Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
July 31, 2004
and three other obsidians ventured into Baskett Slough, 10 miles west
The four of us began our five-mile exploration on top of Baskett Butte,
where we surveyed a panorama of tranquil marshes, tidy vineyards and
An oak woodland a quarter mile down the trail provided the only shade
we would see that day.
Resident anthropologist Manheim located the space where the landmark
barn mentioned in Bill Sullivan’s book once stood!
A wrong turn on a gravel road led us to a wine tasting room—well,
Better judgment convinced us to retrace our steps.
Our virtue was rewarded with a shady lunch spot complete with soft
grass and plum and apple trees.
Back on the path again, the sweet fragrance of mint and blackberries
and open fields of purple thistle, Queen Anne’s lace and pink
orchard morning glories distracted us from dwelling on the afternoon heat.