While cruising through the south I stopped for a couple of hours to tour the Petersburg battlefield. This is one of the best preserved American Civil War battlefields.
This year I decided to plan a couple of camping trips. Though not as eager to hump a backpack up a mountain as in my youth. Car camping for a few days in Big Sur in the Spring is always delightful, even in the cold and rain.
A recent land slide took out Highway 1 just south of Carmel last month during the rains. The only way to get to Shell Beach was to drive south down 101 then left and through US Military Fort Hunter Ligget. It was a beautiful drive through the oak covered grasslands. It reminded me what Califonrnia must have looked like a few hundred years ago, minus the tanks.
It has been raining for two weeks straight. The hills sides are now wet several feet down. With heavy storms coming off the pacific, Santa Cruz has been mud slide city. It started early last week when the back side of this ridge decided to slide down and obliterate the road below. It was a huge slide that will take weeks to clear. My unlucky neighbors have to park a mile and down the road from their house, which is a real hassle with groceries and such.
On Thursday my road was blocked by a slide that took out power (including the poles) for twenty-four hours. Twenty-four hours later, it happen again at the same place – with another pole down and power outage. Not a big deal, I’m happy the worst appears to be over. Its great to have the rain.
Went for a nice mid-day sail yesterday. The sun was warm, the air had a nice chill. After the sail Brent and I spent the afternoon scrubbing Calico’s decks – she needed it.
Olson 25, Calico – Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay
Below are a couple more pictures that I thought captured the day.
Yesterday Fred, (surprise surprise) scored two ‘media passes’ to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am celebrity/charity golf tournament. It was great fun to walk the course with Bill Murray and Kevin Costner and a few other celebs. Most folks who know me, know I usually do not have kind things to say about this game that a lot of out of shape, cigar smoking, gentleman consider a ‘sport’. To Bill and Kevin’s’ credit they both looked in great shape.
Mostly my dislike of the game has more to do with the horrendous environmental impacts (water use, non-native grasses, chemical fertilizers, pesticides) that courses require. But….from a social standpoint the game is fun and like I said, I had a great time yesterday following two actors I admire around such beautiful fairways.
Bill Murray and Kevin Costner