Cal Trans occupies Bixby Bridge today, 10/30/18

Here are some photos Nadine Clark took this am, 10/31/18 at the bridge:


And here is one by Ken Ekelund:



When I drove by today around 12:30 or so, Cal Trans completely blocked off and/or occupied ALL parking places near the bridge, even on the north bound side, all the way around the corner. They also blocked off OCR completely for parking/gawking/stopping. I was driving my huge new Sprinter van by myself, so no way to get photos without stopping in the middle of the road like a tourist. So I didn’t. But if any of you local passengers got a shot, please ship it off to me. You know all my addresses…

I guess after Lisa Krieger’s article last Friday, then the Big Sur Multi-Agency Advisrory Council meeting the same day, I guess they heard us.

Also at the Big Sur Multi-Agency Advisory Council meeting, Cal Trans announced that if they get an extreme weather advisory from NOAA, they would be locking the gates on both sides of Paul’s Slide and Mud Creek.They haven’t said anything yet, but I’m betting if there is an extreme event, Gray Slip may let go, too. Might not even take an extreme event.  Suzana promised me an official announcement by tomorrow re this gating.

Annnddd…another one – Film shoot for Weds at Bixby

At least this one is making a donation to the Mid-Coast Fire Brigade for our troubles, but still…

Good morning!

I am reaching out to all of you to advise of an upcoming TV commercial filming project on Hwy 1 / Bixby Bridge.
We have been working closely with the California Film Commission, the Monterey County Film Commission, CalTrans,The California Highway Patrol, the County of Monterey, The Monterey County Sheriffs Department, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary on obtaining all the needed permits for a one day shoot on October 3rd at the Bixby Bridge.
I have attached a notification form below that details the specifics of the project, but basically it will be a single afternoon of filming on October 3rd.
We will have 4 CHP officers on scene to assist with safety and limited duration traffic control.
There will be filming of a motorcycle driving across the bridge from a camera car, and from static camera positions both on Hwy 1 and on Old Coast Road. There will also be a couple shots with a small drone (FAA licensed and not flying over the water). The craft is quite small and quiet.
There will be a small section of the south side of Old Coast Road just to the east of Hwy 1 posted for no parking during the shoot.
We are very sensitive to, and aware of the very busy nature of the location and will insure that delays are kept to a minimum and that residents and visitors will be able to get into the area with delays not exceeding 3-5 minutes at a time. And since school buses come through that area in the afternoon we will always release traffic when we see a school bus approaching.
Our main base camp and parking area will be on private property off site – south of the bridge – so as to minimize impact on the immediate area.
In consideration of the project, and as a gesture to the community, we are going to be making a donation to the Mid-Coast Fire Brigade.
Thank you for your understanding – we hope to make our short time at the Bixby Bridge a smooth experience for all!
all the best,

Living in the Shadow of LA’s most famous landmark: or how I learned how NOT to be a tourist

Recently, as all her friends know, Nadine (and Dan) Clark went to Connecticut and Maine. They flew. Nadine read the in-flight magazine on United Airlines, and tore out an article to bring back to me for Tourist Tuesday. I thought I was going to have to re-type the whole thing in order to share it. Fortunately, I thought to look on-line. Like, DUH!

Anyway, the takeaway for me was this: We have a plethora of good writers in Big Sur – many with books. If all those wrote an article on tourism in Big Sur, geared toward the tourist industry and sent it in to the airlines that fly into LA and SF in particular, we might really reach some of our visitors. Everyone reads the in-flight magazine! Keep it Short, like this one, preferably written with humor or light-hearted, so it will be appealing. Limber up those fingers, and start writing. Maybe MCCVB will follow our lead and write for in-flight magazines, not just the much easier website! Who knows? It might start the butterfly effect and create a more conscious class of tourists.


“When I first moved to LA, I lived on Hollywood Boulevard and Western, which wasn’t so amazing. But then I made friends with an actress named Kelly Coffield who said I could take over the lease on her cute apartment in a big house in Beachwood Canyon. She kept telling me, “Beachwood Canyon is so beautiful and picturesque, and there’s a little market and a little diner,” yadda yadda.

So I drove up there, and it was a dream. It was an old house, so it had a lot of charm, and it was right under the Hollywood Sign. After I moved in, every time I would drive home, I would see the sign and just be blown away. It would bring tears to my eyes. It was so aspirational: “You can do it, Judy! You can make it in Hollywood! Look at the sign right there—you’re driving right to it!”

After a couple of months of living there, I started to notice people standing right in the middle of my street to get a picture of the Hollywood Sign, and I thought, “Jeez, that’s kind of dangerous.” Then I noticed a lot of rental convertibles pulling over, and four or five people would get out and stand in the middle of the two-lane street to get pictures with the sign above them or pictures so it would look like they were holding the sign in the palm of their hand.

Everyone would look at me with this cringing expression, like, ‘I’m sorry, but I just really want my picture.’”

