Thursday, July 23, 2009

Obeying Gold Prospecting Rules and Regulations

Natural Granite Arch east of Buena Vista

Time is just going too quickly. I think I'm doing OK with information and then find out that I haven't blogged for weeks! As you can see, we have been having a bit of fun with the UTV wandering around seeing things we cannot see with the truck. Oh, we find some gold, too. :>D

Hosting occasionally up at Cache Creek is interesting to say the least. We find all kinds of people there, and most are very nice. We enjoy talking with them and giving them out information along with tips on what to do with equipment or how to use a pan. Every once in a while, we come across someone who just does not play by the regulations and it makes it VERY hard for everyone there, least of all us. Law enforcement has had to be called this last week, and we are still trying to get everyone in the same place at the same time to straighten out a few people who think they have a 'claim' up there on some of the ground.

Yes, we have been threatened and acosted, too, as many of your have read elsewhere, but we do hope to be able to solve this problem without anyone getting hurt or arrested. A word to everyone about public land; you cannot come to Colorado and set yourself up to make a living finding gold on public land. First, you have to move too much dirt, and second the BLM frowns on it. Yes, it is hard to catch you at it, but, come on, people, you are on the honor system with this, and apparently some of you are pretty dishonest. The area can be shut down in an instant, and quite frankly, we are getting tired of a few others coming here from other states and ruining these areas for us, the residents of this state. Just because you can does NOT mean that you SHOULD. Right now, if they close down Cache Creek, I will not miss it. I am REALLY tired of the B.S.

Good Prospecting to You,
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