Less than two weeks … Oct 11, 12, 13th. We still need a few volunteers to help with parking – a 4 hour shift. You get fed, a T-shirt, (based on availability) and lots of good music and fun. Drop me an email at email@example.com if you can help. As always, the weather is expected to grace us. “A long stretch of dry and warm autumn weather should last through the second week” of October.
Month: September 2013
It has been a while, so we thought we would check in. Missy is on house arrest, again. This time for a planned surgery, not an injury. Much cheaper, too. I had her spayed and microchipped.
Being young and a border collie, keeping her confined and quiet for 7-10 days is damn near impossible. So I get her chill pills – a mild sedative. I give her 1/2 a pill, once or twice a day.
“What, Mom? I was sleeping.”
“Okay, sorry. Go back to sleep.”
.FIRE WEATHER…AS OF 1:32 PM WEDNESDAY…WATCHES HAVE BEEN
UPGRADED TO RED FLAG WARNINGS. WARNING FOR THE NORTH AND EAST BAY
HILLS GOES INTO EFFECT AT 11 PM AND RUNS THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
WARNING FOR THE SANTA CRUZ MTNS…MONTEREY AND SAN BENITO HILLS
STARTS THURSDAY AT 1 PM AND ALSO CONTINUES THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
WARNING IS TIMED TO START WHEN THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO
IMPACT THE NAPA HILLS AND THEN OVERSPREAD THE REST OF THE NORTH
AND EAST BAY HILLS OVERNIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING. RH VALUES WILL
START OUT MOIST/HIGH INITIALLY BUT SOME CONCERN THAT WINDS COULD
BE STRONGER THAN FORECAST IN FAVORABLE SINKING REGION OF COLD
ADVECTION. FREQUENT WINDS GUSTS 30-45 MPH WITH A NORTHEAST AND DRY
DIRECTION. RH VALUES WILL LOWER THROUGH THE DAY AS WILL WINDS.
WINDS WILL INCREASE AGAIN THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING BUT
WONT BE AS STRONG WHILE RH RECOVERY WILL BE POOR. WARM TO HOT AND
DRY FRIDAY WITH EASING OFFSHORE WINDS BY AFTERNOON.
Cal Fire says this is 100% contained as of 11:30 this am. Good job, ladies and gentlemen!
7:30 am – About 6 am this morning, a wildfire broke out at Highway One and El Toro Crrek. (Near Cayucos) It was 50 acres and spreading in rough terrain. Currently, it is 100 acres, and 30% contained. The IC (incident commander) called for more air attack, as access is difficult. Power lines are down. SLU (San Luis Cal Fire) SLO City have all been called in. BEU (Monterey/San Benito Co) Cal Fire are on the way to provide backup on the fire and by covering the SLU stations. I will be monitoring this until it is contained.
Highway One road work
NORTHBOUND HIGHWAY 1 ONE-DAY SLOPE MAINTENANCE WORK NEAR CARMEL THIS WEDNESDAY
MONTEREY COUNTY – A one-day slope maintenance repair project for winter preparation on northbound Highway 1, six miles north of Rocky Creek, between Malpaso Creek and Garrapata Bridge near Carmel will take place on Wednesday, September 25, Caltrans officials have announced.
Roadwork hours are from 9 am to 2 pm and will include consist of one-way reversing traffic control with flaggers. Motorists can expect a delay not to exceed 10 minutes.
This roadwork is being performed by the Caltrans Monterey Maintenance Team as a safety precaution to provide motorists and cyclists a safer route to travel. This slope maintenance work is part of Caltrans’ winter preparation.
Fall is here and brings the rain…
1:45 update – it started here a bit early. Yay!
The NWS in Monterey tweeted a few minutes ago: @NWSBayArea: Solid band of showers moving into northern Monterey Bay and should reach Monterey/Salinas areas around 2 to 2:30 pm.
After waking to wetness and the sound of rain in various places up the coast, this is welcome news. Perhaps this will put an end to this year’s fire season.
