Although the Lake Havasu weather has continued to be unseasonably warm (70′s – 80′s), the gold has been hiding! As the title suggests, the last four outings to the local Bison area, has yielded a measly 1/10 of a gram! During those 4 outings I must have moved over 3 yards of dirt for what comes out to be about $4.00 for my efforts! After all is said and done, I got out of the house and did some serious exercising, which I really needed! Because of the gorgeous sunny days, I’m starting to get a bit of tan on my face too!
Today began with some metal detecting in an area significantly outside the gold-bearing 1 mile radius in the Bison wash area. On previous tips, I had noticed an old claim marker and the telltale cobblestones, exposed bedrock and scattered quartz on the hillside, all prompting this prospecting effort. After just minutes, 12 guage buckshot shells were blasting off on the other side of a ridge, so I knew I was safe, but definitely shortened my detecting efforts! After digging up several bullet fragments, it was time to head back to my most bountiful location in Bison, The Big Hill.
Since I had the metal detector with me, I figured I’d go over my previous tailings from the last couple trips at the base of Big Hill, to see if I missed anything. After all, my buddy Chad found his biggest picker to date by doing this. By the way, he found a 3 gram nugget in his tailings by swiping my Goldbug2 over his tailings. I did not have very good luck, as all I found was more ammunition! I put the Samurai in 4WD and headed up the steep, jagged trail to my most fruitful digging spot from the past. I unloaded, setup my drywasher on one of my old giant tailings piles and began digging and digging and digging. All-in-all, I dug 4 different locations, totalling 30 5 gallon buckets, and found flour gold in 2 of them. Today’s efforts netted me only half a tenth, combined with that same amount, still in the vial, from my last 3 subpar outings, to account for today’s monumental cleanup 1/10 of a gram! Once again, it was a beautiful, sunny, upper 70′s day and I got some great excersise! Beats the hell out of the day my Chicago area friends witnessed today!