1002. Alviso Slough (10/03/15)
Hikers (31): Biz, Brad, Carol, Chris P, Clive, Helen, Hima, Jackie, Janie X, Jeff, Jeff V, Julie H, Karl, Kathryn, Ken, Le D, Nick, Nina, Padraig, Peter E, PG, Ross, Russ, Russell, Sabine, Sandy, Sarah, Sarbinder, Stacey, Steve, Vicki
Distance: 9 miles
Rating: 1 difficulty, 8 beauty
Park info: South Bay marshlands near Alviso
Write-up by Steve -- Pictures by Biz, Jeff, and Steve
Julie H had asked for an easy hike before she and Nick had to return to England. As luck would have it, we had a hole in the schedule that could accommodate. Alviso was the easy choice--it's close, it's picturesque, and the location has a different vibe.
This was Julie H's and PG's first hike, one of Nick's last hikes, and Russ's 151x4 hike. So there was lots to celebrate.
Helen was still on the mend from a fluke canyoneering accident (which sounds much cooler than "stepped on it funny"), and brought out the wheelchair for the hike.
Every time someone crosses 151 hikes, we do a shot of 151. The veterans of this tradition have learned to partake, but not necessarily enjoy. I did have an official INCH flask for the event, which was cool.
It was a bit of a wait until Nick and Julie came in, and even longer for PG, whose shoes were hurting her enough to go shoeless for the last little bit. But that just meant more time to eat and drink, and for Helen to sell Sabine's daughter's pretzels. Long story.
Vahl's, of course, is always an experience. The wait staff had no problem accommodating our rather large group. There was one other group dining here, which we determined were on witness relocation. . .and yet they also seemed to belong in this throwback environment. When all was done, we even got two pitchers of beer for free due to Jeff and Jackie invoking the "15% discount" listed in the window for people who biked there on the Guadalupe Trail. Good job!
Janie X's 1st leaf
Julie H's 1st leaf
Le D's 10th leaf
Padraig's 190th leaf
Peter E's 120th leaf
PG's 1st leaf
Russ's 151st leaf (and shot) × 4
Sarah's 310th leaf
Stacey's 10th leaf
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