Yesterday we went to Reed Gold Mine: http://www.nchistoricsites.org/reed/reed.htm
It is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States.
We had a great time and ..... I found gold!
We were instructed how to do the panning and at the end I was rewarded with finding a tiny gold piece on the bottom of my pan.
Too small to make me rich in terms of money, but it made me rich in another experience!