This is the post you have all been waiting for. Yes, this is the final chapter of our spring break camping trip to Rainbow Basin near Barstow. On our last full day of camping we went to Calico Ghost Town, which was a relatively short drive from the campground. If you are not familiar with Calico, it is a ghost town, but it was turned into a tourist destination in the 1930s by Walter Knott, the berry farmer who created Knott's Berry Farm, in Buena Park. This is the second time The Happy Ones have been to Calico this year, but this is the first time we were all there together. We had a lot of fun riding the train, going to the stores, panning for "gold," exploring a mine, going through the Mystery House, and such. Afterwards, while Dominik was napping, I gave Lukas and Konrad a shooting safety class in the nearby hills. We talked a lot and plinked a little, and then hauled off a trash bag full of other people's junk that they left behind. On the way back to camp we stopped off at a train museum in Barstow, and had a treat at Del Taco. Have I mentioned I love Del Taco? Barstow is the mecca for Del Taco lovers, because Del Taco was founded here. Del Taco #1 is no longer but we ended up having treats at #2.
|Old steam powered fire engine|
|Taking a bath|
|Checking out a mine|
|Trying to stand up "straight" in the Mystery House|
|Old computer that monitored the trains years ago|
|Packed up and heading home|
|Where is Barstow? These signs will tell you where, in relation to cities around the world.|