My wife and I on our 1st trip together to the Rocky Mountains and the West
was in 1971...we went to South Dakota then thru Wyoming down into Colorado.
We bought a pair of gold pans in Colorado and while panning we got our 1st color in
our pans, actually Pam hit first...Gold Fever set in and neither one of us was ever the same again !!!
Every vacation we could afford for the next 30 years we headed west....
I retired in 2006 and with a 20 ft self contained camper away we went....we averaged 2 trips 4-7 weeks long
every year..in 2011 we bought a house on 4.86 acres in Arizona right at the base of the Tortilla & Superstition Mtns
Pam even had cards made up: Desert Duo Mining Co.
We did real well for part timers finding gold in South Dakota, Colorado, Arizona
After 50 years 1 month together, I lost my prospecting partner 11 months ago, she died here in AZ in jan.
I am out here all by myself this year and been going out in the mtns 2-3 times a week, digging and a scratching
in the rock and dirt...I have several cool finds as I been taking a few chances and going deep in the mountains
where for the last 2 years before she died, she just could not get that far back because of health issues...had to look for washes & such
I could use my 4x4 to get into where she did not have to walk far, she still gave it all cause she had something you cannot
buy in a store..The Western Spirit !!!
Here is a couple of my finds this year,,, a 5.71 gram nugget with a metal detector, and some Gold ore I found & crushed & panned out
near a huge tailing pile at a old mine I ran up on