Category: big sur

  • the year of the dog

    2018 was the year of the dog. We said goodbye to Stella the rat dog and hello to Ripley the indefatigable.

  • selfie(ish) nation

    Last night I dreamed I was in Big Sur, and the fire that’s been burning for more than two weeks (in waking life) was closing in. I could see big plumes of smoke just over the hills and hear the crackle of burning brush. It was terrifying. When I woke up this morning, I found […]

  • don’t be a tourist

    A newborn bison was euthanized Monday because a couple of tourists in Yellowstone thought it would be a good idea to give the little feller a ride in their warm SUV (it was cold outside), causing the mom and rest of the herd to later reject it. Tourists reaching the end of the Appalachian Trail are behaving so […]

  • the grass IS greener

    We’ve lived in California almost two years now, but we haven’t been here long enough to separate legit weather concerns from TV weatherman hype. In Houston, every storm system in the Gulf presented the opportunity for SEVERE WEATHER graphics and ominous music, even if said storm posed no threat to the area. So I wasn’t […]

  • Treffen #17

    Treffen is an annual caravan of vintage VWs that journeys down Highway 1 from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. This is their 17th trip, but it was the first time they had a “Show & Shine” in Pacific Grove. There were dozens of beautiful Buses, Bugs and (my beloved) Karmann Ghias. They’re continuing southward today, […]

  • Dennis did California

    Don’t freak out or anything, but this post is out of chronological order. My dear friend Dennis came to visit James and me the weekend before I headed home to see my family (early May). Here’s what happened. I didn’t manage to take pictures of the two times we ate burgers (here and here). Or the […]

  • Mill Creek Redwood Preserve

    Mill Creek Redwood Preserve Mill Creek Redwood PreserveBottcher’s Gap Campground

  • Point Sur Lighthouse

    Last night we went on a moonlight tour of Point Sur Lighthouse in Big Sur. They do the nighttime tours once a month or so, to coincide with full moons. You can’t make a reservation. Instead, you park just off Highway 1 on the west (ocean) side of the road near the gated entrance, each […]

  • recent goings on

  • Palo Corona Regional Park

    More information about Palo Corona Regional Park can be found here. The takeaway: Our hike was 6.2 miles total, following the Palo Corona trail to its end at Animas Pond, plus a little bit of wandering around in between. We stopped for a picnic at Inspiration Point, sitting at the picnic table under the big […]

  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

  • too early to start drankin’

    So I guess I’ll do an end of the year post instead. Here’s some random shit I noticed this year. When you see your people after a long time apart, it almost makes your heart explode for the first couple of moments, then it’s like no time has passed and you settle into a delightful groove. When it’s […]