The peace and quiet of the desert is encompassing. Every so often you might get the feeling that something or someone is watching you, or possibly that something might be making a sound nearby. It's when you pause to listen and look that you realize just how much noise YOU'RE making. The sound of the … Continue reading Where da gold at? Backpacking for gold p3
We crossed the peak and it's relatively flat terrain pretty quickly. Not carrying 5 gallons of water definitely helped, and I was feeling like the weight of my pack alone really wasn't that bad. Then again my legs were definitely tired from the steady climb we had just done. At least it was all about … Continue reading Backpacking for Gold p2
Do you remember the old cartoon with Sherman and his dog, Mr. Peabody? In every episode Sherman would ask his dog, a talking genius dog, where they were going that day. Generally the response was not necessarily 'where', but 'when' they were going. Enter 'the wayback machine'! Today, I take you back a few years … Continue reading Where are we going today, Mr. Peabody? Backpacking for Gold Of Course!
How many times have you heard the Ford vs. Chevy, my dog is better than your dog, or some other argument that doesn't amount to a hill of beans, but still almost brings people to the point of physical confrontation? Most times the arguments are all 'gack'-jibber jabber and anecdotal observations that don't change opinions, … Continue reading The Arms Race
I love the desert in the morning. I'm talking about the period of time from first light to whenever it is that the sun finally hits you due to surrounding terrain or other factors keeping you shaded. It's also the time to see animals such as deer and javelina that normally don't move much during … Continue reading Gold at the Black Waterfalls!
The morning air was still cool as we began our ascent up the boulder strewn wash that would eventually take us to the black waterfalls. I kept my phone in a front pocket so I could get pics as we hiked around and over huge boulders, under low overhanging trees, and the occasional areas that … Continue reading The Black Waterfalls p2
I've been back from the black waterfalls for a couple weeks now. It seems like it's taken me that long to recover! The terrain was brutal, temps high, altitude high-well, higher than I'm used to, being a flatlander anyway. If I hadn't just spent three rigorous weeks of doing absolutely nothing, things might have been … Continue reading Boots on the ground! The Black Waterfalls!
I've been busy for the last year or so! I ended up getting a job (gasp!), working like crazy, then leaving that job for another job recently. All the while I've been thinking of prospecting, detecting the beach, or searching for a hidden treasure if I EVER found the time to pursue that stuff again. … Continue reading The Black Waterfalls!
According to the plans I made last spring, I would have been getting back from Arizona this week. I probably would have more gold and more stories, even some pictures to share. I would have done my usual 5 day trip, maybe even stretched it to six...but instead I took a detour. I've had a … Continue reading Soon…
I just got back from an awesome metal detecting trip in Arizona! It was brutal of course, and my knees, back, shoulders...heck, everything is either swollen or sore. It's just the way it is out there in the mountains where loose rocks underfoot, slippery waterfalls (they're everywhere in the mountains), dense vegetation, thorny cactus, stinging … Continue reading This Land Gives You Nothing…