John Michael at Empire Mine National State Park in Grass Valley, CA, the day after Christmas.
Gold was all the rage in this part of California from the late 1840's until the early 1900's. One of the mine shafts we saw was 8,000 ft long and went deep underground. That's 1 1/2 miles! Of course, we only went about 30 feet down. We learned all about different gold-mining techniques and that some mules spent their lives underground pulling mining cars.
Greta, Anna, John Michael and Nicolas on the porch of the mine's Clubhouse.
John Michael enjoying the crisp air on the grounds of the mine.
This past Monday, we took a day trip to San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences in
Golden Gate Park. John Michael enjoyed the living rooftop view, looking out toward the tower of the de Young Museum currently hosting the King Tut exhibit.
John Michael was thoroughly fascinated by the giant, 2-story fish aquarium.
I've been married for 20 years to my wonderful husband, Doug. I'm a Catholic SAHM to 5 children. Our 4th child, John Michael, was born in November 2007, and has opened us up to the amazing world of Down syndrome. We are grateful to God for the blessings He's given us and the journey He's put us on. When I'm not spending time with my family, I sing with RSVP, an amazing vocal group, educate on Down syndrome, have my own health and wellness business, and blog about our life.