Monday, March 27, 2017

Amador Flower Farm's 20th Annual Spring Fling - April 1 & 2

Celebrate spring in Amador County!  Amador Flower Farm will hold its 20th annual Spring Fling on Saturday and Sunday April 1st & 2nd, from 9am-4 pm.

The nursery will be filled with specialty of the farm: over 1200 varieties of daylilies as well as vegetable starter plants, a large collection of succulents, and annuals and perennials for spring planting.

Guests are invited to take a free tram ride tour of the farm, stroll through the 14 acres of grounds, enjoy the gardening demonstrations and have a picnic. The local 4H kids will be selling hamburgers to raise funds or guests are welcome to bring their own picnic. There will be free popcorn and picnicking is encouraged.

The Spring Fling has no admission fee and is open to the public.

Amador Flower Farm specializes in daylilies with over 1200 varieties available in its nursery and online at the mail order website . The idea gardens and nursery are filled with hundreds of varieties of unusual perennials and grasses and lots of spring color.

Amador Flower Farm is open daily March through November from 9 – 4 p.m., and is located at 22001 Shenandoah School Road in the heart of Amador County’s wine country.  Take Highway 49 to Plymouth and turn east on Shenandoah Road and then right on Shenandoah School Road.

For further information, please call 209 245-6660 or visit:
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Roaring Camp: Day Trip and Saturday Night BBQ booking fast online!

Roaring Camp Friends,

The Roaring Camp Gold season is about to start!

We open April 30th and our all day tours and Saturday Night BBQ's are filling up fast.

Get your tours booked now to secure your next dates!

 All Day Guided Gold Panning Tour - Book Now Online!
ADVENTURE into the Mokelumne River Canyon. We take you into the beautiful remote Mokelumne Canyon,
 once mined by the 49ers and still
 being mined today. 

See our Placer Gold Mine Operation, our Wildlife and Mining Artifacts Museums, the ruins of the past, pan for gold, collect rocks, fish, hike and enjoy river swimming in nature's most beautiful swimming hole. 

Enjoy lunch in our Trading Post or bring a picnic lunch. Great for school field trips, birthday parties, company outings, or just a day on the river with your family. 

Tours go Sunday - Friday check in time 10:00am you return to your car at 4pm

Saturday Night Cookout - Click to book online
Our Saturday Night Cookout Dinner is a five hour trip into the canyon, leaving at 5:00 P.M. and returning at 10:00 P.M. After the guide shows you the Museum, Camp and our Placer Gold mine operation, he will show you how to pan for gold. (You keep the nuggets!)

The dinner is a hearty New York Steak BBQ. Just wait until you taste the awesome fried bread!

Thank you,
Your Roaring Camp Family
Looking forward to seeing you this year,

Roaring Camp Mining Company
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Roaring Camp Mining Company, Inc, PO Box 278, Pine Grove, CA 95665

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Daffodil Hill opens for its 77th season on Friday, March 17

Do you have the desire to experience Spring at its finest? Would you like to enjoy mountain fresh air, with acres of daffodils to walk through? Then a trip to the amazing and lovely Daffodil Hill should be top on your list of things to do. Daffodil Hill will open its gates for its 77th season on Friday, March 17th (Weather Permitting) and stay open through early April, 2017, weather permitting. 

Before coming to enjoy this amazing display of nature, visitors are encouraged to call the recorded phone message at (209) 296-7048 or check McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill on Facebook, to see if Daffodil Hill is open that day. Daffodil Hill is located at 18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano, CA. 95689 and is open Monday through Sunday; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.  Sorry, no pets are allowed on the property.

Photo by Samuel Hindi Patterson
Each spring, Daffodil Hill explodes with thousands of blooms, attracting visitors from around the world. Approximately 6 acres of the Daffodil Hill ranch is dedicated to the daffodils. As many as 500,000 annual blooms are there for your pleasure. Visitors are welcome to walk through this beautiful display of nature or just sit on a bench and soak in the wonderful experience of the Daffodils. This is also a perfect setting for photos of all kinds.

