Driving through the canyons of the California central Sierra Nevada mountains is a real treat and one I enjoy. This weekend some friends be I dropped in the canyon to camp on the American River. What a place. Its about two hours East of San Francisco and It is on this River where some of the first gold in California was found, and you can still find the remnants of the memories left behind. What m y people may not know though is there is still gold being found there today. Well that’s my story.
Being that last winter was a light snow season, the River is much lower than its been foes many years. I have to be honest, I just went down for the beauty and some nice swimming days in the warm water. It’s crystal clear water is a nice refreshing relief from the hot summer sun. Anyway, call it fate or simply dumb luck, whatever it was as I was swimming one day I happen to look up towards a layer of quartz, and as I looked closely, there it was. That unmistakable shimmering of a vein of beautiful gold. There as I soak in disbelief, as folks pass by with buckets, picks and pans, I couldn’t believe it. Lets just say it was a good place to swim and one that I will be returning to very soon this summer. As I get details of where, I will share so you too can join the fun. Careful of gold fever though. It hit me 🙂
So it just goes to show, the gold rush of California is still alive and well even after all these years! 🙂 I’ll be writing more on my return soon
Till then, happy trails wherever they may lead you