Anyone else enjoy this one? I love rockhounding and fossil hunting, so I like to watch it. It IS a bit deceptive-- they tend to overestimate values on some stuff I've seen, and according to some members on a rockhounding board I'm on they use some slight-of-hand and rigging, as well as making sure she has access to the "best" to ensure the hostess finds good stuff. But still, for any interested in this sort of thing, it is fun to watch and a good place to get some ideas to start.
A couple of the places they've featured that I've been to myself-
The U-Dig Fossil Quarry- Despite what they claim, it is not IN Delta, Utah... Delta is the closest town, but it is about an hour drive from there, half of it on unpaved roads. However, it is definitely worth the trip and is for real-- mostly you will find the common trilobite species, but you can find a lot of them.
Sheffield Mine- I absolutely love this area of N.C. and have been to a number of the Franklin area mines (some of which aren't open anymore-- it isn't as popular as it used to be). I've found some cool stuff at Sheffield, but not too much and it isn't my favorite of the mines, but it is a safe pick. According to a gem cutter near there, what you are finding there are all pink sapphires, not rubies as they claim; though, it is a bit of a judgement call as it is the same mineral... red corundum crystals are rubies, all other colors sapphires. Anyways, if you ever see this episode and decide to head to the area, post or PM me, as I can give you a lot more info that could come in handy. Most of the mines, even though some lie about it, are "salted" with tailings from overseas mines; there are only a couple of totally native ones remaining, though the salted places are a better bet if you have kids with you. Will be headed up there to look at some job opportunities next week, and hope to get a little mining in.
Anyways, what I'd most like to try next are the opal mines in northern Nevada. Doubt I'll be able to anytime soon though, lol.