I have been going through the prospecting forums for claims in the State of Oregon. By what I have read, there aren't too many and finding very little color to make it worth while. My main concern is the accessibility of the GPAA claims in my State. 2WD vehicle as well, so that has to be taken into consideration as to where I can go.
I have panned in SD in the area of Deadwood back in August, spoke to BLM there where I can pan and I had a lot of fun.
2.73g isn't too bad for a first timer. I hope to go back there next year.