A Winter Ride to Parkfield

February 28, 2011

With a very snowy Pimkolam and Piñon for a backdrop, cyclists ascend through green hills along Lonoak Rd. Read the rest of this entry »

Eleven Years at Alta Vista: Jeff Norman’s Journals

February 25, 2011

On January 1, 1980, Jeff Norman, then 29, moved into the Overstrom homestead, Alta Vista, in Big Sur. Overlooking the ocean from a 2,700-foot-high perch on Michael Ridge, and accessible only by trail, Alta Vista was an ideal location for observing and experiencing the beauty and power of the natural world. Jeff lived at Alta Vista until his death, at age 56, on October 31 2007. All structures associated with Alta Vista were burned to the ground eight months later in the Basin Complex Fire. Read the rest of this entry »

Nacimiento River at 12,000cfs and Climbing

February 18, 2011

The Nacimiento River is normally a placid little creek

With most of the rain from the recent storms falling, as it so often does, on the South Coast ridges, the Nacimiento River is on the rise this morning. As of 8:00 AM it was at 12,000 cubic feet per second, and quickly climbing. By contrast, the impressive looking flows in the Big Sur and Carmel Rivers this morning amount to only 572 and 547cfs, respectively. Read the rest of this entry »