Geoff and I have wanted to go panning for gold or gem hunting for a long time. I have had the bug for a particularly long time since I’ve been reading about gems and minerals since I was a wee geek. As yesterday we both had a rare Saturday off at the same time, Geoff planned a day in NH where we could go gold prospecting. Yep, there’s gold in those granite hills.
We got up WAY early (for a day off, especially) and headed north. Most of these shots are taken from the car. I apologize for that and for all the dead bugs on the windshield. We were having too much fun
in our secret location on the river to actually take photos.
For those of you who like to drive, this was awesome driving. Beautiful country, twisting curving roads, and lots of scenery. Here are some shots from the road.
For part of the trip, we were actually driving through the White Mountains. While the leaves weren’t changing (and we didn’t have to contend with hordes of Leafers) the scenery is still pretty picturesque. There were scattered signs that said “Moose Crossing” but we didn’t get any pictures of them. We also saw brochures on how to deal with bears in a few visitor centers. But the views of the mountains were just spectacular. We even got right up to the Vermont border at one point.
You know, I think it was worth it just for the views, but we did actually find a tiny amount of gold and some other interesting stones. We’ll post that once we’ve had a chance to sort it. Stay tuned!