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1223. Alviso Slough (07/04/20)

Hikers (17): Adam, Christina, Clive, David, Gela, George, HaJo, Hong, Jarda, Karl, Kendra, Manfred, Peter M, Russell, Sandy F, Steve, Yipeng
Distance: 12 miles
Rating: 1 difficulty, 8 beauty
Park info: South Bay marshlands near Alviso

Steve owes a writeup! -- Pictures by Hong, Yipeng, Jarda and Steve

This was supposed to be Russ's hike, so scheduled a Russ-friendly hike at the last minute. Still had 17 people show up to enjoy Alviso Slough which, flat as it is, still provides a unique Bay Area hike. 69 ft of elevation gain in 12 miles.


And we're off


Already social distancing


Mt. Allison (+ Mission and Monument peaks) from Alviso


Strung out


Front runners at the crucial junction -- with Karl doing Betsy Ross right


The slough was drier than usual--probably due to this drainage being open


At the bottom of the Mallard Loop--a few people took a short detour to the HQ and back across that bridge in the middle


Ducks!


Herons!


Pelicans!


More pelicans


So many pelicans


Heading back--Alviso Slough on the left, Guadalupe River on the right


Even when only "half full", Alviso is colorful

Milestones:
Gela's 20th leaf
Hong's 90th leaf



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