In memory of my father
http://bb.bbboy.net/alaskagoldforum-viewthread?forum=2&thread=1842
Powered By BbBoard - http://bb.bbboy.net

hoppingforpay
00:37:49 Fri
Dec 13 2013
In memory of my father
My father passed away this past September. He was a unique man and I was lucky to have such a dad.

He was raised in a small town in a well to do family where sports and especially football were embraced.

After going as far as he could in football my father got married and had two kids.

First he sold insurance for a company. He hated it. Then he became a highschool teacher. He didn't really like that either but he stayed with it for a few years. He then decided to become a horseshoer. This was the longest legit job he held.

When I finished 8th grade in California my father moved the family to Wyoming. This is where we had been "vacationing" June through August for years.

We lived there for 2 years then returned to California. My dad shod horses. Divorce came.

As an avid outdoorsman he was always seeking out new cool places to visit. In his early 40s he discovered gold dredging which became the new thing to do in the mountains.

My father never made much money and he hardly spent much either,but as you will see he did a lot on very little and made friends of many colors and stripes.

He battled depression for most of his life but without this malady he may not have done all that he did.

He found low pressure areas. Places to stay for awhile.

hoppingforpay
00:48:45 Fri
Dec 13 2013
Re: In memory of my father


My dad before I was born playing for University of Michigan Wolverines. He's the one with the ball. He didn't play much because he blew out his shoulders from tackling that required surgery.

hoppingforpay
01:00:32 Fri
Dec 13 2013
Re: In memory of my father




He married and had baby Hoppingforpay and baby sister.

They moved from Indianapolis to LaJolla Ca.

hoppingforpay
01:11:05 Fri
Dec 13 2013
Re: In memory of my father


My mom gets him a surfboard. He never really ever got very good at surfing but he went out all his life.

hoppingforpay
01:18:38 Fri
Dec 13 2013
Re: In memory of my father


We move to Goleta, Ca. We're normal..See!



Dad gets a motorcycle and takes my Grandpa for a spin.

hoppingforpay
01:28:09 Fri
Dec 13 2013
Re: In memory of my father


One of our very early camping trips. Sonora desert, Mexico.

hoppingforpay
01:39:14 Fri
Dec 13 2013
Re: In memory of my father


Pops takes up backpacking.





He brings kids from his classroom on backpacking trips on occasion.


to be continued...

hoppingforpay
17:22:38 Fri
Dec 13 2013
Re: In memory of my father


Since both my parents were teachers we went somewhere during nearly every school holiday and every summer all summer. Most of it in this van or as we called it the ghetto van.

Notice only one chair, the cook has lost her table and is using a suitcase for support....

My dad had his faults...

hoppingforpay
17:44:28 Fri
Dec 13 2013
Re: In memory of my father


Bob Marshall wilderness, Montana



Jasper National Park Alberta, Canada

Notice the old clanking sierra cup bear deterrent trick



Maroon Bells, Colorado

hoppingforpay
18:02:20 Fri
Dec 13 2013
Re: In memory of my father







We took many backpacking trips into the Wind Rivers in Wyoming. In between these hikes we camped exceedingly long periods of time at Fremont Lake and Elbow campground on the Snake River. I think it may have been our family that helped create stay limits at campgrounds....

To be continued...

hoppingforpay
00:22:48 Sat
Dec 14 2013
Re: In memory of my father


This is on top of Mitchell Peak

Finis was my dads idol and we got much advice from him on where to go in the Wind Rivers.



My father wrote this for one of Finis's slide shows.

hoppingforpay
00:35:12 Sat
Dec 14 2013
Re: In memory of my father


Easter vacations were spent backpacking various canyons. This is in Paria Canyon, Utah

hoppingforpay
00:52:03 Sat
Dec 14 2013
Re: In memory of my father


This is Lunch Counter on the Snake River. My Grandpa is in the front purposely facing backwards. This is pretty gnarly, being that the only water my grandpa ever swam in was in a hotel pool.



hoppingforpay
01:00:59 Sat
Dec 14 2013
Re: In memory of my father
My dad takes up shoeing and moves us to Wyoming. He gets a job on a Ranch for 14 dollars a day.





