Posted by: Stan Russell | July 22, 2014

State Park Activities July 26-29

State Park Activities

Park Day use fees apply for nature walks and activities.

~JUNIOR RANGERS & RANGER CUBS Every Day see Junior Ranger flyer

Saturday, July 26th
11:00 a.m.
Nature Walk “California Sunshine- Pfeiffer Falls”
Join Danielle on a walk to learn about how availability of light and moisture determine the varying plant communities in different parts of Big Sur. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Redwood Deck for this moderate hike up to Pfeiffer Falls.

2:00 p.m.
River Walk “Dam Busting”
Meet Sara at the campground store for a peek into the secret life in the Big Sur River. We will discover steelhead rainbow trout and find out how you can help these threatened fish in the their natural habitat. Wear your river shoes for this half-hour program.

8:30 p.m.
Nature Walk “Creatures of the Night”
Join Park Interpreter Sara for a peek into the night life of Big Sur. Discover how animals use their senses in the dark during this one hour program. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight (with a red mode if you have one) This is an easy 2/3 mile dog and stroller friendly walk. Meet at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Day Use Lot #1.

Sunday, July 27
9:00 a.m.
Nature Walk “Discovering Pfeiffer Falls”
Meet Park Interpreter Sara for a moderate hike up the Valley View trail to the base of Pfeiffer Falls. This is a 1 1/4 mile one-way walk to the waterfall. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes for this one and a half hour hike. Meet at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

2:00 p.m.
Nature Walk “Redwood Resilience”
Join Sarah in learning about the resilience of coast redwoods to wildfire and see the rejuvenation of the forest after December’s Pfeiffer Fire. Meet at the Buzzard’s Roost Trailhead.

Monday, July 28
3:00 p.m.
Nature Walk “A Bird’s Eye View”
Learn about the different habitats and the birds that live in them along the Valley View Trail. Wear sturdy shoes, and meet Sarah at the Redwood Deck, next to the Big Sur Lodge for this moderate morning hike.

Tuesday, July 29
8:30 p.m.
Nature Walk “Ghosts of Big Sur” Join Sarah for a 45 minute program including a short walk down to the river. Dress warmly and meet in Day Use Lot #1 to hear ghost stories from around the area.

Special Tours, Museums and Visitor Centers

Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park Tours

“Walking Tour into the Past” Volunteer led, three-hour walking tour on paved road. The walk is less than a mile but with a rise in elevation of 300’. Meet along the West Side of Highway 1, ¼ mile north of Pt. Sur Naval facility. Arrive early. Tour size limited.

Tours- Saturday: 10 am, 2 pm, Sunday: 10 am, and Wednesday: 10 am, 2 pm and Thursday at 10 am.

Admission Adult: $12.00; Ages 6-17: $5.00; Age 5 and under: free.

Molera Ranch House Museum
Find out what it was like to live in Big Sur 100 years ago? Located at Andrew Molera State Park, the Ranch House is open for visitors Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ernst Ewoldsen Nature Center
Located near the Pfeiffer Falls/Valley View trailhead is open for visitors Friday through Monday from 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. when a volunteer is available. Come discover what lives here!

California Condor Discovery Center
Come learn about the magnificent condors and the reintroduction program run by the Ventana Wildlife Society. The center is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at Andrew Molera State Park.

Thank you for visiting Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Please be patient as we work to re-open areas of the park after the Basin Complex Fire of 2008, Pfeiffer Fire of 2013 and winter mudflows. Oak Grove and Pfeiffer Falls trails remain closed due to damages. Please stay out of all closed areas.

Posted by: Stan Russell | July 16, 2014

Would You Like to Learn How to BACKPACK?

Would You Like to Learn How to BACKPACK?

The Los Padres Forest Association (LPFA) presents …

Backpacking Basics Course?
July 19, 2014 12-2 PM?
Big Sur Ranger Station Hwy. 1?
(½ mi. south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park)

This event is FREE to the visiting public.

Learn about PREPARATION, GEAR, SAFETY, TRAIL ETIQUETTE & MORE

VWA Volunteer Wilderness Rangers Anne Canright and Lynn Moncher will be teaching LEAVE NO TRACE & Wilderness Ethics! Learn your role in protecting the future of our forests!

