Soberanes Canyon Trail, shut for nearly two years after a forest fire devastated over 312,000 acres in the Big Sur area, is now open. This is one of my favorite places to hike, ford streams and be among old growth redwoods. My sister from Southern Illinois joined me in what was often parade-like as we “marched” past wildflowers and butterflies. I spotted an Lorquin’s Admiral just ten minutes into the walk. Good to be back.
On a more sober note. The person(s) responsible for the illegal campfire that triggered the blaze has never been found. Some Big Sur trails are still closed. The local economic loss has been staggering. We lost wildlife and its habitat, ancient redwoods as well as one human life taken during the recovery.