June 6, 2017

A Little Adventure In Big Bear Lake

Recently we went to Big Bear Lake, which is only about 2 1/2 hours from San Diego, for a quick getaway. Big Bear was very dog-friendly, with leashed dogs welcome on the trails and on many restaurant patios.

There seems to be a by-law in Big Bear that there must be one carved wooden bear for at least every other house. (This guy was one of my favorites.)

The place we stayed was no exception, with this waving bear on the back deck. The hubs got a high-five, while I got a punch in the face. Nice.
Our rental house had 3 levels, so there were lots of stairs. Rita was a little unsure at first, but quickly mastered them. (She's so brave!)

We hiked every day, and the weather was pretty perfect.

Rita was a total trooper! She charged up the hills and along the trails!

We were rewarded with a beautiful view the day we hiked up to where the trail met up with the Pacific Crest Trail (which runs all the way from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada).

There were lots of pretty wild flowers!

We gave some hitch-hikers a ride. (There were THOUSANDS of lady bugs cruising around. I've never seen anything like it!)

Pretty sure Rita's fave thing about the trip was all the "dunking". Every day after our hike, she'd go for a dunk in the lake, or play a bit of fetch. (She doesn't like to swim, but LOVES to dunk.)

Lest you think we were on-the-go all the time... there was also a bit of this:

We also did a lot of reading and relaxing, and we enjoyed some beautiful sunsets!

All in all, our familial unit had a lovely time on our getaway.

By the end of it all, Rita was exhausted!
(Actually, the funny thing about this pic is that it's from day one!)

Do you have a vacation planned with your pet any time soon?
(How about without the pet?)

Thanks to BlogPaws for hosting Wordless Wednesday! Stop by their site to check out all of the other blogs in the hop.

44 comments:

  1. That looks like a fabulous trip. You are so good about getting away for healthy outdoor time! We've got nothing special planned yet. Ho-hum, we are so boring!

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    1. We do love to have a getaway to look forward to! :) The hubs especially, cuz his job stresses him out so much - he needs a break every now and then, so we shoot for once/quarter.

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  2. That is a beautiful location and sounds like a great place to visit. I'm glad Rita got used to the stairs quickly and I don't know who looks like they had more fun - you guys or Rita. Those bears are adorable!

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    1. Boy, I'm not sure either... Rita can be a "stop and sniff" girl when we're here walking at home, but, man, she loved that hiking. We kept saying "she's setting a furious pace." She was charging along! (Which was great on the uphills since she helped pull me up.) :)

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  3. That looks wonderful. Hiking and swimming, perfect way to spend the day.

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    1. Rita wishes she could "dunk" every time we go for a walk! Unfortunately... for most walks that means trying to dunk in a puddle on the street. :)

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  4. That sounds like my kind of vacation! So glad you had good weather.

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    1. This is our favorite kind of vacation - hike in the a.m., come home and nap/read in the afternoon, have a cocktail and watch the sunset in the evening. :) And the weather was awesome! Nice during the day, and then cool at night so we could sleep good.

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  5. Great photos of your getaway! So glad Rita got to go along.

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    1. Wish she could go along on our next trip! (Still stressing about that....)

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  6. We were hoping to do some camping this summer but we are afraid that Mr Bailey is not up to it
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  7. That sounds like the perfect getaway, with a little bit of everything! My trip to Blogpaws was my vacation for the year. The dogs and Dad prefer to stay home!

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    1. That's nice that you got to go to BP! Looked like a good time.

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  8. Hi Rita we just had a "vacation" in Myrtle Beach wish you were there. Looks like a super time you had! Love Dolly

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    1. PeeS: We've got a carved tree in our dog park good thing it's not a bear!

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    2. I've never been to Myrtle Beach - sure looks pretty there.

      Ooo, a carved tree?? I bet that's a hit with the pups for leaving pee-mail!

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  9. now I totally long to go there! Great story in pictures! I've always wanted one of those bears. They cost so much though

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    1. One house had a MASSIVE one. I mean - like 2 stories tall. I can't even imagine what that one must have cost!

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    2. And it was standing and roaring - it was actually kinda terrifying.... :)

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  10. Looks like an awesome little getaway!

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    1. It was! I'm sure we'll go again some time.

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  11. What a lovely spot!

    The bears make me think of Marineland, FL where we kept seeing manatee mailbox holders and sculptures. :)

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    1. Hmmm. Manatee sculptures. I'm assuming there's less variety in the manatee "stances" than there was with the bears.

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  12. OMG, I lived in Big Bear *MANY* years ago. There were two bears facing each other at the city gates and the HS kids used to dress them as a prank.

    Glad you enjoyed it. And thanks for the memories!

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  13. OMGosh, that sunset is spectacular! So was "a bit of this." Looks like everyone had a pawsome good time. 🍹

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    1. There were a couple of good ones, but that sunset was the best one.

      There were also a coupla good cocktails. :) Those 2 were the best.

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  14. I was reading really fast, and I thought this sentence said, "Our rental house had 3 levels, so there were lots of BEARS." hahahaha

    Beautiful photos! Looks like it was a fabulous trip!!

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    1. Hahaha. That would have been interesting... (Only 1 bear at the house!)

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  15. You took some great pictures of your getaway. Those carved bears are so neat! Good thing they're carved and not real. ;)

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    1. Yes, especially since there was one that was HUGE and growling. It was actually kinda scary... Not sure what that says about the home owner that that was the bear they picked. :)

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  16. I love that final photo of Rita! Looks like a wonderful trip. We will be taking Ruby on a trip to South Dakota this summer with us. She's never been east, but never west!

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    1. We (well, me and my siblings - not me and the hubs) went to So D last year. It was a good trip - but Rita didn't come along. That would have been crazy since we saw a LOT of prairie dogs!

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  17. What a perfect vacation! I absolutely adore lady bugs and I would have been in heaven to see such a swarm. I wonder if that was an unusual thing, or if it happens often in that particular area!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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    1. I need to google that and see if that was a normal thing or what. I'd never seen/hear of anything like it! 1000s of them!!

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  18. Looks like you all had a fantastic time. I have some friends in Lake Arrowhead (it's close to Big Bear) and they have a carved deer in their front yard. It survived the big fire a few years ago.

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    1. The fire situation is scary in those areas. But we'd like to check out Arrowhead next time.

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  19. hello pooch smooches its dennis the vizsla dog hay that luks like a nice playse to git away too it reeminds me of how tucker and trixie yoozed to deskribe the mithikal land of noo york with trees and layks and stuf!!! it luks like rita had a fine time too eeven if yoo did almost git eeten by lady bugs!!! ok bye

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    1. Ooo, upstate New York? I've always wanted to go to the Finger Lakes region there. Some day!

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  20. It sounds like a wonderful getaway. I'm impressed with Rita on those stairs. Our trip would have been all over right there - no way would Shyla climb those stairs, much less three flights of them!

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    1. I was amazed at how brave Rita was on the stairs. The stairs in the house were also open like that, and she had to climb up to the loft every night with us to go to bed. She's really come a long way! (And I realized... there were actually 4 flights of stairs, cuz the house had the game room, the main floor and the loft, plus there was another flight of stairs to actually get down to the lake.) And it blew me away when she went out on the dock in the dark one night. She was super brave on this trip!

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  21. Looks like a great get-away place. Hope you had a blast.

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  22. Gosh Big Bear Lake looks amazing!!
    So many fun places to go and explore and the photos are just excellent!
    Lots of licks, your new friend Morrie :)

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