Part One: (of three)
(Side note: The program I use to do the picture collections is called Comic Life. Sorry PC users... last time I checked its only for Mac)
Saturday morning, St. Patrick's day, my daughter, her fiance and I took a day trip up to Lake Arrowhead/Big Bear. The actual purpose of the trip was to look for potential wedding places for "the kids."
The night before I told my daughter I was going to have her up early so we could be on the road by 8:00 AM. Well, since she's her mothers daugher..... It was after 9:00 before we actually got started down the road.
When ever we travel together I turn my keys over to my future son-in-law and let him drive while I sit back and....
Take pictures out the car window!!
We started out on interstate 10 from the Palm Springs area headed for Lake Arrowhead via the 30.
These are the giant fans they use to keep Palm Springs cool in the summer! (I can just see Desertdweller rolling his eyes right about now, like he's never heard that one before.)
Some of you know I have a fear of heights. Well, high open places at least. The road to Arrowhead is a typical mountain road. And I was sitting on the passenger side closest to... the edge. I love my future son-in-law, but he does think he's Mario Andrete behind the wheel. So I did the same thing I do when I ride Space Mountain! I closed my eyes and hung on for dear life! The only thing missing was my screaming! (Those were the tires squealing... really.)
We actually arrived safely at Arrowhead Village. We stopped briefly here to get exact directions to a place we were going to look at. As you can see, it was a perfect day. Sunny, clear and around 70-80 degrees.
The first place we looked at was actually in and area called Twin Peaks which is about 2 miles from Arrowhead. Its in the San Bernardino National Forest, and is about 6000 feet in elevation. The first place we looked at was ok, but not exactly what they portrayed on their website. Daughter has the final say so... we decieded to go back down to Arrowhead Village to pretend we were tourists for a bit.
In the village they have a nice stage set up. As we were leaving they had a band playing some Celtic Folk songs. It was St. Patrick's Day after all!
It's a nice little village, with many shops to wander into and spend lots of money if one is so inclined. But mostly its just a beautiful place to spend an weekend and kick back and relax.
The lake itself, is beautiful. I don't know if they limit the boats and water skiers to the other end of the lake away from the village or what, but when we were there there wasn't a lot of action on the lake itself.