Just this past October, I found myself in San Diego, a city I hadn’t previously explored. One of my best friends, Sara, was getting married and I was in town to celebrate. Since then, she and her husband, along with their adorable little girl, have moved up to Lake Arrowhead. Before heading to Vegas last week, I thought it would be fun to pay them a visit in their new home.
The plan was to spend two days and nights there before road tripping with Sara to Vegas for a few days before the travel show I was attending. But, the plan was quickly destroyed by the weather, as there was a snow storm headed our way. Still, I took advantage of the time I did have and made the most of it.
Since I arrived in the evening and Los Angeles is a two hour drive from Lake Arrowhead, I arrived in the dark. After a necessary stop at In-N-Out Burger, for a grilled cheese and a chocolate shake, we made our way up the mountain. In the dark, I couldn’t grasp just how high up we were going or the beauty that was surrounding us.
After a quick tour of her house, we sat down with a few beers, Cali’ Creamin’ which is my favorite, and played Cards Against Humanity. During my last visit, I passed out around eight, but this time I managed to make it to midnight.
The next morning, the fog rolled in, but patches would clear up for us to get a view. We decided to take it easy in the morning, and I taught Sara a yoga class, as we looked out onto the surrounding trees; it was a beautiful spot for some asanas. Then, Sara made us waffles and we got dressed and headed out to explore the town.
Since Sara’s husband, Sean, grew up in the area, he knew all about the history. But, the tour started before we even got in the car, as two coyotes strolled right by us; it’s been a while since I’ve been that excited to see wildlife. Unfortunately, since the weather was overcast, the views weren’t as good as they usually are, but as far as I was concerned, they were still pretty beautiful.
We made our way around town, where we saw the country club that was featured in Space Jam, and I learned about the forest fires that destroyed many of the homes. Then, we made our way up to McKay Park, which offered stunning views of the dam and the lake from above.
Eventually, we made our way to The Rim, which is supposed to offer sweeping views of the land below, but the fog was thick and heavy, which left nothing for us to see. Instead, we made our way into the village and walked around the lake and shops.
At this point, we were all hungry, so we decided to stop for burritos at a gas station in town. I was hesitant, but Angie’s made a better burrito than I would get out East, so I was sold with the very first bite of my bean and cheese burrito.
Since the snow was heading our way, we ended our tour of town, packed up the car, and headed out to Vegas. As we drove through the winding roads through the fog, we came to spot where suddenly it broke. Finally, I could see all that the mountain looked out on.
Because of this, I was extra sad to say good-bye to Lake Arrowhead, especially so suddenly. But, the next day, they were hit with about eight inches of snow, so it was good that we had made our way to Vegas a day early. Luckily, Sara and Sean plan on being in Lake Arrowhead for a while, so I foresee plenty of time spent up in the mountains of California.