Daffodil Hill is in a beautiful alpine setting at an elevation of over 3,000 feet. With pine trees, an old barn, wagon wheels, and rusting mining equipment and farming tools, it appeals to anyone with a love of nature. Flowers are everywhere, with peacocks, chickens, pigeons and miniature donkeys making themselves at home.

Nature sets the schedule for public viewing. Daffodil Hill opens when 25 percent of the flowers are in bloom and closes when only 25 percent remain. The best time to visit Daffodil Hill is the spring, usually from mid-March to mid-April. Daffodil Hill is open only at this time of year, after that it goes back to a working ranch. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy some of the concessions there. After your visit to Daffodil Hill, come back down to Sutter Creek for unique shopping, wine tasting, dining and more history.

There is no admission charge or parking fee to visit the family ranch, but there are many yellow teakettles and pots around so that anyone, if they desire, may donate to keep this precious, family run, tradition alive.  This is a rare opportunity to experience History and Nature together in one of Amador County’s best treasures.

Concerned about accessibility? Daffodil Hill has many dirt paths with varying degrees of incline and decline.  Many visitors using scooters, wheelchairs, and walkers come to enjoy the day at Daffodil Hill.  However, travel on the paths will depend upon your personal level of comfort and stability. Great views of the daffodils are available from the bottom of the hill looking upward.  There is also an easily accessible picnic area containing daffodils which everyone will enjoy. Bring a picnic or enjoy some of the food cooked on site by the Soroptimist Organization of Amador County. Handicap parking and port-a-pottys are also available.

Directions to Daffodil Hill
Daffodil Hill is approximately 12 miles from Sutter Creek.
Sutter Creek is located on Old Highway 49 in Amador County, accessible from Sacramento via Highway 16 (Jackson Rd.) or from Stockton via Highway 99 (Highway 88 turnoff).
From Sutter Creek, turn East on Gopher Flat Road. Drive for approximately 3 miles and turn left at the third stop sign which is Shake Ridge Road.  Drive about 9 miles on Shake Ridge Road to Rams Horn Grade.  You have arrived! 
Sorry, No pets allowed on grounds of Daffodil Hill.

At the time the 36-acre ranch was purchased in 1887, the early days of the Gold Rush, it served as a way-station for teamsters hauling timber from the Sierras down to the Kennedy and Argonaut Mines, and for east bound travelers heading for the Comstock Lode on the Amador-Nevada Wagon Road (Highway 88) and others traveling the road from Kit Carson Pass. The McLaughlin’s continued the way-station operation, renting rooms, and serving meals (breakfast for 25 cents) to the travelers and providing feed and shelter for their animals.  For many years the loft of the ranch barn that still stands today, was used for “Saturday Night” dances for guests and neighbors. The owners Arthur and his wife, Lizzie, began to plant the first daffodil bulbs in their spare time. The bulbs have since been lovingly nurtured.

Not a commercial enterprise, the ranch has been owned by the same family since it was acquired in 1887 by wagon pioneers Arthur McLaughlin and Elizabeth “Lizzie” van Vorst-McLaughlin. The McLaughlin’s descendants, the Ryan family, have continued to personally plant several thousand new bulbs a year. The Ryan brothers and their families, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and great-great-great grandchildren plant an average of 12,000 daffodil bulbs per year!

The hill is open Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.  Admission and parking are free. Food is available for sale at the concession stand across the road. Please call (209) 296-7048 to make sure Daffodil Hill is open the day you wish to visit. Daffodil Hill is also on Facebook.

Monday, March 6, 2017

NorCal Trout Anglers scheduled for events at Lake Pardee, Lake Amador and Lake Camanche through April

Please note that the largest trout tournaments ever take place in your region are taking place at Lake Amador on March 18th, Rancho Seco on April 1st & 2nd, and Lake Camanche on April 29th. You should also note that these family oriented events are open to boaters & shore anglers and some lucky anglers will have access to prizes such as cash, tons of fishing tackle, a NEW KAYAK, and a NEW BOAT too. Anyhow, check out the attached event flyer and I hope that you and all of your friends and family will join in on all of the fun and excitement!