26 Feb

“Survival isn’t about a bunch of high-tech gear. It’s about perspective.” – Big Sur Resident

Interesting article from the San Francisco Chronicle about Big Sur being cut off from the rest of the world when the winter storms took out the main bridge and made the routes in and out impassable. The community came together, made good use of the down time from tourists and fed each other.

Residents arranged for air delivery of food and medicine. Some took the opportunity to paint the furniture while tourists were unable to get in. Others treated it as a vacation and rested or played games.  Restaurants that were able to function cooked for residents and stuck visitors.

“Obviously it brings you together,” said resident Butch Kronlund. “This place is not easy. Living here is not easy. But it’s worth it. There’s no place else on the planet where you get this combination of us working together to fix the problem.”