There’s GOLD in them there hills!!
Ok, maybe it sounds better when a REAL prospector says it. But nonetheless Brenda and I went prospecting for our own kind of treasure, things we can share with you.
I downloaded a map file for my GPS that showed all the gold mines in Arizona. Now some of the mines are working “claims”. In other words someone owns the mine property and has a claim filed with the Bureau of Land Management to extract gold or other valuable ore. This is important because all of these are private property and the owners do look out for each other. I’ve learned that there are “claim jumpers” even today. This was told to me by Steve Hunt, the owner of Gold Eye Mine. Steve approached us cautiously since we were looking at what I thought was Kellogg Mine.
Once Steve began to see we were not modern day “claim jumpers” he gave me his card and invited us to take pictures of the the site. We talked further and he would be willing to give free tours of the site. Rather than take up his time for just two people, I told him I would put the offer out on social media to come up with a group. GIVE ME A COMMENT BELOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. I’m thinking this would be something fun to do during the RTR in January.
Here’s a link to a video Steve has up telling the history of his mine.
We a had a great time visiting the cabins that were still standing (for the most part) and just poking around looking at what a mine would have looked like.
I made a video for YouTube you can see here… https://youtu.be/XtE09BAPkSU
Our exploring earlier in the day took us to the Julian Mine. I told Brenda we had to locate this one because Julian was the name of one of my favorite uncles.
OK, so we didn’t strike a prospector’s kind of “paydirt” but, we did find our own kind. For us the treasure is being able to share the travels and adventures with all of you.