Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas Wreaths - A Quick History

There's nothing like a fresh evergreen Christmas wreath hanging on the door to give guests a warm welcome into your home during the holidays!  Who wouldn't love to display the beautiful colors of the holiday season on their door during this festive time?  Have you ever wondered where and how the Christmas wreath got it's beginnings?
The tradition of the Christmas wreath has been around for a long time.  They were initially created from fresh evergreens and since evergreens are green year round, they were the obvious choice to be used during the winter months. The word "wreath" comes from an English word meaning "to twist", like in a circle. Some believe that wreaths were hung on doors as early as ancient Roman times to represent victory.

In early Christianity, the Christmas wreath was hung to symbolize Christ.  The circular shape, with no beginning and no end, represented eternity or life never ending. Typically wreaths were decorated with four candles - 3 on the exterior and 1 in the middle.  The middle candle was lit on Christmas Eve to symbolize the birth of Jesus. In the early 19th century a tradition began to lay evergreen branches shaped into wreaths onto graves to honor the dead.  The familys' would then bring them home to use as part of their Christmas decorations during the holiday period

When it comes to deciding between a fresh evergreen wreath and an artificial one, more people than ever are "going green" and choosing the fresh natural biodegradable evergreen wreaths. Since artificial wreaths are made of plastic and petroleum based products that are not "renewable" resources, they are not biodegradable.. Evergreen wreaths can be "recycled" into useful products, like potpourri wreaths, table centerpieces, or even ground up and turned into mulch for plants!

Christmas wreaths are also a great gift idea for those you care about!  You can purchase them ready made at many stores, or be a "do it yourselfer" and create your own wreath using fresh evergreen branches, battery operated Christmas lights, festive Christmas decorations and Christmas craft products from your local craft store.  Of course, if you're going to make your own creation, you can let your imagination run wild and use a variety of non-traditional items to create just the look your're trying to achieve!

Whatever the reason for the wreath, it's a tradition that goes back many years and has sustained itself as a popular idea today!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Log Cabin- Simplicity is Beautiful

When I think of the log cabin, I think of early America. I think of America being discovered and hopeful settlers building these simple homes on their claimed land- starting farms, ranches and families if they didn’t already have one.
I think of the heart and character of early Americans- every one of them an immigrant. They came to this country with big dreams in their heads of freedom and unlimited possibilities. Only thing that would hold them back is their selves, but if they worked hard enough, they could have anything. This is something not possible where they came from.
They were chasing the American dream and the log cabin provided shelter. It provided a place to stay warm, rest, eat, and make memories and a home in. There are countless stories of hardship and things that had to be overcome in order to have this.
These simple homes were easy to build. All they had to do was to cut down some timber and lay one log on top of the other. They filled the cracks and spaces in with mortar or mud. They typically had only a single room, some became more complex with additional rooms and even 2nd stories. These cabins were rustic, yet cozy. They did the job and became home to so many people.
Think about it, most people spent their first Christmas as a free person in the comfort of a log cabin, had their first child, got married and spent that marriage in this simple home they built with their bare hands. It’s amazing how much things have changed.
Now days, it’s practically unheard of for someone to own or even live in a cabin. They are more of something neat and different that you can book a short vacation in. And people do so in hopes to reconnect with traditional family values and to bring them down to earth again, to help connect them to nature and the roots of this nation.

The log cabin is an American Icon, definitely. It represents a new but rough start. The cabin represents firsts of lots of things, beginnings- new beginnings. The cabin represents what hard work can get you- freedom and something to call your own. The log cabin is simple, but sometimes that’s the best way- simplicity. Simplicity is beautiful.

Friday, September 25, 2015


Right now we are celebrating Fall-O-Ween at Gold Rush. You might ask yourself what exactly does that mean. Well right now at Gold Rush all our decorations for fall are up, as well as our Halloween decorations. We have many new Halloween items, as well as our Boo-Buckets. 

Our Boo-Buckets start out at $25 and go
up to $55. Each Boo-Bucket has gems and minerals as well as some Halloween items. With each bucket you get something special to put your goodies in. 

We have amazing gemstone bats that are $11.99, but if you buy any two Boo-Buckets the necklace is free. 

