looking at the bright side

Being an optimist doesn’t mean I always think things are rosy.  Two weeks of a giant wildfire terrorizing your community and neighboring towns clearly isn’t a good thing.  But acknowledging the fear (yes, there was a lot of fear and worry), and then trying not to dwell on something I couldn’t change was a daily struggle.  I tried to see the bigger picture.  I saw tremendous acts of caring and giving from people just wanting to help.  And don’t even get me started on the first responders and firefighters.  After being out of my home for 12 days and still under mandatory evacuation, an officer guarding our road escorted me to the house and helped me grab a few things and make sure everything was secure.  When I broke down in tears as the stress of the past few days caught up with me, he said,” I’m not supposed to do this”, and gave me a hug.  That act of kindness will be something I will always remember. We owe so much to these brave men and women… Continue reading

going back in time in big sur…

Months ago, I had planned a trip to Big Sur when my parents would be visiting me in Santa Barbara.  Our daughter and a friend were coming too.  Nature had other ideas.  With one of the wettest winters on record  (over 80″ of rain) and five years of drought, the damage was severe.  Mudslides, rockslides, and the loss of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge cut a major part of the beautiful Highway 1 and Big Sur off from the rest of the world. Continue reading

bittersweet Big Sur visit

I just arrived home from a few days with a dear friend in Big Sur.  Frankly, I wasn’t sure we were even going to be able to go as a huge fire was roaring through parts of the region. The fire started on July 22 by an illegal campfire in one of the state parks. As of this writing, it has consumed over 79,000 acres and is 60% contained.  It will be weeks before it is completely under control.  It has cost a life and destruction of 57 buildings.  All of the parks in the area are closed and the few businesses that are open are struggling. A big thank you to Big Sur Kate and her blog which was a wealth of information. Continue reading

New Adventures in and around Big Sur

What a crazy, fun filled few days I had with my daughter in Big Sur.  We were celebrating her birthday but needed no excuse to explore this amazing part of our country.  Most often we stay two nights at my brother-in-laws ranch, and with such limited time we tend to stay close by.  With 385 acres to wander, we are never bored.  But with the gift of four nights, we expanded our horizons to some new places, and of course a few of our tried and true favorites. Continue reading

I left my heart in Big Sur

Big Sur has been the subject of many books and movies, as well as countless poems expounding on its beauty. To me it’s a place like no other. It’s a deeply personal and spiritual experience. It is nature at its most glorious and no matter how many times I go back, it takes my breath away as if seeing it for the first time. Big Sur is impossible to describe. The most incredible photograph can’t capture how small I feel in this glorious collage of mountain and sea. As Henry Miller wrote …”It was here in Big Sur that I first learned to say ‘Amen’.” Continue reading