It's over nine miles down the hill from Silent Valley to Banning, so we would PREFER to only go down once, or twice a week, but last week it was six days out of seven!
Last Wednesday the church had a 50's themed party and pot luck dinner. I know I told you about it, but now I will include some pictures, and a video, if I can.
This was the inflatable jukebox we had, but the music came from Pastor James's Alexa.
On the right is Pastor James and his wonderful wife, Judi.
I managed to stay out of these pictures, as I was taking some myself.
Several people, including Diane tried to use the hula hoops. Fifty plus years ago, I was good at it.Oh well. Life moves on.
Sunday was Diane's birthday. We baked her a cake for that night. But it was her wish to get away somewhere, and she chose driving up to Big Bear Lake for the day. It was a great idea, because it was over 100 degrees in Banning, and a cool mid 70's up there. We had lunch at the Teddy Bear Cafe. We chose that one because they had an outside patio where we could take all FOUR dogs with us. We were very proud of Millie and Willie as they were on their very best behavior all day. After lunch, we drove to a marina where we rented a pontoon boat for an hour on the lake. Diane's husband Jim drove the boat, and we had an amazing time.
The guy from the marina took this pix. I took about 125 pictures, but many were NOT good, as the wake bounced us around and many were just of water! But some turned out very nicely. Some of the people we saw enjoying the day on the lake.
It was cool up in Big Bear, and you can see the snow up in the higher mountains.
On the right is a "pirate ship" that offers narrated lake tours.
As always, Millie was fearless, but Willie had to be lifted onto the boat, and was not sure if he liked being away from terra firma.
This is just one of many beautiful, and very expensive homes we saw along the lakeside.
I understand that Big Bear Lake is a man made lake.
At one time this was a restaurant that people came to by boat. On the right is an observatory. We didn't go in because it wasn't open, but there are times when one can go inside it.
This was another tour boat we saw there. It was an amazing day, and I'm so grateful that Diane & Jim wanted to share it with us.
I had to include this picture. It was taken on California Highway 243 on the way up to Silent Valley. California had more than its usual amount of rain this year, resulting in more greenery, and more beautiful flowers everywhere. We think this is lavender, but I could be mistaken. Nevertheless, it is a delightful spot of color on this usually dry, and brown landscape.
Bye for today. Take care, drink plenty of water. Don't spend too much time out in the sun, and if you like to exercise, try to do it either early in the morning or after it cools down in the evening. Best wishes to all, and to all good day. 😀