Announcements Archive

Cedar Creek Falls to open spring 2013 under new rules

posted Feb 26, 2015, 3:44 PM by Glen Morgan   [ updated Feb 26, 2015, 3:44 PM ]

Cedar Creek Falls
20 Dec 2012

Cedar Creek Falls: No jumping, no booze

Jumping off the cliffs at Cedar Creek Falls and alcohol use in the area will be prohibited under new rules when the trail from the Ramona side reopens in April 2013. Users will also be required to pay for daily visitor passes. [Read the full article....]

Turkey Trot ride & potluck 11-17-2012

posted Nov 12, 2012, 9:36 AM by Glen Morgan   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 12:43 PM by webmaster OPEN ]

Join us for this annual tradition of a group ride with San Vicente Saddle Club and Ramona Trails Association through Mt Gower Open Space ending at Hellanback Ranch for a potluck get together. Here are the details:

Meet at Mt Gower staging area at the end of Gunn Stage Rd in SDCE (here is a link): http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/parks/openspace/Mt_Gower.html where John York will transport our food and camp chairs to his ranch with his tractor and wagon. The ride will leave the staging area promptly at 10am for a nice 2 hr ride ending at the Hellanback Ranch Winery with John and Paula hosting us for lunch under the oak trees. Please bring a halter and long lead line to tie your horse to a tree. There are plenty of trees so the horses can be spaced out. Please put your name on your pot luck dish in case you forget to take it home I will have some way to let you know. Bring your own camp chair and consider bringing your camp plates and utensils so we can decrease the amount of trash we generate that ends up in the landfills. RTA will have paper plates and utensils for those who can't bring their own. In case of rain the day of the ride we will meet at the Rotunda at the SDCE Intl Equestrian Center on Gunn Stage for our pot luck and some social time even if we can't ride so plan to make your special pot luck item to share and we will all have a great time together. For questions or more info I can be reached at ... 760 789 5185 home or cell 760 802 1420 or by email too tlh9749@yahoo.com See ya on the trail Terry Jorgensen

Spurs, Spokes, & Sneakers 2012 registration form

posted Sep 11, 2012, 6:52 AM by Glen Morgan   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 12:45 PM by webmaster OPEN ]

Ramona Trails Association’s Annual Fundraising Event

Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Ramona Community Park

Registration Form

RTA is glad to have you join us for another fun filled event.  The Poker ride/hike/bike will start from the RTA staging area on Aqua Lane and leave in groups between 10:00am and 11:00am.  It is approximately a 2 hour ride/hike with everyone back at the staging area by 1:30pm for a yummy lunch serving ‘SSS Bratwurst’, made just for RTA and this event.  Bid on some fabulous gifts at the silent auction and use your raffle tickets for great prizes.  

You don't need to do the hike/ride portion to participate in the raffle and silent auction which will start at 2pm.

Meet up with old friends and make some new ones.

Registration fee includes lunch, 1 raffle ticket, and 1 poker hand (adults only).  You will have the opportunity to “earn” extra raffle tickets at various stops along the way and they can also be purchased.  There will be fun activities at the staging area so bring the whole family even if they aren’t participating in the trail events.

Name: ____________________________________________________________

Address:___________________________________________________________

Phone:_____________________________ Email:__________________________ 

RTA member horse, bike or hike package .……. #_____ @ $25 each …. = $_______

Non-member horse, bike or hike package ……. #_____ @ $30 each …. = $_______

Child 12 (years or less) package ………………….. # _____ @ $10 each … = $ _______

Lunch, raffle ticket package (non-trail use) …..  #_____ @ $10 each …. = $_______

                                                                                                           TOTAL………………………. =$ _______

Please circle your preferred start time:   10:00am  10:30am 11:00am 
       PayPal: registration@ramonatrails.org

Mail to: RTA, PO Box 2136, Ramona, CA  92065 by 10/01/12         Questions please call 760-760-4860

Labor Day weekend camping in Cuyamaca at Los Vaqueros Camp

posted Aug 23, 2012, 2:50 PM by Glen Morgan   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 12:40 PM by webmaster OPEN ]

From our Director of Rides

As we go through this summer we look forward to our annual Labor Day RTA campout at Los Vaqueros Horse Camp in Cuyamaca State Park.  Dates are August 30th through September 3rd.  This event has "sold out" every year so sign up asap. The registration will be open to RTA members only for the first 2-3 weeks and then we will open to other organizations. The cost will remain at $55 per corral again this year. 