The discussion also will include:?
● Big Sur Hike Recommendations (Day hikes & multi-day trips)?
● Books, Maps & Big Sur Merchandise?
● Ways to get involved with TRAIL MAINTENANCE & CONSERVATION in the Big Sur backcountry.

LPFA is hosting this event in collaboration with the Ventana Wilderness Alliance.

Los Padres Forest Association – Big Sur Station – (831) 667-2315

From Supervisor Dave Potter’s office
Good Morning,

Please note on your calendars; the 7/25/14 BSMAAC meeting has been rescheduled to Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Lodge Conference Center, Pfeiffer State Park. Please also note on your calendars that the November 21st meeting has been cancelled. The quarterly BSMAAC meetings will resume in 2015 and we will forward the calendar as soon as we have secured the 2015 dates.

Thank you,

Jayne Mohammadi
Aide to Supervisor Dave Potter
County of Monterey, Board of Supervisors
(831) 647-7755
(831) 647-7708

The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have. ~Leonard Nimoy

From Henry Miller Memorial Library

Today (Wed) starts a FIVE-day stretch of fantastic summer fun at the HML! Check it:
* Wed – Ping Pong Championship! Noon-6 pm.
* Thurs – Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Sur-International-Short-Film-Screening-Series/278990888233> ! Starting at 8 pm.
* Fri – Live music with Desert Center and Mikey Selbicky, 7:30 pm
* Sat – Camp Anastroca! Music, dance, food, and more! 11 am – 11 pm.
* Sun – Jackie Bristow in concert – 3 pm
* Sun night – Big Sur Sound and Story <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Sur-Sound-and-Story/208165336054083> with The Dinner Party Download <https://www.facebook.com/dinnerpartydownload> !! 8 pm
All events except * are free (donations appreciated.) Questions? Call us! 831-667-2574.
Reserve your spot to events by clicking here:http://www.eventbrite.com/o/henry-miller-memorial-library-440462807

From Point Sur Lighthouse
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Visitors are invited to tour Point Sur during a special Living History Event celebrating Point Sur Lighthouse’s 125th anniversary.
Ghost Tours dates have been announced.
http://www.pointsur.org/

From Big Sur Chamber of Commerce

Remember that State Parks has sponsored activities for the whole family and your guests.

http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/campfire-program.html

More local events and music calendar
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/events.html

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.TheBigSurBlog.com

Posted by: Stan Russell | July 11, 2014

ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR JULY 13 ­ JULY 20

From: Grant Leonard [mailto:grant]
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 12:32 PM
To: Grant Leonard
Subject: NEWS RELEASE: TAMC Cone Zone Report for July 13 – July 20

Date: Friday, July 11, 2014
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Grant Leonard (TAMC)
Phone: (831) 775-4402

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TAMC CONE ZONE REPORT
ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR JULY 13 – JULY 20

MONTEREY COUNTY – Here are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County from Sunday, July 13, through Sunday, July 20, 2014 – newest information is in red. Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent.

Highway 1 – Big Sur – Carmel: July 13 – July 18
Night time striping and markings replacement along Highway 1 at multiple locations from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The locations are:
Sunday, July 13 – Carmel River Bridge to just north of Garrapata Creek Bridge
Monday, July 14 – Yankee Point Drive/Malpaso Rd. to just south of Hurricane Point
Tuesday, July 15 – Garrapata Creek Bridge to south of Molera Park Entrance
Wednesday, July 16 – South of Bixby Creek Bridge to Grimes Canyon
Thursday, July 17 – North of Molera Park Entrance to Grimes Canyon
Work hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Sundays
Work will result in reversing one-way traffic control.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 15 minutes.

Highway 1 –South Coast: July 15 – July 18
Daytime work along Highway 1 between Pacific Valley and Vicente Creek Bridge from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 15 minutes.

