posted 10/10/12 - It's been 3 years and 2 months since a core group of 7 of us camped down here together on private property that has been owned by the same families for almost a century. We did not stay at the cabin. We also had 3 dogs, a son and girlfriend, and 3 other visitors from last time. There were 3 additional campers, 6 new visitors, and 4 additional dogs who also joined us. Phew! What I'll remember most from this excursion are the collective stories of our lives, all that has changed and all that has remained the same. This passage of time has been bittersweet.
One of our cocktail hour visitors mentioned a celebrity wedding. I assumed he was talking about another famous wedding that happened in Big Sur this past summer. It wasn't until I got home that I found out another starlet had gotten married this day, and long lens photos were plastered all over the internet. It's such a close-knit community down in Big Sur that I just can't imagine a native would sell out. They guard and respect privacy. I suspect the wedding planners for both weddings leaked the information and photos. However, I'm glad to see Big Sur is getting booked after last year's economically devastating period with several road closures.
Blogger bigsurkate has been posting updates on the Rocky Creek hard closures that I believe will be starting this coming Sunday night and going through next year. The traffic backup for the existing one lane can be seen in the last photo above. It's something to keep in mind if you plan on visiting Big Sur anytime soon.
As for the habitat aspects, I couldn't get out of my mind a critical comment made by a fellow CNPS member during a trip to nearby Garrapata State Park back on June 3, 2012. He felt the families were not doing enough to eradicate the cape ivy and jubata grass (shown in the 2nd and 3rd photos above) that is spreading down the coast. Although, I'm not sure I entirely agree with him about extensive artificial planting of natives, either. This practice gives a false expectation of what wild truly looks like and takes an extraordinary amount of resources to attempt to sustain. I found Death of a Million Trees' Conciliation Biology: Revising Conservation Biology and Authenticity: A modern definition of wilderness posts to be fascinating. I've long held the belief that us humans are arrogant if we think we can fully understand and control nature. It's like holding a 2x4 against the tidal wave of natural processes that will continue long after we're gone, bonked on the head by that same 2x4.