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    September 10, 2011

    Financing My April Albanian Diving Trip – Digging For Gold In The East Fork

    As my three readers may know, my diving vacation has been chosen and the destination is Albania.

    I received my passport last week, and have ordered an Essential Albanian course.

    I received my passport and my “Essential Albanian” course last week.

    Talk is cheap, and after all the talk that I’ve done, I will look like a real dick if I can’t make this happen, so I have decided to add to my revenue stream.

    Selling blood to go on lobsters boats is one thing, but I need a minimum of US $5,000 (Current value) for my Albania trip.

    With Gold at $1,800 an ounce and a volunteer who has never been prospecting, but “would like to try it,” I headed up to the East Fork of the San Gabriel River to find a few ounces.

    We hiked two miles up river, from the parking lot.

    Brian With a T.

    Brian With A “T” is used to manual labor and would fit in perfectly with pulling Gold out of here.

    We set up the sluice around a few nice digging spots.

    We set up the sluice around a few nice digging spots.

    The Bungee America train.

    The Bungee America train passed by to the Bridge To Nowhere – I had flash backs from when I went.

    So, this is how it should go – find a spot where the water slows, like behind a rock or in an eddy, dig, classify, run through a sluice, pan for Gold and sell the flour, dust, pickers and nuggets that you find.

    Well, that’s what the fucking infomercial told me, at least.

    The sluice set up.

    I feed the sluice.

    Brian With A “T” dug, I classified and ran the sluice – mostly.

    I know how to pan.

    I know how to pan – I learned at Knott’s Berry Farm.

    We dug in four spots and actually found Gold – microscopic Gold; I mean, you needed the smallest tweezers to pick this crap out of the pan.

    Well, after five hours of back-breaking labor, we had not even accumulated enough flakes to pay for the gas up the mountain.

    Burned and pissed.

    After taking this picture, and noticing how fat I am, I think that if I just quit drinking I would be able to save enough money for the Albania trip.

    A few years ago, an old dieing, Japanese prospector told me the secret to cashing in on the East Fork, but I need to plan a three day, two night camping trip; that is in the works.

    My only other options are doing porno films part time, counting cards in Las Vegas or cage fighting.

    Stay tuned for my next attempt at financing my trip.

    September 1, 2009

    Prospecting & Camping The Lower Kern River

    Prospecting & Camping The Lower Kern River
    August 28 – 30, 2009

    With a forced day off without pay due to the sucky economy, I decided to try and supplement my income with a little Gold from the lower Kern River.

    Nobody I invited could make it, so I had the choice of either going alone or staying home with psycho woman – I decided to venture alone.

    The mighty truck made it to Lake Isabella in less than three hours.


    After a beer break at The Shady Lane Saloon and a stop for ice, I headed up to Keysville to find a nice place to set up camp.

    Instead of turning left at the toilets to head towards the water, I decided to go right and head for higher ground; I was going to prospect along a stretch of the river that is surrounded by high cliffs and is difficult to get to.

    I figured with every local yahoo with a sluice digging in the easily accessible areas, I might have better luck with a little hike.

    I set up my tent.

    I set up my tent in a way that would make the Three Stooges proud.

    After a lunch of fried beans and Spam, I hiked about 200 yards down to the water and set up my sluice.

    Digging under a boulder.

    The place I chose was very rocky – almost too rocky; I moved a few large rocks and dug to the bedrock before settling in on an area below a boulder where plenty of gravel had settled.

    My sluice box in action.

    A lot of clay and dirt filtered though the sluice; the concentrate was small but almost pure black sand.

    Feeding my sluice box.

    Shoveling gravel in 95 degree heat while redigesting a Spam and bean lunch is probably not what a lot of people call relaxing, but I have not been known to be too rational at times.

    After a few hours of digging, with the sun starting to set, I had a few cups of black sand concentrate for my efforts; yes, I did see a few flakes of Gold, but I knew I wasn’t rich.

    Camping in Keysville.

    I made it back to camp and was amazed that nobody was around; usually, I meet someone… a neighboring fellow camper, bikers crashing for the night, the Swedish bikini team… but nobody was around.

    I brought my radio out, but was pissed that I didn’t bring the correct batteries; I would be forced to listen to my wind up lantern/radio.

    Camping alone.

    So that’s how I spent the night – completely alone with not even another camp in sight, drinking beer, feeding the camp fire and listening to tunes on the lantern/radio in five minute increments, before I needed to wind it back up for another charge.

    I made a few short video clips of my camp and how I entertained myself for the night; to see the video on Youtube, click here.

    Going psycho.

    I could act as fucking weird as I wanted to – yelling at the top of my lungs as I tried to juggle a hatchet and machete; I didn’t even have to worry about finding bushes to use as a toilet, I could just pee on the road while trying to write my name.

    Instead of the evening clearing my mind, I dwelled on a lot of things that I wish I hadn’t.

    I was trying my best not to turn into an ax murderer or pychotic unabomber; my fire was never bright enough to write a manifesto though.

    In the morning, I woke up hung over and dehydrated, in 97 degree heat with every muscle in my body sore from yesterday’s digging.

    I thought, “This sort of sucks, I’ll go insane if I spend one more day and night like this, assuming I don’t die of heat exhaustion or stroke.”

    Downtown Tehachapi

    I packed up camp and headed to a friend’s place in Tehachapi, where I spent Saturday evening in air conditioned comfort, watching several movies, drinking beer and eating a fine meal of meatloaf and mashed potatoes and gravy.

    The movie list included Legends of the Fall, The Shawshank Redemption, Secondhand Lions, and Selina – I watched more movies this evening than I have seen all year long combined.

    After seeing the film Selina, I am now a fan of her music, I just wonder how psychotic she was in real life – great music, great person and a horrifically tragic death.

    The Apple Shed in Tehachapi

    If you are in the Tehachapi area and want a great meal, stop by The Apple Shed at 333 East Tehachapi Blvd.

    A huge meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy dinner, served with salad and cheese bread set us back less than $15 each; they also have a gift shop and live entertainment, but the food was absolutely great and the cashier was really hot.

    I headed back to the Long Beach ghetto Sunday morning.

    The fires in Algeles National Forest

    The fires up in Angeles National Forest could be seen from the 14 Freeway.

    Apparently, the fire is doomed to knock out all the radio and television transmission towers on Mount Wilson – I think it’s God punishing the governemt for getting rid of analog television; an interesting set of pictures from the fire can be found here.

    Traffic was great until the 405 came to a halt at Mulholland due to an accident; I detoured through downtown Los Angeles to finally make it home to the Long Beach ghetto.

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