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The Gold Rush is open again!

A crusty miner speaks with students about life in the mining camps!

Back from the pandemic, our San Lorenzo County Park resumed hosting an historical event for elementary school kids in the area. 49er Days involved fourteen classes of 4th graders from King City, Lockwood and Bradley in simulations of Gold Rush life. They tasted hardtack, went to a one room schoolhouse, panned for gold and visited a crusty miner in his campsite. 

I — being the crustiest volunteer they could find — was the old miner. I explained canvas tents, making coffee and biscuits over a campfire and told a very slightly exaggerated bear story — fourteen times. I’ve attached a few pics for your amusement. (Pssst — I also told them about my great new book: “Joaquin’s Gold.” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09RTX6G3G/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Faux bear amuses Bradley Bulldogs!
Eureka!

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Beware! Take Care! He wants your head tonight!

The older kids are amused – Photo by Ed Haskell

The Headless Horseman, Tailypo and the Yeti – favorites all – visited San Lorenzo Park last Saturday eve for the annual Ghost Story gathering. There’s nothing like a campfire to get me going! The kids, both old and young, seemed to be amused! I thank the MCCARLM folks for inviting me to participate!

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