How does 2023-level rainfall impact Dana Adobe?

The rain this past month seems to want to continue, and we here at Dana Adobe are grateful!  The rainfall has resulted in so many positive outcomes for the Rancho, including creating a lush ecosystem for our plants and animals to thrive in.

Here are some of our favorite quotes about rain, just because:

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” 

– John Updike

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.”  

– Dolly Parton

“It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.”

– Dave Barry

“Don’t threaten me with love, baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain.”

– Billie Holiday

The Upsides

The rainfall creates beautiful, flowing creeks on the Rancho and all over Nipomo.  Nipomo creek runs into the Santa Maria Riverbed.  

Not only is rain great for the Rancho, but the surrounding bodies of water Lake Isabella, Lake Cachuma, Whale Rock Reservoir, Salinas Reservoir and Lopez Lake Reservoir provide a good deal of water to their local communities, and they do quite well when they’re full of rainwater!

The frog populations increase on the rancho after it rains!  We are expecting to see many more little green buddies around the Rancho in the coming weeks.

The Downsides

The rain washes in a lot of trash from town.  There is much more garbage all around the Rancho that’s been washed up by the rain.  We are planning a clean up day soon – stay tuned for the date!

How Rain Works On Very Dry Land:

California, as you know, has been in a drought for many years.  We’ve been praying for rain, and it finally came!  The only problem is, rain doesn’t immediately fix a drought situation.  The earth is so dry that the initial rain simply runs off the top of the soil and doesn’t penetrate the ground.  During these recent rains, it took a long time for us to see the runoff stop and the ground begin to truly moisten and heal from the drought.

Rain on the Rancho – A Little History Lesson

Did you know that rain on the Rancho has been a notable event throughout our history?  Some didn’t believe it was a thing – but it was!  Here is a blog we did a while back all about Rain on the Rancho, featuring a copy of the original article written by our very own “Rocky” Dana:

Naturefest 2023


We love bringing you Naturefest every year, and we’re gearing up early this year!  We already have 30 vendors lined up, and here are some of the other highlights of the program:

When:  April 15 – 10am-4pm

What:  Face painting, live music and animal presentations, hands-on booths, bird feeders & flower making, leaf rubbing, and cooking in a solar oven

We hope you can join us for this amazing annual event! Stay tuned for more details as they arrive!