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Wednesday, April 21 2010
Last year, more than 285 million people visited national parks and other units of the National Park System, marking 2009 the fifth busiest year ever. For those who like statistics, that means 10 million more Americans and foreign tourists visited national parks than the year before— a 3.9% increase. The all-time visitation record of 287.2 million was set in 1987.

In 2010, the National Park Service is once again offering fee-free days, allowing visitors to check out the nation’s 392 national parks without paying an admission fee that usually ranges from $3 to $25, depending on the park. The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other costs such as reservations, camping, concessions, and fees collected by third parties are not waived. The first fee-free period this year is actually an entire week—National Parks Week, April 17-25.

Although you cannot use your metal detector in a national park, take your detector along on your trip because there are plenty of public lands, parks, etc. to explore while you're traveling.

The Top 10 most visited national parks are:

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina
  1. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  1. Yosemite National Park, California
  1. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming/Montana/Idaho
  1. Olympic National Park, Washington
  1. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  1. Zion National Park, Utah
  1. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
  1. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  1. Acadia National Park, Maine
Get more information about National Park 2010 Fee Free Days here.

Posted by: Denise AT 09:07 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, April 07 2010
Why spend hours separating the magnetite from your concentrates when the Magna-Two can do it in minutes? Magnetite and other magnetic sands slow the finishing processes of gathering fine gold. By removing this magnetic material first, your spiral wheel or blue bowl can be more efficient and will catch more gold.

Here's how Magna Two Fine Gold Recovery works:

* Turn the vibrator on, add dry concentrates to the top of the tray.
* Lift the top of the hinged tray and the magnetite slides into back tub.
* The magnetite will stick to the tray while clean concentrates slide off.

Magna-Two measures 7.5" wide x 17" long x 7.5" tall. Weighs about 5 lbs. Batteries and tubs not included. Requires 8 AA batteries. Watch the
Magna Two demo video here.
Posted by: Denise AT 07:00 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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