Special Screening — short film on Big Sur, responsibility, and tourism

The screening will begin at 7:30 sharp. 
The film is about twenty minutes long. 

Directly following the screening will be a public Q&A session with the film makers along with a panel of selected community members –about the film, the future of Big Sur, the interaction with visitors, responsible travel and more!

*This is a FREE screening*

The event starts at 7pm
The screening starts at 7:30
Come as you are. 
Tea, coffee, and light snacks will be provided 

Mud Creek to open at 1 pm & Paul’s Slide at 5 pm today




MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received confirmation from the National Weather Service (NWS) data that the significant storms have passed in the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area.

In addition, Caltrans Geotech, Design and Maintenance crews assessed all road areas within the closure limits again earlier today. Our crews have been busy clearing debris/slide material at both locations, including our contractor at Paul’s Slide, to make it traversable for public traffic. As a result, Highway 1 at Mud Creek will re-open at 1 pm today, Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Paul’s Slide will re-open today by 5 pm. (See photo below).

NOTE: Our maintenance crews will continue to monitor this location over the next few days and weekend and notify us if ground movement accelerates or site conditions change as more rain is in the forecast. In which case, an update will be provided.

As always, thanks to the Big Sur community and coastal travelers for their cooperation and patience.

Paul’s Slide with additional debris/slide material removal necessary for today’s 5 pm opening

Highway 1 to close at 5 pm tonight at Paul’s Slide And 9 am at Mud Creek


MONTEREY COUNTY — Caltrans has received confirmation from National Weather Service (NOAA) data that a significant storm will reach the areas of Mud Creek (PM 8.9) and Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6) on State Route 1 in the Big Sur area beginning this eveningThe Highway 1 closure, for traveler safety, will include the areas of Paul’s Slide, closing today, Saturday, Nov. 30 at 5 pm, and Mud Creek closing tomorrow, Sunday at 9 am until further notice. SEE ATTACHED CLOSURE MAP.

The closure initiation process at Paul’s Slide will begin at 3 PM with Electronic Message Signs activated and both gates at Paul’s Slide closed by 5 pm today.  The closure initiation process at Mud Creek will begin at 7 am tomorrowSunday, Dec. 1with Electronic Message Signs activated and both gates at Mud Creek closed by 9 am on Sunday. Storm activity is currently forecast through the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 4. However, another storm system is currently forecast to begin the evening of Thursday, Dec. 5 so standby for additional information on future pre-emptive closures.

Businesses along the Big Sur Coast on Hwy. 1 remain open and are accessible via Hwys. 101, 68, 46.

Caltrans’ Geotech, Maintenance and Construction units are on call and prepared to inspect/clean up when the storm ends during the daylight hours and it is safe to be onsite again—we currently anticipate this to be Wednesday, Dec. 4. However, another storm system is currently forecast to begin the evening of Thursday, Dec. 5 so standby for additional information on future pre-emptive closures.Caltrans’ goal is to open the roadway as quickly and safely as possible and our staff remains on-call 24/7.

The gates on either side of Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide will be key locked. These gates will not be manned when the highway is closed and there will be no access to anyone, including Emergency Services or Caltrans employees until a proper assessment can be made and any necessary cleanup has been completed.

NOTE: Both Paul’s Slide (today at 5 pm) and Mud Creek (tomorrow at 9 am) will close. An update will be provided by mid-day Wednesday, Dec. 4 or sooner as conditions warrant.

Weather Change

Finally, it looks like we will see our fire season end sometime tonight or tomorrow, but at least this week.

From Weather West aka Daniel Swain:

The low making landfall near the OR/CA border will be pretty impressive in its own right, technically meeting the meteorological definition of a “bomb cyclone” as it will deepen by more than 24mb in a 24 hour period. (Now, to be clear: the term “bomb cyclone” is a real scientific term that has been widely misused and misunderstood in the past couple of years in the media. It refers specifically to rapidly-strengthening low pressure systems, which tells us little about the absolute strength of the storm or its potential impacts. In this case, hurricane force winds (sustained at or above 74mph) will occur over the open ocean west of the far NorCal coast, but winds over land will be much less extreme (with gusts of perhaps 65mph along the far North Coast, which occur multiple times per winter in that part of CA.) This low pressure system and its associated cold front will bring a burst of fairly heavy rain and gusty winds (perhaps as high as 50mph or so as far south as the Bay Area) to most lower elevation parts of NorCal late Tuesday, and heavy snowfall to the mountains. The weakening cold front will likely hold together to bring at least light rainfall to SoCal, as well.

