Five months later I am adding some more pictures of my brother Dave’s trip to AZ in December 2015.
We visited the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale and it was a cool place to spend a day. We could have spent 2 days as it closed on us before we saw everything.
The accordion display
Dave doing his best sneer and the Evis suit.
Dave rockin the see me feel me room
Dave standing in for the tour guide
The white Tank mountains and the waterfall pool
Dave and the saguaro
Close to the waterfall
At the pool
Waterfall pool II
Dave and I
Fun days on Dave’s vacation
My Brother Dave visited from Michigan and it was a blast to hang out with him for a week.
We took a day trip up to Lake Pleasant and drove the Castle Hot Springs Road.
Primitive Road Warning
It was a nice sunny day around 54°F. We did some sight seeing and hiking near the lake.
Riverbed West of Lake
Lake Pleasant Culvert
Dave and the secret rocks
We drove the road 1/2 way to Morristown.
Dave on the trail
The Jeep and me
With half our gas gone, we decided to head back. We stopped at a steep mountain wash to dig up and sample some dirt for panning back at home. A herd of wild burros crossed our path.
Screening the bigger rocks
With a Jeep full of paydirt, we headed back. We made a stop at the “Wild Horse Bar & Grill” for a couple of their tasty burgers. We made it home and relaxed the rest of the evening.
The next day I set up the panning station and we went through our digs.
Me at the pan
A couple of tips and Dave was a panning pro.
All smiles from Dave
That was a fun day for us and only 1 of them, more to come of the Waterfall hike and the Musical Instrument Museum. Stay tuned.
Peppers, Tomatoes, Corn, and 2 Potatoes.
I took a ride with my friend Carlos and his uncle up to Lynx Creek north of Prescott Saturday,11-29.
It was pretty chilly when we arrived about 9 AM. It was a beautiful sunny day with the rays streaming through the pines lining the creek valley. The creek itself was littered with previous man made pot holes of various sizes. Many people had been looking for gold before us. There was plenty of water trickling down the stream and pools upon pools of iced over digs. A few people had made rock dams, I saw perhaps 5 or so in the mile I covered that day.
Sunlight filters in.
Using my “Garrett AT-Pro” I spent about an hour doing some metal detecting. I uncovered a few shell casings and a couple of rusty cans, and 1 bottle cap. So much for the big nuggets! We headed back to the truck and had a quick bite to eat and loaded up with pans and picks and shovels. It was a trek to get passed the many pot holes close to the parking area but soon the smaller holes thinned out.
Small frozen pot hole.
The 1st hole I dug yielded nothing in 3 pans except very cold fingers. The second hole perked me up as it had 2 really nice tiny glittery golden pieces in the 1st pan. The next 3-4 pans had some flour gold in them but not much. I moved on upstream. Carlos was having about the same luck. We hit upon a previously dug hole and he took a sample and panned out a nice little gold piece in the layer just at the red clay line.
Carlos and his uncle try the clay layer.
I found the same depth on the creek wall about 10 feet away and started my own hole.
The first sample pan was not bad, a couple of glints of color. A few more pans added some glitter to my snuffer bottle. This digging and ice cold panning is hard work.
Water is freezing cold.
We finally moved on to a different spot. We found a granite rock face on the bank that was crumbling and took some samples. We ended up picking and chipping the granite and getting gold out of the veins.
It was not a lot but its still a ton of fun seeing shiny flecks in the last bit of black sand at the bottom of a pan.
All in all it was a fun day. The weather was beautiful. I would say that Lynx Creek is definitely worth the trip. I think I would spend a couple of days though and seriously do a dig I could concentrate on.
I have replaced the 2 front door interior panels, repaired the liftback lock so it opens, replaced the gas struts on liftback, replaced the climate control panel, and installed new Pioneer stereo and speakers. Here is a shot of my cheap and quick hood clear coat cancer repair.
Front yard pictures.
I also replaced the plugs,, they were pretty nasty.
1993 Grand Cherokee Limited, 146,500 miles. It’s a 4.0 straight 6, one of the most bulletproof engines Chrysler ever made. This baby needed/needs a lot of work but I have it driving and running pretty good right now. I have new front axles on order, I will tackle them next 3 day weekend. I replaced the driver’s door lock switch, oil level sensor, changed the oil and filter, air filter, a few new fuses, and installed a new stereo and speakers. I also had to repair the non opening rear lift gate and driver side rear door.
The upside is it was cheap and it is red, it has almost new tires, engine is strong and peppy, and the A/C works good.
Happy Trails to you.
I slapped the new bar on this morning. It is almost 8 months since I first saw these and ordered one. Got it delivered last week and installed it this morning. It is from
Gorilla Offroad Company
I might attempt the wiring tonight or tomorrow.
Update: Finished wiring and everything is functional. 6-28-2014
Here is a fine little inexpensive panning station I set up in the yard. I copied it directly from
” Askjeffwilliams.com ” on Youtube. It is portable to so you can pack it into the field and use it almost anywhere. Jeff Williams has tons of good videos for prospecting and I highly recommend watching them.
So I collected a couple more buckets of dirt last Tuesday after work and I am about to see if they have any gold. I screened them down to 1/4″ and panned them out.
Check your screen before tossing it into the tailings you might find some interesting rock.
Well it was a bust no gold to speak of just a few specks that were to small to even tweezer out.
So now what to do with the tailings, I use them for my landscape and garden borders, also starting a small rock stockpile for future use.
I also used the panning water in the garden so it wasn’t wasted.
Go outdoors and have some fun, and remember to visit
Ask Jeff Williams
I panned a few buckets of red dirt and sand I brought back from Lake Pleasant.
That crushed red granite is a pain in the ass to pan. Here is what I recovered. I probably lost ten times this the first few pans as it is so tiny and light . It is less than 0.02 grams recovered from about 150 lbs of dirt and rock. I’ll try to find some richer paydirt in the future.
My car is getting some much needed upgrades. It will be over the span of 1 to 4 months.
Back in 2008
I took off the snug top, anticipating the strut tower lift installation.
Made a stencil and did this. I saw it on the “scoobytruck.com” forum and couldn’t resist.
Ready for some trail riding.
Couple of nice rides.
This link might or might not work but a few more pictures here:
2005 Subaru Baja.