Don't Forget The Magic: Dan Moscov's Summer 2017 experience

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Magic can be defined as an extraordinary or mystical influence, charm or power. This past
summer, I had the pleasure and honor of working on the Mendocino Magic property, tucked away in the mountains of northern California. The property has all three extraordinary qualities, in abundance. As soon as you enter through the front gate, you wonder if you’re in the right place, especially at night. One can only think ‘mystical influence’.

Turning onto the moonlit stone road, completing a 13 hour drive from Salt Lake City and a 3,000 mile trip from Buffalo, New York, I arrived at Mendocino Magic with dry eyes and adrenaline pumping. I got out of the car, had a quick stretch of the legs and knees, and went straight to the fire pit where I found 10 other humans warming themselves from the cool spring breeze. I barely slept that night, overwhelmed with excitement to be in a new place and to start working on the property. In the morning, when the sun peaked over the mountains and the coffee maker kicked on, all five property cats were at the front door waiting for their daily ration. Quails, once raised on the property, fluttered about and woke up the rest of
the wildlife, including the campers. Waking up at sunrise at Mendocino Magic in the spring is charming to say the least, not to mention the fresh mountain air, lush green hills, and the warmth of the California sun. It is indeed magical.

My time at the property was designed as a work-trade. For the duration of my stay, I worked in
return for room and board. Timelines were drawn out ahead of time, and promises were kept. Each morning after breakfast and coffee, it was off to work. Jobs included construction, demolition, landscaping, housecleaning, safety patrol, garbage-man, dog-watcher, dog-walker, and assistant campground managing, just to name a few. Days were long, but the physical work was rewarding. Working didn’t feel quite like work. It seemed bigger than that, as if I were part of a bigger picture.
Throughout the summer I worked with Mackenzie (co-owner and land manager) and two other comrades, Reuben Garcia and Jeremy Banning. The four of us were the core of the Mendocino Magic staff for the summer festivities. Having such a small crew created both friendship and tension. I would say healthy amounts of both. It wasn’t until I returned home, that I realized how much I loved spending each day outside. Once back in the city of Buffalo, the only culture shock I experienced was how much of city life is spent inside, in man-made temperature controlled spaces. It’s a powerful thing to realize how spending quality time outdoors, in remote places, can heal just about any emotional or mental wound, and furthermore, learn to appreciate the planet we inhabit.

Working on the property was an unforgettable and a meaningful experience. What Mackenzie and the staff at Mendocino Magic are creating is not only a special place to camp, or to get married, or to have a business retreat, or to have a music festival, or to have a birthday party, but a place that reminds you of why life itself is magical.

Wallace Stegner's Letter to Congress: A Hipcamp Story featuring Mendocino Magic

As many of our guests are aware, Mendocino Magic's story would not be complete without due homage to Hipcamp, the largest online directory of campsites in the United States. Hipcamp is the first online resource for people looking for campsites across the country using an online platform, whether they be public or private campgrounds.

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Friends with Benefits: Meghan and Mark Get a Life by Mark Davis

Friends with Benefits: Meghan and Mark Get a Life by Mark Davis

      When Meghan and I decided to get hitched, we did not anticipate the amount of time and energy which went into planning. Everyone thinks they know how to throw a party until they actually have to throw a party. It involves accommodating many different groups of friends and family with different tastes, preferences, backgrounds, and needs. Oh, and by the way everyone needs a place to sleep.                                                                                  Through numerous phone calls, on-site visits, and weighing decisions together to compromise on some elements of what we had originally planned, our wedding at Mendocino Magic September 2017 turned out perfect. Going through the planning process actually can be the defining moment of whether or not a couple is truly compatible. The challenges presented were met with grace by Mackenzie and the team of support staff whose help we could not have pulled this momentous event off without.

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Guest Spotlight: Harry Lisabeth

 Harry and Linda visited the Magic and took this epic Holland Reservoir photo (we <3 it too)!

Harry and Linda visited the Magic and took this epic Holland Reservoir photo (we <3 it too)!

I met a fish named Next Time at Mendocino Magic.  I was standing on a little spit that sticks out into the reservoir.  There are some rocks to set your bait down there.  When I looked across to the shady spot by the big log, there were a whole mess of fish burbling around.  One big one jumped out a few times.  I cast over there, but I was using an old reel, and the mechanism was a little stuck.  It just didn’t have the response I needed to catch that one big fish.  He ate two nightcrawlers and an earthworm before I decided to head over there to talk to him 'man to fish'.  I looked him in his beady little eyes and demanded he tell me his name.  I swear he said, “Next time.”  I thought he was being sassy with me, but then I realized I know nothing of fish culture.  Next Time may be a common fish name like Nick or Kate.

