Big Sur Monks Need Your GoFundMe Help


All of you probably know I’ve been posting to Flipboard for over two years now.

O.K. Some of you know.


One of you knows, Dave at Reverb Party.

So anyway, to make a long story short, I’ve been passionate about road trips.

From Independence, Missouri, to California, first by wagon train and second by Pony Express.

Well, maybe not road trips technically, but more like trail-trips?

Or paths.

And, third by “The Mother Road — Route 66” from Chicago to the Pier in Santa Monica, California.

But, more recently I’ve been flipping stories from San Diego, California traveling north along the coast (Goin’ Coastal) to the tippy-top of California and beyond.

(See more at Best West Road Trips)

So traveling north on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Hwy 1 and 101, you visit the South Coast Travel Region, followed by the Central Coast Region— which is the focus of my post today.

Driving on PCH along the twisty turns to Big Sur from Cambria Pines, California, or from Carmel, California south is a change-your-life event.

If you don’t live here, you might not have followed the news and weather reports about the, what, decade-long-drought (?), followed by a once in a decade (?) deluge of snow and rain over the last few months.

(I’m not a weather anchor or climate scientist, but I play one on Medium.)

Why should you know, anyway?

Who cares?

We hippy-dippy left-coast Californians live in a world of our own - La La Land - that has no basis in reality.


Except, on March, 5th Pico Iyer, a reporter for “The Los Angeles Times” wrote …

A few days ago, news came down that the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway One, linking San Francisco to Big Sur, had been damaged by the rains and will be shut down for many months, curtailing all access to the promised land of Henry Miller and Aldous Huxley, among many others. (The road to Big Sur also has been blocked by mudslides to the south.) Such world-class resorts as the Post Ranch Inn and the Ventana Inn have had to close their doors for now. At the cathedral of the human-potential movement, the Esalen Institute, 70 people had to prepare to be helicoptered out.

Yawn, too bad for new sports car television commercials and pampered luxury travelers with too much money at their disposal, right?

Except, Cristal Clark, from KSBW 8 news on demand, wrote 4 days earlier …

But with impossible to traverse obstacles like road slip-outs, mudslides, and crumbling bridges, the secluded monastery is now completely cut off from civilization. There are 29 monks and staff members who are trapped a the hermitage.
The hermitage’s goal is to raise $300,000; the estimated loss of hospitality income due to the closures in Big Sur. In addition to the lost revenue, the repair costs for their entry road alone is estimated to be as high as $250,000. Repairing the road is the hermitage’s number one priority right now so that vital deliveries to trapped monks and staff can be made. One monk is convalescing and in deteriorating health. Another was airlifted out after falling and breaking his hip. Staff says that one of the monks plans to go into San Luis Obispo for supplies as soon as Highway 1 south of Lucia opens but CalTrans still has no update on when that could happen.

To send them help, the GoFundMe campaign has so far raised $116,00.

Here’s where you can go to lend them a hand, New Camaldoli Hermitage Relief Fund along with a few of their neighbors …

Thank you.