an extra day in Big Sur
I was supposed to stay with friends who live in Big Sur, but….. right around Xmas time, their road slid down onto the highway. The video clip shows the work being done to clear the rubble to keep it from sliding down onto the Coast Highway while folks were driving down there. The only way my friends could get in and out was to take an ATV on some dubious dirt backroad. I didn’t want to create any extra problems for them, so we met for lunch at the Big Sur River Inn instead. I understand their road has since been rebuilt. If it heads straight up that nearly vertical mountainside, I’m not so sure I’d want to drive up there to visit anyway. Though I bet the views are simply breathtaking.
My friends were delayed by the dynamiting, so I hung out taking some pictures while waiting for them.
Here I came to the very edge
where nothing at all needs saying,
everything is absorbed through weather and the sea,
and the moon swam back,
its rays all silvered,
and time and again the darkness would be broken
by the crash of a wave,
and every day on the balcony of the sea,
wings open, fire is born,
and everything is blue again like morning.
― Pablo Neruda