Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Live With or Live Without Conviences

We get so used to modern living with electricity, running water, gas and electric stoves and a store or shopping center close to home that we can't imagine that it's possible to get along without these conviences. My family and I lived for eight months in the Arizona desert, and it is possible to live without modern conviences and even fun.
How many times have you turned on the shower and stood there for 20 minutes while gallons of water flow over you and then disappear down the drain? You may not be paying for the water, but the electricity to heat it costs quite a bit. When water is scarce, you can get just as clean by sponging down with a gallon of water! As a matter of fact, my wife, two boys and I used only 65 gallons of water per week, to drink, cook, and bath in.
Cooking can be fun and save money when your away from modern conviences. We had a coleman stove that used white gas, and by cooking most of our meals, and heating our water over a campfire, we used about one gallon of fuel per month. That fuel only cost about $4.00.
Electricity is probably the most needed convience in modern day living. Without it you can't turn all the lights in your house on, run the dishwasher, watch television or listen to the radio. Being without these conviencies can be terrible, right? WRONG!
A coleman lamp will use about one gallon of fuel a month. You only need it on for a couple of hours each night to finish the supper dishes and read a little. It also helps to take the early morning chill out of the cabin. After all, when you don't have TV or radio, or electrical appliances, night time is for sleeping. You also get up much earlier, feeling more rested.
The boys night-lite was the full moon shinning through the windows, and music to lull them to sleep with was provided by the coyotes yelping on a distant hill.
We came away from the desert knowing that living without modern conviences isn't something that everyone could do, but everyone should try sometime.
Buddy wrote this story for one of his English Journals back in 1986. Costs have gone up some by now but the idea was to live on as little as we could and he had fun calculating those costs then! I also want to add that around Christmas time we had a small tumbleweed as our x-mas tree. We set it up on the top of our stepvan's engine cover inside. We had a visit from one of my sisters and her family x-mas day. That morning the boys also told us they heard BELLS sometime during the night! hemmm???WazzambaMemberSignUpHalfBannerBorder

Living and Learning from the Desert

I remember our last camping experience in the desert before the boy's had to enroll in school. We had a chevy stepvan then, with bunkbeds in the back built by my husband. We were invited to visit Arizona by some folks we met at Buckskin Joe, near Canon City, Colorado, during our previous visits to Colorado. We found a dirt road leading into the desert from the highway near Apache Junction, Az. We parked along side a nice dry wash. Did some Gold Prospecting and seached for Arrowheads, Driftwood and such. We came upon a natural spring along the top of the bank of the wash, about five foot up. My husband put holes in a tin coffee can and attached the can to a shrub just under the spring. We now had a shower! Ice cold, but in the heat of the day it was great!
We had the neccessary camping equipment to cook, and light our camping area with and a huge ice chest that kept our food cold. Once a week we drove into town to replenish our supplies and do laundry.
We met several interesting people while we camped out in the desert. On one of our return trips we were followed into our camp spot. The gentleman introduced himself and we found out he owned the mining claim area we were on. After a nice visit with him he asked if we would be interested in staying in a little trailer he had set up a little farther down the road, as watchmen. We agreed and we spent the rest of the summer and part of the fall there.
My husband built an outdoor potty house but did not take the time to cut out the hole inside; we never used it. An unexpected visitor driving by stopped and ran to it and went inside. He came out shaking his head and took off.
It turned out that the trailer was between two washes and when it rained they both ran with water! So we learned about getting to high ground when in doubt about what would happen to the trailer. It stayed securely in it's spot!
One day we had visitors who were a little lost. After a nice visit we invited them to stay for dinner. They were from back east and were on their honeymoon, never been out west. After we ate they took notice of our attire and asked why we all had our long socks over the bottoms of our pants. So we commenced to explain about the desert in the evenings how scorpions and snakes start to move about and all of a sudden they had to leave!
Before our experience here was over we met another visitor; actually we picked this hitch-hiker up on one of our trips back from town after checking out his story. He just finished working in a carnival, sitting on the biggest cooler we had ever seen! Spending a week with us in the desert we learned how to skin a rattlesnake, cook it, de-bone it and make rattlesnake vertebrae necklaces! The hitch-hiker said we would be in his book he was writing,"Five Hundred Thousand Miles by the Educated Thumb".
We met one more person out here that summer who turned out to be my husband's first prospecting buddy. That will be another story! I, Cindy, wrote this story.Save up to 80% on Former Bestsellers, Books for Kids, B&N Classics, and More in our bargain book section!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Gold of Lynx Creek

