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On 7/14/2022 at 8:31 AM, RONS DETECTORS MINELAB said:

I have not been to NZ, WA or other places like that. Maybe someone from there could better describe the places they have found there dream detecting place. Or maybe they do not want to attract attention to it, which makes good sense to keep it a secret. 

I can't say much about NZ but Simon (Phrunt) can tell you about all the TINY  Nuggets that they have in NZ.

I retired getting close to 20 years ago and WA Gold field were my choice for 3+ months a year for gold and 2+ months in QLD enjoying Kayaking and Bushwalking and the rest of the time back at home in Vic.  I manage to over 10 years of this, till Medical Problems ( Wife's and mine ) started to have a reduction on the amount of time that Carol and I could spend away from home. All costs that we had for the time in WA prospecting ( including 6000 km return trip with Caravan ) were more than covered with gold finds but most people do not achieve this.

The Gold Fields in WA are vast and remote towns with a Supermarket, Post office, Pub and maybe a Caravan park are normally 250 Km (150 miles) apart. Safety is a major factor to consider, self reliance, navigation abilities, water, but guns are not popular in Aus and if present they are out of site and require licences. Most areas that are within a day trip from the towns (let say 50 km round trip) have had a fair amount of detectors over them, but a talented detectorist can still find a few nuggets on them. The real finds are found at lest a few Km from know finds. Some of my locations had nuggets visible sitting in the sun getting a tan, so skill with the detector is only half the solution finding the location is the bigger reward.

My advice to the question asked would be:

Retire as early as you comfortably can.      Keep your home.     Detect in an area that has a large surface that may have detectible gold spread out on.     Remember that home is home.  

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I've lived on the road for my entire adult life..The day I retired from it I just kept going BUT without the damn itinerary and now I can go where and when I want.  Kinda off my game here taking care of mom but I still know all the good spots (and the best roads to get there)  to return to when she's gone.

I'll probably settle on one spot.................when I die !🥴

Just bury the entire rig with me inside.

Ghost popeye might need the gear ? !!! arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr YO-OH

 

 

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2 hours ago, Jennifer said:

It's not how much money you make that matters, it's how much you spend.

It's amazing how many people don't understand that.  (not on this forum per say but in life)

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50 minutes ago, Swegin said:

It's amazing how many people don't understand that.  (not on this forum per say but in life)

I spend a period of time in my life in an apprenticeship with Detroit Diesel Allison as a Heavy Duty Mechanic (don't ask, it was a promise I made my grampa before he died, as he was one as well and it was/is a noble profession) at remote BC logging camps. In the right industry people realize that what matters isn't the hourly rate the service truck and mechanic are billing you, but the lost downtime of the equipment which can easily be 4 times the rate of the truck and mechanic. The ROI of the $250.00 an hour HD Mechanic can most of the times far outweigh the downtime of the shut down equipment which is making you $1,000.00 per hour bringing logs off the mountain, during a time when you've only got hours to get the job done per approved clearcut / forestry licenses and spring break up deadlines.

 

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Bishop,

Detecting is fine, but having a house and a pension will allow you to be able to go detecting anytime you want to. Prescott was high on my list for a great place, so the Bradshaw's sound like a dream location for beeping. Chris Gholson is also a great resource there. Lots of the northern states mentioned previously would be ideal for your RV during the late spring through early fall seasons.

 

Deathray,

Yes, Calaveras is a very nice place. Hopefully you can beach hunt in Florida with your detectors.

 

Jasong,

I'm hoping you can go camping at some of these places since your not able to move. I know of a man who goes to Mexico and detects there, last time though he was warned that the locals are getting too dangerous to be around in these mining areas. Grants Pass is a great place and is pretty close to where I live during the winter. The Klamath Mountains are full of areas to go detecting and the seasons here are fairly mild. I have not been to Durango but was considering Salida a little farther to the northwest. This town is at the foothills of the Rocky's, but has very mild weather condition in comparison to the high country. Leadville is north of Salida and is a great place for detecting.

 

Gold Catcher,

Plumas is one of those areas that we hope never gets to crowded, seems like the winters there prevent most people from moving there, so far it's still a great place for detecting. The Feather River is one of my favorite rivers. Plumas in the summer and southeastern California for the winter, not a bad idea. Not sure which town to live in as I-10 is kind of a remote area near the mining districts you mentioned. North of there is Bishop, I looked into buying real estate there years ago but there was a housing shortage and prices were too high.

