Big Bear Lake

The day after Hallowe’en, we hit the road to the cabin at Big Bear Lake. It’s about two and a half hours from Paul and Lori’s house and we hit the road at just the right time, arriving in the village just when we were all starting to get peckish for lunch. We swung into El Jacalito for our first true Mexican food experience, and it did not disappoint. It was absolutely delicious (and the margarita was pretty delicious too!)

Stuffed full of lunch, we headed up to the cabin. Big Bear sits at about 7,000 feet above sea level, so the altitude started to really hit me for the first time trying to climb the stairs to the house! The cabin was absolutely gorgeous, very cosy and welcoming, I loved it. Josh and I resisted temptation to flop on the bed forever, and took a walk into the village to do a bit of exploring. That night we had a jacuzzi out on the deck under the stars—it was so peaceful!

The next day, we packed up and got ready to hit the road—but we went via the Big Bear Zoo. This place is amazing—they have a huge animal rehabilitation center, and any animals who are being rehabilitated to go back into the wild aren’t part of the public zoo. We saw so many gorgeous animals, some of them with really sad stories and reasons why they can’t go back into the wild.

Before we left Big Bear, it was time for another American cultural staple—Taco Bell. I actually really liked it! It didn’t result in food poisoning, which was a plus.

We drove home the opposite way to the way we came, so we got to see a lot of desert. It’s really weird how different everything looked—it was like being in a completely different state! Hard to believe it’s all the same area.

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