Emma and Brody were drawing sketches of Coloma, California, and the sawmill, in their field notebooks as Max, Aspen, and Rusher left to muddy their shoes. Emma hoped their new outfits would help them blend in with other kids in the area. She also hoped the Sanders’ kids did not have to run around naked because they stole their clothes last night. Emma was making a detailed copy of the southern half of the map while Brody was doing the same with the northern half. When they finished, Emma and Brody held their field books together and realized they had a decent copy of the area that they could use to help them gather some of Tucker’s gold. Mr. M might be able to use their map in his display too.
“I wish Mr. M told us more about Tucker before we left,” Emma said.
“I know. I tried to find some information about the Gold Rush on my phone as we headed for the cave, but I didn’t have time to find much before I lost the internet signal in the woods,” Brody said. He pulled his phone from his pants pocket. “But, I did think to take pictures of the website pages so we could read them in the 1800s. I hope I have some battery life left in this thing if it didn’t get ruined in the river.”
“Why did you bring that?” Emma asked. “You knew we were going back in time when we wouldn’t be able to use a phone and if someone found it, we could be in real trouble trying to explain what it is.”
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