Lupine all over the park right now!

ndwoods | April 12, 2016 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

Our plentiful water has made plentiful wildflowers! Yellow and purple lupine, coastal and Calif poppies, wild irises, monkey flowers etc etc etc

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Spring has sprung!

ndwoods | March 26, 2016 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

Wild irises on the top of Englesmanns.  California poppies,  Coastal poppies,  Monkeyflowers,  Popcorn Flowers,  Purple and Yellow Lupine both all over the park ….etc etc etc

Don’t miss spring in Wilder!:)

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The Green Shirt Gals

ndwoods | March 9, 2016 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

If you see any horsie gals sporting these green shirts be sure and say hello! They say “Go Slow, Say Hello.”   Our effort to let bikes know we want to share the trails…but be safe!:)

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Bumper crop of wildflowers this year!

ndwoods | April 12, 2015 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

Amazing display of wildflowers this year in Wilder!  More Wild Irises than I can remember ever seeing…

Wild Irises on Englesmanns

Wild Irises on Englesmanns

And Lupine both yellow and blue…. and poppies galore!photo

Don’t miss these beauties…they won’t be so gracious for long!:)

Englesmanns bottom of the switchbacks

Englesmanns bottom of the switchbacks

Dee and Shasta enjoying the bounty

Dee and Shasta enjoying the bounty

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Turkeys in the park today!

ndwoods | February 15, 2015 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

Rode by a rafter or flock of 8 turkeys this morning…right out close to the trail and completely unconcerned with us!

Wilder Turkeys

Wilder Turkeys

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Wilder is greening!

ndwoods | January 15, 2015 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

Special time of year to hit the trails in Wilder right now!  The park is nicely green and wildflowers are beginning.   Birds and wildlife are abundant…come on out and play!:)

Dee and Shasta enjoying the spring!

Dee and Shasta enjoying the spring!

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Turkeys at Wilder

ndwoods | July 25, 2014 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

Though it’s not Thanksgiving…turkeys are out there.  My friends and I saw about a dozen young turkeys with a couple of hens today.  So keep your eyes open and enjoys fun wildlife sightings out at Wilder!

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Don’t miss Wilder in the spring!

ndwoods | April 8, 2014 | COMMENTS:No Comments »
Dee and Shasta enjoying the spring!

Dee and Shasta enjoying Wilder’s spring!

Don’t miss Wilder State Park in the spring. Wildflowers are popping up everywhere! Here I am sitting in a profusion of both California poppies and Coastal poppies!

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Parks For Everyone!

ndwoods | February 10, 2014 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

Recently there has been a lot of talk about horses vs bikers on park trails. There is a new property under planning for public usage called Cemex and I have heard bikers and hikers and riders all talking about who should be using it.

So, I want to share a little story of a recent event that I experienced at Wilder that tells why I love the Wilder community so much, and believe our parks should be open to everyone. It was my birthday, and my granddaughter said she’d go on a trail ride with me. So we saddled up and headed down the bike/horse path to Wilder. Not much activity being a weekday, and we were soon reaching the bottom of that last steep hill on the path just before the tunnel. As we hit the flats, a couple of bikers came whizzing by, and said as they were going by “watch out for that guy up there, he’s dangerous.” My granddaughter and I paused…we could see nothing up ahead except a bike. We slowly approached the section the bikers had gestured to…it was in the narrow sidewalk width section immediately before the tunnel. Finally we saw a large black shaggy thing that looked like a dog. We stopped to watch and figure out what was going on. After a couple of minutes the black thing stood up and we realized it was a guy and probably the guy the bikers had warned us about. He had a pile of fist sized rocks by his side and appeared to have been digging them out of the hillside. Suddenly he saw us watching him, reached into the bushes and pulled out a long pole about 10-12 feet long and started smacking his fist with it while glaring menacingly at us. My granddaughter said “Nana let’s get out of here” and I quite agreed. This guy was dangerous! Just as we started to turn our horses, the bikers who had ridden all the way to the top of that steep hill on the path, had been worried about us enough to turn around and ride all the way back down to check on us and see if we needed help!

I told them no, we were not going by him and I pulled out my phone and called 911. The rangers passed us as we were on the way to back to our barn…their response time was amazingly fast and I appreciate all they do to keep Wilder the safe park it normally is!

But, both my granddaughter and I were touched at the thoughtfulness of those bikers. It all happened so fast, as when they came back, we were trying to get out of there and call 911, and we never got to say thank you. In fact it didn’t hit me immediately just how thoughtful those guys were. But, in reality it was just one of countless experiences I have had of the community effort I see of bikers and hikers and riders all trying to enjoy the park and help others to enjoy the park as well by being courteous and helpful. Yes, there are thoughtless bikers that whiz by and create a dangerous situation for themselves and the horse riders they are passing, but I know that generally that is just ignorance on their parts. So few people these days are exposed to horses and have no reality of the affect they can have on them good or bad. In the main though, my experiences between bikers and I when riding are usually positive!

So if you are one of those bikers that day that stopped your ride to help us, then thank you!!!!
And if you are one of those bikers or hikers that really have no info about horses, but are kind of curious, then by all means stop one of us and take your opportunity to get to know one of our horses!

A Rider enjoying Wilder Ranch  State Park

A Rider enjoying Wilder Ranch State Park

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Lovely winter

ndwoods | January 19, 2014 | COMMENTS:No Comments »

While I think most of us are a bit nervous about the lack of rain and what is in store the rest of this winter for us, we might as well enjoy what is right and good about 70 degree days and blue skies! Wilder trails are lovely right now…as they are in every season, so I hope you get a chance to get out there and enjoy!

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