You might be surprised to learn that you can still find gold in the United States. In fact, over 80% of the world’s gold is still yet to be found. I guess once you realize these facts the questions are: Where can I go to find gold? And if I do find gold how can I be sure I get to keep it? Well, there are two likely routes you can go to answer these questions. First, you can join the Gold Prospector’s Association of America (GPAA) then you are entitled to go out and prospect on any of there gold claims or land leases across America. If you are the more adventurous type you can strike out on your own on any of the open public land across the country and try and stake your own claim.
Here is the Idiot’s quick guide on how to find and stake your very own gold claim:Continue reading →
As a father of not one but TWO sets of twins under the age of ten it is important to find something that we all can enjoy and accomplish when we are in the great out of doors. We as a family of 6 make the trip to Yosemite National Park every year. We have whittled them down to a top three must do events each time we head to camp in the valley.
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If you needed to take your car to be fixed would you rather take it to a factory trained mechanic or a guy you know that has read a lot about cars? That is how stark the difference is between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist. The problem is that many people don’t know that there is a difference. In a recent podcast I spoke to Michele Manarino RD MS about this. I was really surprised to find this out and I wonder how many people get substandard advice form Nutritionists. Here is what you need to know about the differences between Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists. [audio http://media.signalleaf.com/The-Prepared-Idiot/53c76edbd92a110200b3677a/food-ep-18.mp3] Continue reading →
When I first started looking into how to find gold I assumed that all of the gold that was there to be found already had been. As it turns out, I was wrong. Really wrong. Less than 10% of all of the world’s gold has been extracted from the earth. That is great news for those of us that still want a chance to go out and find our share. Continue reading →
My high school football coach once told me that “Proper Preparation Prevents a Piss Poor Performance.” I have found that there is no worse feeling than getting to the transition set up for a race and realizing that you have forgotten something. Here at the Prepared Idiot we want to help you avoid that feeling as much as possible so here is a list of things you might want to bring to starting line of a triathlon. Continue reading →
Do you have stuff lying around that you haven’t looked at or touched in the last six months? Do you want to make a few extra bucks? My family and I had a garage sale this last weekend and as I was negotiating with strangers for cash in exchange for my old junk one thing kept running around in my mind. How can I do this better? As soon as the last customer was gone I spoke to all of my friends and family that I know to be garage sale veterans. Here are the 5 most common things that I learned for you so that you don’t have to look like an “Idiot” the next time you want to have a garage sale. Continue reading →
American diets and weight loss fads tend to center around subtracting food options form our personal menus. Taking away whole food groups might help you lose weight in the short term but often lack all of the health benefits that you receive by eating a well balanced diet. So why not start down the path to a healthy life style by adding good antioxidant rich cancer fighting foods instead of subtracting whole food groups form your menu.
I recently had a discussion with Registered Dietitian Michele Manarino (R.D., M.S.) about what five foods Americans should add to there diets that they might not be eating now.
There is a great difference between wet and dry prospecting.
Wet prospecting is by far the more useful and the one which will provide the most frequent discoveries this is because you get a much better separation rate of gold from gravel when wet and sent through a sluice box and subsequent sieve or series of sieves. However, this separation rate is much, much lower when dry and the likelihood of expelling gold with your sand or gravel is greatly increased. Continue reading →
Walking down the grocery store isle you might walk right past the boxed wines because you think that stuff is for the less sophisticated set. While the cardboard exteriors of boxed wines might be less sexy than the curvy bottles on the shelves next to them here are five reasons why you should consider grabbing the box! Continue reading →
What is the best diet on the market right now? That is not a simple question to answer! With multi-million dollar companies marketing to you and crazy fads that pop up and are gone just as quick how do you know what to put in your mouth? In this episode The Prepared Idiot Podcast Rich Barna talks to Registered Dietitian Michele Manarino about all things food. Including what you should be eating to stay healthy.