Today, after shopping at the Sunnyvale farmer's market, D. and I spent some time at the Alviso Marina, on San Francisco Bay. It's part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge spans 30,000 acres of open bay, salt pond, salt marsh, mudflat, upland and vernal pool habitats located throughout south San Francisco Bay. It is located along the Pacific Flyway and hosts over 280 species of birds each year. Millions of shorebirds and waterfowl stop to refuel at the Refuge during the spring and fall migration. Today we saw egrets, seagulls, stilts, crows and little warblers and blackbirds amongst the reeds.
Alviso is one of the oldest towns in Santa Clara County. It once was expected to be a great city. It was originally inhabited by Ohlone Indians attracted by the bounty of fish and shore birds. Because of its location on San Francisco Bay, Alviso was the major commercial shipping point for the entire South Bay until the late 1800s. In its heyday it ran passenger steamship service up to San Francisco. The town was almost totally deserted, however, after the railroads diverted travel in 1865. Nowadays it is a quiet little hamlet of about 2,000.
And now we're about to have Roasted Root Vegetables Scented with Apple and Mustard, courtesy of the farmer's market.