49er Fun: The Mother Lode
1 adventures, 3 meals, 1 nights
Our classic 49er Fun living history field trip campout. We meet each other at Gold Bug Park in Placerville California where you’ll meet our living history guides who will start to transport you back to 1854, just after the height of the California gold rush. While we are there we will explore some restored gold mines as we learn about mining, play some games, and get a feel for the lay of the land.
Next we’ll stop of at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. (Want a more hands on experience instead of visiting Sutter’s Mill? Try our Prospector) While we are there we will see the location where James Marshall first pulled gold out of the river back on January 24th, 1848, examine a replica of Sutter’s Mill, see mining equipment from the era, and take a few minutes in the surrounding hills for a short quiet time alone with God as learn to grow in our Christian faith.
Then it’s on to our claim on the side of the South Fork of the American River (just a few miles downstream of Coloma California), where you’ll set up your shelters for the night before setting in for a great dinner. After dinner an old time band will join us for a time of dancing and singing, followed by a time of worship and learning as one of your guides shares a devotional story with you about their experiences in the gold rush and how they have grown as a Christian and drawn closer to God.
After a great breakfast we’ll get our hands dirty as we experience first had a little of what it was like to live in the California Gold Rush as we pan for gold right out of the American River, make rope and bead necklaces, learn how the Maidu Indians lived off the land, play some games, and take a short quiet time devotional hike. We’ll have a little more fun, games, and learning after lunch, then we’ll gather together for some last thoughts before waving goodbye.