Highway 1 – Big Sur: July 17 – July 18
Daytime shoulder work along Highway 1 between the Big Sur Maintenance Station and Garrapata Ridge Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes

Highway 1 – Big Sur: July 15
Daytime pavement repair along Highway 1 between the Big Sur State Park Entrance and Hurricane Point from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes

Highway 1 – Monterey: July 16
Daytime bridge work along southbound Highway 1 between Aguajito Road and Iris Canyon Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes

Highway 68 – Salinas: July 16
Daytime utility work along westbound Highway 68 / South Main Street between San Joaquin Street and San Miguel Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 5 minutes

Today’s Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OVERNIGHT STRIPING AND MARKING ALONG HIGHWAY 1 FROM BIG SUR TO CARMEL BEGINS SUNDAY

MONTEREY COUNTY – An overnight project to replace the striping and marking, also known as thermoplastic traffic stripe, along Hwy. 1 from just south of Castro Canyon Bridge in Big Sur to the Carmel River Bridge in Carmel will begin Sunday, July 13 at 7 pm, Caltrans officials have announced.

Below is the schedule for the first week:

· Sunday, July 13 – Carmel River Bridge to just north of Garrapata Creek Bridge
· Monday, July 14 – Yankee Point Drive/Malpaso Rd. to just south of Hurricane Point
· Tuesday, July 15 – Garrapata Creek Bridge to south of Molera Park Entrance
· Wednesday, July 16 – South of Bixby Creek Bridge to Grimes Canyon
· Thursday, July 17 – North of Molera Park Entrance to Grimes Canyon

Roadwork will consist of reversing one-way traffic control from 7 pm to 7 am Monday through Thursday and from 8 pm to 7 am on Sundays. No work on Friday or Saturday nights. Motorists can expect a delay not to exceed 10 minutes. This project is expected to be complete by the end of July.

The contractor for this $300,000 construction project is Cal Stripe, Inc. from Colton, CA.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll freenumber at 1-877-448-6771 or can visit our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon

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From Henry Miller Memorial Library

Today (Sat) at the Library – 3:00 pm: Mickey Muennig: Dreams and Realizations for a Living Architecture book release and signing!


Please join Mickey in celebrating the publication of this, the first monograph of his work, at the Henry Miller Library, on Saturday, July 5th, at 3 pm. Admission is free.
This gorgeous book features the work and essays of Mickey. As many of you know, Mickey is a world-renowned proponent of organic architecture. He designed the Post Ranch Inn, reconstructed the Esalen Institute baths, and designed numerous homes and other spaces here in Big Sur.

Check out some of his incredible work below.

This is a historic day for us, so again, please join us!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1409593305995867/

http://www.henrymiller.org

Posted by: Stan Russell | July 1, 2014

State Park Activities for 4th of July Weekend

State Park Activities for 4th of July Weekend

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park sponsored activities run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Park day use fees apply for nature walks and activities.

Junior Ranger and Ranger Cubs Program & Activities

Hey, Junior Rangers!
Who: Kids ages 7-12 only
When: Monday – Thursday and Saturday at 10:00 A.M.
Where: Meet staff at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park adjacent to the Big Sur Lodge restaurant.
What: An hour of fun games and activities about the Big Sur environment.

Hey, Ranger Cubs!
Who: Kids ages 6 and under (with parents)
When: Monday – Thursday and Saturday at 11:30 A.M.
Where: Meet staff at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park adjacent to the Big Sur Lodge restaurant.
What: A half-hour of story telling, games and activities.

Activities For The Whole Family

Saturday, July 5th
1:00 p.m.
Nature Walk: “Big Sur through the Ages”
Discover how natural and cultural forces have shaped the landscape and the people who have lived here. Visit John Pfeiffer’s Homestead cabin, see some of the effects of recent fire activity and look for threatened Steelhead Trout. Wear river shoes if you want to get wet. Meet Park Interpreter Sara at the green fire gate near Day Use Lot #3.

3:00 p.m.
Nature Walk “Discovering Pfeiffer Falls”
Meet Park Interpreter Sara for a moderate hike up the Valley View trail to the base of Pfeiffer Falls. This is a 1 1/4 mile one-way walk to the waterfall. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes for this one and a half hour hike. Meet at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

8:30 p.m.
Nature Walk “Creatures of the Night”
Join Park Interpreter Sara for a peek into the night life of Big Sur. Discover how animals use their senses in the dark during this one hour program. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight (with a red mode if you have one) This is an easy 2/3 mile dog and stroller friendly walk. Meet at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Day Use Lot #1.

