Since I was really going all out on this vacation doing touristy things, I took my little brother gold panning yesterday. We paid $10 each for a bucket of dirt from the Indian Valley Mine. The owners gave us a tutorial and away we went. It’s actually harder than I thought and there’s definitely a technique to finding the gold (and keeping it from washing away!). We each found a few flakes which my brother let me keep. I also collected a small handful of gemstones including five tiny pieces of amethyst — my birthstone — which was cool.
While it doesn’t look like I can plan my retirement, it sure was fun!