About Oroblanco

If I were to fill in this with my full background, no one would believe it – so to sum it up without too much un-believable detail: I am a writer, treasure hunter, prospector, hunter, amateur historian and gunsmith with many and varied interests; I am married and currently living in the Black Hills of South Dakota and building a home here but planning to move in the future. I have a bad back and am on disability, which limits my activities but not my interests. I am currently working on a book, for some eight years now but hope to finish it soon. I did contribute a part of a recent book, along with some great authors including Erik von Daniken, Graham Hancock, Andrew Collins, Robert Schoch and others, titled “Underground The Disinformation Guide to Lost Civilizations”, edited by Preston Peet and available through booksellers online,


My own chapter is titled “The Secret Land”.

This blog is sort of a continuation of my earlier “Oroblanco’s Cabin” on another site, which became inaccessible; for anyone curious about my scribblings (and those of Mrs Oroblanco as well) the old site is at:


I run a little forum, set up for the purpose of “off topic discussion” which happens sometimes in the “public” forums, which is online at:


I have a personal site, where I intend to publish some articles and welcome submissions for publication, along with any accompanying photos (please limit to 2500 words and within one of the topics listed) the site is at:


My interests include (but not limited to) treasure hunting, gold prospecting, rock hounding, gemstone prospecting, coin-shooting and relic hunting, big game hunting, Percheron horses and all Draft horses, small-scale farming and self sufficiency, off-grid living and alternative energy, Cryptozoology and UFOs, the Paranormal, Military History and Ancient History, especially Carthage and her most famous son Hannibal Barca, Trout and Salmon fishing, alternative owner-built home methods and design, Gun collecting and Coin collecting, especially ancient coins of Carthage and the Greek states, gunsmithing and reloading, ancient explorers and Precolumbian contact, and a pastime that is a little rare today – wargaming.


21 Responses to “About Oroblanco”

  1. hey roy did you ever finish your book. jeff from plains. pa

    • HOWDY Jeff – no, sorry to admit but I have not yet finished. The text is complete, just need to do a re-write, edit and proofread, and been dreading it – I know it will take me a couple of weeks minimum and need to be able to concentrate. Always so many other things to do or that have to get done but the real excuse is pure laziness! I have been putting it off until we have a room set up in the house, so I can leave it on the PC and work on it without distractions.

      I will be writing you an email soon amigo, hope all is well with you and that you are finding lots of the GOOD STUFF!
      your friend,
      Roy ~ Oroblanco

  2. Imagine my surprise when random Internet wandering found this site. Hope life is treating you well up there where it gets so much colder than it does here.

    Fascinating site. I didn’t know you had such diverse interests.

    The guy at the watering station,


  3. just wanted to stop by to say hi and hope that you are doing well. probably starting to get a little cool up there so keep the fire going and coffee warm. take care. ron

  4. Great site, i also read your posts on the other TH site, good stuff, if you dont mind me asking where you moving too from the Black Hills?
    i am native AZ but living in the Philippines in the summer, hike the Supes with a buddy in winter. I am looking for a small parcel some where to build a retreat, sold my house in Idaho, may go back there, still looking for that perfect place….ret us army…

    • We may become ‘snowbirds’ and keep our home here, just spend the winters in the southwest. We love the Black Hills and if we move away permanently, we would have to travel to come and spend time here so the idea of following the migratory birds may work well for us. We spent most of this winter in the southwest and things went very well for us so are hoping to do it again next winter.

      I don’t know where to recommend to you for a perfect place as a retreat, but you might like Apache Junction back in your home state for the easy access to the Superstitions; alternatively a place near Rapid City (SD) might serve you well as a base for exploring the Black Hills as it is almost centrally located and has most of the services and shopping a person may need, plus is not far to the VA facilities in Ft Meade or Hot Springs. A place in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado might be what you seek too, with the Rockies on your doorstep and a shorter tip to Arizona when the snow starts to fly. I won’t knock Idaho either, it has some gorgeous country, great hunting and plenty of places to go looking for gold and silver, the only drawback I can see being that it is a bit farther from there to Arizona.

