Tuesday, April 02, 2013

How has your winter been? Ours has been crazy busy....AND stressful. We sold our home after a 6 month wait, and the things we had to do to get that done were insane, to say the least. As with buying the present house, we were not sure the sale would go through until the papers were all signed.  I know.  I have heard the stories about 10 or so offers on the first day, but our home was a townhouse, and everything is different with them.

Fortunately, not much that was really important happened since my last post. Just gun laws being passed in Colorado, the premiere of the 'Prospectors' series on the Weather Channel, and few odds and ends.  Nothing I can't catch you up on.

First, for those of you who have not heard, The Weather Channel premiered their 'Prospectors' series last Tuesday at 7 MST. They showed the first two episodes and there were rave reviews about it. Larry and I were invited by Brian and Yolanda Busse to a showing at the Steamplant in Salida, and the place was packed!  We didn't see the first showing as we volunteered to sit with the crystals and specimens they had out for show while they hosted the event.  A real privilege.

This series is not about gold, but about the crystal diggers of Mt. Antero and the Lake George region.  For those of you who are not familiar with Colorado minerals and crystal areas, these people mine Aquamarine, Smoky Quartz, Florite, Phenakite, Amazonite, Topaz, and others. The areas can be very high and very dangerous with extreme weather and other adverse conditions.  Take a look at it tonight.  You can watch a short video about it on their website HERE. Those of you on Facebook can find it on the Prospectors page.

Another series on prospecting that is coming up will be on Animal Planet.  A team of prospectors look for gold in Greenland...and find it!  We have two Coloradans who are on that team, Chad Watkins and John Self.  The premiere of Ice Cold Gold will be April 21st at 8 MST.  That's 10/9 for those of you east of Colorado.  You can see a short video of it on their website HERE.  You can also read an article about the series.

The Spring, Denver Mineral and Fossil show will be April 19-21st, this year, so you might want to put that on your calendar if you will be in the area.  The Fall, Denver Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show will be September 13-15th.  That's the BIG one for this area, so plan on attending that one, too.

Gold keeps bouncing around in the $1570 to $1600 range. I am not looking for it to change much right now. I will wait to see how it looks in June...or maybe October.  If it stays where it is for now, I'm OK with that.

Spring is here!  Make sure your gold prospecting equipment is in running order.  You're gonna want to use it soon and it isn't any fun to get out there and find out you forgot your hoses needed replacing, or you used the hand spade for gardening.  Get a spare to put in your pack.  They're cheap!

I have no new word on Cache Creek for this year. As far as I know, regs are the same as last year.  We did notice a new Forest Service building being built in Salida.  BIG building.  Cost a BUNCH of money.  And, yes, I said Forest Service, not BLM.

That's all for now.  I hope your Spring is a good one.  If you have questions, mail me.  As always....

Good Prospecting to You,
Shirley Weilnau

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