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#21 MaryJane69

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Posted March 19 2008 - 01:57 AM

what a great pic. must be magical to look out of your home and see that.

take a pic of your van as well!!!
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Posted March 20 2008 - 08:30 AM

yeah would love to see your setup man, sounds pretty interesting

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Posted March 20 2008 - 08:50 PM

You are living the dream, friend...I have taken note of your suggestions, as far as the type of vehicle...Only thing about a full size is the gas, but either way, it's cheper than rent, and like you said, being able to change the scenery anytime you feel like it...priceless. You are one of the few that really knows what the word FREEDOM really means.
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Posted March 21 2008 - 07:16 PM

what a great pic. must be magical to look out of your home and see that.

take a pic of your van as well!!!

Here's a pic of me in front of my van. It's no longer camo, though, I painted it Smoky Emerald for the trip back East. I figured a camo van with AZ. plates would draw too much heat. As it was, I got stopped 4 times before I made it to the Atlantic Ocean.

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Here's one with the solar panel on the windshield. My homemade backpackable drywasher is in the foreground. This shot was taken just before going off to do some prospecting.

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I'll have to dig up some of the interior.
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Posted March 21 2008 - 07:31 PM

You are living the dream, friend...I have taken note of your suggestions, as far as the type of vehicle...Only thing about a full size is the gas, but either way, it's cheper than rent, and like you said, being able to change the scenery anytime you feel like it...priceless. You are one of the few that really knows what the word FREEDOM really means.

The gas thing is a bit of a problem at times, but the extra room is worth the added expense. I'm carrying 3/4 of a ton of stuff with me at all times. (Usually, when I leave town, 176 pounds of water alone.) Having the ability to carry the weight and still drive bad roads is a blessing.

Speaking of blessings...I kept breaking leafsprings on the rear because of my load and one day I ran across a 1 ton van that someone had pulled the engine and tranny from and dumped in a wash way out in the boonies. I looked at that van for almost a year before I decided to pull rear end w/leafsprings and put it in my van. I have cracked, but not broken a leafspring since. I do have to carry two spares now, though, a 15" - 5 hole rim and tire for the front and a 16" - 8 hole rim and tire for the rear.
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Posted March 21 2008 - 07:59 PM

Here is the van with the newer paint job.

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And the two spare tires.

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Posted March 21 2008 - 11:20 PM

Here are my two traveling companions kicking back on the bed.Two-Spot loves hanging out right in front of the lower fan. The fan has a magnetic base I made from an old speaker magnet and sits on top of my Craftsman toolbox. The toolbox top is also my TV/dinner/end table. The upper fan came out of a computer and when the rear windows are open it pulls in cooler air. Between the two fans even in the dead of Summer the van stays pretty cool.

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I just built these frames to mount speakers back by my bed.

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These are the two left/rear speakers in my sound system. I have eight total, four in the front, and four in the back above the bed. Four of the eight are the 6X9 4-way Pioneers. The other four are two 6-1/2" 3-way Legacy, and two 6-1/2" 3-way JVC speakers.

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Posted March 21 2008 - 11:44 PM

You should write a book. Maybe get a new van. :)

I too suffer from gold fever. May be heading up to BC and the Yukon later this year.


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The book is in the process. (A slooooooooooooooooooooow process.) Only it begins in NYC in 1968. About St. Mark's Place and the carnival-like life there in those days.

Here's a bit of the gold that I've found over the years.

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Posted March 22 2008 - 03:30 PM

Nice setup. Especially the drywash. You're not doing anything while prospecting that a strong wind wouldn't do. Very cool.
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Posted March 22 2008 - 06:04 PM

Nice setup. Especially the drywash. You're not doing anything while prospecting that a strong wind wouldn't do. Very cool.

Thanks dude.

A lot of people seem to confuse recreational prospecting with strip mining. It's unfortunate that some people with no knowledge of situations always think in black or white. It's REALLY hard to do any damage with a pick and shovel if you're after placer gold. You're almost always down in a wash, and if you are responsible, you fill any holes that you dig when you're done. If you aren't responsible and leave holes, Mother Nature will soon clean up your mess with a gully washer. We have a "Monsoon Season" here in AZ. and when it rains a lot of the times it's an inch or more an hour. Flash floods occur that wipe out any trace of Man's ever having been there. Here are pics of the same wash on two different days. (Please note that it's the same juniper tree in the upper left of each picture.) The people are standing right at the edge where you see the waterfall in the second pic:

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