The Madera MethodWagon Train will hit the trail today as it heads for the Raymond parade on Saturday, and it looks like on this trip everybody will stay dry. The skies will be sunny, and the temperature will be in the high 80s, in sharp contrast to two earlier trips taken by the group this month.
On Thursday, wagons, mules, teamsters, outriders, cooks and kids set up camp at the Daulton Ranch, northeast of Madera, for their first night out under the stars before they take off today.
Twenty-five 5th-grade pioneers from Raymond Elementary and Fresno’s Steinbeck School will make the three-day journey into the back country of Madera County as part of the unique, local educational program.
Since 1993, the wagon train crew, made up of volunteers from Madera and Firebaugh, have been opening up the old West to young students by taking them on authentic wagon train treks. The kids learn to drive the wagons, feed and groom the mules, cook the food, and sleep around the campfire just as the pioneers did a century ago...