Yesterday I overheard some guests in the Restaurant worry that they might have been exposed to Sudden Oak Death (yikes!) while hiking in the forest at Pfeiffer State Park. They’d seen official signs warning them about spreading this blight by inadvertently removing tree debris from the park.
Thanks to our gracious Host we all learned (to our relief) that while people and animals can catch Poison Oak, only trees and plants can contract the ominously-named Sudden Oak Death. So on your trip to Big Sur this summer you can picnic under the oak trees without fear, just watch where you sit!
Myself, this time of year I prefer to just hop from car to car in the parking lot, ramble through the gardens beside the rooms, and nap on the outdoor chair cushions!