South Slough Estuarine Reserve
September 11, 1994
What a wonderful sunny day!
Our group of four canoes (one solo) and one kayak met Tom Gaskill,
Education Director at the Reserve information center, at 2 p.m. for
The trip was designed to make use of the incoming tide and wind.
Both wind and tide pushed us south from the Charleston Bridge into
the Winchester Arm past Crown Point, Collver Point, Brown’s Cove,
Valino Island where we stopped for snacks, ending our trip at the south
end of the estuary at 6:00.
What a ride!
It was a relief to spend the last mile in a calm channel fed by
Winchester Creek, the fresh water part of the estuarine mix.
For almost the whole 3½ hours, Tom told us about the scientific
aspects of the estuary, the wild life, logging history and Native American
history of the area.
We watched eight white egrets sitting like statues in trees which they
shared with Great Blue Herons near their rookery.
Two harbor seals greeted us as we launched our canoes.
Having a guided tour of the area enhanced the trip many times over and
kept us from entering the wrong currents.
The tidal currents can get a novice in trouble — even stuck in the
mud until the next change in tides.
We were pleased to have Cascade Canoe Club members fill out the trip
— Laura Bixby and Jarvis Thompson (myself, MB, also a member), guest
Janet Smith and Obsidians David Becker, Leona Devine, Van McKay
and leaders Mary Battin and Corinne Hunt.