Day Tripping – Lake ArrowheadWoman in the Middle | May 27, 2017
It might surprise any folks out there who are not familiar with So Cal that one of most significant and obvious features are not our beaches or deserts, but our mountains. We have lots of impressive mountain ranges that are lovely to look upon, both in their bare looking summer state, or covered in snow in the winter. In the winter I am happy to just look upon them from afar. After all, one of the things I love about So Cal is its snow free weather, so I feel no need to buy snow chains and go pretend I live in Minnesota, buut I don’t sky, either.
Once spring arrives, my thoughts do turn to the pleasant and short dive up into the mountains, which is just what Hubby and I decided to do a few weeks ago on our anniversary. One of the nice things about going to the mountains from our home, is that the traffic is not nearly the bear to deal with as it is going to the beach. Yes, we did hit a bit of commute traffic after we got down to the flat lands on our way home at rush hour, but it was nothing like the truly amazing gridlock that occurs every day as people pour out of the Inland Empire to go to Los Angeles or Orange Counties, and then pour back in again starting about 2:30 or 3 pm. I try to avoid that like the plague.
On our day out in early May we went to Lake Arrowhead. It is located just above the 5000 foot level in the San Bernardino Mountains. It is a man made lake, as are most of our lakes in So Cal. Set in among the trees and houses of the surrounding forest, it is really a pretty spot. But, before you even get to Lake Arrowhead, there are lots of amazing views from the road to the valleys below.
We started our day at the Lake Arrowhead Village. It is a local hot spot, with places to eat and shops to explore. On the weekday we were there, it was not overly busy, but that was fine with us. We had lunch at Woody’s Boat House Restaurant. There we shared a Reuben sandwich, which they kindly split for us. It was plenty of food for the two of us and the sandwich and fries were delicious. The restaurant had a nice atmosphere, with a nice view of the lake. I want to go back sometime and try their Sunday brunch!
After lunch, Hubby and I did a little shopping. We stopped in at Jurassic Fossils, locted on the lower level facing the lake. Oh boy, if you love rocks and fossils (and we do) this is the place to go! Since we had not purchased each other gifts for our anniversay, we spent a little money on some beautiful rocks to add to our very small collection (one tray full). While int e story, I saw this guy…
and this guy…
Both were happily sleeping in the store.
Lake Arrowhead and surrounding communities are fun places to explore. In addition to Lake Arrowhead Village, there are lots of little stores and places to eat scattered all over the area.