Big Sur Information

•March 4, 2017 • 82 Comments

Header Photo, #FergussonFire, 6/15/17 by Brandi Plaskett

IMPORTANT, READ THIS FIRST!!

THERE IS NO DETOUR ON THE COAST. #HIGHWAYONE CLOSED FROM SALMON CREEK TO BRIDGE TO ALL VISITORS. ALL THOSE CAUGHT WITHIN THE CLOSURE WHO CANNOT PROVE RESIDENCY ARE GETTING TICKETS.

#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, AND THE CONSTRUCTION TRAFFIC FOR THE HIGHWAY AND THE BRIDGE! ONE HEAD-ONE COLLISION WITH INJURIES THUS FAR. ADDITIONALLY, #FORTHUNTERLIGGETT IS HAVING TRAINING EXERCISES UNTIL THE END OF JULY AND CAN BE CLOSED FOR UP TO TWO HOURS AT A TIME, WITHOUT WARNING.

AND NO CAMPING OR CAMPFIRES ALLOWED ALONG NACIMIENTO RD. WE HAD OUR FIRST FIRE ON 6/15 IN A TURN-OUT. CALL IN EVERY SINGLE CAMPFIRE OUTSIDE A DEVELOPED CAMPGROUND. TAKE PHOTOS OF ALL VEHICLES CAMPING ALONG NACIMIENTO AND OTHER DISPERSED AREAS.

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#MUDCREEK – 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.

#PAUL’SSLIDE – LOCALS ONLY WITH ID

AS OF 5/29/17 (2 months after initial limited access began on 3/22) Paul’s Slide will open on the evening of 5/30/17 per previous hours:

Access times for the morning and evening are WHEN POSSIBLE still the same except for Friday:

5:30AM to 6:00AM and 7:00PM to 7:30PM – Sat.-Thurs. M, W, F noon – one SB caravan, the one NB caravan.

· Friday’s hours will be:

5:30AM – 8:00AM and 6:00PM to 7:30PM with one noon caravan.

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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.)

Photos – bird & flowers

•June 25, 2017 • 13 Comments

I saw these last week on my travels. The bird might be a peregrine falcon (I am never sure of my bird IDS) and the two flowers. The pink one looks like a wine cup, which is in the clarkia family, but the color is not as deep maroon, as is usual. The yellow one I have never seen before and neither my California nor my Monterey Wildflower books have this one,  but finally found it in my North American wildflowers book. No leaves at all, just the stalk, that I could see. It is a Golden Star or Bloomeria crocea in the Lily family.

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Someone suggested an immature red-tailed hawk, but I am not sure, either, given the lack of white feathers on the legs. As I said,  I am rarely confident in my bird IDs, Here is one for comparison.

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Sprinkles & Lightning

•June 24, 2017 • 2 Comments

1pm – update, the lightning has stopped. I hope it doesn’t come back…

June 22, 2008, lightning started a multitude of fires state wide. Ours was the Gallery Fire which morphed into the Basin. It was this fire that prompted this blog.

I am hearing thunder today, experiencing the lightest of sprinkles, and a muggy heavy heat I have not experienced since Hawaii, Zanzibar, and other tropical locales. The dogs are freaking over the thunder, as they always do. The coast is blanketed in fog down here. Dry lightning is not a good thing for us, as dry as we are, particularly up here in the hills.  Keep vigilant, and keep an eye out. We are all look-outs, now.

Road Closure Update, 6/23/17

•June 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Sorry, I am a day late with this, but yesterday I did a town run, and since I was driving, and mostly out of cell range, I couldn’t get this up. In any event, here you go. Also, here is an article about our situation written by a local and friend, Anni Agren, you might find interesting. I already shared it on FB, so will be  a repeat for some of you. The link is below. There is not much (if any) new information in the Cal Trans briefing, but it has been a while since I published the entire thing, so am doing so here. Note, old dates for upcoming convoys, with an update that no convoys are expected for next week. However, at the entrance to FHL from Jolon Rd. I did note a flashing sign indicating an expected truck convoy for 6/27, next Thursday. Whether this was for an expected convoy that has since been canceled or whether it is for one of FHL’s own convoys is undetermined at this time.

