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It been quiet in hear lately. I am guessing with the return of cold weather that might change.
I am hoping you all might help me with some ideas. I am starting a business to help make ends meet. It is a portable gem mining business. Now I have seen these and they seem kinda boring. I want to make it exciting and fun for the kids and big kids(adults). Here is what I have done so far. I have the trailer which is an old pop-up camper minus the interior and canvas and pullouts. I am theming it to look like a prospectors shack. I am adding some canvas sides. Inside there is a wood barrel with a metal wash tub on top. This is what feeds the water system and hides the pump. The water is pumped into a trough where it cascades over into a sluce that feeds back into the wash tub. I am adding other touches like a crate with T-N-T, old lanterns and I am thinking an old industrial light from the ceiling.
What I am hoping to you all can help me with is a story to add to it to make it fun. I was thinking I could dress like a crazy old prospector and be silly with the kids. Maybe light a stick of dynomite and have someone hold it.
I am open to suggestions everyone. Designing things I can do but I am weak on my writing skills.
If you have any other theming ideas I would love to hear those too. Maybe I change it to digging for moon gems with aliens or and ancient tombs searching for the kings jewels.
(sorry to all I’ve been away for a while – too many hours working on stuff to pay the bills, not enough working on my themed attraction writing projects. I’ll try to get more involved in discussions again. This is a great community of people!)
So far, it involves a group of people (your family) that is on a journey of dreams. The time period is around 1850, when everyone is heading out West for the Gold Rush, and leaving behind a fortune in gems. There is plenty to go around, but help is needed (by the participants) to find the gems in this location before a gang in hot pursuit tries to steal the claim as their own.
I like the ideas you have for remodeling the prospector’s shack. I think it could be enhanced even more (involving more senses – more experiential) with a CD sound track coming from inside, with sounds of a running creek and a light, mellow guitar/banjo/fiddle… There could also be rustling around and banging of pots and pans before the grand entrance.
Other parts (in addition to the Prospector) could be a mercantile/shop owner, a school marm, a traveling musician… Any parts played by anyone, depending on how each member of your family wants to do that, or trading off each time, even.
There could be a gem-sniffing dog involved (off chasing rabbits if you don’t have one), with the occasional chicken bone thrown into the mix with the gems.
Other educational materials could also be included – geology, gemology, history…, and different things for different age groups.
This is just a rough start – any collaboration is welcome.
I’ll do more research into the time period, location…
(I also liked the idea of the king’s treasure – they use that at Legoland in CA. The Prospector just seems more fun, to start.)
God bless! I hope that your wife gets better soon, and the doctors work with you on the money so that the payment plan is managable…
P.S. It might be interesting to provide the opportunity to learn other crafts of the period that might be common on the frontier — ex. carding wool, making candles, making butter, sampling/making food that a family headed west would have eaten on the trail, etc. Many “frontier crafts” are relatively cheap materials-wise, and provide kids with an opportunity to understand what daily activities were for a real family before modern conveniences.
P.P.S. Here’s some interesting information, maybe some stories that could fuel the imagination:
I’ve written down a bunch of pages of rough notes. I’ll try to make sense of it soon and post it to see what you think.
Keep hanging in there.
It has been a crazy time. Progress has been slow. With weather and doctors I havent progressed very far on it. I am trying to get back into finishing it. There is a lcal event the end of March that I am hoping to be ready for. Keeping my fingers crossed. I look forward to hearing your ideas.
My wife is doing okay. As best as can be expected with the chemo. No worries as God will get us through.
everyone enjoy the coming spring and warm weather.