•November 13, 2013 • 29 Comments

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•August 20, 2014 • 3 Comments

From their FB page:

Looks like Missy!


•August 18, 2014 • 8 Comments

I have nothing new to report, but will as soon as I hear anything. Good thoughts and energy still needed. Pray. Light candles. Invoke. Meditate.


Photo by Patrice Ward

Arvin missing

•August 17, 2014 • 9 Comments

Per Bob Cole at the Big Sur Station around 1:15: The search has been expanded from Pine Valley Camp/Falls area to Black Cone Trail. They’ve got personnel posted at a bunch of different campsites and they’re interviewing people.

12:15 Marin Co SAR to assist MoCo in search.

Those of you who know this sweet man, who waits tables at River Inn, he may need your good intentions for his safe return. He went on a backpacking trip alone, MAYBE to China Camp, Pine Ridge, to Sykes and was due back Thursday or Friday, but has not been seen, yet. He is a tall black man with a sweet smile. Search & Rescue has been out both yesterday and today. If you see him, or HAVE seen him in the last week, please contact Bob Cole at the State Park or MCSO.

Noon from Suzy Cowman Tennyson: “Just got off the phone w/ Deputy Jesse…. nothing yet. But he does report they have helicopters (don’t know how many, but he used the plural) out again today along with “lots of guys”….”

Keep good thoughts for his safe return home. It worked with Chief … Let’s make it work for Arvin. And Arvin, if I’ve embarrassed you, I’ll give you a great big hug and apologize next time I see you!

Fire on South Coast

•August 16, 2014 • 5 Comments

8:10 pm -I can see the red flashing lights at the site, as well as headlights further down. The smoke has really dissipated, so I think our local crews have got this one under wraps. Whew! Thank you firefighters!

8 pm – column not nearly as distinct as it was 15 mins ago, so looks like ff may be on it. I will keep an eye on it until I go to sleep.

7:45 – column has grown has has the flat smoke coming off the top. Still small, but visible with the naked eye.

7:30 am – Can see a small column from here. Neighbor alerted me, as I was watching a movie, but definite column. I called it in, but USFS E17 already on the way. It is south and east of Lucia, looks like in the area of Ruth Harlan’s old place from here. I’ll keep an eye on it, but right now it is not too large.

CORRECTION – I have been informed it is near or on Morning Glory Ranch, which is slightly north and east of Lucia. I need better binoculars so I can study that terrain more thoroughly!

Chief, the Border Collie Found!

•August 16, 2014 • 7 Comments

For those of you following this, great news!

New comment on BigSurKate:

Denise Autrey commented on Lost Border Collie

Chief has been found! A friend of the locals found him, and returned him to his very happy owner, at approximately 7 a.m. Sat. morning. It was the most wonderful sight to wake up to! I’m the campground host at Plaskett and she has gone everywhere and talked to everyone about her dog. When she seen him running up, she screamed of joy, “That’s my dog!” and everyone in our campground heard her excitement and our campers all began clapping with joy! They are reunited once again. Thank you Irish

And thank you Denise for sharing this with all my caring, dog-loving readers!

Here is the reunion photo taken by Denise

IMG_2091.JPG (Ignore the date, this was taken today, Saturday.

Abandoned Campfire

•August 15, 2014 • 4 Comments

Rock Knocker found an abandoned campfire on the way up here. He only had a gallon of water, which he used, so I called the USFS. Smart man that he is, RK found a couple receipts at the site, so he grabbed them. ;-) Nothing like leaving your name and number behind so the USFS can track and ticket the idiot. One receipt from Lucia and one from Ragged Point.

Like the robber who writes his stick up note on one of his personalized deposit slips, you gotta love the idiots of the world.

Foto Friday, 8/15

•August 15, 2014 • 5 Comments


This is one of my favorite places to photograph, besides my home.


This is the Eastern White-Bearded Wildebeast. He is sedentary, unlike his migratory Western white-Bearded Wildebeast cousin, which is darker and has smaller horns. He will migrate some, if conditions require, but he is not the one that participates in the great migration, typically.


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