Lightning Detected in Ventana Wilderness

June 10, 2015

6-10Lightning2 map showing approximate location of lightning strike near the headwaters of the North Fork Big Sur River.

A thunderstorm is now moving over the Ventana Wilderness and, in addition to the strike depicted above, lightening strikes have been detected near Pinyon Peak, just downstream from Lost Valley and, most recently (3:00 pm), in the wild country between Zig Zag and Willow Creeks and near San Antonio Camp.

A far more vigorous storm has been working over the Southern Diablo Range near Coalinga and Ft. Hunter-Liggett has also reported downstrikes.

Let’s hope there’s some significant rain falling. It’s pretty dry out there.

June 11 2015 Update: No fires have yet appeared in the Ventana Wilderness as a result of yesterday’s lightning, but a fire, named the Peanut Fire, is now burning near the Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. in Ft. Hunter-Liggett. As of noon today, it had burned 700 acres and there are rumors that it may burn as much as 3,000 acres before it’s through. No word on the situation with the NF road, but it is probably safe to assume it is closed through the fort.

East of Eden

February 25, 2013


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Cycling the Peachtree-Cholame Country

March 12, 2012

The long road across the Salinas Valley. The high ridges of the Southern Diablo Range beckon us on. Read the rest of this entry »

Wildflower of the Week: Paintbrush

February 9, 2012

Coast Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis) in Garland Regional Park

Paintbrush, or Indian Paintbrush, is one of the most easily recognized wildflowers in California. It’s found pretty much everywhere and if you spend much time outdoors you probably know it when you see it. Yet determining the species (let alone subspecies) of a given plant can be challenging. While all paintbrush may look pretty much alike to the casual observer, botanists have recognized upwards of 200 individual species – and subspecies beyond counting. Read the rest of this entry »

Biennial Park Closure List Released

May 14, 2011

Soberanes Point – Garrapata State Park

Threatening to close parks has become something of a standard tool for getting the public engaged in the budget process in California and this year is obviously no exception. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Southern Diablo Range Wildflower Excursion

April 3, 2010

Time to head inland and see what’s blooming in the arid hills of the southern Diablo Range (these sunflowers are Coreopsis bigelovii) Read the rest of this entry »