Sunday, August 17, 2008
We are setting our standards high for regional learning! On our way up to Breckenridge, we stopped at the Phoenix Mine in Idaho Springs. A third generation gold miner named Al spoke to the cast about what it means to be a miner today, and then we had tours through the still functioning gold mine. These miners were characters... and the cast had a fabulous time. We panned for gold in the creek, looked for a packrat named Jerry Garcia back in the depths of the mine, and heard the ghost stories from these crazy old men who supplemented their mining income by doing tours through the top layers of the mine.