Sixteen fifth graders from Sherman Thomas Charter School hit the pioneer trail April 4 with the Madera Method Wagon Train. Their route took them on a four-day trek from the Stagner Ranch in Raymond to the Daulton Ranch. What follows are excerpts from their recollections of the next-to-last trip that will be made by the Madera Method Wagon Train.
“The Madera Wagon Train experience was amazing beyond comprehension. We pioneers had to lay out our soaked sleeping quarters and wait for the bags to dry. Even our shoes got drenched with the morning dew!” (Rachel Lazar)
“One of my favorite things was steering the wagon. We also went to a place where Indians lived and found big flat rocks with holes in them. Indians made paste from pine nuts and acorns. This was the best field trip I have ever been to.” (Penelopi Leach)
“Being in control of two monstrous mules was a stressful feeling. If I took a wrong turn, it could cost the people behind me their lives! The Wagon Train was a breathtaking field trip that will leave a footprint in my memory.” (Hannah Kallas)...