Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Saturday's Nugget

   Well I got my first nugget of 2013 on Saturday, and it's bouncing between 2 and 2.1 grams on my scale. It's also one of the nicest looking nuggets I have ever found.

I was looking through some old pictures and I found one from my first streak, the streak that got me hooked on gold panning.

The streak was 2 1/2 ounces and this is a picture of all the big pieces I found. 2005 was an awesome gold year for me.

Good luck out there,

Saturday, January 26, 2013


 Well it's finally raining here.
    We had a great Monsoon season with around 20 inches of rain, but since then we have had around 3 inches of rain and with a few exceptions the creeks remain dry. On top of that we had a bitter cold spell with temps at night in the single digits, any water we did have was frozen solid.

    Needles to say the winter panning season has been put on hold, but thankfully it started raining last night and right now I have some small lakes in my yard! Supposed to keep raining until Monday night so I am heading out on Tuesday to do some exploring and maybe get some gold.

Good luck out there,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

In Phoenix November 15th

   Well we had a pretty good monsoon season this year, most areas in the northern bradshaws got around 14 inches of rain, some got close to 20 inches, unfortunately most of the creeks are dry due to last winters dry spell.

   California is preparing for heavy flooding this winter due to a strong El~Nino which means we will likely see some flooding in Arizona also. I haven't been out panning in almost 2 months as I am waiting for winter rains to start.

   For all you Road Runner prospecting club members out there, I will be speaking at Novembers meeting on Thursday the 15th, so if your in Phoenix and can make it to the meeting I'll see you there.

   Thats about it for now, hopefully the rains will start soon.

   Good Luck out there,


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Posted from you-tube comments

   Comment: I think I`d be getting a power plant and a vaccuum cleaner suck that whole area up even if it takes awile pickers that big .!!!!

   My reply: If I thought that would work I would do it, but these pickers are deep in the crevices and a vac just cant get to them. The dirt laying on the surface has no gold in it.

   Comment: Ya but how much are you overlooking trying to get to the pickers probably be few ounces in all that area -There`s some serious cracks there and to much garbage around it might as well do a clean up of the area and then with the dust gone the pickers will reviel themselves easier , Can`t hurt your going to win regardless fine or coarse gold. Geez thats a nice area Say do a 6ft block cleanup then wash it all .

   My reply: Lol, I spent 2 hours working around that 2 foot area and got the picker and some dust. Just isnt as much gold there as your thinkin there is.

   Comment: But being unwashed the gold is unseen - " I " would try it .

   My reply: You have the same mythconception as many people do. Gold concentrates in very specific locations on a creek, most the gravels in a stream bed contain very little gold, on some creeks you will only find gold deep in the crevices as the source of the gold disappeared years ago......

Good luck out there,

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Early Monsoons?

   I usually start checking the weather forcast about the middle of July but today I heard a rumor so I looked into it and here is what I found.

   Im not sure if this means an early monsoon season, I dont think it does, but if nothing else Wednesday and Thursday are looking good for some panning. Even if we dont get any rain the temps will be low enough that I wont suffer heat stroke lol.

   Good luck out there,

Friday, June 22, 2012

4 weeks to go

   Well I did get out today and I uploaded a video, but it may be the last time until the monsoon rains start. Temps are already in the mid 90's here and will hit triple digits by next week, way to hot for panning.

   We have about 4 weeks until the monsoons start, which doesnt guarantee rain, and we need it as all the creeks in the area are dry. I managed to get a 2/10ths picker today and not much else.

   I'll be getting out alot more as soon as we get a few good storms through the area. Until then, Happy Hunting


Friday, December 2, 2011

2.2 Gram Week

   Well I'm still tryin to find that nugget at the dry creek, did manage to find two more pickers this week though. 1.6 grams in fines and .6 for the bigger pieces.

   It did finally rain/snow here yesterday but not enough to get things moving, so I'm still waiting for that all day rain event that will expand my hunting grounds. For now its water jugs and mud holes yee-haa.

   Well thats about all I got so enjoy the picture, and if you have any questions let me know.

Good luck out there,