We also have Magic Cauldrons and Mini Jack Pumpkins that you get to fill with your choice of 10 stones as well as a bag of candy. So if you love Halloween as much as we do, or you just want to come pan for gems and minerals Gold Rush is the place for you. 

Panning for gems and minerals is fun for all ages. Let your inner child out. Right now the weather is beautiful so when you are done mining for your gems and minerals there are some other great things going on in town.

We have the famous Oktoberfest going on every weekend until Oct 31st. The Cave has great live music with world famous acts, and Big Bear has some amazing restaurants. Big Bear is a great place for the whole family. And if you didn’t know Gold Rush also rents cabins. We have many cabins to choose from with locations all over Big Bear. 

From now until Nov 19th we have some great specials on our cabins. You can choose from 15% off the base rate or buy 2 nights get the 3rd night free. Just click on this link and visit our website.  If you rent a cabin with us you will also save 10% off any mining adventure. What are you waiting for?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Oh how wonderful it is to be a miner

You wake up before the sun comes up; throw on your favorite pair of jeans, that jacket that fits you just perfect and your trusted work boots, while still rubbing the sleep from your eyes. Its pitch black out and there’s a chill in the atmosphere that hits you as you step outside of your cabin onto the porch and breathe in that fresh mountain air. As the air reaches your lungs and you begin to breathe out, you are instantly awakened. You climb into your trusty old pickup truck and drive several of miles down a dusty old road to your spot. You grab your gear out of the bed, with only the dim rays of the fading cab light to help you see. You grab your helmet with the lamp to light your way, your pick axe to help you chip away at the rock, and head towards the mine. You’re full of excitement and expectation for what you hope to find today. You’ve got that good old fashioned gold fever that so many before you have had. Daydreaming of striking it rich and yelling “EUREKA”!
Mining is a very tough job; some say it’s the most dangerous job around; digging holes in the earth, looking for coal, ore, gold, minerals and other valuable treasures; being deep inside of a mountain with no air vents, light, or even the company of another human being, with only a 3 inch light on your helmet to light a small fraction of your immediate surroundings for hours. It’s quiet, eerie quite. You willingly put your life on the line for a chance to hit the glory hole.

Being a prospector seems to be a dying profession, a dying breed, really. It’s hard, back-breaking work that’s labor intensive, dirty and exhausting. The dust gets in your lungs. The dirt ends up in places where the sun don’t shine. Yet this work is also therapeutic, grounding and extremely rewarding all at the same time. It’s rewarding not just in the pay, but that feeling of putting in a good, honest, hard day’s work. You get up early and come home late.  It’s quite unlike the hustle and bustle of the city and that all too typical desk job in which you sit under fluorescent lights, straining your eyes at a computer screen, with your shoulders in a permanent shrug of tension all day long. You don’t get one breath of fresh air all day. What kind of life is that anyhow? But that would never have suited you. You’re right where you need to be. You’re doing exactly what you were made to do. It drives you. That sense of adventure. Oh how wonderful it is to be a miner.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fire on the Mountain!

One of the things us "mountain dwellers" have to deal with here in paradise is the threat of wild fires.  They can come at us from many directions, as well as causes, here in the woods.  Sometimes it's a careless human being, like an un attended campfire or a spark from a chain saw or dirt bike.  Sometimes it's Mother Nature, herself, that's the cause - from a lightning strike during a thunderstorm, for instance.

No matter what the cause, it's a pretty scary scenario, for sure!  We here in Big Bear live with it every day of every year from Spring through the first snow fall.  We are very fortunate that we have the fire fighting resources that we do have, responding at a moment's notice from the first wisp of smoke seen either up close or in the distance.

There are watch tower's like Butler's Peak on the far west end of our valley that looks out over Big Bear Valley - as well as towards the Lake Arrowhead and Crestline areas.  This lookout is manned by volunteers that scan the horizon looking for smoke or other signs of fire throughout the fire season.  There are also concerned citizens of the the valley that will report even smoke they see from someone's barbeque or fireplace that looks out of place.  The various fire departments in our valley will always check out every report, even if it only turns out to be chimney smoke or barbeque smoke.  It's always better to be safe than sorry!

