Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Aint’ No Business Like Snow Business

We don’t get snow in Orange County. Okay, maybe at the very top of Saddleback Mountain or when a community has it trucked in for a play day, but that’s about it. This suits me just fine. I could really do without winter. Give me sunny and 75 every day and you won’t hear me complaining. I would much rather visit winter than live in it. Luckily, we can drive a couple hours and be surrounded in the powdery white stuff. Its one of the great things about living in Southern California- beach one day, snow the next. Recently we received a nice dumping of snow in our mountains so we decided to head on up towards Wrightwood and have a snow day!

The first time we took our kids to the snow was in the Sierras. It was just after they started walking and they were not too pleased to be confronted with a new obstacle. Now, they are three years old so walking in the snow took only a few minutes of getting used to before they were old pros. But we didn’t come for a walk! We came to sled. I am not sure who had more fun, my husband or my children.

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No trip to the snow is complete without a snowman. Paul made an Orange County snowwoman, complete with tiny waist. I made a more traditional snowman. A dog liked my creation so much he peed on it!

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We had snowball fights,ate the snow and played until the ice soaked through our gloves and froze our fingers. My kids are already asking for more. So is Paul I think we may have another snow day in our future…

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If you are looking for a place to have a snow day in Socal check out Wrightwood. It is closer to LA and Orange County than Big Bear and doesn’t involve winding mountain roads. We took Interstate 15 to Hwy 138 to Hwy 2. Mountain High Ski Resort is just down the road and has a tubing park (it was sold out the day we went but we still had a great time at a much cheaper price). Pull off on the side of the road when you see a good spot and be prepared to pay a small fee to play since it is private land (we paid $5.00 per person). The landowners charge fees not because they are mean and greedy but because people leave trash behind and someone has to clean it up. So pay the high school kid five bucks and pick up your trash! Nature is not a garbage dump. 

4 comments:

DEBI said...

What adorable photos, Sharlene! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. Thanks for the info on Wrightwood -- this will be our snow play area of choice if we make it some time this winter! :)

Terri said...

Looks like you guys had a blast! I am like you, though. I like to visit winter, not live in it!

Dave -nibbleanibble said...

That's the wonderful thing about living in Southern California. And I have to agree with you about Big Bear, the drive is a bit long.

debi9kids said...

How fun! I can't get over the fact that you didn't have a coat on and Ben was just wearing a vest...clearly the cold in CA id different from the cold in the east.
LOVE the close-up of beautiful Miss Mari!