Our tour guide was anything but enthusiastic during our visit. She wasn't rude, but her demeanor, attire, tone and facial expressions were not what one would expect from a professional tour guide. Perhaps it was because we were part of the last tour of what was a long day for her, but she clearly did not want to be there. Even though the tone that carried her dialogue was lethargic, the content and the experience was enjoyable enough to make the tour worthwhile. The guide demonstrated rock drilling after a brief introductory film and lecture. Then she drove us in a bus up the mountain where and let us off for a self-guided portion of the tour. There is a small mine near the drop off point. Personally, I found the mill to be the most interesting. Since the mill has not been in operation for quite a while, a few portions of the machinery were missing. However the descriptive flyers we were given gave perspective on the few items that were not in place, and described their function in the process of separating the gold from the ore. The tour ticket includes gold panning at the end, adding a little more value to the visit (especially for those with kids who'd like to have some gold). The gentlemen at the admissions and gift shop desk was a resource of information as well. When I had questions about the place or mining in general, he sounded happy to answer them. Because of his enthusiasm and knowledge, as well as the aspects of the tour itself, I found this place to be a worthwhile visit in spite of the unprofessional delivery of the tour guide.
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