After the gift shop the kids and Lisa toured the gardens on the grounds.
Then Lisa wanted the kids to 'pan for gold' outside the cave. I'd seen the - what would be the word? - panning area/sluice on the way in
but I thought it was a stupid waste of time. $5 or $10 for a bag of sand? So they could find one ten cent arrowhead or a rock or two? Fugetabouit.
But Lisa said 'go' and I said 'yes'um' and I'm glad I did.
Those bags turned up a wealth of objects for the kids to find.
I'm not kidding, the discoveries kept coming and coming. Arrowheads, brightly colored stones, bits of fool's gold, you name it. I was a little peeved, to tell the truth. Inside the gift shop I'd spent $5 each for a rock, while here in the panning area they got a handful of stones for roughtly the same price. Woulda/shoulda/coulda listened to Lisa in the first place, but why establish a precedent?
Heck, it was so successful and such a good time that I sprung for an extra round of bags to continue the fun.
On the way home we stopped at the Johnson Creek Outlet Mall, where a half hour venture into the Children's Place store was less than enjoyable. Even so YaYa walked out with a kickin' hat.
Just a great day all around :)