RTA’s Board works hard to provide something special for our loyal members and this camp out is one of
those benefits. We keep the cost to just what we pay for the camp and a few creature comforts in camp. If you have
friends or family who are not horse folks they can come and camp with you just the same. 

We have special pricing for tent camping (think about putting the kids in a tent nearby) and limited space for additional motor homes/campers who don't bring a horse of if your gang is so large you need two campers for everyone. There is the member and non-member registration fee for the event friends or family may consider joining to get the lower price. Registration Flyer is on our Forms & Fliers page.

Take care and Happy Trails! 

Terry Jorgensen Director of Rides 2012

Trailer Backing & Safety Clinic July 14th

posted Jul 11, 2012, 4:31 PM by Glen Morgan   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 12:38 PM by webmaster OPEN ]

 

Do you need help backing or parking your trailer?

Do you know how to check your trailer brakes?

Do you know how much air should be in your truck & horse tires?

Do you know if the floor of your horse trailer is still in good shape?

 

If these are the kind of things you would like to know then join us:

Ramona Trails Association

 Invites you to our

Trailer Backing & Safety Clinic

On July 14, 2012

Between 1-5pm

 In the dirt parking lot at Aqua Street in Ramona (off 5th Street)

 

Open to the Public!

Bring your truck and trailer and get individualized training on backing and parking your rig. In addition you will get safety tips that are important for properly using and maintaining your trailer.  We will help you check your brake setting, trailer flooring, exterior trailer lights, tire air pressure and tread, if you have buddy bearings we can even help you lube them on-site. 

 

 

Suggested Donation of $10 per Vehicle

Please RSVP to:

Specialevents@ramonatrails.org

Or call Tammy at 760-271-5035

 

RTA is a non-profit 501c3

Donations are always Appreciated & Tax Deductible

 

June 2nd - Hike on National Trails Day

posted Jun 1, 2012, 4:56 PM by Glen Morgan   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 12:36 PM by webmaster OPEN ]

June 2nd – National Trails Day Hike sponsored by RTA.

 

In celebration of National Trails Day we will be hosting a hike at the Ramona Grasslands Preserve off Highland Valley Road. Rather than a morning hike we chose a late afternoon hike because we will have 'close' to a full moon on the 2nd and this will allow for a beautiful sun set get together. Clint Richards will be giving a presentation on map reading and following the four mile hike we will have tables set up for those who want to participate in a pot-luck and watch the moon rise. 

 

Meet a 4pm to gather before the hike. Wear appropriate gear for a moderate hike. For those who want, bring a pot-luck appetizer or dish to share along with your own beverage and chair. RTA will provide tables, plates, utensils, etc. and will have some bottled water on hand. 

 

For information on the hike please contact

Clint at 760-468-8518

or  communication@ramonatrails.org .

 

Map and park information can be found on the Trails & Camps page on our website:

http://www.ramonatrails.org/trails-camps   

         "Ramona Grassland Preserve"

 

Open to the public so invite your friends to come join the fun!    If you want to ride your horse, that is ok too!

 

Event registered with the American Hiking Society

 


Summary of April 2012 membership meeting

posted May 1, 2012, 7:52 PM by webmaster OPEN   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 12:34 PM ]

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Ramona Trails Association

Membership-Business Meeting Minutes and Summary
April 4, 2012, 7:00 p.m. – Community Center

Present: Members: Christine Griffin, Terry & Marty Jorgensen, Robin Maxson, Clint Richards, John & Arvie Degenfelder, Bob & Maria Longton, Alison Farrin, Bart & Vonnie Switzer, Jenny Hindmarsh, Tammy Alsman. 14 members, no visitors.

