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Month: October 2017

Quick visit to Don Edwards in Fremont

Quick visit to Don Edwards in Fremont

A Window in Time

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a huge area consisting mostly of wetlands lining the south eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay. These and other restored wetlands (like Rush Ranch) harken back to pre-euro settlement days when the bulk of the bay was surrounded by similar areas.

There’s an education center at the southern end of the bay at Alviso, and a visitor’s center in Fremont. For this trip, we visited the Fremont side. The Fremont location also sits adjacent to the Coyote Hills Regional Park which can be used to extend a day hike.

At this time, marsh road is undergoing restoration of one of its land bridges along Marshland road. Expect 20 min delays.

The visitor’s center is located just beyond the construction. It’s a good place to start if you arrive mid morning, as it opens at 10 am on weekends and 9 am on weekdays.

Just beyond on the left hand side are the administrative offices with a large parking. Just beyond the office turnoff is a smaller parking lot, also on the left hand side, with less hilly access to the learning center and trails.

Don Edwards administrative offices
Don Edwards administrative offices sit perched on top of a hill overlooking the San Francisco Bay

The levees along the sloughs are flat and are an easy hike.

Newark Slough
Sloughs (pronounced slews) wind throughout the marshland. Take a break at the picnic shelter (the red hut).

Unfortunately, the day didn’t bring the expected onslaught of migratory birds; down at the southern end of the refuge at this time of year last year we experienced a deluge of pelicans, egrets, and various other waterfowl. However, we did manage to spot this American kestrel by the Tidelands trail.

American Kestrel
An American Kestrel surveys the marshlands
Safety Reminder: Stow valuables!

Safety Reminder: Stow valuables!

Car Break-in at Brushy Peak

I was out at Brushy Peak this weekend for a quick 4.5 mi hike around the main peak loop.  After parking, I noticed the SUV right next to me had its window smashed.

Don’t leave bags visible!

A long time ago a friend of mine had her car window smashed, even though it was parked in the driveway of my parent’s house in Danville. As told to me by the police at the time, the common theme was thieves smashing windows and grabbing almost any kind of bag  in plain view.

So always remember, never leave any bags in plain sight in your unattended vehicle! Backpacks, purses, lunch bags, gym bags, etc.