Sunday, February 3, 2013

Elkhorn Slough

Coyote Valley RV Resort
Morgan Hill, CA

Yesterday we took a drive to an area known as the Elkhorn Slough.
The slough harbors the largest tract of  tidal salt marsh in California.
This whole area is in the center of Monterey Bay, and isn't very far
from where I used to live.

We visited the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.
There are miles of trails that wind among majestic oak trees,
along the salt and fresh water marshes.


 They have a nice interpretive center which we walked around..




Then it was time for a guided tour..
we had to brush our shoes off, and step in a decontaminant..


to keep from tracking into the slough area some sort of oak root fungus.
This area that is now part of the slough was once a dairy farm.


It now is home to lots of different shore birds and native trees..

Marbled Godwit


Great Egret

Bufflehead

Hummingbird

California Live Oak
We really enjoyed our hike in the slough.

We stopped at our favorite place to eat a late lunch..
Phil's Fish Market
The line was long..


but the food is so good, it was worth the wait!



8 comments:

  1. Love the outdoors and most of all love to discover new places.

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  2. Nice to see the extra care they use to keep the area from being contaminated. Too beautiful to allow that fungus to cause damage.

    So nice to see all is working well for you, nice that you have interesting things to do on your off time.

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  3. We love the Monterey Bay area and spent seven years going to Pacific Grove. However we never made it to the slough. Guess we'll have to make another trip one of these years.

    Right now we're focusing on Texas, Louisiana and the midwest.

    Good bird photos.

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  4. That's a fantastic shot of the California Live Oak.

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  5. Enjoyed the visual tour. "If it is good, they will come (and wait in line).

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  6. Very interesting and the live oak pictures are awesome. There are huge live oaks like that in TX. Love them.

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  7. Sounds like a great adventure. Thanks for sharing

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  8. Live Oaks are my favorite. They seem to have personalities;-) Beautiful day!!

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