 

Luckylundy,

The eastern Sierra's are a spectacular, but can be a cold place to live. I could imagine that at 5100' you have a very cold winter there. At least you can access a lot of historic mining camps in the high Sierra's and head out to northern Nevada since you are fairly close to both places.

 

Geof_junk,

I agree: Retire as soon as possible and try to keep a good home for yourself. Thanks for reminding me to try to get as much time enjoying our hobbies before age and health problems set in. Also, thanks for explaining the harsh, dangerous, and difficult conditions you have to overcome there to go detecting.

Jennifer,

You found the best of all retirement detecting goals, (good weather, good close outdoor mining- literally out your back door!), and best of all you do not have to sell all your gold to pay for high taxes. It's great you were able to travel so much and learn which place fits you best to retire detecting.

 

 

I did a lot of traveling over the years to many historical mining towns. Some of my favorites were:

Oregon-- Baker City area, John Day area, Sumpter, and Jacksonville area, Grants Pass area, and Durkee area.

New Mexico -- Magdalina, Hillsburo, and Silver City.

California -- Downieville, Mariposa, Etna, Bishop, Yreka, Nevada City, Redding, Weaverville, Georgetown, Magalia, and French Gulch.

Nevada -- Winnemucca area, Virginia City, Dayton, Lovelock area, Hawthorne area, Beatty, Goldfield, Battle Mountain area, Austin, and Carson City area.

Idaho -- Idaho City, Elk City, Silver City, Atlanta, and Warrens.

Arizona -- Wickenburg area, Kingman area, and Prescott area, and Sedona. 

Alaska -- Fairbanks area and Chicken area.

Montana -- Lewistown

Colorado -- Georgetown

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7 hours ago, RONS DETECTORS MINELAB said:

Bishop,

Detecting is fine, but having a house and a pension will allow you to be able to go detecting anytime you want to. Prescott was high on my list for a great place, so the Bradshaw's sound like a dream location for beeping. Chris Gholson is also a great resource there. Lots of the northern states mentioned previously would be ideal for your RV during the late spring through early fall seasons.

 

I started out in that area, working between Black Canyon, Bumblebee etc and north to Prescott...... the promise of good gold is there for sure but the cost of entry is so high down there that you're already so far in the hole after cost of land, living expenses ect that I chose a more rural location.

I considered Rye Patch (Winnemucca NV area) but the season is too short and Winters there remind me too much of the place I left, Canada.. no way.

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I can't believe you can buy 65 acres for such a small amount of money.  Even in rural areas in the middle of nowhere here that wouldn't even buy a small size house block.  I'd become a land mogul if I lived there 😛 buying up cheap land all over the place but I guess I'd be dreaming thinking I'd make much off it in my lifetime.

There is nothing like the security of having your own home to go back to, and as you age you surely would like settling into the security and comfort of your house not chasing the dream of nuggets, your body will likely give up long before your brain and desire to find gold does and being elderly living without a stable home is no way to live.   I'd never want prospecting to be my source of income no matter where I live and how much gold can be found, I wouldn't enjoy it with that sort of pressure on me to find gold.

I guess I took this to the extreme as I'd paid off my first house by 25 years of age after buying it at 18 as I hated the idea of renting paying off someone else's house or having a big debt over my head knowing I'd have to work to pay it off for many decades so my wife and I went with next to nothing for a few years and paid that debt down as quick as humanly possible and from then on everything got much easier.  I'd not give up owning property for anything as no matter what I've got security for later in life and you never know what life will bring.

If you have to sell up your assets to do your prospecting then it's not the right thing to do as once they're gone you'll possibly never be able to get them again especially the way property prices seem to double every 10 years or so.

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15 minutes ago, phrunt said:

I can't believe you can buy 65 acres for such a small amount of money.  Even in rural areas in the middle of nowhere here that wouldn't even buy a small size house block.  I'd become a land mogul if I lived there 😛 buying up cheap land all over the place but I guess I'd be dreaming thinking I'd make much off it in my lifetime.

That's exactly what I'm doing... buying property around me to insulate me from the wankers of the world and get more gold given ground. About to make an offer on another 40 acre parcel.... we're very fortunate here in that respect. Arizona's a great place to retire... also for retirement tax advantages. This is one of my parcels, I also have a 20 and a 5.... here's 40 acres, assessed value $12,478, taxes 180 a year... take more off it in gold in a day than it cost a year to pay taxes. In fact, I ACCIDENTLY found enough gold in one shot to pay that, AZ is a great place to retire: https://www.prospectingaustralia.com/threads/dont-walk-away-renee-detect-even-if-not-detecting.32966/#post-528137

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Wow, that's incredible.

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