2017 September & October Recap: Sonoran Desert & Big Bear

Hey there. It’s been a while. I haven’t truly updated this blog since August. Since then, Wesley and I had a few adventures. Although it’s nearly the end of the year, I thought I would do a recap of the last few months. By the beginning of next year, I am hoping to do a year recap of 2017.

September: Arizona Trip – Tonto National Monument & Saguaro National Park

During the Labor Day weekend, Wesley and I went to Arizona to check out Tonto National Monument and Saguaro National Park. We left Southern California early Saturday morning to make it to Tonto National Monument at a decent hour. We arrived about 6-7 hours later around 12 PM. When we arrived it was about 112 degrees, but it didn’t feel that hot. We decided to hike the short walk up to the cliff dwelling. We took our time going up the short incline and enjoyed the views and vistas of the area. There were huge cacti surrounding the area. This national monument is very small, but so amazing. I realized when we arrived that sometimes the smallest national parks/national monuments are the most special. Since there weren’t that many people at this monument you got to experience the place entirely. You got to truly reflect the history of the monument. Also, you could talk to rangers one on one and ask questions you might not be able to ask when there are a lot of people in the parks.

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The next day we went to explore Saguaro National Park. The national park is split into to two one being East and the other side being the West Side. Both parks have driving trails that take you into the heart of the park and give you great views of the cacti and the landscapes. This has to be one of my favorite parks because of the calm that the park gave me. I loved being surrounded by the giant cacti and absorbing myself in the environment.

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October: Big Bear and Oktoberfest

In mid October a group of our friends headed up to Big Bear for Oktoberfest. Wesley and I left for Big Bear Friday afternoon. Usually it would take us about and 1 and a half hours to get there but, traffic was so bad it took us about 3 and a half hours to get up to the mountains. We finally arrived and made ourselves at home at our cabin. Since traffic took so long, we were too tired to go out for dinner and decided to order some good ol’ pizza. Later that night, some of our other friends arrived. The next day the rest of our friends arrived and we headed out to Oktoberfest at the convention center. Oktoberfest up in Big Bear is small, but full of a lot of spirit. After we got our drinks, we decided to dance the night away with the live band in the beer hall. It was so much fun! We all hadn’t been together for a while and it was great to catch up with everyone for the weekend.

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Big Bear 2015| Photo Diary

Over Labor Day weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to head out Big Bear to explore the San Bernardino mountains. We arrived in Big Bear at around 9:00 AM to check into our Airbnb and then headed out to the Gold Mountain and Jacoby Trail. The Gold Mountain trail was really fun, but really challenging to do when you go on your own. We hope to go back again. When then headed to the Jacoby Trail which offered great scenic views and a more calmer trail.Β After, we headed out to the Village in the heart of Big Bear city to have lunch. We explored the downtown area and headed back to our cabin for the rest of the evening.

The next day, we went to check out Snow Summit and did some scenic hiking around the mountain top. To get to Snow Summit, you take the ski lift up and ride it up for about 15 minutes. The ride gives you great views of the lake and Big Bear city. We spent a good part of the late morning there and then headed down to the Village again. We did some souvenir shopping and grabbed some coffee too. Later that night, we went on an evening cruise around the lake and saw a great sunset. After the cruise we went to have a late dinner in downtown. It was a great way to end our short trip in Big Bear.

Big Bear is a great weekend getaway destination and offers a lot of fun outdoor. Till next time! See ya!

Big Bear | Labor Day Weekend

This past Labor Day weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to head out to Big Bear and explore some local sights. We hit some off road trails and did some hiking too. It was a really relaxing weekend and nice way to get away from the world. It’s so awesome having Big Bear so close! I never realized how truly beautiful Big Bear is until this past weekend.
Hope you enjoy the video below! Photo diary will be up soon!