Last night on The Learning Channel I saw a show about hidden treasures.
They had this guy who lives in like Kentucky, and every month for the past few years he’s had a 3 1/2 gallon bag of gravel shipped to him from the Spokane Bar sapphire mine in Montana. He dumps it out on a table in his backyard, sifts through it with a magnifying glass and tweezers, and pulls out the sapphires. Then he gets them assayed and throws them in a safe deposit box. Supposedly he has built up quite a nest egg for himself doing this!
Anyway, the show made me want to find out how I could get in on some of that remote-mining action, and I found the site where you can order those bags of gravel! It’s $40 for a 1 gallon, and $95 for a 3.5 gallon bag. I’m tempted to go for the 1 gallon, but $40 for a bag of rocks is a tough sell up front.