This weekend I made a run over to Stanton to check out the LDMA/GPAA Outing. Many vendors started setting up early Wednesday, while the actual outing started on Friday I believe. I heard they had over 180 people signed up for the common dig, but I really didn't see that many people.
Ran into several guys that I know, such as Barry & Leigh with Footprints, Kevin H. with Minelab Americas, Dave with Fast Sign's, Dave Lester - Minelab dealer, Bunk with Bunk's Prospecting, Robert with 49er's and many other vendors throughout the day. Standing around BSing with a few guys about Minelab's and how they worked turned a couple (wife/husand) team to both purchase Minelab GPX 5000's the following day. Looking forward to doing your training within a few weeks.
Later in the day I took off and decided to hit a couple of old patches on the hill. Spent several hours at one patch and didn't find a single piece of gold, just a couple of small fragments of wire. The second patch ended up producing two nuggets, both right at a dwt each.
Overall, the outing seemed to be a good one. They even now serve food, which is nice for guys looking to sit down and take a break throughout the day.
I did notice the outings seem to be getting smaller in members and vendors, but maybe something else was going on during this time also.