enchanted forest in nederland, co

Posted on September 28th, 2014 by mountain girl  |  1 Comment »

P1100488cpy

Saturday was Wild Bear’s Enchanted Forest fall celebration at Mud Lake.  The floods swamped Nederland last year, but we went two years ago, when Cash was just a few weeks old.  Our first time at the Enchanted Forest was the year before that.

P1100483cpy

Wild Bear is the only non-profit nature center in Boulder County.  Zia was in the Bear Cubs program when she was younger, and attended summer camp there a couple of times.

P1100322cpy

Nederland lies in the mountains at the edge of Barker Reservoir, which feeds Boulder Creek, which runs all the way down the canyon to Boulder.  Boulder Creek was named by the miners dodging boulders that fell from the mountains into the creek.  The city of Boulder was named after the creek (which seems a little backwards!)

P1100384cpy

Enchanted Forest begins in downtown Ned at Wild Bear’s storefront location.  There is always live music, face painting, raptors (and live snakes last year!), costumes to dress up in, etc.  The little storefront is packed with the whole town, as well as out-of-town folks.

P1100417cpy

After a couple of hours downtown, everyone shuttles out to Mud Lake for the forest tour.  We got to ride a real school bus this time, which Cash has been longing to do since school started.  He even had uddey sidey on the bus, which I’m sure was his wildest dream come true. 🙂

P1100537cpy2

Cashy-Boy has grown a bit since he was here last:

DSC02024cpy

He was just a little chub.  I was a little chubby, too.  🙂  Since then my cheeks have been transferred to his.  We was nursin’ persons (and still are).

P1100492cpy

P1100469cpy

Several years ago Wild Bear helped spearhead the cleanup of Mud Lake Open Space, which was a wilderness trash dump.  They cleaned out 30 tons of trash!  I can’t even wrap my mind around that much garbage accumulated in the forest.  Wild Bear purchased 5 acres of the open space, and Mud Lake is now part of Enchanted Forest.

P1100453cpy

This year the weather was beautiful–it feels like summer has finally begun!  73 degrees is rare in the mountains, but we had it Saturday, and it felt so hot.  Especially compared to two years ago, when we all huddled around the bonfire in hats and coats.

P1100515cpy

Me and mah cowboy.

P1100513cpy

P1100443cpy

The animals along the forest tour explained their habits and what to do if you encounter them in the forest.  The moose, in my opinion, was the most interesting.  He was very moose-like and full of moosey info.

P1100480cpy

The bear was hilarious!

P1100428cpy

This is the bobcat.  An owl and a mountain lion showed up along the way, too.

P1100449cpy

P1100457cpy

Zorro also made an appearance (with Joaquin).

P1100508cpy

Live music in the woods.

P1100458cpy

Masked mystery boy with diaper bag.

P1100452cpy

This girl named herself the Animal Fairy.

P1100425cpy

Our group listening to one of the animals.

P1100529cpy

At the end of the day we headed back to the bus.  We had lots of fun, good fresh mountain air, and some “wild animal” sightings.  Just like most days at home.

P1100489cpy

Well, not quite this close-up at home, thankfully.

P1100473cpy

Goodbye till next year, Enchanted Forest!

One Response to “enchanted forest in nederland, co”

  1. Mimi says on :

    Looks like you all had a fun day!!

Leave a Reply