Monday, July 30, 2012

Panning for College Fund {365 - Day 212}

We have passed by the Elijah Mountain Gem Mine at least a zillion times on the way to my parents' house.  At least once a visit, we say, "we've got to stop there one of these days."  Well, folks, today was the day. 

We went out to breakfast and then pulled into Elijah Mountain.  We saw neither Elijah nor a Mountain and apparently they ship the dirt in from somewhere else, so not an authentic experience but that's ok.  We figured Sarah Beth would love it, since it combined her three favorite things:  dirt, rocks, and water.  What really captured her attention, however, were the giant carp swimming around in a pond smack dab in the middle of the shop.  We managed to tear her away from the fish with the promise of treasure to be found.

We got our big bucket of sand and set ourselves up at one of the panning stations at a big trough of running water.  Lo and behold, we struck gold!  Well, not really, but we found some big colorful gem-like shiny rocks.

Day 211 {Canon 5D Mark III}

Sarah Beth enjoyed shoveling the sand.  
(Note: tattoo is from our favorite cool kids' clothing store, Baby Ink.  No this is not a real tattoo.)

Uncovering the hidden treasures.


Sarah Beth was over it when we were about a third of the way through the bucket.  She started checking out the gravel rocks on the ground while Kurt and I continued panning for a rare something or other that would pay for SB's college education.  No such luck.  We had fun though.

On the way out, we were lured over to the food stand, where the guy was selling hummus, of all things.  Hummus is SB's favorite food, so we tried it and ended up buying a tub for later.  We also indulged in the shaved ice made with real sugar.  No corn syrup.  It was delicious and refreshing.  And would have been better with a little rum but too early in the morning for that.

Elijah Mountain Gem Mine totally lived up to the hype.  We will be back in a few years when Sarah Beth is old enough to sift through a whole bucket without losing interest.  We will proudly display our not-so-precious gemstone treasures and can't wait to add to our collection someday!

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