Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

•May 17, 2015 • 9 Comments

my first born is hiking the PCT. he managed to call me on Mothers Day, anyway. Yesterday, he posted this. The Hermitage is tracking his progress and has it on a map in the book store, which they have also been posting to their FB page. Go Brendon (PCT15@wordpress.com)


Just another spectacular sunset

•May 16, 2015 • 4 Comments

i really am awake for sunrises, too, I just don’t think before coffee.


Theses were taken Thursdsy, 5/14/15

Foto Friday by Dan Danbom

•May 15, 2015 • 6 Comments

outstanding shot!


That is a mama gray and calf. Below is a humpback, “exfoliating” with the kelp, per Dan. Both were taken Wednesday, 5/13/15.


Local School Board seeks community input

•May 14, 2015 • 6 Comments
To The Pacific Valley School Community:

Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members,

The BSUSD board of Trustees are requesting your input on a matter that has been brought to the board and will be voted on in the near future, either at a open public special meeting or the next regularly scheduled open public meeting on May 26 at 6:30 pm

Luvlab Productions, a private locally owned business whose partners include Mike and Lucas Handy, has asked to use the PV school campus for parking for up to 150 cars for their Big Surreal Event up Willow Creek, scheduled for June 26,27,28  2015. The campus would be used for parking  for three days. LuvLabs has offered to compensate Pacifc Valley School. Safety and legal issues are being considered on both sides.

As representatives of the community, the board welcomes your feedback. Please reply to this email address onlybsusdboard@gmail.com. All input and  information submitted will be presented at the next meeting for review. 

There will be no response to your email. However, the board encourages you to come to the next meeting or call Gordon if you would like more information and/or details. 

Thank you for your participation.
The BSUSD Board of Trustees

Controlled Burn at Camp Roberts

•May 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment


To Be Scheduled, Weather and Conditions Permitting, between May 18 and March 29, 2015

San Luis Obispo, CA – The California Army National Guard has tentatively scheduled a Fire Hazard Abatement burn at Camp Roberts with a tentative burn window set between May 18 and May 29.  The goal of this one-day burn is to reduce the risk of a wildland fire during troop training activities and will be comprised of approximately 8,000 acres of grassland. The burn is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 7:00 p.m. on a permissive burn day.  The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District staff have reviewed the Camp Roberts Smoke Management Plan and provided conditions to ensure air quality is preserved in San Luis Obispo County.  The burn will be conducted when the meteorological conditions are highly favorable to direct smoke away from potential population centers.

Fire near Pinnacles

•May 12, 2015 • 1 Comment

2:30 – Fire now contained. 

2:00 –  it is at the East entrance, near the parking lot. Cal Fire reports it was about 5 acres when they arrived. It is now 15 acres but air attack has been called off because the 100 ff are making good progress.

Noon – a fire broke out near the entrance to Pinnacles National Park around an hour ago. Cal Fire crews are on scene. I will post updates re acreage, etc. as I determine them and my internet connection allows.

More Rain on the Way

•May 12, 2015 • 1 Comment

From my SLO meteorologist:

“A broad upper-level trough of low pressure will develop off the California shoreline later on Wednesday and will gradually move eastward across the Central Coast Thursday.  This system will produce gentle to moderate (8- to 18-mph)  southerly winds, increasing clouds and widespread rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Total rainfall amounts will range between a quarter and three quarters of an inch throughout the Central Coast. 

  The central and southern Sierra Nevada will see snow above  6,000 feet where another round of late season snowfall is   expected. The low pressure system exits the Central Coast  on Friday. Increasing northwesterly winds and cooler than normal temperatures will develop on Saturday into next  Tuesday. Much warmer weather may return by the end of next week.”

I haven’t checked what Monterey NOAA is predicting, but this is encouraging … Delaying the start of the fire season, perhaps, but thunderstorms at this date could be problematic, as evidenced by the Mother’s Day fire near Parkfield.


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