Welcome & Introduction Christine Griffin.

  • Call to Order
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introductions of those present
President’s Report - Christine Griffin
  • Introduction of new Secretary – Maria Biondo Longton.
  • New RTA website www.RamonaTrails.org Christine explained the new website that Margaret Hill put together in the last week, with a handout referring to the links to the sites pages, the calendar www.ramonatrails.org/calendar (which integrates BCHC and other events with RTA’s), the “My Family” link, a ‘Donate”, ‘Join’ and “RTA Online Store’ button, the log-in link for Board members to access our corporate account all on the home page of the website. One suggestion given was that GPS info be available for trails on the website, so difficultly of the trail could be evaluated beforehand.
  • Mention of the GPS was noted as a good one and Christine was reminded that RTA has a GPS with one of the members, and it needs to be located. Terry offered to help find who has it.
  • Google Apps for Nonprofits hosts our online corporate accounts and is up and running. The new website is free to us through “Google Apps”, along with internet storage of documents, pictures, videos, corporate emails and much more. All Board members have been given an email address based on their Board position and have been asked to do all RTA communications using those addresses. Those email addresses are also on our website via www.ramonatrails.org/board-members . Karen Carlson helped get the domain name released so Margaret Hill could set it up with the new site. Margaret is our temporary webmaster while someone is sought to fill that spot.
  • Summary of recent Board meeting:
    • Discussion of the difference between the title ‘Past President’ (anyone having held the office of the President) and the Office of Past President (a position on the Board of Directors). Amendment to the bylaws clearly defining each was passed unanimously.
    • Director of Communications vacant position.
    • Director of Trails Karen Carlson resignation, Arvie Degenfelder was voted co-director in 2012 election so she has assumed that position.
    • Detailed discussion of the Old Rodeo Grounds Arena project, currently no funding or MOU with the county for that project.
    • Rides, Special Events, Projects & Fundraisers a checklist of all things needing to be taken into consideration (insurance, contracts, costs/funding, PR, etc.) when doing anything for RTA will be created and available online. Amendment to the bylaws was passed unanimously making use of that checklist mandatory for any type of function mandatory.
    • Monument Copyright an application for authorization to us the copyright and an authorization form will be created and a list of approved users will be available online.
    • Resolution for the application of a RTA Debit card was approved unanimously.
    • Discussion of the online office for BOD to use Google Apps for Non-Profits, corporate emails for each Board member to use for all RTA business which will create continuity of information going forward over the years as people change positions versus loss of information because it is on personal computers with peoples personal emails which has left us with no record of years of RTA history because people computers have crashed, people are no longer active members and some have passed away. Online records (documents, photos, videos, etc.) can help store our history for the future.

Details of the BOD meeting of 4-2-12 will be sent to the membership via the Minutes of the meeting, prior to our May Membership meeting.

Treasurer’s Report - Clint Richards

  • Deposits: $1,900 from Membership Fees.
  • Expenditures: $3,522.68.
  • Rodeo Arena Project has used $379.17 of general funds which will need to be repaid via fundraising.
  • Vallecito Days added additional $334 funds for future projects at VD.
  • Katie provided a comparison of 2009/2010/2011 RTA financials.

Secretary's Report - Maria Biondo Longton

  • Motion made by John Degenfelder to approve January minutes. Seconded by Alison Ferrin. Motion passed. Motion made by Clint Richards to approve February minutes. Seconded by Tammy Alsman. Motion passed.
  • Maria Biondo Longton just installed as Secretary, so the March Minutes will be emailed to members by Christine, and will be posted online.

