Cool Off in Big Bear!

We often have summer visitors come up the hill looking to escape the heat. Sometimes they get more than they bargained for! It can be difficult to believe that you can leave an 80 degree or higher temperature location, drive 2 or 3 hours into the mountains, and discover you need a winter coat.

Such was the case in Big Bear over Memorial Day Weekend. While the weather was not exactly cooperative for all of the events most guests found a way to enjoy their time. On the plus side, whenever the weather is inclement we see more family time spent inside playing games, watching movies and baking cookies.

The chill didn’t prevent folks from coming out to the Citibank parking lot for the Show and Shine Antique Car Show and Pinewood Derby. The derby was open to local fifth graders, Scouts and adults. Participants must hand build their wooden cars from pinewood and they must weigh no more than 143 grams. Weight was determined and secured by officials while they entered the cars into the race. Check out the creativity of some of these cars!

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One of our own, Cub Scout Marcus Cardona, son of Front Desk Manager Laura Mear, used the Transformers for his ideal car. Some of the other scouts built a cello, a R.I.P (Rest in Peace) with a skeleton, and second place winner, a pencil. What imagination these kids have!

The Antique Car Show brought a variety of beautiful old cars that have been rebuilt and restored to their original condition. The “General, “ the army dark green Nash that you see in the photos is a local favorite. Notice Jacob Cardona posing next to some of the cars. Jacob just celebrated his fourth birthday June 1, 2011.

So if you’re coming to Big Bear over the summer to cool off and enjoy activities like these you won’t be disappointed! Just remember to bring a jacket.

Did you participate in either of these events? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Please share your comments here or post your photos on our Facebook page.

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