Luci Post

Thanks to Soaring and the Post family for sharing this with me and my readers. She joins many of our beloved friends and family who are preparing a gathering for the rest of us, when our time comes.

Luci Post
September 1, 1919 – August 25, 2011

BIG SUR – Beloved matriarch of the pioneer Post family of Big Sur, Luci Lee Post was a loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to all. Luci embraced everyone she met with genuine interest, compassion and enthusiasm. She embodied unconditional acceptance and curiosity of all people, cultures, and traditions. A woman of substance, Luci devoted every day to helping others feel valued. Creating family was her legacy and she responded to others with grace, love and sweet presence. Luci was impeccable in appearance, effervescent in spirit, and full of charm. Her sparkling blue eyes and infectious smile illuminated any space she entered.

Born in Minneapolis, MN, Luci grew up in Denver with two brothers and two sisters. Deeply committed to her family, at the age of 12 she took on the role of keeping her siblings connected when they were suddenly separated by the death of their mother. Luci wed in 1938 and gave birth to Nancy and Linda. She and her husband owned a successful moving and storage business in Denver. At the end of the marriage she moved to Santa Barbara, CA. There she met and married Bill Post, the love of her life. They embraced their blended family with her two daughters and his daughters Gayle and Rebecca. The family bond was so strong the awareness of who was genetically related fell away. In 1973 the family moved to Big Sur. They lived in the home Bill had built for his parents, now called the Post House, and Luci worked at Coast Gallery. Later they moved to Carmel Valley and enjoyed traveling. Luci had the Midas touch with Reno and Las Vegas slot machines! When the family ranch became an inn, Luci became an inspiring role model of heartfelt hospitality for the family of employees at Post Ranch Inn.

Luci was a member of Church of the Oaks, the Left Footer Square Dancers, Big Sur Grange, Elks women’s auxiliary, Monterey Model A Club, and she was a founding member of the Big Sur Historical Society. The most important thing in her life was her husband Bill, and their joy and happiness flowed onto other people. Her cloak of unconditional love was flung wide to bring many in under her wing.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill and beloved daughter Nancy Downing. She is survived by three daughters: Linda J. Lee of Seaside, Gayle Forster of Marina and Rebecca Post of Olympia WA, 7 grandchildren: Pamela Patterson, Gregory Paley (Maria), Anna Vargas, Gabriel Forster (Jessica), and Richard, Shane and Daniel Forster, and 7 great grandchildren: Jessica, David and Julian Paley, Paley and Madison Martin, and Rafael and Jade Vargas.

The final stroke that released Luci came on the anniversary of Bill’s birth. She flew to his arms. She will be missed by more than her immediate family, but then, all who knew her were her family. A private memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Big Sur Grange or Big Sur Historical Society.

SLO Co. Fire – Yosemite Fire

6:00 pm – This afternoon, another fire started at Highway 41 and Yosemite Place. It is currently around 50 acres, and no structures are threatened. It is east of Atascadero and south of Shandon. Hopefully, this one will be picked up tonight.

With the one in Lockwood yesterday, and this one near Shandon, it looks like fire season has arrived. Let’s hope they stay small.

Argyle Fire

This started yesterday afternoon, but I was otherwise involved – although for the life of me, I can’t remember how. This is the update from this morning:

Last Updated: August 28, 2011 8:25 am
Date/Time Started: August 27, 2011 1:51 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit
County: Monterey County
Location: Argyle Rd. and Jolon Rd., Lockwood
Acres Burned: 200 acres
Containment 200 acres – 65% contained
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, South Monterey County Fire, Fort Hunter Liggett Fire, Monterey County Sheriffs Office, CHP, Department of Correction and Rehabilitation
Total Fire Personnel: 377
Engines: 46 (36 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 11 CAL FIRE
Airtankers: 3 CAL FIRE
Helicopters: 2 CAL FIRE
Dozers: 9 CAL FIRE
Water tenders: 4
Conditions: Homes in the fire area still remain under an evacuation warning, this will change based on fire activity, 60KV lines are also less than a 1/2 mile from the Eastern edge of the fire.

Brother John

Those of you who knew Brother John, knew he was an amazing artist in metal. I have several of his jewelry pieces and one garden piece of his. I wish I had more.Those of you who knew Brother John know that he passed over recently. He will be missed by us all

A memorial will be held next Saturday, September 3rd at 3 pm at Ragged Point. BYOB. According to Lisa (see comments below) it is to be held at 2 pm. My information also came from someone who saw a poster. I’ll try to confirm the time. I’ll see some of you there.

Later today, I’ll post some photos taken this week of the work at Pitkin’s Curve and Rain Rocks.

Art from here and there …

Mark your calendars – coming next month, the wonderful annual fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Clinic which has become a well-attended event! I’ll post a reminder, closer to time, but if you are interested, you should get your tickets now, before they are all sold out.

I have photos of the Rain Rocks rock shed and Pitkin’s Curve bridge project (it is fascinating) and also additional follow-up on fracking for gas in Southern Monterey County, all coming up when time and internet allows.

Thanks for sticking with this blog, while I have been so busy with my personal projects and work.

Playing Tourist in Big Sur

I’m playing tourist in Big Sur, today, starting with a great teriyaki hamburger for lunch at Lucia. From here, I head to Big Sur Valley and do a bit of shopping, the meet friends at River Inn, and eventually, head to Ventana for dinner. Lucky me.

The good thing about this is that I can use the wifi at various places to get some of the photos us I have wanted to get up for a this last week.

