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Route Planning Using GPS

My intention was to end this discussion with waypoints and routes, then I found USGS maps of the Plainfield Quadrangle.

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Within a few minutes I got my first signal and dug out a small flake about three grains.

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Detecting During Summer Heat


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A Father and Son Prospecting Adventure


As I write this, I am still on a rush from taking my 9-year-old son, Jeffrey, prospecting for the first time this past weekend. It’s not that he hasn’t been along on numerous outings before: this is the first time that just the two of us went out for a day of drywashing and detecting under the desert sun.

Bedrock Nugget Hunting: Tools of the Trade


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