from previous data collected. Impossible to be as such. I'm telling you, this was on par with losing a survey field book in the old days, which was a cardinal sin. The entire job is at a standstill. As I recall our first call to Trimble (the GPS maker) was of no help and caused a great concern on their part as well. They got on the horn and called us back later with the explanation. The first gulf war had just begun and the military had "dithered" the signals coming from the constellation of satellites utilized by our GPS units. They were preventing any enemy from using these signals for hostile action over in the Gulf or here at home with missiles or airplanes. We eventually received, from the military, an equation / formula for untangling the survey data and all turned out well. There was very little use of GPS by the public back then relative to the widespread use today. If the signals were again "dithered" by the government, in this day and age, oh boy, just imagine. Mike
  3. I didn't know Smokey Baird, but I wish I had. What a great tribute to him in the link you provided Lunk, thank you. Fantastic gold he found, he truly looks comfortable and able on a horse, trophy mule deer bucks we dream about and what a thoughtful poet. That poem is a thing of beauty. Oh what it must have been like to share a camp fire with Smokey and I'd sure like to see that photo with the angel. I can't help but think he must have enjoyed life in an easy going manner. Say hey to God for me Smokey, Mike
  4. Nice finds GoldEn. Real pretty gold. Mike
  5. Yes I would. I too have met quite a few good friends and there's no replacement for the great outdoors. The northwest is truly beautiful place to enjoy yourself. Hunting for and better yet, finding gold is frosting on the cake. Mike
  6. Nice find. The Phoenix is rising!
  7. Great post Steve. Barry, of Land Matters, is the most knowledgeable person I'm acquainted with on land ownership, mining claims and the mapping of same, federal land law and historical as well as current government land regulation. His website is truly remarkable. What a tremendous collection of information in one spot. If you folks haven't checked it out yet, do so. You'll like it. Mike
  8. Nice piece Harry. Snow all gone over your way? Mike
  9. A guy with working hands finding nuggets. Nice! Mike
  10. Wow, great photo Steve. Now this is how to get a message out. Mike
  11. Wow, neat specimens of gold Rick. Thanks for posting for all to see. Mike
  12. Good find 1515Art, sure looks like the one Jim had. I sent Jim an personal e-mail with a link to your post. Mike
  13. Good for you Dan. I can tell you enjoy life and finding the owner will be one more of your pleasures. Good luck with the ATX, keep us up to date on your adventures with it. Mike
  14. Nice Walkerrj, real nice. Mike
  15. I recommend El Dorado. Steve is a great guy to work with for your gold refining and jewelry needs as well as being a fellow prospector and forum member. Steve, I still intend to do a write-up about the beautiful ring you made for my wife. Jodie has had some serious health problems and all the other life issues have gotten in the way. I haven't participated in the forums much this year as such. Mike