Today is Day 1 of the Atmospheric River and High Wind Warning with Highway 1 scheduled to close tonight at 5 p.m., and remain closed likely, until Wednesday morning, so I decided to spend this hermit time by cleaning out the corners and organizing the clutter. The kitchen pantry was today’s project while the southeast… Read More Cows, Poets & Other Loves
Wesley Daggert, the lead character in Raising Mary Jane in 1970s Big Sur by Christian Van Allen, is the luckiest guy. He eludes law enforcement, attracts the prettiest gal, and beats back the biggest bloke in Big Sur. The opening scene of Raising Mary Jane in 1970s Big Sur follows sheriff deputies racing to bust… Read More Raising Mary Jane in 1970s Big Sur by Christian Van Allen
Marilyn McDonald amassed a collection of historical clippings, photos, and stories of the history of Tassajara that grew into a scrapbook for guests to peruse at the counter of the Tassajara office. David Chadwick wanted to add a history page of Tassajara to his website and knowing of Marilyn’s research over the years of the… Read More A Brief History of Tassajara by Marilyn McDonald
Two years ago I wrote an article that was published by KCET Link. Now, June 2019, the highway is open, with a few one-way controlled stops, but 2 years ago the highway was closed with only one road in and out. Closures, Thoughtless Visitors Try Big Sur Locals’ Patience By Anneliese Ågren Originally published: June… Read More Two Years Ago This Month
T.H. Watkins’ book On the Shore of the Sundown Sea, published by the Sierra Club, tells of the T.H.’s experience camping with his big family at Salt Creek, exploring the southern Orange County coastline during the post WWII years to the passage of Proposition 20 in 1972. I was introduced to T.H. Watkins’ book by… Read More On the Shore of the Sundown Sea – T.H. Watkins
If you see this guy cycling the coast, be nice. This is Marcus, 24 years old, a fellow Scorpio from Switzerland. Marcus has rode that bike from Switzerland, through Africa, Argentina, and most recently from Las Vegas to San Diego and up the coast to where we found him yesterday. That’s a Swiss flag flying… Read More Our Swiss Guest, Marcus.
You’re saturated with online political posts, memes, and tweets. Or you’re stuck inside because of rain and no swell. Or both. Now’s a good time to read a book. Jeff McElroy’s short stories, Californios and Californios 2 will occupy your mind, immersing you in waves of sketchy situations and native splendor. I’ve wanted to review this two-volume collection, Californios published… Read More Californios, A Collection of Stories by Jeff McElroy
It’s been one month shy of two years since I posted a book review on this blog (not for want of California coastal books, of which there are many terrific titles released), because I was otherwise occupied and neglected this site. After reading Chris Chapman’s Stories of Arroyo Hondo, the end has arrived for this book review drought… Read More Stories of Arroyo Hondo by Chris Chapman