      Good luck in your quest amigo, my apologies for not getting a reply to you sooner but we have been away from home and we did not have much access to the internet. I hope that you have already found your perfect retreat. Thank you for writing me Alan, we should keep in touch as I suspect we have many common interests.
      Roy ~ Oroblanco

  5. Thanks for the good advise, i am camping right now at Tortilla Natl Forest camp, close to Apache Junction. Thinking i will just continue to spend my winters travelling around the south west and exploring.
    My retirement funds go further without the upkeep of a house, and everyday is a new adventure… later my friend.

  6. just wanted to say that i do read your post’s especially on treasure net
    and i am ming some head way on learning about treasure hunting and
    prospecting. both of you are so knowledgeable about both of the subjects
    i am interested in and i appreciate any and all of your advise plus i enjoy
    reading your response’s on treasure hunting. i go by the name of maui
    on the forums but my name is ron.
    hoping that both of you are doing well and keeping warm.
    again, thanks much for sharing your knowledge.


    oldest son lives in northern idaho [ spirit lake ]
    and i went prospecting with him afew times,
    found some small yellow but it was great and
    really enjoyable.
    take care my friends

  7. A big Dakota HOWDY pard!

    Thank you for the very kind words Ron! I hope that we have been helpful to our fellow treasure hunters and prospectors, and you know there is a great deal of “crossover” in the two spheres so that something useful in one pursuit is helpful in the other. I am still learning this after over 30 years so don’t take my word as final on anything, we all benefit by sharing what we learn.

    Wow northern Idaho! God’s country! Finding some of that yellow dust is what it is all about – and don’t let the folks fool you when they want to see nuggets for they don’t know that only 2% of gold occurs in the form of nuggets, the real payday is in the dust. Not that I don’t love nuggets mind you but the money is in the dust – just don’t let the public in on that.

    We have been very lucky for winter weather, the mildest I have ever seen in a northern area so I am pretty happy and looking forward to getting back out to do more digging. There have been flocks of geese passing over heading north since the first part of January, so I think that groundhog Punxutawny Phil doesn’t know what he was talking about for his prediction. Beth has been working on the house, I haven’t been much help to her but she is making progress that we had not figured to be able to do, thanks in large part to the mild winter.

    I enjoy your posts on Treasurenet too amigo, and don’t let the skeptics and nay-sayers discourage you. It is wise to keep a skeptical mind in any treasure hunt of course, no one wants to waste time chasing a fiction – but most of these treasure stories really are based on facts. It just takes more research and picking out the wheat from the chaff. Then too, even if we were out looking for a complete fantasy that never existed, the fact that we do go out and search increases the odds that we will find something good. A great many excellent gold and silver mines have been found by treasure hunters and prospectors who were out looking for a lost mine, though they did not find what they sought it paid off for them anyway.

    I am getting carried away here buddy but I want to thank you again for the very kind words and wishes, we both wish you a very pleasant day and as always, good luck and good hunting; I hope you find the treasures that you seek.
    Your friends in Dakota,
    Roy & Beth

  8. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Opera. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know. The layout look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon. Cheers

    • Thank you for alerting me to this, have had some problems getting the formatting of the text right for some reason (mainly my stupidity) I will see what I can do.

  9. Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any tips?

    • I don’t have any good suggestions; tried McAfee and hated it, trying something else but none of them seem to be very efficient, most such programs seem to slow down your PC a lot. Sorry I don’t know any good suggestions, other than I doubt you will be happy with McAfee.

  10. My spouse and I stumbled over here from a different page and thought I should check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to exploring your web page yet again.

    • Muchas gracias amigos! I hope that some of this has been helpful or at least entertaining for you, and I will try to put something interesting up here soon as I get the time. Thank you for the very kind words, I hope you have a great day!

  11. Hiya! Quick question that’s completely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My website looks weird when viewing from my iphone. I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to resolve this issue. If you have any recommendations, please share. Thank you!

    • Gosh I sure don’t know any, sorry. I would suggest checking the ‘toolbox’ on the blog site, perhaps they have a plugin that would serve your purposes? Good luck, sorry I could not help you out.

  12. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. thanks

    • Thank you for the kind words! It is my own creation, but used a template so can’t take credit for it. Hopefully it is easy to read which was the main idea. This site (WordPress.com) has a great set of tools for setting up your blog, I think you would like it if you try it out. If i could do something with it, that should tell you how easy it is!

  13. Hello! Are you the fellow that offers day trips for panning gold in the Black Hills?

    • No, sorry that is not me. I don’t know of anyone that is doing that now, which does not mean it is not available just that I don’t know of any.

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