I guess these guys can get away with wearing pink.

hoppingforpay
01:30:49 Sat
Dec 14 2013
Re: In memory of my father
My mom can only take 2 years of living in Wyoming so we move back to Goleta, Ca.

My dad discovers gold prospecting. My father and I go on many weekend trips looking for gold. After a good solid year of weekend prospecting we have maybe 1/2 oz.

At 21 years old after trying college,tree work and gardening I resolve to push the envelope my father started and build a scow to float down the Big Salmon River in the Yukon and look for gold.



To be continued...

tr8521
05:02:59 Sat
Dec 14 2013
Re: In memory of my father
This is great stuff to see. I only knew your father for a few years as you know. He lived so much life. Thank you so much for posting the pictures, and of course your Dad terrorizing Papa. I bet he loved making him get on the motorcycle and can't imagine Papa on the Snake River. Beautiful story and pictures.
I think I was seven years old when your family pulled up in front of our house in Denver with the ghetto van. I remember it vividly. I also remember you daring me to call your mom a Hippie. I did it, and I don't think she knew what to do.

Tom

hoppingforpay
17:33:56 Sat
Dec 14 2013
Re: In memory of my father
Hi Tom, Thanks for the comment. (my cousin)

I survived my "In to the Wild" trip. The next year I bought a 5" Triple sluice (for the fine gold) haha..and went to Elk City, Id. to dredge with high school buddies.

Dad meets me here on the M.Yuba with cousin Toby in tow with a new improved 5" Triple sluice.



He's a full time camper now.

hoppingforpay
17:43:57 Sat
Dec 14 2013
Re: In memory of my father
This man is also there to greet them.



Obviously it is Carl's birthday. He has on a tie and Debbie is keeping him cool and well supplied with refreshments. Oh...and he is well protected.

hoppingforpay
17:54:50 Sat
Dec 14 2013
Re: In memory of my father
Carl turns out to be ok and dad invites him to watch a football game two switchbacks up the road where there is good reception.



I heard what I considered was Bigfoot right near here one night when I returned to my spot on the road. It sounded not to different than the sound used now on TV.

hoppingforpay
18:05:01 Sat
Dec 14 2013
Re: In memory of my father


My father befriends this guy who shows up on the M.Yuba.
Murphy told stories of being a take on all comers boxer (he did have fast hands) and an inventor of a perpetual motion machine that he took to the White House when Truman was in, that supposedly kept a light bulb going for 2 weeks. He never got it back....got to talk to...well nevermind.


hoppingforpay
18:09:33 Sat
Dec 14 2013
Re: In memory of my father
Pops gets a "new" car and bigger TV.



hoppingforpay
18:20:27 Sat
Dec 14 2013
Re: In memory of my father
The Sierras prove to be a little too weird for my dad so he goes to the River of Slim Returns and continues to get very modest amounts of gold.



hoppingforpay
18:34:15 Sat
Dec 14 2013
Re: In memory of my father




He runs into this unique character "Thumbs". Thumbs grew a garden (Amaranth) and was a horn hunter (elk antlers) He lived up a trail a few miles off the river.

Store bought gloves never fit his hands...

hoppingforpay
18:53:16 Sat
Dec 14 2013
Re: In memory of my father
After 5 or 6 years dredging on the Yuba I meet up with my dad on the River of Slim Returns. We both get a couple ounces from out of this sand bar.

We both find substantial color in our tailings.

We both switch over to expanded metal riffles.



December dredging 1989 Idaho



Sand bar rehabilitated. Of course! We were backpackers!

More to come......

baub
16:41:56 Sun
Dec 15 2013
Re: In memory of my father
Excellent!! Keep going!

b

hoppingforpay
18:41:07 Mon
Dec 16 2013
Re: In memory of my father
Thanks Baub,

I am in Mexico now. It is where my father wanted to be along with his dog "Lupe".



Under these boats was a paystreak that was better than anything my father and I had ever seen. We sort of co-found it but my father was the first to place a dredge on it and find out what was really there.

