Gold Prospecting with Your Kids is Fun!

Gold Prospecting with Your Kids is Fun!

I love taking my family on gold prospecting trips at an undisclosed place in California.

I have three kids, Josh who’s 12, Samantha who’s 14 and Ryan who’s 9, so I have allot of preparing to do before out prospecting trip. My wife Lisa and I usually spend months preparing everything that is needed, getting the small RV ready and all the prevision we will need. The kids just love the trip, they actually love the outdoors and to them it’s a great adventure to find gold.

This gold prospecting piece of land is a claim I set up with and have full rights to spend as much time on it as like. Having your own claim to find gold is great because you don’t have to worry about anyone else being on my spots and I can rest easy knowing I’m legally able to go there. It took me awhile for me to get the claim approved; you have to go through some paper work but are worth the trouble because it usually has great gold.

My claim is about 4 hours from where we live and we take about a week on these trips. We have a medium size RV that does really bad on gas and tow a smaller car to go up town and get additional items we need. This place is somewhat remote but close enough you can get to a hospital or store if you really need to. We usually do pretty good preparing beforehand but always forget something or have something break and we need to get to a store.

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Our RV For Trips Gold Prospecting

My family and I have been going to this spot for a couple years now, I have just started to get into prospecting as my main hobby and my family usually is there with me or hiking, biking, or just enjoys the great outdoors. My whole family contributes to the trip, help in preparing all what we need, make sure all our previsions are set, and I make sure all my gold prospecting equipment is up to the trip. I take gold pans, sluices, and my favorite is the Gold Banker which can go through the most material. The kids usually help my load the material in the Mini Banker or take off on their own to use the pans and sluices.

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Gold Banker Material Concentration For Gold

The amount of gold we find does pay for half our trip but not all of it, but it’s the experience and spending time with your wife and kids makes it priceless. Spending time with my kids as they are getting older and will be off to college is something I cherish while it last. I hope even when they are grown up and move out they will remember these trips and if they have kids show them the great outdoors and gold prospecting.

I look forward to these our prospecting trips every year and feel it’s the best way to spend time with your wife and kids in the greater outdoors, finding treasure or just sitting around the campfire getting caught up with the latest current events in our lives. Sometimes I lives get so busy we missed something that has happen, by the end of our trip I feel I’m closer than ever and know everything that has happen throughout the year.

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Parent of Two Loves Taking His Kids on Trips

As a parent of two there is nothing like spending time with your kids when I’m not working.

Lisa and Danny are 6 and 10, they love to go on trips long or short for camping, hiking, bicycling, treasure hunting like metal detecting, prospecting for gold, geocaching and more. Most of the time we spend traveling to local parks in Michigan, there is a huge variety to choose from and we try not to go back to the same one over and over but there is one we like the most – Pontiac Lake State Park is great because it’s close to home. Pontiac Lake State Park also has some great Geocaching to find which my kids love this hobby.

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Getting outdoors is what I like to do with my kids allot, I love to keep them active and learn to think about the trips we go on. One way I get my kids to stay in tune with our travels is to get them involved in finding treasure. We go Geocaching allot and recently started to use metal detectors where it’s permitted to do so. One time we went metal detecting to some old park that really had no name in our neighborhood, it was there when I was a kid and Lisa found a 1956 silver quarter, she couldn’t stop talking about it! Danny does okay to, but I think Lisa has the treasure hunting luck. I do okay with my metal detector, but its more about the kids and how they experience it, if their happy it makes me happy.

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When you spend time with your kids in anyway it helps to have the same interest and common goals so everyone is happy, not all kids like to do what mine do, some kids like to stay indoors and play video games and watch TV, this is so unhealthy for them, I’m lucky mine love to get out and find treasures! I made my kids a treasure map one time to make it more interesting in our backyard, Lisa found the cache first.

an image of geocaching metal detecting gold treasure map

I think my next trip I might take my kids out west to go gold prospecting. My Daughter who’s more of the treasure enthusiasts compare to Danny, seen something about this on a TV show and talked me into taking a trip out west someday to try it out. Tell you the truth, I’m more excited about taking a trip to find some gold then they are, but I will not lead on to this, just keep it to myself. I will have to update you with our progress as I try to budget this in.

Thanks for reading my story; I hope you have kids who love to the adventures of the outdoors and spending time with them. Beats office cleaning any day.