Update on hunt to California (previous post)
Not going to happen. Okay, everything is fine with me but upon further exploration via the internet and with the BLM field office for that area, I've decided to look elsewhere. There is gold there but none has been found in any placers in that mountain range. All are lode. So, metal detecting for nuggets would just be a waste of time.
I have located another area, in Nevada, that will be the next hunt. It has produced small nuggets and is also a lode vein area. So, will see how that goes and will not have to walk any great distance as can drive pretty close. Plans are underway for a date and will keep you on your edge of your seats till then!