Posts Tagged ‘Big Sur’

The California Coastal Trail is will someday be a fairly big asset here in San Luis Obispo County.

here is a link to the  San Luis Obispo County area part of the the trail

A video flyover of the future trail in north western SLO County:

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/22046927″>Flyover of North San Luis Obispo County Coastal Trail project location</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user6642335″>Alta Planning</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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Eric Barker is my namesake.  My mom and dad used to visit him and other fixtures up in Big Sur back in the 1950’s.  I have only recently discovered his work.  Here is a poem of his:

Lines for a favorite cat:


Escaping for twelve years

The nearly always imminent deaths,

My wary and beautiful cat


Died last night

In the teeth of a masked

And murderous coon.


Loudly caterwauling his rage and terror

At the full moon

As she turned away

Her blandly betraying bitch face

From the floodlit death arena



Roller of bobbins, balls, dice,

Devilish feather-strewer!

Old three-striker at gopher holes.


This is the way things are:

I have carried your bedding of ferns

To the deep hole I have dug, crossed

Your paws in the way

You used to sleep.


This is the way life is,

And I must make do somehow,

Without you,

Even making a pet, perhaps, of your enemy

The coon, who has cleaned your dish

And is already picking the lock

Of the back door

With dexterous and beseeching hands

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