MBA Summa cum Terra, or 9 Lessons Learned in the Woods - Part 1 - by Jo Siebeck

MBA Summa cum Terra, or 9 Lessons Learned in the Woods - Part 1  - by Jo Siebeck

I recently graduated with an MBA from the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit school in the best city in the world – and boy, have I learned about economics, data analysis, marketing, accounting, and even the rare factoid about baseball! All this knowledge will sure come in handy for a career in the corporate world. What is equally important to what I am taking away from the past two years, however, is what I learned in the woods.

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Post from Pepper Bear by Guest Caretaker Eric Moore

Post from Pepper Bear by Guest Caretaker Eric Moore

Woof!
Bear Dog here. You know I’m a sociable critter, so when the new fella showed at the pond house I thought I’d stop by and greet him. I recognized him right away from last year (he has a moustache like a Schnauzer I met once). He said hey, and that he also remembered me from last year which was fun to hear. Then, and like so many others, the next thing he said was a variant of “What a beautiful and healing place”, then he heaved a good long sigh…

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Posts from Pepper Bear - January 2016

Posts from Pepper Bear - January 2016

Muddy paws, cold nights. I always take advantage of sleeping on top of stuff in the winter time to avoid the thud of frozen dirt underneath me. So far this month it has rained a little bit every day, accumulating 27 inches already. The town of Laytonville usually receives an average of 71 inches of rain annually, which is plenty to keep the hills nice and green in the spring, and perfect for chasing stuff.

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Volunteer This Summer at the Magic!

Between preparing for upcoming large events or long term preparations for the property's longevity, We always need helpful hands up at the Ranch. Paying guests are not asked to perform any tasks besides abiding by the #onefire rules , but volunteers can pay part of their way or work to pay their dues pending on the task. Please visit our form at



Posts from Pepper Bear - December 22 2015

 Thanks @dilltron3030 for your lovely picture of Pepper Bear at the  Pond House  . Guests and visitors are encouraged to tag their photos @MendocinoMagic on facebook and instagram!

Thanks @dilltron3030 for your lovely picture of Pepper Bear at the Pond House . Guests and visitors are encouraged to tag their photos @MendocinoMagic on facebook and instagram!

Well it's been a wet start to the 2016 winter up here. Trust me, I'm a dog and I live, for the most part, outside up on these lands. In November and December we started receiving rain; less than the last few years, but this is an El Niño year so my dog sense says to find somewhere dry and wait it out. It will be a much wetter winter this year, statistics say we'll reach our average by February and the ground will likely stay soaked through April. While that means a lot of mud and sloughs (super fun for furries like me), it also means extended winter camping for guests, so bring your muddy boots and tarps! Reservations for the 2016 season start after the 1st, and it's really quiet up here aside from the tapping of water off the dock, so come on up and visit me!

Bear hugs.

Posts from Pepper Bear - November 22nd 2015

 Special thanks for your visit up at  Cannonball Camp  this Fall! November's instagram winner for Postsfrom Pepper Bear is @laurenhfifeld "My kind of Bear" :)

Special thanks for your visit up at Cannonball Camp this Fall! November's instagram winner for Postsfrom Pepper Bear is @laurenhfifeld "My kind of Bear" :)

Hey internet world, Pepper Bear here. The Autumn guests were all really nice people, and everyone fed me bacon! I like to walk around with guests to keep them on the trails, protect them from mischievous squirrels and rabbits, and serve as your guide on your hike (whether you like it or not). I am a very friendly Catahoula-Timberwolf and I am the spirit animal of Mendocino Magic. I'm only 2 years old, but I have an old soul you can see in my eyes. Come visit me and we can have our picture taken, too!

Mendocino Magic joins Hipcamp.com!

This June, Mendocino Magic began hosting campers at some of our beloved campsites on hipcamp.com, the most comprehensive online source for campsites across the United States. By joining Hipcamp, we have the opportunity to bring in more campers to enjoy this special place, and are able to cover our operating costs more easily. We were even featured in PSFK recently in an article written by author Kiran Umapathy on the Sharing Economy and how camping brings out the best in this generation. Check it out!