Have you ever wanted to strike gold, discover ancient fossils or precious gemstones and collect a big cash prize? That's the name of the game on the Travel Channel's Cash and Treasures. Holly and Rodney talk with Kirsten Gum, the host of the show, about how everyday people can find valuable items in public places with a little elbow grease and a big sense of adventure.
Cash and Treasures highlights locales in the United Sates and in destinations as far away as Brazil and Australia where Kirsten and her crew can get their hands dirty and uncover amazing finds. "I go hunting for war relics, I've been scuba diving for lobsters, I've been scuba diving for agates, which are mineral deposits left over from glacial rocks," she says.
All of the locations Kirsten visits are open to the public, which she says makes the show fun because that means anyone can become a treasure hunter. "In 28 shows, I've found something every single time," she says. "Now, it may not be worth much every time—sometimes maybe $15. [But], my biggest find so far has been a piece of tourmaline—it's a colored gemstone, and it is absolutely gorgeous—I found a piece that retails for $12,000."
One of Kirsten's favorite discoveries was from a dinosaur dig near the South Dakota and Wyoming border. "I ended up finding a dinosaur bone … it was basically a toenail off of a Camarasaurus," she says. Sunken ships are the next destination for Kirsten, but she says she isn't stopping there—Iceland and Greenland are on her list too, as well as anywhere else where treasure may lie in the great outdoors. "I love to be outdoors, that is why I love the job I have. Anything I can do outdoors, I'm in for it," she says.