Lynx Creek, and surrounding area, located just out of Prescott, Arizona, was discovered around 1863-1864. The area was a major gold producer and is filled with interesting mining history. The area has a huge drainage system and each spring run-off and summer monsoon flooding has a tendency to move material around, replenishing small flakes & dust of gold. This makes the Lynx Creek Recreation area a perfect location for the novice prospector to get started. Try shaking out the grass roots and moss in your pan, or sweep the cracks in the bedrock. You are almost assured to find "color" and small flakes.
The gold at Lynx Creek is in the form of real thin small flakes, and there is plenty of "super dust", pin-point little pieces. This makes for an ideal place to perfect your panning techniques. I have always said, "If you can pan gold at Lynx Creek, you will be able to pan anywhere in the country".
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!!

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Gold & Critters

The power of the mention of a gold discovery brings to mind the time we were on one of our early camping and prospecting trips to Lynx Creek, just out of Prescott,Arizona. It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon and the creek was lined with people enjoing themselves and panning along the banks and small pools of water. The soothing buzz of insects, chirp of birds, and clinking of tools against bedrock, was suddenly broken by an excited, "Gold, I found nuggets"!
Heads turned up creek, and a few folks actually grabbed up their tools and headed for the "discovery". Of course, the "rush" was short lived, when the "prospector" turned out to be Jim, our 2 -1/2 foot tall, chubby, little three year old! He had just panned his first little pieces of gold and just had to let the world know about it! The rest of the afternoon and well into evening around the campfire was filled with joy and laughter as the story was told and retold, how little Jim had created such a stir along the creek!
The excitement of our outing didn't end there. After supper and story-telling around the fire, we all turned in for a restfull nights sleep. All was still until 2:00 in the morning, when I was awakened by this "sniff, sniff, sniff" sound. I slowly turned over and was suddenly eyeball to eyeball with the biggest Mamma Skunk I'd ever seen!
My movement caused her to back out of my tent and go on sniffing around the campfire area. I, in turn, woke everyone up as quitely as I could and we all retreated to the "safety" of our truck! We spent about an hour observing this old skunk checking out our camp area before becoming bored and meandering off, allowing us to return to bed.
It seems we had left some potatoes baking in the coals of the fire, to have for breakfast. The smell of them cooking probably got the skunk's attention. How she managed to not spray us all remains a mystery!!
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Our First Trip Out West

Buddy, my husband, and I, Cindy, and our sons Chris, 4 and Jimmy, 3 lived in a tent and a blue van, during our vacation in Colorado, at the Royal Gorge KOA campground in 1979. I worked at the Emporium Gift Shop at Buckskin Joe during our summer stay that year. Buddy was hired there also as a Gunfighter in their every hour shows for the tourists. Both Buddy and I sang country songs inside the saloon in between the gunfights and the magic shows. We worked for tips. We fell in love with the western way of life; easy laid back style. When it came time for the boys to enter school, we moved to Arizona.
Buddy became interested in Gold-Prospecting and Geology. He took geology classes at Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ. We took the boys out with us camping and prospecting at Lynx Creek, in Prescott several times. Go to http://www.cynthiamargaret.com/cm_my_blogs_adventure.php to see the photo of Dad and the boys! The story that follows is written by Buddy.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Our First Family Blog

Welcome to our blog where we will be sharing our own true family stories with a touch of humor! Since the purchase of our own mining claim we call, Cinbud's Gold, and the use of this blog, we can now share our Gold-Prospecting experiences with you. We hope to be an informational resource for you in the Art of Gold-Mining!Save Up To 75% At the Road Runner Sports Outlet_234x60Create your own FREE Website

Our First Family Blog

Welcome to our blog where we will be sharing our own true family stories with a touch of humor! Since the purchase of our own mining claim we call, Cinbud's Gold, and the use of this blog, we can now share our Gold-Prospecting experiences with you. We hope to be an informational resource for you in the Art of Gold-Mining!Save Up To 75% At the Road Runner Sports Outlet_234x60Create your own FREE Website

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