The Little People Of Big Sur
Lashed by wind and shrouded by fog, Big Sur is a very mysterious place.
More than a few people, including Carmel poet Robinson Jeffers and John Steinbeck’s mother, have reported seeing the little three-feet-tall people who hang out in the Sur.
Mrs. Olive Hamilton Steinbeck claimed to trade with them — nuts and fruit for feathers and shells.
They’re the Dark Watchers, Big Sur’s version of Ireland’s leprechauns and Hawaii’s Menehune.
And no one has ever figured out the secret of the Indian gold, except for Old Man Clarke, born in England in 1852.
The local Indians believed that mankind was created on the white slopes of Pico Blanco (“White Peak”), the largest mass of pure limestone in all of California, located in the Little Sur
Old Man Clarke, the hermit of Little Sur, was an eccentric vegetarian who lived in the wilderness of the Sur on wild honey and a mixture of wheat and honey.
He claimed to hear symphonies in the air.
No white man except Clarke has ever known where the Indians obtained their gold.
He claimed the secret of the gold was a “spiritual” revelation, and he refused to use or spend any of it preferring to live without possessions.
After Old Man Clarke went on his Cosmic Vacation at 94 revolutions around the Sun, it was revealed that he was a Ph.D., a Harvard graduate who had attended the University of Edinburgh for his M.A. and had quit Columbia before obtaining his doctorate.
Be sure to visit Jade Cove if you visit Big Sur. You can pick up jade off the beach.
A 9,000-pound jade boulder was retrieved from the waters of this cove in 1971.
It’s recorded as the largest piece of jade ever found in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Jade is the dried semen of the Celestial Dragon, according to Chinese legend.