Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Big Bear Vacation

Oh dear, here I said I was getting back to blogging, and I have been absent for nearly two months! Time just gets away from me!  We have had one of the hottest July's on record, here in Southern California where we live.  We escaped one of the hottest weeks, at the end of July, up in our beloved Big Bear. 
Away we like a herd of turtles, as our friend Randy Lasher would say.
We left the town we live in, at about 109 degrees on this day, and arrived at Big Bear, to a torrential downpour, and a cool 75 degrees!  Glorious.  But that blew past quickly, and the heat came back.  Although a good 20 degrees cooler than back home.  Still hot for Big Bear, at about 90 each day...but cool on the water.  We arrived late in the afternoon, and didn't get on the boat the first day. 
I love this photo of our grandson, Noah, sitting on the rocks, watching the beautiful sunset.  The lake is very, very low.  We have camped in the  same spot, when we could fish from our campsite!
This was our new dog, Dukes first time in Big Bear, and only second camping trip with us.  He was a champ!  Such a delight to have along. 
This was his little spot on our site.  He was so content.  And he LOVES the boat!!

We experienced much more wind than usual this time.  But it didn't keep us from having a good time, or enjoying being out on the lake.
Noah has gotten really good at driving the boat.  And this gives Geeps the free hands to set up fishing poles.  I am retired from being a deck hand, and like to spend my time on the back bench seat, under the shade of the bimini top, knitting with my dog at my feet!

A few days after we arrived, our oldest daughter and her husband, and girls arrived to stay in a cabin nearby.  They had planned the trip to celebrate our son in law, Jake's, 40th birthday.  His family all came from Idaho and Oregon too.  Along with several friends and neighbors, and all of our side of the family.  It was a lot of fun.  They rented a pontoon one day, and we side tied in a cove and the kids all had a blast paddle boarding and swimming and tubing. 

Jake's birthday party was held at a local restaurant in The Village.  It was great food, and a really good time.
We keep our cooking simple on our camping trips.  I had brought my fresh tomatoes from the garden, and other veggies to enjoy.  We had some good burgers, and good steaks!  

Noah and I played a lot of Gin Rummy.  He got a few good hands!!
We watched a lot of beautiful sunsets, and did a lot of laying around.  We watched a movie in the trailer every night too. 

I adore the shot of Noah and his Geeps, quietly watching the sun set on our Big Bear Lake.  
We roasted marshmallows of course!

We left a couple days before Gennifer and her family.  So we said our goodbye, and headed down the hill. We were greeted with more triple digit weather, and a very thirsty garden!  I tended the chickens, and did the laundry, and we prepared for our next trip, only a couple of days later.
Big Bear, you never disappoint!!  Thanks for the visit.  Come on back in the next few days or so, to see where we went next.
XO  Kris


Betsy said...

It looks like a successful vacation. The smiles all around say it all. Your sweet little doggie fits in perfectly. And I'm with you. My favorite thing to do on the boat is sit under the cover and knit! I'm sorry about all of the ash at your house today. Stay safe my friend.

Jill said...

Is that a mustache I see on her at the bottom picture, lol? ;-) I love all these pictures so much, looks so relaxing there and so beautiful! Your dog looks so content with all of you.... love it! So great to see a post from you again.


Holly said...

Looks like such great family time! Hopefully things will start to cool off for you soon. Miss your face!

Teresa Kasner said...

Hi Kris, what a great, newsy, happy post! Looks like a wonderful birthday party for your SIL with family on both sides joining in. I'm glad the fires haven't gotten close to you.. we watch in horror at what is burning down there and all over in the west. Love seeing your boating and lake pics. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So glad you are enjoying summer, Kris! It's so great being outdoors and on the water! We love our time on the pontoon, relaxing! Loved seeing all of your photos and fun!

Connie said...

Hi Kris! I love reading your posts. I have a newer blog AGAIN and I've been terrible with keeping up. I'm also behind in reading others' posts. I used to love trailer camping, haven't done that for many years now. It was always fun. I'm not so fond of the water and boating although my Ex and I did sail for a number of years. I don't hand motion on the water well, no sea legs. Here we are getting ready for the fall season to show up. We haven't had to deal with your heat, I can't imagine that much heat. connie xo

Gracie Saylor said...

Ahhhh Big Bear days :-) I enjoy your report and look forward to learning about your next outing! We have had some cooler weather over the weekend and are glad for a break from the hazy air we have had. xx

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