I was leery at first, since I'm not in great shape and knew we'd be hiking and climbing over slimy rocks in the river. I surprised myself and have been able to hike and climb just fine... although last time Dave had to give me a little boost to get up a steep part of the trail. We have gone out 4 times now, and just love it. We've been soooo incredibly lucky that on each day, the sun came out and it NEVER rained! (you get plenty wet in the river, tho!)
So far, between us, we've found about 10 tiny pieces of gold...enough to get us totally hooked! Last week, a kid of about 11 in our group panned out a piece of gold about the size of a flat pea, and another man panned out several larger flakes - about 200.00 worth. He got his out of the same hole that Dave was using!!
The picture is of Dave and Kyle in my kitchen/dining room/dog area last Saturday night with the material they collected after digging thru bedrock all day. They sifted it at the river, then packed it out and brought it home to pan, accompanied by 2 Jack & Cokes and some chips. We panned it all out and only found 1 tiny piece of gold... but had a GREAT day outdoors in the fresh clean air. Can't wait to go back this weekend!
Speaking of gold, here is a fun old book from Daffodillhillbrowsery at onlineauction.com
"Lost Mines of the Old West"