Sunday, July 6th
11:00 a.m.
Children’s Nature Walk: “Flower Power- The plants of Big Sur”
Join Sara for an hour of fun games, and a little walking. Discover the many plants of Big Sur and how they grow. All ages welcome, meet at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

ON-GOING TOURS AND VISITORS CENTERS

Point Sur Light Station State Historic Park Tours
“Walking Tour into the Past” Volunteer led, three-hour walking tour on paved road. The walk is less than a mile but with a rise in elevation of 300′. Meet along the West Side of Highway 1, ¼ mile north of Pt. Sur Naval facility. Arrive early. Tour size limited.

TOURS:
Saturday: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.,
Sunday: 10:00 a.m., and Wednesday: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Admission Adult: $12.00; Ages 6-17: $5.00; Age 5 and under: free.
www.pointsur.org

Molera Ranch House Museum
Find out what it was like to live in Big Sur 100 years ago? Located at Andrew Molera State Park, the Ranch House is open for visitors Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ernst Ewoldsen Nature Center
Located near the Pfeiffer Falls/Valley View trailhead is open for visitors Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. when a volunteer is available. Come discover what lives here!

California Condor Discovery Center
Come learn about the magnificent California condors and the reintroduction program run by the Ventana Wildlife Society. The center is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at Andrew Molera State Park.
Ventana Wildlife Society

Thank you for visiting Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Please be patient as we work to re-open areas of the park after the Basin Complex Fire of 2008, Pfeiffer Fire of 2013 and winter mudflows. Oak Grove and Pfeiffer Falls trails remain closed due to damages. Please stay out of all closed areas.

Posted by: Stan Russell | June 27, 2014

ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 29 ­ JULY 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE TAMC CONE ZONE REPORT
ROAD AND LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 29 – JULY 6

MONTEREY COUNTY – Here are the major scheduled road and lane closures for Monterey County from Sunday, June 29, through Sunday, July 6, 2014 – newest information is in red. Please keep in mind that construction work is weather-dependent.

Highway 1 – Big Sur Coast: July 1 – July 2
Daytime drainage work along Highway 1 between Lime Creek Bridge and Castro Canyon Bridge from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 15 minutes.

Highway 1 – Big Sur: July 1 – July 2
Daytime paving along Highway 1 between the Juan Higuera Creek Bridge and the Andrew Molera Park entrance from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 15 minutes

Highway 1 – Big Sur: July 1 – July 2
Daytime shoulder work along Highway 1 between Hurricane Point and Palo Colorado from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 15 minutes

Highway 1 – Carmel Highlands: July 1 – July 2
Daytime drainage work along Highway 1 between Granite Canyon Bridge and Arroyo Del Mar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays of approximately 10 minutes

Today’s Date: Monday, June 23, 2014
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Jim Shivers or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

*REMINDER*

CALTRANS SEEKS PUBLIC’S INPUT ON STATEWIDE FREIGHT MOBILITY PLAN

SAN LUIS OBISPO – With the economic recovery expanding, California’s highways, seaports, and railroads are again teeming with freight being transported across the state and on to the rest of the nation. Caltrans has invested billions of dollars in projects aimed at improving freight movement and reducing its environmental impacts, and this summer it will ask the public to weigh-in on the future of freight movement in California.

Caltrans will host a public workshop on Monday, June 23 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Marina Public Library at 190 Seaside Circle to solicit input on the draft California Freight Mobility Plan (CFMP), which lays out a vision for all the ways freight is moved, including seaports, air cargo, railroads, and trucking. While promoting economic competitiveness, the plan will also benefit the environment and promote public health by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.

“To maintain and improve California’s status as the eighth-largest economy in the world, we must create a multimodal freight plan that sustains freight jobs, improves transportation, protects the environment and our communities,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

The U.S. Department of Transportation will rely on the CFMP and other state freight plans as it shapes a national freight plan. Projects identified in California’s plan will be eligible to apply for a higher percentage of federal funding.

