Today we went to the Hiddenite Gem Mine, which is sort of like a peanut, as in peanuts are neither peas nor nuts and I saw neither gems nor a mine at this place.
It was really fun though, we did digging, sluicing, and creeking, and found a ton of quartz. It’s possible that my dad may have found a tiny ruby, but that’s questionable. It was cold, a little labor intensive (buckets of dirt can be sort of heavy), and slightly ridiculous, but we all had a good time. And now TSA gets to look through a bag of rocks in my checked luggage.
Oh, and there were some really ugly, but friendly, ducks.