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MarshallAk
19:38:29 Sun
Apr 24 2011

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Self-Test: How Observant Are You?

I was looking at some pics I took last year of a new claim a partner and I had located back then. I noticed something unusual:




Do you see it?





Here's a close-up:




This stream has been dredged for at least the past 40 years, and every spring brings a flood as snow melts off the mountains, accompanied by debris from miners upstream...who are a little too careless securing their equipment. We also found a 4" dredge, minus floats, on the claim below this one. It was totally destroyed...no part of it was salvageable...must have rolled along the river bottem for miles. Expensive piece of gear to lose like that...

Oh...by the way...the suction hose was missing from it...

Marshall
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apostrophe
21:13:54 Sun
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is that a bear or has my imagination gone awry?

  
dredger
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:smile::smile:, Thanks Apos, glad to see ya are around.,

Enjoying ya post Marshall, but ya got me,:confused:. sure looks beautiful,
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BobAK
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Marshall, I see the hose if that is what you are talking about. Thought you getting out of mining a bit ago, now I guess you are at it again. Hope you do well, Bob

  
MarshallAk
00:28:45 Mon
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Bob wins: there is a suction hose wrapped around the bedrock, about 3' underwater. Gonna go in when the snow is gone and try to retrieve it.
Yer right Bob: I tried to quit mining. It's too much in my blood...getting rid of the gold fever is a tough one...

Marshall
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baub
01:44:08 Mon
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That moss covered rock just below the hose wrapped rock appears to be quartz.

b

  
kurt_Blumberg
04:01:22 Mon
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Submerged equipment reminds me of two things. First is the series of photos Kringle posted many years ago when I first joined this forum. I think Bill should resurect [good word on this day] those pics of his sunken air boat and the subsequent salvage operation. Quite impressive!
Second is the memory of finding my 3" homemade dredge upside down and teetering precariously on some boulders in the middle of a raging rapid. It had been cut loose by vandals, greenies, most likely. The rescue was one of the most unnerving experiences of my life. I found out what adrenalin can do to amplify one's strength to almost inhuman levels. The aluminum pontoons suffered a few dents but when I dried the engine out, cleaned off the slime, and got everything back in alignment, it functioned as good as new. I was lucky.

  
kringle_mining
03:58:55 Tue
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I thought I saw the Madonna




Gees, the mosquitos are out and I have not even applied deet yet to stimulate my delerium :smile:

  
MarshallAk
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Darn! If it wasn't so dang huge in size, I could've put it on Ebay and sold it for $50,000. Maybe I could just sell the claim for that, and throw the Madonna in for free. Any takers?

:devil:

  
Geo_Jim
06:46:58 Tue
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As they say in baseball, "Good eye!" I did not see the hose through three feet of water.
Geo Jim:smile:

  
baub
16:09:11 Tue
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Check the rock near the bottom of the picture. It looks like a huge piece of quartz.

b

  

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