Attack of the milk snails

Snails by the thousands at Sunnyvale baylands.

Snails by the thousands at Sunnyvale baylands.


While “snail” aptly describes my pace these days, I was surprised to see hundreds of the gastropod mollusks attached to the husks of plant stems at the Sunnyvale baylands.

They look dead, but maybe not since milk snails can be white. Is this where snails go to die?

Then I saw a ground squirrel perched atop a fence post near the snails. Maybe he wanted to die: Death by raptor.

I stopped at Hwy 84 to take in the view at the toll plaza and imagined what life would be like if this highway had been made into a freeway all the way to the Pacific Coast. That was the plan.

Highway 84 toll plaza. Imagining a freeway to the coast.

Highway 84 toll plaza. Imagining a freeway to the coast.

One Response to “Attack of the milk snails”

  1. Jon Spangler Says:

    As someone who grew up driving and riding Highway 84 to and from the coast from Redwood City, I am **thrilled** that this primary access route for cyclists was never made into a freeway in San Mateo County.

    Sometimes it is a good thing that planned projects do not get constructed. (Or, in the case of the Embarcadero Freeway in San Francisco, that they get removed after they are built when we realize we have made a mistake.)

    The much-discussed Southern Crossing across San Francisco Bay (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Crossing_(California)) was never constructed. Although much of the City of Alameda’s development during the 1950s and 1960s–including the new-in-1959 South Shore Center shopping mall–was predicated on it landing on Bay Farm Island near the Oakland Airport. Had the Southern Crossing been built, it would have destroyed several Alameda neighborhoods, some of which have been thriving residential and mixed-use areas for over 100 years…

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