What is the
The Quicksilver Expedition is a unit of the
YMCA Trailblazers serving Saratoga, CA and neighboring communities. The
Expedition was formed during the summer of 2004 by a group of fathers
who enjoyed the Indian Princesses and just didn't want to stop.
We welcome new members who want to
experience a wonderful father/daughter or father/son experience. In the
fall of 2006 we are beginning our third year. You can help us
build a tradition that we hope will survive for many years. All
done together with your child and with the great friends you will meet
the program. The program is for boys and girls in 5th through 8th
grade, but we
are flexible. We serve the
same areas covered by the Southwest
As with the Adventure Guides (see below),
the emphasis is on doing fun things together with your son or daughter.
to have at least one event each month that appeals to the age group.
Unlike the Adventure
Guides, we are not planning to have monthly meetings with story, song,
and ceremonies. All the details are flexible, so please join and help
build the program.
Quicksilver County Park
Our Name -
Our expedition derives its name from the rich
history surrounding the mining of mercury ore in the area now occupied
by Almaden Quicksilver County Park. The ore, called "cinnabar" or
"vermillion" was refined to produce quicksilver, otherwise known as
Mercury. Many people don't realize that the richest of all the mining
operations in the history of the California gold rush was actually the
quicksilver mine in our own back yard. In spite of the serious
environmental consequences of 19th century mining techniques, the park
is now one of the most beautiful and interesting places for a day hike
in our area.