Our first stop on this new adventure was not a “new” campground for us but it is a favorite. Serrano Campground is in the San Bernardino National Forest, near the town of Fawnskin, on the north side of Big Bear Lake. It is a rare occurrence to find a National Forest campground with full hook-ups, paved sites and only $38 a night. The hook-up sites do not have view of the lake but it is an easy (paved) walk/bike to the lake or a short drive to the shops and dining in Big Bear Village.
Our son, David and daughter-in-law, Sara along with grandkids (Parker and Kylee) honored us by spending time with us on our last few nights in CA . Their visit was our last opportunity to see our grandkids (for the next three months) and there is no better send-off than seeing their smiling faces, feeling their kisses on our cheeks and their laughter in our hearts.
Together we visited the Big Bear Alpine Zoo...which is more of a wild animal rehabilitation facility than a zoo. This is a sanctuary for the animals that are injured and are recovering to be returned to the wild. They also house other animals (like a three legged grizzly) that are too damaged ever be released. The zoo is very small and it will only take 1-2 hours to see all the exhibits but you get very close to the animals and the $9 entry fee helps support their efforts.
We have spent the last couple of days making sure all our motorhome systems are working properly (so far so good) and enjoying the Big Bear Lake area. There is very little snow left on the ground and the weather has been crisp and clear. The ski areas are closing down and with 60+ degree days and 40 degree nights I am sure their artificial snow groomed runs are getting very slushy. We've had very little rain or snow in SoCal this winter and drought conditions are extreme. It was good to hear that the sparkling blue gem of Big Bear Lake is only 8 feet below normal.
We are anxious to start putting some miles behind us. The journey is the adventure and there is always something new and exciting down the road....after all, it is a very good life!