Visiting California: Panning in the Golden State
If you’ve ever dreamed of panning for gold, then California is the perfect place to see what you can find. There are spots all over the state where you can go, you’re just going to want to make sure it’s legal in the area you’re considering. Who knows, you could end up finding enough gold to earn yourself some extra cash on your vacation. With that said, let’s talk about some tips to keep in mind if you’re planning on panning in the Golden State.
Ask for Advice
You may be surprised just how many people have gone panning for gold, so if you’re not sure about where to go, use social media to your advantage. Ask those on your social media accounts for advice about where to go, see if they have any recommendations, then you can go from there by doing research and seeing if it’s somewhere you’d like to visit.
Take Some Classes
Don’t worry if you’re nervous about going planning because you haven’t done it before and you have no idea what to do. You can take lessons from those who are experienced and they can guide you in what you’re supposed to do and not do and how to use the various pieces of equipment.
Take a Tour
If you’ve never gone gold panning before, taking a tour is likely the easiest and most beneficial option you can go with. Depending on which tour you opt for, you may be provided with instructions, the necessary equipment, and a fascinating history lesson.
Dress for the Occasion
It’s important to keep in mind that you’re going to be digging around so not only are you going to get dirty but you’re going to get wet. Make sure to wear clothes and boots that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty and also make sure that they’re going to be comfortable enough to easily move around in. You may also want to bring a change of clothes so you’re not sitting in wet and dirty clothes on the way to your next destination, especially if you’re going to be going out somewhere after as opposed to going back home or to a hotel room. Additionally, consider bringing baby wipes with you just so you’ll be able to wipe down your skin and get some of the dirt off.
Keep Your Expectations in Check
So we all would love to go panning in California and find a big chunk of gold that resulted in getting a substantial amount of money but, while you may find gold, it’s likely that it won’t be the big payday you’re hoping for. Keep your expectations in check and go for the enjoyable experience and if you happen to find gold, that’s a big, happy added bonus.
If you’re planning on doing a tour, keep in mind that it’s best to make reservations. Also, if you have any questions, opt to ask ahead of time just so you know what to expect upon arrival. Ready for your trip to do a little gold panning in California?