When we went gold panning, we did not find this huge gold nugget worth about $40,000 which reflects quite a bit of light. At least, we did not find it when we were panning. We found it in the gift shop--I wonder if they would sell it, or is it the bait that gets you in there. No, actually the free coffee and cookies and the fact that the only way to get back to the bus was through the shop....
Well, I digress.
The gold panning was the end activity (before the gift shop) of our visit to the El Dorado Gold Mine, reflecting an abstract of the surroundings over the few little flecks of gold in the pan.
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A "mine train" took us through a tableau renactment of a activities at a typical early mining claim.
Alaska mystery writer Dana Stabenow seems to have a character in each of her books that she calls the "Alaska Old F**t". Can you tell which is the Alaska Old F**t and which are the tourists?
The Alaska Old F**t and Yukon Yonda and their helpers demonstrated the process of mining for gold. Yonda sports a necklace of gold nuggets.
And finally we had a little bit of gold.