Sometimes, you just need to change things up a bit, plan a little adventure and go explore. Originally, I had wanted this to be a car camping trip, but we waited too late into the year and the overnight low this weekend was supposed to be 20F so husband made the executive decision to NOT camp. Made sense.
November was going to be really full - read, busy. I'm working a lot, hubby was going to be traveling for two weeks, then we were going to be driving up to visit my family for Thanksgiving. This was our only free weekend in October and November, so we decided to get the heck out of town and go see some mountains and pine trees.
Big Bear is a really small mountain town with mom and pop shops, small hole in the wall diners, a calm lake, and lots of hiking trails. The drive took us about 2 hours with the last 45min or so going up a very windy road. I may or may not have had Joseph stop the car after getting extremely car sick. We knew we were getting close when we started seeing tall, orange leafed trees, small cabins, and the temperature dropped below 50F.
Our day was filled with breakfast at a local diner, frolicking around Big Bear lake, riding up the lift and down the alpine slide, hiking to Castle Rock, watching the sunset over the mountain, and pizza on a red and white checkered table cloth. It was a long and cold day filled with adventure and fun - exactly what we needed to experience this time of year and a great way to reset before heading into the holidays.