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.

1 comment:

Marcia Ensley said...

My kids would love the panning for gold! Once they learned the tooth fairy leaves money under their pillow, they had me concerned they were going to start yanking out permanent teeth! I've been searching for good road trips to share. We also produced a fun video on getting your car road ready for family vacations. You can check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDzTfYyn9ms&feature=youtu.be. I also wrote a blog about the 8 Essential Items to Pack for a vacation. I'd love to share it: http://destinationsafety.com/8-essential-items-to-pack-for-vacation/