The United States Forestry Service (USFS) has their own fire personnel and equipment, as well as the state of California (Cal Fire).  Often times all agencies will work in conjunction to put out a fire, with other fire departments throughout the state sending their own engines and volunteers to help with the fight.  Not to forget to mention the water dropping helicopters and fixed wing air craft that help - including the DC-10 VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker).

We all truly appreciate the efforts given by all when it comes to putting out fires in our neck of the woods.  This is only a very small bit of information regarding these heros' and the work that they do, giving unselfishly of their time and safety to come and keep our mountains safe.  Without their help, our paradise would probably not be so much of one.  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Greedy aliens

Did you know that gold came from meteorites that pummeled the earth about 4 billion years ago? Crazy right? Yeah, I agree. To think that a lot of our precious metals came from, literally, out of this world, is baffling.
This is a fairly new theory that stands on the fact that many precious metals are attracted to iron, which is what the core of the earth is made of. So, they believe that if the metals were already here when the earth was forming, it only makes sense that they would have ended up (been sucked into the core of our earth like a magnet attracting metal) in the center of the earth, not have been left on the surface of it. Iron attracts metals like tungsten, iridium, platinum, nickel and of course, gold.
Think about it, that ring, necklace, earring or bracelet you are wearing, essentially came from outer space billions of years ago.
The craters on our moon suggest that it too,

took a beating at the same time our earth did. But then wouldn’t there be gold on the moon as well? I guess science is still developing and we are constantly learning. Only time and further information and proof will tell. That would be pretty cool though, right? Hey, let’s go mining on the moon!
Researchers have calculated (if this theory is correct) that about a half of a percent of our earth’s mantle was added from meteorites. Therefore, only a percentage of that half a percent would have precious metals in it, right? That doesn’t seem like very much but it’s a big world…… or is it a small world? I guess it depends on how you look at it.

So maybe our most precious resources are from here, maybe they are not. But if they are from outer space, then that leaves us with the question, where do the meteorites come from? And here’s another curve ball for you: some people believe aliens are not only real, but come here in search of our resources like gold. That wouldn’t make sense if they have an abundance of it out there, right? Unless aliens are greedy….. which means we’re not so different after all.
Something to think about! Who knows?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Thoughts of Big Bear

              Big Bear Lake, ever heard of it? Perhaps you have, but if you haven't let me tell you a bit about this town. Located a mile higher than sea level in a quiet mountain forest like setting, it is the perfect place to plan any vacation. Summer getaway? Bring your boats, fishing poles, camping gear, and the whole family! Winter getaway? Bring your skis, snow boards, sleds, snowman making mittens, and snow chains! Here in Big Bear you get the best of all 4 seasons. Springs awakening of nature, summer on the lake, falls changing of colors, and of course winter Wonderland! With friendly locals, family owned businesses, and endless activities! Your trip awaits you.  
        I know it sounds to good to be true but if you don't believe me, come see for yourself! We take pride in keeping our town gorgeous and ensuring everyone that comes our way has a good time. We take care of everyone as if they are family. Our roots run deep but our hospitality runs deeper. Now before we get too ahead of ourselves, if you do want to visit, where will you stay?  I have something to help make your trip that much easier to plan.
        Here at Gold Rush we have a wide variety of second homes scattered throughout the valley to choose from. Including cabins within walking distance to the lake and slopes, the ability to accommodate parties up to 16 in a single cabin or up to 42 guests with our "Chipmunk Lane Line Up" which is 3 houses side by side. Or perhaps you're after a quiet weekend away with someone special, tucked away in the mountains, setting the ideal romantic escape. We can help with that as well with multiple choices of small cozy cabins accommodating only 2 guests.
       Rather you're planning a family reunion, romantic getaway, getting away with the family, or a fun time with friends we can help you find a cabin to fit your standards with a reasonable price to match. Our team strives to ensure each cabin is treated as their own, our guests are pleased and comfortable, and most importantly to help in any way we can. And we even have activities for the whole family, which you are entitled to 10% off as one of our guests.
       With our mining adventures we have a variety of different options. From raw product, polished items, under the sea treasures, dinosaur fossils, geodes, and so much more. Even if we are too late to help you find the perfect cabin, you can still come by and check out our adventures. We are open 7 days a week, 9am to 7pm fluctuating through the seasons.
       For any information, questions, or concerns about anything we offer here at Gold Rush feel free to give us a call at 1(800) 363-8303, check out our website at, or stop by at 40016 Big Bear Blvd. We look forward to creating a memorable experience for you!

