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. They will 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 and learn about mining, play some games, and get a feel for what life was like in 1854.
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) 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, and see mining equipment from the era. Our guides will also lead you on a walk in the surrounding hills for a short quiet time alone with God.
Finally, 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 joining us 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 the 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.
The next morning, 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. We will pan for gold right out of the American River, make rope and bead necklaces. We will 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.