BSK unplugged

I had an unexpected break for the last 24-36 hours: bigsurkate was completely unplugged … No email, no Internet, no TV – only my views from here on top. Nothing of any significance going on in the Tassajara Fire was visible, and nothing visible anywhere else for 50 miles or so, or I would have been on the horn with my co-administrator. When I finally got her email response to one I had sent blind, she let me know she is available, in case this happens again, and we need to get info out.

The Tassajara fire has grown very little and is now 15% contained. Much of the fuel that would have been feeding this fire was consumed in the Basin Complex Fire of 2008. So, despite temperatures, accessibility problems, and creek and wilderness issues, this is probably one of those “good” burns. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Life in the Wilds of Big Sur … What can I say?

I felt completely at odds for much of this time, but eventually, I surrendered to the goddess, and did other things today. tonight I can catch up on the 100 emails, the sites i visit each day for news and-information and all that jazz.

Tomorrow I have been invited to the Hermitage for a blessing Mass for the new prior, and then I might check out the new menu at Lucia. I will use this opportunity to get shots of the rock shed and bring you up-to-date on this incredible project. Hopefully, Sunday.

I did use some of today to organize some of my 4000 photos on my iPad …so when fire season is over, I’ll share some of my favorites. Enjoy your weekend.

Firescape Workshop

ESCAPE MONTEREY
http://firescape.ning.com/

YOU’RE INVITED & SAVE THE DATES FOR WORKSHOP #8

What: FireScape Monterey Workshop #8: Strategies and Getting to Action
Where: Santa Lucia Preserve (Directions Provided on Page 2)
When: July 26 & 27, 2013
RSVP: Please RSVP by July 22, 2013 by sending an e-mail to FireScapeNow@gmail.com

Agenda:
July 26 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Meeting at Event Barn)
1. Welcome by the Preserve
2. Presentation of Strategies, Getting to Action
3. Breakout Session
4. Lunch – Please bring $5.00 for Pizza & Drink
5. Group Discussion led by US Forest Service
a. What happens after wildfire starts?
b. Community Fuelbreak Improvement Project status
6. Closing

July 27th Field Trip – 9:00 a.m. (sharp!) – 12:30 p.m. (Meet at Parking Lot to Carpool)
Please bring water & snack for the field trip
1. Sudden Oak Death & shaded fuel breaks
2. Conservation cattle grazing, prescribed fire & weed management
3. Defensible space around residential structures
4. Roadside fuel management through chaparral

Directions to Event Barn for July 26th
• From Highway 1 in Carmel, drive east on Carmel Valley Road for 2.0 miles to the stoplight at Rancho San Carlos Road.
• At the stoplight, turn right and drive south on Rancho San Carlos Road for about 1.0 mile to the Santa Lucia Preserve gatehouse.
• At the Santa Lucia Preserve gatehouse, tell the gate attendant that you are attending the FireScape Workshop at the “Event Barn”.
• The gatehouse attendant will direct you to proceed about 8.5 miles up Rancho San Carlos Road, where the road will enter a small cluster of buildings.
• Among the cluster of buildings, between the second and third speed bump, there is a large wooden barn on the left side of the road, the Event Barn.
• Turn left immediately after passing the Event Barn, and park in the gravel lot on the north or northeast side of the barn. The main entrance is on the north side.

Directions to Parking Lot for July 27th
• From Highway 1 in Carmel, drive east on Carmel Valley Road for 2.0 miles to the stoplight at Rancho San Carlos Road.
• At the stoplight, turn right and drive south on Rancho San Carlos Road for about 1.0 mile to the Santa Lucia Preserve gatehouse.
• At the Santa Lucia Preserve gatehouse, tell the gate attendant that you are attending the FireScape Workshop at the “Event Barn”.
• The gatehouse attendant will direct you to proceed through the gate, then take an immediate left turn onto Chamisal Pass road.
• About 100 yards up that road, meet the rest of the tour participants in a small gravel parking lot on the right side of the road.
• Tour participants will be asked to carpool, and any vehicles that are not used in the tour can be parked in the back side of the gravel lot.