If you have access to a stream or river and a metal pie plate then you have all you need for an afternoon of fun gold panning. Brush up on your gold rush folklore, find a river with a gravel bank and start searching for sparkly stuff. You might not find anything but you’ll have a great time trying! If the pie plate isn’t cutting it, you can buy a simple gold panning kit for only $20 from a variety of online sources. Be warned – gold panning can be an addictive hobby.