Vice President /Membership Report - Robin Joy Maxson

  • Current number of up-to-date total members for 2012: 130.
  • Current number of up-to-date family & individual memberships for 2012: 76.
  • Membership renewals status of activity Robin contacted everyone on old list, and will address all from an old “inactive” list. Currently RTA has $1,900 in Membership fees.
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RPRA (Ramona Parks & Recreation Association) Cheryl Wegner Not present/No report

Communication Director Position is open at this time.

  • This Office really needs to be filled. Responsibilities are newsletter, brochures, website. Currently Margaret is temporarily doing much of the website and Christine is temporarily doing the rest. An ad will be put in the next newsletter to recruit help.
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Rides Terry Jorgensen

  • 6th Annual Vallecito Day’s Event – Wonderful successful story by Terry.
  • Theme this year was the Civil War period. 33 riders participated and 75 dinners were served. All expenses were covered by entrance fees, even Insurance. $334 surplus! Many improvements mentioned, and the wish list for tie rails and a wash rack. RTA made this event possible for last six years working together with BLM, county Parks and other agencies. Estimated 150 200 visitors enjoyed the event, with Old Town docents, too. Hands on demonstrations like leather work, tomahawk throwing and period clothing actualized the event.
  • Over the six years Terry has chaired the event more than $17,000 has been brought into RTA and the event has been self-sustaining the entire time with surplus funds being earmarked for horse related items at the park. Hoping to use funds to create a Kiosk by the horse corrals with info about the trails, facility and RTA.
  • Next ride April 7th, Trail Host is Lary Griffin (858)735-8291. Barona Mesa & Cleveland Nat’l Forest, park at end of San Vicente Rd, be ready to ride at 10am. SDCE to Barona Mesa, CNF and return. Ride time approx. 3 hours, skill level moderate some steep hills.
  • Pre-ride done on Monday April 2, by Terry and other RTA members for Saturday’s safety. Lary Griffin did some trail repair in advance of the ride thanks Lary!
  • Reminder- Vaquero Days August 11 in Old Town this year (1830-1850 Statehood Period) Program will be one day with parade, demos, dinner, dance, etc. Plan ahead.

Trails Arvie Degenfelder

  • Old Rodeo Grounds - April 14th work party at 9:00am for pipe fencing work.
  • Update - Eagle Scout Project Concrete Map Project by Trevor she will get an update.
  • Cedar Creek Falls trail open from Julian side April 1, 2012. Still patrolled. Terry Jorgensen, Tammy Alsman and Patty Heyden have been alternating representation at the meetings of local agencies dealing with the trail issues. A permit process will be put in place and public comment on that should be in the near future.

Special Events/Fundraising - Tammy Alsman

  • Cafe Press is our online store where RTA logo’d items can be ordered. There is a link to the store on the Home page of the RTA website. Tammy has been working with Christine, Marketing Worx and Kristin Munson to get the John Pickle logo recreated in a digital format so store items can have that logo too. RTA will get a donation with each item purchase from our store. Profit from these donations will go to the general fund. Suggestion made by Maria that some of these items be ordered for ‘show and tell’ at our meetings, perhaps offering some free with a donation to RTA. Motion made by Tammy Alsman to spend $100 to purchase items from our store for promotion of RTA store. Seconded simultaneously by Clint Richards and Robin Joy Maxson. Motion passed unanimously. Items will be ordered for the next meeting.
  • Retro Logo being computerized –Big thanks to Kristin Munson.
  • Christine has been working Wood N Stiches getting the Monument logo and our new RTA logo digitized for embroidering. They have asked to use our copyright and are helping with the logo in exchange.
  • ACTHA event update. Because of the short time frame to put everything together and the work involved Tammy’s committee has decided to postpone any ACTHA event in the short term. The leg work has been done to get is set up in the future RTA wants one.
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Community/Government Liaison - John Degenfelder

  • Old Rodeo Grounds is not really part of the trail system, but is a “Resource Management Project” that John was asked about doing by the County. San Diego County will decide if and when to widen the road into the arena and what to do with the Ranch House and the barn. A staging area larger that the Ramona Grasslands is wanted, and opening this area in the future will relieve some of the crowding at the Grasslands. Fixing up the arena is the first step of the dream, then the rest will need to be completed by the county before it can be used. Estimated cost for the arena project is $10,000. Some sort of fundraising need to done to cover those cost (mostly for fencing).

