We visited here on a recent trip and decided to try our hand at prospecting for hold. We imagined it would be a prefabricated setup where you get to try out some of the classic prospecting tools--were we wrong! We arrived and were greeted by our friendly and extremely knowledgeable guide, and we had the creek pretty much to ourselves. First, we started out by learning how to shovel in the creek and where to find spots that might harbor gold. Then we learned how to sift through the sand and rocks to separate out the rocks, filling a tub of silt that might harbor real gold. Next, we learned how to pan the silt and actually find and collect real gold specks that were sometimes hidden in it. Finally, we learned how to sluice, to speed up the gold search process. Then we got to work, looking for gold! Within our first few panning efforts, we found several gold flakes, and then periodically we found more throughout the time we were there, culminating in a large find in the sluice at the end. Two hours was barely enough, and we felt we could have spent the whole day doing this because it was so much fun. It was the true highlight of our California trip and we cannot recommend it highly enough!
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