I lost my Wilson internet booster when I moved to the American Legion and now I have troubles getting good 4G cell reception. I have no idea how I lost it, but have searched everywhere and it’s not here! Going to have to check my cellphone reception before parking from now on. Bummer!
Today is Gold Rush day and I was fixing to go and see a few wildcat gold mines west of Quartzsite today. I didn’t realize the mountains west of town are filled with mines until I was reading Dave McMechan’s blog, Our View From Here. So off we went for a short adventure near here.
Many abandoned and others still active. Most active are just small holes in the ground and a truck or car next to it. I guess they dig in their spare time hoping to strike it rich someday.
The best mine was the Gold Dot Yellow Dog Mine. It looks like a miniature of Parker’s setup on Gold Rush. You’ve got the water tanks for sluicing. The sluice box and a track to run the gold rich dirt up into the trammel. The trammel and water separate all that gold from the dirt and rocks.
The Yellow Dog Mine has long ago been abandoned.
May not have gotten rich but the scenery around his place is beautiful. Wonder if he even saw it through those gold colored glasses he probably wore.
In case you can’t read the sign on the back wall.
We drove on up the mountain until it came to dead end surrounded by mountains.
You can see the Kofa Mountains across the valley
Coming back down, we stopped at this one. Now that is a very small all in one set-up. Does the same thing as the other one, but on a much smaller scale. I’m sure getting water up here is always a problem.
This sign at the entrance to a fairly large mine had dire warnings about open mine shafts.
Called it an early day and headed home. Passed an RV cemetery on the way home.
Time to set up the Dish and get ready for some Gold Rush tonight.
See you later.