How to Use a Sluice Box

In the early gold Old gold rush sluice boxrush days the sluice box consisted of a simple wooden trough lined with raised obstructions placed at a ninety-degree angle to the flow of the water. These obstructions are what are known as riffels. When all of the gold carrying gravel is “run” through the sluice the water is shut off and the riffels are removed. The heavy materials containing the gold known as concentrates would be gathered. This run would sometimes consist of processing several tons of gold-bearing gravel through the box. Continue reading

How to Stake a Gold Claim

You might be surprsluice-box-3ised 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.

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The Top Three Things to do as a family in Yosemite with Young Children

As a father of not one but TWO sets of twins riverunder 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.   Continue reading

Dry Prospecting vs. Wet Prospecting

There ideserto-sonora-paesaggios 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

Jump in the water is fine

As I talk to people DSC_0158 TRIwho would like to run a triathlon I have noticed a reoccurring theme. Most everybody is afraid of the swim. I have to say this is completely understandable. Most of us can imagine ourselves getting on a bike and flying down the street because we unbolted the training wheels from our bikes at five. As for running, we all have run at some point. Be it with a junior high school teacher screaming at us to go faster or playing tag with our friends in the front yard. It is not beyond imagination that we can overcome either of these two disciplines with enough time or practice. With the water there seems to be more fear and worry. This was one of the biggest obstacles for me to overcome as well.

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The Top Three Things to do as a family in Yosemite with Young Children.

As a father of not one but TWO sets of twins riverunder 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. Continue reading

The Prepared Idiot’s guide on How to Run Your First Triathlon

 

Have you thought about the idea of becoming a Triathlete? Or, you are one of the many that just want to see if you can do it? Do you have no idea where to begin? In this episode of the Prepared Idiot Podcast We’ll see if we can help you out. We have a great conversation with Shawn Buddenhagen the author of the blog firsttiDSC_0170 TRImetriathlete.com. Here are a few important things that I leaned on my journey and maybe they will give you a head start over me.

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Off Roading For The Beginner

What is the most heart pounding excitement you can have moving at 3 miles an hour? For many it is the thrill of off roading! Seeing nothing but blue sky out of the windshield as your 4X4 finds its grip on the rocks under your tires (That you can’t see). Then suddenly, feeling the rubber grip and you see the ground in front of you again it is probably already too late you hooked. Then all you want to do is find another hill, mud pit, sand dune, or rock to conquer.3481scd

In this episode of the Prepared Idiot Podcast we ask a life long off roading enthusiast the dumb questions on where to start off roading. Your host Rich Barna tries to find the answers to questions like: What is the best 4X4 to buy? What modifications should you make to your 4X4 first? With tires is bigger better? How do I learn to off road? What gear do I need to have in my rig? And where can I go legally to wheel/ off road?

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