Re: Roaring Camp Gold Mine in Pine Grove California
Mr. Golden has obviously never been camping in many places. Simple research on the web, and calling back to ask questions of the staff, would have better prepared him and his son-in-law for this adventure.
The gates are positioned where they are for the safety of everyone. These gates keep people out of the camp as well. There is an enormous amount of liability that goes along with this type of operation. Control of the environment helps to mitigate events that would be bad for everyone involved.
Yes, the prices in the Trading Post are higher than your local Wal-Mart. It costs money to get those supplies down into the canyon and keep them in presentable condition (cooling, freezing, etc). All of this goes into the cost of the supplies. That's why you shop early and bring down what you want in your own vehicle.
As far as getting out early, it wasn't necessary for him to tell anyone a lie. Simply telling them that this wasn't for them and they would like to leave would have sufficed. They wouldn't have been allowed to drive out on their own (that pesky liability thing again) but they would have been brought out at the next available time. It's a one lane road that needs careful management during the season to avoid any problems.
Anyone that has done any type of gold mining knows that gold is where you find it. Some days you have good success, some days you don't. The gold bearing piles are from the ancient river channel that runs through the camp. Since it was a river, gold will accumulate in various spots on the bedrock and it won't in others. It's all the luck of the draw. If it was so plentiful and easy to get, gold wouldn't be worth what it is now.
My wife and I have been going to Roaring Camp for 16 years now and will continue to go back until they close or I'm too old. There are some families that have been going there for longer than 30 years.
Please take this post as a rebuttal to Mr. Golden's post. You now have 2 opposing opinions. Contact me if you'd like more information about my experiences.
From Mark Sudak - August 05, 2008 at 08:19:02