For our Pioneerways adventure we went up to Smith Ranch in Julian. It was amazing. The family running this ranch clearly lives and loves what they do, which makes for such a rich experience. It was our favorite HACkschool adventure thus far.
We arrived dressed as cowboys or pioneers.
And were lead on a nature hike where we learned about edible plants, some local pioneer history, and even medicinal uses for the plant life.
We learned how to use pioneer tools …
and build ourselves a house.
Of course we’ll need to grow food to eat …
so the kids stood in for horses.
Then we rode the train all around the ranch and up to the homestead.
They accepted applicants to the Pony Express (orphans under 18 preferred so none of us made the cut).
Seeing as how Smith Ranch is actually a gold mine, we learned all about gold.
Then formal interviews were conducted for the Pony Express, which included a saddle bag relay race while being sprayed with a hose.
All that Pony Expressing worked up an appetite so we ground wheat …
and corn to share with the chicken.
The wash had to be done. You know bandanas, they always be gettin’ dirty on the ranch.
Now to dry.
Into the mine we went. I have to say, it was pretty darn cool in there.
Though it was dangerous work, we made it out alive.
To celebrate our new riches, we played: hillside ladders, bridges of various engineering, and slides abounded.
So no gold nuggets went unclaimed, we also panned for gold, which we then weighed in the general store and traded for some candy.
Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Smith, for a homeschool adventure we won’t soon forget!