North – To Alaska

Hello everyone. I’m currently in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada and will be heading to Dawson City, BC in a little while. From there I’ll continue on the Alaskan Highway. There are many many miles of desolate country ahead of me.

I’ve been wanting to post here my travels but internet/cell is sporadic and not guaranteed. However, I have, to a certain degree, been able to keep up on my travels on my personal Facebook page. So if you want to see where I am, what I’m doing, and how I’m doing, please go to my Facebook page and send me a friend request.

I’ll post my travels, pics & videos here when I get the time and internet connection to do so.

Here’s the link to my facebook page — hope to see you there!

Alaska and Yukon Prospecting Still The Goal!

A lot has been going on! 13 more days left before I leave!

The bad:

Truck repairs cost me $1,347! Ouch!

The good:

I know that I have fuel lines and brake lines that won’t fail me in the middle of nowhere. Or, going down a mountain.

More good:

I have new truck tires to be installed Monday. The tires are BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2’s. Triple ply sidewalls.

And some more good:

I have full financing now!

And yet even some more good:

I ordered the following from Mark Keene, CEO Keene Engineering. He said he’ll get me the items even if he has to make it himself:

1 – Mini Max Power Sluice Concentrator Kit
1 – Mini Max 2″ Dredge header & Classifier
2 – 1.25″ FEMALE coupling
20′ – 1.25″ PRESSURE HOSE
2 – 1.25″ HOSE CLAMP
1 – Suction Nozzle (2″ x 1.25″ Threaded)

With the above configuration, I’ll be able to classify, sample, sluice, high bank, dredge, and also use it as a professional clean up machine. Uh huh. Yep. I’m PUMPED! Whether Alaska… which is the ultimate goal… or the western lower 48… I’ll be ready! Stay tuned for updates as they develop ;).

National Correctional Officers Week

This week has been National Correctional Officers Week. It is a tribute to those who work “behind the scene” to keep the public safe and protected. As a former State of Michigan Corrections Officer with a retirement locked in (called “vested”), I know what Corrections Officers go through and the thankless job they are called upon to perform. My hat goes off to those and other law enforcement officers who lay their life on the line every day.

Highlight, copy, and then paste the link below (or click on an option for “go to webpage”) to your browser to read an article by the Michigan Corrections Organization: