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From San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge, past the sheer cliffs of Big
Sur to the sun-drenched beaches of Southern California, the views along
the 644 miles of Highway 1 are breathtaking. The views of the Pacific crashing
against the shore compete with the rugged beauty of the mountains, forests
and gentle hills of California's Central Coast. No wonder economists estimate
that the Highway brings several billion dollars in tourism to the state
Beautiful? Absolutely. No wonder engineers have found a way to take
the road where no road was meant to go--across protected wetlands, over
deep arroyos, and through active landslide areas, not to mention the earthquake
faults. Highway 1 is in a constant struggle to survive. Cal Trans (California
Department of Transportation) is constantly rebuilding the road after the
adjacent mountain slides into the ocean, taking chunks of the Highway with
Since I live less than a mile from Highway 1, I'm grateful for the work
Cal Trans does. I even understand why they exert the effort. If a mudslide
takes the road out, they can always rebuild it. But what I don't understand
is why people would build their homes in areas that have constant mudslides.
Replacing a section of road is one thing, but a home is another. Homes
are filled with memories, irreplaceable keepsakes and our loved ones. Nothing
is worth jeopardizing the safety of loved ones.
Wisdom dictates that builders choose a solid surface, not a shifting
one for a building's foundation. To know the importance of a solid foundation
and still choose a shifting one is foolish, and will result in destruction.
"Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it,
sins." (James 4:17 NIV)
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