Hi All, As most know I don't like to advertise at the main forums so I have added this forum where you can see updates, sales, specials, etc that are available at my store. So do not enter this forum if ads offend ya...
This section is a little different and the place to post prospecting questions, birthdays, and talk not directly related to other sections of the forum, but still related to gold prospecting. No Political or religious posts will be allowed please and will be deleted by staff
Right there with you Mike. I started out prospecting in the 1980's and never looked back, the detector bug bit me hard about 2000. Dredge, drywash, detect, hard rock, crevice, sluice, love it all! Never bought a patch map and never had a lesson of any kind. Just good old fashioned exploration and a drive to succeed and learn. Both given and received pointy fingers, tips and tricks over the years. And I've helped many people get started and learned from just as many others, hopefully we never stop learning.
We all have our own journey. I have a friend who literally started out with an old metal pie plate and earned/panned his was up to a detector and bought a SD 2100 long ago. It's a much more eloquent and intriguing story than that short synopsis, very cool really. And he's still finding gold today, the guy is a very successful detectorist.
Meeting up with other prospectors is a gamble, you might meet great friends or end up with a bad case of heartburn. Learning has multiple sides and I hesitate to call them “good” and “bad”, but have no other terms for it, just learning. On one side I’ve met people that have been great friends and partners for decades. They stick with you through the good times and the bad and, they give as good as they get. True gold.
On the other side, in my experience if you want to avoid a bad case of heartburn, keep your expectations of people in check, i.e. low expectations or no expectations. Just because you invest time in people does not mean that you will receive the same (or anything) in return nor does it mean they will stand by you when times get rough. I’ve made peace with all of it and now just focus on good times, lessons learned and I'm a better man for it.
We're sitting this weekend out working on the house, etc. Too many people on the roads during holidays. Will be heading to Alaska in about 7 weeks and maybe hanging out in Colorado too on the way, near Telluride. There are some good music events coming up in Telluride this summer, info here http://www.visittelluride.com/festivals-and-events