We woke up bright and early on our fourth morning in Vegas, hopped on the Deuce, and boarded a greyhound towards San Bernardino. We spent most of the four and a half hour drive watching out the window at the desert landscape, talking, and listening to music. We even met a girl who had been on greyhounds for three days, going from Oklahoma to California! I'm sure glad that our trip was only a few hours rather than days!
When we arrived in San Bernardino, we had a couple of hours to kill before our bus to Big Bear arrived, so we wandered the area to find something to eat. We happened to stumble upon an In-N-Out, which we were pretty happy about!
After a burger and a drink and some lounging around, we boarded the Mountain Transit to Big Bear Lake.
After another hour and a half, we arrived in Big Bear and reunited with my sister. The three of us haven't all been together since she moved to California in 2011, so it was really special to have time together all three of us.
I didn't take out my big camera in Big Bear, but I did capture some of the things we did with phone photos! Here are some highlights!
Sandwiches at Grizzly's Bear Belly Deli & Cafe for lunch one day
Dinner at Wyatt's. this cute little saloon type restaurant that opens up in the community centre a few days a week. The food was great, but the atmosphere was better! We enjoyed our meal outside under the twinkly lights with a beer and live music.
My sister's booth at one of the markets she sells at! She sells patterned leggings at a bunch of different markets around the area, and we got to tag along to a couple while we were in town. It's a lot of fun seeing how she earns a living, but also fun to wander the markets and find souvenirs to bring back home!
On one of the days, we rented a pontoon for eight hours and spent the day on the lake. We had drinks, music, takeout BBQ for lunch, and really just enjoyed chatting and lounging on the boat all day.
A momma and her girls, while wandering the Village one afternoon
Some other highlights worth mentioning that I don't have photos of:
Murray's Night - Murray's Saloon & Eatery is the best little bar in town. My sister and her boyfriend are regulars and the environment there is so great. We were there for hours, dancing, drinking, singing kareoke, and making new friends!
Cosmic Golf - For something around $5, we went mini golfing one night at this glow in the dark outside golf course. It got a little competitive, but we had so much fun!
And after all that fun, it was time to make our trek back to Vegas before flying home the next day. There were tears all around saying goodbye. It's never easy leaving a loved one that you don't get to see so often, but we had such a great time together and I know we'll see each other soon!
The bus home. This is a whole other story, but to cut it short, we rode through the desert for four and a half hours on a bus without a single seat open with broken AC. It was hot, it was stinky, and everyone was miserable!
Landing back on Canadian soil- always a welcome sight after being away