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Monday, May 12, 2014

Long Way Down

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Maybe I will, and maybe I won't.

I like the ambivalence of that - and that vagary is only possible when I go to Big Sur.

The last time my wife and I went to  a couple of years ago was following a big slide at the north portion of coast, about 10 miles below Carmel. That slide cut off all of the normal traffic that would flow from the Monterey Peninsula, so the coast was eerily quiet.

The night prior to our departure from Lucia Lodge we learned there had been a slide south of our position, leaving the only way in and out of Big Sur via a hair raising single lane road with multiple pin point tight turns, and no guard rails, up over the Santa Lucia range and into Fort Hunter Liggett/Camp Roberts to Highway 101 (post script - Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd).

We would have enjoyed staying a few more nights and the complete solitude afforded by the slides and difficulty people would face getting into the area, but work schedules for both of us compelled our departure.

Going up and over the ridge required careful navigation because most of the road was single lane with many blind corners.

And I mentioned the lack of guard rails... a couple thousand feet at the bottom of a canyon was not where I wanted to be!

There wasn't a lot of opposing traffic, but enough to keep you alert.

Kind of like the news this morning - enough workers' compensation fraud to keep you alert.

There's the story of a Florida fire inspector who failed to advise state officials that he was working while simultaneously...
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