In the winter of 2017 extreme rain fell on Big Sur, California. Mountains ravaged by drought and fire could not hold the water. One of the main bridges on Highway 1 collapsed. Access to Big Sur was cut off from the north. About 30 miles to the south, the largest landslide in Big Sur history buried the highway, cutting off the road to the south. It would be more than a year before Highway 1 would reopen. During this time the 4 million tourists who visit Big Sur annually could not get in. Big Sur was empty and quiet while the locals began the rebuilding process and waited for the road to reopen.