Big Sur's sweeping cliffs and beaches are usually overwhelmed by tourists, traffic jams and chattering flocks of hikers. But when the road was blocked by an avalanche and a bridge collapsed, the village was suddenly and completely cut off from cars. We found a secret way into town, and hung out with the happily marooned residents.
Editor: Bob Carlson and Nick White
Engineer: Ray Guarna
Special thanks: Woodrow Currie, Chris Katinas, Magnus Toren and everyone at the Henry Miller Library.
Signs on the hike from the cut-off "island" to the "mainland." Photo credit: Carla Green.
Big Sur, May 1972 (Photo by Dick Rowan/Wikimedia Commons)