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 »

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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 »


Water Board Cracks Down on Monterey Peninsula, While Giving Illegal Diversions in Big Sur a Free Pass

February 4, 2011

The green pastures of El Sur Ranch can be seen to the north of the Big Sur River mouth in this view from near the summit of Mt. Manuel

Everyone knows that the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has been cracking down on the residents and businesses of the Monterey Peninsula lately. Essentially requiring them to foot the bill for an obscenely expensive desalination plant, in order to end illegal water diversions that have been harming steelhead in the Carmel River. What not so many people know is that the SWRCB has been letting similar illegal diversions continue on the Big Sur River for nearly 20 years – with still no enforcement action of any kind in sight. Read the rest of this entry »