|Does this really need a caption?|
This is her idea of fun.
|Leilani with Linville Falls in the |
|Little Switzerland Downtown. Sadly, this was the |
best part of "LSD"
Now, let me say that if that were the only problem with this town, that would be ok. But, we thought it was going to be "more" and that we'd end up spending the rest of the day there. But, it really was only a post office, a cafe, a general store, and a coffee house. That's it. Totally not worth the stupid road.
|Leilani finds cool stuff at the mine|
However, what WAS worth the stupid road was the gem mine we went to next. It was also in Little Switzerland. (How important is food anyway?) We decided since the mine was there that we'd take a trip to do some mining. It shouldn't take too long. So we ordered the smallest bucket ($20) which was about a 5 gallon paint bucket. Leilani got to pan for gems, and we came away with a WHOLE mess of stones. Some Rubies & Saphires, Emeralds, Peridot, Topaz, Quartz and Amethyst, Moonstones and more. For $20 we got a whole lot of stones. And they labeled them and put them in baggies for us. And they told me all about how people get different colors of topaz (the different hued blues are just the amount of exposure to radiation - did you know that? Yes, Dad, I know you did!). Anyway, if you have the chance to go, definitely check it out. Although we didn't get any gems refined today (we were too hungry), their prices are good. $35 to cut a stone, and $70 for 3 stones. That's an awesome deal. And when we have a moment to look through, we'll probably ship some back, and have them refined.
|Where Leilani refuses to put her roll|
down for a picture. Admittedly,
they were amazing rolls.
Now we're back at the hotel chilling. Leilani and Betsy had a tie for UNO cards tonight. 4 to 4. So, Leilani beat Betsy in the head with Betsy's own Kindle. (by mistake, I'm told.)
Tomorrow is Linville Caverns, and then we head out to Cherokee.
We may get out of this trip without a single rescue squad being called into action. But, I promised to drive again tomorrow, so nothing is certain yet. ;)
Tune in for tomorrow's segment currently titled "This is the day that I blew a WHOLE 5 dollars at a casino!"