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September 2, 2013
9/2/2013 – Day 4 9:50 am Breakfast done.  Barbara cooked again and it was very good as usual.  We are dressed and ready. 10:30 am We bought tickets for the Lake Lure tour.  Rumbling Bald Resort owns the boat and the tour.  Very nice tour.  We saw almost all of the lake from end to end and side to side.  I won’t say much about the tour here because the photos say it much better.  We did see some of the shot locations for the movie Dirty Dancing.  The tour lasted about 2½ hours. When we got off the boat we saw ‘the blob’ on the beach.  Fresh water member of the Bryozoan family (Pectinatella Magnifica).  Common names: bryozoans & moss animals.  Looked more like a plant than an animal. 1:15 pm We are on River Landing Road looking for Broad River Gems and Mining Company (www.broadrivergemsandmining.com) to go mining for gems.  Not really hard to find as the road pretty much ends at the place.  We wandered thru the store.  It is large with a huge inventory of gem, rock and fossil related items.  Prices cover the full range from a couple of bucks to hundreds of dollars.  Some very interesting looking items. 1:45 pm At Broad River Gems and we are sitting at a picnic table getting ready to have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch then get down to some gem sluice mining. 2:35 pm You buy a 5 gallon bucket of sand that the store has ‘salted’ with minerals and rocks.  They purchase the materials from around the world and mix the stones with sand and put it in a bucket.  You sit at a trough of flowing water from the nearby creek.  They provide wood frames with screen attached to the bottom.  A few shovels full of sand a rocks go in the screen and you use the flume to wash out the sand which leaves you with the gems and minerals.  The owner provides all needed materials and instructions plus he watches and will identify each item as needed/requested. Some of what we found: sodalite, fluorite, pyrite, amethyst, calcite, fragments of geodes…  None of the material is from local mines. The wooded property is on the Broad River and would be a nice place for a park if a business didn’t already own it.  A very pretty location.  A fun way to spend the afternoon. About to leave and look for Lucky Strike Gold Mine.  Not far away and we will do a little gold panning. 3:15 pm At the Lucky Strike Gold Mine at Vein Mountain, Marion, North Carolina.  They sell you bags or buckets of dirt from local rivers and creeks that has gold in it.  Can’t have a lot or they get the gold and not sell the dirt.  They provide the pans and water troughs .  They also had a gentleman (Bob) that showed us the proper technique of gold panning.  He took dirt from our bad and, while showing us how to do it, found gold.  He actually found more gold during his demonstration than we did the rest of the day.  Did we throw out gold?  I have no idea.  I am guessing we did.  Luckily for us, we were there for the fun of panning, and not trying to strike it rich.  6:10 pm It started getting late so we took the remainder of the gold/gravel home and will pan it in the future.  We are leaving the mine in the hopes of finding something to eat.  Not much in the area. 7 pm We are in Fatz Café and we are waiting for our order. We both ordered all-you-can-eat baby back ribs.  Because this was the first time in a Fatz Café they gave us 2 Calabash Chicken fingers.  Very good.  Also for a first time a free desert and we had Double Fudge Brownie (Dark and rich chocolate brownie filled with crunchy walnuts and topped with Breyers® Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and fudge.)  The meal was delicious! 9 pm We are back at the resort.  We had a great time on the boat tour and gold panning & gem mining.  A pretty full day but a lot of fun.
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