Oceanview Mine & Inn
From their website:
How does it work?
A visit to the Oceanview Mine allows you a unique view of the only actively working underground mine in the world famous Pala Gem mining district and a chance to find your own gems—tourmalines, kunzites, morganites and more. Screen the dump piles of material we take out of our mine and find the gems we’ve missed—and we miss a lot! You get to keep everything you find at no extra charge; the standard dig fee allows you to keep all you find and you can take home one 5-gallon bucket of rocks that you have screened and washed. Guests also get a jeep tour of Chief Mountain where you can see all of the currently active mines and prospects, as well as views of the famous Pala Chief, Tourmaline Queen and other historic mines.
We've taken care of everything you need. We provide you with screens, water, buckets and shovels--and most importantly, a big pile of gem-rich dirt and gravel taken from our mines! After a brief training session, you have four hours to work the pile, looking for your gems. You get to keep everything you find at no extra charge; the standard dig fee allows you to keep all you find. In addition, you can take home one 5-gallon bucket of rocks that you have screened and washed if you want to more carefully sort through them at home. Guests also get a jeep tour of Chief Mountain where you can see all of the currently active mines and prospects, as well as views of the famous Pala Chief, Tourmaline Queen and other historic mines.
Read the history of the mine here
Their land is pretty remote with nothing but canyons and hills for as far as the eye can see:
All of their homes and facillities were hand-built by the owner and his staff:
People panning for gems:
They even had a fresh juice bar!
Their jewelry store. The owner's sister makes the jewelry:
We got a behind-the-scenes tour of their mines and resort inn!
A peek inside:
And here's the man behind it all:
Another of their exploratory mines:
A fun tunnel. Let's get a closer look!
They've built a private 1-bedroom resort with a bed and breakfast gor guests. The view is unbelievable too!
A peek inside the inn:
You get a view of one of the mines from the living room window:
And a view from their beautiful office:
Most of the details inside are made out of stone:
Like any good commune they have chickens!
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