Old Business:

  • Cheryl Wegner I Love a Clean San Diego event with RTA April 28th.
  • Trails Conference Bart Switzer will be attending for RTA along with John & Arvie Degenfleder, April 18-20th.
  • EqWine Trail Karen C to have sent easement info to Becky Cullen, status unknown.

New Business:

  • Arvie D, passionately suggested RTA consider an Adopt A Trailproject for members to get active with, similar to the one the City of Carlsbad has in place and brought some of the materials on their program. She felt there were no current trail projects and brought up the Park to Pile trail. Terry Jorgenson co-chaired that project and got survey work done and Karen Carlson obtained $5000 in grant funding to build the trail and pay for the fencing, but this project was several years ago and Arvie has concerns no new trail projects are in the works. Arvie wants a younger member to step forward and pick up her enthusiasm for trail projects.
  • Alison Farrin has been working on a trail in the Highland Valley area and expressed frustration with lack of information on how to get a trail approved and completed. She asked if RTA had a checklist with the steps and contacts to streamline the process and wants guidance on how to continue. She will speak with Arvie about how to proceed with the County. Alison has spoken to neighbors and gotten their support already and will review the Carlsbad materials to see if that can help RTA create a checklist.
  • Maria Biondo made a motion for Alison to review Carlsbad’s “Adopt-A-Trail” brochure and make a document for RTA submission. Adopt A Trail in our community right here! Seconded simultaneously by Clint and Robin. Motion passed.
  • It was pointed out that several ‘trails’ projects were being handled by various RTA members such as: Cedar Creek Falls, EqWine Trail, Old Survey 97, Santa Margarita Greenway, Old Rodeo Grounds Arena (Arvie stated that was not a trail project), Alison’s trail and one to the back side of Barnett Open space and it was suggested that the Trails Committee support and assist with these too.
  • Ramona Rodeo Parade is May 19th, RTA must decide by May 7th , whether to attend. Christine will send out an e-mail to see if there is enough interest to pay the entrance fee. RTA did participate last year. Fee for non-profits $25, for Equestrian $50.

Near-term Calendar of Events

  • April 7th, Ride Host Lary Griffin (858) 735-8291.
  • April 14, Old Rodeo Grounds Work Party at 9:00am.
  • April 18-21, California Trails Conference in Woodland Hills.
  • April 28, I Love A Clean San Diego cleanup day Cheryl Wegner.
  • April 28, San Vicente Saddle Club Poker Ride (non-RTA event).
  • May 2, RTA Membership Meeting 7 pm Ramona Community Center.

Meeting adjourned at 8:43pm.

I Love A Clean San Diego 2012 Ramona Cleanup

posted May 1, 2012, 6:31 PM by webmaster OPEN   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 12:32 PM ]

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012

Ramona Trails Association (RTA) does love a clean San Diego; and to prove it, members Cheryl Wegner and Ingrid Tighe co-chaired the committee for the Ramona location, one of 88 throughout the county, for I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) 10th annual Creek to Bay Cleanup.  Over 90 people signed up to help pick up all kinds of trash in the Ramona area on April 28, 2012.

2012 I Love A Clean San Diego - Ramona Cleanup with RTA

People couldn't have asked for a better day; and the weather was perfect, especially after a week of unpredictable rain showers.  It was a little mucky in some places, and there was water in the Santa Maria Creek; but the sun was out with a nice breeze, and the temperature was perfect for a little physical labor.

