Gem Hunting and Carrying the Explorer’s Flag

Gary Bowersox, the "American Gem Hunter in Afghanistan," has returned from another gem-hunting expedition to Central Asia. For more than 30 years, Bowersox has been venturing into the ruby, emerald, and lapis mines of Afghanistan. This time, Bowersox's Central Asian expedition was recognized as an "Official Flag Trip" by Harry Brooks, chair of the flag and honors division for the Explorer's Club. "Your expedition sounds extraordinary. Godspeed," Brooks told Bowersox. With flag in hand, the expedition landed in Peshawar, Pakistan, and once established, drove through the Khyber Pass. Skirting the ongoing fighting near Kabul, the expedition took off to the emerald mines of the Panjshir Valley. But from there, the trip did not continue as planned. With the Northern Alliance supply route out of the picture, this year found the roads in the Anjuman Pass destroyed. Bowersox ended up bypassing

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