                                         Danyel @ GR

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Diving Deep!

The ocean, we use it for traveling, vacations, fishing, water source, and so much more. It can be a calm peaceful escape on the beach, or it could be a life threatening journey across the roller coaster like waves. But whatever the experience or image you have of the ocean you may have, have you ever asked yourself, what’s in there?
Did you know that the ocean is approximately 36,200 feet deep and as of 2013 takes up 71 percent of Earth? The Ocean also houses 99 percent of the biosphere and contains some of Earth’s grandest geological features. But rather than getting into the depths and shapes of the seafloor, I have a few things that might catch your attention.
When I say 60 foot long, whale eating, mysteriously disappearing sea monster what comes to mind? If you haven’t been keeping up with shark week or come to visit us at Gold Rush your best guess would probably be Jaws, right? But the answer is actually a Megalodon, which was a prehistoric shark that lived approximately 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago. Imagine Jaws 30 times bigger, that’s the Megalodon. But no need to be afraid, they supposedly went extinct a long time ago.
Now picture a 46-50 feet long, 5.5 ton weighing, T-Rex crossed with a modern day lizard... Got it? That my friends, is a Masasuar. Able to travel anywhere in the ocean, eat anything, and for all we know, swim deeper than any human ever could be able to. They were said to go extinct toward the end of the Cretaceous period, which was 65.5 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Although the Mosasaur had dinosaur like features it was actually a reptile. If you’re having a hard time picturing this creature, it is actually the giant “Shamu” attraction in the new Jurassic World movie. Now keep in mind, it is a Blockbuster movie so of course they tend to over exaggerate things a bit. So, although the Mosasaur is perceived to be an aquatic Godzilla in the movie, that isn’t entirely accurate but it will give you an idea of what the creature was like.
The ocean doesn’t only hold these giant beasts but also houses about 20,000 species of fish and up to 1.98 million species of animals and plants as well. Every year the census is adding about 150 to 200 species of fish and 1,700 species of animals and plants, so the numbers are and will continue to go up year by year. And with that being sai two thirds of marine species still remain unknown. Talk about a mysterious place!
The ocean is a very strange, mysterious place, much like outer space. We can only travel so far into the depths before it becomes too cold, too dark, and uncharted mysteries. This leaves the window open for endless possibilities of what may be beyond our discovery. For all we know, perhaps the Megalodon or the Mosasuar didn’t go extinct, they simply adapted to the deepest depths of the ocean. But don’t take my word for it, I’m not a scientist. I just have a creative imagination.
All this talk about the unknown probably gets you curious, right? Well you don’t have to search for answers any longer! Here at Gold Rush we can help you dive into some ocean facts, and make it fun as well! We have various sea adventures you may purchase and discover starting at only 20 dollars. We make leaning about the deep blue a easy, family friendly, fun experience for all ages. From sea shells to Mosasuar teeth, we have it all! So come on down any day of the week so we can learn together and have a blast doing it! Give us a call at 1(800)363-8303 or check out our website at We look forward to sharing this experience with you.
                       Danyel @ Gold Rush      

