Kokoweef, Honduras and Ecuador
Hi Stan - About a year ago I was looking up the Guayape river in Honduras on the internet and then decided to look up the Coaque river, which is how I discovered your website. It was a delight as I had gone to Ecuador in 1978 and again in 1980 because of Howard Jennings book.
I also read Inca Gold (Dolinger) and later Pino Turolla's Beyond The Andes. I wrote to Pino but didn't receive an answer. I, too, wanted to look for diamonds but spent the next thirty years taking care of my parents and messing with other peoples' problems.
Anyway, I see that you are interested in Earl Dorr's underground river of gold. Back in the late 60s or early 70s I read a magazine article by Ray Dorr who wrote that he was Earl's nephew and that he rememered visiting his uncle when he was a kid. He said that he remembered his uncle's cabin and that his uncle had been excavating a shaft down a fault line inside a natural cave in a canyon over the mountain west of Kokoweef Peak.
Well, I made a couple of trips over there from Las Vegas and found the remains of a cabin and found the cave and went down the ladder and there was a fault line crack about an inch wide. Ray Door had mentioned feeling a waft of air coming from the crack but I didn't notice any.
Also, about the lost Spanish ship in the desert - Karl von Mueller said it is pure fiction - that it was made up by a woman writing under a man's nom de plume.
I was wondering what you think of the Gold Exorcist drywasher. They say that 98% of placer gold is fine gold and it saves 99% of the gold if themedia is dry. And it i supposed to be fast. The secret is in the special non-static filter. It sounds resonable but I haven't tried it. I remember when I was in Ecuador thinking/saying that I would just as soon live there as in the US. - All the best -Lontayne
Stan's response: I really enjoyed your message Lontayne. I see we like all the same books.
Pino passed away a number of years ago. His widow once spent a day filling me in on his life. He was really an amazing guy!
I love your Earl Dorr story.
To be perfectly honest, I don't know anything about drywashers. I can't really help you there.
Thanks again for writing!