13 June 2016 – We spent the traveling from Redding, through Sacremento, and into the Gold Country.
We stopped first at Gold Bug Park in Placerville, CA. The location of some mining activity and now a state park with several activity – panning, two gold mine tours, a blacksmith, and a stamp mill.
For $2 each of us got a pan and an hour at the sluices searching for our treasure. We had a great time, and at 82 degrees happy that the sluices were shaded and the water cool. All of the kids loved it and found interesting gems and stones. It was a great hour playing in some water after a long drive 🙂
After panning we took a self-guided tour of the gold bug mine. A great tour for the kids with about 45 minutes long taking us about 1/8 mile into the mine 110 below the surface with exposed quartz veins, mining cars, dripping water, and dynamite holes.
From Placerville we traveled 8 miles north to Coloma and Sutter’s Mill – the site of the first California gold discovery by James Marshall on the American River in 1847 starting the famous gold rush.
On our way towards San Andreas for our B&B we had dinner in Placerville at Pizza Bene. The restaurant was unremarkable but while we were eating some folks rode their horses into town and tied them up to a post outside during their own dinner. The kids were quite amused.