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ocean Veiw

The beach! One of most peoples favorite places to go. We love to smell the sea breeze, watch the sunset over the water, and getting our toes covered in sand. Creating memories of a lifetime, of course we all want a little something to take home with us, right? Souvenirs can be hard to come by, especially along the waters edge. But, the ocean adds a way of understanding this and usually conveniently pushes treasures to us with no effort at all. Yes, I’m talking about sea shells! We all have at least once gone to the beach, finding, and taking some shells as a memento of our trip. But do we really understand what sea shells really are?
Sea shells are actually an exoskeleton. Which means creatures of the sea such as snails, oysters, muscles, and so many more are actually born with them, cause them to grow, use them as protection from dangers of the deep, and also a hiding place. To give you a more common creature to compare this to, think of a turtle and its shell. Turtles are born with their shells; it grows as they do, offer a safe place and protection, and remains with them through out their life. Now if you’re anything like me, you already had an idea that some of these shells once had something in them but not all of them, right? Well that’s actually false.
A broad name for these shell baring creatures is a mollusk. What is considered a mollusk? Well, it’s extremely difficult to try to name them all because there are different classes and over 130,000 species to be included. This makes them the second largest group of animals in the world, outnumbered by only insects. With that being said, every one of the thousands of thousands of shells that wash up on the shore did indeed at one point have a mollusk of some sort inhabiting it. No other animal group in the world can compare to the form, texture, and patterns of these creatures either. Their kaleidoscope like colors and endless variety of size, shape, and uniqueness continues to amaze anyone to cross their path. This also explains why there will never be two shells the same.
            Shells can be used for many things in many different cultures, such as tools, jewelry, decoration, utensils, currency, and much more. Not only are they fascinating to look at but scientists have also discovered that sea shells can be used in medicine, buildings, and even roadways! Who would have thought that mollusks exoskeleton would be so helpful to all of those outside of the ocean?
Now that you have discovered all of this I’m sure you want to plan a trip to the beach to see for yourself, right? Well let’s stop and think for a minute… At the beach you can get sun burnt, sand gets everywhere, and who knows if there will be more than a few shells wherever you go? I know, doesn’t sound as appealing as you wanted to hear, but I have good news for you! Here at Gold Rush we have made things easy, fun, and affordable! We have various Sea Tanks to purchase and pan through on sight, and we guarantee that you will find exotic shells, shark teeth, and so much more! We even have what we call a pearl dig kit that allows you to crack open an oyster YOURSELF and reveal the gorgeous pearl inside.
For more information, questions, or concerns please contact us at 1(800) 363-8303 or visit our website at We look forward to diving into a good time with you and your family!

                                                                  Danyel @ Gold Rush

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Questions and answers

Picture a volcano. Heating, shaking, and beginning to bubble over. As the volcano irrupts the lava starts pouring out of every which way possible. The lava then begins to flow down the massive mountain, covering everything in its path. Although most people see this as a tragic experience, there is also something amazing and beautiful happening that most people have no idea about. What is happening, you may have seen on TV or perhaps a movie you’ve seen that as the lava works its way down the hill it crackles and pops, right? Well, those are actually gas bubbles, releasing the fumes created from the lava, the earth beneath it, and the volcano itself. But every so often those gas bubbles don’t pop. The gasses stay in the bubble and eventually they harden over many, many years. Imagine a time laps video if you will, going through hundreds of thousands of years of these gas bubbles getting harder, more rock like, and forming as years go by. During this many year process different minerals, weather patterns, and much more affective inhabitants seep through the surface of these gas bubbles. And as this is happening eventually they aren’t bubbles at all anymore. This transformation takes them from a fragile bubble and molds them into what we call a geode.
A geode can be hollow or a solid crystallized rock depending on how it grew over those years. Inside these interesting pockets over time they have create a crystal like interior. As the geodes become more visible to the trained eye after many years of waiting, they begin to collect them from all over the world. Most people wouldn’t know a geode from a rock on the side of the road because of how similar they look, so it lengthens the process that much more for the geode excavators to locate them at various places around the world. Having people finding said geodes all around the world obviously implies that there are many different types of geodes.
For example, here at Gold Rush we focus mainly on Moroccan geodes from South Africa which tend to be lighter and clear crystals inside, Candy Apple geodes from Mexico which live up to their name due to the faint red coloring around the rim with a spotted pinkish crystal inside, and Las Choyas(The Coconut) geodes also from Mexico but, I cannot give you an example of what you will find within these for none have ever been the same inside. So far here at Gold Rush we have has a dark smoky crystal but also a pure white crystal inside, so they truly are a mystery.
Now you may be wondering “How big are these gas bubble rocks?” Well, geodes can range anywhere from the size of your thumbnail up to about 4 feet high, and it all depends on where they came from, But considering most of the larger geodes can weigh up to 1,000 pounds so, here at Gold Rush we have limited our options down to sizes that range from being able to fit in a toddlers hand up to a grown mans hand for convenience and we see it as a very reasonable size. I know your next question, “How do you open these geodes?” and I have the answer. Also for the convenience of our guests, we have a two ton bottle pump surrounded by Plexiglas in which we can crack open your geodes. But wait, it gets better. We only set the geode in place, close the door, and whom ever your party chooses actually gets to take over and crack it open themselves! And with our prices starting at only 3 dollars it’s very affordable to check them out.
Now I know you have so many more questions, comments, and concerns for me but I don’t want to be selfish and answer them all myself, so you can give us a call at 1(800) 363-8303, visit our website at, or just come on in! We are open 7 days a week, 9-5 fluctuating throughout the holidays and off seasons. We look forward to get crackin’ with you!

