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Vacation Treasure Hunting

Updated on September 18, 2011
Looking for gemstones
Looking for gemstones

Vacations That Make Money!

Did you ever think of taking a vacation that might pay for itself. Did you know there are places in the United States that you can vacation and look for treasure at the same time. We'll, there are. You can hunt for gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, even fossils. You just need to be willing to do the hunting.      We took such a vacation in September of 2010. We visited the mountains of northern Georgia. We didn't know it at the time, It had never crossed our minds that our vacation would turn out to be such a success.

It all started when my friend invited my sister and I to her home in the mountains. She moved to a spot just outside of Dahlonega Georgia, alongside the appalachian trail. Her home was built on the side of the mountain alongside of two cabins she rented out to the hikers that travel the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. It was like staying in the Swiss family Robinson tree house. The view was beautiful and the cabin we stayed in was well appointed and very comfortable. The first day she took us into town, about fifteen miles down the mountain. The town was perfect, quaint, and friendly. The lakes are beautiful, and it seems fishing is a big deal. Besides the large lakes there are streams that the locals say have the best trout fishing in the country. There are mom and pop restaurant's with great food. If you want excitement, you are about two hours from the Cherokee casino's. As far as I could tell it was just what anyone would need to unwind. The perfect place to spend a relaxing vacation.

The next day, as we sat on the back porch looking out at a beautiful view of the mist just touching the tree tops and sweeping down into the valley below, we noticed a creek running through her property about a hundred yards below us. "That's beautiful." I said "Can we go see it?" She looked over at me and said "Sure, do you want to pan." I had no idea what she was talking about. She went on to explain that everybody likes to pan for gold and gemstones in the creeks and around the lake shore when the water is down. Sounded like fun "Sure" I said. So after breakfast she got out a small wooden frame with a wire bottom and a couple of what looked like deep pie plates. She gave us some rubber rain boots and down the hill we started. It wasn't that easy, about half way down we had to hold onto ropes that were tied from tree to tree. Then the last fifteen feet were straight down into the gully that was cut when the water was high. The creek was about eight inches deep and so clear you could see every rock. The sound of the trickleing water was so peaceful. We sat down on the rocks sticking out of the water. After a brief intro to panning, away we went. I could not believe how much fun we were having. Showing each other what we were bringing up from the bottom. We had no idea what we were looking at. We found so many different kinds of colored rocks and a small gold colored dots. We'll to say the least, that's where we spent every day for the rest of our vacation.

The suprise came when we got home. After sitting in a bucket for about a month, we took some of the stones we found to be checked by a GIA. The shock...325 carat and 244 carat corundum ruby crystals, and dozens of small rubies. Valued at over $10,000.00 in there rough state. Who could have guessed. The vacations I take from now on will be treasure hunting. After some reserch I found that there are lots of books and information on line to help you. Along with books that identify what you are looking at. So when you head out on your next vacation check out the area you are going to. It might be your oppertunity to find a treasure.


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    • Sandymac profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Longwood, Florida

      We were about three miles down stream from an old gem mine, but there are old gold and gem mines all over the place. So getting close to one is a pretty sure bet.

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      6 years ago

      That is so awesome!!! Is there anyway to know if a creek would be good for panning? Guess I'm going to have to start changing the way I plan my vacations! :)

    • Sandymac profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Longwood, Florida

      Thanks Cloverleaf, and Dardia. From what I learned you can find gold and gem stones all around Dahlonega Georgia. It's a huge state park with creeks to pan in for miles.

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      Darlene Yager 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Awesome! Have a list of places where to pan? Instructions on how to?

      Voted up and all the other buttons as well.

      Would follow you but the button has disappeared! :(

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      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Sandymac

      This took my breath away!!! OK where do I sign up?

      Great hub, voted up and awesome!


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      7 years ago

      Wonderful story, loved the pics.

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      Catherine Welborn 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs

      I really liked your hub. I had a similar experience in North Carolina. I have heard Arkansas has great gem mining as well. Cheers to a great discriptive piece!

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      7 years ago I can't wait to experience something like this. What a neat concept. I love the pics and where you stayed too.


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