It was late afternoon, hotter and steamier than ever. Still in high spirits from our rock hunting Cowee Ruby Mine adventure, we stopped at Gold City Mine to culminate our quest with some good ole gold panning.
Some boy hit the jackpot finding a 1061 ct sapphire at Gold City Mine and we wanted to do the same with the gold. Didn’t matter the whole thing happen more than 10 years ago (as shown by the People Weekly article proudly displayed outside the store… I just chuckled seeing Val Kilmer featured as heart-rob…).
Unfortunately we came short that day. Kids had to be tall enough to reach the panning table on their own. The lady told us panning it’s a tedious hour long process that young kids most likely will not enjoy. We decided to purchase ($20) a 5lbs bag of gold ore dirt instead and try our luck at home, in the shade and on our own terms.
Fast forward a month later…
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