This weekend was one that I probably will not relive again. The people from my husbands work, decided to have a get together and doing something exciting and family friendly. So I said sure sign us up! The event was to go mine for turquoise, I have never done this before, but it was going to get us out of Vegas!! And we would get to see where my husband lives for the wk!Otteson’s Turquoise is where we went through for the Royston Turquoise mining. They gave us a really good deal, each adult only paid $50.00 which the regular price is $100. And the kids were free (bonus!). You of course are only going through the tailings, but the kids had a blast, running up the rocks and digging. I don’t think that they really grasped the fact we were digging for something with color! None the less they had fun. Shyla tried to feed Schyler the dirt and gravel, so I am sure that we will be finding more over the next couple of days!
I am not sure that it is something that I would recommend for those who have small children, we took the carry seat for Schyler and that worked out okay, but there is no shade, you are not in an actual mine, it is out in the open with some hills around, so not quite sure why they call it mining!
However they also went through what we collected and picked out 3 pieces for each person, took the pieces back to the store and cut and polished them. My family ended up with some really nice things. At this point we are not choosing to have jewelry made, but they gave us the option to bring it back at a later time!
While I was in the store looking around I caught my eye on some white colored stones, they were called white buffalo turquoise, and it was beautiful. I would be interested in going on a look for some of that! It would have to be a time when I had someone to watch my kids, like I said, it is hard to keep the kids attention on finding rocks or explaining to them what they are really looking for. Especially if you were paying full price.
I also had a small mishap. My car got door dinged on my way out there. the lady said she was going to take care of it, so I hope she does. She already has called me today to make sure everything is going well, so that is a good sign!!
The people that do the mining are a family operated buisness and were very nice! We all had a wonderful time, and you get lots of exercise while you are at it, walking up and down the hills. Another note to mention would be that we could drive to most of the places, but some of the areas you really need 4 wheel drive!! Happy mining!