The paystreak contained gold that was significantly higher grade and not of the character that most of this river held. Neither of us checked the road side of the river (outside bend) which apparently held gold for someone else to find.

hoppingforpay
18:50:08 Mon
Dec 16 2013
Re: In memory of my father


This is a picture of the gold my father saved from this very paystreak. Anyone who knows about the gold on this river can see it's different. Most of this rivers gold can be shucked through a restaurant pepper shaker.

hoppingforpay
19:09:26 Mon
Dec 16 2013
Re: In memory of my father
My dad spent many years traveling between Idaho and Mexico. He almost never stayed in a motel, preferring secret hideaways that he had found. If he hadn't been to a place he had to go "check it out" as a possible destination.



This is one such overnighter spot in Mexico.

hoppingforpay
19:25:03 Mon
Dec 16 2013
Re: In memory of my father
In Mexico he had preference for beach front property.



Sea of Cortez



This is what every surfer on the planet wants to find. A place of perfect waves not found by the masses. Punta Secrito... Pacific side of Baja.

hoppingforpay
19:47:34 Mon
Dec 16 2013
Re: In memory of my father
His main destination became East Cape Baja. It had it all, waves,diving and fishing. In the early days he camped here but "progress" kept bumping him further out a washboard road.



hoppingforpay
20:03:20 Mon
Dec 16 2013
Re: In memory of my father


This is, I believe, the biggest fish my dad ever caught. Whats even more incredible in the middle of nowhere after catching your biggest fish....




hoppingforpay
17:00:40 Tue
Dec 17 2013
Re: In memory of my father
A nearby camperette wants her turn displaying the fish...I always thought puppies were the trick:confused:



hoppingforpay
17:05:24 Tue
Dec 17 2013
Re: In memory of my father
Pop and Louie team



hoppingforpay
17:25:41 Tue
Dec 17 2013
Re: In memory of my father
A typical Baja camp



He allowed jars of pickles to get full sun as he did other condiments. His pickles would lose their green color and would become yellow. What most people would consider throw away time, my dad would keep for months, if not years longer.



He found this tent in a Idaho dumpster. Mexicans approved, saying, "he camps like a Mexican"

hoppingforpay
17:38:31 Tue
Dec 17 2013
Re: In memory of my father
His surfing buddy Larry with a Dorado.





These guys would eat anything you left out.

hoppingforpay
18:07:45 Tue
Dec 17 2013
Re: In memory of my father


When he couldn't dredge he hunted Morel mushrooms in Idaho.Some are drying inside the tent.



Dredging on the River of Slim Returns. He never found another paystreak like the previous one mentioned but he found some smaller streaks that would play out in a matter of a week or so.

His hot water muffler is on backwards... not good for ones health. He must have taken it off and put it on again the wrong way...



hoppingforpay
23:49:19 Wed
Dec 18 2013
Re: In memory of my father
After the streak in Idaho that my dad and I worked I went to Alaska and my dad followed a year later. He put in one good season but was called upon to help his ailing father.



This is at Thurneau's cabin. By this look I would say it was a sub par day gold wise.


A little more to come...Photobucket's not working..

hoppingforpay
16:17:17 Thu
Dec 19 2013
Re: In memory of my father


A pic of my dad's dredge in Alaska. The hot water system looks right.

He didn't have many photos of his dredges, preferring instead to take pics of his vehicles and lawn chairs.

I on the other hand have many pics of my dredges. I don't know what it is. I mean, who takes photos of their surfboard floating in the water?

hoppingforpay
16:48:19 Thu
Dec 19 2013
Re: In memory of my father


Juan Caballo and Marlene good friends of my dad in Baja

Juan is an ex seal and a world traveling surfer. He met Marlene in El Salvador. She has Bells Palsy in this photo but it is the only one I have of them. Sorry, Marlene! It's a small audience I swear!

They wrote this to me:

Thank you so much for sharing those photos of your dad on the forum. What a great father he was!! He was a great friend to us. We are currently up around abreojos surfing and Marlene and I thought and talked about him as we know this is a place he hung out awhile.
Sorry we will not be around on the cape when you visit. We are up north surfing punta secrito. We built a little shrine for your dad in the arroyo he loved. Hope it is still there when you guys are down. We are very fortunate to have been one of his many friends.
Please do not be a stranger on the cape.
All the best- Love John and Marlene.

hoppingforpay
16:58:58 Thu
Dec 19 2013
Re: In memory of my father


My dad and Louie after a surfing session



Surfing in his late sixties. Playa de Higuera.

hoppingforpay
17:10:02 Thu
Dec 19 2013
Re: In memory of my father


Hoppingforpay, Pops, Big John

Unofficial Pacifico Ballena surf team. (third string)

Playa de Higuera, Baja. Year 2006 or so.

