Fourth Annual Veterans Day is right around the corner! The date is Saturday, November 9, 9:30am at the Marina Equestrian Center. The event is from 10 to 10:45 and the flash museum is open to the public from 9:30 to 1pm. Please forward the following to friends and family:
This family-friendly event honors veterans with historical color guard, national anthem, invocation, and flash museum, in WWII warhorse setting. BLM Archeologist Erik Zaborsky of Fort Ord National Monument will speak on “Eyewitnesses to History: Your Role in Preserving the Fort Ord Story.”
Special 90th birthday salute to Sgt Allan MacDonald, longtime Marina resident and one of the last U.S. Army horse cavalrymen. Please join us in congratulating Sgt MacDonald upon this venerable milestone.
Directions: from Hwy 1, exit 408, R on California, park at 9th. From Hwy 101, exit Sanborne, follow west to end, R on Reservation, L on Imjin Pkwy, L on California. 831-224-4534, firstname.lastname@example.org. Veterans, please wear cap or uniform so we may recognize your service. Free and open to the public.
Here you go, instructions for the 11-mile bike ride to Fort Ord National Monument and Fort Ord Dunes State Park, as enjoyed on Fort Ord Warhorse Day and for everyday use.
Road bikers should be aware that there are some pockets of sand on the Jerry Smith Corridor, but they’re not extensive. The rest of the way is mostly paved. Terrain is hilly, riders need to be in reasonable shape. Layered clothes and sunscreen a must. Comanche’s Grave is the perfect place for a water break, sitting on the 11th Cavalry watering troughs and enjoying the view. At a leisurely pace, plan for two hours.
Ride starts at Marina Equestrian Center, corner of 5th Ave and 9th St in Marina. From Hwy 1, Exit Imjin Pkwy, R on California, park at corner of 9th St.
1. From the Marina Equestrian Center head south on 5th Ave to Inter-Garrison Rd.
2. Turn left (East) on Inter-Garrison Road and head toward the Jerry Smith Corridor.
3. Turn right on the Jerry Smith Corridor and head South toward Watkins Gate Rd.
4. Cross Watkins Gate Rd and go into the Fort Ord National Monument (Trail 52)
5. Turn right (Southwest) on Trail 14 toward Trail 19. If you see the 11th Cavalry watering troughs on your left, you’ve gone a tiny bit too far.
6. Turn Left (South) on Trail 19 and stop immediately at Commanche’s Grave (linger while you appreciate the history and beauty around you. Troughs are good to sit on while having some water.)
7. Head back to Trail 14 and go left (Southwest) toward Henneken’s Ranch Rd.
8. Turn right (Northwest) on Henneken’s Ranch Rd and head to the intersection of Watkin’s Gate Rd and Gigling Rd.
9. Turn left (West) on Gigling Rd and head toward 7th Ave.
10. Turn right (North) on 7th Ave toward Inter-Garrison Rd.
11. Turn left (West) on Inter-Garrison Rd toward 2nd Ave.
12. Turn left (South) on the old bike path next to 2nd Ave and head toward Divarty St.
13. Turn right (West) on Divarty St (careful crossing the street) and head toward 1st Ave/Hwy 1.
14. Turn right (North) on 1st Ave and follow the signs to Fort Ord Dunes State Park, crossing Hwy 1 over the 8th Street bridge.
15. Ride out on the Overlook at Fort Ord Dunes State park where Stilwell Hall Soldiers Club used to be. Enjoy the view and the bit of history.
16.* Head back out and return to 1st Ave the way you came going back, over Hwy 1 and the 8th Street bridge. See note below.
17. Turn left on DIvarty St and climb the hill to 2nd Ave.
18. Cross 2nd Ave and turn left (North) following the bike path that parallels 2nd Ave toward 8th St and Water City Roller Hockey.
19. Look for the Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy on your right and then cross 2nd Ave at 8th St. Look for Water City Roller Hockey on your right (North). Stop in for a snack and to admire the beautiful architecture of the ceiling and possibly watch a bit of skating.
20. Leave Water City Roller Hockey and cross 2nd Ave and turn left (North) on the bike path.
21. Follow 2nd Avenue North to Imjin Parkway.
22. Turn right (East) on Imjin Parkway and follow the bike path to 4th Ave.
23. Turn right (South) on 4th Ave toward 5th Ave.
24. Turn left (East) on 5th Ave and follow it around to return to the Marina Equestrian Center.
* As an alternative to direction #16, you could stay on the beach side after visiting Stilwell Hall, going south on Beach Range Road and returning to the CSUMB side by going under Hwy 1 at the Divarty tunnel.
Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse invites you to attend
3rd Annual Fort Ord Warhorse Day
DIRECTIONS AND PROGRAM
10am arrival suggested for color guard, national anthem, and other opening activities.
]The event is free and open to the public.
