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•March 4, 2017 • 95 Comments

Header Photo, Dan Danbom. He sent me a number of really great ones to choose from. I’ll feature all of them, eventually! It was hard to choose.

IMPORTANT, READ THIS FIRST!!

THERE IS NO DETOUR ON THE COAST. #HIGHWAY ONE CLOSED FROM SALMON CREEK TO GORDA TO ALL – VISITORS AND LOCALS ALIKE.

#NACIMIENTO ROAD IS EXTREMELY NARROW (ONLY 1 AND 1/2 LANES IN MANY SPOTS), NO GUARD RAILS, NO SERVICES, NO CELL RECEPTION, AND EXTREMELY  DANGEROUS, GIVEN THE HORRIFIC TRAFFIC, MUCH OF WHICH IS DRIVING TOO FAST AND IN THE CENTER OF THE ROAD.

NO CAMPING ALLOWED ON NACIMIENTO-FERGUSSON FROM THE LITTLE BRIDGE ON THE EAST SIDE (MM 10.5) TO HIGHWAY ONE. FINE IS $5000 AND/OR 6 MONTHS IN JAIL.

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#MUD CREEK – AS OF 5/4/17 MUD CREEK COMPLETELY CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS TO ALL BUT BOATS AND HELICOPTERS. The big slide began on 5/19 and continued all that weekend. NEW EXPECTED OPENING – MID SEPTEMBER, 2018

#PAUL’S SLIDE – OPEN WITH ONE WAY TRAFFIC SIGNAL

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New page of Interactive Highway Map with Mile Markers and slide names is to the right, under “Pages” first one *Big Sur Interactive Maps… if the following link doesn’t work. *Big Sur Interactive Slide Maps will answer any questions you may have about where something is in relation to something else.

MY DIRECT EMAIL IS: kwnovoa@mac.com

(Size for any header photos you may wish to submit it is 760×151 pixels.)

Campfire left unattended…

•May 23, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Brendon shot a video this last weekend. Unfortunately, it is shot sidewise, and there is a black out section when he put the camera down, and lots of f**ks, but he found an unattended campfire.  He was on his way down to the coast, and was down there about 4 hours. When he came back, these campers were just returning, and one of the guys completely denied that they left a burning campfire unattended, but did admit he didn’t touch it. I wish he had gotten a video of them coming back to their campsite.

Look at the smoke coming off that fire as Brendon uses their water to put out their fire. There wasn’t enough water, so he went to another camper to grab more water. Completely unattended for 4 hours. Un-f***ing-real.

Summer unofficially kicks off this Memorial Day weekend. Be extra vigilant. Be polite but firm, unless it involves fire. Then you have permission to get in their face.

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Tourist Tuesday #2, 5/22/18

•May 22, 2018 • 4 Comments

Someone managed to get this trailer wedged in sidewise on South Coast Ridge Rd in the narrow “chute” where no one could get by, and then drove off and left it there last night. A neighbor had to go all the way back down Nacimiento – with the traffic – and back up Plaskett, through my place, in order to get home. The USFS dragged it out of the chute and to a nearby turnout so that traffic could again use South Coast Ridge Rd. is one story I was told, another is that a local helped others get the damn thing unstuck. It was still there late this am. Wedged in is even more stupid than flipping it.

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Tourist Tuesday, 5/22/18

•May 22, 2018 • 4 Comments

From the CRA latest newsletter:

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Controlled Burn on Camp Roberts & other locations in SLO Co.

•May 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Prescribed burn planned Tuesday at Camp Roberts

Posted: May 21, 2018 2:45 PM PDTUpdated: May 21, 2018 2:45 PM PDT

By KSBY Staff

The California Army National Guard plans to burn approximately 8,800 acres of brush at Camp Roberts on Tuesday, May 22.
The burn is being conducted to reduce the risk of a wildfire while troops are training on the base.
People in northern San Luis Obispo County may see or smell smoke during this burn and/or two other training burns taking place around the same time. The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services will be conducting live training burns at the Paso Robles Airport on Tuesday and Thursday. CAL FIRE, Atascadero Fire and Santa Margarita Fire will also be burning two buildings in Atascadero for training purposes on Tuesday.
Any of the burns could be rescheduled if weather conditions aren’t just right.

Highway Closure Update, 5/21/18

•May 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment

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Photos 1 and 2 of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) from Friday, May 18 and photo 3 of the repair at Hermitage (PM 22.42) last Monday, May 14 requiring Paul’s Slide area to be closed.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, May 21

State Route 1 in Monterey County remains closed from north of Salmon Creek, just south of the Ranger Station (PM 3) to just south of Gorda (PM 10) due to the Mud Creek slide. State Route 1 south of Salmon Creek is accessible via State Route 1 in San Luis Obispo County near Ragged Point.

REMINDER: Travelers still CANNOT access the entire length of Highway 1 from Carmel to Cambria but local businesses are open on both sides of Mud Creek.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

Mud Creek had a major slide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, losing over 5 million cubic yards of material. Caltrans continues with its plan to realign the existing terrain. The Department has announced a new target of mid-September to get lanes re-opened to traffic. Caltrans will continuously evaluate the opening date as work progresses so we anticipate providing an update in July. It’s expected that even after the highway is re-open, intermittent lane closures and roadwork may continue. The updated current cost is at $54 million.

There is currently no public/local access through the Mud Creek area since this remains an active, emergency construction zone.

This week: Work continues with the north fill, north cut and north berm with hilfiker retaining wall.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)*

Paul’s Slide is still active but the 24/7 traffic signal remains in place and temporary guardrail (k-rail) in the centerline. A full, daytime closure took place at Paul’s last Monday, May 14, 2018 to make repairs to the Hermitage Tieback Wall. (See attached photo).

ADDITIONAL WORK—CALPORTLAND PAVING BETWEEN LUCIA (PM 23) AND JUST SOUTH OF PCB (45.52)

Final items continue taking place. Metal Beam Guardrail (MBGR) end treatment work at Castro Canyon (PM 43.12) and slope work at the Coastlands (PM 44.41) continues taking place. However, no work is scheduled for this week north of Lucia.

The next update will be on Tuesday, May 29.

Photo Sunday – Light & Reflections, 5/20/18

•May 20, 2018 • 7 Comments

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Mud Creek let go at 5:30 pm – 5/19/17

•May 19, 2018 • 1 Comment

One year ago today…Mud Creek let loose at 5:30 pm. Tafay Wilson caught the action from Gorda Mountain.

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Heard and seen from Josh & Tafay Wilson’s  front yard on Gorda Mountain – Photo by Tafay. The road is obliterated. And more is coming down. Went all the way down to the ocean.

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