My name is Oro Cas and along with my lovely wife Paula, I am the founder and creator of Oro Expeditions.
spending the last 3 months completing the Phase I of Expedition '13 the
hard way--on a shoestring, I decided that my gold retrieving skills
warrant a bigger operation, which will in turn yield MORE gold and help other people do the same.
What follows is a summary of the origins and goals of Oro Expeditions:
The gold bug first nibbled at the edges of my consciousness
when I got to pan for gold at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch. It was really great,
but like most adolescent boys, I got distracted by the next ‘cool’ thing.
Many years later, the gold bug surfaced again while I was
driving tractor-trailer for a company that hauled raw materials for
construction jobs across Texas. A fellow driver and friend would take us into
the high desert of west Texas to collect sand from dry washes. We’d take it
back to Ft. Worth where he processed the material in his garage looking for
My interest was piqued, but the shine of little yellow rocks
could not compete with the silver shine of chrome and bright yellow lights.
Having Miss Paula in the cab of a big shiny rig as my co-driver for ten years,
made my romance with the open road complete.
The romance began to fade as the shine of my beloved
industry began to tarnish. As the next generation started to take over the
industry, it became less about camaraderie and pride in a job well done, and
more about the bottom line. As much as I tried, I could no longer ignore that
my love was becoming a dying rose, and my eye began to roam over new
While channel surfacing, a television show about a group of
friends that banded together on an adventure to Alaska looking for gold caught
my eye. The gold bug was now front and center once again.
I began doing research—reading and watching everything I
could find about gold prospecting. The more I learned, the more it called to
the parts of myself I had laid aside while I drove from coast to coast. The
outdoors person I had been until I began driving truck came roaring to life,
and I fell in love with the bug all over again.
While still driving truck, I was able to indulge in my renewed
passion for prospecting. Carrying my shovel, buckets and gold pan in my
‘miner’s box’ on the back of my tractor, Whenever I got a day off or layover, I
would take the opportunity to prospect and talk to people—from other
prospectors to the owners of ‘pay to dig businesses’. It wasn’t long before I stopped ‘Chasing The
Silver Eagle’ and began ‘Oro Expeditions’.
Phase I of Oro Expeditions was a test. Through the support
of Miss Paula, my chosen family, and the wonderful friends I have acquired in
my travels, I was able to put my lessons and knowledge into practice, and
discovered that my ability to ‘read’ an area as a good place to prospect seemed
to come as naturally as my ability to maneuver 80 feet of tractor-trailer
through the heart of a major city at rush hour. With the acquisition of a one
man dredge, the equipment needs of Phase I were met until several severe summer
storms destroyed my home away from home.
Something else I learned while camping in the middle of the
Cherokee National Forest was coming face to face with many of the topics I had
talked about for years. Personal freedom…the freedom to work my chosen
profession in a manner in sync with my personal truths and using the public
lands as they were set forth in the original mission statement of the National
"to conserve the scenery and
the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the
enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them
unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
As each day sees us losing more of our personal freedoms,
and access to the wild areas of our country, Miss Paula and I have joined Gold
Prospectors Association of America as members, but stand beside other groups,
i.e. The New 49ers, Public Lands for The People, etc., through the platform of
our Internet radio network at KDCL Media to help keep the lands open, not only
for prospectors, but for anyone else who enjoys spending time in the wild
With the close of Phase I and moving into Phase II, several
goals for Oro Expeditions have become clear. Yes one of them is to collect gold
and gemstones so the Expeditions is self-sufficient, but also to pass on my
knowledge to other people about gold prospecting like my friend from Texas
tried to teach me. So they can have a little something extra for a rainy day, reconnect
with family, make new friends, and make great memories in the beauty of nature.
To make a permanent home for Oro Expeditions that affords us
the ability to provide these opportunities for people in the form of
mini-expeditions and panning tours.
Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to spend
time with me on this site, and thank you for helping the vision of Oro
Expeditions become a reality.
We wanted to add a Wish List, but that makes the Rewards disappear so, we're adding it here. If you have a business that donates anything on the Wish List, Oro Expeditions and KDCL Media will be advertising your business on our websites and Internet radio shows. The Oro Expeditions Wish List
1 - Gigatent Montana Kinsman Tent
1 - Cold Water Wetsuit Package (suit, hood, boots, gloves)
1 - EZ Sluice
1 - Keene A52 Sluice
Please take time to review the entire website as all questions about me and the Expedition can be answered there. http://oroexpeditions.weebly.com