It's our own different world...
In 1991, we bought a small second home in the San
Bernardino mountains about a
hundred miles northeast of our house. It is in a small town called
Green Valley Lake at 7300ft elevation. It
is resort-like in the summer and snows a lot in the winter (second
pictures below), giving the family "getaway" experiences we could not have had
For some reason, changing locations changes
behavior. When we go to the cabin we do things differently. We play
board games, sit in the hot tub for hours in the snow and talk about
things that never occur to us at home. Rufus
got a taste of what it would be like hiking through St. Bernard
Pass in Switzerland (first two pictures below). Leo enjoyed the deck
view (third picture below).
Our cabin is surrounded by 100 to
150ft pines with a "foresty" view from the back deck. I am not a
camper by nature - roughing it to me is when the air conditioner
breaks at the Marriott - so this is as close to "back to nature" as
I chose to venture.
After years of heavy snow loads,
the old green deck in the back of the cabin began to sag (two
pictures above). In July 2002, we removed it and replaced it with a
10' X 32' redwood deck. The three pictures below show
new deck and its view. The corner shown in the first picture below
is my favorite quiet thinking spot - "far from the undertow, far
from the overload".
In Fall 2003, California
wildfires burnt within a half mile of our cabin, destroying thousands
of homes and hundreds of acres of forest from Lake Arrowhead to Big
Bear Lake. The fires began at the base of the mountain in San
Bernardino and swept up Waterman Canyon to the Rim of the World
Highway (first picture below, SBD airport in the distance). In
December 2003, as part of a high school video project for Ben, we
drove to Cedar Glen on the eastern edge of Lake Arrowhead to capture
some of what the fires left behind (second and third pictures
In Fall 2007, the Slide Fire ripped into town taking
about 100 of the 1000 homes in Green Valley Lake, mostly around the
periphery of town. Longtime downtown business Fox Lumber was one of
the first to burn (first picture below). The lower cul-de-sac
overlook to Arrowhead Lake at the end of Juniper Street was
completely destroyed (second and third pictures below).
We sold the cabin in 2017 after we purchased
The "Winery" as a second home in the
Vandenberg Village area of Santa Barbara wine country.
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