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hoppingforpay
00:37:49 Fri
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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.
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hoppingforpay
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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
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He married and had baby Hoppingforpay and baby sister.

They moved from Indianapolis to LaJolla Ca.

  
hoppingforpay
01:11:05 Fri
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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
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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
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One of our very early camping trips. Sonora desert, Mexico.

  
hoppingforpay
01:39:14 Fri
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Pops takes up backpacking.





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


to be continued...

  
hoppingforpay
17:22:38 Fri
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Easter vacations were spent backpacking various canyons. This is in Paria Canyon, Utah

  
hoppingforpay
00:52:03 Sat
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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
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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
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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...
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tr8521
05:02:59 Sat
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Pops gets a "new" car and bigger TV.


  
hoppingforpay
18:20:27 Sat
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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
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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
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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......
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baub
16:41:56 Sun
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Excellent!! Keep going!

b

  
hoppingforpay
18:41:07 Mon
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.


  

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