Endless exploration can become a chore given enough time. Perhaps you should invest in and old mine and start a business?
The Windstad Mine mod enables you to buy the aforementioned mine and a large chunk of land surrounding it. The fun begins near Honningbrew Meadery, where you'll find a destroyed cart and a note, informing you of a group of bandits inhaviting the said mine. The men need to leave, obviously, and you'll have to acquire a permission to start a new business. The author of the mod has included a short quest that will lead you through the entire process.
Every construction can be dealt with in the mine's workshop. First, you'll have to clear the area and build the initial mining shaft, basic scaffolding, catwalks, and the storage. Then, you should expand the outside facilities, adding, for example a ballroom, an office, a smithy, huts, barracks for the miners, or stables. The building will be bare and empty, so don't forget to but some furniture.
The aforementioned office is as important as the workshop. That's where you hire new miners, guards, and other workers. Security and fortifications are essential, as there are many bandits who'd gladly come in possesion of a private mine. To help us in management, the mod provides a register, in which you can decide whether to automatically sell the excavated ore, or store it for your own needs.
The mod can be installed through Nexus Mod Manager.