The 3rd and final installment of the Epic CA + NV roadtrip with the little one. In this episode, we make it to the Davis Creek Obsidian ‘mines’, which used to be actual mining claims. In the mid-1970’s, the tyrants in the Federal government dispossessed the miners of their claims, and opened the area up to the public – sort of.
Except now, to gather obsidian, you need a ‘permit’ (which is free, but still annoying). Basically, you need government permission to use public lands and gather inorganic resources. Ready for tar and feathers, yet?
The next day we drove to Peterson Mountain, also in the People’s Socialist Republic of California, to look for quartz crystals and gems. Mother Nature decided to throw us a curve ball. We obviously made it out – barely.
All in all, a good trip – and definitely something everyone should do with their kids, to whatever extent their means and experience permit. Kids love to be dirty, tired, and messy. The “outdoors” really is our original natural habitat. There is no reason to shy away from it!