Big Bear Lake is nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains above and to the south of San Bernardino. It’s one of several lakes in the region, including Lake Arrowhead and Lake Gregory, and each affords it own unique mountain splendor and scenery. It’s an obviously favorite getaway for city dwellers, yet during the week and in the off season, the roads are empty and the B&Bs run specials to fill their vacancies. I took advantage of one at my favorite B&B, and got in a couple days of cruising and caching in the fresh, clear air.
It takes about two and a half hours to get there from my house in Northridge. It is easily possible to go skiing up there in the morning and head down to Malibu for surfing in the afternoon, if one is so inclined. I’m not that ambitious nor athletic, and I’m recovering from a lingering sinus infection, so I stuck to driving and light walking this time.
My first official stop was for the cache here. I had chains with me, but didn’t need them after all.
Caching 4 the Numbers #9
This is the last of the snow in the parking lot at the B&B:
I highly recommend the Alpenhorn B&B:
Breakfast includes their signature creamy oatmeal brûlée, and you are greeted with a hand-drawn doily on your pillow:
Each room has a cozy gas fireplace:
Here’s Boulder Bay, part of Big Bear Lake:
and Lake Arrowhead, from the eastern end:
Flowers are just beginning to come out:
There is a cache down in that parking lot:
The view from the top was typically hazy as I turned my car back toward home:
I was astonished by this sign. I didn’t see any of the traps, though, nor any intended inhabitants!
It was a pretty uneventful for an “adventure”, but sometimes those are the best. I enjoyed the opportunity to relax and breathe…. until next week…. AAaaahhh….