Isn't it funny how fast life happens! 25 years ago tomorrow I became Mrs. Lawrence Barkley Jr. As they were happening it seems life stood still but looking back it makes you wonder where did the time go.
When we met 26 years ago it was a knee knocking love, that grew into lasting friendship. We quickly became best friends and realized we had the same values and interests. Our love grew and a year later we became soulmates for life.
This year we decided to take a boat ride to get away. NO not a cruise, a boat ride. It was a day trip on the London Bridge Jet Boat. It goes from Laughlin NV, to the London Bridge in Lake Havasu, Az. It is 58 miles each way. It takes 2 hours down, 2 hours for lunch on the Island Havasu, and 2 hours back. It was a fun excursion!
If you look close at photo #3 you will see one of two deer we had seen on the trip! Also, on that day we had seen several burro's. I tried to capture them in photo #4 but didn't show well! We did see several mines and posted claims in the area so need to do our homework to find out if there are any open claims or BLM areas. Both areas that we explored are great for shooting also! Of coarse, you shouldn't shoot where you are going to metal detect!
Here we are all settled in in Arizona! The trip was to say the least a total nightmare. If anyone had their choice of moving across country in the middle of December. I would definitely recommend not doing it. We packed full this huge rental truck which Larry drove, with all of our belongings that would fit into it. I followed in the Ford Explorer with our son and our cat. Our grandson followed me in his vehicle. Because the truck was so heavy it had a hard time over the mountains so most of our trips max speed was 50ish. Then there was the snow, freezing rain and very slippery roads, and soooo many accidents. After driving only 400 miles the first day and 600 the second day the last two days we made up time and drove 12 hours straight. On Monday night we made it too our temporary rental to find that the neighbors dogs had gotten into our yard, and were not going to let us in. The neighbor was working and the dogs were trying to protect what they thought were their home. Finally after 12 hours on the road and the dogs we were able to get into the house. We were so tired we camped on the living room floor that night.
We are currently getting business licenses and setting up our prospecting business. The jewelry part of it is at this moment still on Amazon Handmade, but will eventually be in our store. Come back soon to see our changes!
2015 has flown by and 2016 is fast approaching. Some of our to do list has been completed. Our online store has opened and very soon we will be adding more supplies including metal detectors. Our jewelry is now available on Handmade at Amazon, and sales went well during the Christmas season. You may also purchase or request a custom special piece of jewelry right here!
We have some exciting plans for the new year. Stop back and visit us in 2016 to find out our news.
We are please to announce that our work has been accepted to be sold by Handmade at Amazon. as another one of our shopping sites. Stop by and check it out!
These are some pictures of our hike up to Beryl Mountain, In Acworth New Hampshire. Beryl was first found on the mountain around 1820. The longest reliably reported beryl from this locality is 5 feet (Cameron et al., 1954), although some reports of larger crystals (to 6 a 1 feet = 2 x 0.3 meters) appear unsubstantiated. The Acworth beryls, when perfect, have a fine light blue green color, of that variety known as aqua marine.
Although we did not find any perfect specimen we did find smokey quartz, lots of mica and some golden near crystal. I say near because it wasn't totally crystallized.
The hike up the mountain was a steep but easy road. After you get up further there are lots of white boulders, some quartz some feldspar, and a lot of climbing. Something you would want to plan on doing for a day trip.
I know this is a little different from looking for Gold! But it certainly is tons of fun and exciting looking for that special specimen.
Every night for the past month we have had visitors. In all of the pictures there have been 4 raccoon. It appears now that there is 6 of the little critters.
Welcome to our new website. It has been a very time consuming venture but once it is done we hope to have many visitors to our site!
I will be posting videos of How To's very soon. But in the mean time please enjoy our photos of wildlife hanging around our yard.