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I highly recommend taking a hike out to the Pinnacles if you enjoy beautiful scenery, large boulders, and a day full of exercise. Seeing the lake can be fun, but us locals actually prefer to hike and spend the day in nature taking beautiful photographs. I no longer live in Lake Arrowhead, but I grew up there and visit often. Make sure you take your digital camera so you can capture amazing views of the valley below once your reach the top of the Pinnacles trail.
Written Nov 28, 2010
Snowboarding, picnic (try dipping your coke or any beverage in the snow and see what happens. don't take off the cap!) with family and eat adobo (a filipino dish of meat with vinegar and soy sauce and some spices), make a snowman and scare yourselves.
It was my first time in the snow when we went to lake arrowhead. Coming from a tropical country, I didn't actually realize how cold cold could be. You need all sorts of things to keep the cold away from boring into your bones!
Anyway, we had fun in the snow. I remember how I hated having had it on my face from a snowball fight that I had to throw some myself. !!!
Written Feb 5, 2006
Restaurants?!?!?!?! Hmmm, well let's see...Subway, Burger King, a dozen different pizza places...what's that you say??? DECENT restaurants???? Oh, okay; well, let's see... there are many different small hometown type restaurants all over, though the only one I've ever been in is a small one in Blue Jay--which is near Arrowhead. I went there to have breakfast with my parents about two years ago. I remember two things about this place. One, it took FOREVER for us to get our food. Two, right when my greedliy hungry mouth took the first mouthful of scrambled eggs, this girl rushes in and talks to one of the waitresses. Suddenly, the waitress screams 'What!?!? You went and got yourself PREGNANT!!?!?!?...I just about spit that egg right out onto my mother's lap...
Oh! I almost forgot McDonald's! Silly me...I went for an interview there once and they ended up sending me to work at the Snow Valley ski resort McDonald's. THAT lasted all of THREE DAYS!!!
You can get in a good conversation before they ever get around to sending you your food...
Favorite Dish: Eggs on lap...lolololol!!!!
Written Oct 4, 2002
This is my tribute to the only worthwhile tourist trap I've ever indulged in--Santa's Village. It was an amusement park nestled in the forest just off the rim of the world highway but, sadly, has been closed for a few years now. I used to go there with family every year when the snow flurried overhead and christmas lingered in the air, tasting of cinnamon flavored candy canes and the laughter of children with their families. My imagination went wild here. Reindeers, elves, Santa, a ferris wheel that lifts you above the tree tops, a bumble bee ride similar to the sky cars at Disneyland, a train, the Alice in Wonderland house of mirrors, the spinning Christmas tree ride, the roller coaster, a cool fake mine where you made your own rock candy, the toy stores, OH the toy stores!!! I scraped and scrounged just to buy those overpriced trinkets. I can still smell the freshly-baked cookies made by Mrs. Claus in the Bakery...Santa's Village...may it rest in peace...
Written Oct 4, 2002
Lake Arrowhead is known for being one of the countries leading training facilities for Olympic figure skaters. Former Olympians train fresh crops of skaters (like Michelle Kwan) here daily in their state of the art facility on the hill. They used to have a second public facility below the training center that was open air located on the main drag in Blue Jay, unfortunately a few years ago heavy snow storms collapsed part of the roof and at the moment they have no plans to rebuild the public center. Since then they have opened the training facility to public skating sessions throughout the day. Sessions vary depending on the season. They are open year round and offer group lessons and private training in addition to their open public skating sessions.
Equipment: If you're a skater bring yor own equipment. This is the ice Michelle Kwan trains on, so it's in great condtion. For the novice they have skate rentals available for public sessions as well as a skate shop for all your skating needs.
Written Feb 23, 2005
Address: 401 Burnt Mill Road, Lake Arrowhead, CA
Phone: (909) 337-0802
Favorite thing: Forget the crappy tourist traps for the natural world. Leave behind those boutiques and fancy restaraunts for the forest. On the Rim of the World highway (between Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs) there are many places where you can stop and look out upon Southern California and see for a hundred miles or more--an excellent place to snap pictures of sunsets. Also, along this same stretch of highway you'll find the arboreum, where a decades old trail winds through a cornucopia of the natural world. Numerous different species of flowers and trees flourish in the area and at key spots along the trail there are signs and plaques admonishing some particularly vivid aspect of the wildlife or history surrounding the mountains. I still remember walking up to my favorite spot on the trail for the first time. A big dogwood tree in full bloom with pink buds in the early spring afternoon loomed over my head as my father read a story about Christ from the plaque...according to the story, the cross was made from dogwood--and the tree still bears tribute to that time--though I can't remember in what way, lol!
Many lovers have gotten themselves lost here...
Fondest memory: I went to Junior High here. Ahh, the good ol' days, when my friends and I would play touch-football or a game called 'wall-ball.' Times when we would be forced in the winter to line up outside in our PE shorts and freeze our butts off in the chill morning air. The time in our lives when we were lingering on the last vestiges of childhood innocence, before we were thrown into a world in which our bodies betrayed us and our newfound instincts drove us to rebel in a hopeless battle against what we thought was wrong with our small lives...
Oh yah, I LOVE the M&M candy apples this one small shop sells--DELicioUS!!! It's located next to (where else?) McDonald's...
Written Oct 4, 2002
Favorite thing: I took horse riding lessons here five years ago. This guy who suppossedly had trained Maddona and PeeWee Herman how to ride (not simultaneously of course) taught me as well--what an honor hmm??? It took me awhile to actually get up on the horse, but once I did, I was riding in no time. There's nothing quite like the feeling of riding a horse through the woods, down a twisting hillside, and through the towering trees...the cool wind in your face...far more rewarding a form of transportation and enjoyment than driving a car...
Written Oct 4, 2002