I have been missing from blogging due to health issues for me and one of my dogs. Also lost my cellular booster, but replacement should be here Monday. It is hard enough dealing with that when I’m healthy, and impossible when I’m not.
Guess what was dropped off in the Silver Peak Wilderness Area?
Hard Rock’s Driveway. VWA, wanna come get it out of here? The owner wasn’t a local and is not likely to show his face around here.
Vacation Rentals by Owners
The public is invited to attend an open discussion with Monterey County Planning Department staff regarding residential home stays and hosting events along the Big Sur coast.
The meeting will be held Thursday, September 19th at 7:00 pm at the Big Sur Grange Hall.
Planning staff will also send out information materials before the meeting via email.
Chief of Staff for
Supervisor Dave Potter
Once again, our school is going to participate in the Coastal Cleanup Project, sponsored by the Save Our Shores, and endorsed by organizations such as the Surfrider Foundation, The Ocean Conservancy, and the California Coastal Commission. In doing our part, we are planning to do an environmental “sweep” of several of the local beaches and coastal zones along the Big Sur South Coast. The beaches we will be visiting (and caring for) are Willow Creek, Mill Creek, Kirk Creek, Sand Dollar Beach Park, and Jade Cove area. The Coastal Cleanup Program will be providing us with accessories, such as bags, gloves, and data sheets to record the waste and litter we remove.
Our local project will be a contingent of a statewide and national effort that will be taking place along the entire California coast, as well as beaches, lakeshores, and rivers across the nation, and worldwide! We will not only be cleaning up litter and debris from our pristine and treasured local beach sites, but we will also be counting every litter item we collect on specialized data-collection sheets, which classify the items by category. Our data will go for scientific use by environmental agencies and organizations, regional, statewide, national, and international.
Each class will be taken to a different beach location during the time frame of scheduled classes on Wednesday, Sept 18, to perform this community service.
NOTE: Parents, friends, and community members are welcome, and you are invited to join us!!!
Call the school at 805-927 4507, or see coordinator, David Allan
to sign up with one of our teams.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Wild & Scenic Film Festival – a benefit for the Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Henry Miller Memorial Library
Saturday, September 14
6:30 – 10:30 PM
In case you need another reason to join us at this year’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival, remember that not only will you get to see epic films that inspire the conservation of our last wild places;
your ticket automatically enters you in a raffle for great prizes from generous local and national sponsors, including:
– Big Sur River Inn dinner for two
– Big Sur Roadhouse dinner for two
– Julie Himes California Quail
– Juniper Ridge Big Sur gift basket
– Lucia Lodge dinner for two
– Marie Gabrielle numbered print of “Ventana”, artistically matted and framed by Frame Circus
– Monterey Pine Forest Watch The Monterey Pine Forest (book)
– Nepenthe Restaurant / Café Kevah $100 gift certificate
– Patagonia men’s micro-puff hoody
– Patagonia men’s merino wool speedway beanie
– Patagonia men’s organic cotton t-shirt
– Patagonia women’s micro-puff hoody
– Patagonia women’s merino wool speedway beanie
– Patagonia women’s organic cotton t-shirt
– Point Sur Lighthouse Tours four guest passes
– REI Half-Dome 2 three-season backpacking tent
– REI Traverse-30 day pack
– REI 20-oz flip-top vacuum coffee cup / bottle combo
– The Restaurant at Ventana Inn dinner for two
– Wilderness Press Hiking and Backpacking in Big Sur, 2nd edition
More raffle prizes to arrive, so stay tuned. In the meantime, please support our sponsors and get your tickets soon-last year sold out well in advance and tickets are going even faster this year.
This year’s films:
Protecting the Big Sur Backcountry
A Desert Life
Yosemite Nature Notes- Sky Islands
Brower Youth Awards: Jacob Glass
The Water Tower
Eyes in the Forest: The Portraiture of Jim Lawrence
Song of the Spindle