Big Sur Information

Photo by USFS

This one is by me. Weston Call had this sign made for me as a gift.





For the most thorough and complete guide to Big Sur on the internet see:

Big Sur Visitor’s Guide


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.


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Independence Day

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,”When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”[64]

Outlines a general philosophy of government that justifies revolution when government harms natural rights.[63]
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

bill of grievances documenting the king’s “repeated injuries and usurpations” of the Americans’ rights and liberties.[63]
“Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.”He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.”He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.”He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness of his invasions on the rights of the people.”He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.”He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.”He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.”He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.”He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.”He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.”He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:”For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:”For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:”For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:”For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:”For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:”For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:”For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:”For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:”For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.”He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.”He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.”He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.”He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.”He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”
Failed warnings

Describes the colonists’ attempts to inform and warn the British people of the king’s injustice, and the British people’s failure to act. Even so, it affirms the colonists’ ties to the British as “brethren.”[63]
“Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.”

This section essentially finishes the case for independence. The conditions that justified revolution have been shown.[63]
“We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.”

The signers assert that there exist conditions under which people must change their government, that the British have produced such conditions and, by necessity, the colonies must throw off political ties with the British Crown and become independent states. The conclusion contains, at its core, the Lee Resolution that had been passed on July 2.
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Garrison Fire

5:45 pm — it is holding at 80 acres.

5:00 pm — shut down #2 lane and shoulder of SB 101 and #2 land of NB 101

4:30 pm — Garrison Fire Is currently mapped at 80 acres in the river bottom near Bradley and Camp Roberts. It is spotting on other side of 101 as of 4:46 pm. For updates see the team at and I will also try to keep this updated as I can.


If you can’t enjoy nature the way she is intended to be enjoyed, then stay in your cities.


I am so proud of my South Coast community! Tom and Colleen are patrolling Prewitt for campfires tonight, Lindsey & Connie are patrolling Los Burros for campfires tonight, and Brendon is patrolling Plaskett as usual. He is meeting Lindsey to talk radios and patrols. Los Burros had 3, one abandoned, last night, and Plaskett only had a propane fire ring. BIG SIGN still at bottom

Fireworks illegal on the Los Padres National Forest ALL year long

News Release

For Immediate Release

June 29, 2022

Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 895-0841

Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Fourth of July visitors reminded that fireworks

are always prohibited on Los Padres National Forest

Los Padres National Forest officials are reminding Fourth of July visitors that the possession or use of fireworks—including the “safe and sane” variety—is always prohibited in the Forest. This year-round prohibition will be strictly enforced throughout the holiday weekend. 

A violation of the law could result in a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail. In addition, anyone causing a wildfire is potentially liable for the full cost of suppressing the fire. 

The Forest asks that all visitors take the appropriate precautions to prevent accidental wildfires:

·         Under current fire restrictions, campfires are only permitted in developed campgrounds and must always be attended by a responsible person.

·         Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit can use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel outside of designated Campfire Use Sites. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Ready For Wildfire website. You must clear all flammable material for 10 feet in all directions from your camp stove, have a shovel and water available nearby, and ensure that a responsible person always attends the stove when it is in use.

  • Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or developed campground. 

·         Internal or external combustion engines require properly installed, functional spark arresters. This requirement is in effect year-round.

·         Avoid parking vehicles on grass, as hot engines can ignite dry vegetation.

·         Contact the Ranger Station nearest your destination for the latest conditions.

Under a current Forest Order, campfires are prohibited outside of developed campgrounds and can result in a fine of $5,000 and/or six months in jail. Due to the alarming rise in illegal campfires associated with dispersed camping across national forests in California, visitors are encouraged to report any signs of dispersed campfires to the nearest Forest Service Officer or Ranger Station. To report a fire or other emergency, call 911.

Camino Fire, Arroyo Grande, 6/28/22

As of 6:30 pm, the Camino Fire is holding at 200 acres. is your best bet for following recent updates.

As of 2:30 pm (Sorry, the doc dilated my eyes, and I haven’t been able to see to post properly.) From Cal Fire: ”CaminoIC (UPDATE) Fire is now 200 acres with a potential for 1500 acres. A reverse 911 has been issued for an evacuation warning from Huasna Rd x Mary Hall Rd to Huasna Townsite.

4th of July Reminder from Cal Fire

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
DATE: June 27, 2022
CAL FIRE Urges Safety as the Fourth of July Holiday Approaches
Don’t Spark a Wildfire this Fourth of July!
Sacramento – Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28th “Safe and Sane” Fireworks will go on sale in many communities across California, but CAL FIRE is reminding everyone to do their part to have a safe holiday and help prevent fires and injuries caused by fireworks. With the 4th of July holiday around the corner, state fire officials are stressing the dangers and consequences of using illegal fireworks.
Over the past few months CAL FIRE-Office of the State Fire Marshal’s specialized Arson and Bomb Investigators have been providing intelligence and support to local and federal illegal fireworks enforcement efforts. These operations have seized tens of thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks. It is illegal to sell, transport, or use fireworks that do not carry the “Safe and Sane” seal, as well as possess or use fireworks in a community where they are not permitted. If convicted, a violator could be fined up to $50,000, as well as be sent to jail for up to one year. Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.
Illegal fireworks include: • Skyrockets
• Bottle rockets
• Roman candles
• Aerial shells
• Firecrackers
• Other fireworks that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner
“Fire conditions are elevated, and the 4th of July, along with the use of fireworks, only increases the risk for wildfires,” said Chief Joe Tyler, CAL FIRE Director and Fire Chief. “It is critical that Californians be vigilant and consider leaving the fireworks to the professionals.”
CAL FIRE is offering the public the following fireworks precautions:
• If using “Safe and Sane Fireworks, first check they are allowed in the area of use.
• Make sure the firework has the State Fire Marshal “Safe and Sane” seal on it.
• Have a bucket of water and garden hose available at firing site. During this drought it is recommend you use a
bucket of gray/reused water to submerse your firework after its used to fully extinguish it.
• Read all instructions before use.
• Never alter, modify, or enhance fireworks – use only in the manner intended.
• Make sure fireworks have proper clearance from flammable materials including dry grass and brush.
To learn more about fireworks safety, visit ###
“Already this year our Arson and Bomb Investigators and Law Enforcement Officers have been busy assisting with
numerous illegal fireworks enforcement operations,” said Chief Mike Richwine, California State Fire Marshal. “We
have a zero-tolerance stance toward the use, possession, and transportation of illegal fireworks. Even ‘Safe and Sane’
fireworks are banned in many communities and bring stiff fines for their illegal use.”