Day 5 Crazy Horse Memorial and Needles Highway

Today we saw another impressive monument and participated in another fun group photograph at the Crazy Horse Memorial. When completed, the memorial will depict the Oglala Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, riding a horse and pointing into the distance. It is operated by the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization. Work began in 1948. The … Continue reading Day 5 Crazy Horse Memorial and Needles Highway

Today Included an Historic Bar and Monsterous Caverns

The first stop today was Mokelumne Hill, CA. The town takes its name from the neighboring Mokelumne River, which in turn is Miwok for the "people of Mokel," the likely name of an Indian village in the area. The Hotel Léger is one of the oldest hotels still operating in California. George Léger, a Frenchman who came during the California Gold Rush, opened his Hotel de … Continue reading Today Included an Historic Bar and Monsterous Caverns

From Miwok Culture to a Foundry to a Castle!

On September 13th the Model A tourists paid homage to some non-mining California history. First was the Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Park and Museum in Pine Grove. The Krills explain the photo below. It’s “…a close-up look at the Soaproot plant the Miwok people used for soap, food, etc.” The word Miwok means people in their native language. … Continue reading From Miwok Culture to a Foundry to a Castle!