Most of the volunteers gathered at the RTA staging area, which is part of the Ramona Community Park at 434 Aqua Street, in the big dirt lot across Aqua Street from the Rodeo Ground's Fred Grand Arena.  A smaller group of students from Ramona High School's Fusion team met at the Montecito location and started from there.

Gathering at the RTA Staging Area at 434 Aqua St.

How great it was to see scout groups, school teams, and families, in addition to the RTA members who were able to attend the cleanup.  We had youngsters and oldsters alike working together on a common goal.  To see all the kids that took their Saturday morning to willingly participate was awesome.  For some, this was their first time to volunteer for a community service.  Glad they joined the effort.

Cheryl Wegner giving the orientation for participants.

ILACSD provided gloves, garbage bags, and water. Cheryl Wegner, the Volunteer Coordinator for San Diego County Parks, donated protein bars and mechanical sticks to pick up the small items of trash without having to bend over as part of the county's Volunteer Program.  Cheryl did the orientation, while RTA member Margaret Hill took care of getting everyone checked in and waivers signed.  Cheryl assigned work groups to head out to various areas from the Community Park all the way to Montecito.

Participants gathered at the RTA Staging area, ready to work.

The group was asked to return to the staging area to check back in before leaving for the day, and they were given contact numbers in case they had questions or if they found large items that would need to be picked up by one of the two trucks provided by Cheryl Wegner and Christine Griffin.  The trucks went from site to site to pick up the trash and take it to Ramona Disposal Service (RDS), who allowed the trash to be dumped at no charge.

Crew working the Santa Maria Creek area at 13th St.
They filled the trailer and truck bed twice!

Christine pulled a trailer behind her truck, which was quickly filled with mattresses, couches, and lawn furniture cleaned from the side of the creek east of 13th Street. Articles of clothing, a TV, a kids' sized swimming pool filled with junk, broken windows, and a room sized piece of carpet were all dragged out from beside the creek.  The truck and trailer made two trips to RDS.  The load in the picture above weighed in at 1,180 pounds.  After the trash was dumped, 5 shopping carts were returned to their stores.

Part of the Montecito group with a FILLED dumpster that
was graciously donated by Ramona Disposal Service.

Ramona Disposal Service participation in the event was huge.  Not only did they allow us to dump the trash at no cost, they took a 40-yard dumpster to the Montecito location so trash could be put in that and then be picked up later by one of their trucks.  Cheryl was able to get a picture of part of the group (some had to leave before she got there), and you can see that the trash reached the top of the dumpster.  Phew, what a great job all the kids from Fusion did there. According to Cheryl, in addition to the 40-yard dumpster, Ramona Disposal Service numbers reflected over 1,800 pounds of trash was brought in from the other locations.

The people at Daniel's Market and Stater Brothers were amazed and very grateful for the return of their shopping carts. Daniel's only has 4 carts, so the return of this one that had been missing for a long time brightened the staff's morning.  The employees at Stater Brothers were also surprised that people were actually returning carts, so it was a great way to introduce them to both RTA and ILACSD.

We would like to also thank Laurie Broadwater, who provided 3 of her Photo Ribbons to be signed by participants. One will be presented to Ramona Disposal Service with a recognition thank you, one will go back to Laurie for her display of various events, and Cheryl was given one as chairperson for this event.

Biggest thanks go to all those who were able to share the time and camaraderie of making Ramona a little more beautiful and safer, all in a few hours on a fabulous spring morning.  What a great way to start a weekend. 

Thanks to all who participated!

Christine Griffin, President

From mountain mesa to rain forest in Ramona

posted May 1, 2012, 5:35 PM by webmaster OPEN   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 12:30 PM ]

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012


This year we have added the opportunity for club members to volunteer to be a ride boss and share their favorite trail with everyone.  Our first local ride was held on April 7, 2012; and Lary Griffin volunteered to host the ride for a group of 10 horseback riders and one hiker.

Trail Boss Lary Griffin speaking to the group of riders.

