If you are ever fortunate to be exploring California’s Gold Country, consider visiting the Northstar Mine Powerhouse Museum in Grass Valley (CA). The museum has hundreds of exhibits, including a stamp mill and the largest Pelton Wheel ever constructed.

The self-guided tour will have you thinking how difficult it must have been to work with the huge and often dangerous equipment during the mining process. A hazardous profession dedicated to finding a little lump of glittery color.

After an hour or so in the museum, we crossed the bridge to the little picnic area. It was a pleasant day to just sit there and soak up the golden sun.

Parking is limited, so leave the RV in a campground and take the tow. The museum is only open in the summer and has short hours. Be sure to visit their website before planning your visit.