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Saturday, September 26 2009

After practicing a while, everyone develops their own personal technique for gold panning. Some vigorously shake the pan, some gently swish it from side to side. There are about as many different techniques, tips, and tricks as there are types of gold pans!  In truth, there is no real "right" way to pan for gold-- if you're gettin' a flash in the pan, you're doing it right! If you're just getting started, though, and don't know where to begin, follow these easy steps and before long, you will develop your own methods:

1. Fill pan about half full of gravel, small rocks, and sand collected from the stream bed
2. Put the pan under the water's surface, break up large lumps of clay or dirt, and remove stones
3. Continue to hold the pan level under the water with your hands on opposite sides, and tilt the pan forward, away from your body, and down slightly. Rotate and shake it side to side to let gravel and sand dribble out the front. Pick out the rocks.
4. Repeat step 3 several times until most of the material is removed, leaving  less than a cup of fine-grained dark material overlain with a thin layer of light material at the bottom of your pan.
5. Rotate the pan in a circular motion. Notice how the water separates lighter material from heavier.
6. Stop rotating and hopefully you'll see a flash in the dark material remaining in the bottom of your pan! Use tweezers to retrieve the gold and place in a vial for safe-keeping.

Good luck!

Posted by: Denise AT 02:15 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Friday, September 18 2009

Thanks to the modern day gold rush, the Desert Fox automatic spiral panning machine has become a best seller! Most prospectors tend to favor the Variable Speed model, but it also comes in Constant Speed. Have you seen this machine work? It is very compact, weighs under 10 pounds, folds up and stores neatly in its own Action Packer tub. You can take it anywhere! Operate it right out of the tub, or remove it from the case and use it in a stream. The Desert Fox is aptly named because it was designed to conserve water and will operate on just three gallons. Recovers an amazing amount of flour gold so you never lose even the smallest pieces (which all add up!). Operates on any 12-volt automotive battery (not included) or even a 35 watt solar panel. Ships complete with an easy-to-understand owner's manual, a video, and a bag of practice sand containing real placer gold so you can get acquainted with your new machine even before you leave the house. You won't need much practice, though, because in no time you'll discover how efficient and easy it is to use. With gold at over $1,000 an ounce, get a Desert Fox automatic spiral panning machine and get out there and get your share!

Posted by: Denise AT 04:37 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Sunday, September 06 2009

Whether you're a treasure hunter, hiker, surveyor, landscaper, hunter, fisherman or work outside like the US Border Patrol and US Foresty Service employees do, if you spend any amount of time in the woods or desert, you'll want to protect your legs against snake bite, painful cacti needles, and other dangers. We've always carried Snake Guardz, and now are pleased to offer Snake Chapz or Snake Chapz FP (full protection) as well! Seriously, no treasure hunter or outdoorsmen (or woman) should be without cool, comfortable leg armor to protect against poisonous vipers. Many patterns/color and sizes (up to XXXL!) to choose from so you can easily blend into your environment (especially important to hunters and wildlife watchers). Snake Guardz and Snake Chapz are backed by the manufacturer's LIFETIME Repair or Replacement Warranty, so you can't go wrong. But don't take my word for it, simply watch this Field Test Video and you'll be AMAZED!  Please don't take chances with snakes in the great outdoors-- get your Snake Guardz, Snake Chapz or Snake Chapz Full Protection today!

Posted by: Denise AT 10:33 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Thursday, September 03 2009
Although the kids are heading back to school soon, summer is not over yet! Plenty of nice weather for enjoying the great outdoors. If you didn't get to camp as much as you would have liked, plan a short trip this month. Campgrounds and wilderness areas will be less crowded, making for a quieter and probably more pleasant experience. As you pack the gear, don't forget your metal detector! Although searching around campfire rings will most likely reveal trash, searching near picnic tables, restrooms, and play areas could produce a real find. Someone must have spilled their purse near a BBQ grill at a local campground because my detector uncovered not one, not two, but at least a dozen quarters and other assorted change in the sand at the base of the grill! What a pleasant surprise while waiting for the burgers to cook! Happy Labor Day!
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