Calico Ghost Town
A few days after arriving in Seal Beach, we went out to Apple Valley, to stay at Grandma & Grandpa's house. They took us to a place called Calico Ghost Town, about a half hour from their house. It's this little old mining town, with old buildings and things to see and do. Disturbingly, all of my kids liked getting into the casket.
Also we took a tour of the silver mine. It was cool. There were little mannequin-inhabited areas showing what life was like for the men who used to work in the mine. Lucy was impressed with the helmets they'd wear with a candle on the front for light. She wants one of those.
Then we took a ride on this little train to see a bit more of the area not accessible by foot. We saw some remnants of old houses that were used by the wives and children of the men working the mines. They were built at a bit of a distance, to protect the families from the 'red light district' atmosphere in the town itself.
We had a lot of fun in Calico. I think Truman probably liked it the best. He kept saying how things reminded him of episodes of Scooby-Doo.