Ron drove to Gold Hill, OR in Friday June 7th, pulled in and set up and got HOOK UPS!!!! He is in heaven, the air is working great now that he is on the shore line and cooled the camper right down. During the process of unloading on Saturday he found a California hitchhiker and did a “camper search” for any other slithering/crawling critters and came up with nothing! Thank Goodness! He said Rosie was trying to get into the garage area a lot Friday, but he really didn’t make a connection to WHY until he saw this little guy come out to the garage area. EWWWWW!
Once he got set up, he was not able to get a satellite/Direct TV connection, so he is left with cable. He says he could climb up on top of the camper and put the dish up there, but isn’t willing to risk it. he spent a couple of days getting the suit heater installed onto the motor of the dredge, and after several adjustments thought he had it set up well.
Then it was onto the Porta-Bote. It made the trip without incident, and set up like a breeze. The other dredgers were very concerned with his “plastic boat” so they all made a pact to go out on Saturday together, “in case of any trouble.” I thought that sounded like a good idea!
There is a good group of dredgers there this year. Bill and Sheila from Michigan are back this year, Greg and Linda Mix are back as well as James and Richard. Ron knows them all from last year, and spent time this year getting to know them better. Garry hasn’t shown up yet (I am writing this the 19th at 4:30 PM) but, Ron is not wasting anytime waiting on him this year.
Friday the 14th, Bill, Ron and Greg all set out their dredges. Ron took the porta-bote out on the water Saturday, broke in the motor for about and hour and a half and put everyone’s concerns to rest. The boat did AWESOME! He was able to get in and out of the rapids, beach it, load and unload and generally feels really good about the performance. Here are a few pictures of the boat before it went in the water, then on the “beach”. Ron dredged about an hour and a half on Saturday (opening day) and has been out every day since. He did a clean up Monday and found a beautiful picker in the box!
Monday his “de-jammer” (PVC pipe) got away from him and floated off down the river. Ron made a quick run to the hardware store and replaced it , this time drilling holes in it and attaching a cable to it. He had noticed a few drips of water by the heater/muffler assembly, and it was worse yesterday. He pulled the heater and took it back to Armadillo Mining, got a replacement, but had to go back after 1030 today to get a gasket they had to overnight in to the shop. The gals in the shop said they are having a lot of problems with this producer of the heaters, Ron is going to try it again and see what happens.
Greg had a heater sent to him from the same outfit over the off-season, tested it at home and it leaked, he mailed his back in and was w/o a heater for a week. Ron figures he’ll install his muffler and dredge without a suit heater rather than wait a week if that happens to him. Greg’s heater was leaking on Tuesday and he was going to test it again today and decide if he was going to pull his. It is raining like crazy there right no, so no one is doing any dredging.
Ron’s dredge is the one with the flag up, to the Left, Allen nash is on the dredge to the right with the yellow canoe.
Greg Mix is the foreground dredge, and Richard is in the back ground.
Greg and Linda getting set to dive.
James is the dredge with the red boat behind Ron’s dredge. I’ll post more when I get it!