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  1. Lots of golden nuggets in this little post from JW, that is, for those of you that want to pan out the heavies to see what he's salted in his post . . . Thanks for posting some of your methods, and for sharing some of the secrets to your success. All the best, Lanny
  2. Nice to see you adding more coils to your stable Simon. All the best, Lanny
  3. Cool article, thanks for the link! All the best, Lanny
  4. Wow!! Great finds and great pictures! Loved the golden pyramid; that's a truly unique find. Really enjoyed the pictures of your enchanted countryside, looks like a wonderful place to live, and nice to know your Mrs. likes to head out into the country with you as well. I've got mine swinging the Gold Monster now, so she's getting quite serious about learning some tricks of the trade. All the best, and thanks again for posting, Lanny
  5. Good luck, and all the best on your hunt down under. Lanny
  6. Loved the pictures and the story that went along with your hunt Simon. Nicely done, and many thanks for taking the time to write such a great narrative and to take the trouble to post your photos. Congratulations on your tenacity with that new coil, nicely done. All the best, Lanny
  7. The golden discovery of the day had nothing to do with the yellow metal . . . Fantastic way to build lasting memories, 24k day. I have a 2.5 yr. old granddaughter, and we had her out panning when she was a year old (panning used loosely, she was dipping it in the water and swirling the pan around). We're trying to give her a healthy dose of gold fever. All the best, and thanks for the pictures of your fun, Lanny
  8. What a truly great adventure you're having! All the best, and thanks for the updates, the pictures, and the write-ups about what you're experiencing, Lanny
  9. Beautiful chunk of gold, something to fire the dreams . . . All the best, Lanny
  10. Had some great correspondence with him over the years, and he was a supremely helpful person, and he always made me feel like he'd known me a lifetime, a rare person indeed. Thanks for the notification, as I was beginning to wonder why he had gone silent on some of his ongoing threads. All the best, Lanny
  11. Holy jumpin' dynamite! What an enigmatic thread of definite maybes, cloaked in riddles, and all nicely wrapped in custom-made mysteries . . . All the best, Lanny
  12. Congratulations on seeing your project through. That takes lots of commitment and requires a ton of organization and hard work. Nicely done, and all the best, Lanny
  13. You're having a great adventure, and I'm sure as you keep swinging that coil and continue nugget hunting, you'll find the gold, whether it's the memories that will last a lifetime, the new and unfamiliar scenery and animals, the flashbacks you're having to better days in the USA, or the great people you'll meet. All the best as you're out there living the dream, Lanny
  14. Great finds, and I loved the story that went along with your adventure, nicely phrased. All the best, and thanks for the pictures as well, Lanny
  15. I've got to get a gold-hound like that to take on my walks. The great thing about taking a dog gold hunting is that even if we don't find any gold, he'll still be happy to see me. Hanging up my detectors . . . All the best, Lanny
  16. Great finds, congratulations! Thanks for posting the pictures, and all the best, Lanny
  17. Gold Monster OutingWent to the gold camp in the Rocky Mountains last week. The weather was gorgeous, all kinds of songbirds back, plus the flowers of the mountain meadows are in full bloom, purple crocus and shooting stars, yellow buttercups, multi-coloured Johnny Jump-ups, etc., etc.At the camp as I was checking over the living quarters (camper and two travel trailers), a humming bird buzzed straight past my right ear! That snappy racket from those wings going a million miles an hour is unmistakable. So, we set out the humming bird feeders hoping to catch a glimpse of the beautiful and dazzling red to orange coloured throat of the Roufus variety before they head farther north, and we’ll keep an eye out for the beautiful iridescent green of the more common ones that stick around all season.My wife unpacked her shiny new Minelab Gold Monster, and for those of you familiar with the machine, there’s not much reading to do, but I watched a whack of user videos before we hit the mountains so I could give my little darlin’ some tips and guidelines as she set out to learn how to use it.I picked a spot for her to try her luck on, an old fairly level place in a valley where some placer miners once had their wash-plant. The claim is now abandoned, last worked by some modern-day Chinese miners, but they left the area under a gloomy cloud, and I doubt they’ll ever be back.I gave my June Bride some general instructions on how to run the Gold Monster (I’d never used one before, but the YouTube and other user-posted videos were a great help. Furthermore, I’d like to give a shout-out to Bill Southern for his wonderful educational efforts.). But, we figured the Monster out quite quickly, and that’s why I’m grateful to Steve Herschbach for recommending I get my sweetheart one due to its ease of use, and kudos to Steve and Jonathan Porter for their write-ups on the machine which helped me quickly get a handle on the basics; their input was invaluable.By eye-balling the old site, I could tell pretty close to where the Chinese had pulled out their wash-plant, so I used that information to gauge where I’d have my wife start to detect as there are always some “spill” areas that offer a better shot at finding a nugget or two. Having said that, it was easy to see they had bladed and bucketed the area carefully after they were done to gather any spilled material; those miners were no greenhorns.I blocked off in a rough rectangle an area I thought might pay, and right away, my wife was hitting targets, but they were almost all ferrous, so she kept experimenting toggling back and forth between discriminate and all iron, learning