Boonville California - Mendocino County


Passing through Anderson Valley from the Mendocino Coast on California Route 128 to Boonville, you encounter miles of shaded forests. There's room on the side of the road to stop your car and look up at the majestic forest with over 100-year-old Coastal Redwood (Sequoia sempervirons) trees. This enchanting experience can inspire you for weeks or months. A half-mile south of Highway 128 on Philo-Greenwood Road eight miles northwest of Boonville is Hendy Woods State Park. The park features two virgin redwood groves; Big Hendy (80 acres, with a self-guided discovery trail) and Little Hendy (20 acres.) The Navarro River runs the length of the park.

Located in the middle of the Anderson Valley wine district, this 845-acre park is warmer and less foggy than redwood parks along the coast. The park is well known for a fallen redwood stump that was home for a man known locally as the Hendy Woods Hermit.

Though the drive to Boonville from the coast is only 40 miles or so, it requires about an hour of driving. Anderson Valley is a 30 mile long coastal valley created by the Navarro River watershed that includes the small towns of Yorkville, Boonville, Philo, and Navarro. Anderson Valley scenery includes a variety of coniferous and deciduous forests as well as an abundance of rolling hills.  

 

Agriculture is an important part of Anderson Valley. At one time apple orchards and sheep ranches dominated the landscape. With the wine industry growing in the area, orchards and ranches are rapidly being converted to vineyards, though one brewery does quite well there, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, producers of ales, beers and stouts named after the valley and a language created here, Boontling. Boont Amber Ale, Hop Ottin' IPA (Indian Pale Ale), High Rollers Wheat Beer and Deep Enders Dark Porter are several of the products sold through distributors or available for purchase when passing through Boonville. An annual Beer Festival has been held for over 7 years, usually in the spring or summer months.

 

Known for Boontling, a dialect created approximately 100 years ago by locals trying to keep information from outsiders, "Boont" can still be heard in local establishments amongst a select group.  While approximately half of the youth attending school in this region are native English speakers and the other half are native Spanish speakers, long time locals may charlie ball you or hoot if you don't harp boont (locals may embarrass you or laugh if you don't speak Boontling).

 

Below are a few words that BEACHCALIFORNIA has absolutely no way of verifying the authenticity or meanings of. If the locals laugh at us for getting it all wrong, then they will keep their secrets safe. 

aplenty  - very or many
apple-head - girlfriend
bahler or bahlest - good or  better, best
bahl hornin' - good drinking
Baldies - grassy hills to the east of Boonville
Bluetail -  Rattlesnake
boarch - To repeatedly partake of an enjoyable event or activity.
Boont - Boonville. The largest community and focal center of Anderson Valley. The town where the language of boontling originated
briney - ocean
bucky - a nickel
can-kicky - angry
Charlie Ball - to embarrass 
chiggrul - food
cock a fister - to fight
deek - to look or see
Deep Enders - Residents of the town of Navarro, located west of Anderson Valley and bordering the Pacific Coast
harp - to speak (Boontling)
hoot - laugh
horn - a cup, a drink or to drink
Jeffer - A large fire (named after Jeff, a Boonter who built large fires in his fireplace)
kimmie - male resident (of Boonville)
larrup - to beat up, whip or kick the tar out of someone or something
lews and larmers - gossip
ling - language
neemer - not anymore
ose - person's bottom or rear end
ot - to work hard; ottin' - working hard
pike - to hike, walk or stroll
seep - wine or to sip
shoveltooth - doctor
slug - to sleep
stook on - in love or infatuated with
string - to kill or beat thoroughly
teem - time

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