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hoppingforpay
20:03:20 Mon
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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

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A nearby camperette wants her turn displaying the fish...I always thought puppies were the trick:confused:


  
hoppingforpay
17:05:24 Tue
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Pop and Louie team


  
hoppingforpay
17:25:41 Tue
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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

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His surfing buddy Larry with a Dorado.





These guys would eat anything you left out.

  
hoppingforpay
18:07:45 Tue
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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

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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..
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hoppingforpay
16:17:17 Thu
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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

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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.
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hoppingforpay
16:58:58 Thu
Dec 19 2013

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My dad and Louie after a surfing session



Surfing in his late sixties. Playa de Higuera.

  
hoppingforpay
17:10:02 Thu
Dec 19 2013

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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
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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

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Rudd,
Your dad would be pleased.



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Dick Hammond - Chicken, Alaska
Chicken / Stonehouse Creek Mining
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janferrell
20:56:46 Sat
Dec 21 2013

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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

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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
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hoppingforpay
17:26:13 Tue
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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
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Thank you Rudd. Perfect.

  
AuTSaurus
09:26:51 Wed
Jan 1 2014

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hoppingforpay,

you've done well.

Your father is beaming.

Greg

  
idredge
20:27:39 Sat
Jan 4 2014

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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

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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

  

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