                                                Danyel at Gold Rush

Monday, July 6, 2015

Like to be above the trees?

Do you like to be above the trees?  Well, if you do, then you are going to love this one!    We call this cabin "The Tree House" - very appropriately named, as it does sit in and amongst and above the trees!

The Treehouse - 1 

Inside, the cabin has been tastefully remodeled with an awesome kitchen, living room with a fireplace and extra large flat screen TV and half bath on the upper floor and 2 bedrooms - each with their own bathroom on the lower floor.  The master bedroom even has a wood burning fireplace! 

Out on the deck on the upper level, you will find the barbeque, hot tub and AWESOME views of the trees and beyond, all the way out to the desert!  The cabin is located in a quiet neighborhood so if you're looking for some peace and quiet and seclusion, this is the place! 

Visit our website to see more information on this cabin

Also visit the special's page to see any pricing specials that we might have in place!

Questions?  Call our office at 800-363-8303 and one of our friendly reservation specialists will be more than happy to assist you!

"Gold Rush?"

What do you think of when you hear “Gold Rush”? Perhaps you think of the show on the Discovery channel, or maybe men working hard panning and eventually making history. Whatever it may be that comes to mind, our goal here at Gold Rush Resort Rentals and Mining Adventures is to give you a pleasant experience that will leave you with a memorable experience, changing what you think of when hearing “Gold Rush”.
         If your family is looking for a cabin to rent for the holidays or just a weekend away, we can help! With our team standing by we can help you find a cabin to fit all of your necessities and desires. Our cabins are scattered throughout our beautiful town of Big Bear Lake, we even have cabins within walking distance of the lake, village, and slopes for the winter. And of course you can’t forget things to do while at the cabin. A large portion of our cabin selection has hot tubs, BBQ’s, pool tables, and so much more. Our goal is to make you feel like you hit the gold rush with our company, with fair prices, customer service, our 7 days a week office, and friendly staff it’s obvious that we aim to please.
            Now if we’re too late in helping you find a cabin for your stay but you and your family are looking for something to do that can be fun for all ages we can help with that too! Here at Gold Rush we offer different adventures such as mining for gemstones, fossils, minerals, and much more. We also have different sized geodes, pearl excavations, unique jewelry, homemade fudge, Big Bear survivors, toys, and more! Our mining adventures all take place on site at our shop along with the rest of the fun activities we offer. Our goal is to make the experience the same for all ages, fun and educational. So please stop by next time you’re in town.
            If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact us at 1(800) 363-8303 or check out our website at our team is awaiting the many friendly visitors that may come our way this year, so join on in and see what everyone is saying about Big Bear. After all everyone needs to take a vacation every once in a while and in our little mountain town every day is a day in paradise. So come on up, visit, and change the way you think of “Gold Rush”. You won’t regret it.

                                                          Danyel at Gold Rush

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Could you imagine walking along and stumbling on a rock? But when you picked it up it didn’t weigh very much. What kind of rock could this be? Why doesn’t it weigh very much? Well I am here to tell you all about Geodes that would be the rock you stumbled on. A geode is a gas bubble that formed in a volcano or in lava. Over hundreds of years mineral seep into the gas bubble and form crystals inside. There are many types of geodes and each one is unique. There will never be two identical geodes. Inside of each geode you will find many different variations. Depending on where you find your geode will determine what will be inside. Here at Gold Rush we have three different kinds of geodes to choose from. We have Las Choyas Geodes, Candy Apple Geodes and Moroccan Geodes.

