Summer is all about early days and late nights. We took advantage of one of those early mornings and had breakfast at McDonalds before swimming. We almost never do this so the boys really love it.
After swimming today we went mining with our Cub Scout friends at Sterling Mines.
This is an old zinc mine that now gives tours. The kids loved being inside a real mine!
They learned a bit about how the mine worked when it was open. They also got to see different minerals and even some fossils. This is the kids with a giant fossilized dinosaur poop! Are you surprised that they all had to touch it?
They had a chance to do some mining themselves too. They found garnet, marble, coal and sandstone among other things. Our Minecraft fans were thrilled with the obsidian!
There were even fluorescent rocks there! The zinc ore that was mined here glows under black lights.
There were plenty of other minerals to see as well.
And other mining gear.
It was a great trip.
We desperately needed food and caffeine before the long trip home so we stopped at Panera – one of Loren’s favorites. I wish we had one of these near us!
So, I am wondering, have you been to a mine?