A tad more to come...

janferrell
21:42:12 Thu
Dec 19 2013
Re: In memory of my father
You certainly got to see a lot of beautiful places with your dad and family growing up. Not the easiest way to travel but quite adventurous!

hoppingforpay
16:51:14 Sat
Dec 21 2013
Re: In memory of my father
Hi Jan, No doubt! Thanks for the comment.



This is Rob toasting my father. He was another good friend of my dad. Rob learned to surf here and became pretty good.

hoppingforpay
17:09:31 Sat
Dec 21 2013
Re: In memory of my father


Pop camped here for the last 10 or 15 years. Groups of guys and gals would gather here nearly every evening. It was BYOB and BYOC ( C=chair)

He no longer came here so much for the recreational aspects, but for the friendships that he had made. It was a home for him. All he had to do was attach the tarp to the top of the van and he was set. He is returning from town in his town clothes.

hoppingforpay
17:45:56 Sat
Dec 21 2013
Re: In memory of my father


This is a shrine put up for my dad, by his friends, at his old campsite.

My dad had many more friends in Mexico and Idaho, some more significant than the ones pictured. He had many Mexican friends including Fernando and family, Inez, and other oyster divers, along with many I don't know the names of. In Idaho there was Ronny & Ruth, Barbara P. and whole host of others that I likewise don't know.

He also had many relatives he was close to on both sides of the family. His brother whom has recently passed away along with his sister's remains are both in Baja.

hoppingforpay
18:02:20 Sat
Dec 21 2013
Re: In memory of my father


This is my sister Kelley and her daughters Tini and Dani enjoying time with their dad and grandpa in his final days. He will reside in our in our minds forever.



Goodbye Dad. With love, your son Rudd and all the rest.

chickenminer
19:00:47 Sat
Dec 21 2013
Re: In memory of my father
Rudd,
Your dad would be pleased.

janferrell
20:56:46 Sat
Dec 21 2013
Re: In memory of my father
This is a beautiful memory of your dad. I wish I could have known the "friendlier" version of "Big Rudd". I always felt nervous around him (when I was young) When I saw him last summer with Kelley, he actually smiled at me!
Thank you for sharing these pictures.


hoppingforpay
17:13:46 Tue
Dec 31 2013
Re: In memory of my father
I want to thank everyone who was able to attend and participate in my fathers last wish. It turned out well and our family is grateful for the help and warmth we received.







hoppingforpay
17:20:40 Tue
Dec 31 2013
Re: In memory of my father








hoppingforpay
17:26:13 Tue
Dec 31 2013
Re: In memory of my father



No Man Is An Island

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
John Donne

tr8521
01:29:04 Wed
Jan 1 2014
Re: In memory of my father
Thank you Rudd. Perfect.

AuTSaurus
09:26:51 Wed
Jan 1 2014
Re: In memory of my father
hoppingforpay,

you've done well.

Your father is beaming.

Greg

idredge
20:27:39 Sat
Jan 4 2014
Re: In memory of my father
Hi Rudd: We never got to meet but I have heard many stories about you. Your dad was one of my summer friends dredging on the salmon river I will miss him a lot. He and lupe were always welcome at our house. We never got to see him the last summer because we moved to Lewiston,after my wife got sick. I have a lot of good memories of him over the years Good luck
Sonny

hoppingforpay
19:27:14 Sat
Jan 18 2014
Re: In memory of my father
Hi Sonny,

Sorry I never got to meet you. I was in Slate Creek area this past Nov. dealing with my dad's stuff. I saw some more possible paystreaks with my more experienced vision but I heard that part of the river is getting the Wild & Scenic treatment.....? The River of No Return....

Good luck to you also,and I hope your wife gets better. Rudd



In memory of my father
http://bb.bbboy.net/alaskagoldforum-viewthread?forum=2&thread=1842
Powered By BbBoard - http://bb.bbboy.net