Las Choyas geodes are also known as coconut geodes. These geodes can be hollow or even solid. Inside these geodes can be Smokey quartz, clear quartz, and if you are really lucky it can have amethyst inside. That doesn’t happen very often. These geodes might even have a secondary mineral or formation inside. You can find these geodes in Mexico.

Candy Apple Geodes have a unique red ring around the inside of the geode. That is how it got its name. These geodes can be found in Mexico.

Moroccan Geodes come in all sizes, but 99% of the time they are going to have clear crystals inside. These ones can be very light and those will be very hollow and have crystals formed to the inside of the rock. They can also be very heavy meaning the crystals have solidified inside. Both are very pretty. 

Here at Gold Rush we have all three geodes that I have mentioned above. Our geodes start at $3 and can go all the way up to $265 depending on the type you want to take home. We have a machine here at our shop that you can actually break open your geode here with us. So if you are looking for an adventure, stop on by and break open a geode.

Kick Off to Shark Week!

Our Shark Bait Nibbles and Chum as well as Museum Megalodon & Great White Shark Teeth Display

We've had an awesome kick off to our shark week today! It's been fun welcoming guests who are unsuspecting and see their faces as we help them explore our many creatively fun shark themed items.

As we swim thru the week, we are looking forward to continuing our pursuit and enlightenment of the shark species.

Don't forget to coast by when you have some time. Our sharks are dying to greet you. Come on over and meet all of our sharks, they're just hangin' round to catch a wave from you.

Don't forget to...."wave" goodbye on your way home.  And just a reminder, shark week on the Discovery Channel begins tonight at 8pm!

Catch you later........Your SHark Team Experts at Gold Rush

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Shark week!!!

Now that I have your attention, Shark week is just around the corner and there's no need to be galeophobic! Starting July 5th, 2015 here at Gold Rush we are celebrating Shark Week! We all like to sit down with the family to watch and learn about sharks on Animal Planet, but imagine getting the hands on experience to learn and discover the great beasts of the sea for yourself! Here at Gold Rush you have the opportunity to choose from various panning adventures starting at $20, along with souvenirs of all shapes and sizes! From actual sized Megalodon teeth, fossilized shark teeth,unique necklaces, bracelets, and many other treasures to take home as well as a educational experience. Have you ever heard of a Mosasaur? With us, you are able to dive into the history, facts, and treasures of the T Rex of the sea, and of course the famous prehistoric Megalodon, which was the largest shark known to man to ever exist. We can make learning about the creatures of the deep a fun and memorable experience for the whole family! In honor of this flipper filled week we have some unbeatable prices and events you won’t want to swim away from! Starting July 5th and ending July 17th our team at Gold Rush we will be giving out refreshments, pictures with our friend Shauna the shark, prizes given out to some lucky little bites,10% off of all shark related items, and so much more!                                                                                                                    
Be shore to coast by and sea what we mean! You can find more information about our Shark Week events at or give us a call at 1(800)363-8303. 

-Danyel at Gold Rush                


It's a Sharks Life at Gold Rush Mining Adventures - Come Celebrate with Us!

The Great White Shark Treasure Tank

With the holiday upon us we here at Gold Rush Resort Rentals & Mining Adventures are looking forward to welcoming our guests to an awesome time in Big Bear!

The cabins are being prepared perfectly for comfort in hopes that all who reside will be happy with the accommodations they have chosen.

In addition to the hospitality we are serving up we are also getting ready for lots of mining fun! We're here ready and waiting to help you discover some exceptional treasures.

The Megalodon Treasure Tank
Just a few days from now, Sunday, July 5th, we will be celebrating "Shark Week" concurrently with the Discovery Channel with an encore week to follow. Aside from our fun theme decor throughout our property, plenty of photo opts, we will also have interesting items and info about the shark to view as well as extend a 10% discount on anything shark related and we have PLENTY of shark themed items to choose from!

