Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Grand Blvd., Alviso/SJ - Aug. 14, '11

Walking Distance: 1.85 mi. (estim.)
Walking Time: 46 min. (6:08 - 6:54 p.m.)
Start and End Point: packed dirt parking area, near Marsh View Trail, end of Grand Blvd., Alviso/San Jose, CA

This evening I spent strategizing where I might find a parking space to walk Grand Blvd. and Los Esteros Road, in Alviso/San Jose, CA. This area of undeveloped trail (shown as double yellow lines on Bay Trail map) consists of a dirt strip along a paved two-lane roadway.

The route along Los Esteros passes by the rather large San Jose Water Pollution Control Plant -- and there are clearly posted no trespassing and no parking signs along this stretch. Fortunately, there is an environmental education center located at the end of Grand Blvd., that is part of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. While the center was closed by the time I arrived, the parking area, fortunately, was not. I look forward to making a return trip to see the center.

I walked west-ish along Grand Blvd., to the intersection of Grand and Spreckles Ave., then turned around and headed east-ish along Los
Esteros Rd. Unfortunately, I only made it to the first bend in the road, before having to turn back. Given the lack of parking along this road, I'll have to re-walk some of this stretch of Los Esteros next time I'm here later this week. Ah well.

1 dragonfly; 2 doves; 15 sea gulls; 5 whiteish snails +1 white shell; 2 unidentified brownish shorebirds (UBBs); 10 black-necked stilts; 1 mockingbird; and 1 screw

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