--and an excellent place for this very engrossing California activity:
And search for gold we did! Lacking gold pans (something that I plan to remedy before our great Out West trip in 2014), we searched by hand in the cold, cold, COLD water--
--and I'm sad to say that although we found plenty of flakes of shiny mica, we did NOT strike it rich.
Ah, well, something for next time...
Although Matt and I stayed OUT of that cold, cold, COLD water, the kids just could not seem to help themselves--
--although they had varying levels of success with not ending up freezing and wet and miserable:
It's a good thing that dry clothes and leftover mincemeat pie await!