Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Big Bear Recap

I am a few weeks late, but to be honest, I'm not really sure what happened to those few weeks that passed! I really didn't want this trip to go missed on this blog. It was probably one of my favorite vacations we've taken! It was kind of funny how it developed....

Ryan was supposed to be moving out to Riverside, California for his last 5 month school. We decided I would accompany him on the trip out there (he wasn't going to need a car). But Riverside, CA isn't exactly the romance/travel capital of the world ;) So we were going to make a detour and spend a few days in San Diego (probably one of our favorite cities ever)

Instead.....we discovered Big Bear. It's a mountain town located in the San Bernadino Forest, about 7000 ft above LA, and 30 degrees cooler. We found a cabin to rent on turnkey.com, and the plans were in the making!

Well, Ryan's CA school got moved. So we adjusted with the plans -- and it worked out perfectly! Instead of a "goodbye" trip...it was just a simple "Veterans Day Weekend trip"!

It was 4 days of bliss. We had warm fires, cooked delicious meals, hiked, scouted out nature, ran, hot tubbed, and played some brutal matches of scrabble... It was exactly what we needed, and we decided there will be more vacations akin to this in our future!

I'll let the pictures explain....



A strong sense of peace overcomes you, when waking up to these types of mornings.....
Fueling up with a delicious breakfast of blackberry lemon bread, toasted on a cast-iron......

And heading out for a hike!

Taking a moment to find one's balance
To be honest, this part made me shriek and cry. Every time we get to the peak of our hike...Ryan makes me face my fear of heights and stand on a rock. My stomach was in my throat the whole time!! 

Sometimes you find yourself between a rock and a hard place....;)

One can run for ever, when you have views like this!!


And then we rewarded ourselves with delicious eats like this.....

It is our tradition since the night we got engaged, that when on vacation in a quarters with a kitchen....we always try to find the means to do a proper seafood boil! Clams, potatoes, shrimp, scallops, and this time we tried crayfish (which we did not love the crayfish...but we tried them!)

Cheers!!
 
  

After dinners, we would cuddle up by the fire, watch a movie, play rummy, or soak in the hot tub.....




It was tough to say goodbye to these views and such clear water!...


And sunsets like this one....


But we will most certainly be back!!