Our 4th grade history trip was a fun, memorable experience!
Josh had never actually been in "real" snow before!
It was fun to see him take it all in!
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.
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),
Angels Camp, CA
The creek bed behind our room.
Stay tuned for Part 2: The Gold Miner Camp