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|CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY HIKE: GLIDE TULE RANCH VERNAL POOL|
|Date||Sunday April 19|
|Time||10:00 AM - 2:00 PM|
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Glide Tule Ranch is located about 15 miles south of Davis in Yolo County, and is part of the Southern Yolo Wildlife Area, a large protected area to the west of Sacramento. To get there, take Interstate 80 to Davis, and exit at the Mace Blvd Exit. To reach the meeting site, drive south on Mace Blvd, which becomes County Road 104, to County Road 35 (one mile south of Putah Creek). Turn left (east) on Road 35 and drive to County Road 106. Turn right (south) on Road 106 and go for about 3 miles to County Road 38A, where there will be signs for driving into the Wildlife Area.
Since it's a long-distance drive that takes approximately 2 hours to reach from Central Marin County, let's plan on having an informal car-pool. To partake in that, meet at 8am at the parking lot for the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.
When California botanists think of botanical hotspots that will take their breath away, they usually think of places like the Anza-Borrego, Colusa County's Bear Valley, Carson Pass, or closer to home, Pt Reyes Chimney Rock and San Mateo's Edgewood Preserve.
One name that is missing from virtually any and all lists of magical floral wonderlands is the miraculous Glide Tule Ranch, a vernal pool with so much color that you can easily become color-blinded by endless vistas of some of the most vibrant and brighest colors imaginable, produced by 4 Subspecies of lovely blue Downingias, carpets of Goldfields (Lasthenia sp), masses of Woolly Starfish (Hesperevax caulescens) endless seas of Oregon woolly marbles (Psilocarphus oreganus), and many other wondrous and rare species of Vernal Pool plants.
Adding to its mystery and allure is the fact that Glide Tule Ranch Vernal Pool is open to the public one day a year, and only one day a year. So, the vast majority of amateur botanists have never even heard of Glide Tule Ranch, much less visited this enchanted and fantastic floral exposition.
A small group of us went in 2008, and the Fieldtrip Coordinator was heard to blurt out that it was the best, most intense wildflower display he'd ever seen. And, keep in mind, 2008 wasn't a particluarly colorful year for wildflowers.
The California Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals united by an interest in the plants of California. Its principal aims are to preserve the native flora and to add to the knowledge of members and the public at large.
All hikes are free and open to the public; please invite your friends.
The outings will often go on until 2 p.m., so bring your lunch, and be prepared for unreliable weather.
In all cases, morning rain cancels.