We met at the end of San Vicente road in the San Diego Country Estates where there is ample parking for trailers and out of the way of any traffic. We hadn’t planned on it being one of the warmest days of the year so far and it was already hot and dry when we mounted up and hit the trail starting with the more technical portion of the ride which took us up a steep hill, across a narrow ravine and up the rest of the hill landing up on top of the area called Barona Mesa.

Once up on Barona Mesa, we skirted the northeast edge of the development following the trails along the roadways until we connected with Mount Gower Truck Trail, which runs from Barona Mesa over to the Cedar Creek Falls area.  A wide dirt road had hikers and bikers that passed us along our way.  We didn’t get very far on the trail before there was a wide area where we stopped and got to look at the beautiful vista that included the peaks of Mt. Laguna,  Middle Peak, Eagle Peak, and all the local mountains.  We were lucky to have Marty Jorgensen point out each of them and give us historical tidbits about the area.
Barona Mesa - the Mt. Gower Truck Trail.
There are lots of bushes along the roadside; and as I was riding past a very large one, I thought I heard water running, so stopped to take a look at why it sounded like the trickle of fast moving water.  It didn’t take me too long to realize it wasn’t water I was hearing at all; it was in fact the sound of a rattlesnake, who no doubt was warning our group to stay away.   While we never saw it, just hearing it was enough for us to know to stay far away.

We left the truck trail before reaching the trail head that goes to Cedar Creek Falls and dropped down the long hill into the canopy of trees that cover the trails this side of Ramona Oaks street and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect as the temperature was reaching the 80’s.   As we went along the trail, I realized we had a very diverse group of riders; many of us had not ridden together before.  Three endurance riders on Arabians, two gaited horses, two people and horses with vaquero style gear, and the rest a blend of breeds, riders, and Clint, our one hiker, and we were all having a great time with lots to talk about along the trail.
Diverse group of riders enjoying the trail and each others company.
We stopped for a break under the shade of huge oak trees in an area where the trail had widened and we could get off the horses and let them graze a little while we enjoyed the snacks and beverages we brought with us and share some stories of other rides we had all been on. 

Ready to ride after our snack break.

We passed behind several houses, some with dogs and some with horses. We rode along the street past Dog Park and the tennis courts and through to the Casey Tibbs Arena and Western Center, where we stopped to see the beautiful metal work that was done by Laura Souza, who also did the metal work on the “Welcome to Ramona” monument at the corner of Highway 67 and Dye Road.  Her work is fabulous.  

Once we left the western center, we dropped into a very fun portion of the ride where there was water in the creek bed and so much greenery it reminded me of the rain forest in Kauai. We also had the opportunity to cross some large trees that had fallen across the path, giving the horses a wide variety of natural obstacles for the ride.

Behind the Fire Station on San Vicente Road

We finished by riding behind the fire station on San Vicente road and back out to where the trailers were parked.  The ride took about 3½ hours. We got out of the heat at the perfect time so the horses and humans were able to enjoy the ride without sweating and had a nice variety of terrain and natural obstacles.  From the top of the mesa, with miles and miles of views of the local mountains, to the oak covered canopy and watery rain forest, all in 3½ hours, it was perfect.  Top that off with a 10 minute drive home, and it makes one more reason that Ramona is such a great place to ride, hike, or bike.   

Final stretch of the ride.

See you on the trails soon! 

Christine
President
Ramona Trails Association

Summary of March 2012 membership meeting

posted Mar 23, 2012, 1:47 PM by webmaster OPEN   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 12:27 PM ]

Ramona Trails Association
Membership Meeting Summary
March 7, 2012

Meeting was called to order at 7pm by Vice President Robin Joy Maxson and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.  In attendance were members: Robin Maxson, Clint Richards, Linda Lucas, Don Wendt, John & Arvie Degenfelder, Donna Comford, Robin Campbell, Karen Carlson,  Bill & Erna Edelson, Mary Moore, Bob & Maria Longton, Jenny Hindmarsh, Bart & Vonnie Switzer.  Becoming a member - Rae O’Rourke.   Guest – Larry McKinnon

Maria Longton brought cupcakes to share in celebration of her recent retirement from Library.
   THANK YOU!

