We started off early from LA to try and beat the traffic. In actual fact there is never a time when the traffic in LA is light, it's just varying degrees of heavy. Our first stop was at the Mormon Rocks fire station, at the start of a scenic byway through the San Bernadino National Forest. We walked a short trail there as fire fighters went on their morning run.
The drive through the forest was very winding and took us over 7000 feet above sea level. This area is snow field at the right time of year, and there was snow on hills in the distance even now. It was a bit concerning to see road signs warning of icy roads, with no barriers over the edge of some pretty decent cliffs.
Our next stop was Big Bear Lake (possibly of Bold and the Beautiful fame?). We bought our National Park pass, and went on another short walk through the forest there. This walk was made a little more difficult on our lungs by the fact we were so high up.
From there we headed to Las Vegas, arriving a bit after 5pm. We had a look at the Craps tables at a few casinos, and might even try our hand at it tomorrow. Vegas is a strange strange place. It is fun and cool in some ways, and it looks amazing at night. But it's also hot and crowded and sad and a bit scary in other ways. I'm not convinced we are cut out for it. Maybe I'll change my tune if we win our fortune!
Burger Diaries - part two
Lunch today was at a littler pub come diner in Big Bear City (the word city is a little ambitious though) called BJs. Most other patrons had very long grey beards and wore flannel shirts. I had a salad sandwich, but Damien went for the BJ burger. A quarter pound beef patty,with all the usual toppings and your choice of cheese and sides. The burger also came in two third and one pound varieties, but Damien restrained himself. It was a good burger but not great. We are hoping to find better as we go!