What a nice way to spend a Saturday in October on the Central Coast – a drive, organized by Mark McMahon, to the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. This was our first visit to the Reserve.
We met up at the Chili’s parking lot in Seaside where the Peninsula Cars and Coffee meets. The weather was foggy and cool. After the usual waiver signatures and general tour information, Mark covered in detail our tour route. His planning was superb – turn by turn instructions; multiple pull outs to sync up at; and monitors in the front, middle and back. We had 13 cars and 22 participants ready to go.
The route took us northeast of Elkhorn, on a loop through Las Lomas and San Miguel Canyon before returning to Elkhorn. Sandwiched between Highways 1 and 101, the scenery was splendid with a combination of beautiful homes and farms. Temperatures warmed up – so some of us were able to put the tops down. The twisty but bumpy roads gave our Porsches a little bit of a workout.
Upon arrival, we gathered for an orientation to the Elkhorn Slough Reserve by the Park Ranger.
We found the history particularly interesting: how it was once connected to the Salinas River; how it was a dairy farm; and how the slough has been re-routed over the years.
We gathered around the picnic tables for lunch. It was a good time to re-connect with old friends and meet new members.
After lunch, Mark organized the group for a photo next to the sign at the entrance (see above). It was a bit like herding cats.
We took the short walk to the overlook. The slough is spectacular. Having only seen the entry at Moss Landing, the slough is significantly larger than we imagined. The two buildings in the photo below were part of the old dairy farm.
It was a fun day. Thanks to Mark for organizing a fabulous event.
P.S. photos by Mark and Rich