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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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My Darling Clementine

Bob & Phoebe

Phoebe Cheney and I before the 4th graders arrived – Photo by Joan Ungs

San Lorenzo County Park near King City is an underappreciated (at least by many) treasure and the Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum is its crown jewel. The museum took a really big hit on May15th, literally so. A hundred year old, seven feet in diameter eucalyptus tree tried to take the roof off the barn at about six in the evening. It failed – by a little – and nobody was around to be hurt. The folks at MCARLM had scheduled a big, three-day historical event for local kids beginning on the 16th. Everyone pulled up their bootstraps and we went ahead with the presentations. Local 4th graders put their hands (tongues, ears, stomachs, feet and everything else!) on the history of our gold rush. I got to be a 49er and introduce them to Clementine’s boyfriend. You know the guy: “How I missed her! Until I kissed her little sister!”

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