If you doubt that biking and kayaking count as “walk”, try it yourself and then talk! Big Bear Lake is a snow-fed lake in California, surrounded by mountains with pine forests. It’s a hot touristic place for winter sports, but it also offers any kind of outside activity you can think of during the summer season. Biking, hiking and camping in mountains or kayaking, jet-skiing and boating on the lake. Pick your poison, sir!
This is how we started early after sunrise:
Sky Chair took us with our bikes to the top of the mountain where we began our 9.5 miles biking hike. That was an experience! The road is well-maintained, with a lot of twists and turns, strenuous uphills and reviving downhills through pine forest. I could not get enough of breathing that air – it felt like I’m on another planet, a universe parallel to the dusty desert I live in.
This was the route we covered:
Here comes the fun part. I must confess that we did not plan on such a long and challenging bike ride. My destination was a peak with a view couple miles from where we started. But in the midst of breathing, turning pedals and enjoying the ride immensely, we missed the turn and just went on and on. After couple of hours enjoyment gradually turned into torture, and I just had to walk pushing (read: dragging) my bike along for quite a while. My poor Love, having incomparably more stamina than myself, had to stop and wait for me many times, cheering me up, proving over again to be my Perfect Gentleman!
We finally came to a kind of a rest place with a map and “You are here” arrow in it. This was where we realized how far in the woods we are and how far away the civilization was 🙂 As you can see, the city of Big Bear is very far from where we are.
Here comes the miracle in the shape of a produce of American automobile industry – God save Ford! A guy driving one of those huge trucks stopped by this very map to check the are and gave our tired legs and our bikes a ride to the downtown!
A look from the inside of our tent