Article by Anni Agren

Photos of: 1) Mud Creek from North Side facing South yesterday, 6/22; 2-4) Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)—2] Video with massive boulder from Tuesday, 6/20; 3] panoramic photo of Paul’s from Tuesday, 6/20 and 4] photo of busy work at Paul’s yesterday; 5) Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge photo from yesterday showing construction of temporary center tower to assist in the future launching of the bridge across canyon and 6) Convoy video from Tuesday, 6/20 containing delivery trucks filled with aggregate and materials to assist in the construction of the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.

*NO CONVOY SCHEDULED FOR PFEIFFER CANYON BRIDGE NEXT WEEK (JUNE 26-30)*

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – FRIDAY, JUNE 23:
STATE ROUTE 1 CLOSURE MOVES UP FIVE MILES ON THE SOUTH END FROM RAGGED POINT IN SLO COUNTY TO NORTH OF SALMON CREEK, JUST SOUTH OF THE RANGER STATION (PM 3) IN MON COUNTY EFFECTIVE TOMORROW, SATURDAY, JUNE 24.

PAUL’S SLIDE ON STATE ROUTE 1 CONTINUES WITH USUAL ACCESS SCHEDULE TO LOCAL RESIDENTS/DELIVERIES….WE WILL CONTINUE RE-ASSESSING AND AN UPDATE PROVIDED BY MID-DAY MONDAY, JUNE 26 (See Update under “Paul’s Slide” for more details.)

STATE ROUTE 1 REMAINS FULLY CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS AT MUD CREEK DUE TO CONTINUED SLIDE ACTIVITY. DELIVERY VEHICLES AND LOCAL RESIDENTS WILL NEED TO USE NACIMIENTO-FERGUSSON TO EXIT SOUTH OR TO CLEAR THE ACCESS TIMES AT PAUL’S SLIDE.

THE INFORMATION BELOW IS FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND DELIVERY VEHICLES ONLY;THE ONLY ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC HAS CHANGED AND IS SHOWN BELOW.

Public Access on Highway 1 now at two locations:
1) The closure has moved up five miles to the north from Ragged Point (Slo PM 72.87) to north of Salmon Creek and just south of the Ranger Station (Mon PM 3.0), effective tomorrow, Saturday, June 24.
2) Using Nacimiento-Fergusson, will be to Gorda (PM 10) to the south, and to Limekiln State Park (PM 20.76) to the north.

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Mud Creek (PM 8.9) – MUD CREEK HAD A MAJOR SLIDE/SLIP OUT AT 9:30 PM, SATURDAY, MAY 20—IT LOST MILLIONS OF CUBIC YARDS OF MATERIAL. GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AT THE SITE AND INCLUDES: FIELD MAPPING, RADAR MONITORING AND REVIEW OF USGS PHOTOGRAMMETRIC SURVEY DATA. IT REMAINS IMPASSABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)—CONTINUES WITH USUAL ACCESS SCHEDULE TO LOCAL RESIDENTS/DELIVERIES.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE ROADWAY THROUGH PAUL’S SLIDE CAN CLOSE DOWN AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE . CALTRANS NEEDS TO CONTINUE RE-ASSESSING THE SITUATION AND DETERMINE WHETHER LOCAL ACCESS CAN REMAIN THROUGH PAUL’S SLIDE.

· 12:00PM Monday / Wednesday / Friday– A single caravan south and a single caravan north, you must be in line by noon! There may be up to 45 minute delay to clear the road before the opening.

· Delivery vehicles (Restriction is 30 feet maximum length and 50,000 lbs. maximum weight) can now use all access windows 7 days a week.

· Access times for the morning and evening are still the same except for Friday:

5:30AM to 6:00AM and 7:00PM to 7:30PM – Sat.-Thurs.

· Friday’s hours will be shortened to:

5:30AM – 8:00AM and 6:00PM to 7:30PM

· The noon opening will be for PAUL’S SLIDE ONLY, (NOT MUD CREEK); you will need to use Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to exit the coast.

