Big Sur Information

Header Photo by ??? (Please let me know if it is yours so I can give you credit. I can’t remember who sent it or when.)


Many of the National Forests in California are closed indefinitely due to the critical fire danger, including Los Padres National Forest. Two day use areas of the USFS are open — Willow Creek and Mill Creek. State Park day use areas are open. Businesses are open. Highway One is open. Nacimiento-Fergusson is closed.

For the most thorough and complete guide to Big Sur on the internet see:

Big Sur Visitor’s Guide


Interactive Highway Map with Mile Markers and slide names is to the right, under “Pages” first one *Big Sur Interactive Maps... if the following link doesn’t work. *Big Sur Interactive Slide Maps will answer any questions you may have about where something is in relation to something else.


(Size for any header photos you may wish to submit it is 760×151 pixels.)

Some people attempt to comment (all first time commenters must be approved) using a fake email account. Your email account shows to no one but me, but if you use a fake account (and I check) I will not be approving your comment.


Lastly, there are two “seasons” on BigSurKate — fire season and rainy season. Twice a year I change my links over from one season to the other. The “change over” takes hours, so it is sometimes spread over days. It is during this “transition time” you will notice the two categories simultaneous — one growing and one shrinking. Always a fun time for me.

March 2012 Photo Contest Finalists

Here they are, my picks for the top six. (I tried to limit it to five, and could not.) Please, take a few minutes, look at all of them, and write a comment about which you like best. If you can, share why you like it best and why you think it deserves to be my new header.







Well, I missed it, but sometime today, this blog got its 500,000th visit. Thanks all of you for your support and encouragement.

Photo Contest Voting … finally

I can’t believe it, but I finally got the last 5 photos up, so voting has now begun. You (and your friends) have until Sunday night at 8 pm to vote for your favorite for my new header. I didn’t want to take a chance, so view the photos in the post immediately below this one, and then vote here. More news later today, as I have a number of things to report, while wordpress, the internet goddess, and my computer are being cooperative.

Photo Contest Finalists

FINALLY, the long awaited photo contest final 10. Thank you, all, for your patience, particularly those photographers who entered their work!

I am beginning to think this contest is cursed. I tried all night to get the other 5 uploaded, but no luck. So no voting until I get the the other 5 up, and it looks like, based on the behavior of wordpress, it will have to be in a separate post. I’ll try again tomorrow, and I’ll let you know when voting opens.