Big Bear Lake, California- we finally understand you.
Our first visit was planned to enjoy the Fourth of July festivities but ended about 30 hours after we arrived. A full day of rain, an obstructed firework show, a thunderstorm followed by an earthquake, rock-slide, blocked roadway, and a few personal injuries were enough to throw in the towel and drive home (the extended route of course, due to the blocked roads). It just wasn’t meant to be.
Nonetheless, we muscled up the courage to try again! We set out to Big Bear Lake with a few friends for Labor Day Weekend in hopes of enjoying some of what this beautiful place had to offer. Typically as a winter destination with snow-covered mountains, visitors cozy up to their fires or hit the slopes with their boards or skis, but during the summer, we got to enjoy the main attraction, the lake!
Our adventures began with a popular hike to the top of Castle Rock. It was easy to moderate depending on which route you took but the views were amazing. A few hours kayaking atop the choppy waters was an adventurous and scenic workout combo. We also enjoyed a relaxing ride on the ski lift while watching the mountain bikes scale down the trails.
All in all it was a slam dunk redemption. The few days flew by and we got what we really came for: relaxation, adventure, drinks and good food, and certainly good company. Big Bear… I think we’ll see you again.
*Special appearances by our friends Mike, Rachel, Muffins, and Nugget