Coloma, CA, the heart of California’s Gold Country, was our home for two weeks. We stayed at the Ponderosa RV Resort, a Thousand Trails campground located in Lotus, CA, on the South Fork of the American River. We scored a large site with nice views of the river. Though we thought our camp set up was great, Jack had to put his personal touch on it and regularly rearrange things to his liking.

We happened to arrive just as Gold Rush Live was starting. It’s a week long recreation of life during the days of the California Gold Rush and is held at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. The boys walked through a pioneer settlement and spoke with the “residents” about life during the Gold Rush. You can learn more about the boys’ thoughts on their website, The Penny Trip. While at the Park, we also visited Sutter’s Mill, James Marshall’s gravesite, and other historic parts of Coloma.

From Coloma we were able to visit Apple Hill, which is always fun and delicious that time of year. Apple pie, apple cider, apple fritters, caramel apples…you get the idea.  And if you do not like apples, there’s plenty of other good stuff to be consumed, purchased, or simply admired.

We also took a day trip to Lake Tahoe for some hiking and exploration. A beautiful area, and the boys loved how the casinos are literally built just inside the Nevada state line in South Lake Tahoe. We observed some salmon spawning and a gorgeous, though somewhat dry, waterfall hike.

While in Coloma, we were able to connect with many family and friends, some of whom we had not seen in over a decade! It was one of our favorite stopping points!

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