As we passed through the seemingly never-ending desert of Arizona and New Mexico we entered the great state of California. For the first 150 miles I was not impressed, it seemed like the same baron dessert of states past however, once we passed a near scare for sparse gasoline in our tank we entered the San Bernadino National Forest. Upon entering the forest there was a ginormous sign flashing “steep grade 8-18%” me and my husband simultaneously developed high blood pressure and the white nickel syndrome that I had been developing since our trip to Mesa Verde National Park in Cortez, Colorado. This was going to be stressful to say the least. We beared down and headed up an almost impossible grade with our 50 foot truck and camper. It felt like the longest 20 minutes of my life. However, we made into Lake Arrowhead which is just under the mountain of Big Bear Lake, within minutes we are cruising on the road aptly named “Rim of the World”. Big Bear stole our hearts instantly, it is the ideally humble alpine village with cabins, ski resorts and a wonderfully magnificent fresh water snow-fed lake.
This picture is of the entrance to the cutest little shopping village in downtown Big Bear. It screams tourist, but I personally like a place that can cater to it’s guests ; ). Any who, the next day after our arrival we we’re able to visit Snow Summit, which is the most famous attraction here in Big Bear (besides the snow of coarse). My husband, myself and Adventurous Baby headed to the slopes, it was nerve racking (good thing my white knuckle techniques has been perfected) but exciting and incredible. The lift you sit on is no larger an a park bench and has only a small bar across the front and is the only thing between you and a long fall to the mountainside. These are some pictures of our trip up and down the summit. While on the top there is a cute little lodge where you can order light snacks and sandwiches. We ordered a gourmet cheese platter with a whole bottle of Pinot Grigio, it was incredibly delicious and at an incredible price I might ad at $18.95.
After our visit to Snow Summit we had a few more days to explore this incredibly beautiful area. We had lunch a few times at a local pizzeria which was great and toured an open house to see what a local home can accommodate. This is a picture of our campground it was really serene and quiet, we felt that we could unwind and really relax here.
Alas after four wonderful nights in Big Bear we must push on to the great city if Los Angeles, but I am happy to know that this alpine playground will be waiting for me to return…..soon I hope.