Today we visited a gold mine... then we got to pan for gold in a stream! There is lots and lots of gold in there, but we didn't really find much - just lots of pyrite (fool's gold) and we did find lots of gold dust! We may have found a gold flake or two, but it's really hard to tell pyrite and gold apart when they're that small!
I have always loved rocks and minerals... and I love finding things, so even though this sounds like a dorky thing to get excited about, I really did. We spent a couple hours by the stream and there was so much pyrite and gold dust in there that the bottom of every pan we worked just glittered. I kept exclaiming "It's just so sparkly!!"
Pretty hard not to catch gold fever.