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Posted by: thepinetree on 07/18/2019 07:57 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 07/18/2019 08:03 AM
Expires: 01/01/2024 12:00 AM
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Daffodil Hill Closes Indefinitely Due to Crush of Visitors

Sutter Creek, CA...From Daffodil Hill..."Over the past 80 years, many thousands have visited Daffodil Hill in beautiful Amador County. While we, the Ryan family, have enjoyed sharing our serene and peaceful Daffodil Hill with the general public, it is with deep sadness that we announce our decision to close the Hill indefinitely. This decision is the most difficult that we, as a family, have ever made. The generations that came before us who purchased this property in 1887, which evolved into Daffodil Hill, could never have envisioned that their efforts would have ever grown into such a beloved attraction.




Sadly, it is this overwhelming popularity that has led us to our decision to close. After the crush of visitors that descended upon our Hill this year, we came to realize that the limitation on the size of our parking areas and the inability of the local road infrastructure to handle the volume, created liability and safety concerns for everyone involved.

Due to the thousands of visitors on our opening weekend in 2019, the local road system to our Hill became so congested that the wait just to get to our parking area sometimes took as long as two hours. As a result, many visitors chose to park their vehicles along the narrow roadways and walk through traffic to the Hill, which was a risky endeavor in itself. In addition, these vehicles were parked illegally on the roadway, which, along with the pedestrians, would have impeded any emergency vehicles that needed to access the Hill area to assist our Shake Ridge Road neighbors, or you, our visitors. Despite our best efforts, the volume of visitors was just too much for the roadways, the Hill itself, and there is simply not enough space for everyone to park.

We have carefully examined numerous potential remedies to reduce traffic and visitors to try and keep the Hill open, including shuttles and reservations for attendance. However, in the end, we reached the same conclusion that the narrows roads and the Hill property infrastructure cannot be changed.

We are also well aware of the financial benefit the Hill has been to the many fantastic businesses in Amador County. Our visitors shopped in our historic towns, eaten at our outstanding restaurants, enjoyed our fabulous wineries and filled up their vehicles before heading home. This too has contributed to making this decision very difficult. We hope our visitors, who have experienced the beauty and friendliness of Amador County, will continue to return often to support our local economy.

We would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to thank our dear friends who have volunteered their help over these many years at the Hill, our amazing caretakers, and the California Highway Patrol for their assistance with traffic control.

Our entire family, all six generations, sends each and every one of you a heartfelt “Thank You” for all the kind words of support, your patronage, and appreciation of the Hill over these many years.

As we close this wonderful chapter in our family history, we ask that you honor our ancestors by continuing to appreciate Mother Nature in all her glory whenever and wherever you can."
God bless you all.

***Please be advised the family will not be responding to comments or making any further statements regarding our closure.***


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Posted on: 2019-07-18 08:42:41   By: Anonymous
 
How about selling tickets for certain days. This way you could limit the traffic problem.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2019-07-18 09:01:57   By: Anonymous
     
    The family will be putting grapes in for income.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2019-07-18 10:11:28   By: Anonymous
       
      calaveras in the new age.
      So glad I knew it before before the bay area came and stomped and left plastic wrappers.


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        Re:
        Posted on: 2019-07-18 10:12:28   By: Anonymous
         
        the Supes are bringing cannabis crime back,
        tour the grows,

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        Posted on: 2019-07-18 10:36:57   By: Anonymous
         
        I've seen a lot of locals doing some pretty rude things...fireworks, feeding a bear outside of what was Susie's Diner. Can't blame everything on someone else. And yes, they were locals...living across the street from us

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          Posted on: 2019-07-18 11:33:02   By: Anonymous
           
          I agree completely about throwing the locals in the mix, it's just the way things are sadly.
          Every time I go fishing, be it a lake or stream, I'm picking up garbage. Walk downtown during the week, picking up garbage. It's just so many people don't give a Damn anymore, laziness, rudeness, of course it's not everyone, we aren't all democrats, some of us care, pick up the garbage of others, donate time and energy of helping others. As long as most of those democrats are out on bail, cutting off their ankle monitoring bracelet or just plain a fugitive who skipped their court appearances again this is what we can expect.
          70% of our federal inmates are democrats it would be more but our laws have become so relaxed because our prisons have become so over crowded that many democrats are given a pass to walk free. So many democrats leeching off the system the Republican tax payer can't pay for everything.
          A big thank you for the minority of the democrats who have pride, take care of their family, work for a living, and care about this country too. I know you're out there......somewhere.

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            Posted on: 2019-07-18 11:52:48   By: Anonymous
             
            Too many Flatlanders, doing selfie's. I just got to have a picture so I can
            post to Facebook/ instagram. They Fu%kup everything.

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              Posted on: 2019-07-18 23:04:52   By: Anonymous
               
              No names of non-elected people

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    Paradise Lost
    Posted on: 2019-07-18 13:14:16   By: Anonymous
     
    Allowing the county people each spring to leisurely stroll and view the daffodils was never about using the property for a source of income for sheriff Ryan and family. They just graciously shared the blooming beauty of their property each spring with the locals. It was a beautiful quiet peaceful place to go each spring on a weekday and view the blooms. The unruly road warriors have ruined it, the experience of the now lost.

