Thursday, March 1, 2018

Snowcapped Mountains Tuesday Morning

The Santa Lucia Range, Mount Toro and Fremont Peak were coated with snow. Several inches were present on some of the peaks above Carmel Valley.

From: Vern Fisher - Monterey Herald

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Santa Lucia Mountains

The Santa Lucia Mountains were dusted in snow on Feb. 19, 2018

From: SFGate

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Steelhead can remain at sea for up to three years

Steelhead may spend from 1 to 3 years in freshwater before migrating to the Carmel Lagoon and then into the ocean to feed and mature. They can remain at sea for up to three years before returning to the river of their birth.

The Carmel River is home to Steelhead trout

The Carmel River is home to Steelhead trout. Hatched in gravel bottoms, these fish need fast-flowing, well-oxygenated water to live and grow. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Dam Removal Update December 2017

"Some of the findings currently being analyzed are a bit disconcerting. Scattered boulders and buildup of sediment can be found downstream, creating three shallow channels and a wide wetted area. Widening and shallowing from sediment fill jeopardizes channel stability, resulting in the increased likelihood of channel movement and flooding during high flows."
From: Carmel River News (CRWC)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

St. Junipero Serra Statue Decapitated and Doused with Red Paint

Vandals target St. Junipero Serra statue at Santa Barbara Mission.
At Serra’s canonization ceremony Pope Francis said, "Junipero sought to defend the dignity of the native community, to protect it from those who had mistreated and abused it.”

 From: LA Times

Monday, August 21, 2017

Saint Junipero Serra Statue Vandalized at Mission San Fernando

Some argue Serra is not the saint the Catholic Church paints him out to be. Instead, they claim he used California Indians and destroyed part of their culture.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Carmel River from the Esquiline Rd. bridge, Feb 2017

"There was no way to anticipate what happened this winter, the confluence of last summer’s Soberanes Fire that denuded hillsides in local watersheds and created masses of dead wood and loose soil, a four-year drought that had slowed river water flow to a relative trickle, and the four-storm series that hit this winter capped by a “bombogenesis,” or mini-cyclone, that sent water rushing down the untested channel at thousands of cubic-feet per second. That combination of circumstance may have increased Carmel River flows and their impact by up to 30 percent."
From: Monterey Herald 
Picture by Vern Fisher from: Mercury News

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Flood Warning for the Carmel River

"The National Weather Service canceled a flood warning for the Carmel River on Tuesday morning as the river dropped below its flood stage.

The Carmel River crested at 9.99 feet, below its forecast of 10.5 feet and under the moderate flood stage of 11 feet but above the minor flood stage mark of 8.5 feet."

From: Monterey Herald
Picture From: San Clemente Rancho

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Always Trembling With Fear of the Lash

"The Indians at the missions were very severely treated by the padres, often punished by fifty lashes on the bare back. Any disobedience or infraction of the rules, and then came the lash without mercy, the women the same as the men... We were always trembling with fear of the lash."
-dictated in 1890 by Lorenzo Asisara, born at Santa Cruz Mission in 1819.
From: Bad Indians
Picture from:SF Magazine

Thursday, February 9, 2017

California Newts Begin Their Long Trek Back from the Vernal Pools.

It's that time of year again when the California Newts begin their long trek back from the Vernal Pools
For the next few months they will be crossing Carmel Valley Road in the Hastings area - please watch out for them if you're traveling by; already there are many on the road which have been run over.

From: Hastings

Monday, February 6, 2017

With Dam Gone, California River Comes Back to Life

Carmel River flows in January were the highest they’ve been since 1998. That’s due to winter storms which soaked the Carmel Basin with 25 inches of rain since the first of the year.

From: KQED

Pinnixa Galliheri Rathbun Crab. Miocene Age. Carmel Valley, CA

The Miocene Epoch was 23.03 to 5.3 million years ago.  Two major ecosystems made their first appearances: kelp forests and grasslands. In North America, the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountain ranges formed.

From: UCMP 
Picture From: Kozmic Dreams

San Clemente Dam reroute blasted a gorgeous ridgeline in half & destroyed acres of oak woodland

Instead of implementing a plan for the safe and controlled release of sediment to feed downstream riparian zones, wetlands and the nearshore environment, this plan capped the accumulated reservoir sediment in place and rerouted the creek around it.
The reroute blasted a gorgeous ridgeline in half, destroyed acres of oak woodland, and eliminated a long reach of the sediment-buried Carmel River. This shortened the overall length of the river and bombarded the lower reach of the smaller, adjacent San Clemente Creek tributary with the full force of the Carmel River mainstem.

From: damnation
Picture from San Clemente Dam Removal

Friday, February 3, 2017

Jacks Peak

Jacks Peak Park has much to offer the outdoor enthusiast. Almost 8.5 miles of trails wind through cathedral-like forests and to breathtaking ridge top vistas. The Skyline Trail traverses the summit of Jacks Peak and features fossils from the Miocene epoch.
From: Jacks Peak

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Santa Lucia Preserve includes all of Rancho San Carlos

The Santa Lucia Preserve includes all 20,000 acres of Rancho San Carlos, which dates from 1857.

