East Coast Tour - Day 14

Published: July 17th 2016
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Are we home yet?Are we home yet?Are we home yet?

Umm... We are pretty far away from California.
Day 14 - Charlotte

Today we were given a personal tour of some of the sights in Charlotte and headed out to the Reed Gold Mine. The Reed Gold Mine was the sight of the first documented gold discovery in the US. Since the land around the find was all privately owned there was no gold rush like in California. There was a documentary film (very 1970s), a museum, a self-guided tour of the first level of the mine and surface equipment, and a chance to pan for gold. There were a few really cool pieces of equipment still working and the temperature of the mine felt lovely on a hot day. We had fun panning but, alas, no one found any gold. After the mine we ate lunch and then took a driving tour of the older parts of Charlotte. Since Ellen and Martin work as land surveyours Ellen was very familiar with the neighborhoods. We also stopped at the Duke mansion to see the grounds. They had several smaller gardens around the mansion, each sponsored by a differnt family or group. In the back was a childeren's garden with a Peter Rabbit theme. After our tour we went
Cool Old EngineCool Old EngineCool Old Engine

From the side, it kind of looks like a Star Wars Air Speeder.
back to the house to play some One Night Unltimate Werewolf with everyone. I think it might be Cole and Cecilia's new favorite game. We capped the evening off with dinner downtown at '300 East'. A friend of Ellen's works as a pastry chef there and brought us some faboulous desserts to end the meal.

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Inside the MineInside the Mine
Inside the Mine

For the record, we found absolutely no diamonds, and it was dark (not shining).
Nice and coolNice and cool
Nice and cool

Can we go back through again.
Shoring up the mineShoring up the mine
Shoring up the mine

We were assured that the mine was perfectly stable.................
No gold hereNo gold here
No gold here

Tony thought out loud "If lots of people are panning wrong, there is probably gold at the bottom of the trough.", which caused all the kids to re-fill their pans and try again, and again, and again, and again... thanks Tony.
The Duke MansionThe Duke Mansion
The Duke Mansion

It looks very familiar... I think it's been on TV once or twice.
Taking a BreakTaking a Break
Taking a Break

Here are the girls, practicing their shade.
Children's gardenChildren's garden
Children's garden

bigger than life sized statues, well done gardens.
Mr. McGregorMr. McGregor
Mr. McGregor

Ok, this one was a tiny bit creepy.. in a cute way.
South CarolinaSouth Carolina
South Carolina

It was a blink, but damnit, we were there. I have a gas receipt around here somewhere.
North CarolinaNorth Carolina
North Carolina

Finally getting some vertical height on the East coast.

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