Since I’ve been in Big Sur, I have thought many times about how our summer with A Christian Ministry in the National Parks probably looks quite different than other ACMNP-ers.
First of all, Pfeiffer Big Sur is a State Park, not a National Park. (ACMNP is in a few State Parks as well as National Parks and Big Sur is such an iconic place)
Second of all, the road is closed. About half a mile down Highway 1 from us are giant road barriers and a forced turn around. The lodge Kristin (my ACMNP teammate) and I work at is the very end of the road. If you were wondering about us after seeing the story on the news about the recent landslide, I want to let you know that the road is open and completely fine from the north until after our lodge.
I’ve learned a few things since I’ve arrived in Big Sur.
1. Apparently there is a difference between a landslide and a mudslide and things simply “washing out” (even though I’m still not sure what it is)
2. Half of my job as a barista is telling people A. Where the bathroom is or B. Information about Highway 1 and the sort of closed State Park and hiking trails.
Now, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’ve been here in Big Sur for 3 weeks now and I know nothing actually actual about any of this. All I know is rumors. I heard there was a news story saying there was another landslide occurred last week. I heard the bridge will open in September (although, some think it will end up being much later). I heard I could “walk across” and see things on the “other side”. I heard there were fires and other such things: recently or a long time ago, I’m not sure.
Apparently the potential guests at the lodge heard these rumors as well, because not many people venture down. It’s incredibly slow going, business wise. Many people who do visit our lodge are confused that the road is closed, despite the many signs along the road saying “Road closed, no detour”.
Here’s a picture I got from google of Highway 1 and the most recent landslide. I don’t have a conclusion to this blog post, I just wanted to share some of what it’s like here working at Big Sur.