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Big Bear Lake from Poligue Canyon Road.

Big Bear Lake from Poligue Canyon RoadView All Sizes

San Bernardino National Forest from the Rim of the World Highway.

San Bernardino National ForestView All Sizes

The camp sites and grounds of Pine Knot Campground.

Pine Knot CampgroundView All Sizes

JOURNAL : June 16, 2009

Around Big Bear Lake

California > United States

Series Around Big Bear Lake

Often the best part of an adventure is all the stuff that happens in the middle, rather than the destination itself.

The Third Lake

After spending time at Lake Arrowhead and Green Valley Lake, arrival at Big Bear Lake was rather anticlimactic. It was thoroughly enjoyable simply to relax and read and take in the peaceful forest around the camp site. Occasionally the squirrels would gravitate towards the leftover kibble in the dog's dishes but vanished when the coyotes scurried through. Most of Pine Knot campground was empty until a family from Temecula parked next door.

The eastern shore of Green Valley Lake, with some colorful boats in the foreground.

Beached Boats

The rest of this trip I drove around the lake and up the rough and rocky Polique Canyon Road for a scenic elevated view of the lake as seen at the top of the page. That segment brought back memories of various bumpy trips up and down Schnebly Hill Road. It is debatable whether the wear and tear on my van was worth that single photo.

The Rim of the World

Heading out of Lake Arrowhead on the Rim of the World highway the elevation climbs past 6000 feet and the clouds spanned the entire horizon.

Rim of the World

The most common way to and from Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear is the Rim of the World highway. On the way home I ruminated on how much more pleasant driving this route would be on a motorcycle. It's an amazing feat of curvy civil engineering, often more bridge than roadbed sliced into the mountainside. In most non-sporty vehicles it favors the passenger over the driver, but on a motorcycle it must be a dream. So I'm jotting down a note here for myself — next time bring the bike...

Big Bear Lake

Squirrels plundered the dog dishes...

Squirrels plundered the dog dishes...

Coyotes Cruised Camp

Coyotes Cruised Camp

Mt. Waialeale and Hanalei Valley, Kauai, Hawaii

Mt. Waialeale

Cobblestone Driveway on the Trail to Malpasos Beach from Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

Cobblestone Driveway

Royal Courts of Justice, London

Royal Courts

Rim of the World Highway near between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake.

Rim of the World

Fire performer using fireballs on chains (poi)  at SpinJam, Honolulu, Hawaii

Girl with Fire Poi

Our Whale-Watching Crew

Whale Watching

Monongahela Forest, Stuart Recreation Park, Shavers Fork River, Elkins, West Virginia

The Shavers Fork River

Four fire performers at SpinJam, Honolulu, Hawaii


Pacific Coast near Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

Coast near Sayulita

Random Adventures!

Jiuzhaigou Valley Primeval Forest Trees

Jiuzhaigou Valley

We found this old rusted 1957 Ford Country Squire station wagon embedded into the riverbank of the Santa Margarita River Canyon.

1957 Ford Country Squire

Waterskiing and Boating on Lake Mendocino

Lake Mendocino