June 2, 2013
California Gold Country
Living in the Bay Area, it's common to head out of town taking I-80 toward Lake Tahoe, or 120 toward Yosemite. It's not often we think about meandering in between, in the heart of California Gold Country. My daughter's 4th grade field trip did just that. For three days, a caravan of 20 cars, 90 kids, and 40 chaperones toured Gold Rush territory. We stopped at California Caverns for cave tours and gem mining. We bunked at Jenness Park with storytelling and wide open meadows for free play. Then we went back in time, with costumes, to tour the town of Columbia and hear from merchants at the Diggins (tent town re-enactment of 1852). On the last day, we saw steam trains and a round house in Jamestown, and topped it off by panning for gold.