BIKE RIDES: MORCA will guide two bike excursions that begin and end at Marina Equestrian Center during the Fort Ord Warhorse Day event: an 11-mile guided family bike ride that begins at the Warhorse Day event and loops to Fort Ord National Monument and Fort Ord Dunes State Park, and a peewee ride for small kids or those not used to riding more than a few blocks.
• Bring your own bike or rent from Bay Bikes, 831-655-BIKE.
• Registration, waiver, and helmet are required.
• Meet in fenced area at corner of California (5th Ave) and 9th at 10am.
• Dismount your bike while at the event for safety.
• Children must be accompanied by guardian.
The 11-mile tour of old Fort Ord goes to Fort Ord National Monument, Fort Ord Dunes State Park, and Stilwell Hall beach overlook. The ride stops at the WWII-era sports center (now Water City Roller Hockey) and Comanche’s Grave. Pace is relaxed, terrain is hilly. Good fitness is a must; dress in layers and wear sunscreen. Road bikers be aware that the Jerry Smith Corridor, a mainly firm trail, includes sandy pockets. Register at Marina Equestrian Center promptly at 10am, see directions above. Ride leaves the event after opening activities.
The 1-mile peewee ride/walk to sports center for treat and rollerskating demo. Parent must accompany on bike or foot. Register at Marina Equestrian Center promptly at 10am, see directions above.
LOCATION: California Avenue and 9th Street, Marina 93933. Directions: From Hwy 1, exit Imjin Pkwy, R on California, R on 9th to park
- Call to order: Boy Scout Troop 187, bugler Michael Georgariou
- Presentation of Colors: Defense Language Institute Color Guard
- National Anthem: Sarah Mitchell & Defense Language Institute Brass Band
- Welcome: Laura Cohan, Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse
- Orientation: Margaret Davis, Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse
- Introduction: Councilmember Gail Morton, Marina
- “Land and Sea Contending: A Tribute to Fort Ord National Monument,” composed and conducted by A1C Seth Mitchell, USAF, performed by DLI Brass Band
- 10:35 “This is the Army horse” & 5-Point Vet Checkup, Fred Klink, US Cavalry Association, and Dan Johnsen, Historical Forces Association
- 11:00 DLI Brass Band
- 11:15 11-mile bike ride departure
- 11:30 1st California Hussar Regiment Drill to Music
- 11:30 1-mile bike ride departure
- 12:00 Leave No Trace talk, Lisa Deas, Backcountry Horsemen of California
- 1:00 1st California Hussar Regiment Drill to Music
- 1:30 Bike–Horse Safety, Lisa Deas & “Mulie”
Living-History Exhibits and Tables
To explore on your own
- Flash museum, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Preservation Group
- Petting Zoo, Monterey Bay Equestrian Center
- California Historical Artillery Society
- WWII Command Post, Historical Forces Association
- Army Blacksmith Forge, Reb Monaco Historical Blacksmith
- 11th Cavalry at Camp Lockett, Tim Jordan
- Then-and-Now Fort Ord photos, Efren Lopez, Monterey Images
- Youth Artwork for National Monument (Marina Youth Arts)
- Kids’s Coloring Table
- Green Pedal Couriers Bike Blender, Mike Baroni
- WWII Jeep, Marc Goldman
- Sustainable Seaside
- Boy Scout Troop 187, Popcorn and Recruitment
- 1st California Hussar Regiment
- Chow Line: burgers, dogs, and army beans for purchase, Marina Volunteer Firefighters Association
California Historical Artillery Society (CHAS) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to preserving the life and times of historic artillery. CHAS is headquartered in Salinas, CA. Reenactments and activities occur year-round, recruits are welcome.
Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) is a voice for responsible mountain biking in Monterey County, advocating mountain bike trail access, maintaining area trails, and sharing goodwill with other trail users.
City of Marina owns Marina Equestrian Center, its biggest park, acquired through the National Park Service Lands to Parks program as a public park and trailhead. Marina is currently expanding recreational services on the site.
Donors: Santa Cruz County Horseman’s Association • Bay Bikes • Stephen Carson • Laura Cohan • Grocery Outlet, Marina • Sue Hawthorne • KION Community Investment • Kristi Markey • Monterey Bay Equestrian Center • Monterey Off Road Cycling Association • Karen Morgan • Gail Morton • Jan Shriner • Star Market Salinas • Western States Draft and Driving Association
Event Partners: 1st California Hussar Regiment • Backcountry Horsemen of California • Bay Bikes • Boy Scout Troop 187 • Camp Lockett 11th Cavalry Living-Historians • Defense Language Institute Brass Band • Defense Language Institute Joint Services Color Guard • Girl Scout Troop 32093 • Green Pedal Couriers • Historical Forces Association • Marc Goldman • Marina Volunteer Firefighters Association • Marina Youth Arts • Michael Jones • Monterey Bay Equestrian Center • Monterey Images • Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) • Rachel Davis • Reb Monaco Historical Blacksmith • Sustainable Seaside • United States Cavalry Association • U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Historical Preservation Group • Veterans Transition Center • Water City Roller Hockey • What Price Glory (Salinas).