Raining Cats and Dogs

Midnight … Ended up with 2.17″ for Halloween. Nice. Hopefully we will get more on Saturday. Enjoy.

4:30 pm – The storm front hit here at 3:25 pm, when the rain rate per hour reached 1.47″/hour. We have received .41″ so far today, and the rain rate per hour has been primarily between 1/2″ and 1 and 1/2 inch for the last hour.

I am SO glad I decided to take a pass on going out today … my ability to get home, of some concern to me. I have been able to enjoy the sound of this first real rain of the season, the company of my dogs, hot chocolate, and soon, a fire in the wood stove. The simple pleasures of living in the wilds of Big Sur …they nourish me .

Oops, just hit over 3 and 1/2″ per hour rain rate. Yeehaw!

Monarch Count

Dear Neighbors,

The Monarch’s need our help to get a good count of their numbers between now and early December. Ann Wasser of the PG Museum needs you to let her know if you or a neighbor or friend has places where Monarch’s are roosting/passing through to get a good count of their numbers. They found over 500 in my eucalyptus trees this morning!

If you can help, it is most appreciated. Also, if you could send them out to the Carmel Highlands Association and/or Mal Paso Association email lists that would be espeially helpful. Please notify Ann with any information you might have

email address above and also wasser@pgmuseum.org

Thank you,


Happy Halloween, BSMAAC, and weather

The BSMAAC meeting is this Friday, Halloween. On the Agenda is the introduction of the new USFS Los Padres Supervisor, Cal Trans project updates, Presentation to Big Sur Lodge, and presentation by B-Sage, as well as reports by member agencies.

Also, rain is on tap to start by Halloween morn. Most welcome, of course.

Finally, from my friend Dan Danborn:


And don’t forget Nepenthe’s Bal Masque which benefits our very own Big Sur Volunteer Fire Department. See Nepenthe .com for tickets!

Smoke Drift

Later – it is quite possible that a controlled burn on FHL caused the smoke drift I saw. CB scheduled earlier in the month was cancelled due to winds and weather conditions.

6:00 pm – considerable smoke drift coming from North East of here. Doesn’t look particularly close, or threatening, but still investigating a possible cause. There was a smoke check at Mill Creek, but probably re this drift. One wildfire down in Fraiser Park, the opposite direction. If I find anything, I will post. If I cannot confirm where and what this is, I may not.

Apple Pie School needs Help

Good Afternoon Mrs. Kate,
My Name is Danella Deorta. I am writing to you for help. Our Apple Pie school here in Big sur has been struggling with budget cuts and are in need of help. I am a local mother of three boys they are no longer in Apple pie but one of them did attend last year. We are trying our best to get the word out. We do not ask for much one or two dollars will go a long way. If possible people are also welcome to bring Breakfast foods down to the Apple pie school themselves. Low in sugar breakfast is what is most needed. 2% milk, cereal, bread, yogurt cottage cheese, string cheese, items like this. Here is a link to our Donation center that I just opened today. We will be donating everything to Apple pie the Second of every month. I am hoping you can help me spread the word. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kind regards,
Danella Deorta

Hello Big Sur community, Friends, Family anyone willing to listen; Apple Pie School has been going through a tuff time as the breakfast funds have been cut this year … (Read more at the link below)
View on http://www.gofundme.com/g96fus


1 pm – It started somewhere around 8 am down here … Just a drizzle that didn’t even register on the rain gauge. Eventually, it turned into a real, genuine, gentle wetness. I have currently registered .30″ – much more than I was led to expect, and each and every drop met with a welcoming smile – even down to the wet, dirty, muddy dog prints all over my hardwood floor. I’ll mop tomorrow.

Are you enjoying this? How much have you received? Next Friday is our next chance, so rejoice in the sweet moisture today.

A tree grows in Big Sur

Yesterday, I received this short article and photo from Howard Jones, and I liked it so much, I asked if I could reprint it here. I loved that it tells a story that is so indicative of Big Sur.

“The Winter after the 2008 Basin Complex Fires in Big Sur was wet, with any number of mudslides…falling branches, crashing trees, etc. Yet, it was no where near as catastrophic as we were prepared for…thank goodness . One of my favorite stories during that time was of a smallish Sycamore tree that had slid down a slope in a mudslide. Instead of discarding it, the men working that day moved the displaced tree to one of the larger dirt “pull-offs” along HWY 1 and set it up to bury its roots and rejoice in its new, and much safer, home. At the time, it was about 6-8 feet tall…
I had mentioned this story to my mother a few weeks back and today I was able to actually allow her to meet ‘face-to-face’ with ‘the tree that grows in Big Sur.’
I get a very special feeling whenever I drive by that tree and that spot. The Love & Renewal Energies cause my smile muscles to explode and a wave of
Cosmic…”ALL IS WELL!!!” washes over me.
As you can see, that little tree is alive, well and quite a healthy young adult!’
take care, Howard”
howard jones photography

By the way, he has some wonderful photographs of our coast and has had exhibitions from Ventana to Carmel.