The beauty of living in Los Angeles is the variety of scenery and nature surrounding us! Within a short 20 minutes we can choose to hit the ocean and the beach along Pacific Coast Highway on a mild 80F Autumn day – we usually go through the majestic canyons from the San Fernando Valley -or within a short hour and a half drive, head over for some fresh mountain air and powder snow without the twisted and narrow mountain roads in direction of Barstow, Las Vegas to Mountain High in Wrightwood at Angeles National Forest. (the other way takes you to San Bernardino Mountains and Lake Arrowhead & Big Bear Resorts)
After Thanksgiving, we decided to get away from the hustle & bustle of the city for a day of fresh crisp mountain air, snow-play and hot chocolate! We got off to a great start all packed-up and filled with anticipation for our great Road Trip adventure! About less than an hour on the road, our car broke down on the Freeway. All four of us squeezed together in the AAA tow truck and the driver took us to wonderful people at Brian Wood Automotive in Glendora. We were back on the road in less than an hour and enjoyed our left-over turkey sandwiches in the shop waiting room! We decided to take a bit of scenic route and headed down the famous California Interstate Route 66 cactus filled landscape in direction of Mojave desert to get to the mountains.
At almost 7,00 feet elevation the majestic mountain peaks covered with snow welcomed us. Families parked along the road in search of the perfect snow play and sliding area ! Mountain High Resort had a few snowboarders enjoying the resort. We drove up to a fork in the road and parked at Inspiration Point. We discovered little paths suitable for sliding and cross-country skiing lateron in the season The children were in heaven with snowball fights and the magic of snow!
This was a little road trip we will not forget… on the way back we witnessed a most beautiful sunset frolicking on the long mogul stretch of never-ending road crossing the desert at nightfall and our hydraulic system decided to collapse as we leisurely drove back home 35 MPH and made it back safely in 3 hours! The children’s laughter as we hiccupped back home and the glorious day in the snow is what memories are made of , after all!