From: Santa Lucia Preserve

Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo

Cholom was baptized "Fructuoso de Jesus" at Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo in 1785. His father was recorded as Patricio Jose Solol Cholom of Echilat, baptized by Padre Junipero Serra.

Picture From: Costanoan Rumsen
From: Bad Indians by Deborah A. Miranda

Before the Mission, it had been the village of Echilat

"Fructuoso de Jesus Cholom-Real grew up to serve as mission alcalde. With his wife, Yginia Maria Yunisyunis, he received one square parcel of land during secularization in 1835, called El Potrero de San Carlos. He lived on this land until his death in 1845. The land had been Carmel Mission's pasture, but before the mission, it had been the village of Echilat."

From: Bad Indians by Deborah A. Miranda
Picture From Santa Lucia Preserve

Friday, January 27, 2017

Rana Creek Ranch

"Rana Creek Ranch is known as a historic piece of land that dates back to the 1834 Spanish Land Grant, which followed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo when California joined U.S. territory. Carmel Valley specifically can be traced back to the Spanish expeditions."
From: Forbes

Rana Creek Ranch

"Carmel Valley was settled 2,000 years ago by the Esselen and Costanoan Rumsen tribes. The Spanish built a mission here in 1771, then parceled off enormous ranches to private owners by way of land grants. Today, Carmel Valley is still home to many cattle ranches, some encompassing thousands of acres."
From: NYT
Picture from: Rana Creek Ranch

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Heavy rain and winds drenched Carmel Valley

Coastal Monterey County bore the brunt of heavy rain and winds over the weekend, which drenched Big Sur and Carmel Valley.
From: Monterey Weekly

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Carmel River January 2017

The Carmel River approached 9,000 cubic feet per second early Monday and threatened to flood the mouth of the Valley but ultimately remained below flood stage.
“It was a very active event, lots of road flooding and a lot of trees down and sink holes developing”

From Monterey Herald 
Picture from San Clemente Rancho

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mission San Antonio de Padua


Fr. Buenaventura Sitjar remained at San Antonio de Padua for 37 years and is largely responsible for it success. This tireless missionary created a 400-page native vocabulary, and used this to develop catechism in the Indian language

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mission San Antonio de Padua

Saint Junípero Serra at Mission San Antonio de Padua.
This was the first mission established in the land of the Salinan people at the site of Telhaya.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mission San Antonio de Padua

"10 In the spirit, he carried me to the top of a very high mountain, and showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down out of Heaven from God.
11 It had all the glory of God and glittered like some precious jewel of crystal-clear diamond.
12 Its wall was of a great height and had twelve gates; at each of the twelve gates there was an Angel."
From: The Revelation of John

Monday, December 5, 2016

Mission San Antonio de Padua

These Priests Entombed Here:
Reverend Doroteo Ambris. Born in Mexico. Served this Mission from 1851-1882. Died here February 5, 1882.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mission San Antonio de Padua

These Priests Entombed Here:
Padre Vicente de Sarria, OFM
Born in Estevan, Spain 1767. Came to California in 1809. Died of want and hunger at Mission Soledad in 1835. Carried here by Indians for burial.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mission San Antonio de Padua

These Priests Entombed Here:
Padre Juan Bautista Sancho, OFM.
Born in Majorca December 1, 1772. Arrived in California in 1803. Served this Mission for 26 years where he died February 11, 1830.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mission San Antonio de Padua

These Priests Entombed Here:
Padre Francisco Pujol, OFM
Born in Villa de Alos, Spain, March 7, 1762. Came to California in 1795. Died here March 15, 1801

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mission San Antonio de Padua

These Priests Entombed Here:
Padre Buenaventura Sitjar, OFM. Born in Majorca December 9, 1739. Arrived in California March 12, 1771. Present at founding of Mission San Antonio de Padua July 14, 1771. Served here 36 years where he died September 3, 1808.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mission San Antonio de Padua

In 1821 Mexico gained independence from Spain and ordered the missions to be secularized.  This resulted in the Salinan population fleeing the mission.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mission San Antonio de Padua

1775- A local Native American tribe attacked the mission church with arrows during a baptism.  The neophyte who was being baptized was hurt but not killed.  The other neophytes took it as a sign of the power of Catholicism that he was not killed and their faith in the mission was maintained.
From: Mission San Antonio de Padua

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mission San Antonio De Padua

At its height, over 1300 Salinan Indians were living at Mission San Antonio De Padua. It still looks much the same as it did in the 1700’s.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Mission San Antonio de Padua

In 1834 Mission San Antonio de Padua was secularized, and abandoned shortly thereafter and the buildings fell into disrepair.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Mission San Antonio de Padua

Salinan Indians established vegetable gardens, grain fields and fruit orchards including grapes for wine.