One of the nice things about this vacation is that we stayed a full 7 days. That was plenty of time to see plenty of sites (or would it be sights?) and still have some downtime in between things.
One day, we drove through Silverton and toured the Old Hundred Gold Mine. The mine was named Old Hundred after the German hymn Old Hundreth, which most of us know as the Doxology. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Our tour guide had actually worked in this mine back in the day and did a wonderful job explaining how they worked in the mines. It was a tough job, I tell ya!
And then afterwards we spent some time panning for gold.
Tony said that he could understand why miners were such grumpy folks. It’s tough hunkering down over those troughs sifting through the sand and stones looking for those little glimmers of gold or silver.
And if any of you are curious, no, we didn’t come away rich with gold. All we found were some little silver pieces that they had "salted" the troughs with. It was a good experience though and very educational.
And any day in the mountains is a good day, a very good day.
I’ll have more for you tomorrow!