Enjoy our recipe of ocean potion sea water, shark bait snacks, and fun stuff while supplies last.
We will be serving up some refreshments and shark bait snacks at specific times.
If you are interested in coming on down for a bite.....swim on over and have some chum during these specific times.....
Wednesdays 9:00am – 11:30am.
Saturdays from 4:30pm – 6:00pm.
Sundays from 9:00am – 11:30am.

Don’t let this be the, “ ONE THAT GOT AWAY!” Sea (pun intended) you there!

Monday, June 22, 2015


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live when Dinosaurs lived on Earth?
Dinosaurs are amazing creatures. There are some many different kinds and not one is like the other. You have the T-Rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Brontosaurus, Pterodactyls and many other species. Your average T-Rex was 15 to 20 feet tall and 40 feet long. That means he is taller than the house you live in.
His skull is five feet long. That is the size of an 11 year old child. It has been said that they have sixty, 9 inch teeth. The largest T-Rex tooth found was 12 inches. That is why the T-Rex was at the top of the food chain. The T-Rex was a carnivore, meaning they ate meat. They would eat other dinosaurs that were smaller and slower than they were. They have said a T-Rex footprint was 1.5 feet long. That doesn’t seem very big but they actually walked on there toes so there footprint wasn’t that big. It has been said if they were to put there foot all the way down it would be 3.3 feet in length. So with feet that big they could run pretty fast, 45 miles an hour to be exact. Let’s look at another Dinosaur that isn’t quiet as big or aggressive. The Triceratops is about 10 feet tall and 27 feet long. It has been said that the Triceratops skull could be as long as 8 feet. The two horns on its head above there eyes could reach 3 feet in length.
The Triceratops was one Dinosaur that could actually fatally wound a T-Rex. They would use there horns to slam into the body of the T-Rex. So you didn’t have to be the biggest or most aggressive dinosaur to be able to protect yourself against a very strong predator, like the T-Rex. I think it would have been difficult to live amongst the dinosaurs. Unless you were one of them I don’t think humans would have had a big survival rate. Thanks to Paleontologist we can learn about Dinosaurs millions of years after there extinction. They have uncovered many dinosaurs that are now on exhibit for us to see. Here at Gold Rush Mining Adventures we have Paleo Adventures where you can excavate fossils that are millions of years old. That means these fossils could have been around when the Dinosaurs were. You can be a Paleontologist for the day and excavate million year old fossils and take them home with you.
Paleo Adventures start at $35. So come on down today and excavate some fossils!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

What is a Pearl?

What is a Pearl? Is it a piece of sand or an amazing gem?

It doesn’t take a special shelled mollusk to make a pearl but it does it you want a pearl that is worth lots of money. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. How is a pearl made you ask, well I am here to tell you.
Well picture a shelled mollusk sitting at the bottom of the ocean minding its own business when the current picks it up and tousles it around a bit and drops it back down into the sand below. When the mollusk hits the sand a little piece finds its way inside. The mollusk forms a “pearl sac” around the irritation. This is there defense against the object that has entered there shell. The object that has entered the mollusk becomes the pearl. These pearls are common and aren’t worth anything.

Have you heard of the Mother of Pearl? No it’s not the Mother of all pearls, but it is an amazing pearl that is worth a lot of money because of how beautiful it is. Why is the Mother of Pearl different from the rest you might wonder, well it actually starts just like regular pearls but this piece of sand took up shelter in an amazing mollusk. The inner shell of this mollusk actually produces a material called Nacre. This gives the pearl the beautiful iridescent color. This is what sets this pearl apart from the others.

If you have never seen a mollusk with a pearl inside you are in luck. Here at Gold Rush Resort Rentals we have pearl gift sets. It comes with a whole oyster and a necklace. You will be able to open the oyster yourself and find the pearl inside. Once the pearl is cleaned you can put the pearl into the necklace and show it off. This gift set is an amazing gift for a loved one or yourself. With our pearl gift sets there are five different colored pearls that can be inside. Inside can be White (Wisdom), Cream (Success), Peach (Health), Purple (Wealth) and Black (love). So if you are in the area come by and get yourself a pearl.