For years one of my boys has been asking to go mine Herkimer diamonds - learned about them in school and has always had an interest in gemstones and the like. Other commitments and priorities have gotten in the way in the past so I'd like to do it before he gets too old (he's 13 now). I thought it would be a nice idea to head up to Herkimer, spend the day doing the mine thing and maybe stay overnight. I know many folks on NYF are from that area so I'm asking for recommendations:
- when is best time of year to go (the "prospecting area opens on April 15th)
- places to stay
- places to get a good meal
- is it worth going in the first place?
Looking to spend some nice family time. Any input appreciated.