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Recent trip to new claim ( 19:55:00 SunMar 31 2013 )

I just got back from a prospecting trip to one of the new claims (Middle Independence) The river is very fast for a light weight like me so I spent the time on the bank doing some panning and little metal detecting. I did find an interesting old square nail with my detector down in a bedrock crack that I was sure was going be a big nugget. No so just a big very old square nail. That nail must have been there for a very long time.

I had to cut my trip short because I got the worst case of poison oak I have ever had. I ended up going to the urgent care clinic. thank goodness for Prednizone. It is easy to get distracted and not watch out for that poison oak when you are intent on finding some gold.

I found a little bit (fly specs) by panning but I was not there for very long.

Ken
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Re: Recent trip to new claim ( 21:01:57 SunMar 31 2013 )

Poison oak is a major problem for some folks. I hope it clears up quickly for you.

There is lots of poison oak in northern California, so those that plan to travel to the area should be prepared. People that bring their dogs will find their pets can and will get into poison oak and will carry it in their fur, so petting your dog can get bring you an outbreak. If you are sensitive to poison oak it is advisable to wear long sleeves, long pants, and gloves.

The water flow was fast when I was there the first week of this month and it is much faster now according to the flow reports. http://www.dreamflows.com/graphs/day.295.php

Hopefully it will decline soon!
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Re: Recent trip to new claim ( 21:47:25 SunMar 31 2013 )

those of you that can't take poison oak, BE SURE you don't use any for a campfire or you will get it in your lungs and really end up in the hospital!

Learn what it looks like. Dead plants too as they look like they would be good fire starter.

  
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Re: Recent trip to new claim ( 00:44:30 MonApr 1 2013 )

Glad to see more people that got it ,I got it when I was a kid from the smoke as we were burning it. I survived and have never caught it since.

  
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Re: Recent trip to new claim ( 14:03:06 MonApr 1 2013 )

I am highly allergic to poison oak. My remedy is to put rubbing alcohol is a spray bottle and spray myself, my wife and my dogs after each outing and before we get into the vehicle. Since doing this I have never again had the problem. Simple solution and sure beats going to the Dr.

  
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Re: Recent trip to new claim ( 17:28:56 MonApr 1 2013 )

It is the oily resin from poison oak that causes all that misery, so dish soaps, alcohol, and other oil-cutting products may be very helpful in washing the resin from your skin.

  
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Re: Recent trip to new claim ( 01:02:02 TueApr 2 2013 )

Poison-Oak is no fun, sorry to hear about your incident Ken.
Some people use calamine lotion on the affected area. when I was a young one, I had it from head to toe a couple times, but now im totally immune to it, and can pull it out of the ground whith bare hands.

People who are not familiar whith poison-oak remember most vines don't have leaves this time of year, but some vines just have leaves coming out that are usually shinny red at first, turning green.

I heard this from a old-timer, I can't verify if it works or not, but he said if you eat 1 leaf from 3 different manzanita bushes, it will make you immune to poison-oak. It sounds like a wives-tale to me but you never know.

  
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Re: Recent trip to new claim ( 02:30:47 WedApr 3 2013 )

Rubbing white tooth paste on those scratchy spots takes the itch away....looks a little funny but works.

  
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Re: Recent trip to new claim ( 02:57:08 WedApr 3 2013 )

In the past, poison oak was deadly to some people. During WWII soldiers were housed just north of Corvallis, Oregon where they trained on the Camp Adair complex. It was common knowledge that several of them died after being exposed to poison oak even though they received medical attention. That was sad.

  
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Re: Recent trip to new claim ( 14:34:49 ThuApr 4 2013 )

A cool soapy shower after exposure and clothes into the washer right away if possable helps a lot. The leaves are also in a cluster of three.

  
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Re: Recent trip to new claim ( 17:34:00 ThuApr 4 2013 )

If there's three (leaves), let it be! The only thing red this time of year in NorCal is poison oak leaves. If you don't have any lotions available, take some tree bark and scrape it over the contact spot on your skin. It will scrape the oil right off along with some skin, so don't scrape too hard. It works in a pinch.

  
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Re: Recent trip to new claim ( 19:04:33 ThuApr 4 2013 )

I know it is a little expensive but I use Tecnu. It works the best for Poison Oak I hate that stuff.

  
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Re: Recent trip to new claim ( 21:01:32 WedMay 1 2013 )

We both got poison oak last year and it was bad. We were given steroid cream which helped a great deal.

MY advice would be to keep a bottle of Tecnu with you and use it after every mining trip. It's better than suffering for weeks with poison oak.

  

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