This group of very suspicious characters was spotted late one night in the downtown area of La Honda. Do we need to be worried? Be sure to lock your doors and hide you children and animals. These folks look like they are up to no good.
Who knew they were swimming in our lagoon? Amy knew. Local fish biologist Amy Haas led a number of intrepid souls on a journey into the San Gregorio lagoon recently to discover the life within. The lagoon, or estuary, is an incredibly complex system. The mixing of salt and fresh water forms a unique environment, with varying temperatures and water quality conditions vital to a number of species. Amy introduced us to several of these including the Tidewater Goby, Three-spined Stickleback, Steelhead Trout and Coho Salmon.
In addition to describing the life cycle and needs of these fish, Amy answered many questions, and provided beautiful color handouts with photographs for aquatic species identification. Amy then led the group into the water with snorkel gear to have a look around. The first observation was how cold the water was!
We also learned how important it is for the lagoon environment to be protected. When the mixture of salt and fresh water or temperatures are artificially altered, an entire season of a particular species can be wiped out. Ocean waves build up the sandbar that partially separates the salt and fresh water, and also tears it down at other times to allow this natural connection between stream system and ocean. Artificial breaching of the sandbar can have disastrous effects on the species in and around the lagoon.
If you see this event advertised again on local bulletin boards, you might not want to miss it! Send an email to email@example.com to express an interest in this activity, or any of SGERC's programs.
Neil Panton - Director, San Gregorio Environmental Resource Center
Talk about a wild musical life. Well, we had better start at the beginning. Mark, born and raised in the Ukiah area of Northern California, started playing guitar at the age of 16. He says he is ashamed to admit it but like myself he learned to play guitar from a John Denver songbook. One day he drove all the way to Leo's in San Francisco and bought a left handed Fender Stratocaster. Replacing John Denver at this time were the likes of Hendrix and Clapton. After several years playing guitar he picked up the mandolin just for something different. He was most impressed by the way David Grisman played. As many musicians these days, Mark has a wide spectum of styles he likes to play. He started mostly with blues-rock with his first band the Cheap Blues Review. The first time I saw Mark perform it was with his wife Monica in the awesome duo Mark and Monica. Once Mark started working at the San Mateo Outdoor Education program he met several other naturalists that liked to play music. They never really planned to be a professional band but things seemd to click. Their director funded their first of many albums and 26 years later the Bananna Slug String Band is still one of the foremost children's bands in the world. Mark finds it completely rewarding to know that the Slugs are playing for kids of kids of fans from a quarter century ago. Mark quoting Jeff Ring says "The Bananna Slug String Band is the best band to come out of La Honda since the Grateful Dead." When asked to think back to some memorable gigs he pauses and says "there are so many great ones." I had the pleasure of touring along with the Slugs twice. It's obvious to me, these guys are just as zany and full of life offstage as on. These days Mark claims the high point of his musical life is the music scene around town. Mark is a regular at some of the local jam sessions. Let's hope the Slugs play La Honda again sometime soon.
On October 12 at 8:45 a.m. a truck driver was killed when his fully loaded cement truck overturned near the water tanks at the top of Roquena Drive in La Honda. Fred Eisenstaedt, the driver, was 62 years old.
The truck from GraniteRock was delivering 9 yards of concrete for the final pour of a house. As the driver approached on Esmerelda Terrace, the construction workers offered to help guide him with hand signals around the last hairpin turn over Woodhams Creek. The driver waved them off. He had years of experience and had delivered to this same project on earlier pours.
Making the turn, tire tracks indicate that the rear wheels went off the pavement onto the soft shoulder of the road. The barrel of the truck was still mixing, which may have shifted the load off center. Nobody witnessed the actual collapse, but apparently the truck slid sideways and backward into the canyon of the creek. The cab flipped. The force of 30,000 pounds of concrete falling into a canyon flattened the cab as if it had been put through a crusher.
Joseph Kral of the La Honda Fire Brigade, who lives just above the accident scene, heard it take place. A veteran of many accident calls, Kral was first to respond. The cab was so flattened that the driver could not be seen. With the help of two tow trucks, it took the entire day and into the night to get the driver's body out of there.
Roquena and Esmerelda are private roads owned and maintained by the Cuesta La Honda Guild.
The truck itself was separated from its mixer barrel and was removed the following day. The barrel containing 9 yards of hardening concrete was left behind, to be removed later by a crane.
Many construction workers in the La Honda area were familiar with Fred Eisenstaedt, the driver. Sometimes he brought his terrier dog along with him on deliveries. Apparently not this time.
Lawyers and insurance companies will argue over who was at fault. Meanwhile, a man is gone.