Unlike other weekends this weekend was crazy and busy. Saturday morning, it was raining, so I decided not to go anywhere. However, in the afternoon the weather changed totally, and it became bright and sunny. So, we changed my mind, and decided to visit two parks, which kiddo was supposed to visit as an assignment of a school project. Then, after running some errands we returned home around seven in the evening.
|Las Trampas wilderness|
Sunday was even busier than Saturday. We had already planned to finish kiddo’s assignment. So, first we went to Las Trampas wilderness. We didn’t have to spend much time there, as kiddo could do all the question-answer from the staging area. After finishing that assignment we went to the Danville museum.
Danville museum was actually the Danville Depot during the active time of Southern-Pacific railroad.
We reached there in the afternoon. One of the old age caboose is kept there in front of the depot turned museum. After the rail stopped functioning, the railway tracks was removed , and the path was created as hiking trail. Only the tracks are still there, where the caboose is kept. Now the caboose is serving as the restrooms of the museum.
The museum is small one. The museum has main exhibits of all the wars from World War I to Vietnam war. Also there are few exhibits about the prehistoric time, the Native americans lives, and the Spanish-Mexican times.
The geography of the valley is complex. The valley, and the diablo mountain was once under the ocean. It was once scared place the Indian, and a landmark to the early Europeans entering to the bay.
For thousands of years the Indians lived in this places in the watersheds. They were Tatcans, a Bay Miwok speaking people. Their lives and rituals, and cultures changed gradually over the years. Every tribes had their own distinct cultures and rituals. They usually did hunting, finishing for their day to day life.
The first westerners came here in 1772. The lives of the Indians changed forever , as the Spanish stepped into valley.
Apart from the little history of the valley, and the documents related to the wars, others things are kept is the information about the Southern-Pacific railroads. The museum is very helpful for the little ones who wants learn about the past and present the valley.
|Life size model inside the caboose|