Friday, January 29, 2010

Why did the turkey cross the road?

We have a flock of wild turkeys here in the park, I'd never seen turkeys showing their tailfeathers just like a peacock! Guess we'll have some turkey chicks in the near future!
The park is open again so its been back to work for me. We are so glad to see the sun out again!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Rain, rain, go away...

We are no longer worried about flooding but it keeps raining every day. Its not raining hard anymore and is stopping and starting. But we're feeling pretty cooped up and cabin fevered! Yesterday we went out for a hike, a local had told us about a trail that leads to the Fernwood Bar and Grill! Rain started falling when we were about halfway there. Luckily we had our raincoats on but it was still wet and cold. We saw a rainbow through the trees and suddenly we were at the back of the Fernwood canpgrounds. It was like salvation! A dry place, with food and drink and people! So we had a couple drinks and then walked home once the rain had cleared up. I snapped this picture of the coastal fog in the valley as we headed home.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Seals!

Went scouting a new dive site now that the weather's down a bit. We saw three seals and a couple of sea otters. Melissa got this pic of the seals. We're hoping to get some diving in sometime in the next week or so now that the weather's clearing.

-Chris

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Not A Good Day For Diving

The rain let up for a couple of hours so we wandered down to another state park down the road. The waves were from 15-25 feet. We took some pictures from the cliff overlooking this cove. For scale, the waterfall on the left is 80' tall and the trees on the right are around 100'. We saw a few waves crashing and sailing over the trees!

-Chris



Monday, January 18, 2010

Weather Update

Well, we have good news for the evening. The river has started to drop a bit after coming up about two feet since this morning and getting within two feet of flood stage. We also got "shore" electricity back about an hour ago after losing power at around 7am this morning. Of course we have our batteries and used them throughout the day as we would normally do when camping off the grid.

They officially shut down the park this afternoon to visitors (although people are apparently sneaking in) and there is only one person still camping here, everyone else is staff or family of staff.

The forecast is for more of the same over the next 4-5 days and we're being told that Wednesday will be the worst of it so we're not out of the woods yet. Some forecasts are calling for solid rain over the next three weeks.

We'll keep posting here to keep everyone up to date.

-Chris

Watching the water rise

The rain has been coming down and the river is coming up. It has come up about a foot overnight. Its really flowing fast and you can watch debris floating downstream. We have an evacuation plan in case it gets over the banks but at this point it would have to rise another ten feet to top the bank.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Houston, we have a problem...

Apparently California grocers do not carry Pizza Rolls! I think I'm experiencing withdrawal! :(
Other than that everything is still good!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The new view

We moved the RV over to a "seniority" space in the state park; here is the kitchen window view! We finally went diving last night and it was amazing! There were starfish everywhere, shrimps with glowing eyes, anenomes waving in the surge, and nudibranchs which are like beautiful colorful slugs! I'm getting settled into my job and really enjoying it a lot! We're expecting a lot of rain here in the next week; they are billing this as the storm of the year. I'll keep yall posted about how high the water gets!

Friday, January 8, 2010


We went to Pfeiffer Beach today at sunset to find the perfect picture.
Of course there were plenty of other photographers out also. They say Big Sur would get lonely if there weren't so many people here all the time!

We happened upon a beam of sunlight pouring through a rocky window and snapped a great shot of it.

It was a very picturesque evening and we'll have to return there when we have some more time to just chill and watch the waves roll in.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Quick Pic

I took this pic on my way home from grocery shopping today. I think I'm finally getting used to driving on the curvy Hwy 1. I did pull over to take the picture, of course! Everything is so beautiful here. The grass is so green it looks flourescent. The hills appear sculpted. The ocean was cobalt blue today. When the sun glints off the waves it looks like its full of diamonds.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Working for a Living

I started work at Pfeiffer Big Sur park on the 3rd. My first day's work included assisting with a whale watch and then greeting guests at the Nature Center. I think I'm going to like it here!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Monterey Bay Aquarium

For a New Years Eve treat we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We explored the Kelp Forest, the Otter tank, the Outer Bay exhibit, and pretty much everything in the Aquarium. Sea otters are much bigger than we realized! They get 5 ft long and weigh 80 lbs! I think we would have enjoyed this Aquarium a lot more if were had kids- it had touch tanks, play areas, and educational displays everywhere. It was very crowded while we were there. There were so many visitors that some of the exhibits were hard to get close to. Monterey was a really nice town and Cannery Row looked like lots of fun to browse but we were so exhausted after the Aquarium that we decided to return another day to explore some more!

The new view

We've made it to Big Sur, CA and we're waiting for my new job here to start. The park is working on some paperwork before I can settle in at Julia Pfeiffer Burns park. In the meantime they have put us in a spot in Pfeiffer Big Sur park. We've now been boondocking since Dec 9th except for 4 days (Lake Pleasant and 1 day in Paso Robles). From our current spot we can see redwoods out the window and hear the Big Sur river racing by. This is a very active park with lots of campers and day use visitors. The weather is always about 45 at night and about 60 by day. We're in a holding pattern and enjoying the area while we wait.