This plan is especially important because California is a national and global trade leader. Of the country’s internationally traded consumer products, about 40 percent is transported through California’s seaports. With 12 seaports, California has an unparalleled geographic trade position on the Pacific Rim.

California has set aggressive goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve a sustainable environment. The freight plan’s goal is to transition the freight industry to zero or near zero emissions by 2050. California has already made progress in reducing freight’s effects through better engines, cleaner fuels, infrastructure changes, and improved operations.

Caltrans has accomplished much to improve freight in California over the last few years. Some of the more notable freight projects include:

  • Otay Mesa East Port of Entry: This project is an innovative, tolled land port of entry designed to significantly reduce border wait times and expedite the flow of goods between California and Mexico. Caltrans broke ground on the project last year.
  • Cordelia Truck Scales: In July 2013, a new $100 million truck complex opened along eastbound Interstate 80 near Fairfield in Solano County. The state-of-the-art facility fast-tracks inspections for more than two million trucks annually that travel from the Port of Oakland on I-80 through Northern California.
  • Gerald Desmond Bridge: At 515 feet tall, the new Gerald Desmond Bridge when completed will be tall enough to allow the world’s largest ships to pass under and enter the Port of Long Beach’s inner harbor, increasing the Port’s capacity to handle more cargo. Currently, about 15 percent of the nation’s international containerized trade is moved by trucks across the existing bridge. The new bridge will have three lanes in each direction, allowing a more efficient flow of goods and people.
  • Colton Crossing: This rail project was completed last year, $109 million under budget and eight months ahead of schedule. Most trains entering or leaving Southern California used the at-grade rail-to-rail crossing, which resulted in significant congestion on commuter and freight rail lines. A new elevated overpass has removed that chokepoint. The project will deliver an estimated $241 million in travel time savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 34,000 tons annually.

Caltrans is developing the CFMP in partnership with the California State Transportation Agency, the freight industry, public agencies, Native American tribal governments, and advocacy groups. The plan will be finalized by the end of this year. To view the draft plan, informational materials, and to receive more details on the public workshops, please visit: http://www.cfmp.dot.ca.gov http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/offices/ogm/california_freight_mobility_plan.html

Those unable to attend a meeting in person, can comment by email (mailto:cfmp> .) or send a letter or a completed comment card <http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/offices/ogm/CFMP/Web/Mail_Comments_Card.pdf#zoom=75> to: California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning, Office of System, Freight, and Rail Planning, 1120 N Street, MS 32, Sacramento, CA 95814. Comments must be submitted by July 31, 2014.

Henry Miller Library
In addition to hosting the weekly, Thursday Night Big Sur International Film Festival and Sunday evening Big Sur Sound and Story, this Monday at the The Henry Miller Memorial Library you can see the premiere of “Old Man and the Mountain Lion” (shot in Big Sur) plus record release of The Range of Light Wilderness
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Range-of-Light-Wilderness/129876447039086

Take it away, Monterey County Weekly…
“It’s a cat-eat-cat world in Michael Harrington’s debut short film, The Old Man and the Mountain Lion, which premieres Monday night at the Henry Miller Library among the very Big Sur wilderness where it was shot….”
http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/entertainment/art/the-old-man-and-the-mountain-lion-gets-real-at/article_022cd4fe-f708-11e3-9b98-0017a43b2370.html

http://www.henrymiller.org

Esalen Institute hosts the annual Summer Celebration; July 5th: World Music Festival

Join us for our annual summer celebration — filled with fun and music — on July 5th at Esalen Institute in Big Sur! The world music festival features renowned world music artists Orgone <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orgone/98121449576> , Benyoro, Lagos Roots and Emily Elbert. The event also includes special guests: 7 COME 11, Sadza Marimba and Yoga with Hannah Muse.
Gates open at 1 pm and the event ends at sunset. The $80 ticket includes music, dinner and access to the hot springs. Children ages 12 years or younger enter free with parents or guardians.
For tickets and registration, please visit http://pulseproductions.inticketing.com/evinfo.php?eventid=414028


http://www.esalen.org

Visit the Calendar of Events page for more activities including the always favorite Sunday afternoon music at the Big Sur River Inn
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/events.html

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