the different sounds, learning how to make it easier to ID targets (to get them to sound off louder), learning how to read the little bar graph when it gave its indication of non-ferrous more than ferrous, as well as getting used to the sounds of shallow vs. deeper targets, and learning how to use the magnet wand to save time while sorting trash signals. (To elaborate, she’s a great panner, but a green, green rookie when it comes to nugget shooting.)The thing about detecting an old wash-plant set-up is that it gets very easy to quickly tell where the repairs (welds, patches, etc.) took place, and the numerous bits of welding rod sure make for some interesting sounds, and curious readings on the graph! Having said that, the Monster’s discriminator sure came in handy, and yes, depth was lost, but by using the small round coil, target separation was much better, and I was impressed at how my wife was able to move slowly from target to target, separating their locations, as she dug out signals.While she was test-driving the Monster, I was going for a comfortable cruise with my Gold Bug Pro. That is one hot machine, at least mine is. (I’ve heard detecting folklore that some machines leave the factory “hotter” than others, and I have no idea it that’s true or not, but the one I have is a firecracker for sure, super sensitive, and a true gold hound for sniffing out gold from tiny flakes to meaty nuggets.)I started to hit non-ferrous targets in one slice of her search area, so I marked a few so she could check them out. Well, those miners had liked their cigarettes, and there were plenty of crumpled bits of foil from the wrappers as well as some other kind of lead foil with a gold-coloured outer covering that made for some increased heartbeat, but only turned out to be a bust.After having dug some of those duds, she called me over. “Hey, what do you think of this signal?”. She was getting a great reading on the Monster, and it sounded sweet too. She worked the ground for a bit chasing the target around with her scoop (when a target runs from the scoop, it’s usually something heavy, as most ferrous trash seems to hop quickly into the scoop). Dropping the dirt from the scoop onto the coil, she moved things around and there sat a pretty little picker, about a quarter of a gram! Man, was she pumped!!So, she kept on working that rectangle while I ranged farther afield with the Bug Pro, and I too found all kinds of cigarette foil, and that maddening, thick lead foil with gold coloring--craziest stuff I’ve ever seen, and I have no idea what it originally contained. I recovered a small aluminum parts tag, several electrical connectors, bits of lead, and pieces of broken brass likely from a bushing of some kind.My wife gave another shout, and over I went. Her meter was pinning consistently in the sweet zone, the signal sound nice and crisp. Capturing the target, she threw the dirt in a gold pan. Next, she then used the Garret Carrot to chase the signal around the pan. She moved some dirt then cried out, “Look at this. Is this gold?” At first, it was hard to tell what it was due to a covering of grey clay, but using a bit of water soon revealed a sassy nugget! If I’d thought she was excited about her first find, it was nothing compared to her reaction on that one!I can only come to this conclusion: The Minelab Gold Monster is a sweet machine that sure produces sweet results, because it’s so easy to use, and it makes my sweetheart happy (couldn’t resist punning on sweet, forgive me).All the best,Lanny
  18. Awful nice of you to take them on, enjoyed the article as well. All the best, Lanny
  19. Sure is interesting what the geologists come up with. The valley I've worked for the last few years has three distinct types of gold: flat and hammered, round and knobby, and nice crystalline pieces, all found in the same ancient channel. According to the geologists there were three glacial events with glaciers many miles deep and many, many miles wide that worked, reworked, and then reworked once again the mountain range where I detected my nuggets. The complicating factor is that the weight and orientation of the glaciers would sometimes change the flow of the streams, even reversing the direction of some while others cut across perpendicularly to the original flow. (To complicate things more, this does not include when a glacial dam would burst and create a fast-moving flow that bulldozed through existing channels like giant machinery on insane steroids.) Quite the detective mystery, but the geologists seem to be figuring a few things out, and the maps they're generating of the ancient glacial channels are enlightening when it comes to chasing the gold. All the best, Lanny
  20. My wife is fairly new to nugget shooting, and she loves to watch the show. I know a lot of lines and scenes are staged, but without that, you wouldn't get the flow the show has, but the nuggets they find sure make for good viewing, and there's always a few tips to learn as well. All the best, and looking forward to season 4, Lanny
  21. Good luck with your gold-hunting down under, sounds like a true adventure. Australia is still on the bucket list for the diving and for the gold. All the best, Lanny
  22. Simon, Enjoyed your write-up and photos as well. It looks like you've found some rocks (green) with a high concentration of oxidized iron, and maybe something else? A bit of a mystery for sure. I've found strange rocks from time to time that mimic gold in every way for the detectors I use, and they sure get the heart racing until I uncover them and see that they're not gold. Interesting how nature can counterfeit the signature of gold . . . All the best, Lanny
  23. Way to make that x-coil work JW, nice finds that you've earned through years of dedication. As always, I really enjoy your write-ups and your photographs, much appreciated. All the best, Lanny
  24. Nice finds all the way around, enjoyed the write-up as well. Thanks for posting, and all the best, Lanny
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