Thursday, April 29, 2010

CA History Adventures, Part 1

Our 4th grade history trip was a fun, memorable experience!
I love exploring "hands-on," in the field!
Our first stop was to see the state redwood trees.
We called for conditions, and discovered it had snowed 8 inches that morning!
In mid April??!!
While we didn't get to walk the trail, it was a great surprise...
a beautiful wonderland.

Arnold, CA
Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Josh had never actually been in "real" snow before!

It was fun to see him take it all in!

Columbia, CA
Columbia State Historic Park

The next morning we drove up to an 1800's town called Columbia.
It wish I could have taken outdoor shots, but it was pouring rain!

We spent the morning learning what is was like to attend school
back in the 1800's in a mining town!

We also visited a museum and the kids got to dip their own candles.

The kids were learning brick patterns.
Columbia buildings were once wood, but there were horrible fires
that resulted in rebuilding, using brick and other more fire resilient materials.

Murphys, CA

Mercer Caverns

Next, we explored Mercer Caverns, beautiful cave formations
which extend 16 stories below the surface of the land.
Walter J. Mercer bought this land for $1 after discovering the cave,
and made his "fortune" buy charging pinches of gold dust for tours.

This formation was named "The Twins" because it looks like crouching children.
This is the only place in the cave we were allowed to touch,
because the oils in your hands hinder the calcium formations.

When you are underground for an hour, you go cave crazy!

Our tour guide, Megan (behind Josh),
broke open geodes for us.

Angels Camp, CA

We stayed at this resort in Angels Camp, which is known for Mark Twain's
"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."
We read the story one night and did the voices and everything!!
Don't fill a frog full of quail shot!

The creek bed behind our room.

Stay tuned for Part 2: The Gold Miner Camp


Jen said...

Looks like you all had a lot of fun! I heard about your night in the tent- brrrrrrr!

A.M.H. said...

Great pics!

What a fun adventures. And you conjured up a long forgotten memory of mine: when I was about Josh's age my parents took me to the Jumping Frog Fair in Angel's Camp where there really was a jumping frog contest!

nicole viola said...

what a great trip! Love the schoolhouse.

Colleen said...

Looks like a great adventure!Especially the Winter (or rather Spring...) Wonderland!

Come by my blog, I gave you an award. :)

Anonymous said...

i love ALL of your photos linda!what a fab trip. really love the old school house too. my computers been broken so just now getting to comment.

Anonymous said...

oh oops,that last comment was from me, jamie

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