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Big Bear Mountain Exploring

Posted in Features on October 30, 2013
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The government in California is FUBAR, the traffic on pretty much any highway at any time of day is stopped, and the state motto should be “Where the next red light is only 100 yards away.” Why do we live here? Well, the weather is great, and in a relatively small area, we can go from suburbia to the desert, ocean, or mountains as our hearts desire. The car culture here is something to see, and our Jeeps don’t rust out from under us in five years. That said, we’ve got the dog days of summer just like anyone else, and when 95 degrees all day every day just became too much, we decided to take a little weekend wheeling trip up to the mountains to go exploring.

This is called Big Falls, and while it is kind of hard to see the scale with no person standing next to it, the tree up top gives a good idea. We weren’t about to go and stand next to it because it was just too slick and steep—people fall off it all the time. It isn’t far off the paved road, but there is a small hike to get back into the falls. It’s another one that runs all year, but is particularly spectacular in the spring with the snow melt coming down.

We realize that it might be odd reading about a summer trip for the November issue just as most of the country is getting ready to face old man winter, but hey, use this story to remember the trips you did get to take last summer and to think about next year’s trips as well. Most of the places we hit in this story we’ve never been to before, even though they are only a couple of hours from our home. Sometimes, it is OK to be a tourist where you live. Try it out sometime, and you might be pleasantly surprised.

So we packed our stuff into our Jeep and went from 95 degrees in the valley up to around 75 degrees at our base camp of 6,000 feet of elevation in the San Bernardino Mountains, commonly referred to as Big Bear, California, for a weekend of exploring and perfect temperatures.

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On the way home the freeway was again stopped, so we grabbed a detour that turned out to be part of the old mother road, Route 66. While we didn’t have the time to go from the Pacific Ocean all the way up to Chi-town, we did get a chance to stop and snap this pic of the first highway our country ever had.

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