Welp, I married a huge nerd who also has nerdy friends that I happen to love. So, when they want to drive way out into the middle of nowhere out Mount Baker Highway to go gold panning, it's hard to say no. That's not to say I had anything to do with the actual panning process (yay for big blankets and books on the beach), but it was definitely fun to watch them play around. And, no. They did not find any gold (yet.)
Welcome to my little slice of heaven on Earth :). This is a point very close to a cabin my family owns just outside Sandpoint, Idaho. We hike here every time we come to the cabin and look out onto the most beautiful lake I have ever seen: Lake Pend Oreille.