Panning for gold at Crow Creek Mine, Alaska, is a popular highlight of The Wayfarers' walking vacation in Alaska: Amazing Wilderness. You learn firsthand how to look for gold - and you get to keep whatever gold you find. As they say in this video: "Wow..." And there is a lovely smile of delight at the end.
In 2013, The Wayfarers visit Alaska between Sunday, August 4 and Sunday August 11. To find out more about the series of memorable experiences that can be expected throughout the tour (meet huskies and ride a summer sled, visit a reindeerfarm, cruise in the beautiful Kenai Fjords National Park, hike to Exit Glacier and Raven Glacier, etc), please visit The Wayfarers' website http://www.thewayfarers.com/walking-tours/americas-walking-tours/alaska/
Crow Creek Mine was set up in 1896. It was once a very active gold mine, at its peak producing an estimated 700 ounces of gold per month. It shut down as a commercial operation during World War Two. Since 1969 it's been run as a recreational gold mining area by the Toohey family.
To quote their website: "The Toohey Family... strive to preserve not only the rich history and beautiful natural scenery of Crow Creek Mine, but also the gold resources within its claims so that many for years to come can experience the same thrill that the prospectors enjoyed when they first arrived at Crow Creek.
"Nestled among the Chugach Mountains, Crow Creek Mine offers a unique blend of historical buildings, antiques, rare mining equipment, beautiful gardens, amazing wilderness scenery, hiking trails (including the Historic Iditarod Trail), and access to the explore the mines' original claims."
The instructor seen in this video is Andy. Thanks to him for supervising an exciting and cheerful afternoon.