MIKE & DONNA'S MOST EXCELLENT ADVENTURES travel blog

Kristin & Mike at TWOP

Great slogan

Breakfast on Main Street

Richard & Alicia

Will, Kim, Laura & Mike at the movies

Turkey ready to cook at 7am

6 hours later

Donna, Mike & Laura

Jodi & Mike ready for the food

Mike, Laura & Donna

Mike, Jodi & Donna toasting

Mom was glad to have Jodi home for Thanksgiving

Snoopy House countdown to Christmas Day - Thank You, Laura for the...

Jodi & Mom

Laura & her kids

Photo Op

With cocoa on a cold night

It will get colder

Sunset sky

The Village Tree Lights

Saturday morning snow!

Jodi cooks a hearty breakfast

Mantle decorations

Decorations everywhere!

Shoveling 6 inches on Sunday

10+ inches - great start to Winter!

Mike honing his shoveling skills.


Spent the first week of November in Big Bear, enjoying the Fall weather. Came down the hill so we could stop at our favorite bike shop, Two Wheel - One Planet and of course, our favorite bike shop owner, Kristin. We got to hear about her biking trip in Tuscany. Glad she had such a good time.

While at the beach, we got together with friends and saw the movie, Race Across The Sky about the Leadville 100. This is a mountain biking event that is held each year in Leadville, Colorado, an old mining town. Lance Armstrong has participated in 2008 & 2009. Great film and well worth seeing!

On Sundays when we can, we join Richard & Alicia for breakfast on Main Street in Huntington Beach. Rain or shine in Winter, Summer, Spring or Fall, Main Street is the place to be for breakfast. It is always nice to spend time with them catching up on current events.

We got back to Big Bear a week before Thanksgiving; early enough to get all the food shopping done before the "down-below" people came up for their holiday.

We were blessed to have Jodi with us for the holiday weekend along with Laura, who broke away from her busy schedule to join us. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner and watched all 3 football games. You can never get enough football on Thanksgiving weekend!

Friday, the 4 of us got up in the attic and brought down all the Christmas decorations. We were able to take down all the Thanksgiving decor and put up all the Christmas stuff. Sure doesn't take long when you use a 'work party' to complete your task. Late afternoon we attended the City of Big Bear Lake Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & arrival of Santa Claus. After dinner, Laura left for home.

Good thing she left on Friday night because Saturday morning we woke up to 4 inches of snow! We shoveled, walked the neighborhood, ate leftovers and watched football. Sunday morning, we woke to 6 inches of snow and are now in mid-season form for shoveling and cleaning off snow from cars. Great training for ski season in Mammoth.

Jodi left Sunday at 11:15am and it took her more than 30 minutes to just get to the dam, 2-1/2 miles from the house. Seems with all the snow on the ground(which was not predicted), people were nervous and not prepared for the inclement weather.

Tomorrow is December 1st. Christmas cards have been mailed along with the Christmas presents for Indiana. Nothing much left to do except to relax and enjoy the holiday spirit.

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday Season. Hope you are able to relax, a little & enjoy!

Love to all!

Mike & Donna

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