Muir Woods National Monument implements vehicle reservations

•November 17, 2017 • 9 Comments

“In an attempt to reduce traffic jams and overcrowding, Muir Woods National Monument will become the first national park unit in the United States to require reservations year-round for all vehicles to enter the park….

The parking lot at Muir Woods has 232 spaces. Reservations will cost $8 per vehicle in addition to the $10 park entrance fee and will be taken starting Jan. 1 at gomuirwoods.com. After that, reservations can be booked 90 days in advance.”

PVR:

The property has become wildly popular over the generations, however, receiving up to 6,000 visitors on some summer weekend days. Motorists have parked cars along the winding roads in the area, causing problems and harming the adjacent Redwood Creek, home to endangered coho salmon.

“Some weekends, we’ll have 250 or 300 cars parked down the road more than a mile from the monument,” Brown said. “People were walking in the road. It wasn’t safe.”

For the rest of this article see: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/16/muir-woods-to-become-first-in-national-park-system-to-require-year-round-vehicle-reservations/

 

 

Mud Creek/Pyramid Rock Photos

•November 15, 2017 • 7 Comments

From Susana Cruz:
You have been seeing the “Pyramid Rock/Pyramid Island” pictures since the massive event on May 20th this year at Mud Creek when boulders, including Pyramid Rock, came rolling down the hillside along with the five million cubic yards of material, forming part of the 15 acres of new coastline. It acquired its name for obvious reasons…it stood near the toe, looking like a small pyramid.

In the past several weeks, erosion and strong ocean activity have cleared much of the sediment and had left it standing…thus acquiring the name of pyramid island.

Well, attached you’ll find a “before” picture from Monday, Nov. 13 and an “after” picture from Tuesday, Nov. 14 when the ocean/mother nature decided to do a number on this rock.

I found it too amazing not to share, especially since my next update won’t be until Monday, Nov. 27.

Cheers,

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This is the “before” …

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And this is the “after” … lots of differences in one day!!!

STR (Short Term Rentals) Public Comments

•November 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I am sorry, but MoCo sends out pdfs and I must convert them to jpg to post on my blog (copy & paste does not work) therefore the links in the document are not “live” and you must note them and then type in your browser bar.

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Tourism Tuesday, 11/14/17

•November 14, 2017 • 9 Comments

From the New York Times:

VENICE — “You guys, just say ‘skooozy’ and walk through,” a young American woman commanded her friends, caught in one of the bottlenecks of tourist traffic that clog Venice’s narrow streets, choke its glorious squares and push the locals of this enchanting floating city out and onto drab, dry land. “We don’t have time!”
Neither, the Italian government worries, does Venice.
Don’t look now, but Venice, once a great maritime and mercantile power, risks being conquered by day-trippers.

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The soundtrack of the city is now the wheels of rolling luggage thumping up against the steps of footbridges as phalanxes of tourists march over the city’s canals. Snippets of Venetian dialect can still be heard between the gondoliers rowing selfie-snapping couples. But the lingua franca is a foreign mash-up of English, Chinese and whatever other tongue the mega cruise ships and low-cost flights have delivered that morning. Hotels have replaced homes.
Italian government officials, lamenting what they call “low-quality tourism,” are considering limiting the numbers of tourists who can enter the city or its landmark piazzas.
“If you arrive on a big ship, get off, you have two or three hours, follow someone holding a flag to Piazzale Roma, Ponte di Rialto and San Marco and turn around,” said Dario Franceschini, Italy’s culture minister, who lamented what he called an “Eat and Flee” brand of tourism that had brought the sinking city so low.
“The beauty of Italian towns is not only the architecture, it’s also the actual activity of the place, the stores, the workshops,” Mr. Franceschini added. “We need to save its identity.”
The city’s locals, whatever is left of them anyway, feel inundated by the 20 million or so tourists each year. Stores have taken to putting signs on the windows showing the direction to St. Mark’s Square or Ponte di Rialto, so people will stop coming in to ask them where to go.

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The majority of the anxiety has centered on the cruise ships that pass through the Giudecca Canal, blotting out the landmarks like an eclipse blocking out the sun. (The one shown here isn’t even a big one.)
Some of the roughly 50,000 Venetians who remain in the city, down from about 175,000 in 1951, have organized associations against the “Big Ships,” selling T-shirts that show cruise boats with shark teeth threatening fishermen. In June, almost all the 18,000 Venetians who voted in an unofficial referendum on the cruise ships said they wanted them out of the lagoon.
“One problem is the ships,” said Mr. Franceschini, who called their passage in front of St. Mark’s Square “an unacceptable spectacle.”
But the ships bring in money, and since Venice is not the trading power of yore, it needs all the euros it can get. The cruise ships don’t just bring fees into the city, they also create jobs down a whole supply chain, benefiting mechanics, waiters and water taxis. The gondoliers who change into their striped shirts early in the morning and put sunscreen on their bald heads have steady work

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When a visitor, or at least this visitor, arrives at the Venice train station and encounters that iconic watery avenue, a strange sensation occurs of being in the Las Vegas version of Venice rather than in the real thing. Maybe it’s all the luggage, the shopping bags, the lack of Italians.

To read the rest of this article click here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/world/europe/venice-italy-tourist-invasion.html

 

Upcoming Rain Event, 11/13/17

•November 13, 2017 • 2 Comments

Looks like we are in for some fun this week! Watch out for falling rocks, mud slides, (kidding, it is too early for those, I think) and all sorts of inexperienced drivers.

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Highway Closure Update

•November 13, 2017 • 4 Comments

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Photo 1-3 of Mud Creek (PM 8.9)—revetment work continues and photos 4 and 5 of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge—contractor stripping overhangs and removing project cameras.

HIGHWAY 1 UPDATE – Monday, Nov. 13*
State Route 1 in Monterey County remains closed from north of Salmon Creek, just south of the Ranger Station (PM 3) to just south of Gorda (PM 10) due to the Mud Creek slide. State Route 1 south of Salmon Creek is accessible via State Route 1 in San Luis Obispo County near Ragged Point.

REMINDER: Travelers still CANNOT access the entire length of Highway 1 from Carmel to Cambria but local businesses are open on both sides of Mud Creek.

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)
Mud Creek had a major slide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, losing over 5 million cubic yards of material. Caltrans continues with its plan to realign the existing terrain with the projected timeline to safely open to public traffic is late-summer 2018 at an estimated cost of $40 million.

Last week, the contractor continued placing rock revetment, working from the north going south and will place rock revetment across the entire toe. Roadwork continues to construct the south fill embankment. These same operations will continue this week.

There is currently no public/local access through the Mud Creek area since this remains an active, emergency construction zone.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)
Paul’s Slide is still active but the 24/7 traffic signal remains in place and temporary guardrail (k-rail) in the centerline.

Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge [PCB] (PM 45.52)
Final work continues for several weeks. Roadwork at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge consists of alternating lane closures from 7 am to 4 pm Mondays through Thursdays and 7 am to 2 pm on Fridays until work is complete. The contractor stripped the right side bridge overhang and brackets and removed the project cameras last week. This week they will begin stacking and banding material to demobilize.

Photo Sunday, 11/12/17

•November 12, 2017 • 3 Comments

October Sunset by Lisa Kleissner

 
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