Met up with Cowkiller for a midnight hunt. The area is one Cowkiller knew well and it had been pretty well pounded. But... not as often with the GPZ.
It really was a gorgeous night. While there wasn't a full moon for the best visibility, it was still cool out and not much of a wind blowing. We split up a bit so as not to have the machines interfering and were off. After about 2 hours I was wondering if it was going to be a real grind, because I was getting nothing but bird shot. And then I dug up one of those noisy signals, only to see the shape of gold. It was in the .1g range. Now I say shape because when you're hunting with green light, you're never really sure until you shine white light on it. Bigger gold, that's not a problem. But the little stuff could just be a small piece of aluminum or tin. So I bottled it up and kept hunting with the relief that at least there's probably no skunk for the night. And continued on.
Next area was somewhat trashy. But I kept at it anyway. After a while I became more active kicking stuff out of the way. I know there's gold here and I just had to work for it. Well no sooner than my first 10 kicks or so, I got a signal underneath one of those rocks. 4" down and I get a meaty little guy .. again in the .1g range.
By this time Cowkiller was tearing it up also. He had a couple of his own. Well I continued circling back towards an area that I worked previously, for a couple more hours. It was starting to get light. But now the EMI really faded down and my machine was just humming along. Only settings I had changed were to do a noise canceling for a few times. Well I hit a real clear signal right in the middle of the path. Started scrapping down a couple inches and the dirt turned purple red. And yes.. another small piece of gold. (.03g or so) So then I scooted to another area that someone had cleared in the past with a rake. I myself had beeped this area but I double backed over since my detector was sounding so good and guess what... I missed one. It was stuck in schist and just needed a little help being liberated. Another small flake in the .1 range.
So I scoot over to the next raked area and start checking that. About that time Cowkiller comes up on my right and scares the bejesus out of me. Well not intentionally. But when you're out all night riding hi on gold and caffein, anything will make you jump. We both laughed and shared our findings. Cowkiller really did kill it with 5 pcs that weighed in around .75 grams if I remember right. I ended with 4 pcs, and only got .39g total. But hey... it's something and I had a lot of fun. Always good hanging out with friends, sharing stories and coming home with a little gold to boot.