I got to make a golden visit to sit with my youngest grandson Monday and Tuesday this week while his daycare sitter has shoulder surgery, so I’m a little late getting to the blog. I wanted to tell you more about our highbanking trip early in September, AND get some gorgeous fall pictures posted, with all the golds, oranges, and reds of the aspens. Oh, yeah, some gold prospecting pictures, too.
We actually did end up with 5 really wonderful days for highbanking. I’m gonna have to hold back a bit, though, as Rock and Gem magazine wants me to write a couple of articles for them on gold prospecting this next year, and this trip will be one of them. Can’t send them anything that was published anywhere else, either, so I’ll have to be careful with my wording and what pictures I use. I can tell you that our old level in the big hole got buried under a ton of rock and ‘banker tailings, so we were not able to work on the level that produced so much gold for us last year. However, someone dug under the little tree we had spent over a year trying to keep people out of and toppled it over. So, we decided to take the rest of the material out from under it. We spent the beginning of each day throwing off rock for an hour before we could even dig. If your aren’t doing that, too, your not securing your site from rocks falling in on you. DO NOT DIG UNDER THE ROCKS WITHOUT THROWNG THEM OFF!!! We REALLY do not want to dig you out or to hear that someone has been buried under them.
Anyway, after we secured the work area, we began digging out the dirt that was under the rocks down to the first clay layer and found decent color. A few bigger pieces came out, as you saw in the blog that was posted while we were away. However, the gold volume was a third (yes, you read me right ONE THIRD) what we took out last year on the level that is even with the creek. We even dug down to try to find it again and hit water. It’s still there, but it will probably be next year before we get it uncovered again. In the mean time, we want all of you to make sure you process all that stuff on top so we don’t have as much shoveling to do when we get back to it. And don’t be digging any further down in the gravels,’ cause WE WANTS IT ALL!!!!! LOL!
We also hear that the BLM will be removing a few more trees next year, but we guess it might be quite q few what with all the pines infested with those D****** beetles. The Dillon area looked grim when we went through there this last weekend with the trees already shedding their needles. One lightning strike will have the forests of Colorado consumed in a fire that will probably e impossible to stop. The wildlife will not be able to escape, either. And so now you know what Mother Nature really thinks, don’t you.
I have an announcement to make to all of you. The site is getting high enough rankings in the search engines that I am getting requests for paid onsite advertising. You’ll see some text links that go to external sites that have paid me a fee to link them. Most of them are relevant to the words, but a few have requested odd text links, so don’t be surprised if you get taken somewhere you didn’t want to go. I will try to make them as relevant as possible, but you know how it goes in the advertising biz, and, besides, it makes a couple of bucks for me to put toward the hosting fees for the site.
That’s about it for today. I should have another blog posting for you before Friday. The newsletter will probably have a bit of commentary, (I’ll keep it brief, don’t worry), about some of the information I found on the bailout, etc. this past week. Oh, and any of you who think you would get $425,000 if the government gave the AIG bailout to you, buy a new calculator, ’cause the one you used to check it out with isn’t working any better than the one the person who started this nonsense used. Oh, you say you didn’t check the numbers? And you though it was only politicians that lied. Silly you.
Good Prospecting to You,
Shirley Weilnau (That’s Madam Queen, to you) MQS
P.S. Didn't get the Fall pictures up, cause they're still in the camera!!!!!