The targeted “public access” date is currently mid-July, dependent on roadway conditions and slide activity.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)
· Girders continue to be fabricated in Vallejo, CA and are being sent to Linden, CA (near Stockton) for painting before being trucked over to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge construction site.
· Mud Creek assessment progress continues but is closed until further notice. We continue to bring convoys with 10-wheelers containing loads of material: gravel, sand, equipment and other items via convoys through Nacimiento—Fergusson with CHP escorts—the next convoy is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, June 20
· Current “Tentative” Timeline as follows:
o On site, the contractor has completed abutment 2 on the north side and continues work to complete abutment 1 on the south side, scheduled to complete mid-July.
o The steel girders will be assembled on site between July 6—July 30.
o Bridge Launch is scheduled between July 31—August 6.
o Deck Construction—schedule to be determined.
o Current public access date remains: Mid-to-late September

PM 8.9 Mud Creek on North Side facing South 6.22.17PM 21.6 Paul's Slide Panoramic 6.20.17PM 21.6 Paul's Slide 6.22.17PM 45.52 PCB 6.22.17

 

Movement

•June 22, 2017 • 6 Comments

I needed a break from the heat. I had a UPS package waiting for me at the school. I had mail. I had a glass of white zin with my name on it waiting for me at Gorda, so I headed the call of Mother Nature’s air conditioning and that glass of cold white zin and went down to the coast.

It was there that I ran into one of the workers on that little nuisance slide to the north, called Paul’s Slide. The IDS GeoRadar was detecting movement, and the pebbles were beginning to fall. He also said that movement was detected at Mud Creek.

I sent an email to both Cal Trans and my contact at IDS GeoRadar seeking confirmation. Cal Trans is unavilable until tomorrow morning – Susan is out in the field – and IDS has not yet responded. He is probably out in the field as well. I’ll update when I have more information.

Before & After – a wildflower field

•June 22, 2017 • 12 Comments

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Above photo by Howard Jones

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Above photo by Tony Shelfo

And as you can see, a fence (see top photo) means nothing to some people. I have watched the USFS put up fences and barriers over and over, only to watch them be destroyed. It gets disheartening.

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This one is on Plaskett. Photo by bigsurkate

Paul’s Slide Story

•June 22, 2017 • 1 Comment

Yesterday’s San Jose Mercury has an interesting article about what the author dubs Mud Creek’s “sibling” slide.

The Big Sur slide you have not heard of

By Lisa M. Krieger

lkrieger@bayareanewsgroup.com

There’s a second smaller landslide in Big Sur that’s been eclipsed by the drama of the epic Mud Creek slide.

But it’s an equally big headache if you’re trying to reach the coast from Highway 101.

Here’s more bad news: This sibling slide — named “Paul’s Slide” — won’t be cleared until mid-July, says Caltrans.

To read the rest of this article go to this link:

http://mercurynews.ca.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=447ba37aa

Cal Trans Convoys

•June 21, 2017 • 8 Comments

Well, this was enlightening. Cal Trans posted a video on twitter and FB showing the Convoy yesterday. Those trucks with double trailers are coming north over the Pitkin’s Curve Bridge, and then through Paul’s Slide could only have come from Nacimiento, over a bridge rated for only 15 tons and 30′ in length. How much do these fully loaded monsters weigh? And how long are they?? Any truckers or heavy equipment operators want to chime in on this? I sure hope Cal Trans plans on repairing that tiny little bridge and Nacimiento Rd when this is all over, assuming it lasts.

I have been told these trucks are 65′ long and weight 40 tons loaded. I am afraid the representatives of Cal Trans, USFS, MoCo and others are going to get tired of hearing from me, but I feel it is important. I sent them each a copy of this photo and the length and weight of these transfer trucks, as I have been informed.

Go to Cal Trans District 5 to see the video, but here are 2 stills. Just what Cal Trans told me they were NOT doing. (Sorry I didn’t “clean up” these screen shots.)

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