Snow at relatively low elevations and thunderstorms possible

In some ways, the most interesting weather of the week will arrive after the cold front passes through. On Wednesday, the entire state will be under the influence of a very anomalously cold airmass for the time of year. As CA will remain within the broader trough axis, the atmosphere will be quite unstable, with widespread convective showers and isolated thunderstorms statewide. Given the unusually cold airmass for late Nov, with 850 mb temperatures as low as -3 or -4C nearly statewide, accumulating snowfall is likely down to 2,000 or 2,500 feet nearly statewide–which includes essentially all of the major travel corridors in California (on Thanksgiving week, no less!). In far NorCal, snow levels will be even lower–perhaps down to 1,500 feet locally. In fact, the far northern end of the Sacramento Valley could even see a bit of light snow (around Redding, between 500-1000 feet in elevation).

This is the kind of pattern that could bring some significant snow accumulation to well-traveled roads between 2000-3000 ft that don’t typically experience it. Additionally, the cold and unstable airmass will be conducive to locally strong thunderstorms dropping accumulating small hail even at sea level, so that could cause additional travel disruptions. At at the highest elevations of the Sierra Nevada, snow accumulations may be measured in feet rather than inches.

BSK MIA & New Voices Article

I apologize for my lack of blogging this week, but several things converged at once, and since Saturday, I have had to be selfish. First I was sick and ended up sleeping most of three days. Then, I had a deadline to make for Voices (see below), and finally, the winter power issues have hit, which means no internet, among other things.

I have recovered from that nasty bug (thanks in part to the Elderberry tincture I made last year), I made my deadline, and will give you the lead-in and a link below, and today, I am, hopefully, resolving my power issues, by making sure my batteries are fully charged after having replenished them with two gallons of distilled water.

From Voices of Monterey Bay:

“Big Sur is the greatest meeting of land and sea. It is where the mountains are constantly marching to the ocean. It is a place to which the word “iconic” has been applied much too often. It is a place that has been “discovered” and Instagramed into a cliché.

We have come to experience ‘LA-type traffic‘ here in paradise, and thus, we are in need of a plan.

Just in the last few days the magazine Fodor’s Travel put Big Sur on its 2020 NO GO list. It is in good company, along with Bali, Barcelona and 10 other popular destinations. With its beauty and all the promotion it gets, the chickens ’have come home to roost,’ according to Fodor’s.

Big Sur is past the point of needing to be ‘managed.’ Any plan that attempts to do this ‘managing’ will be, by necessity, complex and difficult. In the end, it is Mother Nature who determines much of what happens here. That is the allure and the draw. We humans must be careful to consider the needs of this place — her environment —  before our own. And a proposed plan meant to tackle the problem acknowledges that Big Sur’s terrain and remote location make solutions even more difficult.”

Please take a few minutes and read about the Traffic Demand Management Plan and the formation of the Byways Organization that will be charged with designing and implementing any possible solutions to our highway issues here: https://voicesofmontereybay.org/2019/11/21/traffic-demands-management-plan-for-the-highway-1-corridor-in-big-sur/

Veterans Day, 2019

I was honored to be a part of a dinner and award ceremony for Monterey County Veterans of the Year with 2 other women, and 9 other men — all continuing their service through volunteer work for our community.

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Photo by Martha Karstens
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Congressman Panetta, himself a former Veteran of the Year

Then, I joined the staff and friends of Voices of Monterey Bay for a joyous birthday bash for Voices and a celebration of the First Amendment on Sunday night at the Haute Enchilada Social Club in Moss Landing. The evening was full of music, performance, readings, good food and good company. This was one of the musical performances: a family that played and sang for us.

Finally, we are wrapping up our weekend with Veterans Day free-admission-for-vets at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Photos later, I hope.

I hope yours was as blessed and filled with warmth and smiles as mine was.

Partnership to address Tourist Impact

Dear Friend of Big Sur,

The Community Association of Big Sur (CABS) has launched a private public partnership to address tourism and its impact in Big Sur. In partnership with the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and their provision of a seed grant to begin the process, CABS has hired Costas Christ of Beyond Green Travel to lead the effort. 

However, we need to raise more funding in order to not only complete the analysis and planning process, but to also test out recommended mitigations. 

CABS is proud to announce that the Monterey County Weekly in partnership with the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation have chosen our non-profit and this project to be highlighted in the Monterey County Givesfundraising campaign.

See link at below photo to go to the Monterey County Gives link to make a donation.

Your contribution will be matched by these sponsors, enabling our community to do this important work to benefit generations to come.
With gratitude,
Butch Kronlund, ED, Community Association of Big Sur
“Our community can design innovative solutions to ensure that tourism benefits businesses, visitors, residents and our fragile coastline.”Butch Kronlund, ED, Community Association of Big Sur
Donate to McGives & help Big Sur complete and implement a sustainable tourism plan.www.CABigSur.orgwww.BigSurPledge.org

To get to MC Gives to donate, click https://www.montereycountygives.com/nonprofit/community-association-of-big-sur/