Evening/Morning Updates, 3/21-3/22

Pacific Unified School District is holding classes tomorrow as usual. We have a break in the weather tomorrow, so a good time to run to get needed supplies. River Inn has reinstituted its locals nights, with $9.95 lunch/dinner choices (3 each night) until April 15th. A great time to meet/greet your neighbors and enjoy a meal together.

bigsurkate will be keeping to an abbreviated schedule the rest of this week, probably 9am – 6 pm in order to conserve my power sources until the weeked. Each evening I will be signing off with an “evening/morning updates” post like this one so that if something comes in while I am offline in the evening or morning, and it is something the community should be notified about, it can be posted in the comment section of this post below. If you have NEVER left a comment before, or have changed your email/computer/location, it will need to be approved before it will post, therefore forward it on to a regular reader/poster and ask them to comment for you.

Be safe, warm, and dry, and enjoy the short break we should have tonight and tomorrow. See y’all in the morning.

Available Resources, South and East

*IMPORTANT* There has been some confusion about pedestrian traffic. Cal-Trans has just asked that the ban against it be enforced by the CHP starting NOW. PLEASE do not attempt this until CT opens it up again.

For those of our northern neighbors who are unfamiliar with Cambria or King City, let me offer you the following information. First, there is only one main st – Main St. in Cambria. There are two “villages” – East Village, and West Village. East is the older more established section, and West is the more touristy, gallery section. Secondly, please see Bert Etling’s comment below. He is the editor of the Cambrian and has offered maps and phone books for Big Surians (and others). Cambria is a sweet little community, and as our business owners will recognize, the closure of Highway One will impact this small community, also.

1. As to wifi, there are many free “hot spots.” A favorite restaurant, Linn’s has great food, and wifi. Many other restaurants offer the same. There are two pizza parlors, Main St. Bar and Grill for great burgers, and the best wholesome, healthy food restaurant in town is Robin’s on (?? street), which dead ends at the Bank of America. (The name of this street will come to me, hopefully before I finish this blog post.)

2. Groceries – two grocery stores grace Cambria – Cookie Crock, which is very friendly, lots of parking, and probably used more by us south coasters. A note on this one, they require that they take your cart out for you and help load your groceries in your vehicle, so don’t demand that you do it yourself. The second store is Soto’s which is a bit more pricey but has some excellent food. Both have some organic and natural foods available. Of course, if one plans one’s trip for Friday there is a wonderful, if small, farmer’s market at the Vet’s Hall parking lot from 2:30 pm to 5:00. Lots of fresh, local, organic produce and other goods.

3. Laundromat – there is a laundromat in the Redwood Center and while doing laundry one can have lunch at either of two cafes.

4. The only hardware store left is an Ace in “Tin City.” It is off the main drag, take the same street that Robin’s is on, which deadends at the Bank of America, and go out of the downtown area to the first left up the hill, then down into Tin City – and hardware store will be easy to spot.

5. Pet food is available at Cookie Crock. There is also Hart’s, an animal rescue, but it specializes in cats.

6. If wanting to spend the night, I recommend staying on motel row in San Simeon, rather than Cambria, because it is much cheaper, and I know during the winter and during the week, many of the motels have given Big Sur discounts in the past. The only motel in Cambria which I have stayed in and which is decently priced is the Bluebird on the main drag. It is very nice, and has 4 rooms in the back on the creek with fireplaces that are lovely. Regular rooms as well.

7. Morro Bay is about 20 minutes further on, but has a greater variety of services. Many Cambrians shop and gas up there. There is a Motel 6 that will accept pets at the north end of town off of Highway One and 41. Many other motels, some of which will take pets.

8. King City – there is one decent shopping center. It has a Safeway with excellent prices, an Auto Zone, a CVS pharmacy, a Dollar Store, and other miscellaneous small shops. It is just off Broadway, the first right, easy to find. I have never stayed in King City, so I don’t know about lodging.

South Coasters, feel free to share your favorites, and North Coasters feel free to ask for suggestions. Namasté

Serious Snow, 3/21

Here is a photo taken of the slip out taken today by a reader. Thanks, Simon!

Rocky Creek, 3/21/11 by Simon Eagar

1:00 pm – IMPORTANT NOTICE! Steve Price and Caltrans has sent out a formal notice through the chamber requesting CHP begin enforcing the ban on pedestrian access across the Rocky Creek slide area. Caltrans will reevaluate conditions and access options daily, but for now, pedestrian prohibition remains in effect and will be enforced by CHP. Additionally, this is what the 1 pm PIO notice said:
“• Crews assessing the roadway have tentatively determined that it will be nearly one month until April 16 for a temporary repair to occur. All businesses along the coast on Hwy. 1 remain open. Alternate routes include Highways 101, 68 and 46. More rain is expected in the Monterey Bay Area this week. Condon-Johnson & Associates of Oakland is the contractor for this $2.5 million emergency project and is currently mobilizing for a temporary repair to allow traffic on the roadway as soon as safely possible. They plan to drill vertical soil nails tomorrow to further stabilize the remaining roadway section. It continues to be unsafe for vehicle and pedestrian traffic and remains closed to public access. Continuous updates will be provided as more information becomes available and/or conditions change.”

11:00 am – Looks like it may snow on and off all day. Whether it sticks will be the next question.

This is the most recent I have for Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. from CHP
9:40AM TRAVEL ADVISORY IN PLACE, NOT RECOMMENDED TO TRAVELLERS
9:40AM NACIMIENTO FERGUSON FM FT HUNTER-LIGGETT TO SR1 NOT CLOSED

10:00 am – received a report that the South Coast Ridge Rd. and Nacimiento (west side only) while scattered with trees was passable. Quite slippery in spots, but my son made it out to Lucia. Whew.

AS OF 9:30 AM PDT MONDAY…RADAR IS INDC SHOWERS…SOME LOCALLY HEAVY OVER THE DISTRICT AT THIS TIME. SATL IMAGERY IS INDC THAT AN MID/UPPER LEVEL VORT IS SWING THRU CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TODAY AS AN UNSTABLE AIRMASS CONTINUES OVER THE DISTRICT. THE 12Z NAM12 IS INDC THAT THE SHOWERS WILL INCREASE THIS AFTN WITH SUN BREAKS PROVING SURFACE HEATING…THEREFORE INCREASING INSTABILITY.

Bottom line is that the first week of spring will be wet, stormy, and unpredictable.

9:00 am – blue skies visible among the clouds, snow has stopped for the moment, but have several inches on the ground.

8:30 am – Major snow event started before dawn and is continuing. It is dumping a lot of snow up here, and if this keeps up, will be up to 6 inches of accumulation in a couple of hours! PLEASE do not use Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. unless you have serious mud/snow tires and/or chains. It is going to be a problem up near the summit, I suspect. I should have reports coming in later, but for now, if you need to go to town – choose Cambria. Thank you. At 6 am, Avis indicated there was a tree down on N-F Rd., closing it for the night, but as of right now, it is not listed on the CHP site. Despite that, please use an alternative route, it could be treacherous.