Mud Creek Now Mud Point

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image0021Punta Barro: Big Sur’s newest geographical feature (photo credit: Rock Knocker)

The Santa Lucia Mountains are very young. At just 5 million years old, they are still in the process of being born – punching upward out of the Pacific faster than the forces of wind, waves, rain, and gravity can wear them down. Their steep, unstable seaward wall, rising to over 5,000 feet at Cone Peak, is constantly eroding, sliding and collapsing into the sea.

This natural process has been greatly accelerated since the 1930s, when the construction of Highway One undercut and activated treacherous slopes and old slide zones from one end of Big Sur to the other.

Mud Creek is one of those treacherous slopes. It’s not even really a creek; just a highly saturated mountainside that constantly oozes mud and water and tends to creep or slide downhill during the rainy season. It’s been a…

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Open House – March 26, 2017 – 1553 Rita Road, Pebble Beach – 2:00 to 4:00 PM

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View from street

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Ocean View

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Come by to see this warm and comfortable M. J. Murphy built estate, featuring five bedrooms, four and one-half baths, in this over 5,300 square foot estate, located on 1.75 acres.  Offered for $4,800,0000.

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Big Sur Highway Mayhem Map

From one of our locals who really knows Big Sur. Thank you for the great report.

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DSC06823The Highway has been mostly closed for over a month now, but sooner or later it will be business as usual again.

There’s been concern expressed recently about the safety of Highway One through Big Sur. Not concern about the inherent danger of a narrow, twisting road perched on the side of a cliff, but concern about new dangers created by congestion and overcrowding.

As anyone who lives, works or spends time in Big Sur knows, the Highway has gotten very, very crowded over the past five years or so. Why has the number of visitors increased so drastically? Is it social media? Advertising? Shifting dynamics of domestic and international tourism? No one seems to know for sure.

What people do know is that they’re frustrated with the traffic and crowds.

Traffic now routinely comes to a standstill at hotspots like Pt. Lobos, Bixby Bridge and Julia Pfeiffer Burns. Tourists…

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Photos – Crane at Pfeiffer

So sad to see the “broken” bridge and realize it has to be removed in order to replace. Projections for time to complete the new bridge is currently estimated at one year.

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And this beauty just posted by Kyle Evans. Crane is almost assembled.

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Photos by Heather Foster. The first one is from yesterday, Thursday, the second is from early this am. Thank you, Heather.

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From Cal Trans through KSBW:

Piece by piece, crews put together a 250 ton crane that will be used to knock down the collapsed Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur.

“The crane consisted of eleven loads coming from various parts of the state and it’s essentially being put together here on site,” said David Galarza with Caltrans. “It’s quite a task. They’re using a crane to put a crane together.”
After everything is assembled crews will attach a 6000 pound wrecking ball to the crane and use it to bring down the bridge.
“He’ll take it to a certain distance above the bridge deck and essentially drop it on there,” said Galarza. “Do that repeatedly and it…

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Tourists Still Lighting Illegal Campfires in Big Sur

Frightening to realize illegal camp fires are being made while we are in our fourth week of the Soberanes Fire. The photos clearly illustrate we need more toilet facilities.

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As everyone knows, a gigantic, illegal-campfire-caused wildfire is currently burning in Big Sur. It has already burned over 80,000 acres, destroyed nearly 60 homes, and led to the death of a firefighter. It isn’t expected to be contained, much less out, until the end of September.

You might think this reality – impossible for anyone living in, or visiting, Big Sur to ignore – would cause people to seriously think twice before building illegal fires of their own.

You might think this. But you’d be wrong.

Tourists are still lighting fires along the coast on a nightly basis. Many, in places that directly threaten homes and portions of the backcountry (like the Silver Peak Wilderness) the current fire is expected to spare.

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Here, for example, lie the remains of a very recent campfire at Salmon Creek. Remember Salmon Creek?

Notice how it was not put out with water, but…

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Soberanes Fires

The Soberanes Fire started on July 22, 2016 in Garrapata State Park Trails, from an illegal campfire.  The result has been nearly 71,000 acres have burned as of August 13, 2016, and have achieved 60% containment, 57 homes have been lost, three homes have been damaged and numerous outbuildings lost or damaged.  At one point, there were over 5,500 firefighters, now down to 4,400.  Tragically, one bulldozer operator died when his dozer rolled over the edge of a cliff.  He leaves behind a wife and two little girls.

The areas impacted have been the Cachugau and Tassajara areas of Carmel Valley.  Backburns are still being conducted to completely extinguish the flames.  At one point, a portion of the Carmel Highlands, near Point Lobos, was evacuated.  The photo on the left shows Point Lobos as the fog is rolling in at the bottom, above and to the left, you can see a huge cloud of brown smoke.  The top right photo shows the plum of smoke from Carmel Valley as seen from Wharf No. 1 in Monterey.  The bottom right photo shows the brown smoke in the air above Carmel Views.  The very top photo shows a flare up of flames with a tiny light on the right from a bulldozer.

At the present time, on the South, the fire has moved into the Ventana Wilderness and Los Padres National Forest.  An immense firefight is taking place to protect Big Sur Village.  Highway One will be closed from 2 PM on August 24, for at least 24 hours.  All subject to weather conditions while they execute a backburn in extremely steep terraine.

Our community has stepped up to recognize the fabulous work of the firefighters with thank you posters on the roads.  The Big Sur firefighters are a volunteer department and the community has arranged for local chefs to prepare meals, the community has donate socks, hand wipes, water, poison oak medication, etc.  And for homeowners who have lost their homes, several fund raisers have taken place with more scheduled.  What a great community!

With all of this loss, it is gratifying to see some of the wildlife who has survived. In the last three days, I have seen a condor circling in the City of Monterey.  And among the ashes, we see little green sprouts popping up.  A rebirth to give hope.

 

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Cottage of Peace – Carmel

 

Enjoy a carefree lifestyle in this charming “Cottage of Peace” in prime in‐town location—
just park your car and walk to restaurants, shops or the beach! Here’s a bright and cheerful
home featuring an open floor plan with sky lit vaulted ceiling and painted brick fireplace in living room and a cozy dining room adjoining. Retreat to the spacious master suite with
remodeled bath and wonderful west‐facing balcony perfect for savoring golden sunsets.
Two additional bedrooms open to a serene patio and garden. If you have dreamed of a
quiet Carmel home to escape the madding crowd yet in easy walking location to enjoy all
that Carmel has to offer, take a look at this very special cottage. Cottage of Peace  Offered at an amazing price of $1,565,000.

 

 

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