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From the New York Times...

Got Crystals? Gem Mining Could Be Your Full-Time Job Some modern-day prospectors make thousands of dollars selling precious stones they dug up themselves. By Alexandra Marvar At Herkimer Diamond Mines in central New York, home to an especially clear and unusually hard type of quartz crystal known as the Herkimer diamond, a $14 admission price includes a day of prospecting and the rental of a rock hammer. (Children under 4 mine for free.) In a typical year, one-fifth of the mine’s customers are international tourists, so when the coronavirus halted travel and delayed the start of this year’s April-to-November digging...

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From Forbes Magazine...

Camping In New York? Here Are 3 Great Spots Judy Koutsky, Contributor Camping fulfills a desire to be outdoors, plus it's a great way for families to connect. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many travelers had to pivot when it came to their summer vacation plans. According to a recent study, among all leisure travelers surveyed, 46 percent rank camping as the safest type of trip to take. In addition to being a safe way to travel, camping fulfills a desire to be outdoors, which 43 percent of leisure travelers say is now more important as a result of the pandemic. RV trips have...

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