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LauraA
04-01-2007, 05:22 PM
We set out a week ago determined to find a mine we've been hearing a lot about. The Lost Banker. Legend says this mine was the location of a stash of gold bullion hidden by an embezzling bank teller, but before he could return to claim it, the poor fellow was shot while holding a crooked poker hand. We purchased one of those tourist maps and set out to prove the legend untrue. I won't give the real location of the mine, for obvious reasons, suffice to say, it's very close to our home.
We had to climb a steep, rocky, tippy trail, but the Jeep didn't let us down. Following the crudely drawn map, we stopped at the top of a mountain and looked for "a rock in the form of a monkey"...finding it, we faithfully followed the map to the letter. Turning left, right, left again at another odd rock formation we then had to chop our way through dense growth of Cholla and Prickly Pear. Finally we came to a large clearing with an adit and just as the map said, "The road to gold will be watery" sure enough, the entrance of the mine was flooded. Still, slimy, green and very uninviting putrid water. We decided to go for it...hey, we're old, nothing to loose. The water was cold, wishing we had boots on, we trekked ahead slowly and very unsure of our footing. We hoped the bottom wouldn't suddenly drop out from under our feet. Angry bats chattered above our heads, but we trudged on. Our flashlights showed a fork in the shaft ahead, we went to the right, dead end, nothing to see. Retracing our steps, we went left through a narrower, but longer tunnel. We could see a rock shelf ahead in the far distance, joking as we went on about how easy it was to find and how we would spend our money. As we approached the shelf, our lights reflected back at us, the glare was intense. Really excited now...we ran, slipping and falling a couple of times, finally we reached the shelf. There, laid out as pretty as you please were stacks and stacks of gold bars! We could see the remnants of green cloth and leather which evidentially held the bullion originally.
We wanted to ask for help hauling our find out of the tunnels, but the question was, who could be trusted? Trusting no one, we began the slow process of carrying the gold bars out. It took thirty-three trips to get it all outside the adit, our backs are still sore and our shins are bruised from the numerous falls.
Below are the few photos we took, we were too excited to take any more. Below the photos, you'll also see a further message from me, to all of you.


The Adit
799
Slimy water...
798
Left or right?
800
The fruits of our labor!
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Happy April Fool's Day Everyone!

bad bob
04-01-2007, 05:34 PM
That kinda looks like fool's gold to me, but I could be wrong. I'm no gold expert. :o

speedy
04-03-2007, 05:32 AM
You got me.....great post.....Speedy

LauraA
04-03-2007, 05:49 AM
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! ;)

Johnnie
04-03-2007, 06:29 AM
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! ;)

I like it!!! I like!!! ...A Huh!!!...A Huh !!!

:rolleyes: :) ;)

Johnnie & Sheila

LauraA
04-03-2007, 06:38 AM
I like it!!! I like!!! ...A Huh!!!...A Huh !!!

:rolleyes: :) ;)

Johnnie & Sheila

A Huh! A Huh! Hey, that's got a good beat, bet we can dance to it! :D
I imagine all of us who visit these places are hoping to find a long-lost treasure, maybe not gold bullion, but even a small scrap of history would be neat.

Johnnie
04-03-2007, 09:33 AM
A Huh! A Huh! Hey, that's got a good beat, bet we can dance to it! :D
I imagine all of us who visit these places are hoping to find a long-lost treasure, maybe not gold bullion, but even a small scrap of history would be neat.

This Web-site Laura, and the Bulletin Board, and the fellow ghosttwners, is the next best thing to finding a real "Treasure" Writing and visualizing we are all at an old cattle drive sitting around a camp fire singing, playing a guitar. danceing, living the old west first hand.

I guess i should have not sang that song so loud down at that hayride, in Menphis, so many years ago. I think
E. P. heard me and took the ball and ran!!! down to "Sun Records" that is.:cool:

I am keeping short and sweet . because of the posting, a few mintues ago. we are tired out from that other postingon that other forum on Jesse James history.

LauraA
04-03-2007, 09:41 AM
Ol' E.P. might have stolen your song, but bet he didn't have even half the knowledge of western history you do! ;)
Yep, this forum and the good folks on it is second only to actually being there....

Johnnie
04-03-2007, 10:12 AM
Ol' E.P. might have stolen your song, but bet he didn't have even half the knowledge of western history you do! ;)
Yep, this forum and the good folks on it is second only to actually being there....

Thanks Laura, for the kind words, I guess it did post after all.

Your fellow old west buffs.
Johnnie & Sheila

brian10x
04-04-2007, 04:38 AM
Fantastic post, Laura!

But where did you find the picture of the (real or fake?) gold bars?

Brian

GaryB
04-04-2007, 11:29 AM
Fantastic post, Laura!

But where did you find the picture of the (real or fake?) gold bars?

Brian


Chocolate coated rice crispy bars :D

LauraA
04-04-2007, 12:36 PM
Fantastic post, Laura!

But where did you find the picture of the (real or fake?) gold bars?

Brian

Thanks Brian....but if I tell you, then I'd have to shoot you. :D oops, but then you're REALLY well armed...:eek:

Gosh Gary, I'd NEVER let chocolate melt in the hot sun like that. :p

bad bob
04-30-2007, 06:57 PM
Thanks Brian....but if I tell you, then I'd have to shoot you. :D oops, but then you're REALLY well armed...:eek:

Gosh Gary, I'd NEVER let chocolate melt in the hot sun like that. :p


Laura...did ya shoot B10x?
Have not seen any msgs here lately from him. I even posted a "my bad" on one of these, just to stir 'im up. :D

LauraA
04-30-2007, 07:02 PM
He's way too well armed to even ponder having a shootout with. Maybe a big ol'
MY BAD
will get his attention. :D

bad bob
04-30-2007, 07:08 PM
He's way too well armed to even ponder having a shootout with. Maybe a big ol'
MY BAD
will get his attention. :D


He may be well armed, but he can't get ALL of us. :)

NWNative
04-30-2007, 07:53 PM
Maybe he found the Black Diamond but can't get home again. (Wasn't that his mine?)

brian10x
05-07-2007, 06:33 PM
He may be well armed, but he can't get ALL of us. :)
My grammar is bad.

brian10x
05-07-2007, 06:35 PM
Maybe he found the Black Diamond but can't get home again. (Wasn't that his mine?)

I'm looking for a partner to help spot me on the rough stuff and get around obstacles.

Volunteers?

bad bob
05-07-2007, 07:01 PM
I'm looking for a partner to help spot me on the rough stuff and get around obstacles.

Volunteers?


I just bumped that rotten, no good, low life, scumbag spammer off the stage, and you (I mean Mahatma) put him back on?? Don't MAKE me have to come over to Tucson. :mad:

brian10x
05-07-2007, 07:20 PM
I just bumped that rotten, no good, low life, scumbag spammer off the stage, and you (I mean Mahatma) put him back on?? Don't MAKE me have to come over to Tucson. :mad:

If you do, bring your own ammunition and toilet paper.

bad bob
05-08-2007, 05:13 PM
If you do, bring your own ammunition and toilet paper.


Hmmm Ok, but I think trying to load tp into most guns I've seen will foul up the mechanism. But yer the firearms expert! :p

JoeZona
04-01-2009, 11:00 AM
http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Laughing/lol-049.gif Good one!

Gravelrash
04-27-2009, 09:20 PM
I'm looking for a partner to help spot me on the rough stuff and get around obstacles.

Volunteers?

With Grammar? Mate, this is your lucky day!!! I'm an Engrish (sic) teacher and I'm free!