Ponderosa RV Resort, Lotus California

We spent three week at this park watching rafts, Kayaks and inner tubers run down the rapids all from our windshield! We also had a not so friendly visitor to our site. Bill a fellow traveler and I trapped it in a storage container and moved it to a safe place for safety for both us and the snake.

Nearby is Sutter’s Mill. Sutter’s Mill was a sawmill, owned by 19th-century pioneer John Sutter, where gold was found, setting off the California Gold Rush, a major event of the history of the United States. I tried my luck at panning for some gold and came up empty-handed, maybe next time!

We also attended the annual El Dorado County Fair. El Dorado County is notable for being the site of the 1848 gold discovery that sparked the California Gold Rush and also the home of John Studebaker, yes that Studebaker.

This is also home of the shortest Highway in California, it extends only 0.5 miles from the junction of Cold Springs Road and SR 49, in the town of Coloma and in Placerville is the “Oldest Hardware Store West of the Mississippi”! First opened in 1856 as Tinsmith Shop and Hardware.