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JW and I went on a bit of an adventure yesterday, it was to an old mining area where a lot of sluicing was done in the 1800's.  The old timers did one hell of a job and little gold is left to be found

Dude thanks for the pics and sharing your adventure!!!!!!!!!!!!a couple of motorbikes to go there would have been cool too!!!!   I vote for your post as :Post OF THE YEAR 2020    

Great story and glad to see JW is doing well.  With all that mining equipment it's hard to believe there isn't gold to be found, or was it mostly of non-detectable size? I don't think I'd take my

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23 minutes ago, Chase Goldman said:

You know I am having problems finding the edit button nowadays so it takes a bit longer for me to get my total thoughts down.  Not sure I am going to get used to that button being high and right AND two clicks now to get to it.

Uh, compared to navigating the Equinox menu in the field (just one example),...  I'm confident you'll adjust.

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Equinox menu navigation?? I think i have a vague memory of that!!🤣👍👍

And good morning Simon, how are you starting the day today??

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Simon,

I want the picture of JW's rig on the bridge.

You must have one, right?  (Maybe you didn't want to get out and take it?)

Mitchel

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I figured I should show this, JW found no gold on the "adventure" but the next day he went out and redeemed himself.  He's been using the 15x10" exclusively lately, maybe he's onto something there.  It took him forever to get off his 10" coil now he's got the 15x10" glued on 🙂

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He got down to the bedrock and had to break away a crack that didn't initially exist, you can see it just below the scoop.

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And his redemption for his afternoon hunt, I wish I could do that in an afternoon.

His photos have got me inspired to go back and try my luck at this spot, it's where I got my record 9 grams.  I will try go Saturday and see how I go, maybe I'll use the 15x10" too 🙂

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Wishing you great luck Simon!!

I'm still hoping for that large nugget to find you! I think you need to start talking to the gold! It may respond by leading you to it's location! 👳‍♂️👍👍

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