Family fall weekend in Gold Country to explore California history which is the topic in our sons 4th grade class. Our exploration started Saturday morning efter a night in the Enola Cottage in Sutter Creek. First we had a really nice breakfast at the Element restaurant and strolled around town enjoying the sunshine. Sutter Creek is just one town along hwy 49 that was created because of the goldrush that started in 1849. Its a much quieter town now that the gold is gone. Instead it has lots of wineries and old mining towns around to explore. We looked into the old Monteverde general store that closed in the 70’es and had a really nice dinner at the Sutter Hotel in the evening.
We spent some of the day walking around the little semi ghost town of Volcano. Take a look at that general store/bar - the oldest continuously open general store in California (opened 1852). There was once around 5000 people living here, but now just above 100 live here. We found a good little bakery for coffee and cake. Afterwards we went for a tour in the Black Chasm Cave nearby.
We also made a stop at Indian Grinding Rock park and explored life further back in time. The holes in the sacred rock was made for grinding acorns. The museum was very interesting and informative. How about the Indian style of football - boys using feet against girl using hands?
What is a gold rush history trip without a visit to one of the many Pioneer cemeteries…
After another nice breakfast in Sutter Creek, this time at the Buffalo Chips, we headed home. First a detour to California Moaning Cavern where the kids tried a 1500 feet long zipline and then past Copperopolis that used to be a true ghost town, but was a bit disappointing as there was not much left to see. Then back through rolling hills, cow pastures, Central valley orchards and small towns as we got closer to San Francisco. A nice fall weekend in the West.