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Here you will find a story of a family of five people who are mining for Gold on Quartz creek in Alaska. We work hard, we play hard and these are our tales. Follow along, comment if you like. Ask questions, I am here to provide the reader with information about our. This is not the same Quartz Creek that they have on the Gold Rush Alaska show and I am in no way associated with them, other than I mine for gold.
So what's going on in this picture? Why, I am thawing out a pile of frozen paydirt that's what! I have a big old tarp and a diesel heater and I'm thawing and screening paydirt to sell. At the end of the mining season last year, I made a pile just in case. I never thought to have to do this as we had 1500 bags in my garage, ready to go. That's what we get for aiming low. We have been so blessed with folks wanting our paydirt to try their hand at mining in the comfort of their own home. We sold that 1500 bags by January, so every few weeks here I am, going back for more. Thank you to all of you for your support for our dream.
The other thing you may notice is there is no snow on the ground. While the rest of you are buried in snow in places like Tennessee and Georgia, we have YOUR warm weather up here. I've lived here all my life and have never seen anything like this winter. Its gotten up to 60 degrees around here at a time its supposed to be below zero. Don't know what is going on with our planet, but I say let's just skip this winter and go straight to Mining Season!
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Hi everyone, look at our newest toy! We won this on an eBay auction out of California. We feel super lucky, it's a one of a kind made by Titan Engineering, who builds 300 ton per hour trommels. This is a smaller, portable version and should speed up our process.
Thanks to our family who went and got it from California. Now we have to get it from their house in Arizona to Alaska, road trip anyone?
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Something like you support the Winter Supplemental Plan because it will allow for mineral exploration and have negligible impact on the National forest considering the size of the Chugach National Forest and the scope of the proposed operation.
Since the forest service has us effectively shut down until we get our equipment back, we went back to the beginning and dug a few test holes. Gotta have another spot lined up in case this one runs out.
Also we washed rocks and cleaned up the last little bit of the good stuff we had.
We used the homemade trommel and ran backhoe buckets full through it. First hole, nothing, second we did find some color, doesn't look like much but it is considering that we were not anywhere deep enough and it is only one backhoe bucket worth. Hopefully you can see it in the picture.
Here is the kid holding a spruce grouse chick we almost stepped on, his mom was in the trees squeaking at us so we let him go and left the area for a while.