My daughter loves the tractors and every chance she gets when they are not running she climbs up on them and pretends she is driving. We will make a gold miner out of her yet. I must confess I too love the tractors and climb up on them whenever I get a chance, of course if she see’s me getting on the tractor she will want to go for a tractor ride too. Big repairs had to be made on this tractor this winter, so I will be getting a logbook for the tractors to track maintenance schedules, man there is a lot more to gold mining than just mining for gold. I love it ALL!
That is what my Daughter would be yelling out if she had ever seen that dreadfully long move Titanic. This is when we first placed the wash plant. Everyone wanted their pictures with it……..It was SO COOL! It is still super cool. Anyone who wants to come up a visit we will take your picture with the wash plant too, free of charge. It took a whole weekend with the 480D and Kubota to make a flat spot for the wash plant then a raised area for loading the wash plant. There also had to be enough room to stage gravel to run in the wash plant, so the loading area had to be fairly large. We had some trouble with the plywood restraining wall collapsing on the wash plant (It still worked was just a bit more of a pain to dig it out at the end of the season). We will be constructing a steel retaining wall this winter for use next year.
Here is a little introduction, from left to right, Me – Robert, Daughter – Lyra, Wife- Teri. We are standing in front of an outcropping we discovered this summer with a large quarts vein running through it. It looks like it may be the source for where we are currently finding gold. We have taken grab samples from the vein and are going to have it assayed to find out what it contains. Some of the samples had very nice quartz crystal development, Other samples we could see specks of gold in it, unfortunately the gold was to small to get a good picture of but I will post a picture of the crystalline quartz maybe next post.
Here’s my daughter and me looking for that glory hole! This spot did have a little gold but not enough to continue digging. So we cleaned up the mess we made and moved on to the next speculation. Lyra loves the tractor, she drives and operates it with a little help from dad, Sometimes we even just go for a cruse in it. Notice the rag hanging from the Hydrolic cylinder on the excavator arm, I had a leak and the rag made it so the fluid would run into containment when it was sitting during the week. There was a lot more wrong with the tractor so it went from the mine straight to the tractor doctor. The parts list to repair this tractor was five pages long….Paying the bill was like passing a kidney stone.
Went to Arizona to visit with my Dad and did some Metal Detecting over thanksgiving. Here is a Pic of my daughter assisting grandpa with finding the “beep.” We spent a few hours walking around had a great time.