Here are a few:

Flowers by Connie Willett

I’ll be back later – on to touristy things!

Fire Restrictions

I have been trying to post this photo I took last Sunday, showing the fire restrictions, but as those who follow me know, I’ve been besieged by internet and cell phone demons lately.

Tonight, the USFS came out with its official announcement, so I thought I’d give it a try:

Date: August 18, 2011 Los Padres National Forest
6755 Hollister Ave. #150
CONTACT: Public Affairs Officer – Andrew Madsen (805) 961-5759
Joe Pasinato (805) 961-5745

Fire Restrictions in Los Padres Take Effect August 18

GOLETA, CA…In response to the increasing potential for a wildland fire start, Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Level 2 Fire Restrictions will be implemented throughout the forest beginning August 17, 2011. These restrictions will affect the use of campfires, stoves, smoking materials and internal combustion engines, and will remain in effect until the end of fire season in late autumn.

Beginning August 18, 2011, the following restrictions will be in effect:

· No open fires, campfires or charcoal fires will be permitted outside of developed recreation sites or designated Campfire Use Sites (EXHIBIT A) even with a valid California Campfire Permit. Lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel will be permitted, but only with a valid California Campfire Permit (available free-of-charge at any Forest Service office). Forest visitors must clear all flammable material for five feet in all directions from their camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times during use.

· Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated Campfire Use Site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

· Internal combustion engines may be operated only on roads or designated trails. This restriction is in effect year-round. Please make sure your engine is tuned, operating properly, and has an approved spark arrester.

“The heavy rains that fell over the winter and into the spring gave a boost to our forest vegetation,” Los Padres Forest Supervisor Peggy Hernandez said. “But as the plant moisture levels drop, we all need to be extra cautious when we’re spending time in the forest.”

For a list of Developed Recreation Sites and Campfire Use Sites in Los Padres National Forest, or further information regarding Fire-Safe Camping, visit or contact the Forest Service district office nearest you.

Campfire Use Sites

Monterey Ranger District
Arroyo Seco Campground / Group Camp
Arroyo Seco Day Use Area
Bottchers Gap Campground
China Camp
Escondido Campground
Kirk Creek Campground
Nacimiento Campground
Mill Creek Day Use Area
Plaskett Creek Campground / Group Camp
Ponderosa Campground
Sand Dollar Day Use Area
Santa Lucia Memorial Park Campground
White Oaks Camp

Ed note: outside of those listed above, in other words, all the “informal” campgrounds, with or without a fire ring, campfires are NOT allowed, and building one is a federal misdemeanor which can result in a substantial fine, jail time, or both.

B-Sage Event, Friday Night

Energy Upgrade California Program comes to Big Sur,

Friday, August 19, 7 pm at Big Sur Grange

Big Sur Advocates for a Green Environment (B-SAGE) is hosting an Energy Upgrade California program on Friday August 19th featuring Ecology Action speaker, Aleah Lawrence-Pine.

California’s new statewide energy efficiency program, Energy Upgrade California, works to increase energy efficiency and create green jobs. This unprecedented program emphasizes a “whole house” approach, in which a home is viewed as a complete system. All of the elements and systems—heating, air conditioning, water, and structural features like windows, ducts and insulation—should work together effectively to minimize energy use. Typical upgrade measures include air sealing, attic insulation, low flow shower heads and duct sealing to name a few.

With homeowner rebates and incentives up to $4,000, Energy Upgrade California expects to upgrade 100,000 homes, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create approximately 12,000 jobs statewide.

This “win-win” program is reaching out to on small communities, like ours, so make plans to come and hear how it can benefit you. For further info, see or email aleah Lawrence-Pine at

Sorry it took so long to get this up, but as I said, I have been battling internet difficulties for a while. Seems to be sporadically good. I’m still working on it, but decided when I could not get on with my computer through one Verizon wifi card and 120v. booster, or with iPhone and a different 12 v. booster between 1 pm and 9 pm, that perhaps it is not me, but is Verizon and/or its tower(s). Mine is in San Ardo.

We will see how this goes, but next week, if it doesn’t substantially improve, I will try calling Verizon.

Honoring the lives of friends

Hello Big Sur!

We have two memorials this week to honor those who have gone before us.

Saturday, August 20
Barbara Spring
February 16, 1917 – June 28, 2011

photo: June 2010
Please join the Hawthorne Gallery and Family members of the late Barbara Spring in celebrating her life and artwork on
Saturday, August 20, 2011

A retrospective of Barbara’s available work will be on display in the gallery from
2:00 – 6:00 pm
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm

If you cannot attend but wish to view Barbara’s wonderful artwork, please visit the Hawthorne website on or after August 20th.


Sunday, August 21
Montgomery London
September 9, 1946 – July 24, 2011

Memorial Service
Big House Lawn
Esalen Institute
55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA
2:00 – 6:00 PM

Your help with the following is much appreciated:
Parking in marked spaces on Highway 1, entering by the back gate
Please bring your photographs and stories of Montgomery to share.
Pass this information on to anyone who might have known Montgomery.

Thank you
Josef London

Note: No access to South Side of Property at this event
Snacks & Refreshments will be served
Unfortunately, I am still limited to my iPhone, and am still trying to figure out how to post, and photos are beyond me. I have wonderful photos of both of these amazing, lovely Big Sur icons.
BTW, for those of you under the blanket of fog, we have clouds that have covered the sky this hot summer day, and what appears to be the distant rumbling of thunder – very distant at this point.