|Indian Grinding Rock State Park has the largest
collection of bedrock mortars in North America!
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|This is the last operating roundhouse left in North America
|This is the caboose that was in Back to the Future 3
|It rained a lot the day and night before our train ride
|At Columbia we panned for gold, went bowling, had lunch at the
saloon and visited the old brick schoolhouse on top of the hill!
|Rare aragonite crystals deep within Mercer Caverns
|The Angel's Camp Museum is simply awesome for kids who like to do
activities - you can build a wagon wheel, play old time games like chess
and tic tac toe, play with letter stamps emulating a printing press, etc.
|The sidewalks of Angel's Camp have bronze plaques for the winning
jumping frog each year. Unsure of the reference? Another must read!
"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain.
Many of the frogs have very clever names :)
|Calaveras Big Trees State Park contains two beautiful giant
sequoia groves. We took the easy walk through the North
Grove. We saw where the infamous "drive through" giant
sequoia, the Pioneer Cabin Tree, fell down :( We also ran into an
old boss of mine! Mary Anne from Sequoia National Park has
retired from her NPS job and now volunteers at the visitor
center at Calaveras!