Sunday, October 15, 2006

There's gold in them thar hills!

And we struck it! Well, some of us did, anyway! We spent most of the day at the Coloma Gold Rush Live on Saturday and it was truly a marvelous event. Here is some of our day...


Panning for gold, of course!



Look what John found! We're rich!



Well, OK, maybe not quite so rich...



That circled one there, that is our treasure. Yes, that bigger one is real gold, discovered in this valley by a real miner. He said it was worth upwards of $4,200.  Ours is, well, not so much. :+)


Guess who we ran into in full costume and cooking (below) over a hot fire?

One of my favorite Unit Studies gals, Jennifer Steward!



These are some of the things she was cookin' for the menfolk!



On the spit was beef covered in rosemary. It was very tempting to smell!

In the ovens below were chicken and dumplings, beans and a pie. They had already cooked one pie. There was really a science behind cooking in the ovens. I hope to do it with our own sometime.


We had an honest-to-goodness trapper tell us the life of a trapper in the "olden days." She was a character and she shared how they slept with buffalo pelts, what they ate, and how they started fires. She was really a character.



We could not resist buying our little goldrushers period hats:



Are they just too cute for words? I am, admitedly, rather partial. :+)


We got to listen to the doctor tell us all about how these tools were used:




This ought to make you pale. The big saw on the right was used for chopping limbs off when nothing else would work. The instrument above the box that looks like a wine bottle opener is the item that opened up the skull. Can you say it with me, "THANK GOD for modern medicine?!"


We met a wonderful woman who made spectacular baskets from pine needles and raffia. Here she is explaining it and some of her work is below.




(This one took 50 hours to make!!)



Sweet Carmon is a docent at Coloma's Sutter's Mill and she was there in full dress with her whole family. Below is the docent schoolmaster and sometimes pastor, Rex Ruth. (They are very serious, you know, because they are in period form for the camera!) :+)



This is Miss. Em that Carmon sometimes blogs about. She was so sweet and very talented. She made her dress herself and the following half-scale dress you see below in front of the sewing tent. It was beautiful!




We got to listen to a beautiful hurdy-gurdy played by a man I would swear was Donald Sutherland. :+)



And we were wondering about this Mountain Man. He was a HOOT!



John was ready for the hunt. :+) We had such a wonderful time. The docents worked so hard, but really looked like they were having a wonderful time. I have to say though that I am SO glad I don't live in the goldrush days! I love to visit, but coming home to my nice house, comfy mattress and electric lights, well, I am a spoiled gal. I sure did love the smell of campfire I left with though. It was a warm and cozy smell. Maybe that life wouldn't be so bad after all...




Such times as these, they are precious and appreciated.


Mamma1420 said...

What a wonderful look inside your trip! It's as if I was right there with you, thank you so much for sharing that!

Have a blessed day


HeidiHomeschools said...

I feel like I was actually with you~ and can count it as a field trip day~ LOL

Your kids are just precious!


How beautiful! Your children look just the same as always, except Little E. Oh my she has GROWN! This was neat to see....sniff....makes me homesick. And you saw sweet E. Vigas there! I love that woman! Wonderful quilter. I have not seen her in five years, at least. Such a gentle, lovely lady. Miss you Kate!

JenIG said...

so fun! geoff and i used to take the kids to this every year (since it was practically walking distance from our house! -- not really, but it was very close) and we always loved it. Did they have the candle makers there this year? I miss you guys!!!!

Melkhi said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing. Your kids are beautiful!

OHFarmwife said...

This looks like so much fun! I grew up in California and miss going to see the displays of the miners and the way they lived back in the "olden days", as my son says. We have a lot of old time history in Ohio, but it's just not the same. So, I'm living vicariously through your pictures that have brought back some wonderful memories!


mamatc said...

It looks like you guys had a great time! What adorable children you have! We love to dress up and visit an historic living farm near our house-circa 1860's. There is never a dull moment!


Traci :)