Prospectin' in Utah

We woke up early this morning to get started on some gold prospectin' in the wilderness of Utah!
For the past few years the boys have had a fascination with the color 'golden' and we knew they would love a more relaxed day where they could look for real gold.  Brian found this way out of the way old gold town called Marysvale.  A few miles down this one lane dirt road is an old mine and "Bouillon City" where a whole lot of gold used to be mined.  We stopped and bought some shovels and trays to try our luck.   

Panning for gold in the cold cold creek

Don't go thinking we knew what we were doing.  We were making it up as we went along.

No gold (which is probably why this is an abandoned gold town).  But we did find a whole lot of cool rocks.  If only our student loan company accepted rocks...

That ominous cowboy shadow in the corner is yours truly in my cool cowboy hat.  Don't I look threatening?

Brian tries his hand.

Happy koala baby

They had a little set up off the road with some of the old mining equipment to see.

Excited for a real train engine

The bathroom.  Cute on the outside.  Not so much on the inside.  (I love me some indoor plumbing.)

Random collection of cabooses on the side of the road that my mother-in-law will appreciate :)

On the way home we stopped to play at yet another creek.  If we ever move I'm thinking I would really like some land with a creek on it.  Endless hours of play right there.

We got back in the afternoon to let the boys play at the campsite playground and have a more low key evening.  We visited the little gift shop and the boys used their own money to buy rubber band planes.  They had been asking to buy some sort of souvenir for days.  I remember when I was little thinking it was the coolest thing ever to browse in a gift shop and buy my own souvenir.   They were pretty proud and played with them the rest of the day.  Then all off to bed to prepare for tomorrow's drive back to Colorado!

1 comment

  1. Thank you for the picture of cabooses. You are right, I would have spent some time there.
    Panning is so cool and in this case cold.


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