Then the tour buses started coming, pulling over with full tour groups of people standing there to get their pictures taken. I was thinking, “You’ve got to be swear-word kidding me! I live up here! People live up here! This is dangerous! It’s inconsiderate!” And everyone would look at me with this cringing expression, like, “I know, I’m so sorry, but, like, I just really want my picture.” Meanwhile, every single time I drove up the street to my house, I was dodging a human being.

I became a very fervent horn honker. I’m a nice person, but eventually I would just lay on my horn for most of the drive up the hill, dodging people. Every once in a while, I would lose my temper and yell, “People live here!” out the window. They never yelled back. Everyone would always do that sheepish little “sor-ry” smile or hold up a finger like, “One more second!” Thankfully, this was before smartphones, because I can’t even imagine what it’s like now. I don’t go up there anymore. Ever.

To this day, I’m not crazy about taking those “famous pictures” when I travel. And if I do want to go to a hot destination or a good picture-taking spot, I’m so mindful of the people who live there. Tourists either think they’re the only person who have ever wanted to have a picture there, or they give you the “If you don’t like it, then you should move” look, which is another attitude that makes me crazy. I learned my lesson, which was that the thing that I thought was going to be so charming when I first moved to LA ended up being the bane of my existence.

I stayed in that apartment for three or four years, while I was saving up to buy a house. By the time I was ready to buy, I decided I still needed the Hollywood Sign in my life. I chose a place where I can still see it, but it’s very far away from where any tourists would be trying to take a photo.

Judy Greer stars in FXX’s Archer, and this fall she’ll make her directorial debut with A Happening of Monumental Proportions, star in Halloween, and join Jim Carrey in the new Showtime series Kidding.”


Horseshoe Bend – Arizona’s Bixby Bridge

Michael Chatfield sent me this excellent article. The second half of the article outlines the solutions they are implementing, including fees for parking and viewing the phenomena.

HORSESHOE BEND — In simpler times (before social media), Horseshoe Bend was a quiet yet spectacular stop along a lonely stretch of highway in northern Arizona.

Visitors would wander in from U.S. 89, just south of Page, Arizona, either because they’d heard of the dramatic bend in the Colorado River from locals, or noticed the small sign pointing the way and reacted quickly enough to make the sharp turn.

They would take a sandy path to an overlook where the land dropped away steeply to reveal a canvas only nature could paint — an emerald river hundreds of feet below, tracing a graceful arc at the bottom of sharp-edged cliffs.

A few hundred people might stop each day during the summer road-trip season. In winter, maybe just a few dozen.

But those languid days are long gone, lost in the exhaust fumes of the tour buses, party vans and SUVs that choke an area never meant to hold so much glass and steel. Each day they disgorge thousands of visitors, many from China and Germany and France and Japan.

2 million visitors expected in 2018

for the rest of this article, and the solutions they are implementing, see:

For additional article on bigsurkate re Bixby Bridge issues, see:

Nightmare at Bixby Bridge in Big Sur

Ferrari Commercial at Bixby

Now that Labor Day has passed, filming at Bixby Bridge and other places along the coast has resumed. Thursday, in addition to the filming, there were many construction areas along Highway One. It took me 3 and 1/2 hours to get from my home to the VA Clinic in Marina.

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Nightmare at Bixby Bridge in Big Sur

And here is a screen shot of the chp website re Bixby from yesterday, thanks to Marcus Foster:


From the CHP website. “OO” means out of vehicle. This “RDWAY” is Highway 1 through Big Sur. So, translation from chp speak to human is “People are getting out of their vehicles and leaving them parked in the middle of the highway.

Incident:  00177   Type:    Traffic Hazard   Location:   Sr1 / Bixby Brdg  Loc Desc:  SR1 / BIXBY BRDG    Lat/Lon:  36.372378 -121.902408   
Detail Information
12:08 PM 1 [1] VEHS 1124 IN RDWY




Hikers & Base Jumpers Missing in Big Sur

UPDATE 1/24/16 1:40p.m: The Monterey County Sheriff’s office said the three Stockton hikers who were reported missing in Big Sur, have walked out and are ok.

No further details.

Two separate incidents: Three missing hikers:

BIG SUR, Calif. – Three hikers from Stockton have been reported missing in Big Sur, according to the Stockton Police Department.

Police said Tyler Betteridge,20, David Betterridge, 23, and Robert Garcia, 22, were supposed to return home Saturday night after a hiking trip in Big Sur. Investigators said the men’s car was later found unoccupied in the Big Sur area.

Monterey County deputies said they are monitoring the situation.

If you come across these hikers, police ask you contact them immediately.

Neither MCSO or Stockton say which part of Big Sur their car was found. No indication the two incidents are related.


MONTEREY, Calif. – The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed two people, who were Base-jumping off Bixby Bridge, have been missing since Saturday morning.

The Sheriff’s Dive Team responded to the search Sunday morning, but deputies said it has been temporarily called off due to high surf conditions