Rainy Day in Big Bear


I just got back from a much needed weekend getaway. Big Bear Lake is only two hours away from LA and at an altitude of 7,000 feet, it is much cooler than home this time of the year. Also, Big Bear is pet-friendly! 🐾

Thick rain clouds rolled in on early Sunday morning and the temperature was stuck at 45 degrees all morning. What a drastic change it was from 83 degrees back home.


It rained on and off all day. Around 3 pm, the rain stopped and the sun peeked through patches of clouds. I drove us to MWD East Boat Ramp on North Shore Dr. The gate was open and no one was at the booth so we parked free. It was 48 degrees and windy at times but we weren’t going to stay in the room and miss out on an opportunity to explore the lake before the sunset.

We walked down to the shore near the boat ramp. Ducks were everywhere. Xena chased after them a few times then moved on to sniffing interesting scents on the shore instead. With her nose down she raced back and forth tracing a scent. I enjoyed seeing her exploring nature. That’s until she found a dead fish. LEAVE IT! Thankfully, she listened.

She tried but ducks won every time
She tried but ducks won every time.

Next, we took a stroll on the Alpine Pedal Path. This 2.5-mile asphalt path is a multi-use path that starts at Stanfield Cutoff and ends at the Solar Observatory. Occasionally, cars drove by on N Shore Dr but mostly it was quiet and peaceful.


We had a view of the lake the whole time. We took little trails to the lake to explore as well.


Sometimes we just need to close our eyes and take all in slowly.


Rain clouds were coming toward us. It was time to head back. Luckily, it only rained on Sunday and I was able to explore two trails on this trip. I can’t wait to share them with you!

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Happy Hiking!


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4 comments on “Rainy Day in Big Bear”

  1. I love the picture of her taking in the air too! Made me smile. I also had a dog once that loved to chase/stalk birds but never caught them. Lovely pictures even though it was a rainy day. 🙂

    1. Ha ha, we can’t say they didn’t try. In hindsight, I should’ve recorded her taking in the air because her nose was going wild with new scents. It’s so much fun exploring a new place!

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