    This is what is happening in all of our small foothill counties. They have found our little piece of paradise here. They will not stop coming or moving here, because they now seek what they had in the past but ruined it. And eventually we will be just like where they came from. The best we can do is try to slow down putting in all the things that their cities have.

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Whoa....ummm....the people that run Daffodil Hill are celebrated Democrat/Progressives!!
Posted on: 2019-07-18 12:31:54   By: Anonymous
 
The angry “Democrat hater” is off his/her rocker....

Anyway, what a great run for Daffodil Hill!! God bless them for 80 years of springtime bliss. I’m so glad my mom took me there as a child-it was glorious. Remember the peacocks? The crisp spring air? The dozens of awestruck people, wandering the paths and smiling for pics (with actual cameras? :).

Maybe we should all send them our best thanks and good wishes, rather than pissing and moaning about what we’ve lost. The world moves on, and it’s ok to let go, without ugly finger pointing blame, criticism, or remorse.

We’ll miss you, Daffodil Hill!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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    Re: Whoa....ummm....the people that run Daffodil Hill are celebrated Democrat/Progressives!!
    Posted on: 2019-07-18 12:45:41   By: Anonymous
     
    I loved that place. Glad I visited several times. Thank you for all that beauty. Totally understandable, but still sad.
    Daffodils have always been a favorite.

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      Re: Whoa....ummm....the people that run Daffodil Hill are celebrated Democrat/Progressives!!
      Posted on: 2019-07-18 23:06:03   By: Anonymous
       
      Ronald Reagan first said it about redwoods. "You seen one daffodil, you seen them all."

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    Re: Whoa....ummm....the people that run Daffodil Hill are celebrated Democrat/Progressives!!
    Posted on: 2019-07-18 13:32:05   By: Anonymous
     
    @ "The angry “Democrat hater” is off his/her rocker...."

    I suspect you do not live here, or you are a recent transplant. The peacocks were not always there. Nor were there the amount of bulbs, or structured paths viewed today. You are a complacent fool, and far to easily dismiss what our counties are losing each year because of lack of ordinances, laws, greed, etc. thanks to our transplant hired and elected government.

    I suspect you would be happy to build a freeway up to Daffodil Hill and install a large pavement parking lot. Paving paradise and putting in a parking lot.

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      Re: Whoa....ummm....the people that run Daffodil Hill are celebrated Democrat/Progressives!!
      Posted on: 2019-07-18 17:30:57   By: Anonymous
       
      Nope, born and raised in Calaveras County.

      God, you’re resentment is delicious.....

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    Re: Whoa....ummm....the people that run Daffodil Hill are celebrated Democrat/Progressives!!
    Posted on: 2019-07-18 13:44:06   By: Anonymous
     
    AAHHHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    "Celebrated Democrat/Progressives!!" You are joking right?


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      Re: Whoa....ummm....the people that run Daffodil Hill are celebrated Democrat/Progressives!!
      Posted on: 2019-07-18 17:34:00   By: Anonymous
       
      Nope, not joking.

      Which you’d know, if you were from around here. ;)

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PARADISE LOST!!
Posted on: 2019-07-18 13:50:34   By: Anonymous
 
Amador County exchanged Daffodil Hill for big box stores, gambling casinos, crime, homeless and methadone clinics.

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    Re: PARADISE LOST!!
    Posted on: 2019-07-18 14:14:24   By: Anonymous
     
    Damn Flatlanders. If you would stay home and not congest our tranquil foothills this would never happen. Stay the hell away.

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You know, it’s funny....
Posted on: 2019-07-18 21:38:44   By: Anonymous
 
There are just a few angry, frightened “trolls” out there, ready to insert their odd right wing-flavored vitriol into just about any conversation about anything in The Pinetree. It’s just bizarre.

This article about Daffodil Hill is a perfect example. The folks who own and run the place took great pains to make their painful decision exquisitely clear. It was an unavoidable county infrastructure and geographical issue that finally made them close. The owners were very clear in explaining that the small mountain roads that lead to their beautiful hill would never be adequate to the task of allowing that many visitors. They also didn’t have access or perhaps funds for more land for improved parking.

There’s nothing wrong with our roads, really. They are a product of their placement, built along narrow ridge lines and deep valleys. There’s nothing wrong with not choosing to build more parking. In the end, the crowds were just too much. Daffodil Hill was a victim of its own success. Capitalism at its finest sometimes has unintended consequences.

Yup, when there’s big crowds, people tend to litter (I’m sure the people who attended Trump’s “Salute to American Arned Forces” this past 4th of July were paragons of litterless virtue). Folks take pics of themselves against gorgeous backgrounds, often posting these same pics (gasp!) on social media. Children run around and enjoy themselves, often making noise and being messy (at least they were born?!). The giant mega-trucks so favored by right wingers make parking a hassle, and pollution a hazard. I guess I could throw shade at my Republican Party as well as the next guy.

But this closure is clearly not about politics. It’s just a sad thing that’s happening, and some troll out there has seen an opportunity to read their own posts over and over, to be divisive and aggressive.

And stupid.

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    Re: You know, it’s funny....
    Posted on: 2019-07-19 14:11:20   By: Anonymous
     
    Keep the Country, Country. Shun the so called... Celebrated Democrat/Progressives.

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