Tink and I had a Disneyland trip planned out. The date had been picked. Old friends were willing to sign us in as a family to enjoy the day in the magic kingdom. But as the week went by the forecast became more and more foreboding. The morning of our planned trip it began to rain. Lightly at first, then the sky opened up. Thankfully we hadn't told the kids "just in case" so to them it was just a rainy day. We made some phone calls to thank our friends for the offer. They understood. As tempting as it may have been to go to the park, we wanted to go when the kids could see it all. And then, out of nowhere, a trip was born. The mountains were forecast to have a "light 3in dusting". Tink made a phonecall to a place we used to go to, they had room. We made a couple stops, bought some chains just in case, and off we went to see the mountains.
This was taken at the very last stop before you take 38 up the mountains. That is one entire cloud covering the mountains. The entire trip on the freeway was off and on rain, but when we got here it really came down. For anyone heading up the "back way" to Big Bear Lake I would HIGHLY encourage stopping at the very last liquor store before you hit the mountains. You can't miss it... "World Famous Beef Jerky". I don't know about the "world" part but it is extremely good. The building itself has been there since 1910 and was at one time the only gas station on the way up.
The whole way up was a mixture of clear skies, sprinkles, rain, and slush. It was clear that we were beating the storm up the mountain and I wanted to keep it that way. At Onyx Summit the snows started to fall. I pulled over so the kids could experience the magic of being about when it is snowing... Tink hadn't had that experience in over a decade.
The girls didn't need jackets as it was a quick "out and in". The van was right there, I just wanted them to see the snow falling. The excitement alone kept the cold at bay.
Even the "little one" giggled and held her hands out catching the falling snow. The only one we didn't take out was the baby... too cold... and he was asleep!
One final shot from the van. The girls had snow in their hair and smiles on their faces. Then it was off to town to try and beat the brunt of the storm.