Presidents report read by Robin, from Christine Griffin (at RTA Vallecitos Day Event setting up).
●             I would like to thank Karen Carlson & Margaret Hill for their endless hours getting the new web-site up and running. This has been a huge endeavor and we owe them many, many thanks.......
●             We have an opening for the Secretary and Director of Communications positions on the Board and we are asking for any volunteers who are interested in either position to contact me.  I will be sending out an email with a description of each position after the Vallecito Days Event so anyone who may be interested will know more of what is involved.   I also want to thank Ada Wildberger for her help and support on the Board.
●             Because so many of the BOD are not at the meeting no business will be transacted at this meeting and will need to go on next month’s agenda

VP/Membership:  We currently have 112 active members in 2012.   Robin has been contacting 2011 members (190) and older inactive members to see if they are interested in membership this year with VERY positive results.

RPRA (Ramona Parks & Rec Assoc.) report read by Robin M.  Eagle Scout Project – cement trail map at RTA trailhead in Ramona Community Park was approved by RPRA.

Director of Communication report: position is open
Web-Site: Karen Carlson -   New web-site is up and running www.ramonatrails.org 
PayPal instructions and donation button will be added shortly, also Rides and Projects Page. 

Director of Rides report – Terry Jorgenson (Not present, at RTA Vallecito Days event setting up.)
Next ride April 7th, Trail Host is Lary Griffin (858)735-8291.   Barona Mesa & Cleveland Natl Forest. Park at end of San Vicente Rd, be ready to ride at 10am.  SDCE to Barona Mesa, CNF and return.  Ride time approx. 3 hours, skill level moderate some steep hills. 

Director of Trails:  Karen Carlson- Bonnie Solvac left the Trail Guides to Arvie who gave them to Karen. 2005 Trail Matrix is on new web-site.   Summary of San Diego River Park meeting – 35 miles of open trails and hoping to get 14 miles through Ramona.    John Degenfelder – Pauma Valley – Sutherland Dam – Old Coach trail descriptions. He attended County Supervisor Diane Jacobs (Dist 2) Trail Meeting Santa Maria Creek Greenway (behind K-Mart) was discussed, Maryann Vancio – Catherine View Trail needs road fixed before anything can be done about the trail.

 Special Events/Fundraising report:-Tammy Alsman (Not present, at RTA Vallecito Days event too.)
●             Cafe Press - RTA Logo items online at www.CafePress.com/RamonaTrails, please check out the site and give Tammy (specialevents@ramonatrails.org) feedback and notes of additional items you may want included.  We are currently working on getting the Retro logo put in an electronic format that will work for apparel and also the round 3 color logo.
●             ACTHA Ride - Currently checking available dates in July at Rancho Penasquitos Canyon and looking for people interested in joining the planning committee and will also need volunteers to help facilitate the day of the event.  

Director of Community/Government Liaison: John Degenfelder – CA Riding & Hiking trail maintenance is being abandoned by the State who wants counties to do the maintenance.  CNF (Cleveland Natl Forest) is working a staging area at the end of Ramona Oaks Rd (SDCE) for the Eagle Peak trail.   Old Rodeo Grounds: Work party to wire  brush pipes and make repairs for prep for painting set for March 24th at 9am.  John to call Marshall Myers. 

Ramona Grasslands does not allow trail users in the pond.   Horses are not allowed.  

Trails Conference in April up in Woodland Hills.  Bart Switzer & John D representing RTA

New Business – none
Meeting was adjourned.      Next Meeting April 4th at 7pm.

Meeting notes taken by Clint Richards, typed to Minutes by Christine Griffin 3-13-12
Secretary and Treasurers report on file and left out of Blog summary.

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